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Archive for the month “February, 2012”

Cowtown weekend

So this past weekend I ran a half-marathon here in Fort Worth, the Cowtown 2012. It was a blast and I look forward to doing it again next year! I ran it with a friend and we had a great time watching other runners, talking and taking in sites of the city that we normally drive past quickly. We ran through the art district, around the West 7th district, through the Stockyards, up main street into downtown and then back to the art district. It was beautiful day and I completed with a personal best of 2 hours 23 minutes.

Here are some pictures of my stuff:

My bib (#), finishers medal, and finishers shirt.

the back of my finisher's shirt...pretty cool!

This year’s Cowtown race had a bit of a hickup in the Marathon race. The winner (the man who crossed the finish line first) was almost immediately disqualified because he had not officially registered for the race. Here’s the article from the Star-Telebram.

Here are some other amazing pictures from the race that day (I did not take any of these btw).

The start line...those guys are ready!

And they're off!

There were thousands of participants!

It was amazing to run with so many people!

So many runners!

The Lucky One

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

Here’s the Overview:

After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck — winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph — his lucky charm.

Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels for the woman he encounters in North Carolina – Elizabeth, a divorced mother — and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, his secret soon threatens to tear them apart — destroying not only their love, but also their lives.


So I read this one in less than three days too! Another great read by Nicholas Sparks, highly recommend it!

ALSO if you’re interested in viewing the Preview for the upcoming movie of this book, see below.

Booklist 02.22.2012

Sorry this one is pretty late…I think we only have 2 books left in this list to read:

Dumpy's Apple Shop

Sid the Science Kid: What's that Smell?

Dumpy to the Rescue

Olivia goes Camping

Would you rather be a Bullfrog?

Biscuit's Big Friend

Best Friends The true story of Owen and Mzee

Ki-Lan's Beach Day


Half-marathon coming up!

So this Sunday I will be running my first official half-marathon at the Cowtown Marathon here in Fort Worth. I have run 3 previous half distance races but none on such a big stage as this, not that I will be on “stage” in any way shape or form! I do however feel better prepared than ever for this one AND I can’t wait to run it with a friend. Thanks Sarah!!

Real Marriage

Real Marraige by Mark and Grace Driscoll


Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, talk about sex and marriage in down-to-earth terms, hitting issues other Christian books won’t.

While a wonderful wedding day is important, it’s the last day of marriage that really counts. Will the last day of your marriage come prematurely through divorce? Will it be filled with regrets as you sit at the funeral of your spouse? Or, by God’s grace, will the last day be a day to rejoice in the life you lived together?

Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, want you to finish well on the last day. From the importance of date nights to answers to the most tricky “can we do that?” sex questions, they share practical help and hope with people just like them-who entered marriage a complete mess-or who are planning to be married someday and want to avoid some sticky pitfalls.

Together Pastor Mark and Grace tackle the tough issues, such as:

  • Why being your spouse’s best friend changes everything and how to achieve it.
  • Pornography and sexual sin inside and outside of marriage.
  • Submission and respect – marriage’s most misunderstood tenets-and what they should really look like.
  • Honoring your spouse emotionally, technologically, and financially.
  • What the Bible says about masturbation and oral sex.
  • The “Can we do that?” questions you’re too embarrassed to ask your pastor.
  • How to deal with intimacy issues and create the joyful and fun sex life God intended you to have.
  • What type of man or woman are you? What type of lover are you? And what type of marriage do you have?


I have truly enjoyed reading this book! I HIGHLY recommend it to ANYONE (married or single, young or old).

Here are some of my favorite exerts:

The Respectful Wife:
“God created women to be helpers, which is a reflection of His character. God said, “It is inot good that man should be alone,” so He created a helper for Adam.” It is important to note that the word helper does not denigrate the wife; in fact, God is also referred to as our helper. We need each other, not so we lose our identities, but rather so we can reflect our identity in Christ to our spouses as the Holy Spirit makes us more holy….Upon marriage, a woman’s life changes as she joins her husband in his life’s course. That looks differently for me than it does for your marriage because all our husbands are unique. ”

Taking our the Trash:
“It is important to note, however, what forgiveness is not: Forgiveness is not denying, approving, or diminishing sin that is commited against us….Forgiveness is not naivety….Forgiveness is enabling sin….Forgiveness is not waiting for someone to acknowledge sin, apologize, and repent….Forgiveness is not forgetting about sin committed against us….Forgiveness is not dying emotionally and no longer feeling the pain of the transgression….Forgiveness is not a one-time event….Forgiveness is not rconciliation….Forgiveness is not neglecting justice.”

I was blown away at all the of statistics and facts regarding sex in the world today in AND out of marriage.

In conclusion, READ THIS BOOK!

House thoughts…

So in this process of finding a house has been stressful and has honestly taught us both a lot about how we handle decision making. We’re still in the midst of making a decision, whether to buy or build so I wanted to post some options we are thinking through.

Here are two of the floorplans we’ve been looking at IF we do indeed build. Both have parts that we like and parts that we would change (some big changes and some just slight adjustments).


Sickness be GONE!

So over the last month and a half I feel like one of the four of us has been sick on any given day in this house and I am DONE!

Justin and I both started it with sinus stuff and just general not-feeling-good, then Addyson got strep and was medicated and healed, a few more days went by with my cough returning and then Owen got a bad cold and cough for a miserable weekend. He finally started sleeping through the night again and not coughing all night long and Addyson started running fever so after 4 full days of fever I broke down and took her to the doc today. I am glad I did because she officially has her first ever ear infection. We’re on antibiotics and fever free so I’m praying for a healthy March-December because we’ve had enough in January and February to be good for the rest of the year!

The Girl with the dragon tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

So this is officially the most disturbed book I’ve read ever. It was VERY well written and I couldn’t put it down but man was it graphic for me. it was just a little dark but I have to say I’ve got the bug and will with good probability read the other three books in this series.

Here’s the Overview:

The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age–and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness–assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism–and a surprising connection between themselves–From publisher description.

This book surprised me, grossed me out, and made me root for the underdog character. Overall if you are a REAL reader and haven’t read this book, do it. If you’re looking for a good, quick, nice, easy book to read…I wouldn’t recommend this one :).

Here’s a link to the movie site and trailer…haven’t seen it yet but looks pretty dark and true to the book.


So since the kids are at ‘school’ Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9-2 I’ve started doing a little work on the side for my former boss from RadioShack, Dave.

Here are some cool sites he’s posted about lately:

Check out the AppVita site here!

Fun with High Schoolers

So a few weeks ago I was a driver for the High School’s fun event of the month…a Photo Scavenger Hunt all over Fort Worth. I had three 10th grade girls in my car and we had a blast. Below are the pictures that we took based on the list…enjoy!

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