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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cross Country 2011






My girl just finished her 3rd Cross Country season. 
This was a very challenging season for her.
She broke her foot 4 months ago, but as soon as the cast came off she was running again.
So she dealt with a little pain and swelling.
She also had several other physical ailments going on this year.
Throw that in with all the growing and changing a 12 year old female body does......
Means she ran almost every race in pain of one kind or another.

But she did great.  She ran in every single meet and made the Sectionals team.

Here are some of my fave shots from this year.
I know most of them look alike, but I love how her facial expressions and body language
show exactly what she is feeling.

*warning:  pic overload!*


 Getting ready to pass!

This was her best meet of the season.  She came in 28th out of 200+ girls!

 Coming in for the finish!


I love this shot because on the right is Rylee coming in for the last 250 meters
and on the left is her coach running to meet up with her to run her in cheering her on!




Running through severe lung pain (my poor baby)
I love this picture.  She didn't have a great race, and the look of disappointment combined with the sunlight hitting her hair just melts my heart. 


Love the determination on her face!

2011 Sectionals Team!

Way to go Rylee!  Sweetie, you faced a lot of physical challenges this year, but you persevered.
You ran in 103 degree heat, pouring rain, and 35 degree temps.  You ran through lots of pain.  You ran early in the morning and late in the afternoons.  You ran when you didn't feel well and you ran when you were having great days.  But the point is, through it all.....you RAN.  You have the spirit of a great runner and are learning to handle the mental aspect of this sport with grace.  We couldn't be more proud of you!  We love you! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday

Well, hello there! 
It's been a minute since I've done a WILW post!

Fall is here, and I am LOVIN' it!!

Here's what else I love:


I am SO addicted to this website!  I have to be very mindful of my time because I can spend hours browsing and lose my entire day! 


The leaves are so beautiful right now.  In about another week or so, they should be in full foliage.  We love to visit Grandview Drive in Peoria this time of year.  It is absolutely breathtaking!

Pumpkins!  I am obsessed with all things pumpkin!  As soon as the weather begins to cool off and the first hints of fall blow in, I begin to feel the stirrings of my need for pumpkin.  I have tried to fight it, but it's useless!  I love everything!  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin dip, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin steamers, pumpkin french toast (thanks, Pinterest!), pumpkin roll or pumpkin marshmallow Scentsy.....pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin!  I love to decorate with them too!  They are just so darn festive!

Although this year, I have not decorated anything and it is KILLING me!  We close on our new house in 2 weeks, so it's pointless to decorate now.  I am thinking at the new house we won't decorate for Halloween this year, but I can still put up my fall loves!

Have a great week everyone!