Sunday, July 15, 2012

Our Weekend Adventure - South Carolina!

We are finally home from our weekend adventure in South Carolina.

To be 100% honest, I don't have any good stories to blog about so I thought I would just give you a few key adventures with some of my favorite pictures.

I worked a half of a day while my husband stayed home to rest and (ahem ... pay the bills). Upon my return, we leaped into the car, dropped the poochies off a doggie day care (a.k.a. Camp Angie). We drove, and drove, and drove, and drove and drove from our beautiful city all the way to South Carolina.

Husband and I drug ourselves out of bed and went in search for a nature trail. In an effect to 1) save money and 2) get some exercise we decided to search for a place to walk. We found a little place on the size of the road where we walked for about 50 minutes. It was great, because I even got to complete one of my scheduled training sessions.

After our walk, we went to an outlet mall. Seriously, I know why people go to Orlando to shop. Those outlet malls are waaaay cheaper! Anyway. We then went to get ready for the wedding!

Around 9:30 we loaded into our trusty truck and headed back towards Orlando.

Around 2:24 p.m. we pulled into our hotel and checked in. I'm almost sure that I was asleep by 2:30. I.was.exhausted.

8:45 my husband was ready for breakfast. (I was not amused).

We had a lovely breakfast and headed to Universal Studios for a few hours.

Upon our return home, I have bleached the front door, gone to two places looking for a new table, and listed my old table onto Craigs list. Obviously, I have serious issues. :) I plan on resting tomorrow I promise!

Anyway, here are a few photos from our trip!



Romantic Stroll

Yes, I'm crazy. I went for a run.


Mr. & Mrs. J

Mr. & Mrs.

Universal Studios Florida

Thursday, July 12, 2012

In Training: Running for the Childrens [Updated]

At about 79 days until our next race, I thought i'd take the opportunity to begin a new section of my blog.
Title: In Training: name of race (or nickname)

The plan is to update every Thursday with some stats from my workout.

Today was day 2 of my Adidas Micoach plan. I've said this before (it probably won't be the last time) I really love that application! If you are looking for a good app (free) to help you on your journey to a race, I highly recommend Adidas Mi Coach.

My goals for the 5k is to beat my last time (May 5th, 2012 - Everest 5K)
Time to beat: 42.00 minutes

With that goal in mind, I began my training sessions!

I was very proud of myself, because I was able to run (jog) a mile in 10 minutes and 40 seconds!
For some of you "real" runners, this may be a joke. However, for me... It's a milestone!
It was a reminder that I CAN do this! I CAN run, I CAN get healthy and I CAN beat my time!

Success Kid
So, Adidas micoach isn't loading (I think it's my internet).
I'll update this blog with images of my run tomorrow. 


Last night my internet was being a pain. Therefore, I was unable to upload my run results from

Image 1:
The shaded areas indicate the levels I was supposed to stay in for that specific time.
Blue is the easiest (walking)
Green is the next level up (Brisk Walking)
I was having a lot of trouble with my head phones, so I kind of (as you can see) just went at my own pace and did whatever I wanted.  I'm sure that is the reason I only scored a 60% on the run.

 Image 2:
My play list. I've been getting a little board with my play list. So, if you have any suggestions for songs I should download, please comment below!

Happy Running! 


Mrs. J

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Movie Review: Brave

Rating: PG
Running Time: 100 minutes
Release Date: 22 June 2012
My first Viewing: 2 July 2012 

My Rating Scale
<3 = Loved it
:) = It was okay

The Story
I really enjoyed the family dynamics in the story. A husband's love for his wife, children and kingdom. A Mother's love for her husband, her desire to teach her daughter all that she knows - to guide her into becoming queen. 3 wild and rambunctious triplets - the relationship between the brothers and sister. Although I loved it, I read on a Christian Movie Review that the "unruly" children were disruptive and disrespectful. ... Honestly, I'll stick to the opinion of "boys-will-be-boys" :)  

Enough about the characters.

The theme of finding your destiny carried throughout the entire film. I for one, really appreciated that. 

If you're looking for a feel good story about family dynamics and finding your destiny, go see Brave! 

I wouldn't take your young (super young) children to see it. Mostly, because there are a few scary scenes and at 100 minutes it could be a little hard to sit still. 

If you want a "real" review - you could check out IMDb

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

*New Section*

Ladies & Gentleman,

Starting tomorrow (7/11) I will review a movie. :)

My husband encouraged me to continue blogging (even when I think I have nothing to say).
So, in an effort to let my thoughts run viral through the interweb, I will be reviewing 1 movie (or Television Show) each Wednesday.

Title [In Progress]

Tomorrow I am going to give my review of the new movie BRAVE!

I'd love for you to be involved, so comment below if you have any suggestions for me to watch!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Disney Girl Reviews Universal Studios!

If you know me, you know of my love for the Mouse (Mickey Mouse). It might be a surprise to you that we purchased passes to Universal Studios. Here is my random review of the two theme parks.

Parking -

I'm conflicted on how I feel about parking. On one hand, I love it! You park in one garage and have access to both parks, restaurants and shopping. On the other hand, the parking lot seems to be an awful long way to the front of the park. It feels like an eternity when walking with sore feet.

Ticket Value -

If you are a Florida Resident, don't bother with a 1 day 2 park pass. Stick with the 2 park annual pass (Flex Pay) You will pay a little extra - but only a little. Right now for Florida Residents you can get a 2 park annual pass (parking included) for a down payment of about 100 bucks and 11 dollars a month.
The 2 park annual pass is good for 15 months.  A one day 2 park pass is $106.00

Disney does run specials here and there - but I haven't really researched it.

Rides -

Disney is more of a family friendly ride park and Universal / Islands of Adventure has a lot of thrill rides. I like them both. Honestly, I have just as much fun on the big roller coasters as on the Peter Pan ride.

Butter Beer vs. Dole Whip -

I tried the Butter Beer. It was great for a couple of bites and then I just got really sick. It was soooo sweet. It might be because I have been cutting back on my sweets. Who knows, I just know that I got wickedly sick to my stomach and was unable to ride rides comfortable for a few hours. :(

I'll stick with Dole Whips.

Fireworks -

Nothing beats watching the fireworks over the castle at Disney. (Sorry Universal - I tried).

Even though it feels a little strange to go to Orlando for a theme park and it not be Mickey's house, I'm still really excited to be a pass holder!

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Vacationer's Log

Greetings Fellow Bloggers,

Today marks the downward spiral of our lovely vacation. Yes, 'tis true. On Monday we will no longer be able to sleep in until 10:33, swim in the middle of the day, ride rides at Universal, go shopping whenever we feel like it .. enjoy a movie until 1:00 a.m. Sadly. ... out time coming to a close.

I must admit. ... I'm ready for my own bed.

I spent the first half of this week sick - now i've so graciously given it to husband. Poor guy.

Last night hubs and I went for a run. I did a nice 2.20 mile jog and Chris did almost 3 miles.
I'll have to post about that adventure later.

I'm about to grab a hat, my bathing suit, water and of course ... 100 SPF and hit the pool!

Happy Fourth of July!!


Ms. Erin

Monday, July 2, 2012


Serving at camp has always been something I love. I love everything about it. I love the memories, I love living in the dorm. I love late night chats with other girls. I love going skiing. I love going canoeing. I love the feeling of joy when you finally get to take a shower (seriously, unless you've worked at camp - don't judge!)

Husband and I have been in leadership (director /co-director) for 8 weeks of camp. The Lord has encouraged us, taught us and blessed us throughout each week of camp.
Do any of you remember these weeks?

  1. Racing
  2. Narnia
  3. Camping
  4. Indiana Jones
  5. Operation New Creation
  6. Grip of Grace
  7. Camp Horizon University
  8. What's your Status? 
I have seen first hand a mighty work of Christ in the lives of others during these weeks of camp and I am honored to have been a part. 

As we take a step back and have a more behind the scenes roll in the Ministry of Camp I pray that lives will continue to be touched and changed for the Lord. 

What's your favorite memory of one of our weeks? 
Leave a comment below - i'd LOVE to read it! :) 

I leave you with one final thought. ...


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