Friday, October 31, 2008

The Fifth Anniversary of Judah Owen

Well, he's our only. He's our baby transformed into a big boy. He's too smart for us to handle sometimes. He's hilarious. He's very sweet. He's a really good friend. He's incredibly ornery. He can spell his own name. He can read ten words. He loves "eggs in a frame." He's afraid of the dark, but hates to sleep with a night light. He loves to build masterpieces, that his Mommy accidentally mistakes for coffee cups and straws and throws them away. He always wants his Daddy to snuggle with him at bedtime. He loves to win and hates it when cheating is his only option to win. He came home from school last week explaining how he's "crazy about Hannah."
He's learning to always hold the door for ladies and elderly people. He loves to use the cross walk to get to school in the morning. He's a really good dancer. He has great pitch for a little kid. He hasn't mastered the zipper or catching a ball, but he is a pretty descent video gamer. He's not afraid to drop from the monkey bars. He prays with his hands behind his head, he got very sad when he learned that Pharaoh "kept hardening his heart," he loves to sing, "nothing but the blood of Jesus," he was ecstatic when he learned Jesus can walk on water, and when I look into his eyes, I can see a faith I only wish I had.
Judah's arrival 5 years ago, was a miracle. A beautiful surprise. As I held him then and I still try to now, I thank my God for letting me experience His love through my beautiful child.

3 John 1:4

4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Oh yeah and He's spoiled rotten!!! :) We partied hard at MyGym

Happy Fall Y'all

Pumpkins, hay, corn mazes, and slides OH MY!
We've done it all this fall. We joined my family in Norman, OK for a fun day out on the pumpkin patch. Some of us had more fun than others....Kenton!

I'm just glad that he didn't really hurt him self on that slide!

My nephew, Landon, loves "Noopy" and "The Great Pumpkin." So he showed us all how to rock the P.Patch right.

We had a great day.

Judah went on his first school field trip to the pumpkin patch out at Cox's Farm.

He rode on the bus with all his friends for the first time. (They have to keep their bus safety vests on the entire field trip, and his coat didn't hide his, in case you were wondering what was up with that!)
We had fun helping many first timers understand the concept of the pumpkin patch. He has many diverse cultures in his class and many children were very confused at first. "You want me to go pick up a pumpkin?"
On Halloween, his school concluded Spirit Week with Pajama Day and a party.
Harvest greeting to everyone!

Party Like a (stay-at-home-mom) Rock Star!

I turned the BIG 2-7 on September 20.
I ran the half marathon as my personal celebration, but a week later I got to celebrate with two of my favorite people.

Rachel, Stephanie, and I all have birthdays with in two weeks of one another.

Our husbands threw us a nice little bash at the Koehn's house.

Complete with cake, ice cream, all our awesome friends, and sticky s'mores for all.

I'm very blessed to have such wonderful friends in my life.

Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto

Here's a teaser for you.
We put the final touches on Judah's costume last night.

As today is Halloween, and the final day of October, thus concludes the "Month of Judah."

There will be plenty more pictures to come!

Happy Halloween and enjoy the final day of
"The Month of Judah!"

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Off To The Races

Fall is race season in Kansas. Since my ramus has healed, I've been fortunate enough to join in the fun.
I celebrated my 27th birthday by resting and waking the next morning to run the Wichita Half Marathon.
Sept. 21, 2008 Wichita Half Marathon
After a few miles of weaving in and out of the crowd, I discovered I was feeling good and managed to keep a solid pace.

It was a warm and sunny day. But it ended up being a great day for running. My dad helped reel me in by running the last three miles with me. It was so helpful, I hadn't run over ten miles in nearly six months. It was good to chat the last few miles away.
I ran a personal best of 1:47:21!

September 27, 2008 Wichita Race For The Cure 5K

My Dad, his friend Dennis, and I pushed and pulled each other along through a tough but fast 5K.

It paid off though. I ran a personal best of 21:55 and we all medaled in this huge race! My Dad set a new PR as well! (21:57)

My mom must have gotten tired of holding all our stuff on the side lines. She ran her first 5K and finished with a smile on her face. Judah got in on the great fun and dashed to the finish of his third Race for the Cure.

October 4, 2008 Rosstoberfest 2008 5K
An inaugural run benefiting a little bot with Muscular Dystrophy was held in our neighborhood, College Hill. It was a great course weaving throughout the neighborhood and ending up the great snowhill. It did not seem like a course for records, but the day surprised us all.
With all the hills and the last push up the grass hill, my Dad and I somehow managed a better time than the week before. Once we hit the pavement at the top of the hill, he surged forward and beat my whipped tail! He finished around 21:37 or so and I came in about ten seconds after him.

My mom took about two minutes off her previous weeks time as well.

Judah lined up to run the kids one mile with his Daddy after we all finished.

Much to our surprise Judah ran the entire mile in under 11 minutes! I was so proud of him!
I scooped him up at the finish line and didn't want to let go.
When the announcer called his name as third place finisher in the 6 and Under division, I screamed like no one was watching!

I placed in my age group as well and walked away with a huge beer mug, filled with frothy beer...uh, gross. I hope the Oktoberfest Catholics will forgive me for pouring it out in the grass.

Randy Carlile 51, 21:42
Lacy Hansen, 27, 21:45
Jeanie Carlile, 49. 38:42

One Mile
Judah Hansen, 4, 11:01