Friday, April 15, 2016

Happy Anniversary Mr. Basbe

Early spring of 2005, I'm typing to my love in AOL messenger and he mistypes babe as basbe and 11 years later, it's what we still call each other.

This man. There's so much to say about him that I couldn't possible to him justice. There's so many sides to him. He's my rock, my place of rest and peace, my anchor in this crazy world. It's not always been easy, fun or nice, but it's been worth every single second from the first time I met him, playing a guitar at a prayer meeting at church, to just a couple minutes ago when I kissed him good bye for the day.

If I had to do it all over, 
I would do it the exact same way,
 the highest joys 
and the deepest heartbreaks, 

Even though we don't really celebrate this wedding anniversary, we celebrate December 16, the day of our first date and the day we renewed our vows in 2011, in front of God, family and friends, I just want to take a moment to say...

Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary, my love 

2006, the year we eloped 
2011 ~ Vow renewal 

I'm now Mrs. Reynolds....again!! 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Blog

As I dive more into running and fitness this year, I decided to finally utilize a different blog I created a few months ago.  Instead of posting here about that topic, you can find my ramblings here: Every Mile Earned

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My AFAA Primary Group Certification Experience

***UPDATE - my certification came in the mail yesterday!  I passed. I was so nervous opening it but what a relief to find out I had passed.  So it just a little over 4 weeks waiting.***

I'm writing this for those of you who are starting on the journey for your Primary Group Cert.  When I first started looking into this last September there wasn't too many personal experiences out there for me to see what I'd be facing.

I signed up for one of their APEX weekends, which saves a significant amount of money.  If you can wait till of one of them, I think they are 2x's a year, then that's the way to go.  The one I registered for was at a college that is about 2-1/2 hours from me.  I'm grateful that I have a relative about 30 minutes from that college so I didn't have to drive down there that morning, I stayed the night with them and thankfully I was able to get a little extra sleep. I got there about 45 minutes early and it was a good thing because the thing that gives you your parking tickets had a huge line.  People were coming into the workshop late. I'll keep that in mind with the next workshop I attend.

Oh, let me back up a bit.  I received an email about 2 weeks after I signed up (I registered in December for February APEX) with links in it to a live study group.   Here's what the email calls it:

"Since you registered early, we are pleased to offer you an optional complimentary live online study group session as part of your registration."

But it was definitely more just an outline of the workshop with a Q&A at the end, the Q&A was the most informational part of it.
They told us to dress comfy, in layers, bring food & water, bring a chair if you want, bring a yoga mat if you want, pencils, your book and study guide.  We never touched the book or study guide.

The live study group actually goes over what's in the front of the study guide but in more detail, pages 5-8. The woman running the group also went through the study guide and told us how many questions would be on the test from each section.

Make sure you study, study, study. Make sure you know your muscle groups and and the joint actions each do. For example, the bicep is elbow flexion and latissimus dorsi is shoulder extension and shoulder adduction.  Study and know your vocabulary for the anatomical terms, anatomical planes, joint actions, muscle terms (e.x. agonist, assistors, etc) and muscle actions.  We used these terms a lot, all day!

Side note: Research on line for some other blogs and youtube videos. I found a few great ones. I got some great ideas that helped me study.
1. ADDuctor : adding something, bring together.  Your adductors bring your legs together.
2. ABDuctor: think of being abducted by aliens :), or away from.  these two tips really helped me. the instructor had some different suggestions but they weren't as memorable as these I found.
3. Gastrocnemius (glad I don't have to try to pronounce that for you all!) remember "Gas - Calf" that tips helped to finally get it to stick for me.
4.  Your muscle man.  Know him. Intimately!  He'll be about 20 questions on your test. Know every one of his muscles and the actions!   One of the tips I found was to copy him, block out the muscles and make little cards with the names on them, then line them up.  I did that and I also used an extra copy and filled in the muscles myself once I knew them and took notes on that one.


Back to the workshop.  After everyone was there and checked in, you start moving and you really don't stop till you go to take your test.

The instructor went over the muscle man and ever muscle action.  She'd have us repeat back all the ones she'd just covered.  It was a great review.  She also went over proper alignment and the cues that you should remember and teach the participants in your classes.

Next she started going over the different sections of the practical exam.  I'll be honest, I've been co-teaching a class for about 5 months and I was still terrified for this part. I was sure I'd forget everything about the muscle actions and exercises for them. After she finished all the review for the practical exam, I was so comfortable with the process, I knew I could do it with no problems.

I'm sure every instructor does the workshops differently but this is what she did:

  • Had us practice warm up moves. We only needed to know three and you just keep repeating them till she says stop.  Be prepared to move a lot, I mean a lot. She had us keep practicing till everyone looked like they knew what they were doing. 
  • Then we moved on to the cardio. We had 30 seconds to reach high intensity cardio. Unfortunately, it felt like 5 minutes of straight cardio during each practice of this. And we did this over and over like the warm up. 
  • Next we went through every muscle group. We had to know two exercises for each and a stretch. I was surprised at the exercises we weren't allowed to do that my class has been doing. She kept reminding us that it's for beginner participants so things like a deadlift weren't allowed.  She did show us every single exercise we could do and the stretches so if for some reason we weren't prepared, we were by the time she was done.  
  • After lunch we sat and reviewed the written test portion.  I won't say she spoon fed us the answers but she went over all the most important info we needed and we saw it all on the written test.  She took about 45 minutes and did a rapid review.
  • Then we took our tests.  
  • Individual presentation, which is at the end of the practical, was so easy. I was glad I wasn't first and I wasn't last either.  By the end I was exhausted.  We were all lined up in rows facing one direction for the practical and for the individual presentation, you go to the front and teach the entire group a strength or cardio move. It's not nearly as scary as it sounds or I thought it would be.  Just remember your cues, proper alignment, and to define each level you are doing. 
    • I did squats. (a good part of the group did squats. I did more squats and grapevines that day than I ever want to do again).  You introduce yourself, explain the muscle groups you'll be working, give alignment cues and start with level one.  Through the whole thing you keep talking and you move to the next level, without stopping between levels and make sure you let the class know they can go back to a previous level if the challenge is too great.  

So that's it.  I left knowing I'd made one stupid mistake in my practical, got exercises mixed up once, but overall I felt I really nailed it and was pretty comfortable with the multiple choice test too.

Now for a wait of 5+ weeks to find out if I passed. Good luck if you are journeying down this path also!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in pictures (and a few words)

This has been one heck of a year.

I was telling a friend yesterday about how there were deep lows this year, mixed in with amazing blessings, for example, in September my ex-husband died and in the midst of helping his mom and our boys with arrangements, my husband and I had a grandbaby born.  Her response was, "That's amazing because most people don't have such blessings when going through hard times." That simple statement helped to change my perspective of 2014. Yes there were hard times but also some really great is a compilation of pictures from each month, some have more than others but I realize there were many moments, often not captured by the camera and each one is precious to me.

So here is a very long photo wrap of of 2014, come along on the journey and enjoy a peek at who we are:


January was a dry and sad month for us. I didn't take many pictures at all.  Here is one of our Tink and Peyton.


February was another month of hibernating from the bone chilling winter we were having, dealing with the courts and just waiting for the warmer weather to come.

It's not a great picture but I love it because my son and I are just chatting and laughing on my birthday


My sister and I are both February babies but we weren't able to get together to celebrate till March. 

Dad and I

My little sis and me

Mini-me at her EPAC fundraiser at Barnes and Noble.


This month started off with deep heartbreak.  This was the month that Peyton left our home.

Day before he left

Tink as a Blind Mouse in EPAC's production of SHREK the Musical





The month my husband whisked me away from normal life for two whole weeks.

We drove to Asheville to visit my friend, then to Homestead and the Miami area to visit a friend of Hubby's, then to the Marathon and Key West for a few days and then to Daytona Beach for a week. It was a much needed vacation for both of us and I have more pictures that I could ever share here. If you are interested in seeing them you can look on my Flickr.

Packed in and ready for the long drive ahead

I miss her so much!

This picutre captures all we love about the south. Palm trees, ocean and the blazing sun. (Marathon, FL)

We watched Raoul roll this cigar, then we bought it.
We will light it up and share it the day we fulfill our dream of moving south.

Daytona Beach

Christian's graduation from RIT


Hubby was the only one really crazy enough to get into the pool this past summer.
It was a chilly summer and the water stayed cold.

Beautiful granddaughter
Tink and Tay 

Father's Day. Hubby always mans the grill.

Me and our son Aaron

Hubby and his son Aaron

Tink and her brother Seth

Seth, Joe and Henry

camping on our hill

the girls loved climbing on the hay bales up on our hill. 


July was a pivotal month for me. You can here more of why here.

Every year on Tink's bday we do a Mommy & Me picture.
I love this one because we're both squinting from the sun. 

Tink's bday morning

The view as we were leaving.
Wow, when they grow up??

Tink and Tay with their counselor.  
Hubby and his mom on his bday


We discovered kayaking and bought a convertible, named Katharine, after the Great White Shark.

Taking Kat for a drive

 All the kids are part of our group except one!

I couldn't have survived Tink's toddler years without these women

 Hubby, Tay and Tink

Tink and her life love friend Boo. 

I love having friends like this! 


September started out like any others, homeschool lessons started again, fall weather was beautiful and then it took a life changing turn, for my boys.....

 Labor Day kayaking 

First day of school 

We kayaked 7 miles this day

 the memorial for their father

 The boys with a family friend who has been a part of my life since I was a kid.


This was another month that I didn't take many photos.  My hubby had to go to Nashville but first he got his plans changed by a day so I could attend the Runner's World Half Marathon & Festival's 5k. Pictures for that to follow.

 waiting for daddy's plane to take off

We got lots of cuddle time in. 
Tink was almost sad when daddy came home 
because she couldn't sleep with me anymore.


Thanksgiving is such a time of joy and blessing for me. My favorite part is after the dinner is done, on the table and everyone is chatting while eating.  Family. It's really what it's all about.  This was the second year there was Great Grandparents, Great Aunt and Uncle,  Grandpa and Nana (us), Aunts, Uncles, brothers, sisters. Family.

 1st Snow

 I love that so many of the family can make it each year. 

Precious grandkids


Cody's birthday kicks off the month. Our 10 year anniversary was this month too. What an amazing journey it's been so far! 
 Christmas eve celebration is our house with my hubby's side of the family and then at my mom's on Christmas with my side of the family.  Through it all there is laughter, food, family, love and of course music. 


 Cody and his girlfriend Kayla. She's a wonderful addition to our family

 Christmas Eve carols led by my hubby

Our daughter Ali and our beautiful granddaughter.

 I love this man with all my heart. 

I love these kids 

 It was a lot of fun to have some of the adult kids around on Christmas morning this year

 Beautiful Sisters - the two most influential women in my life

Thrilled with her dolly and me sleeping bags 

The boys love their aunt

Running 2014

Since I ran a marathon in 2010, I have only sporadically run, till July of this year.  I ran four 5k's and around 200 miles.  

 Aug 14 -Women's Distance Run  32:11

Aug 23 - Chris Thater Memorial   30:20

Beautiful (hilly) October run

 With Bart Yasso - one of my running heros

 with Ted Spiker - the creator of the Sub 30 Club that became my driving motivation to run a sub 30 minute 5k

My greatest Champion, supporter, encourager and love of my life

My 1st sub 30 5k and it was a rough one but was so excited it happened at RW! 

Training run in late October 

my second sub 30 5k - I placed 2nd in my age group at the Chilly Chase 5k  29:56

Thanks for coming along on this journey. 

And now, as I wrap up this long post, I'm headed to bed. However I must first remove my contacts, on this last evening of 2014 so that tomorrow when I wake, I can put in my fresh contacts and view 2015 with new eyes.