A Day Off!

Given the race this weekend, I decided I needed a day off work.  In addition, I got a call a few weeks ago from my friend Karen (who I used to nanny for back when I got out of college) asking me if I could stay with the kids last night as they were going out of town overnight.  The kids are 15, 13 and 11 now (they were 6, 4 and 2 when I was their nanny!)  and are totally fine on their own during the day, she just doesn’t love them to stay alone overnight.  Given I love to hang out with those kids, their amazingly beautiful, luxurious house on Lake Norman, their adorably cute doggie, my decision to take Monday off was confirmed.

I drove home from the race Sunday afternoon.  Got home about 4:30, re-packed, had a come to Jesus with Dawn, and headed to the lake.  We decided to go out to dinner and made a last minute decision to go to Taco Mac.  Delicious blackened fish tacos!  As expected, I was the first one to hit the sack not long after 9pm, the kids looked at me like I had 3 heads when I turned in so early, but it felt amazing to sleep until after 8!  Boy I needed that. 🙂

Knowing my legs would probably be a little sore, I brought my stuff with me to the lake and planned to do a recovery swim at the Huntersville Aquatic Center first thing.  I arrived about 9:15 and ended up running into Leigh-Ann, who I just recently met on our ride up Brushy Mountain!  She was just about to hop in with a coached group session and asked me to join!  I’m so glad I did.  We had a fun, hard swim (little more than a “recovery” but I survived) and I actually felt half decent in the water.  I love changing things up sometimes and the coach didn’t berate my swim technique, to my surprise!  🙂

After swimming I made my way back to Karen’s house, checked in on the kids, showered and headed out to meet up with Emily and Braxton for the rest of the day!   When I planned my day off I couldn’t think of anything more I wanted to do if I was already going to be up at the lake then spend the day hanging with the sweetest little nugget!  Emily and I walked 2 – 3 miles to Birkdale and I made good use of the Moby wrap.  I loved holding him in there, he was so close and snuggly, though it did get warm in the 80+ degree temps.

I think Brax got his first little sun-kiss today.

We sat outside in the shade at Red Rocks, enjoyed some salads and Blue Moons, chatted about life and everything in between.  We had such a nice day and I would do anything to be able to press pause on my life and do it more often.  Its days like today that  1. make me wish I didn’t have a corporate job.  2. make me realize how much I really do love little Brax (and he’s not even mine!)  3.  remind me how lucky I am to have Emily as my greatest friend knowing she will be the Aunt to my kids one day  4.  reiterates how much I want to be a mom.

Tonight, I feel rejuvenated and appreciative of the life I have, the family I have, the friends I have, the dogs that love me, the opportunities I have, for my financial freedom and for my ability to run a 1:36 half marathon…even if it is 1 minute shy of my goal.  Putting things in perspective is a beautiful thing.

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