Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Long Time Coming

I am at work. So I should be working, obviously, rather than updating my blog. Especially since I'll be taking the next week off and am already behind in what I need to do before then. But our computer system is down so I'm really not able to do anything without that. Perfect timing, right? On the bright side of things, this gives me the perfect time to update this blog after a nearly 5 month absence. I know that's a long time but I don't think that it's affected my whole 7 followers too much =)

So what has been going on in the Bauerle household? Well, a lot actually. I started working full-time at the end of June for Western Governors University. At first, it was a huge adjustment and I dreaded leaving Ryder everyday but I think I've adjusted fairly well. I really love the company I work for, and the people I work with, so that has made the change a little easier. I also have the opportunity to work remotely from home in the next few weeks or so. I meet with my supervisor on January 5 and hopefully it will be all good things!! I'm so over getting ready in the mornings and commuting!

Now, on to more important things..... Ryder. Oh my, what a sweet boy I have been blessed with! This little man is almost 18 years old and continues to amaze me each and everyday. I know he was brought to this earth for a special purpose and he lights up my life. I love taking him places with me because I love seeing how he affects other people, even strangers. It doesn't matter where we are, the mall, the grocery store, Target, Ryder is always smiling at strangers and saying 'Hi' and it's so special to see the effect that has on others.

Ryder is all boy. He's so active, climbing on everything and running everywhere he goes. His favorite toys are his trucks, blocks, Little People toys, and his toy guitar. He knows some sign language and the ones he uses most often are milk, more, all done, please, and thank you. The words he can say are hi, mama, dada, nana (for my mom and for bananas), bath, bird, cheese, juice, wawa (water), dog, wuv woo (love you ). I know I'm the mom, so forgive all the bragging, but he really is so smart! I just can't wait to see how he'll keep learning and growing.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Taper Time

Marathon training has been going pretty well. I'm surprised how motivated I've been considering I haven't even registered for the race yet, and it's in 3 weeks =) Can you say procrastination?? I've been averaging about 30-35 miles a week now and I'm feeling really good. My right knee has been giving me a few problems lately, but I've been icing it everyday and my last few runs it's felt fine. I'm hoping it doesn't cause me any problems on race day.

Yesterday I did my last long training run of 20 miles. I ran along Wasach Blvd which is pretty hilly and ran against a strong headwind for about half of my run. It took me about 3 hours and 7 minutes which I'm pretty happy about considering my route and the heat. I'm looking forward to running my first marathon, although I am a little nervous and anxious about it. I have a few other friends running it as well so I'm looking forward to running it with them and having some much needed support. And who knows, maybe I'll catch the marathon bug and want to run 100s of them =)

What a week!

This week has been sooooo busy. So many things, mostly good but a few not so good, have kept us so busy. We've had a friends 30th birthday party, a bachelorette party, a wedding, a funeral, a 5K race, I finshed my last 20 mile training run, I accept a job offer which I start tomorrow, and my dear friend Tangee is in town visiting from Australia so Ryder and I have spent a lot of time hanging out with her. I will post pictures of all of these events soon.

And I know things are not about to slow down soon. Going back to work is going to be a challenge for me. I love, love, love being a stay at home mom to my sweet boy but I think, for right now, it's the right thing to do. It's a great opportunity, great benefits, and the potential of working from home after just a few months. The thought of leaving Ryder in daycare makes me want to cry but I'm forcing myself not to think of that. I'm worried that I'm not going to be able to juggle it all, but I'm thankful my mom is coming down this week to take care of Ryder and make the transition easier for him and for me. I guess we'll see how it goes.....

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Cole!

Happy 2nd Birthday to my Angel Baby, Cole Matthew!! I can't believe it's been 2 years since we joined the angels in Heaven. I still miss you so much and think about you everyday. I know you're always with me, and your footprints lead to my heart, literally. I will never stop celebrating the day you came into my life, and today your dad and I will each release 2 blue balloons into the sky. So look for them in the clouds, ok? And when your little brother is old enough to understand, I can't wait to tell him all about you, and he'll celebrate your birthday with us each year. I know you're surrounded by some amazing angels and I hope they're taking good care of you. I love you my baby boy!!

Love, Mommy

Monday, April 19, 2010

I survived my 2nd 1/2 Marathon

Well, I did it. I ran the SLC 1/2 Marathon and I survived!! I've been having some stomach issues for the past couple of weeks so I was a little worried about how I was going to do during the race. The morning of the race was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky and a temperature of about 50 degrees for the start of the race at 7 am. There were so many people there, just seeing all of the other runners, in all shapes and sizes just got me really excited to start racing.

I felt really good for most of the race, had to stop for a potty break around mile 8, so I lost a couple of minutes there. But I kept a steady pace throughout the whole race until about mile 11.5 when my hip started hurting and I started running up a gradual incline. Seriously? Who puts a hill during the last couple miles of a long race?? It was not fun, and as I neared the top, I seriously felt like I was going to lose the energy gel I had just consumed. Put I pushed through, and was able to sprint (or at least attempt to) the last few hundred yards. I really wanted to beat my time from Surf City... And I did, by about 2 minutes!

So I learned my lesson. Even though sometimes I might lack motivation, if I have my heart and mind set on something, I know I can accomplish it. Now, I think I might be going crazy, but I'm setting my mind up for running a full marathon this summer! I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I Need Some Motivation!!

I'm supposed to be running the SLC half marathon in about 3 weeks. Well, I haven't even registered yet, and because of this, I've been having a hard time getting the motivation to do my training runs during the week. Every night I say the same thing, "Tomorrow I'm going to get up early and go before Jordan leaves for work". I think this has actually happened a total of 2, maybe 3, times. I always find an excuse to get out of it. I'm tired. The weather is crappy. I don't have enough time. I don't know what it is, especially because I do love running and I always feel better after I go on a run, so I don't know why I can't get motivated. I'm hoping that the new jogging stroller my husband spoiled me with for my bday will help kick me in the butt. Because now I literally can go anytime of day I want. So we'll see if I'll be ready for this race in 3 weeks....

And while we're on the subject of motivation. I'm 28. I've had a Bachelor's Degree for 4 years but have never even used it. Lame. What a waste. So my next mission is to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. Lately I've been thinking a lot about teaching. Seriously, it's the ideal job for a mom. The pay isn't too bad for what you work, and I would have every day off that my kids do, not to mention the entire summer. I just don't know why I didn't realize this 6 years ago when I was actually in college?? So now I need to figure out how to achieve this and get a teaching certificate. I hate the idea of putting Ryder in daycare but I know it won't hurt him. An online teaching degree would be ideal but I don't know if something like that even exists. Ok, enough rambling for now. Off to do some research!

8 Months Old

My chunky monkey is 8 months old!!
Stats: 18 lb. 12 oz., 27.5 in.
He currently loves eating (everything!). His current new additions include tofu, chicken, Cheerios, and eggplant.
He's getting THISCLOSE to crawling, I'm thinking any day now. But he still has no teeth =)