Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Philip's Hour at the Mall

I'm in D.C. for a couple of days for an Air Force meeting and needed to get a run in or Joia will totally smoke me by the time I get home.  I got on the Metro and went to about the only mall that I would willingly go to over and over again...

I started jogging after walking down to the Tidal Basin from the Metro station

From the Jefferson Memorial looking back over the Tidal Basin 

This is part of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.  I have never been here before, and was surprised to see how extensive it was.  It just kept going and going...

...there are a quite a few different sections and a couple of waterfalls.

Here is the real reason I picked the running route around the south side of the Tidal Basin.  This is the brand new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial that just opened this year.  MLK Jr. is carved out of the "Stone of Hope" and you can see half of the "Mountain of Despair" in the background which are both quotes from his "I Have a Dream" speech.

 The wall around the back of the memorial is filled with quotes from his speeches.

 I walked for a bit from the MLK Jr. memorial until crossing the road.  I stopped for second to take a picture of the totally dry reflecting pond where they are doing a bunch of work.

 And of course old Abe was right behind me (which is of course where he was when MLK Jr. delivered the "I Have a Dream" speech from these very steps).

 Back to jogging where I passed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on my way to the Washington Monument.

 A few of Joia's country-fowl came by the route to cheer me on.

 Whew, made it to the WW2 Memorial.  Time for some more walking.

I sat down to take a break and watch some of the softball and kickball games taking place all over the mall.  During this break I called Joia from the base of the Washington Monument...

...and realized the White House was behind me before heading east again.

After crossing the road I finished my jog across from the Capitol.
(You can see a game in action in the foreground.)

 Of course, no nerd's trip to DC is complete without the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum...too bad they closed over an hour before I got there.

 Here is my ride pulling into the station to take me back to the hotel.

So there it is, now you too can see a ton of the DC landmarks in just over an hour.  Whew, after getting to my hotel at midnight last night, I'm worn out.  It's time to hit they hay.  Goodnight!

Memorial Day/Splash Park

We spent the afternoon/evening on Memorial Day at the Pennys with our small group friends.  They have property right on the bayou, so it was fun to watch the kids swim, people could kayak, and we got to see a beautiful sunset while eating great food fresh off the grill. =)

Philip out on the kayak

Some of the good food

A Southwestern Black Bean Salad I made

Moriah having some watermelon

I love this one, with Rebekah paddle boarding

Beautiful view the Pennys have!

kids in the water

Jade and Keenan kayaking on their own!

So grown up!

Rebekah and Judah

The kids with Ashley (the babysitter) watching hermit crabs

Philip and a sleepy Caleb

Yesterday the kids and I went to the splash park on base with the Storeys.  First visit of the season!  The 95 degree weather called for something involving water!

Happy girl on the run

They love these dumping buckets!

Sweet Judah

I love this shot!

Even the babies got in there!

Joel's not too sure

Caleb loved it (especially since he's running a fever)

Classic Storey boy looks =)

After Caleb got cooled off, he was ready for nap!

Philip is gone to DC for a few days, so it's just the kids and I here to beat the heat and finish up the last couple days of Keenan's school before graduation! =)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Keenan's First Race!

This morning Keenan participated in Memorial Day run on base.   His age group did a half mile run, and Keenan finished in 5 minutes flat!    We are soo proud!   He even got a cool t-shirt!

Way to go, Keenan!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

My 31st Birthday 5K!

It had only been a week since my crazy, "31st Birthday 5K" idea, and now it has actually happened!!   If you missed the post here where I talked about it, the point was that I was turning 31, running 3.1 miles, with a goal of 31 minutes.

Yesterday was one of, if not The most fun birthday celebration ever.    I'll let the pictures tell the story...

A big thanks to Devin, the event photographer who took most of these pictures. =)

Philip marked out the two turn around spots on the course, and added cute messages to me...

Me with the start/finish line

The prizes - bags from Thirty One

Draw Prizes

Some of us designed our own shirts with a '31" theme...

Mary Edith


(Who made Margarita cupcakes for after the race)

The back of her shirt


My shirt

Pretty Ladies

The medals I made for all the participants

I'm So excited!

Listening as Philip describes the course

Group shot at the start line

A fun picture, fighting for a good starting position =)

... and we're off!

From the very start, this race was Owned by Melissa!

Danah, Rebekah, and I looping back by just past the halfway mark

Presenting... the line up for the race:



Rebekah and I

Mary Edith




Drink helpers =)


Melissa at the finish - first place!

Philip at the timing and recording station

Me sprinting to a third place finish.   30 minutes and 23 seconds

Cool shot of Rebekah



Getting some post race food out

A lot of Gatorade disappeared that morning

Time to present awards and pass out medals...

Melissa getting her medal

...and her First Prize bag

Me with the third place bag

More medals...

Me and Tiffany

Philip played such a huge part in helping organize this event, from clocking the route, to timing, to marking the turn arounds, etc... Thank you so much, Babe!

Soo very thirsty

A most deserved medal to Rebekah (who ran the race while feeling pretty sick!)

I got some amazing gifts from friends, too!

Jen and I share a sweaty hug

Post race group picture

... with our muscles

It was HOT!!!   Everything went really smoothly though and everyone had a great time!   I couldn't have asked for a better birthday, or for better friends.  Thank you to All who came and celebrated with me!

When I got home, Philip gave me this pool chair so I could lounge with the kids in the pool for a while before we got back to work staining the deck.

31 and so blessed =)