Run for the Kids!!

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This post is for all of my running moms and friends out there. One of the ways that I attempt to stay in shape, keep up with Aspen, and enjoy alone and quiet time, is by running, (as you probably already know).

Every now and then, to challenge myself, I sign up for races around town or wherever I happen to be. I typically try to pick out races that benefit a cause that I am partial to. It’s refreshing to be able to do something you enjoy and help out at the same time.

Naturally, I thought that the Β Kansas City Royals Charities 5K Run/Walk was a perfect race to participate in. The race benefits the Variety of Greater Kansas City Children’s Charity. Variety is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the lives of mentally and physically disabled CHILDREN. No better reason to sign up and run than to be able to help out our kids in need πŸ™‚

Click here or on the link on the left side bar for more information about the race and the charity. The link will be available until race day, August 2, 2014.

Hope to see you guys out there! πŸ™‚

 

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Week 12: Thanksgiving Day 2013

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I hope everyone had a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving. As you can see, no Friday post this week, instead, a Thanksgiving 2013 πŸ™‚

This year we went down to Dallas to celebrate Thanksgiving with Xavier’s family. So, we were close to home. It was a much needed trip, especially for Xavier and the girls. It was great to see everyone.

I started off Thanksgiving like I did last year, with a turkey trot. This year was the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, I ran the 5K. Last year was the Houston Turkey Trot, and it was a 10K. It is a new tradition that I am hoping to do every year on Thanksgiving, no matter how cold. Hopefully, my girls will join me, once they get a little older. It’s a great way to start the day. The weather was awesome, once I started running. Before hand, the cold was a little nippy, it was about 28 degrees. Brr! As usual, there were a ton of people, the course was flat and fast, and I ran ok, definitely not one of my better runs. But, I did get to see a little bit of Dallas, since I had never been downtown before. Dallas is very pretty and view of downtown from the front of city hall, is gorgeous. My lack of photography skills does it no justice πŸ™‚

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After the run, everyone pretty much got to relax and hang out, while the elder ladies worked the kitchen with their magic. I have so much to be thankful for this year, it is unbelievable. The kids played with their cousins the whole time, and Aspen was so happy to see everyone, especially, her Mimi, Poppa, and Uncle.

I ate about 3 plates of food, and I could barely move after. The food was sooo good! I feel so bad that we forgot to pack some left overs to bring home. After we ate, we took the kids and the the big kids to the movies. We saw, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. It was great, but I think, no, I am positive, that there will be a part III πŸ™‚ After the movie, we ate some more and just enjoyed the rest of the day with family. Now it’s almost Christmas time! πŸ™‚

Here are a few photos. I am sure that everyone has seen enough food photos the past few days, so I opted for others, instead of food. Ok, maybe a couple of food photos πŸ™‚

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