I am an adventure seeking wife and mother first! Travel, and endorphins are my best friends. I will try anything once, unless I know
I would be in danger. I have a crazy love of God, running, triathlon, the outdoors, dirt, wine, friends, good Vegan food, Yoga,
animals, happiness, and life! I truly believe the only limits in life are the ones set by ourselves. So get out there and expand the limits!!
~~Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wine-ing, Whining and Winning!

What to do about life? 
This is huge and has been weighing on my mind recently.  Greg and I have found ourselves in such a weird space.  All within a 3-week span, we had ONE bright, brilliant boy graduate from college.  ONE darling, determined daughter move away for school at the U of I.   And ONE, comical, creative, Cub that entered public school as an 8th grader, after 7 years of homeschooling.
What to do about life?
Greg and I are wandering the rooms of our home, in search of the faintest whisper of noise during the day.  Strange place we are in. 
For me, because I have spent the past 13-plus years as a SAHM, it is the most bizarre feeling.  I am whipping up recipes in the kitchen in the middle of the afternoon (which is normal) but what is NOT normal, is that I usually have Alli, or at one point, all three of our home-schooled kids, sitting at the bar, chiming in on what would go good in the recipe.  Alli LOVES to cook!! I miss her sitting there with her school books, asking questions, or reading to me, making art, or crafting up her own delicious recipes.  I have always had the kids around.  Have always had alot of kids around.  
  I am missing the churning in our home.  The activity.  The daily buzz.
Now, it is silent, with the occasion snore from one of the dogs.

And then……Greg.

 My sweet, loving, wonderful hus-by.  He works from our home office, our deck, our patio, or our hammock,  but has now switched his schedule to work on East Coast time!!!…at 2pm…guess who I am bumping into??  Wandering the halls…..
What to do!

On an EXCITING note,  our trip up north to Canada last week was amazing!  We had the most fun with our friends, and kids up there.  Did a lot of wine tasting!  Did a lot of laughing.  Did not a lot of sleeping….

Volunteering for Ironman Canada was incredible!  We worked Run Aid Station #1 "Cirque de Sole" (we won as best run aide station at the banquet.)  We met some incredible people. I loved helping these athletes, as they chugged back water, grabbed sponges to put into their shirts, shorts, or anywhere else they could fit them, or just squeeze onto their heads, on this 100-degree day!  As a volunteer, we were also privileged to get up bright and early on Monday morning and march ourselves down to register before the general public. At 5am!  So my next Ironman race will be in Penticton, BC next Aug 2012.

 I am REALLY looking forward to getting back to Ironman training….not because it will give me something to do….but….well, yes…..that exact reason!! 
Until then, I will keep up with my Asylum workouts 3x a week, with a couple of days of Insanity sprinkled in.   Run.  Run a lot!  Tri Cities Marathon in October?  Possible.   And of course hit a few swims, and bikes, before the “real” training kicks in.
 And we do have one little trip to the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 3 weeks!!!!  Nothing like getting your blood pumping, & gettin' ya psyched for training than going to the Big Island to watch the Big Kahuna of Ironman races.

I am VERY excited for this trip!!  It's 10-days in Hawaii.  It's Ironman.  Not to mention how fun it is going to be to see our friend Mr. RS cross that finish line AND to be traveling with our great group of friends from Coeur d’Alene.  Bliss!

So, as one chapter in the Nilges House comes to a close, and we learn to let go of our kids, and live in the hushed rooms of our house, another will open.  I am sure of it!
~~~To be Continuned


  1. I love this post. I can hear the excitement and the melancholy mixing together like oil and vinegar go together to make a yummy salad dressing. Be blessed, my new friend in this new season. Trusting you will deposit good things into different lives as you release your kids to deposit good things into the lives of others. :)

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  3. Hahah I can’t stop laughing from your Will Ferrel as elf...Too funny. Love the photos from the winery, and hopefully your Iron Man turned out fantastic. Best of luck to you in your adventurous travels!