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Santa Chase – Jingle Bell Run


My 4 year old son ran his first 1 mile race today! I’m so proud of him!

A couple of months ago I bought him a new pair of sneakers and when I purchased them I referred to them as his “running shoes” and the rest was history. He’s been asking frequently to go running with me and we will run to the end of our road and back. When I told him last night that we were going to go watch Daddy run a race this morning, his first question was “is there a kid’s race?!”.

It was a great day! I love that we are making fitness a family activity.


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I received a text message this morning when I woke up that my grandfather passed away in the middle of the night.

Today I choose not to be sad.

I learned in the past few days to take nothing for granted, to cherish those you love and to live life to the fullest. Sometimes we need bad situations to remind us of that.

Today I will spend the day at home with my son and my husband doing the things we each love to do. Lincoln will probably play Wii all day. Tim will hang out on the computer. And I will master making these …

We will finish decorating the Christmas tree.

I won’t stress out about the smudges on my hardwood floors, the dishes in the sink or the 6 loads of clothes that are piling up. I will be kind and loving to those I come in contact with and will choose my words wisely.

Today I choose to be happy.

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I got a call last night that Pawpaw isn’t going to make it much longer. I dropped everything and drove the 3 hours to Atlanta to be with my family. We stayed up all night spending time together. This morning I got a call that Lincoln was sick, so I left Pawpaw and rushed home to be with my little man. What a crazy and exhausting 24 hours it has been.

We love you Pawpaw!

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Oktoberfest in the Smokies

Hi! I’m happy to report that day 2 and 3 of our vacation have gone much more smoothly than the first day.

Yesterday we road the Sky Tram to Ober Gatlinburg where they were having the last day of their Oktoberfest celebration. Although I’m terrified of heights (and pretty much everything else) it was a beautiful view.

We spent the day playing miniature golf, running through a huge maze, riding rides and eating funnel cakes and fudge.

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The fudge, o.m.g, the fudge.


How do you make a decision like that?

The food was also amazing! I’m a sucker for German food, but I decided to stay strong on my veggie kick and order a roasted veggie sandwich instead of some of the more traditional German fare.

As you can see I temporarily forgot that German potato salad has bacon in it. Duh.

I traded it to Tim for his German Red Cabbage.
His plate incase you are interested …


A good time was had by all.

Tonight we are taking Ironman Trick or Treating downtown.


I’m actually hoping I can convince him to trade his candy in at either Earth Fare where they are giving out healthy options for trading in candy or at the dentist’s office where they are giving cash for each pound traded. We’ll see how that goes over.

Happy Halloween!

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Mark This Day Down

Today has been a very out of the ordinary day. The only thing on the original agenda was that I was going to take my mother-in-law to the hospital this morning at 11:00 for a routine Colonoscopy. No big deal.

As soon as Rocketboy, as he will now be referred to as, left for school I headed out for a run. The weather was amazing!

I set out down one of my regular out-and-back routes with no plan in mind, just run.

I ran 5 miles in 42 minutes. A comfortable, perhaps slightly speedy pace.

By the end of the run my knees, hips and as usual my feet were screaming. I was glad to be done! Thankfully the knee, hip .. and foot pain went away quickly and hasn’t stuck around for the rest of the day.

Once I got back to my car I was met by a text message that I had missed a class I was suppose to take for work. Freaking great! I completely forgot, I’ve never done that before. Thankfully I was able to reschedule it for next week, but it gave me a big scare.

Mom-in-law and I headed to the hospital and arrived about 15 minutes early. She was told that the procedure would take about 30-45 minutes, I planned on perhaps 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours because I know the ways of the medical world. I was already starting to get hungry, but was looking forward to lunch as soon as the procedure was finished.

As soon as we walked through the doors of the hospital we were greeted by a sign that read, “You will be here for atleast 3 hours.”


And we were.

Thankfully, Tim met me at the hospital to relieve me for a few minutes to find something to eat. I knew better than to try to find something healthy (or vegetarian for that matter) in the hospital cafeteria (sad, huh?) So I headed to Publix and picked up:

  • A Veggie Wrap from the deli
  • Vegetable Sushi (which is what I really wanted in the first place, but I didn’t figure they’d have it so I ordered a wrap first)
  • Apple Chips
  • Watermelon (per Rocketboy’s request)

We had a picnic in the bed of the truck in the hospital parking lot. Very strange.

By now you should all know that we have a horrible time trying to get Rocketboy to eat ANYTHING at all. If its not “chocolate milk”, he doesn’t want it and he will hold out forever.

This is the part of the day that should be marked down in history:


That Sirs and Madams is my son SHOVING sushi into his mouth! My life is complete! He ate about 3 or 4 pieces. I wanted to cry. .


I bet we looked quite strange having a sushi picnic on the back of a pick-up truck in the parking lot outside the Endoscopy center. I couldn’t care less 🙂

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R.I.P. Pa and Granny

My weekend started with me getting a phone call from my mom at work at 3:30 am on Saturday morning that my grandfather was dying. I immediately left work to head 2 hours south to see him. By the time I got in my car and called my mom back to tell her I was on my way, he was already gone.

I’m so glad I was able to get this picture of my Pa and my son while he was stile alive a couple of weeks ago.


My Pa was a hard man. He’d tell you exactly what he thought, he never held back. He once told me that I was “as wide as I was tall”. He constantly told me when I was growing up that I “needed to get out and run around the house a few times”. These things seem sort of funny to me now, but they weren’t at the time. But he was still my Pa and I loved him very much.

September will be a hard month for my family. My Pa died September 11th and my Granny died September 14th, 2007.

Sunday morning I headed out for a run, I wasn’t exactly sure what my plan was going to be. I knew it would be a slow easy run, but I had no idea where I was going or how far.

As I ran all of my built up emotions hit me at once. This was the first time that I’ve ever actually cried while running. As I ran I thought about my grandparents, my childhood, my memories and I realized that I was heading to their grave.

I spent about 20 minutes talking to my grandmother and telling her about Lincoln and how my life has changed since we saw each other. I know she couldn’t hear me, but it helped.

R.I.P. Granny and Pa, you will always be loved and missed.



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A Day Trip to the Country

Yesterday Tim, Lincoln and I made a day trip down to my parent’s house for a quick visit. Its about a two hour drive from home. We arrived just before lunch. My mom made Eggplant Parmesan, green beans, garlic toast and salad for us.

After we filled our bellies and let it settle for a while we decided to go on a walk/run together. My family has all been taking some steps to live a healthier and more active lifestyle.

I had been craving to get outside all day, the weather was absolutely perfect in the morning. Tim, I, Lincoln, my mom and my 6 year old niece headed out on a walk down to the creek. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite as perfect as earlier in the day, the sun was high, there was very little shade to be found, and it was nearing 90 degrees by the time we actually made it out for our walk.


I ran up and down this dirt road while my family and the kids poked along.


I was able to run 2 quick miles up and down the road before my family made it halfway down the road. When we all met back up there were some mini-meltdowns taking place. In the end Tim took Lincoln back to the house and myself, my mom and my niece drove the rest of the way to the creek, where we met my sister.

We had to either climb over or crawl under a fence to get to the creek. I tried going over a couple of times, but got scared. (I have an intense fear of heights). Ultimately I crawled under, which was apparently HILARIOUS!



I haven’t been to this spot since I was a small child, with my grandparents. It brought back alot of memories!

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My family waded in the water a bit, and splashed my mom with the nasty cow poop infested water. They were under strict orders to not even think about getting me involved.


After splashing around we headed up to the bridge.


For some reason this bridge has terrified me for my entire life. I vaguely remember hearing a story when I was a child about a drunk man who drove off of the side of the bridge and died, and ever since I’ve been scared of the bridge. Its just one of those strange childhood things that sticks with you.

I still to this day can’t walk or drive across it.


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I stepped onto the bridge far enough to get these photos and then chickened out and turned back around.

After getting a few more quick pictures (courtesy of my niece), we walked back home.


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All in all, I walked/ran 3.54 miles in a little over 45 minutes. It was nice to get out in the sunshine and do something active with my family.

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