Saturday, May 16, 2009

Double Decker Festival

Jason and I ran the Double Decker 10K, but almost missed it!! It's a 7:30 am start time which is relatively early compared to most other races, and to make it to Oxford with children prepared for a festival weekend, well let's just say it's a feat to pull off. We literally parked the car 2 minutes before start time!! But thanks to Aunt Ali, who had our packets waiting for us, we handed off the kids and sprinted to the starting line! That is cutting it a little too close for me!!Jason learned a valuable lesson too, just because your chip is "on your body" doesn't mean it will get scanned at the start and finish. He stashed his in his short's key pocket because of the rush we were in and ran the race, turns out, no "official" time was recorded. So, to all you race runners out there, take time to tie your chip to your shoe laces. We had a fun race but training in the Delta doesn't exactly prepare you for the Oxford hills.

Once again, our #1 fans are always there to cheer us on!! I do have to take a moment to dote on my son who ran his first ever race!! Grayton ran the 1 mile fun run and did very well!! He ran the whole race without stopping!! Uh-oh, before long he'll be outrunning us!!

Juke Joint 5K

Jason and I ran the Juke Joint 5K again this year and enjoyed it! It is always fun to run with my sweet hubby!!

I recruited a new runner this year, Julie! Well, I really just bugged the mess out of her to run the race with me, so she did! The farthest she has ever gone, and she did so awesome!! Also, fellow runners Lisa and Kitty ran too!!

A family picture after the race with our #1 fans--haha!!

Juke Joint Festival

We had the Juke Joint festival a couple of weeks ago here, and we all had a blast!! Two words--Petting Zoo!! Riley Kate absoutely loves ALL animals, and she had the time of her life with the animals!! We really enjoyed all the festivities!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Coach Mullen Comes to Town

Today, Mississippi State's new Head Football Coach Dan Mullen made a stop by of as part of his Road Dawg's Tour. Over a period of about 3 weeks, he and other athletic department, Alumni Association, and Bulldog Club representatives are making stops in 16 Southeastern cities from Dallas to Birmingham to meet, greet, and speak about the university and the upcoming football season. Today, our local alumni chapter hosted Coach and his entourage at the country club. We had a good ol' Delta catfish and hush puppy luncheon and heard some great words of motivation and encouragement, not only about the university and the football team but about everyday life. You can't help but get excited after hearing what Coach Mullen has to say. Grayton and I went, and I have to say for a four year old, he did very well, especially with his table manners. He's still not a catfish fan but more than made up for it with the french fries. The little old ladies that meet for lunch and bridge couldn't get enough of the little man. He did get a bit restless toward the end and stepped outside to watch the guys on the driving range but came back before it was all over to get this picture with Coach Mullen. I asked him if he wanted me to be in the picture with him but he wanted to stand next to Coach all by himself. It's pretty neat to think just a few months ago Mullen was tutoring Heisman winner Tim Tebow and winning the national championship. Thanks Coach Mullen and Go Dawgs!!! We missed Mommy as the clinic was full of patients, even at noon. (Usually, Rachel takes care of the blog posting, but I couldn't help myself today.)


After the birth of Grayton, Jason and I began running and became highly addicted!! I soon made my first jogging stroller purchase, The Tike Tech all terrain single jogger. It was wonderful until I needed another seat for Riley Kate. I got this Dreamer Design off of ebay, and I love it! I call it my freedom and my sanity because I can load up the kids and go running whenever I feel like it! The kids love to stroll. They usually ask to go. We have run several races just for fun--Delta Jubilee 5K, Juke Joint Festival 5K, St. Jude 1/2 Marathon, Double Decker 10K, 300 Oaks 10K, etc. We love to run and if there is a race we can make it to, we'll run it!! We are running about 4 to 5 miles a day now with long runs of 7 to 12 miles on the weekends!


Since Grayton's 1st birthday, I have ventured out a bit and started baking and creating my kid's birthday cakes each year. Also, I am the homeroom mother for Grayton's class, so I am trying to get creative with my baking. I am not very good at it, but it is so much fun!! If anyone has any new cute ideas, share them with me.