My family

My family

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flashback Friday

Happy Friday!!
Check out our little Gman.  He spent years and years on the baseball field with one team or another.  This particular year - 2003 - he played catcher for the Gators.   

That cute little boy grin gets me every time!! :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Color Run 2014

I ran my first 5k yesterday!! :) 

Did you read this post where I talked about letting go?  Well.......I pushed through and now I have something to check off my bucket list. 

Back when I wrote that post, I was super frustrated that my 5k training was going so poorly.  My shin splints feet hurt.......the intervals were kicking my ass.......yadda yadda yadda.  At that time, I decided to switch from the "learning to run" team to the "power walkers".  That was great for a few weeks.  My foot actually started feeling better so I started running again.  This time, though, I decided not to pressure myself.  If I could run, I ran.  If not, I walked. 

Fast forward a few months......

Remember that Color Run 5k that I signed up for?  
I ran it!!! 
Jim has been so supportive throughout this process. He never complained about leaving at zero-dark-thirty yesterday to get downtown in time for check-in. He happily toted the camera around the 5k course to get pictures. I could not have done this without his help. 
I'm so glad I signed up for the Color Run as my first race.  It was a total blast!  They had color stations set up every kilometer.  As you ran through the station, volunteers would spray you with a colored powder.  The idea was to stain the white race t-shirt.  I definitely got some color! :)

I cannot describe the feeling of crossing the finish line.   I started weeping! 
Speaking of sweet husband didn't mind it one bit!  He grabbed me and gave me a huge hug.  His favorite Dallas Cowboys t-shirt will never be the same.  :)
My running mates below...... Mary, Lori, Karey & Dylan. 
After we got home from the race, I spent a lot of time in bed! :)  My shins didn't hurt but it was super difficult to put weight on my right foot.  Trust was definitely worth it!  What an awesome feeling of accomplishment. 
As my sweet niece, Lauren, puts it........"I'm a beast!"  Hahaha..... :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Look out.....she's legal!

It's official......Delanie has her driver's permit! :)  She just finished two weeks of driving school.  Each morning, she woke up early - during Summer break, no less! - and biked about five miles to school and then back again.  She never complained once. 
Driving school in Minnesota is completely different than driving school in Texas.  When Garrett went in Mansfield, they did classroom time plus behind-the-wheel time.  He even took his permit test at school.  In Minnesota, you have thirty hours of classroom time but absolutely no behind-the-wheel training.  Strange, right?
On the last day of class, the kids are issued a blue card (see above) that they take to the DMV.  So......Friday came, she received her card and then we headed to the DMV for the test.  Little did we know that we were just starting a completely stress-filed afternoon. 
We got there just in the nick of time.  We arrived about 3:15pm and they stop testing at 3:45pm.  After standing in line for the test, we found out that she needed her passport as a primary source of identification.  We frantically called Jim (he keeps her passport in his briefcase).  Bless his heart.....he left a meeting and got to the DMV with 3 minutes to spare!  He's our hero!! :)

Less than an hour later, she took the picture above.  She now has her permit and is ready for driving lessons.  The question we have now is does she drive my brand-new BMW or Jim's brand-new truck????

Friday, July 11, 2014

Flashback Friday

Happy Friday!! :)

 Delanie and Garrett at her Kindergarten graduation - 2005

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Love is....

Do you remember the "Love is....." cartoons that used to be in the Sunday paper? 

I love those suckers!  :)  Each one was such a simple declaration of love that always warmed my romantic heart.

These days.......I'm lucky to have my own version.  :)

Sunday, July 6, 2014


Look who celebrated with dinner this week at Bob's Steak & Chop House with Brandi and Kevin.
Lots to celebrate....
  •      Garrett got straight A's at UTA during the Spring semester!!
  •      Maci got her first nursing job at Baylor!!!
Photo credit:  Brandi Albaugh

I'm so proud of these two.  They are both so smart, beautiful (inside and out), talented, kind-hearted..........I could go on all day.  All around great kiddos. 

Don't they look all grown up?!  Looking back at old pictures, they have matured so much.  I'm so glad they are in it for the long haul.  :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Flashback Friday

Happy Friday!!

Since today is Bill and Charlene's anniversary, I thought I would bring them into the Flashback Friday frenzy! :)  Bill and Bea haven't changed much but check out Lauren.  Isn't she the cutest??

These photos were taken Easter of 2003 in Grand Prairie, TX.  I love the look on the kids' chocolate-covered faces below as they dig through their goodies.  :)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Spring = Babies

Our furry backyard friends have started to multiply.  Spring in Minnesota is so fun because we get to watch the new goslins grow.  We have three or four families of geese that frequent our backyard/pond.  They travel in packs.......Momma, Daddy and babies.  :)

The Momma and Daddy geese are super protective of their little ones.  Standing at our back door, we have seen several brawls between the families!  If the Daddy goose thinks someone is getting too close to his babies, he puts his head down and goes after them.  Delanie saw one Daddy goose go after another family's baby goose.  He bit the baby on the tail to make him move.  Daddy wasn't messing around!! :)