Just Catching Up!

I should be shunned for Blog neglect. It has been nearly 4 months since my last post. I’m feeling pretty guilty about leaving this beautiful space untouched for so long. So many things have happened since I fell out of the Blogosphere. So, let me update you a little. We’ll start where I left off…

-I did successfully finish the Lurong Paleo Challenge. I lost 6 pounds and lost a few on my measurements but not a lot. As I thought I would I went back to my carbby ways, but in the New Year I am planning to make better choices. I am also planning on staying mainly Paleo with a little looser guidelines. I’ll call it Kelleo? Sounds good right?

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– I ran my first 10k and I did rather well! I placed 69th with a pace of 9:06 and finished with a 56:31 time.

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Hard to admit but I haven’t really run and focused on running since October…

-Husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago for our 2 year anniversary!

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-We went home for our Cash Family Annual Pumpkin Carving Party (BYOP(umpkin))

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…drum roll please…

-We finally bought a HOUSE on Halloween!

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-I turned the big 2-6 and threw a Gatsby party… I have always wanted a roaring 20’s party and when better to do it when you are a roaring 26 year old?

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-I had to say goodbye to my cousin from afar… RIP sweet Bryan.

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-I was blessed to go home for both Thanksgiving AND Christmas.

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-I celebrated the New Year with friends.

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-and I began the New Year 2014 with a traditional Southern style New Years Day dinner cooked by ME 🙂

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-Oh, and tonight I did my first WOD with Toe to Bar! (Big deal, I couldn’t even hang on the bar much less pull my feet up to my hands at the beginning of last year).

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As you can see, I have been a very busy bee! And that is basically what you missed in a nut shell. For my New Years Resolution I will not abandon my Blog for more than 2 weeks. I hope I can keep ’em coming! Have a wonderful 2014 friends!

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It’s a Turkey Shoot

Okay, so lets be honest. When Daniel mentioned the Atlanta Half Marathon on our “Running Group” wall, I immediately counted myself out. That is such a long way to go; from broken ankle to Half Marathon (my original goal- prior to a broken ankle- for the half was March 2013). I got home from work that day and he already had a plan laid out and printed up on an excel spreadsheet (Gee, I’m glad I married such a technological upgraded man, because you will still find me updating my old fashion pen and paper “day planner”).

Our first week looks something like this:

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While studying the plan I just couldn’t believe that I could (and will) be running a Half Marathon by Thanksgiving Day (if I can keep my bones and ligaments intact for the next 3 months). So, here’s to a new goal, a new start, and a new me!

Wish Me Luck!

As for more changes, I got a new job! More details will be given when I actually get to start next week! I am very  excited for this change in my life. There are so many beautiful things to look forward to and I just can’t wait to begin my journey with my new company.

As for the future, I’m trying not to wish away the summer, but I just can not wait until fall. Football, leaves changing, sweaters, boots, apples, cinnamon, boiled peanuts and my most favorites: our 1 year anniversary, B(ring)Y(our)O(wn)P(umpkin) and, Thanksgiving!

and well, everyone knows I am OBSESSED with my fur baby: Molly

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Happy Running Y’all!

 

My Second Family

Thankful-day 2

Not everyone is blessed enough to have a second family. I am so lucky to have them in my life. Erin, Holly and I all grew up together. Now, Holly and I did unfortunately tend to leave Erin out sometimes. She was a few years older and we unfortunately left her to hang out with my silly big brother. Later, after we all pretty much matured, us three began to hang out together. Holly and Erin are seriously the sisters I never had. Being an only girl in my family was rough. None of my cousins that were my age were girls and the ones that were my age and boys wanted to hang out with my older brother because it was “cool”. It sucked. I had no one to play with at holidays. Whether we were in Texas or Georgia that year I was bored out of my stinking mind. My little brother would hang with me up until he turned 9. Then he didn’t want to hang with me anymore, he wanted to hang with the older boys. I guess this is the time in my life that I found out my parents are actually cool to hang out with.

Anyway, Holly and Erin’s dad is my dad’s best friend. Which was convenient since we would go visit them and finally I had someone to play with. Their dad (aka Johnboy/David. I grew up calling him Johnboy) is pretty much like my second dad. If I were to need fatherly advice I could count on him. He’d be there if I needed him.  Holly and I were talking one day about hanging out with our dads. My mom, my dad, her dad, me and Holly use to go to Taco Mac every Thursday night to get free glasses. Johnboy was asking her why she liked to hang out with the parents. Well, duh, because our parents are pretty dang cool. I guess no one else likes to hang out with their parents as much as Holly and I do. I guess because parents will love you unconditionally. I guess around my parents I am free to be me. They listen what I have to say and never talk over me. They don’t leave me out on purpose. This also goes for Holly. My true best friend. We may not always agree on everything but we respect each others opinion. We pretty much like all of the same things. She never leaves me out of anything. I could call her up at anytime and as long as shes not working or doing something super important and she’ll invite me to come with her or do whatever shes doing. If I tell her I can’t hang out she doesn’t get mad. I guess when it comes down to it all, you really do find out who your friends are. Luckily, with this deal I have two best friends and sisters all rolled into one. I am so thankful that god brought my second family into my life.

Our Dad’s at Erin’s wedding

Erin, Me and Holly ice skating at Centennial Olympic Park I think I was 16?

The summer we went on a road trip from GA to Gulf Shores and then to Texas

Haha we were so little!

Me and Erin on her wedding day 🙂

Camping with the parents (Russell, me, Holly, and Erin)

Happy Halloween! (Erin, Me, Holly, Russell, and Josh down front)

All 3 of us at my bridal luncheon

Thankful

So, this new trend on Facebook has me inspired. Since November 1st people have been posting what they are thankful for, and will continue through the days leading up to Thanksgiving. I think this is a brilliant idea since Thanksgiving tends to be smothered by Christmas. It is a great way to get people really involved in the “Thanksgiving” spirit (even though there are Christmas trees and lights already in the mall). The idea is to post your “thankful fors” in your facebook status, but I can’t seem to fit my “thankful fors” in the provided space. So, I guess starting today I am going to attempt this wonderful idea, but instead I will blog it. Today I am going to make up for the 8 days I have missed. I did post yesterday’s in my Facebook status so I will begin by expanding my first post.

I posted:  I am thankful for my family. My parents, my husband, my siblings and all extended family as well. In the worst of times and in the best of times you have always been there, especially my husband and my parents. I would not be who or where I am today without you. ♄

First of all, my family is the most important thing to me. they are at the top of my list. My family includes my husband, my parents, my siblings, my family here in Georgia, my family out in Texas and a few others but I’ll talk about them in my next post.

My Husband

2007- Our first Christmas as a couple.

is my soul mate. He knows anything and everything about me. He knows all emotions, all scars, all flaws and he still loves me. 😉 Really, though he is everything to me. He is such a good, honest, intelligent gem and I am so entirely thankful for him and I am so blessed to be sharing my life with him.

My Parents

On their wedding day

My parents are the most amazing two people in the world. They have shown me what Love is really suppose to be like. My parents are silly and fun. They are also serious about each other. The love they share is golden. The best thing they have ever done for me is love each other. I am grateful for everything they have provided me. They have never once made me feel unloved or uncared for. I was extremely blessed and lucky to be born to two of the most wonderful people on this earth.

Brothers

Secretly, they love me. Don’t be fooled by their never ending taunting of -me- the only girl. I don’t think they know that I know that they really care (are you still with me?). Even though they annoy me and will always annoy me to my wits end I am so thankful they are apart of my life.

Grandparents

Yep, I have the best grandparents ever!  I love them all so much. Mamo and Pop (at top) are so special to me. They have always been there for me. Mamo pretty much knows as much as my mom knows about me (which is everything). Meme (at bottom) lives in TX. Unfortunately we don’t get to see each other as much, but I am a lot like my Meme. My parents sometimes call me a mini Fannie Beth (aka Meme).

Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins

They are all pretty awesome. Unfortunately, I don’t get to see them as much as I would like to since most of them live in Texas. I have a good bit of extended family here in Georgia too and I love them so much for always inviting us into their home on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful family.

What are you thankful for?