Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Eli's Baptism and Celebration

Last Sunday, we celebrated one of the most special days in Eli's life, his baptism. 
Fred and I knew that we wanted Eli to be baptized from the moment we knew of his existence.  For us, this was a public announcement of us committing to raising him in a Christian home.  

Here are some pictures before and during Eli's baptism ceremony...

our family
with my grandfather, Pappy
Brownie, Pappy, Mommy, Daddy, and Blondie

with my family and Fred's family 
Nana and Granddaddy
Fred's family
Granddaddy, Nana, Daddy, Mommy, Blondie and Brownie
Brownie, Blondie, Great-great Aunt Jean, Mommy, Daddy and Great-great Uncle Harold
Uncle Sam and Aunt Leslie
Aunt Kendra
Uncle Mason
in front of the congregation
being baptized 
Eli with our preacher, Nathan
after the service
this little cutie is officially a child of God
After church, we headed back to our house where we had a lunch prepared for our guests.  We even had a special cake made and some cute little cookies for our guests to enjoy.    

We are so thankful for all of our family and friends who came out to celebrate this glorious day in Eli's life.  Our lives are truly blessed because of him.
Special thanks to our beloved photog, Melissa, for coming out to take these pictures to commemorate our special day.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Third Time Is the Charm

I am officially a three time half marathoner!  On Saturday, I ran my third half marathon, Zero Prostate Cancer Half Marathon, in less than 6 months.

The day started out less than ideal.  The forecast was for thundershowers and that it was.  As my friend and I were driving to the race, it was pouring rain, thundering and lightening.  Honestly, I thought we wouldn't even race (well, maybe I was wishful thinking some too). 

Out of the blue, it stopped raining moments before the race began.  But I made sure I was prepared with my trash bag attire and all.  Don't worry.  It came off by Mile 2.    
The race was much better than I had anticipated or even hoped.  My goal was to beat my previous personal record of 1:57:51.  And I did just that.

I am proud to say that I completed my third half marathon in 1 hour 45 minutes and 28 seconds.  A new personal record!  A race like this makes me think the Chicago Marathon is actually doable.
Unfortunately, this will be my last half marathon until I run the full marathon.  It makes me a little nervous, but I am so happy to see how far I've come in such a short time.
Race Stats:
Race Rank:  58
Gender Rank:  16
Age Group Rank:  6
Pace:  8:04/mile

I know a lot of you raced this weekend.  How did you do??  

Friday, April 26, 2013

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!!!  Here are today's 5 things...

1.  On Wednesday night, I went to see Memphis, the Broadway musical, with my parents.  It was so good!  I really didn't know what to expect other than it was set in Memphis and was about the history of music, but there was so much more than I had anticipated!  The music was wonderful and it had the right amount of dialogue.  I would highly recommend seeing it if it comes to a town near you.  But, I don't think it's for young children, so leave them at home.
2.  I'm running my third half marathon on Saturday.  The only thing I am nervous about is the weather. It's supposed to be thunderstorms with lightning.  I hope it holds off for about two hours or until I at least finish.  I hate running in the rain.

3.  I am hoping to get the pictures from Eli's baptism this weekend.  I can't wait to share them with you all.  It was such a special day for our family.  Here's a little sneak peek...
4.  Eli has become obsessed with the Baby Bjorn.  He loves being able to look and see everything around him.  So, Fred wanted to take a turn carrying him in it.  The pic doesn't do it justice...
And he might have even fallen asleep in it yesterday during our walk...
5.  I am starting Crossfit on Monday.  I can't wait to try it and give it a review.  Any advice other than "Don't Die!"???
What are you up to this weekend?  

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Good Finds

Memphis finally got a Madewell store and I had to go the day they opened.  I've been waiting for this day ever since I discovered the brand last March in Ohio.  I've been wanting a new pair of their jeans and I've been waiting for the store to open here so I could try them on.
My experience in the store was nothing less than exceptional.  All of the sales associates were knowledgeable and so sweet.  I even met Colleen, a fellow Memphis blogger.  She actually recognized me from Simply Smithwick.  I've never been recognized before so it was kind of cool.  :)

I ended up getting the Skinny Skinny Ankle jeans in canister wash.  Let me tell you, these jeans are so comfy!  I think everyone should own a pair.
I also ventured over to Lululemon to pick up my headband from the plank challenge.  I only wore it around the house, but so far so good. I may actually keep this one as my "good" headband and not workout in it just yet.  If it sucks, at least I'm not out any money.  I'm just out 5 minutes and 32 seconds of my time.  :)  Thanks to all who told me which ones worked best.   
Have you come across any good finds lately? 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mother's Day Wish List

I am so excited because this Mother's Day will be my first as a real mother (and not as a mother of a fur baby).  I just feel so honored to be Eli's mom.  And I know Fred won't let Eli forget this very special first holiday.  :)

I remember shopping for my mom with my dad as a child.  I always wanted to buy her sequined dresses and never understood why we couldn't.  Thankfully, my dad was a good sport and we got my mom something a little more appropriate.  

So, to keep Fred and Eli from having to decide between sequined dresses and other things, here are some things I want...
Mother's Day
Tory Burch Metallic Emmy Sandal / Lululemon Silver Lining Tank / Garmin Forerunner 10 / Saucony Omni 11 & Guide 5 running shoes

Is there anything you're wishing for this Mother's Day?  

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Runners (and a Future Runner) for Boston

Last night, Fred and I (along with my parents) took Eli to the "Runners for Boston" fundraiser and rally at our local Fleet Feet Sports store.  This was Eli's first time to get out in his stroller and hit the streets in his first real run.  It was a beautiful night and the turnout was amazing.  I loved seeing all of the blue and yellow.
Fred, Eli and I were decked out in our best blue and yellow for the run.
Fred was kind enough to let me run the 3.1 mile course and then meet up with he and Eli later. Oddly enough, I got my 4 miles in for the day exactly. 

It's times like these I love being a runner and part of a wonderful running community.   And it's times like these when we can experience something together as a family.  It's really a dream come true.  

Here's a pic of Eli after the run.  I think he enjoyed himself.   
Did your city host any runs in support of the Boston Marathon?

And I received word late yesterday that I got 3rd place in the planking competition.  I was actually pretty shocked.  The winner planked for 8 minutes and 11 seconds.  Wow!  Although I didn't win, I still received a free Lululemon headband.  :)   Ironically, I've never tried one of their headbands.  Any ones you guys prefer?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bring on the Next Challenge

On Saturday, I ran in the Youth Villages 10-miler.  In all of the races I've done, this was my very first 10-miler.  I set a goal of finishing in 1 hour and 30 minutes.  I was a little nervous, but I knew I could do it.  

The race started off with perfect weather and the course was really pretty (through neighborhoods and on the greenway).  I even had a first out on the road where a woman I passed caught up to me and asked what my pace was.  I told her about an 8:30 mile and she said she wanted to try to keep up.  I've never been a pace setter, but it was really an honor.  Unfortunately, she didn't keep up, but she congratulated me in the end. 

I met my goal and finished in 1 hour and 25 minutes and 1 second (my dad likes for me to add that 1 second detail).  My pace was 8:31 so right on track.  Fred surprised me by bringing Eli and Knox out to the finish line to cheer me on (I wish I would have gotten a pic).  I ended up placing 2nd in my age group, another honor.  
After my run, a shower and some lunch, I stopped by our local Lululemon store because they were having a plank contest.  No word on what the prize was, but who cares.  By now, you know how much I love a challenge.  Before my plank, the best time was 5 minutes and 8 seconds.  After completing the "Plank Month" challenge in March, I knew I had this.  I ended up stopping at 5 minutes and 32 seconds.  The contest ended Saturday night, but they haven't announced the winner yet.  Hopefully I'll hear something today.
Next Saturday, I might not be as crazy since I'm running a half marathon, but you NEVER know.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Five Things on Friday

Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope you had a good week and I hope you'll have an even better weekend.  

1.  After this week's tragedy in Boston, you should purchase this super cute tank from RufflesWithLove to show your support.  It was designed by my friend, Laura, and I love it.  I can't wait to wear mine.
2.  Tomorrow I'll be running in the Youth Villages 10-miler this weekend.  This will be my first 10-miler ever and I'm really excited about it.  I'm actually more excited about it because everyone will be getting out there and showing that you can't keep runners down!
3.  My creative juices have been flowing for over a week now and I am proud to say that we will be the new owners of this beauty from I.O. Metro within the next few weeks (why does delivery take so long???)  I can't wait!
4.  I am finally getting around to cleaning out my closet slowly but surely.  I just need to learn to part with some things.  They're clothes for goodness sake.  Why is it so hard?  I wish someone would just come and do it for me.  Any takers?
5.  Eli is being baptized this weekend.  It's such a blessing to be able to hold him before God and promise to teach him about our Heavenly Father's love and forgiveness.  Our closest family and friends will be there to celebrate with us!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mini Blog Sale: Lululemon Tanks

In my quest to clean out my closet this Spring, I've decided to sell some of my Lululemon tanks that I no longer wear. The initial tags are not attached, but they all have the Lululemon emblem on them.   You can check their sizing charts here

Here are the requirements:
All items are first come, first serve.
To purchase...Leave a comment with the item name, email and SOLD.  If you have any questions about a particular item, don't hesitate to ask.  
Payments will be made via PayPal ONLY.   
Shipping is a flat $5 per item.  If you buy multiples, the shipping will be $8. 
Everything will ship 1-3 days after payment is received.  
Free shipping if you buy all five.  
I will consider best offer for all items. 
Blue and Gray Scoop Neck Tank (size 6) $25
Hot Pink V-Neck Tank (size 6) $25
 Pink Scoop Neck Tank (size 8) $25
Black Scoop Neck Tank (size 8) $25
Blue and White Stripe Scoop Neck Tank (size 6) $25

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boston on My Mind

It's really taken me a day to take in the magnitude of the tragedy in Boston.  When I first received a text from my mother-in-law telling me about the "explosions", I  thought she meant she was just watching it and streamers and fireworks were going off as the winners were approaching the finish line.  I turned on the tv and I was in shock.  This is not what I had pictured.  
I immediately thought about my neighbor who was running in the marathon.  I logged on to Facebook and saw where she had posted that she and her husband were ok.  That was a relief.

As a runner, this was ever more hard for me to watch.  Running is something most people do to take their minds off of the world and to find peace.  I know it is for me.  Many of these runners have been waiting their whole lives for this moment.  It's so heartbreaking to see this dream shattered or tarnished for so many people.

My heart sank deeper when I saw the time on the clock, 4:09.  This is a time that I would be coming in from my marathon or shortly after.  This could have been me.  The innocent by-standards could have been my family and friends waiting for me.  Needless to say, this has been hard for me to comprehend, but I am not going to stop running because of this.  I refuse to let these cowards keep me from doing something I love.

I am still training to run the Chicago Marathon in October and I hope to honor those affected by the Boston tragedy.  I actually want to run it more now because of this.  I hope what happened in Boston won't deter others from running races, especially long ones.

My thoughts and prayers are truly with all of those affected by this tragedy.  Yesterday, I ran 4.09 miles in honor of those and let me tell you, those miles were not easy.  I didn't run with music and all I could think about were those innocent people.  It may have not been my best run, but to date, it's been my most emotional.
Hopefully we can unite and only grow stronger as a running community, as individual runners and as a nation.