{gratitude lately}

Lately, I’ve been grateful for beach trips.

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And family time.

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For new houses and fig trees.

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For dress shopping excursions (and finding “the one”!)

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And for the instant film that makes capturing these memories so fun.

*All photos here except dress shopping were captured on a Land Camera 210 using Fp-100c film [no longer manufactured]. The photo in front of the bridal shop was taken using an Instax Neo 90 on Instax Mini Color film.

Happy September, friends!

Chik Fil A’s Moo’ve It 5k 2017

Early morning Chikin Biscuit – is there any other way to fuel up for a Chik-Fil-A 5k?

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Race: Chik-Fil-A Moo’ve It 5k in Canton, GA benefiting Cherokee county schools & the Special Olympics

A well-organized race enjoyed by cows and Chikin fans alike! Special props to the runner in the cow tutu pushing a stroller decorated as a box of Chikin nuggets (with 2 “nuggets” inside!).

While the temp wasn’t as high our July race, it felt hotter because of the thick fog and heavy humidity. We were melting by the end, but really enjoyed the course at Etowah River Park. This was our first time to run here, and we liked the [flat] course.

For bonus points, our shirts are homemade, ya’ll… crafted in 15mins with on-sale Target tees and some all-purpose black paint. #WillRun4Chikin

Also, we ate Chik-Fil-A for 2 meals today. It only seemed right.

Happy August, friends! Are you ready for Fall yet?

 

{gratitude lately}

Lately I’ve been grateful for small hands holding old cameras.

And for the old-fashioned fun of waiting for “instant” film to develop.

For $6 goodwill dresses, and a sewing machine to re-fashion them.

For new backsplashes.

And for hot summer hikes.

Hope you’re enjoying summer, friends! I’ve been really enjoying our film cameras lately, how have you been capturing your summer memories? 

Braves Country 5k

For our June 5k, we completed the Braves Country 5k – the first race in the new Suntrust Stadium & the first we’ve completed since March as a full team of four! It was HOT, and not without hills, and did I mention hot?

Here is a snapshot of the Strava map when we were halfway through. At the end of the race we looped back and INTO Suntrust Park to run around the outskirts of the field.


Running bibs also included tickets to that evening’s baseball game, which the Braves lost terribly, but let’s be honest… we were mostly there for the ballpark food anyway. “Go Braves! Now where did they say those tacos were located?” 

This is a “serious” run in terms of attendees. There’s an abundance of trained track athletes, and high mileage runners [read: “faster than us” runners]. Many of the participants are aiming for the Peachtree Road Race, and run this race as a qualifier. We made good time, and kept a decent pace, especially considering this is the HOTTEST run we’ve completed yet! This makes #8 for me and Carol Anne. To see some of our runs over the past year check out this one, and this one, or (our favorite so far!) this one.

Go Braves! And happy summer, friends! Have you had a hotdog yet?!

5K Foam Fest: 2017

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Josh, Carol Anne and I recently completed the 5k Foam Fest at Lake Lanier in Georgia. Scott had to sit this one out to recover from a muscle injury, so this race was all about the sibling teamwork! Or sibling competition, as the case may have been at certain obstacles…

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The highlight of this 5k are the 22 obstacles that include “foam”, mud pits, rope obstacles, slippery slides, and wading in Lake Lanier. We went from bubbly, to muddy, to wet, and back again several times; and loved the whole thing!

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I highly recommend buying some CHEAP running shoes (we found ~$10 pairs at Wal-mart) because getting the mud and foam out of the shoes is IMPOSSIBLE. It’s best to plan to ditch those shoes in the trash as soon as the race is over. Carol Anne and I also chose light-weight “quick-dry” running shirts.

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This is NOT the race to try for a PR, because the terrain is quite uneven and rocky, and portions of the course are more like hiking than running. But if you’re looking for a fun messy time with great obstacles? We definitely recommend the 5k Foam Fest as a family event, or a team building activity.  All 3 of us plan to sign up again next year! 

{gratitude lately}

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Lately I’ve been grateful for birthday girls.

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And for pink birthday cupcakes with sprinkles.

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For family photos.

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And plaid shirts.

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And I’ve been grateful for the Dad of this crew & his trademark mustache. He makes Father’s Day worth celebrating.

{Spring is Coming: Bee Install Day}

March 2017, we install my Dad’s first bee colony into his new Top Bar hive.

Note that the queen-box strap had become detached during transport, resulting in the need to scoop the queen-box out of the package by hand.

“Hear the voices, they are humming, change is coming to all… Spring is coming home.” – The Gospel Whiskey Runners

Blessings on your beekeeping, may the rewards be sweet.

St. Patty’s 5k

Just a rainbow and her pot of gold, up early for a Saturday morning 5k race.

 


The 2017 St. Patrick’s pre-parade 5k was a great run through midtown Atlanta and Piedmont Park, with plenty of lucky runners & a few unusual characters.

Gumby might have even beaten us across the finish line… but we’d never admit to that.



After the race we enjoyed locally-brewed beer & Meatballerz foodtruck fare.

Then it was time for the parade!

The fighting 501st was in attendance…

along with this llama.

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And some pirates, of course.

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Kisses from an Irish Wolfhound – such a beautiful dog.

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It was a fun parade and a race we’d definitely do again.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends!