Saturday, January 28, 2017

Last Chance Invitational

Grace ran the 800 and the 1600 in The Last Chance Invitational this weekend.  This is the last meet to qualify for state.  To qualify for state you have to meet the qualifying times but then you also have to be in the top 2 in your school for those events.  Even if Grace had made the qualifying times, both Liz and Kristen are just a little faster and more than likely would have better times.  So this weekend was all about Grace shaving off some time and getting a PR.  

She ran the 800 Friday night and did great.  Her time to beat was 2:42.49 and shaved off almost 2 seconds running a 2:40.54.  This time also earned her a spot on the 4x800 relay team at the State Meet next weekend.  Way to go Grace!

Grace with her teammates, Kristen Day and Liz Holcomb.  Liz set a school record in the 800 this weekend with a time of 2:28.

Dave, Zach and I headed home after Grace's race and she spent the night in Birmingham with the rest of the team.  We got up early this morning and headed back to the Crossplex to watch her run the 1600.  

She was seated 14th in heat 4.  There were a lot of girls in her heat and she didn't have as good a start as she did at the last meet where she fell nor did she look quite as fast.  There was a big pack that she couldn't get ahead of but she ran hard and had a GREAT kick at the end.  She has been trying to break 6 minutes all season and was on track to do it at the last meet when she tripped and fell.  Needless to say, she never regained her composure and didn't have a great time. But today she PR'd and broke 6 minutes with a time of 5:59! We'll take it! Way to go Grace! So proud of her!



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Reconnecting with an Old Friend!

A few days ago one of my old college roommates, Angie, reached out to me and wanted to come to Madison to see me and have lunch.  She lives in Birmingham and we've talked about re-connecting ever since I moved back to Alabama but haven't up until today.  We tried to hook up last year when I was in Mountain Brook for a track meet but weren't able to connect.  

We met at Old Black Bear Brewery in downtown Madison and it was so good to see each other!  We had not seen each other since our graduation 24 years ago!  That's crazy!

We laughed, and talked and caught each other up on our lives as much as one can in a 2 hour lunch when there is 24 years to catch up on.  I hate that it took us this long to reconnect but am so glad that we finally did.  We will definitely plan on meeting up again so she can meet Dave and the kids and continue our friendship.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Indoor Track Classic Catrastophe

The Martin Luther King Indoor Track Classic was today in Birmingham.  Grace was initially only going to run the 800 but she talked to Coach Bell and really wanted to run the 1600 as well.  She didn't do as well as she wanted to do in either the 1600 or 800 at her last meet and she really wanted to PR.  She felt good about this meet.

She was seated 4th in the 4th heat.  The gun went off and she had a great start.  Normally she hesitates and then gets stuck behind the pack and can't get around them but there was no hesitation this time.  She was behind a pack of girls but she easily and quickly made her way around them and put herself in 2nd place.  She looked great!  She looked fast and was keeping that same pace.  The lead girl was a good 100 meters out in front for the first couple of laps and then she started slowing on the 3rd lap.  Grace and two other girls were gaining on her and as they came around the turn, I'm not sure what happened except that the lead girl slowed so much that she was immediately right in front of the other 3 and she fell.  Grace was right behind her and tripped over her and went down as well landing on both knees.  The other two girls stumbled but were able to recover and not fall.  My heart sank and I immediately jumped up out of my seat.  Grace looked dazed and confused as if she had no idea what happened or what she was supposed to do but she got back up and started running again.  But at this point so many had passed them and she was never able to fully recover.  She finished with a time of 6:19:97 and 14th out of 25 girls.  

Coach Bell gave her a big hug when she came off the track and told her that she looked awesome up until the fall.  He told her that it was her best start ever and that she was on pace for a 5:45 mile which would have killed her PR and qualified her for the state meet.  Her PR for the 1600 is a 5:59 and that was from the outdoor season last year.  Her indoor PR this season is a 6:03.  

As soon as it was over, I went to her to make sure she was okay.  Her knees were red and scraped and hurting and she was upset that it happened especially since she was having as good a race as she was. But she handled the whole thing like a champ and I was just so proud of her.  I was proud of her strong start and how well she was running.  I was proud of her for getting up and finishing that race even though she was hurting and probably didn't feel like it. 

She planned on still running the 800 but after icing her knees and walking around, she realized how badly they were hurting.  She and Coach Bell decided she should not run the 800 so she wouldn't injure herself any more.  

This was definitely not the way she planned for this meet to go.  She still has the Last Chance Invitational in two weeks to try it again.









Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Baby is Eleven!


It is so hard for me to believe that 11 years ago I gave birth to the most beautiful blue-eyed baby boy I had ever seen! It was an easy birth as best as I can remember (after all, I did threaten the anesthesiologist that if my epidural didn't take or if I had a window like I did with Grace, well.....I made sure she knew how I felt about it). She gave me so much that I could hardly feel anything and didn't even know when to push; the nurse would have to tell me. I'm not even sure how long I was in labor; it all kind of runs together after awhile but I do remember the feeling I had when they put Zach in my arms and I looked at him and held him for the first time. He was so big! Even though he wasn't quite 9 lbs (he was only 8 lbs 12.6 oz), he was so much bigger than Grace was at 7 lbs 3 oz. I remember telling my Mom, "he's a hoss" just looking at how big he was.

Everyone, including Grace, was immediately in love with him. Having a boy was so new to us all after there being only girls in the family but he stole our hearts from the very beginning. And as he got older and started developing his personality, how could you not be in love with him? Those blond curls, mischievous smile, rosy cheeks and the most amazing blue eyes! People would always comment how cute he was and how blue his eyes were. He was always such a good baby and well-mannered even as he got older. And now, he's 11. Wow! Where has the time gone? He's still just as cute as he was as a baby but there is so much more to him now. He's sensitive, kind, loving and so smart! He loves school, especially reading and science, and makes great grades in all of his classes. He plays soccer, is a purple belt in karate and loves to play video games and nerf guns with the other boys in the neighborhood.

Zach, I hope you know how much you are loved! Eleven years ago, our family became complete when you entered the world. You bring us all so much joy and laughter and we are so proud of you, the child that you are and the young man you are growing up to be. Keep smiling, laughing, playing, caring and you will change the world!

Happy birthday!

We love you!



Zach didn't want a party this year but just a low key birthday with just his immediately family.  His choice of what to have for lunch?  A footlong chili cheese dog from Sonic!



He waited all day long until Dave got home from work to open his presents.  He loved evertying he got but is still hoping for one particular gift that he thinks Nana and Paw might have gotten him.






We usually let the kids decide if they want a party or not for their birthday.  If they do not want a party, then they usually get more gifts or a bigger gift.  We are letting Zach choose his big gift this year - either a new bike or an iPhone.  Decisions, decisions!


$50 bill from Lola!  Woo hoo!




He chose Carrabba's for his birthday dinner but then wanted to go to Chili's for Molten Lava Cake for birthday dessert.  We stopped by and picked up Mimi on our way to Chili's so she could celebrate his birthday with us.

Love these two crazy kids!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Zach's Purple Belt Test


Zach tested for his purple belt tonight at Alexander's Martial Arts. After 2 plus hours of kata, kicks, blocks, punches, self-defense and sparring he is officially a purple belt and will be moving up to the advanced class. Way to go Zach! Now for a celebratory dinner at Chapala!


















Thursday, June 4, 2015

HFC Madison 04 Spring Party

We celebrated the end of spring soccer  season with a pizza party at Stevi B's tonight.  The boys had a great time stuffing themselves with pizza and playing games in the game room.  Now we'll have a few weeks off until practice for the fall season starts back up mid July.  






Saturday, May 30, 2015

Great Report Cards = Sushi!

The kids both had great report cards for the last 9 weeks and for the year so we treated them to dinner at a restaurant of their choosing.  Of course, they chose I Love Sushi!  Mimi was able to celebrate with us as she is moving to the area. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Swimming at Cassidy's

Grace spent the afternoon today swimming at Cassidy's house and she had a blast!  I love the friends she made this past year in 7th grade.




Walking on water!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Last Day of School!


I can't believe that the school year is now over and Grace has completed her first year of middle school and will now be an 8th grader and Zach will be a 6th grader!  Where doest the time go?  What happened to my babies?

To celebrate the end of the year, Grace and her friends walked to Brewsters Ice Cream after school.  Unfortunately, it was an usually chilly day for May so they didn't want to stay very long but they had fun for the short time they were there.

6th and 8th grade, here we come!




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

5th Grade Field Trip to the Chattanooga Aquarium

Today Zach and the rest of 5th grade boarded charter busses and went to Chattanooga Aquarium. I hated that I was not able to chaperone (that's another blog post in itself but I won't bore you with the details) but was grateful that our friend, Stacey Whitmark, did chaperone and sent me pictures throughout the day.

Zach had a great time and his favorite part was the riverboat ride. They were able to eat lunch on the riverboat while they cruised firm the river and then spent the rest of the day at the aquarium.

Zach and Kyle doing what they do - Zach has his head in a book while Kyle is playing on his iPad.









The penguins are always a favorite!






Zach and the rest of the 5th grade neighborhood crew!





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Zach's Awards Day and Ice Cream Party

Today was Zach's Awards Day and end of year Ice Cream Party. Zach has made awesome grades all year long and racked up on the awards today. He won awards for science, reading, A honor roll and his class voted him Most Ravenous Reader! Great job Zach!




Zach getting his first award!

Zach and the group of boys he eats lunch with every day. 



Zach and his reading/language arts teacher, Mrs. Miller

Zach and his best friend, Kyle

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hannah Graduates from James Clemens!

I am so proud of my niece, Hannah, who graduated tonight from James Clemens High School. She earned a full scholarship to Troy University where she will be attending in the fall and majoring in nursing. She's smart and beautiful!!!  Way to go Hannah!!!