Day in and day out, we push Hailey out of her comfort zone. We push her physically and mentally. Somewhere along the way, I've noticed that we are all moving out of our comfort zone a little bit. Pushing ourselves to do things we wouldn't normally do. This week, Brayden (who is deathly afraid of heights) was somehow convinced to ride the biggest roller coaster at Kings Island, Diamondback. Ian and I joked that Brayden would back out at the last minute. He surprised us and stuck with his decision. I'm very proud of him! He said he loved it, but wasn't jumping at a chance to ride it a second time :-)
|Dad and Brayden making their way to the top of the first hill|
|Brayden seems quite calm getting off the ride with Dad!|
|Brayden and Dad definitely not trying to look as cool as the two guys in front of them.|
|He was very proud of himself!|
We were even able to convince Ian that he had to try a ride that scared him. I'm very proud of him. He was scared to ride a bigger coaster, but he did it and loved it.
|Ian was very nervous behind that smile.|
|Hailey was joined by two sisters. They taught her to use the steering wheel even when it was moving.|
About 9 weeks ago, I decided I was going to start running. My goal was to run a 5K. I've never been a runner. I'll gladly take any fitness class and give it 110%, but don't ask me to run. Not me, not ever. So 4 days a week for 9 weeks, I've been walking/running to build myself up to running. I've been getting up before the household for a little me time. Just me, the sunrise, and my music.
|Some mornings my mood and the skies were cloudy|
|Some mornings, it was hard not to smile at the beautiful sky|
I had no race in mind. I figured I would find one in the fall. Well ironically, the end of my couch to 5K program, a race was happening in my neighborhood during a festival. I decided it was now or never. I registered and I ran. It was out of my comfort zone. It scared the living daylights out of me. I didn't run the entire race. The course was hilly (I was not aware of that or I may not have signed up for it!) and I'd been running on fairly flat land. I finished. I'm proud I set a goal, stuck to it and saw it through. Maybe I'll actually stick with this :-)
|The first of many race numbers?|
|Me nervously waiting to start the race|
Somehow having Hailey has pushed us all out of our comfort zone. It's not always easy....it's not always by chose. Some have gone fabulously, others not so well. Who would have thought, a little dimpled two year old could make all of us try new things. Can't wait to see what we all try next!