Monday, October 30, 2017

Spooktacular BOO-ze Bash! 2017

Another successful Spooktacular party in the books!  We had another excellent turn out and we rose the dead and partied til dawn (or kinda close to it) until 1am with returning and new friends.  This year the theme in our formal dining room was Hell's gym!  We had a skeleton on the treadmill, one lifting weights and another doing push-ups.  There was also a muscle milk/juice bar in the back.

This year for my costume I paid tribute to Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia (who passed away in Dec 2016).

  Happy Halloween!

The ladies

Princess Leia and Jabba the Hutt

Your ghoulish (g)hosts!

Hell's gym

Carsyn's 4th Birthday

Happy 4th Birthday to our precious baby girl Carsyn.  You are full of spunk and life with a lovely, quirky sense of humor.  You brighten up our lives with your generous nature, amazing hugs and lovable kisses.

Carsyn was the happiest princess on the block for her royal celebration.  She was beyond ecstatic when Princess Belle arrived to socialize with the birthday girl and entertain her guests.  I was concerned about the weather as a cold front came through that weekend accompanied by 20 mph winds!  Luckily it warmed up to a comfortable 68 degrees just in time for her party, albeit a bit windy.  This year we hosted her party at our neighborhood pavilion and as she's all about Hello Kitty and Princess Belle, so we combined them both as her theme!  

We found Princess Belle at Princess Parties and More and booked the Glass Slipper package.  Carsyn and all the other kids reactions were priceless, totally worth it!  They played games, read books, had their faces painted and took pictures with the Princess.  The night before her party, Princess Belle called Carsyn to tell her how excited she was to be invited to her celebration.  She even sent Carsyn a thank you note with a picture of the two of them after the party.  

A huge thank you to everyone that was able to join us and celebrate Carsyn's royal 4th birthday! 

Head over to mymomsmemos for the full recap

The evite:

Be Our Guest
for an Enchanted Royal Celebration!

Princess Carsyn is turning 4!

All Princesses, Princes and Pirates from across the land
are gathering for an event that's sure to be grand!

Royal attire encouraged. (Any storybook character will do!)
Carsyn is all about Hello Kitty, so it's a Princess Hello Kitty party!

We will have a visit from Princess Belle for storytelling, games, magic and so much more!

Royal Snacks, drinks and cake will be served.

Happy Birthday Carsyn!

Princess Belle and Birthday girl

Make a wish!

The setup
The royal setup, complete with costumes!

Princess Belle attended the party!

pirate coins

my little lady

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sarah - Gone but not Forgotten

This morning I lost my fur-baby of 16 years, Sarah.  We were on our morning walk when she passed away.  I'm not really sure what happened as I was walking just ahead of her at the time, I rushed to her side and tried to help her when Carsyn said she had fallen and wasn't getting back up.  I performed CPR and was with her in her final moments, petting her, telling her I loved her, and sorry that I couldn't do more.  I know she lived a good, long life and was's hard to believe she's gone.  I knew her time was getting close, in the past year her arthritis had gotten worse, she was on pain meds and sometimes would fall and couldn't get back up without help.  I know she's at peace now, watching over us from above, reunited with Guinness and playing with the energy of a puppy, waiting patiently for the day I will finally join her and Guinness.

I love you Sarah and will miss you deeply, you were with me through many of the important times of my life, a constant companion and wholeheartedly mine.  You will forever be in my heart, you took a piece of me with you, you are family.  

RIP Sarah
Dec 2001 - June 6, 2017

Pawprints Left By You
You no longer greet me as I walk through the door. You're not there to make me smile, to make me laugh anymore. Life seems quiet without you, you were far more than a pet. You were a family member, a friend . . . a loving soul I'll never forget. It will take time to heal - for the silence to go away. I still listen for you, and miss you every day. You were such a great companion, constant, loyal and true. My heart will always wear, the pawprints left by you.

The Broken Chain
"We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side."

Keep running through those bluebonnet fields my fur-baby

loved this pose

play time

Fields of flowers, April 2017

Annual Deutschenfest 5K and Kids K

Our annual family pfun run, the Dfest 5K and Kids K was back in May (5/21/2017).  We love this local race; it's close by, great for the kids and they give you free beer and pizza at the end.

This year I was recovering from my hip injury (which happened to start bugging me again the whole week up to the race), so I wasn't sure how I'd perform.  Lo and Behold I surprised myself and ran a 8:30 pace!!!  Thankfully a week after the race my hip seemed to be back to normal, finger's crossed as I have some big races lined up at the end of the year and need to start marathon training in Aug.

I ended up taking 4th place in my age group with a time of 26:02, 8:21 pace.
The hubby took 14th in his age group with a time of 31:36, 10:08 pace.


Family of runners!

Friends and family Team Beef!

Ryland running the kids K for the 2nd time

Carsyn running the kids K for the 2nd time

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ryland's 6th Birthday

Happy 6th birthday to our little Ry-Guy! You are a sweet, caring, kind, funny, intelligent, energetic little dude full of life and smiles! You make us very proud and we love you very much! <3 🎂🎈

Hugs and Kisses always!

Birthday ribbon at school

lunch with my birthday boy

Ryland had a Jawesome birthday party this year.  Ever since he started playing this shark game on his table he's been really into sharks: shark toys, video games, shark Lego's, shark name it!  So we settled on a shark theme and booked Austin's Park N Pizza for the venue.  The weather this year was perfect, normally we run into rain.  It was partly cloudy, nice cool breeze, high 60's/low 70s, couldn't have asked for better weather!

Ryland was super excited to spend the day with his friends from the hood, daycare and Kinder class.  They played laser tag, drove the go karts, tried their hands at mini golf, rode some roller coasters and enjoyed the arcade. 

A big thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated Ryland's 6th birthday with us❣

For a full recap go to MyMomsMemmos
All pictures located here

ready for cake

Happy birthday to you!

a boy and his shark toys...

Texas Independence Relay recap 2017

The Texas Independence Relay (TIR) was my 1st race back since I hurt my hip in Aug 2016.  I wasn't able to run until the last week of Dec/beg of Jan (4.5 months off!), when my hip pain finally subsided (TFL injury).  I then decided to join a bootcamp (Transform Fitness) in Jan so I could work on strengthening my core and hip muscles to improve my running.  Thankfully all the stretching, PT, resting and strength training did its job and by the end of Jan I was able to start training outside (on the road/higher impact).  Bring it on TIR!!

The women's team I ended up joining had booked their 12 members back in Nov.  I didn't register at that time because I wasn't sure if I'd be able to run by March (weekend of 3/25-26).  Then in Feb my friend Monica let me know she could no longer run that weekend and I was able to take her spot on the team.  I was super excited to be a part of the relay!

Thankfully Jenn and I were on a team that was well prepared and had run the relay for several years.  They had all the equipment, check lists and plans figured out which made it super easy for us.  We even had a designated driver in our van (Van #2 rules!)

I picked up our van Friday around lunch time, giving me time to come home and finish any last min packing before picking up Jenn and heading over to our captain's house.  We took off for our destination around 6pm, stopping at Blacks BBQ for dinner on the way there.

And we're off!

team dinner - team beef approved!

All the yummy BBQ

We spent the night at the La Quinta in Gonzales since we had an early start time Saturday morning.  We were up around 5:30am, ate something light (yay for continental breakfast!) and then headed to the starting area.  After lots of group photos we headed to the start line, fired the cannon at 7:10am (we were off!) and ran as a team for the 1st mile.  Van 1 started with the first 6 legs while van 2 went back to the hotel, ate more breakfast and rested until we had to meet Van 1 at the exchange point.

tatted up

Jenn, myself and Christy

Team:  If I die...stop my garmin

At the start line

van 2 in race mode
While we waited for van 1 at the exchange point, I fully got into the spirit and started tagging other vans with our mark (a clock).  It was impressive seeing all the teams/vans at the 1st exchange, I've never seen anything like that in my life!  Tons of people, everyone was in an awesome mood and the camaraderie was wonderful.  We took over from van 1 around noon-ish.  By that time there wasn't a cloud in the sky and it was starting to get close to 80 degrees.  I wouldn't start my 1st run until close to 4pm and I was already dreading it.  
At the exchange point, van 2 ready to take over for van 1

Jenn taking off on her 1st leg
Jenn finishing her 1st leg
sooooo excited!

running my 1st leg, at 4pm in the sweltering sun and scorching hot pavement

half way thru my 1st leg - dying

My first run was brutal, I averaged a 10 pace.  There was also no one around me so I didn't get to pass anyone.  Each person you pass is a 'kill' and you tally them up as a team.  I was soooo happy to be done with that 1st leg.  It was so hot I had to run with a cold wet towel on the back of my neck.  Thank goodness we had tons of sunscreen!  After van 2 finished our legs we stopped for dinner at a tex-mex restaurant (Las Cabos).  And there was our downfall, we were so thrilled to be sitting down and eating that many of us overate and regretted it later during our nighttime runs. Thankfully I ate lighter than normal and minimized my chips and salsa intake...others were not as fortunate.  
fatal mistake - chips & salsa for dinner
The nighttime runs were so much fun!!  But also exhausting.  This is when you want to sleep but you cant because you have to be ready to run.  I was able to catch a nap here and there as the rest of my group ran; granted they were short, uncomfortable, interrupted naps.  I was the last person to run for our 2nd legs, running from 1:30-2:30 in the morning.  Thankfully it was a nice cool 60 degrees and I managed a 9:40 avg pace, but it was also pitch black out as there were no street lights, this made running along the highway extremely nerve racking.  I was shocked to see other cars out and about that late at night.  At one point I almost stepped off the highway but recovered quickly enough to avoid a twisted ankle.  I kept looking off into the trees wondering if some wild animal would jump out and attack me.  Amazing enough I managed to pass 1 person, my 1st kill!  At this point in the night the super fast teams were catching up and passing everyone, I think I was passed by 4 crazy fast runners.  Once I finished my run we opted to drive straight to the next exchange and sleep.  I think we might have gotten 3 hours of sleep (if you can call it that).  The van seats were super uncomfortable.  Some of the girls busted out their sleeping bags and slept outside on the ground.  I decided to stay in the van to avoid mosquitoes.

ready to start the night time runs!  leg 2

night run, 1:30-2:30am
Our van took over from van 1 around 7am Sunday morning.  I was supposed to run 5 miles at 8am but was worried it might be too much for my hip, plus I didn't want to slow us down so Jenn switched legs with me.  I'm glad she did as it was a more complicated run with tons of turns, she actually got a little lost but recovered quickly.  Jenn passed off to me, I started my last leg around 9am and managed a 9:38 pace overall and passed 4 people!!  This brought me to a total of 5 kills.  :D  This leg was pretty awesome as the street was tree lined and I finished my leg running under the Sam Houston statue!  At this point humidity was pretty high (being in Houston and all), I think the temp was around 70 degrees with 100% humidity.

Jenn starting her last leg

Waiting to start my 3rd leg. Cold neck towel ready!

starting my last leg - Houston

the hand off - leg 3 complete


The last few legs team members from both vans would jump in to run 2-3 miles and then switch out.  It was in the high 80's and by this point everyone was worn out from lack of sleep, heat and running at crazy hours.  Our captain brought us home and we all ran in the last 0.2 miles to the finish!!  It was 2pm by this point.  Most teams were still running in until 5 or 6pm, and the crazy fast teams who started Saturday afternoon actually finished Sunday morning before us!  I was just glad to be done!!!  We received our medals, took pictures and partook in the free pizza.  It was hard to believe we were actually done.  Most of the team stayed another night but Jenn and I decided to drive our van home that afternoon.  It was a 3 hour drive back to the rental place and then another 30-40 min drive back home.  I think when it was all said and done I was home by 7:30ish pm and showered by 8pm.  It took me 3 days to recover sleep-wise, surprisingly I wasn't sore.   
Running in the last 0.2 miles of the relay as a team!


Our ladies team took 2nd place!

San Jacinto monument

Overall it was an awesome experience and I would totally do it again, even though tt did take me a couple days to agree to next year.  Looks like we're going to try and put together our own mixed team for 2018.  Bring it!