Monthly Archives: March 2012

If You Had One Wish…

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What would it be? After 8 years of working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, I can tell you all kinds of Wishes I’ve seen granted for kids of all ages. I really don’t think I would have been as smart and/or creative as half of them when I was their age! I mean really – would I have wished for a trip to Paris at age 12? To go to the Olympics? No! I would have said something like “I wish I had a pair of scissors!”

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of granting Mallory’s Wish. Mallory was born with a congenital heart disease that will require many surgeries over her lifetime. But do you think that got her down? NO! She’s the happiest, sweetest little girl.

I’ve spent weeks planning the details of Mallory’s Wish Enhancement Party, so you can imagine my excitement when the day had finally come. I wanted to do something I’d never done before (which is hard after 8 years), and I came up with a human/balloon tunnel. Several dozen balloons were donated and dozens of people formed a tunnel for Mallory and her family to walk through. As they passed, the people handed the balloons to Mallory and her family, until they got to the end of the tunnel where Mickey, Minnie and Daisy Duck were waiting with sparkly posters that read, “Mallory, you’re going to Disney World!” As Mallory rounded the corner, everyone started cheering for her and clapping, and even though she couldn’t read the signs, she totally knew what was going on :)

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Gifts were open, cookies were eaten and punch was drunk, and all had a great time. Mallory and her family are off to Disney World for a week of fun and a doctor-free life – something they haven’t known in the past 4 years. YAY!

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I Did It!!!

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Saturday was the Little Rock 5K, which kicks off Marathon Weekend. I signed up for the 5K back in January and told myself I’d have plenty of time to train and learn how to run 3.1 miles without dying.

And I was right!

Sure, I got a little behind in the training (my first time to run 3.1 miles was the day before, and you are NOT supposed to run very far the day before), but whatevs. I DID IT!

Me pre-race. If I look both cold and sleepy, it's because I am!

The Hubs was sweet enough to wake up at 6:30 with me – what a trooper! He cheered for me at the start and finish lines, and my friend Sara cheered for me in two spots mid-race. She even made a sign! And bless her heart, she decided to run the final mile with me – now that’s a true friend :)

Thanks for my sign and for all the cheering!

And here’s the video of me crossing the finish line, complete with the hubs cheering me on! :)

I finished in my fasted 5K time ever, 37:16! Sure, it’s the fastest out of two tries, but still! It’s over 3 minutes faster than last time, and I’m told that’s a long time in the running world :)

I felt great during and after the run, and really enjoyed myself. I think I’ll do it again!

Happy Texas Independence Day!!!

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Today is Texas Independence Day! On this day in 1836, the Mexican Army surrendered to the Texan Army and we became a free nation. Hallelujah!

Those outside of Texas my not understand the sanctity of this day. You may not understand how in the world we Texans get so fired up about this. Liken it to your celebration of the Fourth of July, but just for us. Go ahead and check out the official Celebrate Texas website and educate yourself. I’ll wait.

So now you know the story of the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of Goliad. You know our heroes cried “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!” and despite being grossly outnumbered, we were able to defeat the Mexican Army. Loves it.

I found this article earlier today and shared it on Facebook and Twitter – I think you should see it too :) I understand that it may be difficult to understand just WHY Texans love Texas so much – and this article does a great job of summing it up!

I leave you with this: a photo montage of historical Texas images. May God bless you, and God bless TEXAS!

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Girl Scout Cookies Have Arrived!!

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It’s the most wonderful time of year! Girl Scout cookie time! My three precious boxes of these sugary, fatty treats have arrived, and I can’t wait to enjoy them.

As usual, I’ve purchased Thin Mints (the best cookie EVER). How can you NOT like Thin Mints? Especially in the freezer! You’re just un-American if you don’t like them. I also purchased the Tagalongs – the cookie equivalent of a Reese’s PB cup. Cookie, topped with PB and dipped in chocolate? YES, PLEASE! And finally, the Savannah Smiles, a light and delicious lemon cookie dusted with powdered sugar. If you came to my wedding, you know I love a good lemon dessert, as evidenced by the fact that MY layer of our wedding cake had a lemon filling. Mmmmm. Man that cake was so good. I’m still pissed that the only bite I got was the one Chad fed to me! HUMPH!

I digress. Mmmm…cookies!

Oy, Allergies

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Yesterday around 4 o’clock, the allergies hit me like a ton of bricks. My body was achy, I couldn’t breathe and I felt all-around icky. I went home and took some Benadryl before eating dinner with The Hubs, with plans to go to church.

I didn’t make it to church.

By 7 p.m. I was sound asleep in my bed, and I stayed that way until 7 a.m. this morning. 12 uninterrupted, blissful, Benadryl-induced hours of sleep! Just what I needed. I woke up, did some laundry, watched the first 30 minutes of GMA while drinking coffee and then proceeded with my usual “get dressed” routine.

I’m glad to say I’m feeling much better, and I hope the allergies don’t attack again with a vengeance. Perhaps I should look into a non-drowsy solution…