Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bulletin Board

There is a bulletin board at Periwinkle Elementary with the AR reading goals. There are different reading club goals you work on to attain IE: 50,100, 150, 200...etc. You get the idea.
Most kids in the school reach around 300 or less.

Diana rose has always been a little bookworm from the time she was a baby.
I would read and read to her, even in the bath tub with her bath time baby books.
Then she entered kindergarten and alas she was onto reading.
She read chapter books before I knew it and off she was into the world of imagination
This year she told me in secret she was going to get to the 1000 point club.
The previous year she had attained 550 and that alone took MANY long hours of reading THICK books.

So at the beginning of August she started on her goal.
Her hard work every week paid off quickly and the librarian had to start ordering more books from other to schools to EVEN keep up with her appetite for good literature.

Her favorite book of the year was when her and I read "Little women" by Loise May Alcott.
Her and I cried when Beth died.

By February she was a school superstar, even the first graders knew who Diana Nye was.
Her bulletin board grew and each award had to be added, soon the teachers were squeezing them where there was even a space.

By Mid-May she bounced out of the doors when I picked her up from school
with the LARGEST grin on her face.

She was Periwinkle's Elementary TOP READER!

Diana says' next years goal is to shatter the school record
She wants to make it hard to ever break again.....oh boy!

I am proud of my baby girl.
She learned the lesson of hard work
and gained a love of books and writing.
I tell her someday I want to be the first in line for your book.

Way to go baby girl. 
Your family is very proud of you and your determination.  

A check off the bucket list

When I was 16 years old running track I remember running 10 miles at the end of the season. It was in that run that I decided one day I was going to run a marathon. To run a marathon is not an easy feat. It takes courage, digging deep with in yourself because it becomes a spiritual mind game to overcome that voice and declaring "Yes I can do this!"  Twice I tried to train for the same marathon. First time I became pregnant,  male runners do NOT have to deal with this situation. Second time it was just not the right timing or mindset. Third time I said to myself  "This is it." I was not pregnant, I had been running for close to four years and I felt in my heart it was time.

My training started the first weekend in Jan! It was a time of renewal and growth for me.  I was able to PR in a half marathon, gain strength from speed training and learn about the important of yoga for my body. Although I have MUCH more to learn about my body and strength training, more details on that later.


Well what can I say. I DID IT! I ran the NEWPORT MARATHON! It was a beautiful day, 81 degrees, very humid and the heat off the estuary made for quite the opponent.

Mile 1-19 went GREAT!! I ran at a 10:20 pace the whole way and was feeling great. I drank a cup of Gatorade and water at each mile (aid stations and out of my hydration bottles.....SO grateful I brought it, IT WAS HOT!). At mile 5, 10, 15 and 20 I took a gel packet.  At mile 4 ate 2 banana's.
What happened at 21....I have not a clue.....

When I left around the aid station between 20 and 21 I was feeling tired but good....I kept thinking " I am going to do it!!"

I hit 21.5 and it hit me!!! I threw UP. I was dizzy and did not feel too hot. I felt like going to the bathroom and started crying BIG TIME. I was so close I thought " Why now?"

Out of no where an older gentleman tapped me on the shoulder wearing his marathon maniac shirt helped me up and said "YOU CAN DO THIS!" He proceeded to walk with me and honestly became my angel.

Mile 22.8 (close to the 23 mile marker) - My knee gave out to the point I could not lift it. I started to jog a 14 min mile and realized I could walk a 12.5 min mile so I started to fast walk. I WAS NOT GOING TO GIVE UP SO CLOSE TO THE FINISH!

Mile 24 - Threw up. Again.....end of story.

Mile 25.5 I said a prayer to the lord to help me as I was about to seriously puke again.

Mile 26 - As I came to the top of that hill I was lifted up and was able to finish the Newport Marathon!!

My Garmin time said 5:16. Official time since Newport does not do chip timing 5:20.Am I disappointed that I did not make my 4:40 goal???? I am NOT DISAPPOINTED!!! I am happy and so proud that I finished. I know everything happens for a reason and now I know hopefully next time will be better. Not every race will be our best. Not every race will we PR. Each race happens and ends with results that are there to teach us something as an individual and as an athlete. I now can say " I finished a marathon :)."

After results:

I have whats called  Illiotibial Band Syndrom. Its not fun and I have MORE strength training to do obviously  if I am going to keep up my current training.  I guess as I look back I had a sore knee after my 15 and 17 mile run but did not know this was a signal of it since I could run through it with out much thought and pain. I do get discouraged sometimes with running because with my hypoglycemia and uneven hip bones it has made it a rough journey. Crossing the finish line is so much sweeter knowing I have concurred trials and bumps during my training.  My physical therapist, doctor and yoga instructor have all make it possible, each one of them helping me discover how to become a better runner. Running takes you to a different place if you let it. It is not just a way to exercise, it is a way of life, a way to better yourself as a mother, wife and individual. The medal is a lot of fun but what really is the reward is the journey you took to get there. From that is the real gift of running. I hope all of you one day get the chance to run a marathon. Although it did not end up how I wanted it to, I look at it as a chance to learn from what happened and go on. I will run more marathons and who knows one day maybe run Boston :). The road has no limits.......


Thursday, June 23, 2011

A summer moment

All is peaceful at first....

Then she realizes Mom is taking pictures...

Tickling proceeds....

Sister tries to hide....

But it does not work so well....

Instead mom catches a beautiful picture mid-giggling :)

The Nye's are having LAZY summer days full of lemonade
 LOTS of allergies (were keeping Kleenex in business) and....


Monday, June 20, 2011


I seemed to have lost all love for blogging this year.
I am thinking it was maybe the CRAZY busy schedule ....
full of little league
board meetings
church callings
volunteering at school
training for half marathons
and for the Newport Marathon
Going back to work as an assistant preschool teacher
Organizing a relay team
Being team mom
The kids sports and games and activities
and most importantly being a Mommy!

I honestly took a good hard look and there is probally more I am forgetting.....
I am burnt.

I over did it and how do I know that??

I was living life in the fast lane before I knew it,  "CRASH and BURN" happened.

I am slowing down.
I admit it
Its true
I honestly have an addiction to being busy.
If I am not doing something I start to fidget and get going on one project or another.....

I mean it's good to be busy
 Life would not be worth living with out meaning
What I am saying is....
I need to PICK and CHOOSE
what is best for MY FAMILY and for MYSELF

So keep me in check people

I am getting a button that say's "NO THANK YOU!"

And if you see me say " Yes."

Please kick me from behind....
You have my full permission to do so :).


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