Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My husband's the bomb...

I tease my husband about his love (obsession) with races, but I am truly so proud of him. He has the mindset that whatever he puts his mind to, he will complete. He loves to push himself to the limit and exceed expectations. I can't say exactly where this started, but it has been fun to watch this evolve. It has also encouraged me to push myself further than I had previously. 

This past weekend, Mike completed the Papillion Days Duathlon. This race included a 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, and another 2 mile run. Again, my husband rocked it. Seriously, he was awesome! During the first 2 mile run, he averaged a 6 min pace. Umm, compared to my 11:30-12 min pace per mile, that's incredible. (I should mention that there were a few men there who kept 5 min paces. To those guys, seriously that's not cool. Okay, so its cool, but stop show boating!)

Of 150 participants, Mike finished 9th!! I am really proud of him! 

Here are a few pic's from the day...

This is from the end of the bike portion.. I had my camera on "video" rather than picture during the first part of race :( 

Going out for the last 2 mile run (and rehydrating of course!)

And finishing strong!! I am very proud of him. Have I said that already?

Look at that smile!! 

Adventure Race

I have mentioned in previously posts that my husband is quite adventurous (i.e. crazy). This summer he is participating in something like 5 different races to prepare for an Xterra race this August.. something for him to cross off the world's longest bucket list. (Note to self: create a bucket list).

A couple weeks ago Mike did his first adventure race. The only thing he knew was what to bring (backpack, bike, firstaid kit, camera, phone, $5, and two friends with a "sense of humor"). He was pretty nervous just because he had no idea what to expect, but ended up LOVING the event. The Omaha Adventure Race was Omaha's first annual, and the participants exceeded the Denver Adventure race! Over 400 participants were registered!

Prior to the race, the teams were given a map of the downtown Omaha area. Clearly, these boys were ready (*ahem*) Dont worry, Mike's an Eagle Scout.

I snuggled up with Dave Sedaris' novel " Me Talk Pretty One Day" and a blanket on the FREEZING morning. 

One of the last "adventures" of the race was a tag team paddle in the lake... each teammate had paddles and an inter-tube (or is it inner tube?!).  Mike's running with the paddles...

and Mike in the water... he said it was very, very cold.

After all that,  TeamTMP (Tim, Mike and Pete!) took second place!!!

Way to go, boys!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have a goal to run a half marathon this fall. It started as a New Years Resolution; you know, the thing we all make but fail to keep. Crazy thing is, I am half way there. I have a training schedule, I am following it faithfully and I completed a 10K just to prove to myself that I CAN do it.

The thing I never predicted would happen in all of this.... that I would LIKE running. (*gasp*)

But I do. A lot.

There is something to be said for that time to myself. Getting lost in music, or blowing off steam on a long run with a good friend. And the feeling after a good run is wonderful.

But running has come to a screeching hault the past week and a half. I tried to go for my first run after taking a week off, and couldn't finish it. Very frustrating. I can't afford to take many more days off to be ready for the half marathon; I guess Advil and I will be best friends for the next 12 weeks.

Wait, 12 weeks.?! Crap!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


My aunt won free tickets to the Circus this year, and graciously shared them with my sisters, my nephew and I. I have never been a fan of the circus (clowns creep me out!) but I have to admit it was really fun to watch my nephew enjoy the circus so much!!

Look at how awestruck he is!!! I have never seen him sit so still in my life!

Junior and his momma :)

Jaimie, Jen, and Junior! He's so intrigued, he can hardly look at the camera!

mmmm.... popcorm!

Jess and I! And lastly, Junior's favorite... the "lelephants!"

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Going to the chapel...

Wedding pictures are timeless, something to be cherished forever. There is nothing like the glow of a bride and groom on their big day. Nerves and excitement are high, and its difficult to enjoy the simple moments your photographer is so desperate to capture without your mind wandering to logistics of the day (" I hope the cake got there on time", " I hope we have enough food", etc.). 

The solution? Take pictures several months later! Mike and I recently had additional wedding pictures taken by our friend (and awesome photographer) Christine. They turned out beautifully, and it really was fun to get back into my dress and take pictures. We were relaxed, and could really enjoy all the little moments that marriage is all about. 

Here is a link to a few of the pictures! 

Need a photographer? She's awesome, and reasonably priced. I HIGHLY recommend her!!


I really want to take a cake decorating class. I have been researching when they are offered, but with the amount of time I will be spending out of town, it doesn't make sense for me to start classes until at least July. Until then, my friend Christine and I have started playing around with fondant. 

Here's cake #1.

 Not too bad, right?! Not sure if I would pay for it (sorry, Christine!) but we are improving. I gave the cake to my sister to share with her friends at work, and rumor has it, it was devoured. 

Our second trial was with cupcakes. 

I wanted to make something for my grandma's 90th birthday celebration. The cupcakes were gone very quickly... wish we would have made some more! Fondant on cupcakes is tricky. Especially when your cupcakes are not the same shape and size. Gonna need a lot more practice before I do more cupcakes!

Cake #3. 

A friend of mine asked me to make a cake for a friend's baby shower. She wasn't sure what she wanted for color or decoration, just that she wanted a "girly" cake. This was my first attempt. 

Cake #4. 

I wanted to make one more trial run for the baby shower cake. I also wanted to try for some brighter cake with a bit more "funky" style. This is the style I want to use for the baby shower cake, however, I want to put the baby's name across the top of the flowers and use some polka dots as well. 

I have been using this recipe for the chocolate cake and have  been using a ganache frosting in between the layers of cake to adhere them together. I have been using this buttercream frosting recipe, and it tastes delicious.

I am having so much fun baking cakes, and it has quickly become a hobby. Its a good thing I have lots of people to give cakes too when I am done making them! I definitely don't need them hanging around the house!