Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Second Half

Over the weekend I ran my second half marathon.  It was called the Oregon Half, they move it around, but this year it was held in Mt. Angel, ending in the Octoberfest. 

I hitched a ride with some ladies from a team I'm on through facebook *read never met before and only recognize names* this was the first time I actually met any of them.  Since we had such a large team we got bumped to VIP status, which is always nice.

It was really fun meeting all these great runners.  They are so inspiring!  They all do races constantly and live and breath running on a level I am so not accustomed to.  They are good influences to say the least, and a total wealth of information on my favorite sport! 
 Love this picture at the beginning of the race!  
 This was my start line "what could go wrong" photo, hahaha  : )
 The beer I never drank.  The whole Octoberfest was a little lost on me, we were even supposed to have free drinks and food but I generally just want to go home when a race is over.  
It was a beautiful course.  Mostly farm land, but very pretty.  

I started my race with Mariah, whom is a much more serious runner than me.  I stuck with her for the first 3 miles and then she started to get away from me.  Many other runners seemed to be passing me as I ran.  I had to keep reminding myself that I was racing ME not any of them.  
 This was one of the official shots, taken right before I crossed the finish line.  It was fun that it ended on a track.

 Jessica took this, I was so thankful she came out to support me and pick me up.  I love my sister so much!  
 I don't know if you can read my time on that photo above, but I finished 1:52:18, (8:34 pace) which is roughly 8 minutes faster than my last half witch was 2:00:03, I remember being pretty disappointed with just wanting to be under 2 hours and being so close.  I'm proud of my time this time and kinda happy that I didn't do better in the sense that I truly believe I can beat this time, which makes me want to do more races... : )
 My Map My Run app was driving me bonkers during the run. At mile 2 it called out that I'd run 14 miles!  I was like Really??  I guess I'm done... haha  The thing usually works very well for me, pretty frustrating when you really want to see your splits.  Oh well.  Maybe next time. 
Our VIPness really wasn't anything to write home about, none of us were that impressed.  I did however LOVE the watermelon at the end, that was pretty much the icing on the cake of a really great race!  So glad I did this one, it was a wonderful experience!!  

Happy running!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Catching up...Lots of Randomness

Ready for random?  Let's start here...
Here's a little group shot from day trip we took to Kah-Nee-Ta to visit Linda, Kim & Abby.  The girls loved it there!!
 This picture captures so many things for me; the sweet littleness of my girl, her brave, adventurous spirit, and how my family teams together in support of my kids every effort with love & outstretched arms. They are all such a blessing to me!!! It takes a village & I couldn't be more grateful for our little village! Thank you Kim for capturing this moment!
 Ava swimming with her friend Sophia

 We love Sophia!
 Summer sleeping
 Favorite friends.

On Norah's half birthday, I took her to the store with me in the morning.  While we were out she mentioned how she was sure the house was going to be all decked out for her party (there is no party for her half birthday, we just like to pretend like everything we do that day is special) so I text John and said, blow up a few balloons or something quick!  

We came home to this:
 John & Ava decorated for her (they put a box of green Jello, which was her one birthday request, in the middle of the table)
 They had fun making Jello, something we never do.

 Ava made this rainbow out of streamers for Norah.
 Then she decided the only color missing was purple, and that Norah could BE the purple. 
 Here's Ava doing Norah's makeup,  With water.

 Here's the kiddos helping auntie make orange rolls for Jan's wedding shower.
They randomly kissed each other and said I love you.  So sweet.

 They loved "helping" make the rolls.  

My favorite part was when Jessica gave Ava the bowl of very important orange filling and set her in front of the fan to cool it.  What could go wrong???  

 Sorry this was all over the place!  I'm feeling a little more caught up, sort of...

Fun with Friends

 These pictures are super old now but I really wanted to get them posted.  

I had the pleasure of having Lauren's family join me & the girls at the beach in early August. It was such a fun trip!!  

  Pretty girls!

 These two were so fun to have around!  


 What a blessing to get that time together, I just love all of them!  
Can't wait to do in again sometime!