Sunday, November 28, 2010

Food, Football, Family, and Shopping!

The family all arrived on Wednesday. My parents and Stacy were here in time for dinner. We took them to Leon's, one of our new favorite places on Brookside. We also stopped at Babies R Us to look at some furniture a little more seriously than we had in the past. Janet was the latest to her here since she flew from San Diego and got to our house around 11:30. We all stayed up to see her, but didn't make it too much longer once she got here.

On Thanksgiving morning my Mom and I started working on the pies and pie crust. Janet also started helping towards the end because we started running a little behind because we had a minor plumbing problem! I was washing something off in the kitchen sink and water started pouring out from under the sink! My Dad and Tony basically took apart the faucet and found that one of the pieces in the detachable part had gotten loose. So they fixed it up and put the faucet back together and we were in business.

After the pies were all done and the turkey went in the oven, some of us decided to go for a run. The temperature was in the 30s and it was WINDY - big surprise, it's Oklahoma. So we all bundled up and headed out to brave the weather. All four of us ran 3 miles, then we broke up and Janet, Tony, and I ran 2 more, and Tony ran 6 more after that.

Once we finished running, we had to get working on the rest of the Thanksgiving dinner. Tony's parents, brother, sister, and her boyfriend came over for dinner too since they were all in the US this year. We had a full house, but luckily had enough seats and food for everyone. Tony's Mom made some really good spinach dip, cucumber salad, cranberry sauce, and some wine (not for me though). We also made mashed potatoes, green jello salad, stuffing, green bean casserole, and I'm sure I'm forgetting other things! I didn't get many pictures from dinner...

After dinner, we all sat around and watched A&M beat Texas. :( Not a fun year of football for my longhorns!

Friday morning, we got up kind of early and headed out to do some shopping. We left around 9 am, so no early morning, crazy lines, shopping for us. We went to the mall for a few hours. It was busy, but not terrible. The check-out lines were just really long. I got a few Christmas presents started, but not too much. After we were done with the crowds, we went to pick out our Christmas tree. We went back to the same tree farm in Owasso that we went to last year. It was still pretty cold outside, but we knew what we were looking for, so we made it pretty quick. Plus the football fans wanted to get home to watch the Auburn/Alabama game.

We brought the tree and wreath home, ate some leftovers, and watched the games. Afterwards, we wanted to go look at another crib store in town that doesn't have the greatest store hours, so we went there right away and looked around for a bit. We found one that we liked there, so we had to go back to Babies R Us to compare! I think we made a decision though and will be going with the one from Babies R Us. We also went to Ulta and then to dinner at the Brook. We came from for a round of cards before heading to bed.

Saturday was pretty laid back. We all slept in except for my Dad and Stacy who went to the LSU/Arkansas game in Little Rock. My Mom, Janet, and I went for a short run. Tony went for a long run-12 miles. We hung around a little bit, got ready to get some lunch and do a little more shopping. Tony went with us to Firehouse Subs, but he went back home to watch football and put the lights on the Christmas tree. My Mom, Janet, and I went to Utica Square to go to Anthropologie, Banana Republic, and Pottery Barn Kids, so I could show her the bedding that we liked. We walked around there a little bit. The weather was much nicer, so it was a good choice to go there on Saturday. For dinner, Tony and I did homemade pizzas. One was chicken, pesto, and garlic. The other was pepperoni, onions, green pepper, and bacon with red sauce. YUM!

We finished just in time to watch the OU/OSU game. Tony, of course, loved the outcome of that one! It was a good game to watch, and we were laughing at Tony going crazy over his team.

Everyone left around 10 this parents to drive back to Houston, Stacy to drive to Fayetteville then flying to Orlando, and Janet flying to San Diego. We had a fun, long weekend with everyone and were sad to see them all leave. Only 3 more weeks until we head to Houston for Christmas though!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Weekend

As I type, my family is on their way to our house for the weekend. My parents are coming from Houston, Stacy from Fayetteville, and Janet from San Diego! We are also having Tony's parents and brother over for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. We think it's a nice compromise because we will be driving down to Houston in a few weeks for Christmas. So it's nice to not have to do the drive twice in a few weeks time. We don't really have any big plans. Tomorrow we were going to go do a Thanksgiving run, but the temperature in the morning is supposed to be in the 20s...not the most fun for running unless you're used to it, which my family is not! It's ok though, we'll be able to sleep in! We'll just be cooking during the day tomorrow to get ready for dinner. On Friday, we hope everyone will want to go get a Christmas tree with us and then do some shopping. My Dad, Stacy, and possibly Tony are going to the Arkansas/LSU game on Saturday while the girls probably do some more shopping. I don't love the crowds the weekend after Thanksgiving, but it'll be fun to go with my Mom and sisters.

We'll post some pictures from the weekend. We can't wait to have everyone here!

Monday, November 15, 2010

We're Having a Boy!

Here's one of our first pictures of the little guy that you can actually make out a little bit of the face and body. This is from the 20/21 week ultrasound that I had at the beginning of November. We would be excited whatever we are having, but a boy will add another to my family, so my Dad and Tony are excited to have one more on their side now!

My Mom bought our first baby outfit! Isn't it so cute!?!

We also got a Vera Bradley baby bag, from my Mom and Dad again. We had to wait to see if it was a boy or girl because some of the Vera Bradley patterns can get a little girly! This one's pretty neutral since it's navy and white. Hopefully we'll like it and it'll fit all our stuff!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tulsa Run 2010

On Saturday, we did our third Tulsa Run. It's a 15k, so 9.3 miles. It was a nice sunny day with temps in the 40s at the start of the race. This year with being 20 weeks pregnant, I didn't really do much training and hadn't run farther than 6 or 7 miles in awhile. I've obviously not been able to run as fast or really push myself at all due to not wanting my heart rate to get too high. I am able to keep a 9:15 per mile pace pretty comfortably. So I wore my heart rate monitor, kept track of my heart rate, and had to stop for a bathroom break once. My final time was 1:26:15, a whole 18 minutes slower than last year. It was definitely more about just keeping a steady pace, relaxing, and making it to the end. The run wasn't really too hard. It was more the amount of time running that made me ready to be done.

Tony on the other hand was the speedster among us. He had run some 9 or 10 mile runs lately, so he was more prepared. He ran a 1:05 last year and really wanted to beat that. Well, he killed it! He ran 1:02:35, 6:39 per mile! I was so proud of how fast he ran...I think he was a little surprised too. He said he felt really good and the pace just felt natural. He even had some left at the end to beat a few people in the final stretch.

We both really enjoy doing the Tulsa Run each year. It's well organized and a lot of people run it, but not too many where it takes you 5 minutes to cross the start line. The course has some pretty decent hills at the beginning and one towards the very end, but a lot of the run is on Riverside, which is straight and flat. That part is also out and back so you get to see all the runners ahead and behind you. I missed Tony on that part though because I think I was visiting the porta-potty, that or was passing through the water station. The race also has tons of water stations and they give out candy at the finish line...I guess because it's Halloween weekend? The only downside is that they do their results based on gun time. Don't get Tony started on that, but you can have a several minute difference between the gun time and your chip time because it can take awhile to cross the start line if you're towards the back. So you really ran faster than the results say, it's hard to figure out where you really finished according to time. In my opinion, why have the chip timing if you're not going to use it? But, really that's the only bad thing and in the grand scheme, you know how fast you run and that's really all that matters.

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