The weekend that almost didn't happen. Disney World Half Marathon edition.

Let me start off this post by saying.  I hate that I have gained weight.  HATE. IT. 

About a year ago, signed up to do the Disney World 1/2 Marathon.  

The night before I left for the race, I cried to Ben that I didn't think I should waste my time going down to Florida because I was too fat to run.  I know that really, I am not too fat to run, but maybe too fat to do a half marathon.  Serious issues going on in my head, friends.  Serious issues. I should probably see someone about that. Anyway. Driving down I had some anxiety about the race.  Not only was I nervous because this was my first race, but I thought I would be laughed at because I don't look like a runner.

Well friends, I was pleasantly surprised because as soon as I entered the expo, and saw everyone getting their packets, I felt so much better about being an "oversized" runner.  There were a lot of people that I would not classify as looking like "runners", but there they were.  So I felt better.  Whew.  Crisis averted.

Then that night, I went out to dinner with some friends (Love you Intrigue Family), and went home to sleep a few hours before the 3:00 alarm went off.  Man that is early.  But I woke up, and the adrenaline was enough to get me out of bed.

Disney does races well.  It was organized, people were friendly, and it was an awesome atmosphere to run in.  I have to say the only thing that even Disney cannot make magical are the port-o-potties. But I'm not going to complain about that, I am grateful they were there.

My favorite parts- fireworks went off at the start of each corral.  That means, since I was in the second to last corral, I saw the fireworks 15 times before I started running.  AND I was early, so I was at the very front of my corral, so I was the first one off the line.  I felt like a big deal.

At the beginning (not so much at the end) of the race I was passing people.  I'm not kidding.  I. passed. people.  Again, I felt like a big deal.

It was so much fun.  There were characters, cheerleaders, high school bands, volunteer cheer squads, people dressed up in costumes, running through Magic Kingdom and Epcot. 

 It was also tough.  I don't think I am meant for long runs, but that doesn't mean I won't do it again.  Maybe next year?

I finished in 3 hours 40 seconds. That time included stopping to use (and wait for) the aforementioned port-a-potties, taking pictures, and taking pictures of other people. 
I feel good about my time. I was more excited that I actually I finished than what time I got. 

And I got a medal. And a t-shirt.  And a banana. And a snack pack.  And a picture with Bert. And a possible stress fracture. And a blister. Did I mention the medal?

My picture at the expo.  Feeling pumped up and ready.

I dressed up like Mary Poppins, did I tell you that?  The hat was the only thing visible during the race, because it was surprisingly cold. Really cold.

I stopped to take some pictures, but the best photo-op was meeting Burt. And the penguins. 

I finished, with a medal.

Then I went back to the hotel room, and hung out there for awhile.

I had thought about going back to Epcot after the race, but thought "better not".  Instead I spent the day watching TV, then I walked to a nearby restaurant where I enjoyed an excellent meal 100% guilt free.  It was pretty sweet.

Lessons learned: 
1. I'm not too fat or too slow to run a half marathon.
2. If you are going to do a half marathon once in your life- this should be it.
3. I'm pretty awesome.

Oh and I know it's been awhile since I posted.  I'm going to work on that.  I promise.  

Hugs and kisses.


Get this Greensboro party started.

Hello friends.

Since the last post, things are looking up for us. The initial settling into a new place have passed, and we are ready for the next few years.

Some happenings since we last met.

I went to visit my friend up in Virginia to say good bye before she and her family embarks on their next great adventure in Saudi Arabia.

It was an excellent weekend. Not only did I see two great friends, but I was by myself. Ben kept the boys so I could have a weekend in solitude. It was much needed and helped me recenter. I am so grateful for a husband who understands that sometimes I just need to be by myself. It is one of the things that makes Ben amazing.


Oh, and my friend and I got makeovers when we went out, and I share this picture because we are HOT!

In Virginia, I picked up a piece of furniture that I purchased in March. It is an old wash stand, and that top is real marble. (Thank you everyone who stored it for me and offered to store it. It is really heavy and awkward.)

We found a house. I really love this house, and the first thing I thought when we saw it was that every window needs a wreath and candle at Chrsitmas.

The boys started school. Kinder and grade two, these two are growing up.

We have been doing the needful. You know like getting drivers licenses and turning on utilities. This is us at the DMV, which I have decided is one of the best places to people watch. Seriously try it out.

We are all getting bikes, this will be my first bike as an adult and it the boys first bikes. Ever. It's kind of a big deal at our house.

And before I got a bike, I had to make sure that I had the perfect helmet. I am crazy about this one, as it has a variety of covers to chose from. I'm super excited to hit the streets of Greensboro soon, with my new cruiser and my helmet.


So there it is.

Things are going well, and to make things even better- after almost THREE months of living out of our suitcases- some of our stuff is going to be delivered this week!

Woot! Woot!

Life is good.



Sometimes everything is NOT awesome.

Yesterday I posted on Facebook about how everything sucks right now. And it is true, it is really hard right now. Stress is high for everyone- it's the two week window right after we move somewhere. This time always gets us and we know that, and yet, it still gets us. EVERYTIME.

Yesterday after dragging the boys to six houses, we found a house that everyone LOVED. It had carpet for Ben, a fabulous kitchen for me, a backyard and great schools for the boys. I told the agent that we wanted it. She told me that no one had put in an application for it yet, and to fill in an application to get the process going. In the time it took for her to get back to the office and for us to go home to fill out the application, someone had already put in an application. Unfortunately for us, it is first come first serve. Talk about disappointment. Well not a few hours later, we get a call and the person who put in the application had the wrong house! There are two houses for rent next to each other and he wanted the other! Woot woot! So as long as our application is approved, we could have the house! Lots of prayers going on in our house right now.

Another great bit of news. Ben went up to DC this week to see some of the people in his chain of command. When he was there, they told him that they don't call guys from Ben's office very often to travel! So we could have another two years of not having Ben traveling very much for work!

As we can all see- not everything sucks.

Things are stressful, but there are some good things happening as well.

And we are almost out of the two week zone. We can do this.


Ridiculously Awesome

Being a mom can be rough. However there is nothing like the awesomeness that comes when you aren't expecting it, like these gems. 

"You don't know me...I'm 100% awesome." ~ Jack

Standing on the soda aisle, looking at caffeine free Coke -"This is why America is awesome". ~Jack

Jack: What is your third favorite color?
Thomas: Black
Jack: No, it can't be. Black isn't a color, it's a shade. 
Ben: If it's in the crayon box, it's a color. 

"I'm really close to being a man, but Thomas, you still have a few years". ~Jack

Man my kids rock. 


Hello Greensboro.

We made it. As we speak I am sitting in our hotel room and it is raining. We can't go anywhere because poor Jack is sick. Throwing up several times yesterday, he is currently hiding away in a very comfortable bed watching movies. 

The good and bad so far:

1. Jack is totally sick, and hopefully NOT contagious. 
2.  The first house we went to was less than epic, and made me a bit discouraged. 
3. Ben is going out of town next week. 

1. Greensboro is beautiful and green, and the weather has been nice and cool. 
2. The second house we looked at was more encouraging. 
3. The people here are super nice. Yesterday when Jack threw up, a lady gave us all sorts of supplies to help us out. And there were others that offered help. 
4. We got a car! Driving is pretty sweet. 

Greensboro. I think I like you. 

We just need to find a place to live.