Friday, November 28, 2008

Turkey Day Special!

This year, we truly had many things to be thankful for; our family, our big healthy babies, our luck with jobs, and a successful move down here to New Orleans. Jason, Izzy, Olivia, and I were especially thankful for the Devine's who invited us out to their family celebration so that we could enjoy a good ol' New Orleans Thanksgiving. The food was phenomenal, the company was great, and the girls had a few other baby-girls to play with. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ole Man River Half-Marathon

September 8, 2008: I decide that it's time to start running again. I started off with a couple miles each run and started getting to the point where I could run for more than 30 minutes. I was feeling pretty good running about 3x/week.

October 14, 2008: My jogs started to get a little easier, and a little longer. Feeling very confident that I was getting back in shape, I decided to enter the Ole Man River Half-Marathon for November 23rd.

November 9, 2008: I complete my first 10-mile run since before the babies! It felt I know that this half-marathon is doable.

November 13, 2008: I get sick...out of running for the next week.

November 23, 2008: Race Day! I cruised along for about the first 8 miles. Jason and the girls met me at miles 3 and 8. Seeing the girls was like a little energizer for the next mile or so.
After the turn-around, I started getting tired. Just as I started thinking "when do runners get their second wind?" I hit a wall. Everything was fine except for my legs. I was breathing fine, my heart rate was okay, but I felt like my legs were full of lead! I managed to finish in 2:06:30. Not the best time...but the race was definitely humbling! Next time...I'll try training for more than 10 weeks. As you can see from the picture...I didn't sprint the finish :)

Next up...the Mardi Gras Half Marathon on February 1, 2009. Come out and join me!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Washington D.C.

Jason and I took the girls to Uncle Joe's for a mini-vacation earlier this month. It was a great trip! We got to see some of the newer memorials, go to the zoo, go to a couple of museums, and do a little sidewalk shopping in Georgetown. Jason even got to go to the Steelers/Redskins game on Monday night.

We saw the 911 memorial at the Pentagon.

The New-er WWII memorial between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.

And the girls had a great time at the zoo!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Our First HALLOWEEN!!!

The girls will one day hate me for these costumes. But, since they're too young to tell me what they wanted to be, I had to make the decision for them! We didn't actually go trick-or-treating, but we did join the Devine family for a New Orleans style Halloween party (gumbo included). Jason, the girls and I all had a good time.

Hanging out in the Big D with the family

The last weekend in October, we went back to Plano to spend some time on the "G" side of the family. The girls got to meet their Uncle Dave who was home from Iraq on "R&R" and their cousins for the first time.

We had a hard time getting the girls to look at the camera all at once, but they seemed to be intrigued by the window, so we took what we could get! Aren't they cute?!

Olivia - Isabella - Marcella