Thursday, May 31, 2012

Do you think the Heat are playing tonight?

I'm pretty sure that there are no sporting events on tonight. .... 
What do you think? 

:) I love my life. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Yo Ho - Yo Ho - A Runner's life for me ...

First of all, I'd like to thank my parents for allowing me to love Mickey Mouse. I must (sadly) admit that it is Mickey Mouse who has inspired much of my running.

There is nothing like the feeling of sweat dripping down your back as you jog through a theme park. Okay, I know ... I'm the girl who blogged about "looking cute" ... But ... that was before I ran my first Disney 5k! I've grown as a person - it's okay to look bad in a theme park (as long as you are a part of RunDisney). (Just kidding  - it's your vacation, you can dress however you want!)

RunDisney has truly opened a whole new world of fun and re-kindled my love for the mouse.

Okay - I'm not entirely sure why I blogged all the gobbly-gue about who knows what.
My intention for this blog was to share my upcoming goals.

I'd like to personally thank my loving husband for introducing me to the Mi coach application. He has used the app for several months and has been doing really well with his work outs.

Mi coach is an application developed by Adidas. It's well worth the (free) download. It's like your own personal trainer (Reggie Bush) in your head phones.

In order to continue to push myself, I've decided to train for a 1/2 Marathon. Starting Sunday, I (and Reggie Bush) will be training 5 days a week for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. I'm really excited and hope that this new training schedule will continue to help me achieve my weight loss goals. (I'm doing pretty well - I think)

Plan 1 - Run a 1/2 Marathon (5 days a week of training)
Plan 2 - Running Technique (3 days a week of training)

***Don't worry! I'm eating enough calories - and resting (no exercise) at least 1 sometimes 2 days a week***

Okay - before I end this post ... I must admit. I had to google who Reggie Bush was. ... I was a little embarrassed to learn that he plays for the Miami Dolphins. ... Oops!

Just in case I'm not the only one who doesn't know who Reggie Bush is, here is the link to his Wikipedia page.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Beautiful Weekend!

On Friday my husband and I celebrated the second anniversary of being home owners. It's hard to believe that we have officially been in our home longer than the process of buying the home took.  I'm not going to lie. Buying our home was the most frustrating - confusing - aggravating learning experience of my life.

Although everything was rough, I must say that I know the Lord's hand was in everything. When everything seemed to be crumbling around us, I still felt a peace that we were buying the right home.

So ... two years later. We have a beautiful home. My husband is doing well in graduate school and our lives are daily filled with opportunities to learn.
A few days before closing. 

Saturday was fun.

I had my first Pinterest Party!  I invited over my in laws and another friend. We didn't really make any crafts, but we did watch my all time Favorite Movie (Anne of Green Gables) After the movie we headed to the beach. We were celebrating the graduation of a friend from church.

Sunday was another exciting day. My husband and I had an enjoyable lunch and he spent the afternoon working on homework. We also were able to take a Sunday afternoon nap (while it stormed - a.k.a. perfect napping weather) AND enjoyed dinner with friends.  When we got home (at like 11:00 p.m.) My darling and I decided to watch a movie! (Seriously ... I usually go to bed at 9).

Monday - sleeping in! HOORAY!

We slept in - then spent quite a bit of time going through our closet. We have 2 boxes of items to be taken to goodwill.  Since I've reached the -27 pound make on my weight loss journey, I feel comfortable getting rid of some of my bigger clothes.

In the afternoon, we worked on center pieces for camp - and of course ... watched MORE movies!

This weekend was absolutely incredible!

How was your weekend?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Celebrate Life!

I absolutely LOVE birthdays!

Growing up, I would celebrate my birthday for an entire week. In contrast, my husband's family only celebrates the birthday for a few hours. Don't misinterpret this. I'm not implying that they didn't really celebrate birthdays. You see, my in-laws have a unique situation. All of the kids were born in the month of May. Therefore, it is impossible to celebrate birthdays for longer than just one day.

Not willing to give up my week long birthday celebration tradition. I brought it with me when I married my husband!

2009 - We went to Disney's MGM

2010 - Ninja Turtle's Birthday Party

2011 - Ninja Turtle 2 Birthday Party

2012 - Star Wars!!

This year, we opened our home to my husbands friends and had an open house.
We started at 11:00 a.m. and watched all  of the original star wars.

My home was filled with people from 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.



Exhausting ... (I mean, ... AWESOME!)

Here are a few photos from the day!

Some of the Decorations

May the Lord by with you. ...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Upcoming Posts!

Upcoming Posts!

1) A Birthday Story!
2) Pinterest 101

Look for great stories, and pictures of the celebration of my husbands 26th Birthday. Celebrating him, his love of Star Wars, and possibly a few sappy remarks about how much I truly appreciate everything about him!

During Pinterest 101 I will provide you with feedback from my first Pinterest Party! I'm super excited to make crafts, watch Anne of Green Gables and you know ... have a girls day!

Stay tuned! I have not forgotten about my faithful readers (a.k.a. Mom!)


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

We Talk of Holy Things: All the Little Things #2sdayriff

A lovely post from my husband.
It even brought a tear to my eye.
I <3 you!
We Talk of Holy Things: All the Little Things #2sdayriff: More Than You'll Ever Know Watermark Watermark is not my favorite band. I generally do not listen to them. How did one of their song...

Friday, May 18, 2012

A love Story.

Take a few minutes and watch the story of Ian and Larissa. You will not be sorry. It is a reminder to me of how blessed I am, and how when you allow God to write your love story - it's beautiful!

Happy Weekend.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We Talk of Holy Things: What's Behind Your Mustache?

How did you spend your Mothers Day?
Take a few moments to read a review from Sunday. :)

We Talk of Holy Things: What's Behind Your Mustache?: What does your mustache say about you? The Premise Our very own mustachioed preacher, Jon Brower, spoke last Sunday morning & evening ...

Monday, May 14, 2012

"Your Wife's Hot"

Growing up in Florida, you have a clear understanding that air conditioning is no joke.
The moment the weather patterns shift and the heat begins to strengthen one begins to check and make sure their a/c is running efficiently.

When I was younger we used to drive by an old billboard that read "Your wife is hot - better call the a/c repair man". I would laugh and think it was clever (whatever). I never really thought too much about it. Until ... my a/c started to die.

For DAYS our a/c just would NOT keep the house cool. I began to panic because (thank you google) I knew how much replacing an A/C unit would be.

After about a week of living in a hot house, we finally were able to stop and think. We called a friend (former A/C repair man) who came and checked everything out.

1) The compressor - fine
2) coils -a little dirty - but not the problem
3) The fan - fine
4) The main capacitor - seems fine
5) The supplementary capacitor ... not so fine.

Repair Cost: $5.00

I am so thankful that the Lord truly does watch over me and take care of me in the minor details of life.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

13.1 Miles of Magic.

Now that I have successfully finished my first 5K Challenge, I have the confidence that I can train for and complete a half marathon.

The day before I left for Orlando, I was warned that the feeling of crossing the finish line is addictive. I admit, I didn't believe the person. However, I was addicted the moment the fire works went off and I began my first race as an adult!

I grew up a competitive swimmer (kind of). I had the opportunity to swim in Middle School and for two years in High School. You never forget the nerves that come over you right before you start, and the feeling of accomplishment when you finish.

I've spent the last couple of days thinking about the differences between swimming and running. The following are my comparisons.

  • Swimming is a very focused sport. It's you, the water and an open lane. 
  • Running, although very focused, is much different.
    •  The rush of adrenaline is much different when you can actually see the person racing next to you. 

Now that I know I can train and accomplish my running goals, I've officially decided to sign up for the Disney Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon.

To kick it off - Here is my first countdown!
Disney Wine & Dine 13.1 Miles

Monday, May 7, 2012

RunDisney - A non-runners view

Now that I've completed my first RunDisney event, I'm completely impressed with the RunDisney community. I've been posting on twitter / instagram like CRAZY! Mostly because i'm completely obsessed.

So - here's an official shout out to the RunDisney community.

Thank you for being so welcoming. This former swimmer - gone runner!
Thank you for being so polite to the Disney employees.
Thank you for encouraging me.

I may not officially LOVE running yet ... But, I do LOVE RunDisney!

I love my number, I love my medal ...
(so obsessed!)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Expedition Everest Challenge: The Flying J's

Well Friends, we did it!

We trained, we enlisted, we conquered!

If you follow my blog, you know that in January I began a journey to make healthier choices. After a trip to Epcot in February, I decided to train for the Disney Princess - Royal Family 5k. [blog ] Next thing I knew, I was signed up for the Expedition Everest 5k. [blog]

My husband and I spent late nights, early mornings, middle of the afternoon between meetings on Sundays training for the Expedition Everest Challenge. The week prior to the event, I was completely nervous.

However, when the event started. The adrenaline kicked in and BOOM - we were competing!

Event Details.
  1. Run 3.1 miles (5k)
  2. Complete the 3 obstacles during the race 
  3. Run back through the Animal Kingdom trying to find answers to 4 clues (this was another 2 miles-ish)
Our obstacles:
  1. Hurdle over 4 barrels of hay
  2. Run through a row of tires
  3. Crawl under a net (in the dirt. ...)
5K time - 43.44 minutes. 

Our Route 

Our speed.
if you notice the part where we are in the red zone ... It's where we saw Mickey! lol

Here are a couple of shots from before and after the race!
Our custom 5K T-shirts. 

...of course, I had a folder ... 


Picking up our packet. 

Free Buttons.


The crowd.



Getting ready to race!

:) I love that guy!

Yep. .. We are excited.

We are wet from the water ride. 

Expedition Everest.

The Snow Leopard. 

Challenge Complete. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Brother for Christmas.

Do you believe in real life foreshadowing?

On December 20th, 2008 I started the process of changing my name (a.k.a. I got married!). I married into a wonderful family from South Florida. My husband was raised by his two loving parents and is the big brother to two siblings (boy and a girl).  

On December 20th, both me and my two sisters officially got our first brother. 
I got Joe.
and my sisters got Chris. 


It was the beginning of December when I was young. I did as all little girls and boys did, I wrote a letter to Santa. I distinctly remember this year because it was the year my little sister was (obviously) adorable and I was no longer the adorable youngest daughter *insert tear*. I did what any logical girl would do. 

I asked Santa. 

Not only did I write Santa a letter. ...

I asked him in person. 

I remember Santa bellowing out in laughter as he shouted to my parents my request. Mortified by his reaction, I decided that Santa was not going to be the one to help me get a baby brother.


Joe has always had a special place in my heart. He has always been the annoying brother. The brother that could make me SO FRUSTRATED. The brother who gives my a hug when I need it. The brother who would hang out with me while I waited for Chris to get home from work. Joe gave me a taste of what having a brother was really about. I got to see him go through ALL of the changes and life experiences because ... well, his brother and I become friends when he was only six years old! (SIX!) ... 

It may have been official on our wedding day, when our two families joined forces to become all the more awesome. However, in my heart ... it was official long before that. 

Joe Joe - On your birthday, I reflect on all the times that you made me crazy, and all the times you made me smile and think to myself. I am so blessed. 

Santa didn't deliver a brother, but God sure did a great job when he chose the perfect brother for me. 

Happy Birthday Joe! 

20 December 2008

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


*I have no idea why all my words are highlighted ... Sorry
Preparedness refers to the state of being prepared for specific or unpredictable events or situations. Preparedness is an important quality in achieving goals and in avoiding and mitigating negative outcomes. 

I hope that when you signed online this morning, you can ready to laugh. I say this because, what I am about to tell you will probably make you giggle. If you do know me. ... well, ... you've probably learned to just accept the fact that I like to make sure i'm prepared for everything, and sometimes I'm a little nutty. 

Okay - Animal Kingdom 5k is this weekend. I can hardly believe that the time is already here. It seems as though it was only yesterday that my countdown read 64+ days. However, the time has come. I've been spending the last couple of months preparing myself to run in my very first 5k. 

Step 1 - Learn to Run
Step 2 - Keep Running
Step 3 - Buy Running Shoes 
Step 4 - Learn to like running Shoes

(lol - this is sadly true) 

I have to give my husband a major shout out. When I wanted to quit (like every time I put on my running shoes) he encouraged me to keep at it.  I'm really, really, really nervous and slightly exhilarated by the fact that on Saturday night I will be running in a race.

In order to be completely prepared for the experience, it is important to think of ALL the details. 
1) Out fits. 
Have you ever noticed how Ms. Piggy adores Kermie? ... and how Kermie adores Ms. Piggy ... but he's not all crazy-go-nuts about her in front of everyone? ... Well, you could say that if my husband and I were characters on the Muppets we would probably either be the old guys, or Ms. Piggy and Kermit.

Well. ... My husband absolutely LOVES the Muppets. He completely cracks up every time he watches anything Muppet related. So,... It was only natural that when we were at Downtown Disney a couple of weeks ago that we would custom make T-shirts with Ms. Piggy and Kermie (right?). 
We decided on Long-Sleeved T's for two reasons.
1) It was only 4 dollars more
2) The 5K is at night, and then we will be going into the park for a couple of hours, so we wanted to be warm. 

In addition to being equipped with an outfit for the after party in Animal Kingdom. 
Last night, I painted my nails to match my shoes. :) 


Best top coat EVER! 

Free Water Bottle! 
If you think of me on Friday night, pray for me. ... i'm probably regretting ever signing up for a 5k. :) 


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Way to go Husband!

Hey Readers,

It's time for you to check out Talk of Holy Things. Great stuff.

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"Dear Abby" ...

Confession -

When I was younger, I wanted to write stories. I wanted to be an author and share all of the crazy things in my imagination with others. As I got older, I moved on from that and wanted to be “Dear Abby” … The fact is, I LOVE telling people what to do and how to do it. It makes me feel loved when people ask me my opinion. To be honest, I probably spend WAY too much time looking things up on google (just because I want to know).

I recently read a book by Randy Pausch titled The Last Lecture. This book is the final lecture of a young man dying of cancer. I started reading the book on my Kindle Fire Christmas morning and couldn’t put it down. It was quite possibly one of the most inspirational books (other than the Bible) I have ever read. In the book, Randy encourages the audience to pursue their dreams with diligence.

I say that this is one of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read because it caused me to pause and think. So often we get caught up in the day-to-day routine and forget to focus on what’s really important.

Yesterday my husband completed another semester of graduate school and on Friday, my baby sister will graduate from college. Both of them are pursuing dreams. My husband in the pursuit of knowledge, eager to know. Eager to share. Eager to work in a library (crazy right?) My sister, eager to gain employment that will finance world travel. Eager to experience new things. Eager to learn through the journey. Eager.  

As I observe these milestones, I'm reminded of two passages. The first is from Last Lecture and the second comes from the book of James. 

The key question to keep asking is, 
Are you spending your time on the right things? 
Because time is all you have. 
Randy Pausch

James 4:14-17

whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye are a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that.But now ye glory in your vauntings: all such glorying is evil. To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

What am I valuing? 

What am I investing my life into?

Am I living each day as Christ would have me to live? 

What about you?

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