Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tis the Season!

Happy Holidays, with so many people struggling this holiday season, we would like you to know we are keeping you in our thoughts.

This past weekend Chris and I took part in the Jingle Bell Run supporting the Arthritis Foundation. It was a very cold morning, and we even had some flakes falling during the run (ok enough that I almost when splat a few times). With nearly 3000 participants it was a great turnout for such a deserving cause. As for the success of the race, Chris did not fail to disappoint. He placed in the top 50, and walked away with a medal. Later we found out he was in the top ten of his age group. Great job! I really enjoyed the experience at about the 2 mile marker (that was about the time that my shin pain decided it would settle down enough for me to not need a stretcher). Oh well, I have recently visited the doctor, and we think that this new treatment may be just what I need. I shall keep you posted.

Chris and I are both working hard (well Chris I think a bit more than I), and Jinx is just happy to have a warm body to snuggle up next to during the day. Over the next few weeks I will be sure to try and post some holiday pictures.

Soon Chris will begin his LONG training schedule for his first marathon scheduled for May, the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio. This will be a major challenge, but the bigger the challenge the harder Chris seems to work.

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season!

Not the best pictures, but give us a break it was freezing......

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is a great day to be thankful for so much. Chris and I have been blessed, and we are thankful to celebrate another Thanksgiving together. This year was much different from previous years. We spent it totally together. Our family gathering will come later this weekend, but today was just Chris and I (and we loved it). This morning we took part in our fist ever Turkey Trot (5 miler). For Chris is was no big deal (he runs 5 miles on his slow days), but he really wanted to get a great time. Of course he did....33 minutes to run five miles. Not bad for a guy that only had his first race in August of this year.

I on the other hand was just plain scared. I knew I could cocmplete 5 miles even if I had to walk some, but I really was hoping to not have to walk at all. So I planned to take it nice and easy, and even slow down a lot, just no walking. Unfortunatly that did not workout. A mile and a half in my shins felt like they were going to burst through my skin, and it was all I could do but try to stretch quickly and walk it out. About the 3 mile marker they started getting better and I tried running in the grass for a bit. In the end I ran most of the last two miles and the first mile and a half. The rest was off and on, thus it took me an 1 hour and 40 seconds. So now I have a goal for next year 52 or 53 minutes, but first I have to figure out these dang shin issues.

Chris and I have just settled down after filling our belly's with his wonderful turkey and fixings (as we speak Chris is passes out on the couch with Jinx, see picture below). We will be heading out early for a few black friday deals, then I think enjoying the comfort of our couches.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone and thank you for visiting!

Chris chillen in the car, trying to stay warm befor the race.

Chris capturing me scooting across the finish line.

Aw, the prize winner with his prize, pumpkin pie!

No Thanksgiving would not be complete without passing out on the couch!

Monday, November 24, 2008

I Have Been Slacking....

Chris coming down the finish line at the Columbus 1/2 Marathon.

Me with the surprise sign I made to cheer Chris on at the half way point. If I couldn't bring our little son in person, then I figured this picture would have to do.

Pretty cool picture of the start of the race. If only I had meant for this to happen.

Look at that stride!

My nephew the Jedi!

What a pair!

My niece Ashley, tearing it up on guitar hero!

A little mario kart competition!



Last time I left you, Chris was just about ready for his first half marathon. Well, the half-marathon is complete (see pics below of Chris during the race, he did a great job and beat the time he was secretly wishing for by a few minutes), we spent a weekend in Chicago (I had my first 5k at a treat-or-trot race, in a wind advisory), and we have just gotten back from seeing my sister and her family after a three year hiatus. It has been a very busy fall season for us, but we are finally home and ready to get into the holiday season. Below are some pictures from our adventures:

Monday, October 13, 2008

Catching Up!

It has been a few weeks since I last posted, and I wanted to put up a few recent pictures of our activities. We finally finished the master bathroom. It now has new paint, mirror, counter top, faucet, flooring, blinds, and light fixtures (and switches). Pretty much everything we could change without using a slug hammer. I still need to put some pictures on the walls and I have a few decor items I want around the tub, but everything else is finally done. Check out our (well mostly Chris')handywork:

On 10/02, Chris and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. Of course I we had already agreed that out cabin trip and dinner would be our present, but Chris had to go and break his side of the agreement. With only a weeks notice that he decided to get me something for our anniversary I fell flat with any ideas of a meaningful gift. However, Chris surprised me with the below item:

Ain't she lovely!

Finally, other than our house and Chris continuing with his running not much else has been going on with our lives. This coming weekend Chris will be running his first 1/2 marathon, and then the following weekend we will be going to Chicago for another race, where I will run my first 5k. I have just completed my physical therapy for my shin splits, so I am hoping to just finish the race (well hopefully not last too). So with that I will remind everyone that the election is in only three weeks. I hope everyone knows where they need to go to vote
Here are a few updated fall/campaign support pictures of our lawn (can you find Jinx?):

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Three Years, oh my....

This past weekend Chris and I took a much needed long weekend to Hocking Hills (now only about 35 minutes from where we live). HH has been the place we spend our anniversary, and we love going to the same cabin (last year we missed due to my lack of vacation time). This year we returned to our home away from home, and we had a blast. Chris and I hiked some of the trail he would be running (his first 10k race and a trail race as well) the following day. We ended the day making pizza for dinner (inspired from our time in Rome) and smores for dinner.

Here are some great pictures:

The following day Chris would be running his first 10k in the Indian Hills run (a trail run which had a 5k, 20k, 40k, and 60k going on at the same time). He kept worrying about getting lost or breaking a bone, and well I worried about that too (I just didn't admit it). Well, oh thee off little faith, I learned my lesson when I watched him charge up a hill with only one mile to go and he was just speeding past the other runners (which at this point many were slowing or walking, and boy I could not blame them). In the end Chris ended up second in his age group and 1oth overall, but even more important he walked away without any spills. After the race we went back to the cabin before going out to Cantwell Cliff for another hike. We then ended the evening with a wonderful dinner at the Inn at Cedar Falls.

Below are some pictures:

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Handyman Honaker!

On top of our exciting encounter with political heavyweights this past Labor Day weekend, Chris and I (mostly Chris)worked on finishing some much need home improvements. Recently we completed the painting and installation of a new mirror and light fixture in our downstairs powder room. It may sound easy enough, but one thing Chris and I have learned is no job in this house is an easy one.

I still have not decorated or really decided on what I want to do with it, but at least it is painted and the old wall paper is down.

The more significant project that was accomplished was the master bathroom. When we moved into the house we knew that this room would need some TLC. After a year in the house and not really enjoying such a nice large bathroom and soaking tub we (well mostly Chris) decided to try our hand at renovation. First we laid down some great stone like tiles that can go right on top of the existing floor.

Then while doing the floor we decided that we would go ahead and tackle the vanity top. It was cracking when we bought the house and so we knew that it would need replaced, we were just reluctant to do something we could mess up. Well the vanity top was so very easy. What was not so easy was changing the faucet. Like everything in our house, updates have never come simply (it's like they never thought anyone would want to change a light fixture so whats the big deal if we create the whole with our fist). After many trips to Lowes and Sears hardware, and after about 10 hours of work Chris finally succeeded at getting the plumbing attached and the faucet up and running. This is our final result (so far).

We still have to paint the room and I have ordered a new light fixture. Then of course general decorations. It took a year to get this far I just hope it won't take another year to complete.

For those of you who have note seen the inside of our house or the front with the bushes torn out and the new landscaping I am posting some updated pictures for your.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Shaking Hands with the Future President!

On Saturday August 30, 2008 Chris and I joined several new friends (volunteers of Barack Obama's) and stood in line at Dublin Coffman High School with 20,000 other supporters to hear Barack Obama and Joe Biden speak.

We could not have asked for better spots righ against the fence. Our prime real
estate gave me the chance to not only shake hands with Governor Stickland, and Senator Joe Biden, my list also includes none other than Senator Barack Obama himself (although I was almost trampled for this honor). Later this week I will post more about the speech and experience for now enjoy some of my pictures from the event.

Monday, September 1, 2008

The American Promise: Barack Obama Makes History!

In Denver, Colorado on August 28, 2008 Senator Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech in front of nearly 80,000 people, and millions watching at home. After attending a watch party with local Barack Obama volunteers, I went home to watch the convention speech and even took pictures of the speech (yes I took pictures of my TV, I know cheesy).

The portion of the speech I enjoyed the most is when Barack Obama went line by line on wht he will do:
So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President.

Change means a tax code that doesn't reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.

Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.

I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95% of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class.

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

Washington's been talking about our oil addiction for the last thirty years, and John McCain has been there for twenty-six of them. In that time, he's said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil as the day that Senator McCain took office.

Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution. Not even close.

As President, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I'll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I'll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I'll invest 150 billion dollars over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy - wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can't ever be outsourced.

America, now is not the time for small plans.

Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy. Michelle and I are only here tonight because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don't have that chance. I'll invest in early childhood education. I'll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries and give them more support. And in exchange, I'll ask for higher standards and more accountability. And we will keep our promise to every young American - if you commit to serving your community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.

Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American. If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. And as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their jobs and caring for a sick child or ailing parent.

Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses; and the time to protect Social Security for future generations.

And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day's work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.

Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I've laid out how I'll pay for every dime - by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don't help America grow. But I will also go through the federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less - because we cannot meet twenty-first century challenges with a twentieth century bureaucracy.

And Democrats, we must also admit that fulfilling America's promise will require more than just money. It will require a renewed sense of responsibility from each of us to recover what John F. Kennedy called our "intellectual and moral strength." Yes, government must lead on energy independence, but each of us must do our part to make our homes and businesses more efficient. Yes, we must provide more ladders to success for young men who fall into lives of crime and despair. But we must also admit that programs alone can't replace parents; that government can't turn off the television and make a child do her homework; that fathers must take more responsibility for providing the love and guidance their children need.

Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility - that's the essence of America's promise." -Barack Obama

To read the whole speech you can visit here: http://www.barackobama.com/2008/08/28/remarks_of_senator_barack_obam_108.php