Thursday, October 30, 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 is kicking some serious butt and taking names. I'm also thankful for all of his hard work on his weight loss journey. 
  • Aaron and his love of reading. There is nothing sweeter than seeing your little man cuddled up reading a book. Okay, maybe when he is reading the book to you.
  • Jillian finally getting her cast off! Praise the Lord, shower time is back to normal!
  • Family all around us.
  • An amazing race on Sunday with my running buddy. I'm so thankful for the amazing race staff, volunteers and of course pacers. I cannot wait to run this race next year!
  • An amazing and generous boss. 
  • The return of fall weather.
  • Amazon prime and its ability to get me new books within 2 days. 
What are you thankful for this week?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lake Nona Half Marathon

On Sunday I completed my 6th half marathon. Never in a million years did I think that phrase would come out of my mouth. I ran with my wonderful running buddy and best friend, Michelle. Scott was supposed to join us, but sadly, he was called in to work that day.

This was inaugural year for the Lake Nona half marathon and it was an amazing race! The weather was chilly at the start, but perfect during the main portion of the race. The course was flat (minus running over the overpass) and basically the opposite of the races we run on our side of town.

Michelle and I went in to the race hoping to finish in 3:15, it would be a PR for both of us. A few miles in to the race, we paired up with the 3 hour pacer and stayed with her.

There were a lot of people on the route cheering us on and the best part? There were water/gatorade stops every other mile. Boom!

Around mile 11 I knew we were going to come in under the 3 hour mark. Well...I knew I was going to come in under the 3 hour mark. Michelle started getting a calf cramp around that point and we had to separate. I also lost the pacer at this point too because she was ahead of pace.

I knew I had to push as hard as I could in the last 2.1 miles. I really wanted to come in around the 2:50 mark and I was going to run as fast as my tired legs could go. I ended up coming in at 2:54:13. My time from Princess was 3:18. Talk about an improvement! I could not wait to ring the PR bell at the finish. I was in total shock, and quite honestly, still am. Michelle coasted in around the 3 hour mark and earned her own bell ringing!

I cannot wait to run this race again next year! It was such a great experience with a wonderful event team!



Thursday, October 23, 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 coached me through the last 3 miles of our run over the weekend. I was not feeling 100% and he helped me through.
  • Aaron and his love of food. He makes my weeknight meal planning so much easier.
  • Jillian who has a new found love of reading. 
  • Family all around us.
  • Amazing opportunities for Scott, even though that means he has to miss out on the race this upcoming weekend.
  • Pinterest.
  • The new coffee shop across the street that is set to open soon.
What are you thankful for?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

What We've Been Up To

It has been a crazy few weeks (I feel like this is how I start all of my blog posts lately). I had an event at work last weekend and was able to take Monday off, so Scott and I headed out to Food and Wine.

It was a gorgeous day out and was not crowded, which was a definite bonus. We had a lot of our favorites and found some new ones. I think my favorite was the pulled pork from Hawaii and the tostones from Puerto Rico.

After a fun-filled, kid-free day at the park, we headed out for Aaron's baseball game. He's really loving the game and we are loving watching him on the field. Wednesday he was able to play catcher. I think this is his new favorite position. Scott actually spent some time this weekend practicing that position and unfortunately had to work the night he played that position.

He has no fear behind that plate, he never moved when the ball came at him. I mean seriously, how cute is he?!

Today Scott and I ran our first 15k race. This is the longest distance Scott has ever done and he did amazing! I on the other hand, have been battling a head cold all week and hit my wall at the 10k mark. It was everything I could do to finish. I had snot draining down my throat into my stomach, it was disgusting.

We finished in 2:14ish which in the grand scheme of things was not bad. I was not a huge fan of this race (not just because of the whole sick thing), but also because of the late start. We didn't start until 10:30 and it was while 3 other races were going on. The signage was pretty rough on the course, too. We totally missed the turnaround (which was supposed to be at 1.2 miles) and finally turned around at mile 2 (where the marathon/half marathon runners were turning around).

We spent the rest of the race just watching our Garmins trying to figure out where we had to turn around.  I am so proud of Scott though, he did amazing!

I hope all of you are doing amazingly well!

Thursday, October 16, 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 took a day off to spend with me at Food and Wine. It was a great day for just the two of us.
  • Aaron who is giving his all at baseball.
  • Jillian who is Aaron's biggest cheerleader.
  • Family all around us.
  • Quite possibly the best boss a girl could have, even though it was only 3 months. 
  • Venti iced coffees with hazelnut.
  • Every day, no matter how crazy it is. 
What are you thankful for this week?

Thursday, October 9, 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 does the littlest things that show his appreciation. Also the fact that he does not judge my spice hoarding. 
  • Aaron who has been quite the helper to his sister since she fractured her arm.
  • Jillian who has been such a champ this week. This is the girl who acts like the world is ending when she gets a scratch, but is insanely tough when she fractures her arm. She has yet to ask for Tylenol by the way.
  • Family all around us. Especially the ones that send silly selfies to make Jillian laugh.
  • A much needed wine night with Jenn.
  • An impromptu run with my honey on Sunday.
  • A job that I enjoy and a job that has almost zero stress. Even during events.
  • Moments snuggled up reading with the kiddos.
What are you thankful for this week?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

What Haven't We Done?

It's been a busy few weeks and I finally have a minute to sit down and write about it, so grab your cup of coffee (or if you're reading this at night, your glass of wine) and hunker down.

Last week we joined Aaron's Cub Scout pack at Animal Kingdom Lodge for an outing. That is a definite perk to living so close to Disney. And can we talk about how handsome he looks in his Cub Scout uniform for a second? Ugh! Melts my heart!

Anyway, the outing was a whole family event and we were able to learn about the art in the lobby. Did you know, Animal Kingdom Lodge has one of the largest collections of African art outside of Africa? I didn't realize how much art work was in the lobby until we actually walked around to look at some of it.

After the art we went outside and met with Justice from Botswana. He taught the kids 10 words from his native language. I have to say, looking at the sheet of paper I was convinced they just threw letters on a page. The kids all did great guessing what each phrase meant and they were able to use some of the words when they played a game that was native to Botswana.

After the games we went down to the savanna and looked for some of the animals. Now, it was pretty dark by this point and they only had one or two pairs of night vision goggles. We will be going back to check this out.

That whole outing was pretty cool and it was great to meet some of the parents. I'm definitely looking forward to more of the outings and I know Aaron is just beyond excited for them.

Aaron has also been playing baseball...well, that is when it's not pouring down rain. His first game was supposed to be on Monday and was rained out. So was his practice. He was able to play on Friday and did amazing!

Aaron went to bat three times and singled all three times. Look at that face! That is one excited kiddo!

Unfortunately, I missed the game. Why did I miss the game? Well, Jill decided that after school she would play on the playground in just her socks. Can you guess where this story is going? Needless to say she slipped and landed right on her arm.

When we went to pick her up they told us she probably just bruised it, but I wasn't so sure. She had a bump and her fingernails had a purple tinge to them. So we dropped Aaron and Scott at the fields and headed to the ER. Ahhh ER's on a Friday night, nothing better than that.

We waited for an hour and half and she told me she felt fine and that it didn't hurt. I figured we were
fine and went to check us out, but the receptionist persuaded us to stay and put us on the fast track (which begs the question, why were we not on there in the first place?).  We went back within minutes and the nurse and I were convinced it was not broken.

X-rays were taken and we waited some more. When the physician assistant came in I was confident I was about to pay $200 for an X-ray and go on my merry little way. Not so much. She definitely has a fracture, a buckle fracture to be specific. Apparently these are fairly common with kids her age and she will heal up just fine.

They put her in a soft cast and a sling until we see an orthopedic doctor. At least we made it 6 years and 5 months before needed any kind of cast. She's out of commission as far as PE and other sporting activities for 3 weeks. Good thing we didn't sign her up for softball this fall!

After all of that excitement we were all set for another day at the ball field on Saturday, but the rain from the night before caused them to cancel, again. Hopefully I will be able to see him play at some point this fall.

That's all of the excitement over here (thankfully!).  Scott and I have some races coming up, so we are in full on training mode.

I hope all is well with you in your neck of the woods and if you're up north, stay warm!
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