Sunday, December 14, 2014

Vanessa Welch Reindeer Run

One of my goals this year was for the entire family to complete a 5k together. We decided to make our first family 5k the Vanessa Welch Reindeer Run. This race benefits an amazing charity and you run through SeaWorld, what's not to love?!

I was worried about the early start and if the kiddos would be willing to wake up so early, but at 4:45 am they were both bouncing up and down yelling, "It's race day!!!!" They did the kids races last year, so they were familiar with the race and could not wait to go.

What I was not planning on this year was just how cold it was going to be. Thankfully, my Mom bought the kids these really cute fleece blankets that fold up really small, so I was able to keep them wrapped up before the race.

This race is also a collecting spot for Toys for Tots and there were Marines there in full dress collecting toys. When Aaron saw them he asked if he could shake their hands. Of course I said yes and he ran up to all three and shook their hands. It definitely made me smile.

My wonderful running buddy Michelle was also there. We ran it together last year and absolutely loved it. I'm super thankful that she ran it again this year because she snapped some awesome photos of us crossing the finish line together. Plus, she had a PR! What's not to love about that?!

Now on to the race. Aaron wanted to take off running right away and Scott and I tried to explain that it is a long distance and he really needs to pace himself. Jillian on the other hand was exercising her mouth the entire race. We did some bursts of running once we made it into the park. Remember how I mentioned earlier how great it was that those blankets folded up nice and small? Yeah, I thought that until I was running with them on my back.

Anyway...

The kids had a great time during the race and really did amazingly well. We made it to the finish line at 52:14, which was faster than I thought we would finish in. We all ran across the finish line together and I'm not going to lie, it was all Scott and I could do to keep up with them. Those little ones can book it!

Even after the big race (which was actually short, it was only 2.8 miles) the kiddos still wanted to do the kids races. They break these races up by age and since the kiddos are 6, they were with all of the big kids. They also break these races up by boys and girls, which I think is kind of neat.

The little ladies went first and Jillian was running with her hair perfectly flapping in the wind. The smile on her face when she came up on the finish was worth its weight in gold. She had such a great time!

The dudes were next and Aaron took off like a bat out of hell. I didn't realize just how fast he was until that race. He finished with a lot of the older kids in his division, which was awesome to see.

All in all it was an awesome race. I am so glad we were able to do this as a family and cannot wait to do this again next year! After all, the family that runs together stays together :)




Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott and all that he does for us. I've been battling pink eye and some kind of cold. Miraculously he has not been sick. 
  • Aaron who has been having an awesome week. 
  • Jillian who has been a big helper with her PawPaw.
  • Family all around us.
  • The end of pink eye. Seriously, so gross.
  • The opportunity to go to my first hockey game. 
  • Fleece blankets.
What are you thankful for this week?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

We've been crazy busy over here. I feel like we haven't stopped since the beginning of the school year. 

Between races and school outings and things like that it's been busy. Our Thanksgiving was pretty quiet, it was just the four of us. Scott actually had to work in the afternoon, so we decorated the house for Christmas. 

This week was just a gross week. There are two things I had hoped would never plague this house, pink eye and the thing that shall not be named for fear of contracting it. On Thursday morning I woke up with my eye crusted shut. I knew immediately what it was...


Seriously, I would never wish this on my worst enemy. It is so disgusting. I tried to make an appointment with my eye doctor to get some drops and I was denied because...wait for it...I have insurance. Apparently my previous eye doctor left the practice and his replacement does not have all of her credentials with the insurance company yet. So...yeah. Thankfully, urgent care was there at the ready to prescribe me some drops. 

Saturday we went to the local Christmas parade. I love having this tradition with the family. 


We met up with my friend Michelle and her family and thanks to them, we scored an awesome spot in the shade. Yes, it was 81 degrees. I really felt bad for everyone in polyester (which was 90% of the parade).

I'll try and post more updates. I cannot get over how fast this year is flying by. I hope all is well with you!



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:
  • Scott and all that he does. I'm also thankful for his mad smoking skills. Seriously, best Christmas present I ever bought him.  
  • Aaron, who even on his rough days can be the sweetest boy.
  • Jillian who is my Christmas decorator. 
  • Family all around us.
  • Holiday flavored creamers. Seriously, what is not to love?
  • It almost being the weekend. The week after the holiday is always a rough one.
I will be posting more soon, life has just been busy.

What are you thankful for this week?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday - Thanksgiving Edition 2014


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

Today, though, it is a reflection back on a year of blessings.

This year I am thankful for:

  • The opportunities Scott has had this past year. His role at work has grown so much and I am beyond proud of him. I am also thankful that he has made the commitment to live a healthier lifestyle. 
  • Aaron who has grown so much in this last year. I am proud of the little man he is becoming. I am thankful for his cuddles, his morning kisses and his jokes.
  • Jillian who also has grown so much in this last year. I am proud of the little lady that she is becoming. I am thankful for our runs together and our girl chats. 
  • Our families. We are so lucky to have so many family members near and far. Sometimes we are a little dysfunctional, but hey, we put the fun in dysfunctional. 
  • Our jobs. We are both so lucky to have careers that we love and are able to provide for our family.
  • Amazing teachers and coaches for our kids. We really hit the jackpot this year.
  • Our friends. We are really lucky to have a great group of friends around us.
  • A great running buddy who makes sure my butt is up on Saturday morning.
  • So many more things that I am drawing a blank on right now. We are so incredibly lucky and blessed.
What are you thankful for this year?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott and all that he does, including, but not limited to, running back out in the cold when I leave my phone charger in the car. That's love people.
  • Aaron and his first season of baseball. I loved watching him play and learn about the game. I cannot wait to see what future seasons hold.
  • Jillian finally being done with her wrist cast/support. Fun fact, she broke her arm the day of Aaron's first game and her support came off the day of his last game.
  • Family all around us.
  • My crazy work family.
  • Three amazing coaches. They were the perfect trio for Aaron's first season.
  • Sweaters.
  • Not living in a state covered in snow.
What are you thankful for this week?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott who really picked up my slack last week when I had a crazy week. 
  • Aaron and his first season in little league. He loves baseball and we love watching him play.
  • Jillian almost being done with her wrist support. I cannot wait to be done with the whole thing.
  • Family all around us.
  • The privilege of watching a dear friend marry the love of her life. 
  • A great first season with little league and a phenomenal coach.
  • A fun parents vs kids kickball game to end the season.
What are you thankful for this week?
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