China – Again :)

I’m back in China. This time for 6 weeks to be with two different birthing families. Baby number one was born this past Tuesday and he’s a keeper!

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Yes, that’s a chip clip on his cord. Sometimes you have to improvise :D

Wednesday my friend Alice and I met up with my personal assistant Rose from Guangzhou. She brought along Jack (yes, Jack and Rose) and they are now married! We went to Splendid China and had a splendid day!

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We finished our day together with amazing, mouth numbing Hunan food!

Thursday Alice and I walked across the border to Hong Kong. Spent the day exploring and picking up things that Alice needed.

Last night I had dinner with Lotte, a midwife from Denmark. I wish our obstetrics were more like theirs! No competition for money = excellent care for women. The midwives take care of the 90% of women who have normal pregnancies and the OBs only take care of the complicated patients. Hmmm, what a concept. Their infant and maternal mortality rates are much better than ours. I wish we’d take the money out of medicine so all of us could receive better care!

I also signed up for a month long challenge (see yesterday’s post) and Tatjana sent me this very cool racing bib…

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And last, but not least, not only am I going to do the month long Kilomathon, but I’m going to do strict Dukan every day the month of June. I’m committed, going to shed those pounds that creeped back on :)

So here’s to a wonderful June… You ready?!?!?

Ciao!

Run or walk this June and earn a beautiful medal!

flamidwyfe:

I’ve signed up and I’ve invited my Facebook friends to sign up… What a great way to get some exercise this summer and it’s for a good cause! I’m in China for most of June, so my walks will be here… Where will yours be?

Originally posted on run eat life:

I loved my first virtual race so much that I thought I’d do it again! In April I raised over $1,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I would like to top this in June!

This June, run or walk 1k each night or run or walk a 5k any time in June to earn this beautiful medal (designed by Lahela Schoessler).

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How does this work?
You can chose:

  • Run or walk a 5K fun run any time in June and enjoy the midnight sun! Take your kids, your spouse, your best friend and run or walk together!

Or:

  • Run or walk 30K in June. Run or walk 1K every evening and enjoy the midnight sun or break up the 30K any way you like. 30K is 18.64 miles.

How much will this cost?
$25 entry (profits will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). $30 for participants outside…

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2014 Courage Challenge Mud Run 5 (unexpected) miles

I got to do this on Saturday and it was AWESOME. My granddaughter Sadie, who has taken on my love for running asked if she could do the kid’s one mile run. She is a teeny tiny 9 year old. So off we went Saturday morning for some good, dirty fun!

The plan was that Sadie would run the kid’s 1 mile course after I ran my errrrr…. 5K course. About 20 minutes before my run they announce they are closing the kid’s course down at 1230. Here’s the conversation:

“Um, excuse me, but I thought the kid’s course was open until 200 p.m. We were planning on my granddaughter running her 1 mile when I was done with my 5K, and with the obstacles, I’ll probable be an hour and half”.

“Ma’am, this is a FIVE MILE race not a 5K”… big grin on the buff dude’s face.

Me: “Oh, my, Oh, oh… ummm, OK. (Now a tad bit concerned, but sucking it up and pulling on my big girl panties)… So what can we do about my granddaughter”?

“Let me speak with the coordinator”… 5 minutes later, “so they said she can run with you”.

Me: Mouth gaping open, speechless!

Sadie: Jumping up and down SQUEALING and shouting “YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!”

So that’s what we did. The kid ROCKED IT! She is a BEAST in the best way. This was an elite ADULT course with 20 obstacles… some so high off the ground we had to lift her to reach the rope! She even did burpees with me, when I couldn’t complete an obstacle. She amazed me and the adults around us. Towards the end I was fighting tears of pride. The 2nd to the last obstacle was a 12-15 foot high rope wall (not sure, but it was high!), after commando crawling through mud/manure, she climbed that rope wall like it was nothing. I moved around to the front and as she cleared the top, my normally quiet sweet girl ROARED like the lioness that she is!!! The tears flowed then, and not just mine, other adults witnessing this little lioness succeed, did the same. I am hoping upon all hope that the photographer with the very expensive camera caught those moments, because they are amazing. As she scaled down the other side of that rope wall, she hopped into the mud, put her arms in a power pose and screamed, “I AM POWERFUL”… YES.SHE.IS! We dropped back on to our bellies and commando crawled under the ropes again… and my sweet baby, who stayed with her Momma (that’s what the grandkids call me), shot off for the finish line! She did the final obstacle on her own, came back around and did it with me and we ran hand in hand through the finish line… amazing day!

Me and Sadie with my friends Bill, Dana, Shannon, Elizabeth and Ed.

Me and Sadie with my friends Bill, Dana, Shannon, Elizabeth and Ed.

This kid is a BEAST!

This kid is a BEAST!

The last obstacle is nearly done!

The last obstacle is nearly done!

LOVE

LOVE and PRIDE

TEAMWORK

TEAMWORK

Running into the finish, cheered on by the best of friends!

Running into the finish, cheered on by the best of friends!

 

Finished!!!

Finished!!!

HAPPY!

HAPPY!

Some of our Team

Some of our Team

Celebrate

flamidwyfe:

Go spend 22 wonderful minutes watching this video on my friend Sandra’s blog… you’ll discover the wonderful POSSIBILITIES!

Originally posted on A Promise to Dad:

I feel a deep need to share this with you.  A video I came across almost exactly four years ago today.  A video that changed my perspective at a time that I needed it desperately.  Make sure you watch the part about the dandelions.

I am in a place right now that requires me to find the positive.

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2013 in review

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!! I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED YEAR!

~ SANDI

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 44,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

BUSY WEEK!

Wow! So, Merry Christmas! It’s been a few weeks. I really miss blogging!!! I have so little time to do it, but I must get better at posting.

I have 3 jobs… yes THREE! So I have very little time to do much else but work and squeeze in some exercise!

I’ve fun two 5Ks this month and begun doing Galloway Half-marathon training. This week we ran 6.34 miles so 10K +!!! I actually did it. I’m definitely feeling it today, lol, but the joy of actually finishing surpasses all of that!!!

6.37 miles which is a little more than 10 kms!

6.37 miles which is a little more than 10 kms!

This morning at church, my friend Natalie took photos of the families… this is the one she took of my clan…

Front: Jose, Sofia, Shane & Sadie Back: Joey, Tiffany, Sydnie, Me & Nick

Front: Jose, Sofia, Shane & Sadie
Back: Joey, Tiffany, Sydnie, Me & Nick

After church my son and I decided to take a bike ride to breakfast….

On the way to breakfast!

On the way to breakfast!

And then a different route home…

Bike ride home from breakfast.

Bike ride home from breakfast.

And a few pics to round things out…

Color Vibe earlier this month!

Color Vibe earlier this month! Elizabeth, Linnea, Me and Michele!

 

My new bike!

My new bike!

Saw 50 Shades the Musical (which was HYSTERICAL!!!!) with my girlies!

Saw 50 Shades the Musical (which was HYSTERICAL!!!!) with my girlies!

And a night out with friends that turned out to be quite profitable for Sadie and her rubberband bracelet sales!!!

And a night out with friends that turned out to be quite profitable for Sadie and her rubberband bracelet sales!!!

We had Christmas dinner at GOLDEN CORRAL! Can I tell you how much fun it was not having to cook and clean?!?!? And it was WAY cheaper than Thanksgiving! We had a fantastic waitress named Natasha who took very good care of us and we got to eat all we wanted to!!

I also had 2 out of town business trips this month! One to San Antonio, TX and one to Tallahassee, FL (which even though it’s in my state, it’s a 7 hour drive!) And assisted on a couple births, one a water birth :)

 

So that’s my December wrap up! It’ll probably be next year before I get another blog post in! LOL

Ciao!