Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My first friend...

When I moved here, at the end of my 7th grade year, I hated it. 
No. Really. Like despised my parents for moving me. Just before high school. 
(one day I should write the "I was a horrible, head strong, teenage daughter" post)

To this town that had nothing. 
I was used to Birmingham. With everything. 
I hated it here. 

So, within a week or so, we started "band camp" for the summer. 
I knew no one. 

Our across-the-street-neighbor was in the band also. 
But he was a year older than me. 
And he was a guy. 

So he (the only human I knew in this town---and I had only met him twice) was gracious enough to find a girl. In the band. In my grade. 

He introduced us (and then passed my insecure, lost self to her)

She was adorable. So bubbly. 
And she said "you don't know ANYONE?! Let's go collect some friends!!"

And off we went. Collecting friends. 

By the end of that summer, I was home. 
Here. 
With all of my friends. 

I've loved Jennifer since that very first day. 

The years, and the miles have created distance for us as adults, but we had dinner tonight, like we've never missed a minute!! 

I'm so thankful, for that very first friend :)


Friday, April 11, 2014

Let them be little...




So, last night we went to the Parent Information meeting for my Chap, beginning 9th grade next year.

9th grade.

The thing is, after Mason's graduation, and moving out, it makes it even more "real" and true.

Time. Does. Fly.

And the thing about this class.
I love every single one of them.
These kids are the kids that I have painted their feet to look like pumpkins.
I have been to the zoo with them more times than I can count.
I have made cupcakes, and birthday cakes, and holy cow...there's no telling how many of their birthday parties we have attended.
We cheered for their home runs.
We have been so sad when they were in the hospital, so sick.
We have loved on their moms and dads...and they have loved on us.
These are the parents that I know, without a doubt, if I was ever in an accident, my kids would be well taken care of.

This class, is FULL of fabulous kids! And I love them all.

So, I pulled out the old K5 End-of-the-Year Movie.
Yes...yes I did.
And it brought tears.

Not really sad tears, just proud tears!

I don't regret one moment I spent in the classroom volunteering, while my house didn't get cleaned.
I don't regret one second that I spent at the ballparks for kids that weren't mine.
I don't regret giving them ice cream money in the lunchroom when their crazy mom forgot :)

It's gonna be a crazy 4 years! High School with these clowns is gonna be a riot!

But I honestly can't wait to watch these last 4 happen...and it's gonna be a blast.

(Now, check with me after he moves to college...and that'll be a different story!)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

He is faithful

I wish I would've started a journal, when my boys were little. Of the hard times---and the blessings. Or maybe I'll start one now. #HeIsFaithful

Friday, April 4, 2014

A little taste test




The lovely folks at Annie's Homegrown sent me a coupon to try one of their Family Style Frozen Entrees.

So, off to Target we went.

The thing is...the Annie's Homegrown family of foods is all organic and when you start reading the labels, you instantly fall in love with how good it is for the family.

So, I thought, let's try it and see! And we just might find a new favorite!



I had Chap with me (14 years old) and we couldn't decide.

So we tried both. The Shells & White Cheddar with Chicken and the Classic Macaroni & Cheese.

And then we had a taste test.

I liked the shells/cheese of the Shells & White Cheddar (but I didn't love the Chicken as much as I wanted to)--- but don't get me wrong...I cleaned my plate:)

Chap LOVED and I mean LOVED the Classic Macaroni and Cheese.

So, next time, I think we are going to try the Lasagna!

I feel like it is gonna find a home here :)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Why would they doubt me?!

So last night...we were trying to decide where to eat. 
We have some of our favorite. Tried and true. 
But we always like to make each trip fun and unique. And try new stuff. 

My guys haven't been to Splitsville yet. 
So I suggested it. 

Bowling?! They were like "mom...we want to eat"

But...they went along. Like good guys do :)

So....then the food arrived! 
Boom! 

Mom wins again! 
Why would they doubt me :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

If you can't run with the ones you love.....wait! You can!!!

Yes ma'am! That's right! 
A virtual Vegas Run Night!

Super exiting way to kick off registration for Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas!

This is a fun one!

I am registered...and excited!

Hosted Runs

Join us for a Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Kick Off Night 5K Fun Run! With events in 10 cities around the US, we hope you can find a way to join us on April 2. 

WHAT: Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Kick Off Night 5K Fun Run
WHERE: Check below for the Hosted Run nearest you
WHEN: April 2
EVENT DETAILS: 
1) Reserve your spot before April 2 by clicking below and choosing HOSTED RUN (be sure to select the location of your choice in the registration path)
2) Sign in on April 2 at your Hosted Run (using the same first name, last name, and email address you reserved your spot with)
3) Run your 5K fun run
4) Be entered to win an entry to Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas in 2014*
5) Receive your limited edition Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas promo tee**

Virtual Run

Can’t make a Hosted Run? Run 5k on your own and be part of our Virtual Run!

WHAT: Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Kick Off 5K Virtual Run
WHERE: Anyplace you can run/walk 5K (3.1miles) in one go on a road, trail, track, treadmill — anywhere!
WHEN: Any time between March 18 – April 2
EVENT DETAILS:
1) Reserve your spot by clicking below and choosing VIRTUAL RUN
2) Run 5K/3.1 miles on a road, trail, track, or treadmill
3) Submit Proof of your 5K run through the link that will be emailed out to you after you reserve your spot (Proof may come in the form of a photo or screen shot of your watch, phone app, or treadmill clock). You will receive an email separate from your confirmation email with instructions on how to submit your proof.
4) Be entered to win an entry to Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas in 2014*
5) Receive your limited edition Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas promo tee**

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 Hosted Run Locations


Market: Location:  Time (local)
Las Vegas Red Rock Running Company
120 S. Green Valley Pky. #144
Henderson, NV 89012
6:00pm
Los Angeles A Running Experience Club (AREC) Malarky’s Grill
168 N. Marina Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
6:30pm
San Diego  Milestone Running
2545 El Cajon Suite D,
San Diego CA 92104
(facing Hamilton street)
6:00pm
Chicago  Road Runner Sports Chicago
1435 N Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642
6:00pm 
Arizona Sole Sports Running Zone
18583 W. 59th Ave #112
Glendale, AZ 85308
6:00pm
Seattle Greenlake Road Runner’s Sport
7020 Woodlawn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
6:00pm
Denver Runner’s Roost
1685 S. Colorado Blvd. Suite J Denver, CO 80222
6:30pm
DC Potomac River Running Store
4501 North Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22203
6:00pm
Dallas Title Nine Dallas
4527 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205
6:00pm
Vancouver  Running Room Canada Inc
679 Denman St
Vancouver, BC V6G 2L3, Canada
6:00pm
 
 
*No purchase necessary. One entry will be given via raffle at each Hosted Run and selected by random for all Virtual Run entrants. All winners will be notified on or before April 3.
**Tshirts limited to first 2,500 participants. One shirt per person. All shirts will be mailed 2- 4 weeks after the event.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Marathon Training - guest post

I was asked to guest-post over on the Rock 'n' Roll Blog... and of course, my first thought was "good grief, ain't nobody got time for that" :)

And...so my post was born!

Rock on over there, and see what you think!

And let me know if you are gonna come run Nashville with me! I am counting the days! (April 26,2014)

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