Is it really already almost the end of February! I guess time does fly when you are having fun.
One of the greatest highlights of this year was for Matt - he finished his first marathon!! So, to sum Matt up in one word, I would have to say "Champion." Seriously, I'm not using that word lightly. He is A-amazing when it comes to running and pushing himself to the limit. In addition, he was very diligent in training, which really paid off in the end. He told me before the race that he wanted to do under 4 hours. Since I haven't done a marathon, that number didn't really mean anything to me. At first I thought he was trying to qualify for some other great huge race, but he was just trying to achieve a personal goal.
So that morning was kind of crazy. He thought he was going to be done about 10:00, so I got the kids ready, planning enough time to drive to the race and walk to the finish line. Seems simple enough, but while I"m busy getting Lexie dressed, Jax has attempted to get a snack out of the pantry, only to pull an entire shelf off the pantry, dispersing Goldfish crackers all over the floor. Of course, I can't just leave the mess, so I hurriedly sweep it up, throw the kids in our car and we are off. Meanwhile, Matt calls me to tell me that he has 2 miles left to go, so I start to panic. We can't miss him at the finish line. We get there and I have no idea where to park. I find a park that is pretty close to the finish line and we park. Of course I forgot the stroller, so I gather Lexie in my arms and we literally jog over to the finish line. I realize at this point that I have forgotten the camera (of course). I dig in my purse for my phone so that I can at least use that to snap a picture of him, but find it with no avail, realizing it must be in the car. I definitely do not have time to run back to the car. Then this lady approaches me and says, "Your children have the most beautiful eyes." I tell her that is from my husband. Then I ask her probably the most random question she has ever been asked. "Do you mind taking a picture of my husband as he crosses the finish line?" I could have (and probably should) have offered her an explanation, but maybe she could tell by the fact that I was sweating bullets that she should just help me and not ask!
When we see Matt's neon yellow-green jacket coming up the bridge, it makes us all excited. At 3 hours and 47 minutes (and some odd seconds) Matt crosses the finish line with tears in his eyes. We go over to congratulate him and he seriously acts like he just went for a short jog. Besides the fact that he has a blister on his big toe (which he eventually lost the toenail of), he feels great. Then he says, "I could have gone 10 more!" Really? See, he's a CHAMPION. I have to get the picture off his phone so there is proof of the grand finish!
|Not quite sure about the single side pony?!?!|
|And this is what Lexie looks like half the time1 She likes to take her pony tails out when we aren't looking and this is the result - Frankenstein hair!|
|Cupcakes for breakfast anyone?e|
Sic' Em Bears!
|Can you find the hiding boy?!?!|
|I like your thinking Chase!|
|A birthday is not complete without cupcakes! (My first shot at fondant -I had a blast!)|
|Lexie "picking" at her cake.|
|Carter lost his third tooth! (Actually daddy pulled it out, which was quite traumatic...what a trooper!)|
|I just loved this picture of Jax. You can find him on his bike more often then not!|
I hope the rest of 2011 treats us this good!