Race Recap

October 19th, 2019 by Rachel

A huge thanks to everyone who supported me through your encouragement and donations to Scottish Rite Hospital in preparation for my first half marathon. It was a fun weekend, and a memorable way to mark the 10th anniversary of my back surgery. As we were packing for the weekend, Bud very seriously gave me a map he drew so I would know where to run in my big race. The circle is the starting point. Such a sweetie!


We made it to Dallas on Friday night and spent Saturday with family and friends. We had a great visit in McKinney with my brothers and sisters-in-law. Sadly, we did not get out the camera, but enjoyed visiting with Jason and Megan, who are expecting their first baby this summer, and with Zach and Paige and their sweet little girls. Our kids spent their time chasing Megan’s cats around. That afternoon, we got to hang out with Erin and Jonathan and their daughter, Cara. I always think Cara reminds me so much of Sugar, and, though she is five months younger, is about her height. Kelly tried to hold them so we could get a picture, but the girls were trying to steal baby dolls from each other. (Speaking of baby doll’s, the eyes are so scary in this one–almost like tapidum lucidum… oh the things you remember from anatomy and dissecting cats for two semesters, but I digress.)


Saturday night was filled with many night wakings and I ended up getting a mere five hours of fitful sleep before the race. Backing up about four weeks, I completed my ten mile run before Thanskgiving, and developed some severe IT band tightness and pain. I attempted to relieve it through rest, minimal running until race day, frequent massage, using the best Massage guns for this. I kept up the cardio on the elliptical, but was still experiencing a lot of tightness. Throughout the night before the race, my hip was really tight. Thomas took me to the race while Mom and Woody were the heroes of the day and took care of the kids.

I spent all of my warm up time waiting in line for a port-a-potty and made it to my starting carrel about five minutes before the start. The first six miles were great–it was amazing to run with so many people (20,000 had signed up for the race). After mile six, my knee and hip were killing me. I attempted to stretch it several times, but to no avail. Eventually, it tightened up completely. The pain was excruciating and I could only run a few paces before I had to stop. I had to walk the final seven miles. I tried running several times, but my leg would not cooperate. I fought the tears and just focused on finishing in under three hours (my previous goal was 2 hours, 30 minutes). I was in so much pain, and so disappointed in the way things turned out, but I finished, crying as I crossed the line.

I won’t dwell on my disappointment because these things happen, and in the grand scheme of things, this is minor and not something eternal. The highlight of my race, however, was seeing Tracey from this season’s Biggest Loser (I watch it online while I workout). I finished ahead of her, and was and got to wave at her when we passed each other around mile eight.

Tap, tap, tap

August 10th, 2014 by Rachel

Is this thing on? Sorry for the huge break since the last post. The computer was dying a slow death, but Thomas showed me how to post from my phone! So you can expect brief posts with more pictures and fewer words.





Favorite Things

January 23rd, 2013 by Rachel

1. We watched Mr. Universe one night around the new year. I haven’t laughed so hard in ages. We paused it a few times just to catch our breath. The parts about homebirth and parenting were hilarious! There was some language, just so you know. Here is a preview of one of my favorite parts:

2. This is the tastiest and easiest butternut squash recipe. I have been making it once a week. Speedy gobbles it up by the fistful.

3. I entered the twenty-first century this month by getting a smart phone. Well, actually Thomas took care of picking one out and purchasing it for me, but it is mine. I held off for a long time, but wow, this makes reminding myself of things, texting, finding price comparisons and directions SO easy.

I remember when I first got a cell phone in 2003. I waited a really long time because I was so poor, but calling my mom without having to get a calling card sounded appealing. So did being in the know about my friends’ plans for the evening without having to go home and listen to the answering machine. On my way to the cell phone store, I got rear-ended. It was really minor and my car was fine, for my beat up, no-hubcap Rolla. While in the store, a huge thunderstorm came up, and my roommate and I got drenched on the short run back to the car. Then, my car wouldn’t start. The battery had died while I was in the store for 30 minutes. I began to wonder if God was telling me not to get a cell phone. And look at me now!

4. I made a weekly schedule for our homeschooling. It doesn’t have specific times because there are many obstacles to getting things done by a set time, and that is one of the beauties of homeschooling. It is basic and says, “Monday: math, spelling lesson, new Bible verse, CC review, review all of CC Latin and Grammar memory work, art class, science lesson/activity.” It has helped Bud stay on track and see what needs to be done each day. It also helps me stay on top of reviewing all of our memory work each week. My only regret is that I didn’t do something like this sooner!

5. Speaking of homeschooling, if you do CC, have you seen this blog? I love her craft ideas for teaching more about some of the memory work. We are enjoying delving deeper into our science memory work, and these crafts are a great idea.

Cleaning Confessions

September 14th, 2012 by Rachel

For those of you who have reading this blog since it’s inception 7.5 years ago, you may recall the string of green cleaning recipes I posted ages ago, back when Bud was a wee tot and I had all the time in the world to clean the house and tweak cleaning recipes. I got this email from a reader-friend:

If you’re up for it and have time, can you revisit your cleaning routines on your blog? Or I suppose you could just email me if you don’t want to write a post. Long ago when I first started reading your blog, you posted about green cleaning and your routine. But that was when you only had one child, I think. So, I’m curious how things have changed. Because I’m trying to figure it out with two children. And, I kind of wonder if the house will just be messy for the next 18 years. You seem to be a tidy person but you also don’t seem irritated that Speedy is always making messes. Have you had to dial down your expectations for the state of your home?

I spent a day at my friend’s house who used to work as a Maid Complete in Kansas City, seeing the way her house is set up and how she cleaned even when I was there, got me thinking. I have had to change my cleaning routines over the years, and I don’t hold nearly as I high of a standard as I did back when I first started blogging in both cleaning routines and using all-natural cleaners. Read more »

Speedy is 5 Months Old

January 27th, 2012 by Rachel

Time seems to be flying with Little Man. He has grown so much this past month. He weighs 16.5 pounds and he has outgrown all his 3-6 month size sleepers and most of his shirts.

Speedy is a very busy baby. His little legs are almost always kicking while he is being held. They kick faster when he sees something he likes, like his big brother. He is very proficient at rolling from his back to his tummy. He can roll from his tummy to back, but why would he need to do that? He loves being on his tummy, kicking his legs and pushing up on his arms. He scoots backward across the floor while playing on his tummy and can turn around in a circle, reaching for toys. He desperately wants to move around, but all in good time. He likes being in the exersaucer, but any other baby containment device elicits fussing within minutes.

Speedy was sleeping fairly well, but has been waking up a lot more at night. I’m not sure what is going on. There were a few nights of excessive (like every hour or hour and half) night wakings, but he is going a little longer these days. At the beginning of the month, his naps lasted 45 minutes, max. Now, he is napping anywhere from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours. He stays awake for 1.5-2 hours before needing to go back to sleep. Our days have a bit more flow with the longer naps.

His hands are working more purposefully, grabbing whatever is in sight with razor sharp nails (no matter how often I clip them!). He grabs burp cloths, faces, shirts, hair, toys, cups, his own feet, etc. with abandon. He laughs very easily and often, little giggles to great big belly laughs. He will laugh while being tickled, tossed around the air, while big brother makes a face at him (he laughed this way the whole way through HEB last week, all Bud had to do was raise his eyebrows and Speedy was busting a gut laughing), if Sugar does a dance for him, he laughs and laughs. He has been laughing since he was two months old, but then it was mostly in his sleep. He is such a smiley, squealing, giggling cutie! We sure love him.

So Long, Mullet!

January 13th, 2012 by Rachel

I finally got the go-ahead to cut off little man’s mullet. It was surprisingly long when I got it all off!

This is what it looked like before the big chop:

And the remnants:

And a most-recent picture of Mr. Wiggle Worm (taken by Bud.)

It’s a Boy!

August 28th, 2011 by Rachel

Speedy Supercinski
August 25, 2011 at 5:42 a.m.
7 pounds, 8 ounces, 20 inches long
Everyone is home and healthy and doing great

Birth story coming soon!

Out with the Old

February 23rd, 2011 by Rachel

I woke up a few days ago loathing my hair. It was too long, too stringy, too messy, took forever to dry, I kept finding pieces of it all over the place, etc., etc. Those of you ladies who know that feeling, know that it often results in a haircut. For me, it was a rather drastic one. I measured it and realized that it was long enough to donate. You can see the before and after shots below, along with a preview of the baby belly at 13 weeks.

And afterward… (I’m getting flashbacks from high school since my hair was very similar back then)

January in Our Home

January 31st, 2011 by Rachel

We had a fun-filled month here in the Supercinski household this January. We got back into the swing of doing school after having several weeks off around the holidays, though we were consistent with math and phonics lessons. The kids have been enjoying all of their new Christmas gifts, especially the little in-house trampoline my grandparents helped us get them for Christmas. Bud has been keeping very busy building and creating things in his room while listening to books on CD, and Sugar loves to dress up and hates having to change to go out.

I hosted a reunion for one of my latest Bradley classes, and it was so much fun to get to meet all those beautiful babies. I was able to attend my final birth as part of my doula-training requirements, and it was a really great birth, even with pitocin and breaking her water early, she did amazing. I just need to buckle down and write some papers and then I can submit all my work and get certified soon. I don’t intend to help at a so many births, but it something I enjoy doing and hope to continue doing as our family circumstances allow.

I’m thinking about doing just a monthly update and tossing the books in that section, we’ll see how long it lasts. I only read one book this month, but I have a good excuse.
Uncharted by Angela Hunt – this is a Christian fiction book that I cannot remember where I heard it recommended, but I did, so I read it. It was fairly well written, and it tells the story of a group of friends from college that reunite 15 years later. They end up going on a trip to build a school in a remote island, but are shipwrecked along the way. The rest of the story follows the story of Lazarus and the rich man from Luke 16. It was interesting and thought-provoking, and would make an interesting book club selection.

Merry Christmas!

December 23rd, 2010 by Rachel

For those of you who did not get our Christmas card, you can consider this your online version, along with a bonus mini-letter.

This year has been a wonderful year for our family. We began homeschooling Bud in pre-K/Kindergarten and have enjoyed all the changes and community that have come along with it. Bud is almost five years old, and keeps himself busy with blocks, cars, and drawing. Sugar is two-and-a-half and enjoys playing with babies, changing clothes, accessorizing, and coloring. Thomas continues to enjoy his job and expanding our garden season-by-season. I have taught 20 couples this year in childbirth classes, gotten certified as a lactation educator and been able to serve in the community teaching free breastfeeding classes. I have also been able to attend a few births this year as a doula-in-training. The Lord has been so good to us.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to any blog readers that have stuck around this year!