If writing for a fitness blog has taught me anything, it’s that I have to practice what I “preach”.

After writing a post about making exercise work with kids, I really had no excuse. So I found this:


It’s a playground next to the track! There is absolutely NO reason I couldn’t get out there! As you can see there was a huge rain cloud sitting directly over us, but it blew over eventually. (We live in Washington. If we waited for dry weather to do anything, we’d never leave the house!) I was excited to do some speed work and actually surprised myself with a 8:22 min mile! As usual, I’m faster than I think! I do have to mention – I love this track because it’s asphalt so the kids can ride their bikes and I “chase” them. What really kills me is how FAST Jake is on his bike! I really have to work to try to catch up to him!

Next, we headed out to Seaview trail – kids still on bikes and me giving “boosts” up the hills, picking up fallen bikes, kissing boo-booed knees, and a quick detour down to the beach!


I LOVE the ocean more than I could ever express. Good thing I happen to be married to a sailor!

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As we walked down to the water, the salty-sea air hit me and I just felt joyful and content. Yeah, perhaps it was the endorphin high, but it was still joy.

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We saw some pretty good waves, reminding us of Hawaii…


but one look at Hannah’s coat reminded us where we really were!

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On this trail they have random driftwood art  – so appropriate!

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Sea Serpent and Fish!

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Joy is everywhere. Even on the hard days. Even on deployment groundhog days.

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Joy is everywhere – we just have to be looking for it!


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