Sunday, June 24, 2012

Eastward we go... we have a house!

In the middle of all this 4 week cross country move, over 2 weeks have passed!

I would love to go into the ridiculousness of all the paperwork, hoopla & what have you that goes into relocation. But that would take too long ;)

Last weekend Greg and I were off to Washington, DC! If it wasn't so full of stress, it would of been awesome... our first sans kids vacation! I want another :)

Friday, we looked at 11 homes once we got there. Talk about a bad episode of "What you Get For the Money". I have been researching the real estate market since we knew over 6 months ago that DC would be our next stop. I still had immense sticker shock and overwhelmed by the lack of space and upkeep. WOW. I think I heard some synaspes fry in my brain sometime that night.

Next day... we saw another 12!

Along the way we found one! Yay! We were so relieved. We just had one last house to look at for good measure... ends up that's the one we ended up with! The very LAST home we looked at, go figure, right?

It was the most move-in ready home. We'd love to someday redo a home just to how we'd like it... but knowing we're going to move again in 2-3 years... that's just not going to happen.

Without further ado I introduce to you the H Family East Home...




It's architecture is a cross between a Mansard & Cape Cod styles.



It has a nice flat yet wooded lot in the back. Very excited about that, the boys are going to love it. As will their mama!



That's all I've got uploaded for now (computer moving as slow as me tonight). Interior in next post... I promised myself I'd go to bed early tonight... off I go!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Luke turns ONE

Needless to say, I'm a little behind in blogging ;)

Over a week ago we celebrated the baby's FIRST birthday! Big stuff! Can't believe it's been a year!

Happy First Birthday Luke! We love you!

We decided to go to the Zoo for his special day. One Saturday a month they do a "Members First Saturday" which means you can go at 8am before the zoo opens to the public. It's great to do in the summer, you can go visit and then start heading out before it gets to hot. It's been in the 90's everyday since April!
Brothers ready for the Zoo!

We started it off with a special first sprinkle donut before seeing the animals! He knew what to do with it immediately! ha!


Ah yes, we should have those again :)

Our zoo trip was only for about 2 hours because we knew we wanted to head over to the train right outside the zoo for a little birthday ride.

Me & the boys!

Daddy and his boys!

Choo-Choo! All aboard!

Then home for naps! That evening we went to a new store near us called "Nothing Bundt Cakes"... they sell these little individual bundt cakes. We got Luke a little lemon one to smash & eat! YUM!






The big boys were super excited for Luke turning one. They congratulated him all day long and Evan kept asking "Is Lukey STILL One? Is he Two yet?"... oh my... I hope this doesn't go on for a whole year! ;)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mud Maxx 2012

Saturday was the Mud Maxx I was talking about last month! A 5k in the mud!


I'll start off saying that I really enjoyed "running" that way... I didn't get bored or ever feel like I couldn't keep up. It was a good way to measure what I've just been doing in the gym since training for the Indoor Tri and after. Also, remember... I have NEVER ran before in my life... so these last 4 months are a completely new thing for me! This post always makes me smile. So keep in mind all my personal observations are just that... I don't consider myself a runner and I'm certainly not in tip-top shape.

I can't say I really trained for this... I just worked up to be able to run 3 miles on the days I ran. This actually just a "fun/social run", no times are kept, there are no formalities, just go out and see what you can do and have some fun. Perfect. It was nice to have friends nearby to chat with from time to time, but I found myself get in a zone and just stuck with it.

The mud pits, hills, trails, tall grass, and lakes were just nice little distractions (and a nice quick cool off!) with the exception of the two gigantic wolf spiders that were floating in front of me & another gal when we waded the lake at one point. Little spiders, okay... wolf spiders... eek....haha!


It was really crowded, over 1,000 people... which completely broke their record! So it was a slow go at the beginning (wading through muddy water and up & down some muddy hills) and at places where the trail narrowed to only one or two people being able to get by at a time.

A few of us decided to wear the same costume as the "Orbit Gum Girl"


Morning of...



The big boys were very excited for me... they thought since I had on all white I was going to get married! Ha! We got a babysitter for the baby (since it was during his morning nap time) and Greg brought the big boys later to see me at the start/finish line. I really LOVED seeing them at the finish! They loved seeing adults in costume and all muddy!

I've got to say, for Texas, it was a pretty decent morning! Let's go!

The Orbit Gum girls together BEFORE


The Orbit Gum girls together AFTER



The white outfits were great for the mud affect... at the end I slid down the hill into the water and lots a lot of my mud splatter. But it was certainly there, I should of done a back shot, ha ha!

Down the last hill!



Mud started drying immediately


3 out of 4 of my loves, there really WERE trophies for me at the end!

Some more Orbit Gum mud runners


Just random shot I took with my phone

Done! Up on the board with my Tri ID too :)

I'm so glad I was asked to do this run! Thanks for all the cheering on along the way. It was great to try something new and see for how it compares to my treadmill runs. With our upcoming cross country move this will probably be my last opportunity to do any type of event for awhile. Next time Greg wants to do something with me, yay! We'll have to find some stuff in DC next year.

Now a few little quotes that I feel I can relate to either trying something new, personal growth, along with a little mud/race reference for fun!

The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

He who slings mud generally loses ground
Adlai E. Stevenson

The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself
Benjamin Franklin


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The H Family is Moving to our Nation's Capitol!

This crazy family....



Will be relocating here...


Around...


I'm very sad to leave here for so many reasons....


Especially moving with 3 young children, not mention the non existent time range...


But Greg got a wonderful promotion and so it's on to new adventures!



Stay tuned for the upcoming insanity of house hunting, putting our house on the market, moving cross country and other nuttiness! :)