Women’s Half Marathon 2012 & Pictures!

Tomorrow I am running in the Women’s Half Marathon for the 2nd time in Nashville!  Last year’s race was so amazing and I had the best time.  I love everything about it especially the crowd support.  So far, no other race has compared.

My goal is to beat last year’s time of 2 hrs.  I don’t care if I beat it by 10 seconds.  I just want to beat it.  Unfortunately I haven’t trained on hills as much as last year and I’ve not been doing my strength training so I’m a little nervous.  :)

But I’m uber excited to be running with a good friend.  This is her very first half marathon and I hope she loves it as much as I do!  It’s always fun to race with a friend.

The kids are super excited to go to Aunt Marsha’s house and watch Monya cheerlead at the homecoming game tonight.  Yay!

Wish me luck tomorrow b/c I might need it!  :)

Here’s a couple of pics of the kids from the past week.  Enjoy!

Our sweet friend Barbra asked Emma to be in her senior pictures.  They did some in regular clothes and some in their ballet outfits.  So I had to curl Emma’s house and put a smidgen of makeup on.  She loves getting dolled up!

 

Last weekend George’s parents came down for a visit and Judy and I took Emma fall shopping.  I got a few things for Hudson too and he was so excited.  He had to put on one of his new shirts and his new soccer cleats.  He is such a cutey patootie!

 

Alright, time to get moving!

Emma Time!

Today Hudson and I met miss Emma at school for lunch.  I love eating lunch with her.  Lunch is at 10am which is super early but we made it.  She’s always so excited when she sees us!

 

Have I mentioned how much Emma loves school lunch?  She buys it everyday and always says how good it is.  Strange girl!

Her little friends were so funny too.  They kept asking me 20 questions like “what’s your name?”, “is that her brother?”, “how old is he?”, “is he older than Emma?” and this want on the entire time.  So cute!  I love watching Emma interact with her friends.  After she finished eating she just got up and took her tray to the trash can without even telling me.  So independent at school!

 

Every night Emma has a little homework which just takes a few minutes.  Normally she has to read and that’s it but tonight she had a worksheet to do too.  We have to initial it and send it back.

Tonight we were working on holding our pencil the correct way.  Of course she didn’t want to do that but I kept telling her to do part of her homework with the pencil the correct way and she could also hold it her way.  I explained that she would have more control over the pencil if she held it a certain way.  Well she tried it with some of the letters in her name and then she got to writing the number 3.  The 3 didn’t turn out very well she said and she informed me that holding the pencil the correct way made her out of control.  It was so funny.  Such a dramatic little stinker!

I tell you she has been a pistol the past week and a half.  She’s had so much attitude to last a lifetime and I think we are about to pull our hair out!  She’s been so defiant too.  Hopefully next week she’ll get back to her normal happy nice self.  :)  Although I don’t know…we are traveling this weekend and that normally makes her even more cranky when we get home.  Whatever are we going to do when she’s a teenager???  :)

Hunter & Lauren’s Wedding! (Part 1)

Yesterday I finally got all of my wedding pictures uploaded, cropped, and on Facebook!  That’s a record for me recently.  :)  I still can’t believe that it was over a week ago that we left for TX and now we are back in the swing of things at home.  I definitely wish we had more time to visit with Betsy and the boys.  It was so so good to see them and of course, I gained a sister-in-law!

Originally we were going to leave super early Thursday morning since it was a 16 hour drive but with Hurricane Isaac we were going to hit heavy rain in Little Rock. So we decided to leave Wednesday night and drive all through the night.  Call us crazy but it worked out awesome!  It was 9:30 before we hit the road and I drove until 5am.  Not sure how I managed to drive that long but I think it was adrenaline.  The kids slept really well until about 3am (I think) and then Emma woke up first.  Hudson woke up probably an hour later but they were both good.  My awesome friend Tracy had given both kids an art box/lap desk that is so stinking cute and the kids LOVED them!  I’ll have to take a picture so you can see.  It was the best gift ever!  George took over around 5am and I slept for about 2 hours.  Then around 9am we stopped in Rockwall, TX at a Chick-fil-A for a long stop.  The kids had fun playing and Hudson had a major poopie problem so I was thankful he still had a pull up on from the night.

We ended up getting to New Braunfels which is where the wedding was at around 1:15pm.  We had a nice big room and we were above a conference room which was perfect with the kids until we started having an ant problem.  Yep, that was not cool and then we got moved to a smaller room but it happens.  The other big issue was George and I had only had couple of hours of sleep and George had been really sick to his stomach the whole trip.  Well of course with the kids you can’t exactly sleep so we got unpacked and let them play in the room.

 

 

 

 

Then it was my Uncle Arnold’s birthday (he went with us) so I wanted to take him out to dinner.  It ended up being 8pm before we went to dinner so we were absolutely exhausted and the kids were wearing down fast.  But I was determined to take him to dinner.  We went to a really cool place called Grist Mill which was only 10ish minutes from the hotel.

For some reason my stomach was feeling funky and I could hardly eat.  I was also falling asleep at the table so we tried to eat quickly and leave.  Around 12:30am or so I woke myself up moaning & groaning and sure enough I had a FEVER.  Ugh!  I rarely get sick and the one time I need to have lots of energy, I get sick.  My stomach felt horrible and my temp was almost 102.  I was so upset but luckily I had packed plenty of Ibuprofen and Tylenol so that helped a little.  I ended up with a stomach virus & spent most of the next day in the bed.  George still wasn’t 100% either but he took the kids swimming and to Target to get me stuff.  Not fun at all.  I was determined to make it to the Rehearsal dinner that night even though I was a zombie!  So glad I went though.

 

 

 

 

 

After the rehearsal we all headed over to Cucino’s (I think).  It is an Italian restaurant and even though I could hardly eat, what I did eat was good!  I was so upset that I couldn’t eat and have any wine.  At least I was feeling better.  After we ate Lauren and Hunter presented the wedding party with some gifts.  Hunter got a new monster truck which he was ecstatic about.  That was the perfect gift for him!  Lauren gave Emma a beautiful bracelet, necklace, earring combo.  She loved it!  She was so excited to wear them with her flower girl dress.  Here you can see the bracelet…

 

We went back to the hotel after that and went to bed.  George and I felt so much better the day of the wedding and we took the kids to Landa Park and rode a train and fed some ducks.  That was a lot of fun but we had to get back early b/c Emma was getting her hair and make up done at 2pm.  She loved that of course!

 

 

 

Emma and I had rode separately and then George, Hudson and Arnold came later with Betsy.  I was worried that Hudson wouldn’t put his suit on but as soon as he walked in the door he said he wanted it on!  He was so excited and actually liked getting dressed up!  Both kids were absolutely adorable and I was a proud momma.  :)

 

I also snapped a few other pictures before the wedding.  I think Lauren did an excellant job on all of the decorations and favors.  Such a laid back yet beautiful Texas wedding.

Here’s Lauren with Chandler

The Groom’s cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll post more wedding pictures next.  Almost time to get Hudson from school!

Didn’t Lauren do a great job with the decorations??  I LOVED it all!  Check back in a day or two for the rest.  :)

Hudson’s Haircut

Last week my friend Melissa was able to get Hudson in for a quick haircut before we left for Texas.  Up until this point, I always had to sit in the chair with him and we both would be covered in hair.  Yuck!  This time he actually sat in the chair all by himself and wore the cape…well for most of it anyways!

 

Such a big boy!  His favorite part was getting a big sucker.  :)

 

Later that night we set off for New Braunfels/San Antonio, Texas and it only took us 16 whopping hours!  :)  It was a fast but wonderful trip b/c my brother Hunter got married.  I haven’t seen my brothers since Hudson was 3ish weeks old so a visit was due!  The wedding was absolutely beautiful and the kids had a blast at the reception.

My heart was so sad to leave TX though even though Chandler went back to Houston and Hunter is starting his new married life in California.  It’s always so hard to say goodbye but hopefully *fingers crossed* we can take a trip to CA to visit in the near future.  I’m so proud of my baby brothers but I wish we lived closer.

Both kids were in the wedding so here’s a little picture of my babies!  We took over 400 pictures so I’ll share a few more later.

 

 

 

Me and the Bride & Groom!  So happy to have Lauren as a sister-in-law!  I had met her back when they graduated high school over 4 years ago and I always said that I hoped they made it through college and got married.  They don’t get much better than Lauren and I know her and Hunter are just perfect for each other.

 

More to come!