Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ryland's 3rd Birthday

We have a 3 year old on our hands!  I can't believe how much our little guy has grown.  Happy 3rd birthday to my lovable, sweet, energetic, rough and tumble son Ryland.

Ryland is all about mighty machines.  He loves construction vehicles, planes and trains.  Therefore we decided on a train theme for his 3rd birthday.  I found some cute ideas online for the cake/food/decor and we rented a barrel train for the activity.  The kids had a blast and we had one very happy 3 year old.

Head on over to My Mom's Memos for a full recap of Ryland's birthday fun.
Click here to view the party pictures uploaded to FB.

Happy birthday 4/18/2014

such a big boy, blowing out the candles

Pictures from his party on 4/19
The birthday boy!  Ready to party 4/19/2014

Blowing out the candles.  Happy Birthday!
birthday boy and mommy

new toy trains!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Austin 1020 race

The Austin 1020 was a great race!  10 miles and 20 local bands over a relatively flat course with a free beer at the end and another band, Puddle of Mud, on the main stage.  The tech shirt and medals weren't shabby either.  The hubby and I decided to run this race in early Jan.  It was my first official race back since having my second child and my first 10 miler.  I trained very slowly for 4 months and despite a couple set backs (foot pain again, remedied by orthotic inserts) managed to comfortably run 10 miles.  I say comfortably because my goal for this race was to finish.  I tend to hurt myself when running long distances and I knew I wouldn't be in top running form like I was for the 3M and Austin half 2 years ago.  I probably could have pushed myself to run 9:30's, but honestly I enjoyed it more running a bit slower (avg pace of 10:19) and not hurting myself.

hubby and I

Pfelly Lane Runners!  4/13/2014

The race took place at the Domain and started at 8am.  We left the house at 6:15am to pick up Jenn and Kim and snag a good parking spot.  We did arrive a bit early but I think that was best to avoid traffic.  We stretched, hit the bathrooms and lined up in our corrals.

Race starting in 5 mins! 4/13/2014

At 8am it was 70 degrees, overcast (thank god!) with 9 mph winds and 97% humidity.  Actually really good weather for a race.  I wore my new race outfit, running skort and tank top with matching hat.  ;)  The hubby and I ran the first 4 miles together, then we split up.  The bands were entertaining and I enjoyed most of the course.  I wasn't too thrilled to run up and down Mopac, but overall it wasn't that bad.  Now here's the kicker, around mile 9.5 I wiped out.  I had seen an earlier sign pointing out a speed bump and I made it past that one just fine, but I missed the 2nd one. I had just passed a water stop and was looking for a trash can to throw my cup away.   As I turned to make sure I didn't run into the girl next to me I totally hit the speed bump and BAM I went down.  I skidded on my hands, rolled and then was back on my feet.  A couple runners around me warned other runners I had gone down and made sure I was OK.  Luckily no cuts, just a few bruises and a bruised ego.  It all happened so fast and surprisingly it didn't impact my time as I jumped right back up.

I finished in 1:44:20 (chip time 1:44:28 and gun time 1:46:05).  The hubby came in at 1:53:14 (chip) and 1:54:52 (gun).  I'm pretty happy with our times, I only trained up to 7 miles and the hubby only trained up to 5.  At the finish it was 72 degrees, overcast with 13 mph winds and 87% humidity.  We actually started getting a little chilly hanging out at the finishers area drinking our beer.

Per my Garmin:
Avg pace - 10:19
Mile 1 - 10:00, Mile 2 - 10:12, Mile 3 - 10:13, Mile 4 - 10:19, Mile 5 - 10:23, Mile 6 - 10:14, Mile 7 - 10:44, Mile 8 - 10:13, Mile 9 - 10:49, Mile 10 - 10:18, last 0.11 - 0:55 (8:46 pace)

We did it!
Pfelly Pfinishers!

the medal

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Bluebonnets are back in force!  We found a great spot close to Ry's daycare and attempted some pictures this weekend.  I say attempted because Carsyn wasn't too thrilled about it and either cried or stuck her tongue out.  Ryland just wanted to run around, it was extremely difficult getting him to sit still and to even look at the camera for a picture.

Pictures taken 4/5/2014

commencing meltdown

this was the best pic with daddy, kids were not cooperating