Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Holidays!!

Our clubhouse hosted a holiday party a week ago which included free pictures with Santa Clause!  They turned out great.  I especially love the picture of Juju sitting on Santa's lap.  ;)

Merry Christmas!!
Happy Holidays! 12/10/2011

Ryland and Santa 12/10/2011

Ry Baptized

The Sunday following Thanksgiving we had Ryland baptized at our church.  We named my brother Steve and his wife Christina as godparents.  Ry did great during the baptism and we celebrated afterwards at our home with family, friends, Rudy's BBQ and cake.  :)

Head over to My Mom's Memos for the full recap and pictures.


Holding his very own bible, wearing his bracelet engraved with his name


It was a very busy Thanksgiving this year.  Great Great Aunt Deanie flew in from Amarillo for the holidays and to meet Ry.  My brother Steve was able to come down early for a work thing and then lil C joined us just in time for Turkey day.  Lil C and I even ran the Turkey Trot together!  We ended up having two different days of Thanksgiving feasts with both sides of the family.  Talk about food coma!  Oh yeah, and we managed to fit in dinner at a German restaurant.  ;)

Frying the Turkey 11/24/2011

At the Barneys house 11/24/2011

the adult adults talking

Nana & Lil C with the little ones

Isabel and Al w/ the grand kids 11/24/2011

Readying the morning paper with Uncle Steve 11/25/2011

European Bistro dinner 11/25/2011

Shhhhh daddy!

Tired little turkey 11/26/2011

Crown Roast Pork!  And Opa ;)  11/26/2011


Monday, December 12, 2011

Turkey Trot

I've never run the turkey trot before - this is my first official 5 mile race!  Lil C emailed me wanting to run this race and I figured why not.  Both Amanda and Jenn were running it as well, so we all signed up.

It was a great day for a race! 52 degrees and sunny as Jenn, Amanda, lil C and I headed downtown for the turkey trot. We were walking up to the start line when they released the timed runners, so we had to jump in with the untimed runners. I couldn't believe how many people were there - 21,000! The first 2 miles were rough trying to maneuver around people and finding a break away. Overall the course was very much the like the Cap 10K, so I was prepared for it. Perfect way to start Turkey Day. Gobble Gobble!

Based on my watch:
Avg pace- 8:50
Mile 1 - 9:06, Mile 2 - 9:06, Mile 3 - 8:40, Mile 4 - 8:39, Mile 5 - 8:39, last 71 ft - 0:05:45 (6:43 pace)

I am so thankful for my health, family and friends!

Thank you for visiting

21st ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
Austin, Texas
Christina Malek
5 Mile - Age Group
F 30-34
City, State:
Pflugerville, TX
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Race for the Cure 2011

Awesome day for a race! 67 degrees, slight breeze and clear skies. The race was back downtown this year and the timed runners started at 7:30am.  The course was super hilly, a little long at 3.19 miles and had about 25 turns!  I thought I might die the first mile with all the hills, but I pushed through it. Overall an excellent race, I surprised myself and ran sub 9 min miles. :)  This was almost a new PR for me, my fastest race time for a 5K is 25:30 (8:18 pace). It was great to see Team Rack Pack out there supporting the girls and all the timed runners came in under 9 min miles!!

Avg pace: 8:28
3.19 miles in 27 mins
Mile 1 - 8:12, Mile 2 - 8:40, Mile 3 - 8:50, last 0.19 - 1:18 (6:52 pace)

Renee's Rack Pack 11/13/2011

The girls 11/13/2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Wurst Time

Everyone had the wurst time at Wurstfest.  Can you tell?  :)  Ry was just too cool for school and stole the show wherever we went.  My parents said it was much different now than the last time they were there - 25 years ago!

Salute to Sausage! 11/5/2011

Yum - potato pancakes!

Watching the dancers in the wursthalla

Daddy please!

I can drink this year!

Such a ham!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fall Family Photos

My co-worker sent me an email back in July with a summer special for Kaoni Norris Photography.  I had just returned from maternity leave and figured this would be perfect for a family photo session!  We set a date for the beginning of October at Mayfield Park and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day.  At first I was a little worried as we couldn't seem to get Ryland to smile, however Kaoni worked her magic and was able to capture some great shots!  Gorgeous!  Click on the link to view all the photos.



Happy Halloween from my lil pumpkin!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

9th Annual Halloween Spooktacular

 Saturday Oct 22nd was our 9th Annual Halloween Spook-tacular!  The house looked even better this year than last, we had a couple new creepy layouts.  ;)  Malek was especially proud of his skeleton poker game setup. This year Ryland joined the fun as a flying monkey, Malek was the Scarecrow and I was the Wicked Witch.  The woods(wo)man from Red Riding Hood came outta the woods to partake in the festivities and rocked her worker boots, the french maid put away her feather duster and put on her cute party shoes and Princess Jasmine brought her entourage!  I think my favorite was Gary in his lederhosen.  ;)

Click the link for more spooktacular pictures from the party.