Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Run or Dye 5K

The Run or Dye 5K fun run was my first race of 2013. Yes, I am one of those crazy people that love to run for fun. I had been practicing for it for the last couple of weeks...sort of...alright not really. I just ran a couple of time the week before the run. Let me tell you that this is not the kind of run to do if you have not ran in awhile or if you are a girly girl and don't like to get dirty.
The race had an assortment of dry powder colors that are thrown in the air at various points throughout the race. When you run through the "color" station volunteers throw the powder and in theory it lands colorfully on you creating a living canvas. Sound cool right? Not for me. Bad luck followed me on the race course.

The powder at one of the color stations was so heavy that it was nearly impossible to breath when running through it. Then at another color station the powder was thrown directly into my face. It ended up in my eyes, ears and nose. According to website the colored powder is a plant based mixture so there should be no harm from it. It was just a disgusting mess!

The lesson that I learn from this experience is that I'm a runner at heart and don't really care about all of the other extra things to make a run "fun". I just like to run for fun and that's it.

For now on there will be no more theme runs for me!
 Click here to see the video of how I felt before the run.

Click here to see the video of how I felt after the run.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Schlitterbahn Water Park

logo photo from Schlitterbahn web site
Have you ever noticed that when you go someplace when you are younger and go back when you are older that the place is not as magical as the first time?
I think this happened to me at Schlitterbahn water park recently. My first few years of going to the water park it was so much fun! I was in my early 20's and life was so new and adventures. While at the park I was with my best friends and no parents where around to tell me what to do.

But going again with my daughter the place did not have the same magical feeling. We still had fun but something about being around a lot of people, having to wait in line, and hearing the cry's of a 9 year old because she's tired of walking made the day kind of frustrating.

First of all it took us over an hour to find a place to park AND to find guest services. Secondly, we had little to no help from staff because most of them did not know where guest services was and lastly when we arrived at the guest services office the paper work took another 30 minutes to complete.  By that time my daughter was having a complete melt down.

I can’t blame her for acting that way. In my mind I was doing the same thing. 
Now it may seem like the trip was a complete waste of time but it was not. My daughter had a great time (once we were inside the park) and she loved the fact that I would go on most of the rides with her.

It was worth the frustration of the day just to see how much she enjoyed herself.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Terrific Tuesday's Update!

Starting today I will post a new blog update every Tuesday. I am very excited about this new schedule! Next update will be about our trip to Schlitterbahn water park.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Women Who Threw a Temper Tantrum

Have you ever been so mad that you just want to scream? 

Recently a viral video of the women who throws a temper tantrum was posted on YouTube. In the video you can see that the women had a melt down towards her husband when he would not take her to the lake.

When you watch the video you will see that there is a greater issue than just going to the lake. How many of us have a lack of communication in our marriages and let the little things pile on and on without getting to the root of the problem? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the rate is at 6.8 per 1,000 marriages in the U.S. end up in divorce simply because of the lack of communication in a marriage.

So how can spouses have a better marriage and communicate better? Here are 3 tips that I have found that have worked for my marriage.

1. Listen to your spouse.
My husband is usually  the one that follows though on this one. Both spouses should try to see what the root of the problem really is and listen to the other one.

2. No Name Calling.
Calling your spouse an "idiot" even if they have done something stupid is never okay. Try to refrain from using a statement like that. You may feel that way in the heat of the moment but afterward the feeling will dissipate. This rule of no name calling should also extends to social media sites as well.

3.  Look for a solution together.
 That means that there should be a comprise from both spouses. It does not matter who is right or who is wrong. Don't keep score and try to find a solution to the problem together.

I also like what Dr. Phil says about fighting fair with your spouse. His advice would have really help the couple in the temper tantrum video. He mentions that couples should be allowed to retreat with dignity.
"How an argument ends is crucial. Recognize when an olive branch is being extended to you — perhaps in the form of an apology or a joke — and give your partner a face-saving way out of the disagreement."
This was obviously not the case when the husband decided to video tape his now ex-wife secretly. I know that these tips are easier to write about than to apply but you can do it if you make an effort to do so.

Do you have any tips for a successful marriage? Let me know in the comments below.