Some back story: My husband and I got married in Springtime 2006. We decided that we would move to Mainz, Germany for his PhD (he's a fancy schmancy chemist man) and explore the world. A few months before the move, we learned that I was pregnant. At twenty weeks pregnant and with two suitcases a piece and nowhere to live, we moved to Germany in January 2007.
It was really tough and really amazing moving to another country. We learned everything the hard way, made tons of mistakes, were dirt poor, still managed to travel a bit on the cheap, and made some truly amazing friends. Both children were born there, and I became somewhat of a "crunchy" mama--babywearing, co-sleeping, cloth-diapering, and breastfeeding. I wasn't into fitness at the time, but I had a working knowledge (I was a women's gym manager before the move), and we were major outdoor enthusiasts. We spent lots of time walking the fields of our little neighborhood, eating fruits off the trees, and loving nature there.
He graduated and was offered a job in July 2010, which took us to Central New Jersey. His job was rotational training for two nine-month periods, so we've moved a lot since then. NJ was nice and it was a huge culture shock after being German-ish for so long! We moved next to Westchester Co, NY just above NYC. It was our favorite place ever. We loved the town, our neighbors were truly amazing, it was 30 minutes to everything from NYC to mountains to coast. We lived on the Hudson River, and life was so nice....but expensive. For his permanent position, we chose to move to the South and have a cheaper cost of living and be back by family. In January 2012, we moved to a suburb of Charlotte, NC. We really like it here! It's the South, but not. We've been here for a few years and I suspect we'll be here for at least a few more, but who knows what will happen. We kinda hope it involves another country, though.
Details on the family: My daughter is little miss drama. In a good way, mostly. She's hilarious, passionate, very kind-hearted, empathetic, highly emotional, and getting girlier by the day. She likes to pretend she's a tomboy and run with me, but she also owns 10x more jewelry than I have and loves to buy clothes already. My favorite trait of hers is her compassion. She's a kind soul. She's a veteran of the Spartan Kid's Race, a few "road races", competes in TaeKwonDo tournaments, practices yoga with mom, and loves to try to be healthy! She is due to get her black belt in TKD this August 2015, woohoo!!
|He can outrun zombies.|
For a while, I was a distance runner after taking up running upon our move back to the States. I did it to get in shape, but then it became my release. I've ran marathons, trail races, obstacle races, and want to eventually get into ultras if I ever have the free time! One of my favorite things is helping instill healthy habits into my children. I adore seeing them pick healthier options and respect nature. I'm also an avid crafter, Pinterest addict, and repurposing queen. I love knowing that I've made something beautiful out of something that would otherwise go to waste!
|PR'ing a half marathon like a boss|