Running, Family, Friends, and Food.

Hello friends! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a great week! This is the week I get to start my first teaching job! I was supposed to start today, but there have been technical problems with certain things going through the state (it’s a very frustrating process), so I will be able to start Wednesday or Thursday this week. Luckily, my principal has been so understanding and nice through this whole process so that makes things easier.

Anyways, back to this weekend’s recap. I had such a wonderful weekend (obviously based on the title of this post); I would definitely say marvelous. 🙂 Thanks for hosting MIMM Katie!


This weekend started early Saturday morning with a race with my Dad and Aunt.


My Dad and I did the 10k and my Aunt Nancy did the 5k. Nancy was going to do the 10k with us, but she had a long run for her half marathon training the next day and didn’t want to do too much.


As always, this handsome guy got up early and stood in the cold to support me and cheer me on. 🙂


From left to right, this is my cousin Nikki, my Mom, me, and Ryan. Nikki was going to do this race with us, but some things happened and now she is running in a marathon at the end of this month! She was doing a 20 miler the next day so she didn’t want to run Saturday. Totally understandable! I was glad she still came and cheered us on. Also, somehow I never got a picture with just me and my Mom, but for my whole life she has always suffered through whatever weather conditions to support me, and she continues to do this for me and my dad now! She is the best!


I was so proud of my dad; he really pushed it and totally sprinted in the end! He finished in 59 minutes and 19 seconds, which is like six minutes faster than his last 10k! He is rocking it!


I can’t say enough on this blog of mine how proud I am of him, and just how much fun it is running in races with him!


I was really happy with my race too. My time was 50 minutes and 21 seconds, and my average pace was 8:03 a mile. Before the race started Ryan challenged me to run below 8 minute miles; I almost did it!

Oh, I forgot to even mention that I was so excited because this race was only $10! I wasn’t expecting much since the race was so inexpensive, but there were a ton of people there, and the best part was there were free bananas!!!



We stayed afterwards for the awards and my aunt and I both placed 2nd in our age division!


We were both excited! Oh and side note, what do you runners do with y’all’s medals from races? I am not sure where to keep all of mine. They are just kind of everywhere now…

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After the race my parents, Ryan, and I went back to our house so we could all change and then the women left the guys. My dad and Ryan went back to my parents’ house (Ryan had a friend he was meeting in the town where my parents live to play disc golf), and my Mom and I went out to go shopping! I had some boots I got for Christmas that I wanted to return for another pair, and I ended up getting these in the pictures above!

I really like them. I kind of wanted more of a pointier toe at first, but these were so comfortable (key for being on your feet all day as a teacher!), and I ended up really liking how they looked!

After we got these shoes we were hungry so we went to find a place at the mall to eat. We saw Luna De Noche, and since my Mom and I are both big Mexican food lovers, we were all for eating here!


We split a meal that came with one taco, one enchilada, rice, and beans, and then we also split a bowl of tortilla soup.

I had a spinach enchilada, half of the rice and beans, and then of course half of the soup.


It was all so good! And their chips and salsa was amazing!

After lunch we headed over to Anne Taylor Loft because I had a gift card to spend, and I really need some more teacher clothes. I had heard great things about this store, but had never shopped there myself. I am now a huge Loft lover! I highly recommend this store to anyone who wants cute, nice clothes. If you get the clothes full price, they are pretty expensive, but they have good sales, which makes it totally worth it! I didn’t buy anything full price, but instead went back to the clearance racks and I got a haul from that store! I ended up getting four dresses, three cardigans, and a nice t-shirt that I could easily dress up or go out casual with. I got all of this for $113, and my gift card was for $100, so I only spend $13! I was so excited! I still need a few more dress pants for teaching, but I will get those eventually. I know building up my teaching wardrobe will be a process.

After Loft, my Mom and I headed back to our house so I could shower and get ready for a party Ryan and I were going to that night with our friends. My mom was the sweetest and packed up most of our Christmas decorations for us while I got ready. The party I was going to was in the town where my parents live, and since Ryan was already there, I just rode back with my Mom and she dropped me off at my friends’ house on her way home. My mom and I didn’t get a picture of us together shopping Saturday because since we went out right after my race, both of us had some pretty crazy hair and neither of us really wanted a picture. 😉


Saturday night it was so nice to get together with some of our best friends from college! We hadn’t all hung out in such a long time, so this get together was perfect! The girls were me, Ruth, and Chelsea. (They came over to our house last month for our little Christmas party.)

It was a little harder to get a serious picture of the guys…

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Finally all of the guys are smiling…except my husband…gotta love him. 🙂

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This was at Bryan and Ruth’s house, and they were wonderful hosts! There was a ton of food that we all enjoyed and we just all had fun together all night. We played a short, late night game of Taboo which was fun. I always love games though.

Ryan and I stayed the night with full intentions of getting up and going back home early to go to church. Well, it was after 2:00 a.m. when we went to bed so…that didn’t happen. We slept in and ended up leaving their house a little after 10 a.m. We got home, ate some lunch/breakfast, and relaxed.


I had two tofu fritattas (recipe from Peas and Thank you), one piece of cinnamon raisin Ezekial bread, left over roasted vegetables, blueberries, and a banana with peanut butter. Oh it was exactly what I waned for lunch/breakfast. 🙂

I went to a bridal shower for a girl in our Sunday School class that afternoon, and then went to get something to cook for dinner.

I ended up making homemade salsa with an easy recipe I got from Peas and Thank You.


We really enjoyed it, but I didn’t add jalapeño to it, and I think I will next time to give it a little more kick. We still really enjoyed it though!’

For dinner I made some lentil enchiladas (again from Peas and Thank You, can you tell I am loving this book?), which were another success!


The recipe called for red lentils, but the grocery store I went to didn’t have red so I had to get brown. I think the enchiladas would have been even better with red because the texture would have been different. We still enjoyed them though!

We had them with some bell peppers and homemade guacamole! I also smothered my enchiladas with homemade salsa and guac. You should do this too.


After dinner Ryan and I relaxed and face timed with his parents for a bit. Perfect ending to a wonderful weekend.

This weekend was very busy, but it was busy with fun, friends, and family, so we had a blast! Today I will finish planning our meals for this week, go grocery shopping, have lunch with Ryan at his work, get my fingerprints done for teaching, and workout. It will be a busy day so I better go have some breakfast and get today started! Make this week a great one!


1. What was marvelous about your weekend? 

2. Have you ever shopped at Loft? Where is your favorite place to get affordable, nice clothes?

3. Do you ever still see old friends from college or high school? 


Time to Reveal a Little Secret

So there is this thing I have been keeping from y’all. I have really wanted to write about it on here, but I have been scared. But today is the day I come out and share my little secret.


It’s about these feet and these shoes. They are itching for a new adventure…

I have run a mud run.

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I have run three half marathons.


I have run in numerous 5K’s and other small races for fun.

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I run every week because it’s my happy place.


I even now have a running belt and a running backpack for long runs.

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I need a new challenge. That is why yesterday was training day #1 for my first full marathon!!! 



Yes a full marathon! I am so excited! Many of you runners out there have inspired me and given me the confidence I need that I can do this. I have wanted to do a full for a long time now because I wanted to challenge myself more, but 26.2 miles just sounded so long. I have been thinking about this for a long time, and I can’t let myself not run a marathon because I am scared or intimidated. I would regret that decision for the rest of my life. I am confident that I can do this! I made up my training schedule Wednesday night and started my training yesterday. The race is April 6. 🙂

I would appreciate any advice from all of you marathon veterans out there! I made my long run for this week yesterday since I am running in a 10k race with my Dad, Aunt, and cousin tomorrow. I did 9 miles yesterday, and next Saturday I will run 11 miles for my next long run. I am very excited about training for this race and I had to share my news with all of you! 🙂

I hope you all have a great Friday and a great weekend! I should have a fun, busy weekend. After my race tomorrow my Mom and I are going shopping, and then Saturday night Ryan and I are going to one of our friends’ house for party. Sunday after church I have a wedding shower to go to, and then I will probably spend the rest of the afternoon meal planning for the week! I’m excited for all of the family and friends I get to spend time with this weekend!


1. Have you ever ran a marathon? If so, what are some tips you have for me?

2. What has been your favorite race you have ever ran and why?

3. What are you doing this weekend?

4. Are all of your Christmas decorations put up yet? Mine aren’t. 😦 I have to finish that; it’s just not nearly as fun taking them down as it is putting them up!

Jogger Egg Nogger Race and Marvelous Family Time

We actually had a full weekend of activities, but I hardly got any pictures! I know, total blogger fail (I feel like I have to write this too often…). So I know people say if you didn’t get a picture, it didn’t happen. Well just trust me, everything I say actually happened. 🙂 I will add in the few pictures I have to keep you entertained. And surely Google images can help me some. 😉

Saturday morning began with the Jogger Egg Nogger 5k and 15k race with my Dad. The weather definitely wasn’t the best though; it was cold and raining the whole time we ran. I was a little nervous because of the weather, but the race still ended up being fantastic! Since the weather was so bad, my Dad and I never got a picture outside after or before our race, so the only picture I snapped of us was in the car after the race. (Just ignore how dark my eyes were. I’m not quite sure why I wore eye makeup when I knew I was going to be running in the rain. Not my smartest decision.)


Since Ryan is an awesome, supportive husband, he got up early and and supported us in the cold and rain. Best husband ever!

My dad and I were both pleased with our times. I finished the 15k in an hour and 18 minutes, with an average of 8 minutes and 24 seconds a mile. As soon as I finished my Dad, Ryan, and I went into the warm car to head home. My dad dropped us off at home, and we showered and had lunch before heading out to meet my brother and SIL at the movies. We saw Anchorman 2.



The movie was funny, (how could it not be with Will Ferrell as the main actor?), but I don’t think it was as good as the first one. I am still glad we saw it though because I had been wanting to see it ever since I heard they were coming out with a second one!

We had a blast getting to go with Ben and Kaleigh (bro and SIL) to the movies and getting to talk with them some. We all agreed we needed to make that happen more. I was so mad at myself when we left the movie theater because I realized we didn’t get a picture together! 😦 So this reused picture from Thanksgiving will have to do!


The rest of me and Ryan’s saturday night included eating delicious leftovers for dinner, watching the Mavericks play (this was more of Ryan), and reading (this was more of me), all while relaxing on the couch.


And obviously while we relaxed we wore warm, fuzzy socks. Okay, so maybe it was just me wearing the fuzzy socks.


Sunday morning we went to church and then headed to Cheesecake Factory to eat lunch with Ryan’s family. We spent the whole afternoon with Ryan’s parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousins. This time was truly so special. I don’t have any pictures I took from yesterday, but the pictures couldn’t have captured how special yesterday was anyway. Family is so incredible and something we should never take for granted.

This weekend was very marvelous because of the fun race my Dad and I got to run in, but it was mostly marvelous because of the wonderful family we got to spend time with on Saturday and Sunday. Because my family is so marvelous, I am going to link up again with Katie for some Marvelous in my Monday.


Take some time today today to tell your loved ones and family members how much they mean to you. If you can see any of them today, try to see them and treasure every moment.

I hope all of you are ready for Christmas! We are two days away! So crazy! Tonight Ryan and I will be celebrating our own Christmas together and exchanging gifts. We will also be enjoying some homemade pizza. I can’t wait! 🙂


1. What did you do this weekend?

2. Did you see Anchorman 2? Did you like it? Did you even like the first one?

3. What are you looking forward to the most this year about Christmas?

4. Tell me one reason (or more) why you love your family!

In Case You Were Wondering

In case you were wondering if I’m enjoying my very first BIC band that Ryan gave as part of my graduation present, I am loving it!!


Isn’t it super cute? It seriously never falls or slips on my head.  Oh and if you don’t follow me on Instagram, you should. 🙂

In case you were wondering if edamame is good, it is scrumptious!


I bought it for the first time this week, and I am loving it for snacks and as part of some of my meals! It is super healthy and full of protein! I had some as a snack earlier in the week with one of my pumpkin cranberry nut bars.

In case if you were wondering if Heather’s peanut butter pumpkin pancakes were good, they aren’t, they are DELICIOUS!


I topped mine with half of a banana, frozen blueberries that I microwaved, walnuts, and a little bit of pure maple syrup. I’m making more of Heather’s recipes ASAP.

In case you were wondering if I am enjoying having more meatless meals in my diet, the answer is YES!


More of my lunches are becoming meatless, and I am really enjoying this. It helps me increase the amount of vegetables I eat. For this meal I had rice, beans, edamame, bell pepper, broccoli, zucchini, and 1/4 of an avocado. After I ate all of this, I enjoyed a nice crisp apple.

In case you were wondering if Ryan and I are still having one meatless day a week (except for fish) we are, except some weeks it isn’t on Monday. This week it happened on Wednesday. Things happen and we just roll with it. 🙂


We had salmon this week that I loved, but unfortunately Ryan didn’t. 😦 I ate my salmon with quinoa, broccoli, zucchini, and some grilled eggplant. (I grilled the eggplant on my panini maker because I knew that would be easier to clean than the George Foreman grill. Lazy or smart? I am going with smart. 😉 )

In case you were wondering how our 12 Dates of Christmas are going, they are going fabulous!


Last night was our candlelit dinner at home. We love date nights at home, so we make every night date night. 🙂 We have done some of the days for the 12 dates out of order, and we have had some days where we did more than one date on that day because some days we just couldn’t make the dates work. We aren’t forcing anything, but we are enjoying having fun things to do every day when we can!

In case you were wondering if spaghetti squash is ever good for dinner, the answer is HECK YES!


I had some leftover from the spaghetti I made Thursday night, so I sautéed it with spinach, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper and then cooked two over easy eggs. Once it was all done cooking I topped it with 1/4 of an avocado. This breakfast hit the spot! Obviously when I finished this plate I had to have a banana with peanut butter to make sure I wouldn’t get hungry.

In case you were wondering if it’s better to be fashionable or warm, it is ALWAYS better to be warm. Besides, who says what’s fashionable and what’s not? Make up your own fashion and work it!


Ryan and I played disc golf yesterday, and it started to get pretty chilly. Whenever I ran after my disc, my hood fell off and my ears got cold. So I tied my hood as tight as it would go around my face so it wouldn’t fall. Ryan laughed, but I was warm so I was happy. 🙂

In case you were wondering, I have a 15k race this morning with my Dad! He is doing the 5k, but we are going together, so I am super excited! Of course Ryan will be there to cheer us on!

In case you were wondering, today for the 12 dates of Christmas we are supposed to go to the movies. Ryan and I are going to see Anchorman 2 with my brother, Ben, and SIL, Kaleigh. I am super excited for this double date, and super excited to see the movie because I loved the first Anchorman. Will Ferrel is hilarious!


1. What would you tell me if you started your sentence with, “In case you were wondering…”?

2. Have you seen Anchorman 2? What about the first Anchorman? If you liked it I’m sure we would be the best of friends! 

3. Anybody else racing today?

4. Do you have any fun Christmas plans this weekend?

Icepocalypse 2013

This weekend I have seen “Icepocalypse 2013” on facebook and Instagram by a lot of my friends who live around me. In case you don’t know, Texas has experienced a bad ice storm this past weekend. Friday many schools (including mine) and work places (including the Hub’s work) were closed. Today, there are still many schools and companies that are shut down because some of the roads are still that bad. Please keep those traveling and driving to work in your prayers as we all know bad weather makes traveling even more dangerous.

Because of this “Icepocalypse”, Ryan and I spent our whole weekend in our warm, Christmas decorated home. We only got out once, and that was yesterday to go to work. I am very ready to get out of the house today, but relaxing all weekend with Ryan at home was fantastic. Actually, it was marvelous, which means I obviously need to link up with Katie. 🙂


I went grocery shopping Thursday night so we would have plenty of food for the whole weekend and not have to get out. The grocery store was crazy on Thursday night since everyone had the same idea as me and wanted to stock up. Oh well, I made it out alive and got home crazy before the roads got too bad.

Our whole weekend was full of watching movies (a lot of Christmas movies 🙂 ), eating good food, and playing some games. So a lot of my pictures will be of the food we ate. If you need some ideas of warm food to eat on cold days, this should give you some ideas. 🙂


Friday for lunch I made us chili, since this is definitely one of the best meals to have on cold days. I added beans to mine, some quinoa, and some veggies (chopped up carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, and onion) to give it some nutrition and so I didn’t have to eat as much of the meat from the chili.

Friday afternoon Ryan and I layered up so that we could go explore the streets around the house and see what damage the ice had done.

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I wish I had taken more pictures besides this one, because you really can’t tell how bad it is. Many trees fell, which was sad because some of the trees were beautiful, big ones that had been there a long time! In our backyard we lost a lot of branches off some of our trees.

Friday night for dinner we enjoyed some leftover chicken I had cooked earlier in the week with sweet potato fries and veggies.


Obviously if you put avocado in your chicken it tastes better. Anything with avocado tastes better.

Later I was really craving something sweet, so I made a healthy pumpkin pie mug cake. I used this recipe as a base, but I ended up changing a lot of things. It was still really good, and totally took care of my craving for dessert.


Saturday morning for breakfast I had some eggs with veggies, a huge piece of acorn squash, and a piece of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread with peanut butter.


Lunch Saturday was leftover chili, and for dinner we had avocado chicken parmesan. We love this meal.


I ate mine with quinoa and of course veggies. In this picture you can’t even tell that is a chicken breast, but trust me, it’s good.

And for some reason Saturday afternoon all I wanted for a snack was a green peanut butter banana smoothie. I knew I shouldn’t have something this cold when it was freezing outside, but I wanted it real bad. So I just went with it.


It was delicious, but I was freezing afterwards. Was it worth it? Oh yes.

Saturday night we played Mancala and then watched the Mavericks play. When I say we watched the Mavericks, I mean I fell asleep on the couch while Ryan cheered them on for the both of us. I mean, the game didn’t start until 9:00; there was no way I could stay awake for that whole thing.

Sunday Ryan and I finally got out of the house for a little bit and went to church. Before we went though I enjoyed these amazing carrot cake waffles. Seriously, they tasted like cake!


I topped mine with blueberries, half of a banana, and pure maple syrup.

After church we came home and had some leftovers for lunch. I enjoyed a quinoa, veggie, chicken, egg scramble.


This is what happens when you have a bunch of leftovers but you aren’t sure what to have. You put everything in a skillet and cook it together to make something that is called “pure deliciousness”.

We relaxed, napped, and watched movies for the afternoon and then enjoyed some chicken tortilla soup that I put in the crockpot before we went to church. It had been cooking all day, and it made the kitchen smell amazing!


Our crockpot was full of the soup, so we have a ton of leftovers. Come on by if you want some, I promise it was good. 🙂


I added beans to mine (I don’t put beans in the soup I make in the crockpot because Ryan doesn’t like them. I just cook them on the stove real quick before we eat and add them to my bowl.) and some avocado, because like I said earlier, avocado makes everything better.

I did do some at home workouts this weekend, including this Gotta Hit Everything workout. I totally forgot how good this workout was and how much it made me sweat! If you do it let me know what you think!  I wished I could have ran this weekend, but there was no way I was getting out on our roads to run. I really want to run today too, but I still think it’s too risky. Hopefully tomorrow I can hit the pavement with my running shoes. 🙂 Today will be another day of at home workouts, which is not a bad thing! I just miss running. 🙂

Oh, I almost forgot some fun news! Saturday night my dad signed us up for another race on December 21! He is doing a 5k and I am doing a 15k! I have mentioned before how much I love doing races with my Dad, so I am really excited!

Over this whole weekend Ryan and I watched Hunger Games, Jingle All the Way, Anchorman, Jack Frost, a Christmas episode of the Office, and I am sure more movies that I am forgetting. Ryan and I both said last night we are tired of watching movies for a little while, haha. We are also both definitely ready to get out of the house. Now don’t get me wrong, this weekend was fantastic! I loved just being able to relax with my husband, and honestly, we have been so busy, we needed this weekend, but now I am ready to do something! Ryan is off again today (Yay!!), so I think we are going to try to go out and run some errands and do some Christmas shopping! It should be a fun day! 🙂

Sidenote: When things happen like this weekend where you are stuck in the house for a while, remember to savor every minute of it. You are making memories, so choose to make them sweet, happy memories. I am not the type of person who likes to stay inside at home all day, but this weekend with Ryan was marvelous to say the least. I never want to take the quality time I can spend with my husband for granted. Be thankful for these moments and the time you can spend with your loved ones.


1. Tell me about your weekend!

2. Are you signed up for any races soon?

3. What are some of your favorite foods to eat when it’s cold? I love soups or chili!