Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy Marathon New Year!

Short post.  1)  Here is the shirt I am going to wear in my race:

2)  Hanna cut her hair for the first time today.  She has never had a "real" hair cut before because she has such precious little of it.  Now all I can think of is Dawg the Bounty Hunter was her inspirational style.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas, Look to the Light

We hope you are getting ready to enjoy a Christ filled Christmas and find what will fill you with true joy, the pure love of Christ.  We are getting very excited to spend Christmas serving at the Ronald McDonald House with several other past guest families as we continue to strive to be like Him.
Above is our Christmas card.  Thanks to our blog, we no longer feel like we need to include a family letter.  

We would love to have sent out many more cards, but we must not have your address.  If you didn't get one, we would love to add you to our Christmas card list for next year, so please leave us your info.  Here is hoping you have a great holiday season!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

20 mile Town Lake run, next my first marathon

Today I completed my longest of runs before my first marathon on 1/1/11.  3/4ths through my run on mile 15ish, I was brought back to my childhood.  There I was chasing the man on his bike hauling the ice cream cart for about a half mile.  It was like dangling a carrot in front of my nose.  I finally caught up to him on a hill and really wanted that bomb pop but forged ahead.

It was an emotional experience to know this was my last big run before the big race.  I am ready for this to come to an end and start spending Saturdays with my family again.  I miss them and I appreciate all the support from Scott that allowed me to take off and run away on Saturdays.

It was a tough journey for me not being a runner.  And honestly I can't imagine running the whole 26.2 miles.  At the same pace including bathroom and refueling breaks, I should complete the marathon between 4 hours and 50 minutes or 5 hours 15 minutes.  I would love to finish before 5 hours.

My ultimate goal is to gain the confidence that I need to complete my first marathon, so that next year I can run and raise money for the Spina Bifida Association.  If I achieve this goal, I'll soon be contacting and asking for your financial support.

So here I go...off to my first marathon.  My next entry I think I will be able to officially call myself a runner.

20 miles Town Lake by adriennetrigg at Garmin Connect - Details

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holidays 2010

We started off the Christmas shopping season with Grandma Williams flying out from Idaho, Anna and sister Melyssa also came out from Montana to do some serious shopping.  We loved spending time with them and showing off Austin.  We had a great time and the kids miss them so much.  Especially the bike lessons.

I can't believe Hanna is 4 and Hayden is almost 2.  Hanna is becoming more fun at 4.  I think this is going to be our best year yet.  She is becoming more affectionate saying I love you and along with the extra hugs and kisses, she can't get enough of sneeking into our bed at night.

As fun as each milestone is, Hanna and I had a hard milestone.  The weather here has been perfect, so we have been out practicing on Hanna & Haydens' new bikes.  The other day, Hanna was playing with all the kids in the neighborhood and one boy (whom I hadn't met before) yelled at her and purposely excluded her from riding in his motorized truck when he gave everyone else rides.  She came running crying several times after asking for a turn to ride.  Luckily another mother who knew this boy, kindly introduced the children and they made up.   Hanna was then very happy when he offered her a ride.  And so it begins...

The sweetest women you will ever know.

I had a gift idea to personalize ornaments for Hanna's preschool classmates and made a donation in each of their names.

I thought it was a win, win.  
Scott ran the charity run and we all had a blast.

The first Santa that both the kids liked showed up at the race for the kids.

Scott getting ready for his fun 5k run.  He did great!

Our friends Angie and Josiah, who also has SB.  We will be cooking Chirstmas dinner for the Ronald McDonald House together.

Hanna getting her face painted at the run and loving it.

Birthday girl enjoying her weekend!

Hayden getting even more handsome.

We had a scare last week when Hayden was throwing up with a fever.  Most kids you give an antibiotic to and send them home.  Not so with Hayden.  We spent an entire day at the Dr. office getting all sorts of test to make sure it wasn't the shunt in his brain.  Both kids were very patient and I had a peaceful feeling the whole time.   Fortunately, it was "normal" kid stuff.  Gotta love "normal".

Recently, it is also hard for me to believe that Hayden is now about the same age that Hanna was when he was born.  I still view him as my baby.  He is growing up into such a big boy.  He can repeat almost any word I say.  It is so surprising what he can say.  He surprises me each day.