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Happy Picture Wednesday

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Lounging in the hammock during R&R. I love this picture of him. My husband is so handsome. 1 more week down.

Happy Memorial Day!

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My husband's picture was in the troops prayer bulletin at our church yesterday. They post actively serving soldiers so that people can pray for them. Was so proud to have his picture there! The only thing is that I was just kind of annoyed with myself for not letting them know that he got promoted. So the rank should have said "1LT." Oh well. 
Still so very proud of my soldier! I'm so thankful for all the men and women that have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Happy Memorial Day!

Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon Report

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Sorry this has taken a full week for me to put up. It's been a bit busy. My race last Sunday was supposed to start at 7:30 but they actually moved the time up a half hour because the heat was predicted to be so bad. It wasn't as hot as it is today.. but the 80s is definitely more heat that I'm used to running in right now. That's something I'm gonna have to work on with another race coming in July..
So, as a result, I didn't run as fast as I would have liked. I tried to run with the 8:47 pace group but I actually had the opposite problem that I had last time. The pacers took off way too fast. I could see them and they crossed mile 1 at about 8 minutes. I was like.. calm down there, dudes. I think they were a little bit too excited or something.
And you'll notice, my times are pretty much all over the place. No consistency at all. I think it was partly that I went out too fast with the heat and partly because it got a lot hotter as I was running. I also didn…

Happy Picture Wednesday

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Another week down! And so another happy picture. Our senior year of high school, we had a "senior spectacular" that was kind of this big overnight party at the end of the year. There was a cartoonist there that drew this for us.

Hipster Runner

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I went this afternoon to pick up my packet at the sponsoring running store. The race is pretty dang early tomorrow but I thought it would be worth it to get over there and maybe look at some of the gear. Usually running stores offer some kind of deal for racers.. 
But when I got there, I was immediately annoyed. First of all, it was hard to find parking. Then, I could hardly get in the door. Soo many people packed in this little tiny store. I didn't even think this was a very big race. Seriously, when did running become so popular? Why did all these other people have to sign up and make it crowded when I'm just trying to pick up my packet and maybe check out the sale rack? 
Once upon a time, people automatically thought you were awesome if you could run longer than a mile straight. Now it seems like every other person has run at least a 5k. And every third person has run a half marathon. (I'm exaggerating a little bit. Maybe.) But the more runners there are, the less uniq…

Happy Picture Wednesday

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We're kind of at the end of Prom season but seeing all the pictures up recently made me want to post one of mine from 2006.  And yes, that's now my husband. Even though the long curly blonde hair that helped me fall for him is now cut so short. :) I miss it sometimes but the military cut definitely suits him better now.

Oh.. Hello Summer

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Summer is coming. It's getting warmer and I'm not super happy about it. As much as I try to be, I'm not an early-morning riser. But I think I'm going to have to be if I don't want to run in 80 degree heat now.

My church had their last youth group of the year. I'm kind of sad. We will have a couple bible studies this summer, but I won't get to see my little high school girl's group as often. I made little scrabble tile necklaces for them and my fellow group leader for the last night. I think they turned out pretty well. :) The class I was TAing for in Chicago also just ended. Summer is definitely upon us.
James also was recently promoted to 1LT and he's a platoon leader now. I'm soo so proud of him. He also got an "outstanding" Officer's Evaluation Report. He's also been recommended to lead a specialty platoon after his current one. I was seriously glowing when I found out. The only down side to this is that he's no longer i…

Hello.. I’m Amy.. nice to meet you!

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Happy MilSpouse Appreciation Day! If you haven't heard, the lovely ladies of Household6diva and ridingtherollercoaster are the hosts of a virtual meet-and-greet "bloghop" today. Click here to check it out.

My name is Amy and I'm 24 years old. I've been an Army wife for about two and a half years. My husband, James, is a lieutenant and platoon leader in the Army, currently deployed to Afghanistan for a year. We're approaching the half-way mark of the deployment, so we're pretty dang excited about that!

I love running and I love my soldier. They also go hand-in-hand for me. I met James because we were both on the cross country teams in high school senior year (yes, we are high school sweethearts). I'd heard the saying "To decide who you should marry, run after God as hard as you can, and then look beside you." This ended up being more than a metaphor for me.. and we've both been running together ever since! (although in real life, he's…

Happy Picture Wednesday

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I need to get back in the habit of posting these. This one is from our engagement pics. And it makes me smile. :) One more week down!

Back to Reality

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Well. R&R is over. The second goodbye was a little easier than the first. I think maybe just because I was a little more prepared than last time and I know what's coming. Although it's not easy knowing that I'm not going to see him for 7 months..
I dropped him off at the airport and they gave me a pass so that I could wait with him at the gate. I did a lot better about crying. Probably because it was a very public goodbye (very busy area of the airport) so I didn't exactly want to lose it in front of a crowd of strangers already staring at me as I kissed my soldier goodbye. 
The two weeks was everything I hoped it would be. We decided to run away for a week of it to a little rental cottage in Wisconsin on a lake. Best. Decision. Ever. It was amazing. We kayaked, went to this little winery for a wine tasting, cuddled in a hammock, relaxed in our own little hot tub at night, watched Doctor Who (yes, I did succeed in getting my husband addicted!), went running on som…