Nobody cares if you're not a good dancer. Just get up and dance. The same holds true for racing. Whether first or last, we all cross that same finish line. Just get out there and run.
- Dean Karnazes

Friday, September 20, 2013

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Remember during that first week back to school when the teacher would make you write about your summer vacation? Well, it's happening right now.

Most of the summer was spent in school and chauffeuring B around from camp to camp. There were bouts of running and half assed attempts at being awesome. Then to make things worse, I was feeling very uninspired with my Zumba classes too. Part of the problem is that I did not take the time to plan properly and make time for all the things. I'll be honest, summer classes were tough but I could have made it all work a bit better, the lack of planning made me feel like I was barely keeping my head above water. The good thing is that I have a good idea as to what next summer's classes will look like so I can plan and prepare accordingly. On a good note, I did manage to get straight A's and oh yeah, did I mention that I made the Dean's List in the Spring/Winter semester?! What a difference being an adult and paying for school yourself will make. Then to add to it, we had some testing done for B and found out that she's extremely intelligent, I mean crazy smart y'all, but she is also dyslexic (which is not as cut and dry as one would think), she has dysgraphia (a writing related learning disorder) and ADHD (totally different in girls than boys). It was a lot to process, and something that was a bit difficult to talk to her about. She cried and was pretty upset at first but we explained it to her, let her read about it on the Yale Center For Creativity and Dyslexia site, and she felt much better after reading that. Then she saw some of the documentary called The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, she loved seeing some intelligent and successful people who also have similar diagnoses.

Ok, don't worry, it's not all doom and gloom. I did get to go to Disney World with the fam. Check us out...

The trip was pretty epic, B and Patrick have a way of making some pretty awesome things happen. Like seating right by the window when we had dinner in the castle so we could watch Wishes (the fireworks show) right from our table on B's birthday; it was MAGICAL. B had some issues with her car design when we went on Test Track, and when she told a cast member about it, the cast member took us in the back way, gave us as much time as we needed to design the car then we got to bypass the line to get back on the ride. There were some other cool things but I won't bore you guys with it. If you need to go to Disney, Patrick and B are the people to go with if you want to have some cool and magical stuff happen.

On the Disney trip, something pretty magical happened to me. I met a family at Downtown Disney that touched my heart and inspired me to do something worthwhile. I met a family who had recently lost one of their adopted daughter to a heart condition, and they were at Disney celebrating the life of their beloved daughter. They handed my husband and I a scroll, tied up with a pretty little ribbon and a tiny tiara attached to it. Patrick and I sat down to read their daughter's story and we were both moved to tears, I am tearing up just thinking about this family. When we got back, I read the families' blog and I read about their volunteer experience during their recent visit to Disney and their stay at Give Kids The World Village on their daughter's Make-A-Wish trip. This was the second time I had heard about this wonderful organization, and I started to have a nagging feeling that I had to do something for this organization.

Imagine my surprise and excitement when I found out that Give Kids The World has started a running team to raise funds, the teams will be running in the Disney Marathon Weekend and at the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend. So, I joined the team, and I will be running the Glass Slipper Challenge at the Princess Half Marathon weekend for Team Give Kids The World. So, here we go again, I'm getting ready for another half and running for an important cause. If you have it within your budget to donate, I would greatly appreciate it. I am also working on a virtual race with some pretty awesome prizes, so stay tuned.

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