The Ultimate Coffee Date November

How on earth can it be November already?  I know this is cliche, but as I get older the time really does go by faster.  I really notice it with the kids.  They are growing up and I have been finding myself wanting to turn the clock back.  I have digressed, let me get back to the start …

Happy Saturday and welcome to another #UltimateCoffeeDate with myself and co-hosts Deborah and Coco.  I love stopping each month and taking a long weekend to go over your links and comments.  It is a nice way to slow down and re-group, re-connect or connect with new bloggers. ♥

Ulitmate Coffee Date

If we were having coffee, I would chat on  about how my kids are growing too fast.  I know, they have to and I am so super proud of all of them.  I just want to stop and slow down.  Is it because I am two years from 50?  Is it because I know that Noah has only two years left in high school and miss Faith is starting next year?  Is it me seeing our oldest Mike, turn 25 and recall back when I had him at 24?  I don’t know what is going on with me.  Menopause!  That has to be it!  Yep, I am totally pointing the finger to that … the M word.  That is a topic for a later day and a lengthy chat with my doctor.

If we were having coffee, I would ramble on  about how the husband and I are celebrating our 18 year wedding anniversary today.   Yes, like pretty much every marriage out there, we have had all the experiences possible.  We have rallied together when we needed to.  We have climbed out of dark places when we had to.  We have embraced and enjoyed the happiness we have had.  We are looking forward to many more years and already chat about having an “empty nest”.  We have been so blessed all these years, regardless of the obstacles we have had to encounter and over come.

What are we doing this very early Saturday morning?  My husband has so willingly agreed to join me at the Cal Berkeley track for a workout/run along with other Berkeley Half Marathon ambassadors and whomever is out there.  An early morning start to a special day.  It is a give and take in marriage and we always support one another.  We make an amazing team for sure, I wouldn’t or couldn’t imagine a better partner for this life.  I have no doubt, that God has some great plans for us and an exciting journey ahead.

If we were having coffee, you would see me tear up  telling you about last night’s football game.   The season is over for the Sonoma Dragons  high school football team and Noah is completing his JV year.  Noah had wanted to quit football last season, but overcame the obstacles he faced with his OCD and social anxiety, to become an offense and defense starter, while playing special teams and punt return.  He by far exceeded the standard and both my husband are beyond proud.  I can’t think of a word that can describe the emotions and feelings I have for Noah and his success.  I tear up just writing about him.  Our son, is amazing, just amazing and tackles each day with struggles, but gets through.  He steps out of that comfort zone when needed and we guide and direct him while supporting him and cheering him on.  Lesson to all of us, we CAN accomplish anything we set our minds to and if we want something bad enough, it is obtainable.

If we were having coffee, I would share with you  the two giveaways going on right now on the blog.  You still have time to enter {all weekend}.
Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter
Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest


Like this mug? Check out more at HeyShabbyMe

If we were having coffee, I would tell you  that I am running my last half marathon of the season.  The Berkeley Half Marathon is November 22nd and I will wrap up the season with that.  We have the Napa Valley Turkey Trot 5k the day before.  Our daughter and I run that together every year.  I am re-grouping my running and training as my husband challenged me to tackle a full marathon next year.  This will be an entire new way of planning, running, and training that I have not taken on yet, so a bit scary.  However, like I said, we CAN accomplish anything if we want it badly enough.

Thank you so much for joining us this weekend.  I am looking forward to checking out your coffee related posts and reading your comments.  I do get back to you {slowly} but surely.  Don’t forget to tweet and share our #UltimateCoffeeDate enjoy your weekend, happy Fall. ♥


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  1. My kids are a junior and freshman so we also talk about becoming Empty Nesters in the new few year. I am trying to avoid that thought ! While I am so proud of my kids and who they are growing up to be, and leaving the house is a natural part of life… its still a big thing. Sounds like your running is going well. I have started training for my first marathon at 45. I am using the Jeff Galloway training program and so far, it is treating my body really really well. Thanks for the link up !
    Karen – Fit in France recently posted…Virtual Coffee Date : NovemberMy Profile

  2. My last two kids are a high school senior and sophomore. The empty nest is coming soon for me. How wonderful for you to soon starting training for a full marathon. I did that this summer and was forced to DNS with a foot injury. But, I hope I can salvage my registration in the next one scheduled in January. Happy Anniversary! Have a wonderful weekend.
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  3. That coffee mug is awesome. I may have actually bought one similar a couple of years ago for my boss. 🙂 Good luck with your races. You are going to close out this year super strong! I’m a little jealous because I have barely raced at all this year. But 2016 is right around the corner and it’s a new year!! But let’s not wish time away, we still have time in 2015 to live!
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  4. My daughter and I run the Turkey trot here together, love it! My hubby and I celebrated 10 years this week, so congrats on your anniversary! Sounds like a great week of fun and family for you, enjoy it!
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  5. Cute way to tell a story. If we were having coffee I may fall asleep on your shoulder lol! (Teething baby = no sleep EVER)

  6. Happy Saturday, Lynda! I do love to read your coffee chats. Wow, 18 years of marriage! That’s amazing, and congrats to your son for finishing a successful season of playing. I wish I was going to be around the area for the Napa Turkey Trot, but I’m heading to Florida. Maybe next year. We still need to meet up for wine one day!
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  7. Awe, happy anniversary!! Have a lovely weekend of celebration. Sounds like you’ve had a positive but emotional week – I’m claiming the weather changing causes this because it’s been like that for me, too!
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  8. Congrats on your anniversary! I’m happy you have a fulfilling life with someone you love and loves you. Very awesome your husband has challenged your abilities and has encouraged you to move forward in your running journey with a half marathon! Loved joining in on this coffee date of yours today! Hope to join the next one earlier. Just about to fill my own cup and write out my rambles ♥
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  9. Hope you have a fabulous anniversary weekend! The kids getting older has been hard for me lately too. I just want to hold onto them! Nice catching up over coffee
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Ultimate Coffee Date-NovemberMy Profile

  10. Happy anniversary!!! 18 years-awesome!! Thank you for sharing that it is hard…..I am learning that every day-we are making it through but I tell ya…..

    Time is flying…I am not sure if it is the Mword or not but it is flying.

    Awww- I can only imagine how proud and weepy you are feeling. I teared up just reading about your son! Good for him!! Continued success to him!

    i LOVE that mug-too funny!

    Good luck on your half! You will rock it!!

    Kudos to your hubby for being so supportive of you and encouraging you to run a full!

    Have a great weekend!

  11. Happy Anniversary to you! I have a 19 year old and a 14 year old step daughter and I so don’t know where the time has gone! I don’t even want to think about the M word, we’re too young for that!! I enjoy this coffee date so much thanks!
    Tricia@MissSippipiddlin recently posted…Coffee Date November EditionMy Profile

  12. Happy Anniversary! Good luck on your last Half of the year — and wow on the marathon goal for 2016!
    Coco recently posted…November Ultimate Coffee Date Link UpMy Profile

  13. What a fun link party! Happy Anniversary, and congratulations on your success running marathons, I don’t think I’d have enough stamina to run that many miles. The most I’ve ran is 3. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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  14. Happy anniversary to you and your husband!!! Isn’t it amazing how quickly the time goes by? I’ve only been married for about 5.5 years but it feels like it has gone by in the blink of an eye. Likewise – I don’t have kids, but it’s crazy seeing how quickly my friends’ kids and my nieces and nephews grow up.

    Good luck at the Berkeley Half and the Napa Valley Turkey Trot! Time to close out the racing year with a bang!!!
    Emily @ Out and About recently posted…Coffee talk – November editionMy Profile

  15. Cute mug 😉 What a fun idea for a blog series!
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  16. Happy Anniversary! Sounds like a very full and busy life 🙂 We are celebrating 13 years a week from tomorrow. Time flies and I agree it seems to go faster every year! To think I used to make fun of my mom for saying that.

    Good luck at Berkeley!
    Erica @ Erica Finds recently posted…Grab a Cup for the November Ultimate Coffee DateMy Profile

  17. Well I just want to have real coffee with you now! What a fun idea, same time same place next month? Ill buy 😉 I’m hoping to do my first half marathon next year~ I’ve only done 10ks and tris so far. I will be cyber stalking your progress!
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  18. I can tell how proud of your son you are! I have 3 boys and my oldest just started football in 5th grade.. I would talk about how nervous I was for that, but how much I saw him grow this year. And I would love to talk more about parenting teen boys from you.
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  19. Happy anniversary!
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  20. I love your Ultimate Coffee Date coffee mug. What a cute idea!

    Thank you for the fun linkup!
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  21. What a fun coffee chat! It’s so cool that you even have the mug to go with it. Congratulations on your 18th wedding anniversary! Also, congrats to Noah and all he’s accomplished. You must let me know when you do discuss ….M! Have a wonderful last race of the year in Berkeley!!
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  22. Happy wedding anniversary!!

    I spent the weekend working but then got to go apple picking with my family on Sunday which was awesome. And it was free which made it even better! 🙂
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  23. I love that coffee mug! I just shared it with a friend and I may have to add it to my Christmas list. 😉
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  24. Happy anniversary! Hope you had a lovely time. It must be bittersweet to see your son’s season end – congrats to him on overcoming his challenges!
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  25. I loved sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you this morning! And I have to agree, an it’s SO not the M word 😉 The years keep rushing by and the kiddos grow up way too fast! Mine are only 1 and 3 but I find myself missing those baby stages that seemed to just zoom by!
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  26. Hi from the bloghop, I might be too early for today’s post but will check in again later. Good luck for your last half of the season. What are you planning for your first full? I have also just made that crazy plan to do my first full next year, I just need to find the perfect one to enter now.
    Meg x
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  27. It’s nice to meet you! I am proud of your son too, what an early age to battle such adversity and be triumphant. It will be useful to him later in life. I think I will go have my coffee now!
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  28. A great day starts with lots of coffee 🙂
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  29. Happy belated anniversary! 18 years is definitely worth celebrating! Here’s to another 18 years for you and your hubby!
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  30. coffeegasm, I love it! Congratulations on celebrating 18 years!! I need to join in the coffee date one of these months.
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  31. It was fun sitting down and having “coffee” with you! I loved hearing that you fought hard for 18 years of marriage (seems like a lost art) and that you cry over football games–me too!
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  32. Happy belated anniversary! We just celebrated 17 years this past weekend. Yes time DOES go faster as we get older. Sigh. What an inspiring story about Noah. A great reminder that nothing is impossible if we want it bad enough. Hello from the blog hop! : )
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  33. So much going on between you and your kids! It’s good to keep busy though.
    Congrats on deciding to train for your first full marathon next year! It’s time consuming, but oh so worth it!
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  34. Stopping by from the Blog Hop – high from another wine country runner and fitness lover! I have run Silverado Trail numerous times, and let me tell you, it’s a lonely, beautiful spot! This is a beautiful place to stay fit :).
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  35. Good luck on your last race of the year this weekend!
    Also, congratulations on your anniversary! Time really does seem to speed up the older we get, doesn’t it!
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  36. I commented on this original post but Hopping by again from the Blog hop! Nice to meet you again 🙂 See you at Coffee in December 🙂

  37. I love the idea of the UltimateCoffeeDate, I may have to join one of these weeks! My baby is still just that (he’s only 2) and I have another on the way in April and I’m already feeling like time is going too fast. We’ve started talking about pre-school and I can’t even believe that it’s almost time for that. I was complaining to my mother the other day about how lately he’s been climbing back in our bed and her response was “well, don’t blink because in about 18 years it won’t be YOUR bed he’s climbing into” …. HAHAHAHA!!

  38. Congrats on 18 years of marriage! Congrats on starting to train for your first full! Can’t wait to see where your training takes you. 🙂
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  39. Wow, how fun you host a link up on based on the UltimateCoffeeDate…I am def going to link up in the future. I love my coffee! Kudos to your son, Noah, with stick it through football when he wanted to quit. What an important life lesson about the value of getting outside your comfort zone! I will definitely be back soon for a link up:)
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  40. Happy Anniversary! That’s so exciting!
    Loved meeting you over ‘coffee’ 😉
    & girlfriend… I’m getting ready to turn 44 in a few weeks & I can feel that M word creeping up behind me… what a difference our bodies go through.
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  41. I stopped by here and had coffee with you during the Ultimate Coffee Date, which I so love this link up by the way. But today I’m back to honor your day in lights! Hope you have a grand day!!!
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  42. I actually was drinking my “post-work/I-feel-yucky” chai latte’ as I read your post 😉 I can totally relate to the time going too fast…..our oldest daughter is a senior in college (how did THAT happen?), our son is a freshman at another college (again, how did THAT happen?) and our “baby” is a sophomore at the high school (and just got her driver’s license this week (YIKES!). I look forward to following you as you train for your marathon in 2016!! (they really are a lot of fun…..not really any more difficult than 13.1, just twice the distance…). Good luck 😉
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  43. Happy Anniversary, Lynda! 18 years is a real accomplishment and testament to your love 🙂 I love what you said about your son and football, your love for him really shows! happy to see you’re part of the Grow Your Blog Hop too 🙂
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  44. Happy Anniversary! Good luck on your 5K and half marathon this weekend!
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  45. I love coffee dates too – I love meeting my friends at Starbucks or some other cafe and just spend a few minutes catching up with each other and encourage each other.
    I’m visiting from the blog hop so I hope you had a great 18rh anniversary and all the best on your last half of the season.
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  46. Happy Anniversary! It’s funny how you can end up spilling so much over a cup of coffee. I’m not a drinker of the bean myself, but this week, I swear there is not enough coffee in the world for me!
    Great post. I’m glad that I was directed here through the blog hop.
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  47. All the best with the last half marathon of the season. And also with your new season of life. I love the coffee mug!
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  48. I love this idea! Good luck on your upcoming half marathon, and that’s so exciting you’re going to do a full next year! I’m hoping to do the same, but I need to get my hips over this injury that I’ve got right now before I fully commit to anything.
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  49. It is terribly depressing how fast these kids grow up! Mine are 17 and 13 now and I have no idea how we got here! I swear they were just babies and then I blinked!

    I hope your last half marathon went well. I was so sad to see the racing season come to a close this year. Makes me wish I lived some place warm so we could have races all year! Although I’m pretty sure hubby would not like that!
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