At the start of the year my boyfriend named this year #Xtreme13. When he said it his thinking was a year for us to do things outside of our box, outside of our comfort zone and explore some unknown things. While we set out to do just that this year we didn’t know just how #Xtreme this year would be. We experienced a lot of death this year – His Grandmother (February), 3 of his boys (2 of them died together and the other just two days later - May), my Aunt (age 52 - July), and a few High School classmates.
When I started my blog I didn't have a particular vision in mind. I figured I would blog about topics that I want to blog about. I've made a concise effort to make my blog personal able in the sense that it relates to me, my interest, my experiences and things I want to discuss. Yet my blog is not personal to me, does that make sense? To date I've only blogged about one personal post and that was my mom being diagnosed with breast cancer. The crazy thing is I am the same person online as I am off line. I don’t believe you should assume another persona just because you are on the internet. No Catfish here! I am a very open person but very guarded too, a bit robotic if you will; I never thought that until now.
Sunday, October 27, 2013, arrived; the alarm clock went off at 4 AM. We weren’t ready so we hit snooze until it was 4:15 AM. The alarm clock went off again and this time IT WAS SHOWTIME!!! Today was the day my Babe was going to run his very first marathon. Now for those of you in the cheap seats (I am a former member), a marathon is a set distance; the exact distance of 26.2 miles. DAMN, THAT’S A LOT.
The furlough is here and things just got real. October 1st came I went to work in my jeans, a button up and a fab pair of Embellished Junk Chuck's by From Mi To You. I spent 2 hrs in the office, got my letter, signed it, laughed with my colleagues and headed home. The subway was packed like it normally is for rush hour, only it was 10 AM and most of the federal employees were headed home unsure of when we get to return. Now, what am I going to do? How long am I going to do it? I knew this was coming but they normally swoop down at the ninth hour and save the day. That didn't happen this time, so now what?Now, this is only day one, so I wasn't about to become the maid and do ALL the hundreds of things I need to do or want to do around the house. Besides if I did my Babe would expect that every day. =)
#Xtreme13 is still going on, we can't quit now we still have a few months left in the year. This is the Race addition, some wet, some muddy, some just running but all of them a lot of fun. First up is the Roc Race: This race was supposed to be Wipe Out Style, it was advertised to be big fun. They had a great idea, but they failed to execute it properly. This was their first year out the gate and well, they didn't have many obstacles. My Babe did this Race with two of his motorcycle friends. Nori and I came along to cheer them on and take pictures. This was a 5K of fun so they say.
Nori is helping Da-Da stretch before the race
Well, ladies and gentlemen, it is potty time in the Robinson household. (Insert face here) I thought I would be thrilled and excited and part of me really is but the other part feels like this is all happening a bit too soon. My girl is only 18 months and in my mind, I just knew we would start this around her 2nd birthday. Why 2? Because my son is 8 and I can't remember when we started with him. (After some research it turns out we started when he was 19 months). UGH! *removing all thoughts of denial* For a few weeks now Nori (affectionately known as my girl) will let you know when she is using the bathroom in her diaper. Well, two days ago she went all big girl on me while I was at work; and pooped in the potty. Way to show my little girl! She had her 18-month checkup last week and the pediatrician asked me about potty training. I told her we hadn't started but I had been browsing potties. Little did I know my girl was pressing the wrap it up button on me and here we are. I was browsing potties online but I didn't have a plan or a real-time frame in which we would start. Ooooh in yo face! O_o
relaxation: to release or bring relief from the effects of tension, anxiety, etc.
I've needed some R&R for quite some time now, this week my family and I and then me and the girls decided to do just that. We were supposed to go to Virginia Beach but mechanical failure prevented that from happening so we had to relocate our fun to AMC Movie Theater and Chesapeake Beach Water Park.
First up was Despicable Me2 in 3D
This movie was really cute and funny, we all enjoyed it.
It was Nori's first 3D movie, and she enjoyed the special effects.
Xtreme13 just got a little more adventurous and a lot dirtier. A couple weeks ago we rode to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia to check out the Adventure Park. We got a sweet Living Social deal on a Season Pass; we tried Go Ape last year and had a ball so this was a perfect chance for us to turn the adventure up a little bit. The drive up was beautiful to see, the mountains, and the water and to discover the history along the way.
We will check out the white water rafting when we come back.
Xtreme13 is still going on we participated in the Race for Hope on May 5th. This is a 5k to fight against brain tumors. We participated in this last year with a friend that lost his Brother-in-law to a brain tumor. Gotta support your family and friends when they are supporting such a worthy cause. We jogged it with 4 kids in tow and a super slow adult (me). Despite all of that it took us 43 minutes to complete. Here are a few pics.
My Babe was pushing our 1year old in the stroller and our son and some friends ran beside him. I was bringing up the rear.
Xtreme13 was on the move again. Sunday we went hiking a trail in Great Falls park located in Potomac, MD. As always we invited a group of friends to join in on the fun. This was a first time for most of us including myself. Black folks just don't hike. Well, we changed that stereotype today, 10 people at a time! We met up at 8:30 in the morning and rode to the park caravan style. We all had a variety of "gear" to make our experience a good one. What I should have had were a pair of gloves with good grip and a bee keeper's hat to kip the gnats out of my face. SERIOUSLY! I'm sure I ate at least 4 bugs with 2 flying in my ear and 2 more flying up my nose. NOT COOL! Needless to say, I did a lot of screaming and ducking and swatting. I survived though.