Today is the last day I'll see my in-laws for a whole year! Is it wrong to say just how happy that makes me? I must say that I'm quite proud of myself. I've held my ground and not let my mother-in-law walk all over me. I've been kind and have done everything in my power to hold my tongue and not say anything snarky or rude. All in all in was quite a successful visit, although it was stressful, it went about as smooth as it could, considering who I was dealing with. What an answer to prayer!
We've been busy bee's while they've been here. We went cherry and raspberry picking, rode a gondola, had picnics, went to the beach, had dinner out, movies, etc etc. We went to the beach on Saturday. I, Erica Lynn Kovacs, took off my clothes at the beach and didn't cover my flaws in front of my in-laws. I swam with my kids and chose to enjoy myself instead of hide under layers of clothing. I was very proud of myself. I wasn't proud of my white, jello legs, but was proud I didn't let fear stand in my way of spending quality time with my kids.
I'm a pale girl. Like super pale. I like to say that I reflect the sun I'm so white. While at the beach I used some 50 spf sunscreen. Apparently it was expired. I didn't realize this until I got home 4 hours later and went to take a shower and when I took off my swimming suit I saw a red lobster girl in the mirror. I was insanely red. Here's a picture I took with my phone after I got out of the shower. It continued to redden and blister as the evening went on.
On a different note, I was talking to hubby the other night about where I see myself in the next few years. I told him that I want to start running 5K's and maybe even do like a mini triathlon. I really really really want to be part of those types of competitions. I have no desire to actually win but just to do them and actually finish. I'm super excited about the prospect of actually becoming this athlete I keep dreaming about. My dear sweet hubby just looked at me and said that he knows I can do it and that he can't wait to be cheering me on when I get there. I love that man!
Speaking of running.......I still hate it.....still loathe it with ever fiber of my being.........but it doesn't scare me as much as it did. I will take that as a huge step in the right direction.