I don’t think I’ve been this happy for a Friday in a long time.

I’ve been keeping my head above water. Every day, I’ve been getting up and pushing forward. All in all, I’ve been productive, which is a good thing.

Today, I may be taking it a little slow. I got a nasty splinter in the meat of my heel on Wednesday, when I was doing an awesome Halloween-themed photo shoot of little man and his friend in their costumes. I was coming off the beach and stepped down hard on an errant piece of wood. It hurt like hell, and when I got home, I begged Mr PugRunner to remove it. He did a great job, and we thought it was completely gone, but on Thursday morning, after some hours of volunteering at school, the area started hurting. Badly.

The splinter was lodged right in the place where all my weight is born, when I stand. I was stuck at school, and couldn’t do much about it, except put my weight on the outside of my foot until I got home and recruited Mr PugRunner yet again. It took him about 15 minutes, and some tears from me, but he finally got it out (bless him!). Unfortunately, it still hurts, and I’m a little nervous about running on it. I may give it a day to heal a little more. I am back up to 10 miles this week, and I want to feel good about it. I’m annoyed that a splinter could cause this kind of delay, but I have to give myself permission to treat my body well when something is bothering me, too.

On a more positive note, we had our annual family photos taken, by the talented Jess of EGD Photography. Little man had the best time hamming it up for the camera. Family portraits are really important to me – I love having recorded memories of my favorite people (and even pugs, when we can), and since I’m always the one behind the camera, it’s a special treat for me to get in front from time to time.

I want to share some of our favorites.

We are so thrilled with the end results, and I can’t wait to order our holiday cards and enlargements to frame in our home.

Also of note, fall has come to Florida. The temperatures have been in the 50s at night (70s and 80s during the day). Tonight was downright brisk, and a cold front is coming in, which means that it may be time to give up the flip flops. I know a lot of people prefer running in the cold, but I really think I may be better suited for the heat and humidity. Time will tell.

Are you as big of a baby as I am when it comes to splinters?

How are the temperatures near you?

Do you take regular family pictures for your home or personal albums?

Whatever your plans this weekend, I hope they are wonderful!

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20 Responses to tgif

  1. Beautiful pictures of your family! I’m sure your holiday cards will be wonderful 🙂
    It is FREEZING HERE! Right now the temp is 31 and there is frost on my windshield, we had to drag all of the plants in and I’m wearing flannel pj pants. I love fall but was not prepared for the cold weather this quickly. During the day it warms up it’s just so cold in the morning and at night. This must be a first the heat on in October! Two years ago it snowed on Halloween…crazy.
    Enjoy your weekend!! 🙂
    Karen @karenlovestorun
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  2. Y’all are so cute!

    I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing weekend. I hear you on the crazy week. It’s like the world was trying to fit as much annoyance into one week as possible.

    Hope your heel recovers!
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  3. Haley says:

    I am so loving a little dip in the thermostat. I’m a Floridian by birth, so I think I’ve had my limit on hot weather. I need a little winter weather every now and then or I’ll go bonkers.
    We were supposed to have holiday family photos done two weekends ago, but my husband had to go out of town for business so I had to cancel. Yours turned out super cute!!! Your little man is adorbs.
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  4. We don’t take family pics but we SHOULD! Yours are So cute!
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  5. Matilda says:

    Great photo’s, I can tell you had fun.
    I’m a photographer so I take photo’s all the time, my only problem is it’s so hard to choose which to put up!
    My pain threshold is pretty pathetic, so I would have been like you, and had some tears.
    A relaxing weekend here for a change yay. Temp is in the 20’s (Celsius that is, have no idea what that is in Fahrenheit 70’s?)
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I love photography. I just have to sit down and make time to order these prints and frame them. Remember the good ol’ days when everything had to be actually printed?

      I have a high pain threshold, but certain pains make me cringe. This was one of them. Ugh. Lesson learned about not wearing my shoes, right?

      Enjoy the beautiful weather!

  6. I love the pictures and so sorry about the splinter! Yes, I’m a baby too when it’s comes to splinters. It’s cold here in Maryland. It was 30s this morning when I woke up and still dark so I really had to motivate myself to get out and run. 🙂

  7. Kathy Bruinooge says:

    The pictures are wonderful. We had the opportunity to do that on vaca this past year on cape cod…. Very special memory indeed. Can I please ask how you are doing your runs these days? I struggle with continuous running but want to up my miles… I did 5.3 miles this morning. Ran the first 2.5 solid but then needed to intermittently walk the last 2.8.. Mind you I walk for about 15 seconds and then continue… Not sure if its because I’m afraid to push myself …. Just curious… What you are doing… Thanks… Hope you had a great run today… It was 35 here and beautiful…

    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, pictures on Cape Cod must have been gorgeous!

      I am still doing intervals. I run 2:30 and walk 1:00, unless I’m doing speed work, and then I switch to run 2:15 and walk 1:00. It seems to be working well and my times are improving, so I think I’m just going to stick with it until it doesn’t work anymore. 🙂

  8. Ahhhh Your little one it just too cute for words!
    We would take pictures every year for Christmas cards, but it was always just us kids, usually somewhere on vacation.
    I’m sorry about your foot, splinters are absolutely the worst!!
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  9. Meghan says:

    Gorgeous photos! I LOVE your smiles in the last one, it just radiates happiness!

  10. Nikki says:

    Those pictures are SO cute!!!
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  11. Diana says:

    Love these pictures! =) We started having family pictures taken every year when our son was born. Rarely do I like any pictures of me, and therefore I’m never IN pictures, but I try to make a point of it now because I don’t want to be dead in 50 years and have my kids left with no photos of us together. Morbid, right? LOL Anyway, I love these pictures – they show what a happy family you have – and your little guy is SO CUTE. =)
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