Thanksgiving Part II

Breakfast today? Leftover baked stuffed apple of course!

Ran errands and went to a good strong workout with Valerie(gonna be sore tomorrow).

Walked my friend’s dog and fed my friend’s cat(two pet sitting jobs).

Finally we made it to like this five course meal with my sisters! And it was a m a z i n g!!!

Quality Time with these two gorgeous ladies made me a little homesick, but warmed my heart because we cooked, ate, cleaned and played Taboo and walked and ate pie together. This was my main cheat day;) I had so much fun laughing! Lefty was so excited!

Anyway, we talked newlywed life with my baby sis (visiting from AZ) and the hostess we talked with her about wedding planning.

I am super excited and hopeful about traveling to Mexico for her April wedding, but a tad nervous about Zika, so they let me have a good cry about that.  We walked by the Beach Boardwalk, we laughed at the dogs running around, and we got to know my sister’s future father in law.  Seriously, though, we ate everything from Appetizers to soup to lobster Mac n cheese to ribs to veggies to casseroles and pie…It was pretty heavenly!

What a fabulous day!!

My insane weekend (including the Mud Run)

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One week ago I decided to finally register and join my motivating (read: pushy;) just kidding) friends into doing the Lozilu mud run at the Pasadena Rosebowl. They have been trying to get my butt signed up but I was nervous, didn’t have the extra funds, until finally one friend dropped out but paid my way. I was amazed at this opportunity!
I kept saying over and over, “I can’t believe I’m doing a mud run!” All week. Then I said, “I can’t believe I’m here!” And I kept ending the day with “I can’t believe I did a mud run!”
Once we all arrived and got our little headbands and bib numbers, we headed to the crazy-energetic-fun-warmup with guys from Bella fitness. We did some hip hop Zumba and pi yo dance moves and then started around the 10am wave.
The very first wave was right at the main entrance to the Bowl, where you hop over wires then ran through the stadium(the seating area; thankful they didn’t yell at us to run up and down those stairs!)
Next was he mud bath where we literally crawled through wet sloshy mud under some flags. Then we had those wooden hurdle walls to get over. Those don’t have much of a ledge to climb or grasp! We also had a narrow balance beam(that majorly slowed me down!). We went through some crazy wire maze and climbed up a fun house (blown up) wall and over some tall ladders and up a ropes wall and through two more mud baths…I may be forgetting an obstacle in here, but it was so fun!
The last one was an exfoliating mud bath (felt like rocks) and then after the finish line we got hosed down, foamed up with Dr. Bronner’s magic foam experience, and got an Acai sample drink and then took pictures and went to the Lunabar booth and food truck. We went home cold because it was a cool gray morning, and we air dried off in the breeze.
I enjoyed sitting so long in the hot shower and standing letting it spray-massage my back! Then I had to quickly iron my dress and run to our pastor’s daughter’s lovely wedding. The warm sunshine, the lovely flowers, and the sweet, precious ceremony was quick and delightful. Everyone was thrilled and took photos. We had some light appetizers and then we were on our way to visit my husband David’s cousins in Santa Monica. His aunts were visiting from New York & the cousin from San Fran came too. They made us the most delicious New England dinner and I so thoroughly enjoyed playing piano, running around, and laughing with his 2&6 year old little cousins.
Yesterday we went to church and then a picnic for a friend’s birthday. We got to relax for a little bit and even watched “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” before running off to another friend’s birthday gathering. We love film noir and enjoyed this weekend, but hoped to never again have so many wonderful events back to back.:-D
I want to learn how to take things slow so I’m not rushing through, I’m savoring each day and taking in the smell of roses, coffee, and taking time to sit and talk with the people I love.

Tribute to a good marriage

Just want to give a shout out to my parents as May Day marks their anniversary. In 1976 they were young and in love. He was starting out as a pastor, she had just graduated from Wheaton. On their honeymoon in the Bahamas they got real- they realized they had married a fellow sinner:) Now every year since, their love has deepened! Their love has grown through church hardships, pastoring overseas, homeschooling, failing health of their parents, and 8 children! During my first marriage is when I realized Jesus’ prayer for unity(John 17) was not ringing true in my life but I wished it could happen like it had for my parents…so when I got married September 2011 we made John 17 one of our Scriptures- a life verse. It is for all believers to become one and that’s what my parents’ life has displayed, and what my husband and I are working on. True commitment is when two people are faithful in loving no matter what. Forget physical attraction(our bodies change so much) – its lasting commitment that matters! Thanks for your example Mama and Daddy! Ily!