October 2008


All the Finishers by you.

We’ve all agreed: same time, same place next year.  The weekend was a blast.  Jessie ran the half-marathon and finished in about 2 1/2 hours, Kristina ran/walked it in about 3 hours, I walked it in 3 1/2 hours, and Katie had to switch to the 5K but finished it in less than 23 minutes!  We all finished our events. 

Kristina and I got into KC around 3:00 Friday afternoon.  We met up with Jessie, ran some errands, picked up our race packets, and then went to Missy’s to make dinner.  I cooked pasta, red sauce, and some chicken for protein.  We also had salad and Jessie’s friend Julie brought some bread.  I love racing if I get to eat a bunch of carbs before hand. 

Fuel to Run by you.

Dinner by you.

I am disappointed in myself for not being diligent with my training and that I had to walk the half marathon.  However, I am proud I finished the half (and ran across the finish line), and it only took me an hour longer than Jessie who ran the half.  I am going to really work next year and run the thing.  I was getting passed by people who, although didn’t look as fit, had clearly conditioned themselves better than me.  Talk about having to swallow your pride a little.  Regardless, I finished! 

Finish Line by you.

This made me realize how much I miss the pain and satifaction that come with working out regularly.  I am going to get back into a regular routine.  I was a little envious of Jessie who had really trained for the event.  She was so prepared and educated about the process.  I want that to be me next year, and it will!  She and I will take this picture again next year but hopefully there will be two things different:  I will have finished in a time much closer to hers and Missy will be there with us as a participant not a spectator. 

Sisters by you.

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Well, the half marathon weekend is here.  I’m waiting for my friend Kristina to pick me up and we’re driving to Kansas City.  I’m excited, nervous, and disappointed.  I’m excited for obvious reasons; nervous for obvious reasons (13.1 miles!!!); and disappointed because I didn’t follow through with my training and will be walking the half marathon.  However, this will still be a huge accomplishment and I hope will be motivation to get my butt in gear and really train for next year.  Pictures and details of the race to follow.  Wish me luck!

Gaby and Mama by you.

After our rain out last year, we went to the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival again this year.  Honestly, I’m kind of over it now.  Yeah, we got some cute pictures of the kids, but really it’s not my thing.  There are too many people, you can’t really let the kids run around, and did I mention there are too many people.  Each year the tiny river town of Hartsburg anticipates 30,000 people for the festival. 

We went this year with Tasha, Julia, Cody (aka Little Cody); Melissa, Blake, Grant; Linda; and Jess, Cody (Big Cody), and their newborn Colton.  The parking was different this year, so we had this horrendous walk through a corn field and a gravel road with wagons and strollers. 

The Long Walk by you.

The white area in the middle, left of the picture is our destination. 

We Finally Made It by you.

OK, now it’s in sight.

We got to the piles of pumpkins and let the kids out to play. 

Queen of the Hill by you.

Grant, Julia, and Blake

Climb by you.

Gaby

Gaby by you.

One of the few where she was sitting still.

Grant by you.

Grant, with the moms in the background snapping pictures.

Blake by you.

Blake

Julia by you.

Julia

The Pumpkin is Bigger than Cody by you.

Cody

Child of the Corn by you.

Peek-a-boo in the corn maze.

Isn't that Gaby's Hat? by you.

Anything to keep him happy well past lunch on the ride home. 

The Girls by you.

What, I hope, will be the first of many pictures of these girls posing. 

Oh, and by the way, we didn’t buy a single pumpkin at the festival.  Next year, I’ll just add pumpkins to the list of items to plant in the garden and we’ll have our own pumpkin patch.

Tabasco Peppers by you.

We still have peppers coming out of our ears from the garden.  The jalapeno is on it’s 4th bloom, although these peppers are just a little smaller than the others have been.  The tabasco is still going nuts. 

Tabasco Peppers by you.

Then what do you do with loads of habanero and tabasco peppers; more than you can ever use in salsa? 

Hot Sauce by you.

You make homemade hot sauce (great to add into ketchup for a little extra kick).  Or,

Drying Habaneros by you.

you dry them (later uses to be determined). 

I’ve also canned some salsa.  What is great is that all the produce in the salsa, except the onion and 4 garlic cloves, came from our garden.  I’ve really enjoyed having a garden.  I already have plans to expand in size and variety next year. 

Salsa Cooking by you.

What’s great about our anniversary is that neither of us should forget how many years we’ve been married.  A wedding in the year 2000 makes remembering the number of years a snap.  We don’t have any plans, which is kind of nice.  This month is just really, really busy for us.  So, tonight, I’m planning a quite dinner at home and some playtime with our princess-loving 2-year-old.  I love my life. 

Happy anniversary, Mitch!