Jan 12, 2015

What Weekends Are Made Of

This was one of those weekends where I felt like we were on the go every day. We weren't of course, but it felt like it. 

We kicked it off Friday with homecoming at school. Now that Brooklyn is in middle school, they get to do all the big kid stuff like school sports, dances, homecoming, etc. B got selected to represent her homeroom during the halftime court. This meant dress shopping on Christmas break....eeek. We actually survived it and knocked out dress shopping for their first formal in February while we were at it. One and done shopping! 

Anyways, here's a little pic overload from Friday night: 

Yes she looks almost as tall as us here but her heels are about twice as high as my heels in this picture
My baby and my baby sister

B and my dad (Poppy)
Brooklyn asked him to escort her so she wouldn't have to choose between her dad and her step dad. I thought that was pretty sweet and mature of her. 
After the court, there were more pictures. And just when she thought she was done....even more pictures. But after that, there was a basketball game. The girls are still undefeated going into their last 4 games of the regular season. I couldn't be more proud of them and their coach. I really love hearing the older girls' parents or the boy parents talking about how good of a season our girls are having. 

Saturday, B ditched us for the Harlem Globetrotters with a friend and we headed to the party for the Road Race Series finishers and warriors. I've mentioned the details on the road race here, but basically it's a series of races that go from 5ks up to half marathon distances over the course of several months. It also pretty closely aligns with the training for the St Jude half marathon. If you complete 6 out of 10 or one race of each distance, you are a finisher. If you complete all 10 races, you are a road warrior (and a BAMF, seriously! Those races are every two weeks and start at 7am!). Anywho, this weekend was the big party to celebrate that, and we had a blast. 
The hubs and I

Run365 representing

Sunday, we were back up and running around getting things ready for our friend's baby shower. It was just a close group of friends celebrating little no name. We like to give her a hard time since we weren't able to have anything monogrammed for Baby Burns yet. I can't wait for that little guy to arrive though!

We spend the rest of Sunday evening on the couch! The Golden Globes were on so I had to hop on twitter and read the live tweets. That's my favorite time to be on twitter...during awards shows! 

Hope everyone had a busy but fun weekend as well!

Jan 6, 2015

The Resolution Post

Whether you like resolutions or not, most people at least think about goals or some type of thing they want to accomplish around this time of year. I'm a fan of monthly goals, but I usually come up with some "resolutions" for the whole year too. 

Here's what I have so far: 

Running goals 
- Sub30 5k. Last year I got to around 32 minutes before I started working on distance. I am not a fast runner, but I also haven't really worked on speed. This year I want to work on that a little harder along with my endurance. 
Stars and Stripes 5k - my 5k PR
- Complete a 30 day run streak. Last summer I got connected with some awesome runners (Run365) who are beyond inspirational. Some of them completed their 365 days of running at least one mile a day on Dec 31. Some have been streaking even longer; and some just started streaks on New Years Day. I'm starting small with a 30 day streak. Then we will see how it goes. 

Home goals
- Complete the downstairs of my house. We have been living here 2 years now and I still haven't gotten my house together. Ridiculous! I am really great decorating for others but awful decorating for myself. My list is a mile long but I'm going to focus on the living room and kitchen before the rest of my house. 
- Declutter. That's always a goal. I've already taken two full bags of toys, shoes, clothes, and random other things to goodwill last week. 
- Complete one organizational project each month. I like keeping it simple with just one project each month. I get a little ADD when I start working on things. When I was cleaning my living room before Christmas, I went to move some photo boxes to make room for Christmas decor. So of course that meant I had to open the boxes and reorganize ALL the photos. What should have taken 5 minutes to clear one small spot ended up taking me 2 hours. Just like this goal has now taken off on a tangent....

Fashion goals?
- Wear all my scarves (not at once). Is it weird that this goal seems as lofty as running a 30 day streak?! I came up with this goal as I was adding 3 to my closet after Christmas. 
Crappy picture of my collection but there are probably 10 or more on each hook
- Wear each piece of jewelry or get rid of it. Similar to my scarf addiction, I have too much jewelry. Not like, diamonds and rubies. More like cheap, on sale $3 necklaces. I can't pass it up. 

Other goals
- Read the magazines I subscribe to. Some months I'm great and some months I don't even open the first page. 





Jan 5, 2015

Mic Check

So should I jump right in here like no time has passed? Or start with an excuse? Or just throw a bunch of pictures at you? Or just write about my resolutions since that's what's on my mind today? 

The truth is, I've really missed my little writing space. Like a lot. I've been keeping up on most of my blog friends, but haven't done a great job of writing in my own little space. I'm going to take a lesson from my friend Lindsey though and get back at it. 

So this is just a hello, how ya doin', hope you had a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year kinda post. I'm going to work on catching up a few things and then writing about some new things this month. Hope you'll hang in there. 
Christmas Eve twinkie pic

Nov 18, 2014

Traditions

I'm not sure if it's a mom thing, a woman thing, or just a some people thing, but I love traditions. I have lots of them and I like to create new ones when new things arise. Maybe it's my type A personality now that I think of it. 

During my single mom years, I liked to create all kinds of traditions for Brooklyn and myself. I wanted there to be so many things that she would remember from year to year that we did together. As you would expect, we had lots of traditions when it came close to the holidays. We always had fall pictures taken that would go on our yearly Christmas cards. We would go see Santa at the Enchanted Forest and take pictures with all the themed trees. Every Thanksgiving evening we would get out the Christmas tree and drink sparkling apple cider from "fancy" glasses while watching some Christmas themed movie. 
Christmas Card pics
Now that she is getting older, I am starting to realize some of our traditions are going to have to change. Seeing Santa isn't exactly on the top of her list this year and neither is the Enchanted Forest or Festival of Trees. But some new things are on her list like going to the Christmas shows with me and shopping for presents. This is the first year she has gone without being mad about it. And she actually asked to run a holiday 5k with me this year. 
Enchanted Forest 2009
Other things are changing too. I used to be a strict "no trees before the bird" person. I didn't mind seeing everything in the stores because that's just what retail stores do, but I was "never" going to put up any red and green before Thanksgiving evening. Well, I am going to eat my words this year. Now that I am married, we usually spend Thanksgiving with my family and then go to visit Jeremy's family the following weekend. Because of that, I am starting a new tradition. We will now be those people that put their trees up before Thanksgiving. I cringe a little. But it works for us. So this weekend I am going to get all the trees up in the house, with lights, ribbons and toppers. The ornaments are not going up on the trees until Thanksgiving night though. I had to hold out until after Thanksgiving for something. 

Now tell me how crazy I am! Or telling me some of your favorite traditions. It doesn't even have to be a holiday tradition. 

Nov 3, 2014

Mondays are for Giveaways

Happy Monday, everyone! I know, I know, Mondays aren't really that exciting. That's why Lisa at Showered With Design and Katelynn from XO Katelynn got a bunch of us together to start Monday off with a giveaway! All you need to do is click a few places, follow a few new friends and you are entered to win $105 and a $10 advertising credit at Fitness Blondie

Good luck everyone!! And check back tomorrow for a little recap and some other fun things coming your way!

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Oct 31, 2014

Running with Scissors

Just wanted to pop in real quick to say Happy Halloween!! Hope everyone is dressed up and celebrating all day long. I am a holiday person. Doesn't matter the holiday, I want to celebrate it and dress up. I will find a way to dress in theme. 

At work we have a costume contest each year. There are individual costume winners and group winners. This year I entered the group contest....
We have only had one person "get" our costume all day without telling them I was running with scissors. But the judges laughed so maybe that's all that matters. Winners get prize money so I decided to do it for the Jude! If I win anything it is going toward my St Jude fundraising goal this year (if you'd like to help on that as well, just click right here, please and thank you!). 

I hope everyone is having a great day and eating some of their favorite candy or snacks! If you dressed up today, what did you dress as? Be sure to check back on Monday though, I have a little giveaway to start the week! 

**Update: We totally lost. I personally think we were robbed, hah! 

Oct 13, 2014

The Beast

We made it to October! It's birthday month for me and 10 mile course month for the Road Race Series! Today I'm talking running, are you really surprised?!
I got super lucky and met some awesome runners back at the beginning of the Road Race Series. Being that they are awesome, they let me into their running world that is Run365. Some people in this group are on huge, huge run streaks and they are so inspiring! They always take a group pic before races. I've just been late to like the last 4 races. I was terrified of being late to this one though. I was warned over and over again about getting there extra early to get parked and get to the start location. I left at 5:30 am and got there with plenty of time to spare. Plus I ran back by my car around mile 4.5 so next weekend I can layer up if I need to and drop my outer layers on my car when I come back by if I need to. 

Anyways, this course....wow! You local people, if you have never gone running or hiking or just exploring at Shelby Forest, you need to like right now! It is gorgeous!
How beautiful are those trees and that little path through the woods?! Yea I stopped to walk more than once. I just didn't think to snap a photo until nearly the end. I wish I had taken a picture of the hills though. I was mostly trying not to fall down them and then having to hike up them. No time for pics there. 

I had heard of "The Beast" but I didn't know that was this race! I totally know why it is called that though. It is so very challenging but it's very rewarding. I would say it is up there with my one half marathon. At one point in the race, I looked over at the lady beside me and asked if the hill we just conquered was "the big one"....and she laughed. Like, she got a real chuckle out of my question. By the end, I knew why that was so funny to her. I just can't say it enough, that race was amazing! And hills. Oh the hills. And did I mention...hills?! 

All it all, it took me forever to finish. Like forever. But that's ok. I didn't mind the time. I got my second favorite race picture out of it. And got two pretty funny pictures from it when looked at back to back....
These photos were taken just seconds apart. Makes me laugh because right after the start of the race, a guy behind me yelled, "Ok we are past the camera guy we can walk" haha! I'm so guilty of trying to look like I've been running fast all day when I see a camera. 
And a big thumbs up at the end, almost over! 

So tell me what your favorite race is. And do you have any funny/memorable race photos? Please share!!