Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wedding Reviews and Stories Forthcoming

Adam and I have been married for about 3 1/2 months now.  CRAZY!

I am finally feeling like I don't have a million things to do anymore.  Like with any event, it's not just over when it's over.  There's a lot of other things to do to sort of wrap everything up and put it in the past.

I've pretty well gone through the list on top of working, traveling and just living our normal lives and all that it requires.  I finally feel like I can breathe and focus on enjoying the holidays and not having quite so many things to accomplish.

There are still a few post-wedding things to actually DO... like, try to figure out from 800 pictures which 75 I want in the album and which ones I want to print (and what size, where to put them, etc.) To say that's a little overwhelming to me is an understatement.  We've had our galleries online for a while, but I'm getting the discs next week so I can actually put them on the computer.  I think this will make it easier for me to just copy the ones I like into a new folder and then narrow it down.  So maybe by Christmas we'll order everything, haha.  We also ordering parent albums, and I want us to write a nice note to both sets to give them with their album... I had aspirations of us writing letters to our parents to give them the day of the wedding, but that didn't happen... So a letter with their album it is!

We are also getting our video next week, and we could not be more excited to get to watch it!  We get quite a few copies, so there will be one for both my parents and Adam's mom, and I think we get some youtube links for like a 2-minute version.  If so, I'll be sure to share it here.

Past that, everything is "done."  All the thank you cards have been sent.  All the lingering bills have been paid (including everything from Italy, too!).  The gifts have been opened and used.  We bought things with gift cards.  And we asked for the remaining registry items from family for Christmas.

At this point, I'm ready to send some feedback to vendors, write some reviews on appropriate review sites, and share some stories from our big day.

I am hoping that not only will it be fun to share a little insight into our wedding with readers that it might also lend to things that are helpful to other brides planning their big day!

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Race Report: The Middle Half 10.12.13

For the 7th year in a row (and all 7 years they've held the race!), I ran The Middle Half in Murfreesboro, TN.  This is one of my favorite half marathons as it runs all around MTSU and my old college stomping grounds.  I also love that I always see lots of people I know!

This year was my first time to run it MARRIED!  I was thrilled to have both of my boys there with me, too!

Yes. Connor is wearing a Wolverine costume. He picked it out for some Halloween activities we took him to over fall break, and we figured he'd have fun wearing it to the race, too.  We were right!

Having not trained for the race, I just wanted to take my time and enjoy the course.  It's super flat, and there's a couple of out and back spots where you're able to spot friends ahead or behind you.  I managed to see several of mine!

I have no complaints about the course or the course management.  It's always excellent.  The only bummer to the event was that the shirts ran WAY too small for the women.  Fortunately, I was able to trade it out... but I would have been disappointed if I couldn't have done that.  The shirt design was super cool!

Adam and Connor were able to see me at three different spots along the course.  The bright yellow costume definitely helped me find them, and I stopped each time for high fives, hugs, and kisses!  It was important to us that Connor learn about supporting one another, seeing parents being active, and other good things of the sort. I think he also loved all the compliments he got from other runners on his costume, too!

I finished in 2:21:31, which was just fine by me!  I had run the whole time at a casual pace, and I felt great!  It's always encouraging to know when I'm feeling a little bit like a slacker with staying in shape that I may be in better shape than I'm telling myself.

I had a lot of friends run this year, so it was great to see them at the finish.  My sister ran a PR, and my mom walked for the third year in a row!

All in all, it was another great race!  I have to be a little emotional here for a minute... because I got a little emotional during the race.  When you run a race every year, it's hard to not think back on the previous years when you're out there running it again.  I found myself going through the years, and I could remember where I was at in life each year, etc.  I could remember all the times I was running and wish I had someone special out there to cheer me on, and I couldn't help but get a little teary-eyed to think that now I had two someone specials out there with me.  Of course, all my family and friends are special, too... but I still always had that hole where my person was missing.

I'm so thankful God has brought me Adam (and Connor!) for many reasons, but being able to have them out there cheering me on at a race is certainly one of them! And it's a nice bonus that they are both so cute!