Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tulsa Run 2014

Tony and I were both able to do the Tulsa Run this year since my parents were in town to watch Cole and Cate! I skipped out last year to watch Cole since I was pregnant, so I was excited to get to run this year. This years race was a little different because the course had to be changed due to some construction on Riverside Dr. for this new park they are building. Usually a lot of the race is done on Riverside, and it's really nice because it's flat as can be and fast. Unfortunately, we had double bad news this year...more hills with the new course and unusually hot weather. It was over 60 degrees at the start, where it's usually in the 40s. This was not our fastest Tulsa Run nor the most fun, but we survived. I think the hills would have been more manageable if the temperature had been what we would expect for late October.

Tony - 1:02:37; 6:44 pace; 64th overall; 12th in age group
Beth - 1:08:16; 7:20 pace; 135th overall; 6th in age group

My Mom got some pictures of both of us at the finish.

I could not wait to see the kids and my parents while I was running towards the finish line! Cole was cheering "Go Mommy! Super Speed!" I loved it! He was easy to spot with his bright yellow pullover (like Pop Pop's).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Family Time & Wedding Events

Last week was super busy with all the wedding events! We started off the week with a family dinner at The Brady Tavern, where they have a family style fried chicken dinner on Sunday nights. I had never been there before, but the food was really good and the atmosphere is neat. I would definitely like to go back there again sometime. The kids did great, especially Andie's who were still adjusting to the time change. I think they would have fallen asleep at the table if it would have been quiet.

The kids love holding Cate and playing with her! It's really sweet. They all give her tons of kisses and hugs too. These are from Uma & Opa's house before we went to eat and then at the restaurant.

On Tuesday night, we had everyone over at our house for dinner. We had tacos, chips and salsa/guacamole/queso, and dessert. The kids had a wild time running around the house, playing with toys.

Wednesday was the night of Kelsey's bridal shower. My Mom drove up this day and stayed the rest of the weekend to help us with Cate since a lot of the wedding events were going to be late nights. Miss Cate doesn't take a bottle either, so she had to come to the shower for a little bit, but she really did great! She loved climbing on the stairs and getting a taste of the bread bowls and butternut squash soup!
The three of us put together the bridal shower. Debbie had it at her house which was perfect for the number of people attending. We did a fall theme for the food and d├ęcor with soups, dips, apple cider, and pumpkin desserts.

The boys got to go out to dinner to Sonoma that night. Cole and Opa were hanging out on the front steps waiting for Tony to come after work.

I didn't really get any pictures from Thursday, but we went to Cole's soccer class. My Mom and Tony got to go, which was fun for everyone! We also had family pictures taken with everyone in the late afternoon, picked up our Tulsa Run packets, and had dinner at Kelsey and Greg's new house.

Friday night, we had the wedding rehearsal at the Air and Space Museum and the rehearsal dinner at Kilkenny's. Cate went home with my parents because the dinner started at 7:30 PM. The rest of us had a good time at dinner, visiting with family.

Tony and Cole were doing superhero poses on the street!

Saturday morning, Tony and I did the Tulsa Run (more on that later)...napped in the afternoon, and got ready for the wedding! The ceremony and reception were at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. They have an old American Airlines plane that they have restored as an exhibit. Cole has always wanted to go up in it, and he finally got the chance!

Cole got to wear his new suit as the ring bearer.

These were the cute airplane pillows the boys carried with the rings tied onto them.

Love this pic of the Cole Man!

We did a lot of hanging out in the museum with the kids, which actually kept them occupied while we were waiting for everyone to get ready.

We ate dinner and chatted, did a little dancing, and headed home. We were really tired, but we did stay until almost 10 PM. Cole was still having a great time running around with his cousins, but as soon as we got in the car, we could tell he was exhausted.

Here are a few pictures of some of the bridal party from the photo session after the wedding. I didn't do a good job of taking pictures at this point because Cate was with us.

We all slept in on Sunday morning! My parents headed back to Houston and we went to Pat & Debbie's house for a brunch. We just relaxed in the afternoon, but had our church community group on Sunday night. Cole went back to Pat & Debbie's to hang out with his cousins and even swam in the pool! We heard they had a lot of fun and even had McDonald's chicken nuggets for dinner!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

I'm attempting to get caught up with all the things we've had going on over the past week! This past weekend Tony's younger sister got married, and we've had tons of events and family time. So we've been pretty busy and had some late nights. But the weekend before that, Tony's older sister, Andie, who lives in Paris, came to Oklahoma with her three kids! They are here for two weeks...for all the wedding festivities and some time to visit.

The first thing we did with them was make our annual trip to Carmichael's Pumpkin Patch. We had been waiting for a cooler weekend, and it worked out perfectly. Of course, we had to go to Krispy Kreme (one of Andie's favorites) before we headed out there after church. The kids got some Halloween donuts and hats!

Gab, Andie's oldest, holding Cate.

Cate with all the pumpkins we bought. She would not let go of that little pumpkin. She loves them!

The first thing the kids did when we got out there was feed the animals. They have a lot of goats, sheep, chickens, pigs, ponies, etc. that are eating very well this fall! There were tons of people out there this particular weekend...we think because of the nice weather.

Another highlight was riding in the wagon! Surprisingly no one tipped over!

The two boy cousins!

We got a few cute pictures of the kids in the pumpkins.

Cate just liked touching the pumpkins and checking everything out.

But did have a moment when she was over it...

We also tried to get a few family pics too, which turned out better than last years!

Between both families, we bought a ton of pumpkins! Our house finally started to look ready for fall and Halloween. The kids loved picking out their own and running/climbing around. Cole and Cate had such a fun time with their cousins. It didn't take any of them too long to warm up to each other either.

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