But if there's one thing Blaine has, it's determination. He has a stick-to-it-ness that I seriously lack. I am a big quitter. Not Blaine. He went out running every. single. day. It was amazing and inspiring to watch his progression.
But there was only one problem. All of this running was taking a lot of time, and it left me home with a screaming baby. Totally not cool.
So we bought a jogging stroller.
[Pretend this is a picture of Blaine pushing a cute baby Gwen in a jogging stroller]
[we got a new computer! : ) All my pictures are still on the old computer : ( ]
And Blaine and Gwen would go running together while I relaxed. It was what Michael Scott would call "a win-win-win". Exercise (with extra resistance!) for Blaine, peace and quiet for me, exciting scenery for Gwen. Perfection.
They ran together in Provo, they ran together in Oregon, they ran together in Provo again, and then in Minnesota, and then in Provo once more.
As Gwen grew older they would have talks on the runs and it was something they both looked forward to.
We move to Texas and they ran there. Bentley was born and a month later we upgraded to a double jogging stroller, and the three of them would go running.
We got two dogs and he would take them running too.
Many things changed about their runs; the locations, the distance, the company, but one thing stayed the same. Always Gwen and Dad.
I bet Gwen has logged well over a thousand miles in strollers in her short life so far.
It's complicated matters now that we have three kids. I've seen triple joggers around, but that is just getting a bit ridiculous. Plus, Ivy is the best baby in the history of mankind and I live for spending solo time with her. So Ivy would stay with me while the others would go out running.
Then the other day we strapped Gwen and Bentley in the stroller.
We both stood there looking at Gwen. Then we both looked at eachother. And it was then that we realized that Gwen is just simply too big to go on runs anymore. She doesn't fit in the stroller.
And it was a sad, sad day. For all of us. But especially me. And Blaine.