Wednesday, December 30, 2009

remembering mack

Mack was our official family dog. We got Mack when we lived in Washington, and I remember going to pick him up and looking at what his grandfather looked like.... and thinking this is going to be one long hairy hot-dog. Sure enough Mack filled into his big paws, and soon they became much smaller than his body! I remember Christi and I taking the yard stick to his body and from nose tail he was a yard long (that's 3 feet people just in case its been awhile). 
There are so many great memories that I'll remember with him being apart of our family. Even the ones that made me mad... such as: always picking my room to pee in, farting in the van, and of course the freak out when I was the babysitter while Patti and Pop went to Africa...none of these were funny Mack, but they just made me smile remembering them. 
I sat and hugged Biscotti for an hour last night, and thought about what my Pop had told me this past week.
"They are your best friend. They always want to be with you, make you happy, and you just want give them the best life you can. That's all you can do. So, instead of being sad thinking about how many years you'll have with them. Enjoy them."
I'm to miss you Mackster!

Well on Halloween 2005 we celebrated Mack being a dachshund and dressed him up as a hotdog. Mack was so upset and embarrassed that he wouldn't even look at me.

Monday, December 28, 2009

it was merry

We really did have a very Merry Christmas! Aaron and I thought we wouldn't bore you with too many photos, but just a few to make you feel like you were there with us. We miss all you already, especially those that we didn't get to see over Christmas. Can't wait to see what 2010 holds, Aaron says it's going to be the best year of my life. 2010 hasn't happened yet, but I already have 2 things on the calendar that I've always wanted to do...1. NYC (going in January!) and 2. Going to see David Gray in Houston in March (Aaron awesome Christmas present .... its like you know me or something.) Those are 2 great things that I can already anticipate! Hope you enjoy the snap shot of our Christmas!

Very excited about my new coat and scarf! Thanks Patti & Pop!

Mittie and Aaron were excited about his new football.

The whole family on Christmas Day!

I wasn't ready for Nate and Steph to had been 2 years.

Nature Trails...

and Tails... I love this picture!

Beautiful! Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2009

i think it's in the spices

On the Today Show they announced the Happiest States to live in. 
First, I'll start with the bottom New York & California. I was very surprised that California was at the bottom, but I didn't create the list! 
The declared Happiest State to live in (no lie) is the state of Louisiana! Can you believe that? I mean, I couldn't, but then when I really think about it I haven't met too many unhappy people here in my 2 1/2 years. Even the ones South of Alexandria, that I don't understand very well, they are pretty darn happy and passionate about their state. The Today Show said, "It's because of the Saints! It has to be!". I'm not a big NFL fan, but I will say those Saints fans are pretty serious. But, I do know this about the NFL this whole undefeated thing that the Saints have going on has not been the norm. So, I think here that is just a bonus. I think the real reason is that they use the spices. It's that: Tony's, Bon Caca, Slap Ya Mama, Zatarain's, Bootsie's, The Cajun Shake, Cajun Swamp Dust, or even Chef Paul, Prudhomme's spices that gives these people that extra kick. Listen, I'm still learning about this state, but I know they sure like to have a good time... must play a part in being the Happiest State!

PS- Saw Sugarcane for the first time 2 days ago!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

i run to eat

This is the first day I can squat and stand up with no worries of how I’m going to make my way up. By Saturday I should be back in the running business! This was an awesome experience, and maybe…maybe I’ll do it again?! As of now I just have New Orleans Half Marathon to look forward to February. Here are some more pictures from the race. My favorites are the ones of us finishing…of course!
So clearly you all know that I enjoy running and cooking! I happened to find this really cool cookbook that is filled with some recipes that made me hungry! Now, the book is not top quality… like, you’re not going to display this guy, but has great recipes. Check it out:

Monday, December 14, 2009

chuck norris can't go 26.2!

So, Rebekah and I did it! Can't believe it, but we did. If you had asked me at mile 22 if I was going to make it I would have said... "no, not sure!" It truly was an amazing experience, and I couldn't have done it without Rebekah! (Reb-Thanks for not panicking when I told you I didn't want to do this anymore at mile 24!) Also, huge thanks to our amazing Cheerleaders/Photographers/Bikers/Runners: Thanks Sarah, Ross, and Aaron! You guys were awesome! We did 26.2 in 4:27...and couldn't do another step!

He's just great...whole Marathon in that hat!

We're getting it! Clearly beginning of the race.

Mile 12

Mile 12

Barefoot Marathon runner...can't be good for your knees!

Mile 19

Mile 25... told Rebekah and Sarah I wanted to quit. They were sweet and didn't let me!

Done!!! 26.2!

Rebekah, Sarah, & I

Needed to eat!

Ross, so glad your helmet was yellow!

Most supportive husband ever!

Only ones dancing where the band was. Great ending! And then we feasted!

Friday, December 11, 2009

pre-race post

This will be my last post before the race. I'm starting to get very excited that it will finally be here. The weather should be perfect, I'm charging up the necessary gadgets, have my outfit ready, and have my Advil set out! Speaking of outfit... I have some very fun shorts that I'll be sporting at the race. Aaron got them for me for my Birthday, he wanted to make sure I showed my school pride in Texas for at least 26.2 miles of it! Not a surprise at all. Here are the "little" guys, so red Aaron shouldn't be able to miss me! However this long sleeve will probably not be used now due to the high being 64* and the low 54*! (Awesome) Wish Rebekah and I lots of luck and prayers! We would love it! 
Want more info about our race...or want to track us? My Bib number is: 5737, in the 25-29 Female Age group.

 (terrible pic, I know)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

t minus 4 days....

So this Sunday…December 13th I will take on “The Rock” in Dallas! All 26.2 miles of it. I would have never guessed that I would run that far. Last year, when I ran the Half-Marathon in New Orleans I thought 13.1 miles is a great stopping point. Now, that sounds like an easy run! Here are some great tips if you ever consider running a Marathon… or I’m just posting this as a reminder to myself of what to do.

• There's nothing you can do in the last week to improve your race time but there are a thousand things you can do that will hurt your time.

• In the last two weeks before your race, don't run more miles in a single day than the number of days remaining before your race.

• Don't worry that no one is running when the cannon goes off. You've got a chip and your time doesn't start until you cross the start mat.

• Don't let your excitement trap you into running too fast for the first few miles.

• Don't double lace your shoes, just tie the knot tightly and tuck in the lace ends.

• Stay off your feet as much as possible the day before the race.

• Don't run in new shoes.

• Drink water throughout the day before the race.

• Secure your race number and chip the night before the race.

• Get one hour extra of sleep each night the week before the race.

• You won't sleep well the night before the race. Don't worry, it's ok.

• Take warm clothes for the start (throw aways) and the finish.

• If your race is in a different time zone, remember that your morning routine will still be on Central time.

• Being nervous at the start is normal. Everyone around you is nervous even though they may not show it.

• Take toilet paper with you to the start.

• Pack the bag you're taking to the start the night before.

• Get to the start early. Sit down or lie down and rest.

• Avoid stepping in puddles.

• Wear in the race what you wore in your long runs.

• Set two alarm clocks.

• Fill in emergency information on the back of your bib.

• Clip your toenails.

• Take a large garbage bag to wear at the start if cold or wet.

• Don't get a massage in the five days before your race.

• Sip, don't gulp, water on the course.

• Take one gu (or whatever you're use to) just before the race and one each hour during the race.

• Only drink water with your gu (or whatever), not a sports drink.

• Don't eat red meat for several days prior to the race.

• Don't lace your shoes too tightly, your feet will swell during the race.

• Eat carbs on race morning, not fats.

• Don't eat spicy foods the day before the race.

• Drink 2 to 4 ounces of water every 20 minutes.

• If there's a head wind, draft behind someone running your pace.

• Run the tangents on turns but stay away from the very inside of turns because they tend to be too crowded.

• Everybody hurts after 20 miles; it's not just you.

• Take a bottle of water with you to the start.

• Don't wear earphones, listen to the crowd cheer for you.

• It's ok to cry at the finish.

• If your first name isn't displayed prominently on your bib, write in on duct tape and wear it on the front of your shirt. The crowd will know to call your name when they cheer you on.

• If it's humid, accept the fact that your time will be slower.

• Don't forget to savor the moment. You're doing something you'll remember the rest of your life

Monday, December 7, 2009

so, i'm not getting a cupcake car

Sometimes, I think we forget what Christmas is really all about. It is truly about celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus. Now I love all of the modern Christmas traditions, do not get me wrong, but this year I hope that I can really remember and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
I think somebody might have to tell Neiman’s about this! I’m sure most of you have heard about the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. They usually make a huge unveiling about it in the press and at their store. It is filled with everything from scarves to a $105,000 Jag. What more could you ask for?
Here is one that is very fitting for my lifestyle, and I’m pretty sure it will be in driveway on December 25th.

A $250,000 His & Hers Gift Package: A private jet, don’t worry it can land on water too.
Or maybe a$25,000 Customized Cupcake Car, its green friendly because it’s battery operated!
No I need something faster, $73,000 World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle, it goes up to 150 mph… somebody tell me where that is legal?!
Or for $75 I can get a pair of Plaid Stockings.
I don’t believe this Christmas I’ll be making a purchase from the 2009 Neiman’s Christmas Book, but maybe I just helped you figure out what to add to your list. Plaid stockings?! Do these things really matter… no, but it makes me laugh!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

a snap shot of the holidays

It’s been a little while since my last post. Since then, I had a quarter life crisis, lots of Thanksgiving, great family time, and have decked the halls! Just thought I would make a quick post of some of my favorite faces of the holidays! Enjoy! 

Sweet cousin Harrison

Our niece Annelise with Bear

Aaron decking the halls

Cotton Bowl Champs 2010?

Monday, November 23, 2009

22 miles & a head turing turnover

This was the hardest run yet. I think Rebekah and I hit the “WALL”. People speak of this “wall”, and pray that they don’t experience it. Well, we sure did. I’m hoping that we experienced it now, and it won’t come race day. It’s over and now , and we are 3 weeks away from race day. I told Rebekah that I think I can write a whole essay about how this training has been parallel with my walk with Jesus. I have felt tired, weak, broken (literally & not!), questioning, anxious, doubtful, encouraged, joy, peace, prayerful, serene, amazed, and dependent on Him and not myself…just to name a few. I really have felt all of those things. I have hit bumps in this training physically and emotionally, but can feel myself growing in the midst of it. Isn’t it funny how we can feel all of that the above in our relationship with God. He is constantly molding me, and making me more and more dependent on Him. This training is probably the best thing for me, because.. I.. have.. no.. control. Isn’t funny how we want that? I’m asking myself a lot lately, “why would I want that”? That is stressful! There is so much more I could share about that, but really this is all I can let go at the moment.

Also, wanted to give a shout out to my Aunt Margaret who taught me this great super easy recipe! It’s great when you need to whip up something a little special for some overnight guest. (Plus it looks & taste like it was labor intensive!) It’s pretty great for the Fall!

Apple Turn-Overs
-1 Can of Pillsbury Croissant Rolls
-2 Granny Smith Apples
-Cinnamon & Sugar
-2 TBS. Butter
Preheat oven to 375*. Unfold Croissant Rolls and set aside. Dice 2 apples, place in bowl and coat with Cinnamon & Sugar, add 1TBS of melted Butter. Take Croissant dough spread inside with a little Butter sprinkle a little Cinnamon & Sugar. At the base of the dough triangle place 1 spoonful of Cinn. Apples, then roll the dough to meet the other end, like a basket with Apples in it. Now, this won’t form a shape of a Croissant, because you are stuffing it. I hope the picture helps. Enjoy! (Makes 8)

Sunday, November 15, 2009


This truly was a great weekend with friends. We went to the old stomping grounds of Oxford to see them take on the Vols. It was funny for me to think about how this weekend we were going to be able to see friends from Middle School, High School, College, and Now all wrapped in one weekend. It is so great to have such special friendships with people for that long, and then be able to see some of them in such a short weekend. We may all live in different directions, but we were still able to make it back to Oxford. Thanks to our fabulous host/hostess, the Carter's, we had a great time. Luckily, we had great friends to share the drive and the whole experience with. We may have looked like the divided family when we got out of the car, but we truly had a great time. (Thanks Steve & Angie for coming with us for the weekend!)

Jilly and I were ready!

Angie and I!

Steve & was 42 to 17... Steve was a little bummed.

Jillian, Me, & Linnae

Dudley & Aaron

JillianLinnae, Me, Lindsey, Mary Margaret

Thursday, November 12, 2009

pogs on blog

Why were those things so cool?! My sweet friend Jillian and I were discussing this phenomenon yesterday. They took over any and all free time in 3rd grade. I had a Pog holder, and 8 ball Slammer, and a variety of these cheap colorful round pieces of cardboard that we know as: POGS.
Eventually they were banned from schools for probably 3 very realistic reasons:
1- We should have been reading rather than playing.
2- It was kind of like gambling, and kids were probably not paying up when they had to give up their Pogs. (It’s part of the game.)
3- I’m sure a Pog flew out of the stack hit a kid in the eye.
All good reasons to ban the use of Pogs. So, now that I have written about Pogs on this Blog, and hopefully some of you are reminiscing back when, let me know what your favorite Pog or Slammer was.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

it's kind of a problem

I have an addiction to peanut butter and honey wheat pretzels. Aaron has confronted me about this problem. One bag, one jar,…in one week. I need to stop. I have a feature on my iGoogle page for the “How To” for the day. I added it…and truthfully I never look at it. Well today I did, and it was perfect for my addiction.
“How To Make Peanut Butter”
“Shut Up!”…this was me to myself.
I mean, why haven’t I ever thought about this. Well, I really might have to give it a try. Could you imagine just whipping up your own PB? I kind of like the idea, and the challenge to create the perfect recipe.

*Click on “How To Make Peanut Butter” to get full article.

Monday, November 2, 2009

21 miles & pumpkin bread that will make your mom proud

We did it! I can't believe we did it, but we did! Thanks to Ross & Linnae, Rebekah and I ran 21 miles! It was hard yet so much fun all at the same time. We even have the pictures to prove it. Only one more month of training for White Rock in Dallas, and then we'll move on to Rock & Roll in New Orleans.


(Before we started...40 degrees & dark. Terrible pic!)

(3 hours and 24 minutes after, 70 degrees...icing the legs )

(Really happy were done! Rebekah totally couldn't do this without you!)
Linnae and I had an awesome weekend together, and just made me so thankful that we are only 3 hours from each other! Just tip for those of you that go to Dallas… when going to Sam Moon have a plan, speak clearly, and if you are going to buy a hat/head wrap try it on first! We were first timers, and that would have been a good heads up. Not sure why we didn't document the trip better, but here are some pics from weekend. Linnae is better at details so check her blog out to read more about it!

(Good thing you ran with us the last half!)
I also, had to share this Pumpkin Bread recipe from the Square Table Cookbook! It's so good, and easy, it'll make yo mama proud! Plus it makes 3 loaves, that's 1 for you, 1 for your neighbor, and 1 for your mama to show her you got it! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread

2 ¾ c. Flour
2 c. Sugar
1 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 ½ tsp. Salt
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Allspice
1 tsp. Nutmeg
½ tsp. Ground Cloves
1 Can of Pumpkin
3 Lg. Eggs
1 c. Canola Oil
2/3 c. water
Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, salt, & spices. Add pumpkin, eggs, oil, & water and mix well. Spray your 3 loaf pans and distribute the batter evenly, Bake for 50-60 minutes.