Dec 302010

Have you gotten to the point that just running is kind of boring?


Hmmm, well I have so it is definitely time to switch it up some.

This gem came to my inbox just today and I am really, really excited! SHAPE (the women’s fitness magazine) is putting on their first ever Diva Dash in Austin, Texas on April 9, 2011.

B and I love the hill country and have been wanting to get back to tour the weird Austin scene more.

I am sure you do not have anything planned April 9th, so just put it on your calendar as tentative, discuss the festivities with your best girls, and join me on this skipping, jumping and swinging jolly good time!

PS. I will let you all know more about it on January 24 once the Diva Dash site is up and running!

UPDATE: More Diva Dash Info posted here!

 Posted by at 5:29 pm
Nov 122010

Please pray for Mike and me as we trek the San Antonio 1/2 Marathon this Sunday! It will be our second, so that means we have run a full marathon, right?

Brent and Dara will be running the 1/2 marathon relay, please pray for them… and their “adrenaline”.

 Posted by at 11:15 am
Oct 122009

We took our Sweet DD to her first Oklahoma Sooners game this past weekend and we had a blast!

We had an opportunity to help out Ally’s House buy purchasing a pair of OU sunglasses, which DD donned the entire rest of the day. Ally’s House is a local Norman, Oklahoma charity which raises funding for children with cancer and their families.

We spent half of the day cruising around the campus and shops and enjoying the festivities before heading to our seats. We were lucky enough to snag second row end zone tickets, right next to the Schooner entrance and Ruf-Nek’s.

It was so fun to hear DD yelling for complete passes, defense, and touchdowns and participating in the OU cheers. She is her Father’s daughter for sure!
 Posted by at 5:37 pm
Sep 302009

Our family would like to lead a legacy, one of charity and perseverance.

DD and my favorite verse is,
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13

With Christ, we can persevere through anything. We are on a rocky road right now with one gigantic issue, but it is nothing the Lord cannot handle. Therefore, we have turned it over to Him and continue to persevere.

When it comes to charitable giving, our family is on the right track. But, when it comes to charitable volunteering, we fall short. We have not gone, as a family, to work on behalf of a charitable organization in quite some time. Personally, I give to charity A LOT with all of the running I participate in, but that is not the type of legacy builder we need.

Disney has made a fantastic outreach starting January 1, 2010. The program is called “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.” In which you pledge, and WORK, one day at a charitable organization from their list and they will give you a free day to any Disney Park.

Remember when I told you all about our trip in March 2010? Well, I will be getting the WHOLE family together so we can enjoy a free day during our Spring Break trip next year, and starting the progression of a new legacy.
 Posted by at 7:23 pm
Aug 182009

Ever since I can remember, my family and I have always had at least one “big” vacation a year. Well, 2009-10 school year calendars are out and my mom’s school has the SAME Spring Break week off as my daughter. Do you know what this means?! WE ARE GOING TO ORLANDO AGAIN!!! WooHoo!

My parents have been fortunate enough to pay off all their debts years ago; respectfully to my mom’s frugality and both of my parent’s plain old hard work. Since my baby brother and I are big kids now, my parents have enjoyed themselves a fantastic condo at Ron Jon in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Place to lay our head on this trip – check.

My dad is a Southwest Airlines connoisseur, he has accrued SO many flight miles in the past couple of months he could probably get us all there free. But, since SWA does “companion” tickets, maybe half of our group will fly free. Since there will most likely be 7 this go round, that is 3 free flights (roughly $1500 if we pay the same price for tickets as we did last Orlando trip). So, I found this sweet website a few years ago, Airfare Watchdog, where you can get emailed daily, weekly, monthly (you get the point) with the current deals from your local airports. I really like their emails because they have little anecdotes to make you more aware of flight needs and timeliness. Southwest does not sell their tickets THIS far in advance, but come October, we will be ready – check check.

Did I mention my dad flies a lot? He does it for his job, it is pretty awesome to be one guy in Texas but called all around the states to fix a crane or two. We will need to rent a car to get from the Orlando Airport to Ron Jon, to Astros preseason baseball, to the Space Center, to Disney and to dinner. The Math: My dad flies a lot, fliers need to rent cars, car renters earn renting points, therefore, my dad has racked in another bunch of car rental points – to be used in Orlando. Car rental for 7 folks – check check check.

So, I am pretty excited about our upcoming trip. Do you think if I start a countdown now, my coworkers will think I am wierd? I am just so excited!
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