Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Random Happenings

How do you like my real life Elf on the Shelf????  This little boy cracks me up.  The sad part is that he is so skinny and can fit on that shelf. 

On Sunday, we had Christmas in Chatom with some of my family.  Lee wasn't feeling good so I met my sister at her house and rode with her.  I pick on her because when the girls were little and they would come to my house to visit, we took my Tahoe everywhere.  It had a built in DVD player so the girls thought they always had to ride in my truck.  So now that I have a child, my sister gets payback because I make her drive everywhere and take her car.  The only bad part is taking the car seat out and putting it in her SUV.  We had a great trip.  It's funny because the girls like to listen to these hip hop songs. We had fun singing.   

Parker loves spending time with Emilee & Hannah.  

Remember me saying Lee didn't feel good, well he ended up in the hospital on Monday.  He had a bump under his arm last week and which turned into an infected hair which resulted in Hidraditis.  All Hidraditis boils down to is inflammation of the sweat gland.  They admitted him because he was running a fever and had chills when he arrived at the ER.  I feel bad.  He woke me up at 5 yesterday morning to tell me he had been hurting all night and had chills.  I told him to go ahead and go to the ER instead of waiting for Urgent Care to open.  I had no clue they would actually admit him for observation.  They originally said they would keep him overnight but thank goodness they let us go around 4:30 that afternoon.  Parker loved sitting with daddy and watching cartoons.    

This is what my bar looks like with all the crap they sent us home with to keep the area clean & his medication.  I didn't go to nursing school for a reason.  Changing the bandage daily will be tough for me.  
My great aunt passed away on Friday night.  She had been in a lot of pain so I know her children are glad to see that she is pain free.  So, that's our life lately. 


I can no begin to explain how I felt on Saturday morning.  I met my friend Paige at 7 and she rode with me to the race.  This was her 19th half marathon so she is a pro at what to do.  We arrived and picked up our packets, waited in the long line for the potty and met up with some of our other S2S Sisters.  There was a 70% chance of rain but most of it stalled out and broke apart before it reached our area.  I was glad that the rain was going to hold off but I wasn't happy about how humid it was.  I was nervous about the run because by mile 10 during my training, I would have to hit the bushes or a potty.  I was very thankful that I was actually able to take care of business before the race started.  What a relief.  The gun goes off and we start to run.  I typically do a 3 minute run/1 minute walk pattern. I was feeling good so I started running 7 minutes/walking 1 minute.  When I did this, some of my friends were sticking to the old pattern.  Before I new it,  I could no longer see them behind me.  At mile 5 it started to rain but not to hard.  This route was along the bay so I was able to run and look at the water most of the way.  I am so use to running with my friends and they help motivate me.  After mile 7, I went back to my run 3/walk 1 because I didn't want to give out by the end.  It was hard running by myself.  I'm just not use to it.  After mile 10, things went down hill.  Mile 11-13 was HORRIBLE!!!  My right leg was hurting and I had a blister on my right pinkie toe.  It hurt so bad.  At mile 11 I wanted to call and tell someone to come pick me up.  Thank goodness I had no bars on my phone so the call wouldn't go through. No, I really wasn't going to quit but I just wanted to call my husband and for him to tell me it was going to be okay.  I pushed through, at a snail's pace and crossed the finish line at 2:52.  My goal was 2:45 but at that point I was just happy to finish.  The last .1 was emotional.  Tears started rolling down my face.  I worked so hard for that 13.1 sticker.  Yes, it's all about the sticker, haha!!!  I was upset after I finished because all they gave you was an ornament and because I was one of the last ones to finish, mine was plain white.  NOPE, MINE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE HOLIDAY HALF MARATHON ON IT.  THE TENTS WERE ALREADY TAKEN DOWN, THE FOOD WAS GONE, BEER WAS GONE, ETC.  I felt like I was being punished because I was so slow.  Out of 238 runners, I finished 231.  The only pro's to the race was that the money went for a good cause and I earned my 13.1 sticker.     
Me crossing the finish line!!!

Some of my S2S Sisters
I'm signed up to run the Gulf Coast Half in Pensacola on January 11.  It's a big run so I'm sure I will have a better experience. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Count Down

I'm starting to get nervous. Tomorrow is my race. I've been training for about 4 months & I know I can cross that finish line.  It doesn't help that there's a high probability of rain Saturday morning. Our weather has been really crazy lately.  It's been cold all week but the high is 70 tomorrow with about a 70% chance of rain.  I thought the rain was suppose to move in Saturday afternoon but now they are saying Saturday morning.  The race is on rain or shine.  
It will be pasta for dinner and off to bed early.  I can't wait to post how it went. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

My Sweet Boy

Oh my, this little boy melts my heart!  I often ask God what I did to deserve my precious little boy.  I'm so blessed and thank God everyday!

Wales West, Gender Reveal Party & Christmas Program

It's that time of the year where we stay very busy.  When I uploaded the pictures to my phone, it didn't put them in the order that I wanted.  So I will recap starting with yesterday.  I'm a very blessed girl being that I still keep in contact with some of my high school girlfriend's.  Yesterday, my friend Shae and her son Max came down (about an hour and a half drive for her) and we took the boys to Wales West to ride the train and see Santa.  We had so much fun.
~Mommy & Parker selfie~
~My little Elf~
~Is he cute or what~
~Parker & Max with Mrs. Clause~
~Parker & Santa~
Santa asked what he would like and he told him a blue bike. 
~Two peas in a pod~
On Saturday afternoon, my best friend had her gender reveal party.  I guessed it right, IT'S A BOY!!! Briley is going to be a big boy.  He's so funny and tells everyone that it will be double trouble when baby brother gets here. 
On Saturday, I ran 7 miles in the freezing rain.  We are some crazy ladies.  There were about 6 or 7 of the ladies running 18 miles for their full marathon training.  We decided after our 7 miles that we needed to go check on them to make sure there were okay.  We were a little silly!!!  God has blessed me with there wonderful ladies.  We have a lot of fun conversations during our runs. 
Friday night, Parker has his preschool Christmas program.  Oh my, they were so cute.  I took a lot of pictures with my good camera but can't get them to load to my computer.  Parker was so excited.
~That smile of his will melt your heart~
My half marathon is on Saturday.  I'm so excited.  Have a great week!

Friday, December 6, 2013


I've been MIA for a few weeks.  Life gets very crazy this time of the year.  We have a jam packed weekend.  Parker's preschool Christmas program is tonight (oh my heart melts), my best friends gender reveal party and Auburn football on Saturday & Sunday two of my best friends from high school are coming down and we are taking our boy's to Wales West.  I'm sure it's going to be a great weekend.
Okay, in honor of my half marathon next Saturday, my Five for Friday will be all about things that I want that are related to running.
I can't believe that this sticker will be on the back of my car next weekend.  I'm so excited.
I really need an SPI Belt to hold my keys, Gu and TP wipes.  Yes, there I said it, I like to carry wipes with me.  There is a good reason.  LOL
I need new shoes but will hold off until after my half.  I love my Brooks running shoes.
I think this pretty tumbler will help me drink all my water each day.  Maybe, maybe not but it's cute!
I bought two really cute running tops from Old Navy.  They are really light weight and loose fitting. 
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Another 10

I really think my body is designed for distance running.  My breathing has become much easier to control.  I should have mentioned even I first started training for my half that I use the 3:1, run 3 walk 1.  This works best for me.  

Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Feast

Parker had his Thanksgiving Feast at school yesterday during lunch time.  Parents were invited, so I got to hang out with this cutie pie!   

Look at that precious smile!!!

Parker and his partner in crime, Cullen.

It was such a fun time to spend with Parker.  I'm so blessed to be his mommy and love being able to attend special events at his school.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Vonnie Nadine Godbold

Vonnie Nadine Godbold, age 77, born in Frisco City, AL and a resident of Bay Minette, AL died Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at North Baldwin Infirmary. She was a retired grocery store owner.
She is survived by one daughter, Linda Rollin of Rowlett, TX; one sister, Sybile DeLoach of Bay Minette, AL; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial will be held Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Coy Cemetery in Coy, Alabama with Reverend Tommy Primm officiating.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Norris Funeral Home.

I have been meaning to post that Lee's grandmother lost her battle with cancer on October 22, but I'm just now getting around to it.  It's hard to believe it has been a month since she went to her eternal home.  I'm sure it was a wonderful homecoming when she joined her husband, Paw Paw Roy.  He passed away of cancer 3 years prior to Lee and I dating.  Everyone said that he would have loved me, and I'm sure he would have.  Parker knows that she is "up in the moon" with all of his Paw Paw's.  He tells me that she is sleeping and that she looked so pretty.  Oh, I'm fighting back tears as I type.  I miss her so much.  She was my buddy and we both shared a love for cooking.  I learned a lot about her at her funeral.  She was such a Godly woman, loved kids and doing for others.  When Lee was growing up, every Sunday she would have all of the youth over at her house for softball and other sports.  She loved Gospel music and would often load the youth up and head to Tuscaloosa for a gospel singing.  For some reason, this was never mentioned to me.  The first week was hard, the 2 week mark was my hardest day but now things are getting better.  I know she is in a better place.  We love you Maw Maw! 


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Scott Ward Memorial Fit for Duty 5k

I ran the Scott Ward Memorial Fit for Duty 5k this morning.  Scott was killed in the line of duty on Black Friday last year when he responded to a domestic disturbance call.  Scott believed in fitness and healthy nutrition.  He was a great supporter for the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Explorer Program and the Shining Star Camp.  It was an honor to run with some of the men and women who put their life on the line for our protection every day. 

It was really muggy this morning but I was able to PR.  My pace was around 11.33 and I finished in 34.36.  I was very proud.  I ran 5 miles on Friday morning for a total of 8 miles for the week. 

My half marathon is in 2 weeks.  I'm excited and nervous but ready to ROCK IT!!! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

10 Miles

I'm so proud of myself and all of my running buddies.  Some of us are training for a half and other's are training for a full marathon.  I ran 10 miles early Saturday morning and I must say, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I'm not going to lie, the last .8 of a mile like to have killed me.  I really struggled but pushed through it.  My half is three weeks away.  I'm excited and nervous.
I committed to 50 miles in November for the Pile on the Miles challenge.  Her are my results so far:
Week 1 (11/1-11/2):   6 Miles
Week 2:  (11/3-11/9):  10 Miles
Have a great week!

Randy turn's 40

On Saturday, we went to the Farm to celebrate our friend Randy's 40th birthday.  It was a great day filled with football, good food and a band.  Randy didn't have a clue about the party.  Our friends, Matt & Amy, have some hunting property in Monroe County and it's way back in the woods.  You have no cell phone signal unless you stand in the perfect spot.   
Matt & Amy went to a fundraiser last year for Auburn's Nursing program.  Matt bought a tree and Pat Dye came to the farm to dedicate it.  If you're an Auburn fan, the best part of a win was to roll the oak trees at Toomer's Corner.  It was a tradition.    After the win against Tennessee, we rolled the tree!
(Sonya, Me, Randy, Amy and Shannon)
It was a great weekend!  Lee and I are so blessed to have such wonderful friends.  WAREAGLE!!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Five on Friday- A Whole Lotta Random

Happy Friday!!!  It's been a super busy week so I am very happy that today is Friday. 
We are going to the Farm tomorrow to celebrate a friend's 40th Birthday!  My Mother-in-Law is watching Parker so it will be nice to escape for the day and be surround by adults.  We will be watching football, eating and a band will be there in the afternoon to play.  It should be a great day! 
10 Mile run tomorrow morning at 4:30.  I know it's silly but I really do enjoy waking up at the crack of dawn to meet my friends and pound the pavement. 
Parker's daycare is preparing for their Christmas program.  Parker's class has three songs so we practice at home every night.  It's so cute and this momma is giddy about the fact that he will be in a Christmas program.
I want these boots so bad.  I hope I can find them on sale for Black Friday!

Dunkin' Donuts opened this week in Daphne.  Lee and I have been very excited and we plan to make a stop at some point this weekend!
Okay, have a great weekend!!! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Senior Bowl Charity Run

Saturday morning I ran a local 10K race....the Senior Bowl Charity Run! A ton of my Sole2Soul Sisters were running this race. The weather was perfect.  My official time was 1:14:46.  That is under a 12 minute mile, which was my goal.  I'm not sure what was wrong with my body but it wasn't feeling the run at all.  I had a horrible headache after the race which went on all day long.  Every time I would eat something, I would feel sick to my stomach.  My body was hydrated so I'm still trying to figure out what may have caused me to feel like that.

Thursday, October 31, 2013


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  We started the festivities off last night at the Fall Festival at church.  Parker and Avery had a blast.  They jumped in the bouncy house and got their face painted.  These two kiddos are so cute and sweet. 

LOOK IN THE SKY, IT'S A BIRD...IT'S A PLANE...NO, IT'S SUPERMAN!!!  Is he the cutes Superman or what! 

I was able to attend Parker's party at school and it was so much fun.  It was the first time that I have ever been able to leave work and go.  The bad part was when I got ready to leave, he cried.  Next time I will make sure I can take him home when I leave.  It was an ugly cry!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pile on the Miles Challenge

Is it just me or did October just fly by?  I can't believe we are 1 day shy of November.  November is one of my favorite months.  The leaves start to fall, lots of weekend family activities and focusing on how blessed I am.  Yes, Thankful November!!!  My least favorite thing about November is that I tend to put on weight.  So, in order to keep the pounds off, I am linking up with  Monica from Run, Eat, Repeat for the "Pile on the Miles"  challenge. 

In November she hosts this amazing walking/running challenge to pack on some mileage instead of the lbs. The Holidays are approaching, and you know we want to look our best at all those family gatherings and work functions.

You sign up - keep your miles accountable each week - and also could win some cool prizes. You set a goal for yourself for the month and keep the spreadsheet updated each week - if you make the goal.

I set my goal for the month - 50 miles. Join in the fun with me?

If interested head over HERE and sign up!!! Let's RUN....

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thomas the Train came to the Fair

We took Parker to the Greater Gulf State Fair in Mobile to see the Thomas the Train performance.  I told him a few weeks ago that Thomas would be at the fair, and every day since he has asked me if Thomas was here yet.  He had a great time and was able to get his picture with him too.  
Waiting for the show to start!

My cutie!  I love this little boy so much!
He acted a little scared at first.
He has a new obsession with dinosaurs.

It was a great day and I enjoyed spending it with my little family!  I love Fall  because it's always something to do outdoors as a family.  

Monday, October 21, 2013

Treats & Football

We went to a friends house to watch the Auburn/Texas A&M game on Saturday.  Was that a good game or what?!?  The last minute of the game, my blood pressure was sky high.  Thankfully, Auburn won the game.  I've seen the recipe for Scarecrow Treats on Pintrest and decided to make them for the football party.  No, they are not pretty like the picture on Pintrest but they were very good. 
My sweet little boy decided not to take a nap because he was so excited to go play with his friends.  Of course, we get a few miles down the road and he was out.  He looked to peaceful.  He had such a fun time.  He played hard.  His favorite part of the party was catching worms.  He's all boy!