Friday, August 31, 2012

warrior dashing

so here it is....
warrior dash memories
{in all my muddy glory}
i've decided to attack this post as if i was answering
all the many questions i've been asked about the experience.
so here you go......
to train for the dash, i simply worked out.
i ran and i did jillian michaels '30 day shred'
consistently, giving myself few days off, and adding more weights as i went
(nothing crazy, but at the end i was doing the workout with 8 lbs in each hand)
since this was a 5K with obstacles,
i knew the running wouldn't be too hard core
so the most i ran at a time was about 3 miles.
did that seem to be enough? 
my friend, amanda, and i were not 'in it to win it'
we just wanted to have some challenging fun.
i definitely think there were some people who were in it for the beer at the end
and they were a little surprised at the obstacle of it all.
we did some passing of people (ok, that was kinda fun)
and then there were some 'marine dudes' from the heat behind us
who went barrelling on by us near the end
(way to go, guys)
we had a blast.
totally and completely.
there was water, mud, fire, heights, barbed wire, walls....
and we did it together, which was the best part.
in fact, it seemed that everyone at least had a partner
if not a whole team in the WD experience.
everyone seemed in a fun mood and we all got discustingly dirty together.
the 'warrior wash' at the end was a complete hoot
and probably made us feel grosser but maybe a little less muddy for the ride home.
which, by the way, was lunch time and we grabbed McDonald's.
would i recommend this?
but nobody seems to be taking me up on it.....
except justin.
a couple that dashes together, stays together
(or something like that)
happy friday, everyone!
bring on the 3 day weekend

Friday, August 17, 2012

12 years of holy matrimony

when we dropped our kiddos off at my in.laws
{i'm not gonna lie}
we were pretty. darn. stoked.
3 days, 2 nights all to ourselves....
in our fav city,

fun times remembering our newlywed years
and all the walks we took on navy pier.
fun times on our dinner cruise
complete with dancing and cuddling on the upper deck.
fun times just being together and having a moment
to actually look into each other's eyes.
(that may have been my fav part)

it's funny how after 12 years of marriage you realize
that special times like this are really special
{ but so very rare }
it's really the everyday moments that make up a marriage
and a life together.
sweet attitudes, loving words,large doses of encouragement and grace.....
that's what truly weaves together the bliss part.

i'm so thankful to the Lord that He has sustained us
that He has brought us closer together
that He has made a miracle
out of the complexity of a man and a woman together
that He gives us hope for another 12 years....and then 12 more......

happy anniversary, babe!
 {i love you so incredibly much }