Monday Mentionings: June 6

Good morning friends! I have a short little Monday update for you today!

Last Monday I was in Hays! I had a great long weekend home for Memorial Day.  Mom and I had a humid 4 miler on Monday, we ran along the bypass and enjoyed the scenery.

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Lucy, Mom and Dad’s cat, decided to lay on me for a bit before I went home.

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One last snoball before I hit the road.

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I also saw on my timehop that I bought my car last year!

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Wednesday was Global Running Day, and we celebrated the best way possible, by running with the KC Running Co. Groupies and all our running friends!

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Left to Right: Melissa, Sandey, Amy, Me, and Jenn.

Saturday morning, bright and early, I ran the Hospital Hill Half Marathon.  I hope to have a recap up for you tomorrow.  I will say that it was vey hard, and very humid, and very hilly, and very hard.

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Left to Right: Kevin, John, Mark, Me, and Amy.

I’ve now done 10 half marathons.  This one may have been the very toughest.

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Sunday morning, Amy and I ran a few shakeout miles.  Little did we know, that we dressed very similar.  Of course we did.  Same visor, black tank, running skirt.  Check, check, check.

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I have a very exciting weekend coming up, I’ll be visiting Kristen and Thayne in Milwaukee! I hope to also share my experience from Hospital Hill, tomorrow! Have a great week!

Monday Mentionings: March 28

First of all, I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! I have SO many photos to share with you this week! I’m going to just do a quick sentence per picture, to get through them all!

My week started out with a Bestie date with Belle at Red Robin, including lots of bottomless fries!

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Belle and Jazzy are bae.  (most favorite picture ever!)

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He was thrilled at having his picture taken so many times last week.

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Amy and I had a super hill run and we stopped to take a selfie at the top of a crazy hill.

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We ran super fast on the way down.

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It rained during our last mile, and poured after we finished running.

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Wine and kitty.

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Amy found the way to Jasper’s heart: whipped cream.

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I made the easiest “cake” ever, ice cream sandwich cake, for food day at work.

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Lots of snuggles before leaving Jazzy and heading to Hays for the weekend.

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Just some of the beauty of Kansas along I 70.

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Dad discovered Snapchat.

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I ❤ Hays’ tag.

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Saturday morning as I was getting ready to run, somebody was watching my every move.

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Before running with Mom and Shay, I headed out for 5 miles; I ran to the north water tower and back.

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After 5 solo miles, Mom and Shay joined in for a virtual 5k for Rett Syndrome. (links: GP2C, Sparkle Athletic, Rett Syndrome info)

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Hays sure was chilly for Easter weekend, especially with the strong winds.

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Saturday morning after an 8 mile run, I FINALLY got my snoball!!!

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It was so amazing.

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Michelle sent me lots of Jazzy snaps so I wouldn’t miss him so much. I ❤ this picture!

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Sunday morning, Mom and I had a great 4 miler, sunny, but still chilly!

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Grandma and Granddad came over for Easter dinner, Gordon got lots of snuggles.

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Sad to leave Hays, but I’ll be back soon!

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The snoball for Chelle made it 3 and a half hours all the way to KC!

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Yesterday was Jasper’s birthday – he turned 9, and got lots of treats!! Happy birthday little bear!

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Have a good week, friends!!

Thanksgiving Pictures!

My long Thanksgiving weekend was filled with family, friends, food, football, and freezing temps!  Alliteration aside, I had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  It was a perfect, low key, loving Thanksgiving, and I’m sad the weekend went so quickly, but I couldn’t have asked for a better time.

Wednesday, I got off work a bit early for the holiday, so I went home to grab my bag and Jazzy.  Kristen and Thayne had flown in the night before, so we all hopped in the car and drove to Hays!

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We made two stops once we got into Hays, before going to Mom and Dad’s.  The first was Taco Grande, and the second was Cervs, for a snoball.

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Thursday morning, while Mom was cooking away in the kitchen, and Kristen was baking away at some pies (I assisted in both, but just barely), I met up with Michelle, and we stopped at Cervs for what?  A snoball!  We got lots of hugs from Maja, and lots of sugar from our snoballs.

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I’m sad this is the only photo I took at Thanksgiving dinner, but I am so thankful for this meal with Mom, Dad, Kristen, Thayne, Grandma, and Granddad.  It was perfect.  Not seen, but also eaten, was a piece of cherry pie, and a piece of pumpkin streusel cake.  Mmmmmm!

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Later on Thanksgiving night, my dinner was another piece of pumpkin streusel cake, and Jazzy had a bit of the whipped cream.

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Overall, Jasper got along pretty well with Mom and Dad’s critters.  Gordon, Lucy, and Jasper tolerated each other, from a distance, and Jasper is kind of in love with Shay’s scent, rolling all over her pillow and where she likes to lay on the floor, but pretty much left Shay alone.

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Friday morning, we met Leann and Ava at the movie theatre, and watched Good Dinosaur.  Super cute movie, reminded me of The Lion King and The Land Before Time.

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After the movie, Mom and Kristen and I went to Hays Rec to run and workout, because the roads were icy.  4 miles on the treadmill, followed by a bit of weight lifting.

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Later on Friday night, after a most interesting trip to Cervs (yes, again) and the liquor store, we ate delicious homemade pizza and sat by the fire.

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After pizza was a spirited game of Candyland.  Mom won in about 5 minutes, and then Ava and I battled for a while.

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Oh Jazzy.  🙂

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Saturday, it was still super cold, but the ice was gone.  Mom, Kristen, and I did a little small business Saturday shopping, then Mom and I bundled up for a run.  Brr is all I can say.  Kristen went out a bit later and ran too, and man, it was a chilly one.

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Saturday night, we ate at a newish Mexican restaurant with Steve, Leann, and Ava, then went bowling!

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It’s been a really long time since I bowled!  The “kids” got to bowl with the bumpers, and the parents bowled without bumpers.  I hate to admit this, but Ava beat me the first game!  That stinker may have a bit of her Daddy’s bowling talent!  Not to worry, I beat her the second game, but still came in after Thayne and Kristen.

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Early early EARLY Sunday morning, Jazzy, Kristen, Thayne, and I hit the road back to KC.  We had tickets to watch the Chiefs play at noon, so we had to cut the Hays part of Thanksgiving a bit short to get to KC in time.

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The weather was generally crappy for the entire Thanksgiving weekend, either cold, or raining, or freezing rain, or drizzle… but the weather for the game was probably the worst.  Cold, with drizzle and rain the entire time.  I’m really glad Mom and Dad sent three ponchos with us, but I wish I would have bought some foot warmers too.

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It was my very first Chiefs game, and overall, it was a lot of fun.  I wish the weather was not so wet, but it was a fun time, and the Chiefs even won!

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I had to switch ponchos with Thayne, because he tried on the yellow poncho, and his head with hat and 2 hoods wouldn’t fit! With my one hat and ear warmer, my head fit just fine, so I got to be mustard instead of ketchup.

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After the game, Kristen and I made chicken noodle soup to warm up, and I got to spend a few more hours with Kristen and Thayne before their late flight back home.

Jasper was so tired and worn out from the long weekend and from time in the car earlier on Sunday, that he actually tolerated Thayne stacking all 46 of his toys on him.  For anyone who knows Jasper, this was likely a very rare occurrence.. he does not usually like this sort of thing!

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All in all, it was a most wonderful Thanksgiving.  I’m so thankful for everyone in my life, and for the time we were able to spend together.

My heart is full.