Friday, December 31, 2010

Looking Back on 2010

We have been blessed in so many ways during this past year. Here are some of the highlights!
We wish you all a blessed 2011!

We rang in the New Year at home with our neighbors
We had our first snow on the year on 7 January

Marlie got her hair trimmed for the first time
Bryan turned 29

Bryan & I attended an NGCSU "Reunion" at the home of General Townshend
We found out that Bryan would be deploying at the end of the summer
I signed up for SwagBucks and have been hooked on it since!

We attended my sorority's Alumni Easter Egg Hunt in Athens
Marlie had her first swim lessons
We enjoyed our 3rd Easter as a family of 3
I ran the 2010 Country Music Half-Marathon in Nashville

Bryan spent the month at JRTC at Fort Polk, Louisiana
Clarksville experienced significant flooding
Marlie & I went to a strawberry farm for the first time
I enjoyed my 3rd Mother's Day with Marlie

Marlie was a flower girl in Chelsea's wedding
I joined Stella & Dot as a stylist

For Bryan's block leave, we visited St Augustine Beach, Club Med at Port St Lucie, Walt Disney World, & Sea World
Bryan & I ran the Peachtree Road Race
Bryan & I attended his unit's St Barbara's Ball where he received the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara Award and I received the Molly Pitcher award.

We had our annual family pictures taken
We had Marlie's 3rd birthday party a few weeks early so Bryan could take part in the festivities
Bryan deployed to Afghanistan as a battery commander
Marlie & I celebrated her 3rd birthday with friends by taking a trip to the zoo and eating cheeseburgers and ice cream.

Marlie & I visited Georgia and I was able to attend a UGA football game for the first time in a few years. We also spent Labor Day weekend in Helen.

Our friend, Aaron, was wounded in Afghanistan. (He was just discharged from Walter Reed this week and will now be receiving outpatient care.)
Marlie & I attended a special production for military families of Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3 compliments of MetLife, Cracker Barrell & a local businessman.
Marlie & I visited Christian Way Farms, which is a local pumpkin patch.
Marlie was a strawberry for Halloween & we enjoyed trick or treating in our neighborhood. We also won a costume contest at my favorite sushi restaurant!
I ran the 2nd Clarksville Half Marathon

We celebrated Thanksgiving in Georgia with our family

I ran the St Jude Memphis Marathon!
I turned 30
We celebrated Christmas in Georgia with family & we had snow on Christmas Day!
Marlie got her first "real" hair cut

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Decorating for Christmas with a 3 year old

Sometimes when I get behind on my posts I just refer back to my pictures in iPhoto to see what I've missed. For today, I'll just share these 2 pictures. Anyone with children has probably had a similar experience.
Marlie really enjoyed helping decorate the tree. She had a little bit of a hard time understanding the concept of evenly distributing them though.

It didn't take me long to realize that ornaments had started disappearing from the tree. I soon found them in her microwave!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

End of the Year Sale!

Stella & Dot is currently offering an EXTRA 20% off already reduced sale items! You will have to hurry though. Quantities are limited and the sale ends January 2nd.

In addition to this great sale, I am offering my own personal discounts all week on the regular price items!
Today, 28 December: 25% off
Wednesday, 29 December: 20% off
Thursday, 30 December: 15% off
Friday, 31 December: 10% off

Because these are my own discounts, you must contact me to place your order:

Happy Shopping!

Monday, December 13, 2010

St Jude Memphis Marathon

I was waiting until I had all the pictures to do a race weekend recap. I still don't have them all, but I have enough. My friends, Molly, Marcia, Whitney, and I all left for Memphis on Friday morning. When we arrived in Memphis we grabbed a late lunch and then went to the expo to pick up our race numbers and packets. I always enjoy seeing all the vendors' booths and what gear they have for sale.
We didn't want to fight the crowds downtown so we stayed close to our hotel and had dinner at Pei Wei. We followed that with a light dessert at TCBY (you don't see those much anymore!).
I was a ball of nerves on Saturday morning so I didn't sleep quite as long as I had hoped to. Marcia & Whitney ran the 5k which started an hour before the marathon. We hoped to see them finish before we started but we somehow missed each other in the crowd.
Molly & I eventually had to go get in our corral for our start and we finally began about 8:26am. It was cool and overcast when the race began, but by early afternoon it was sunny and in the high 50s - perfect race weather!
The race took us through downtown & Beale Street, historic neighborhoods, the Mississippi River, Sun Studio (where Elvis first recorded) and most importantly the campus of St Jude. There were tons of people cheering for us including patients of St Jude. Seeing those children smiling and waving to us made me forget about any pain I was having. There were also lots of signs in honor and in memory of the kids of St Jude and they were just as motivating!

Here are some pictures taken from the race.

We finished in the minor league baseball stadium downtown. I was fighting back tears at this point!


After finishing, we had to climb the steps of the stadium!

All 4 of us!

After the race we went back to our hotel room to relax for a while. Once we had a little break we went back down to Beale Street for dinner (BBQ ribs of course!) and to celebrate! Molly & Marcia had the idea of getting shirts made for the weekend and my friend, Brittany, designed them for us. We wore these out on Saturday night!

Although the race is over, you can still donate to St Jude Childrens Research Hospital. These kids and this hospital would appreciate any little bit you can give.§ionStyle=subMenuTwo&userId=479689