Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011, Split the Baby

We traveled, we split the baby, we ran, we headed home.  Such was our whirlwind visit to Oklahoma.

My folks live in Clarlemore, Oklahoma near Oologah lake.  The fog was rolling in when Chelsea and I walked Fawn in the early morning.

We ran the Owasso YMCA's Thanksgiving Day Hog Jog.  It was a 5K race.  The important thing is I got to run with my daughter, Chelsea and her cousin, Kyleigh.  My dad, sister, Lisa and her daughter, Rian, as well as Kyleigh's husband, Jared and daughter, Nora were in attendance, along with Tea, Rian's daughter.  In essence, my whole family was there.

Like Sampson and the decision, who gets to keep the child, when you live a 10 hour drive away, we must split the baby and share our kids with both sets of families.  Bob's family lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Yes, there are all kinds of Indian jokes about the names of the towns in Oklahoma.

I had grand plans to work on quilts and teach my daughter how to make one.  She has made one, but, this was to be another balloon quilt which she was really excited about at the time, but, splitting the baby means traveling back and forth from grandparents to grandparents, as well as great grandparents.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My First 5K! In Louisville, Ky

Thanks to my niece, Kyleigh Brewer, I am now interested in 5K's.  What a lovely way to spend a weekend morning.

I like to carry my wrist purse.  It contains, Kleenex, sunglasses, phone, small bottle of water.  It is large enough to put my gloves or headband in if I get too warm.  I might carry hand warmers in January in it.  That's me in the white Tshirt on the left side.  I like to jog, it's a little faster than a walk, but not much. I'm just happy to be healthy enough to participate at my age. 

This is the finish line.  My husband took this picture.  I had actually passed it about 15 minutes before he took this picture.  I have increased my jogging speed since my triathlon.  In September I jogged 2 miles in 45 minutes.  For this 5K, I jogged 3.1 miles in 47 minutes. Ha!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

We went to the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. 

 Building this outlandish display of wealth must be something like the Kardashian wedding today.  A ten million dollar wedding today; a mansion built around the turn of the century.  It was in the middle of nowhere at the time.  It is in a place I think I would like to retire.  Near the mountains, a college town, it has everything, but, family. 

 The fall colors were everywhere.  Especially in the park that Olmstead built around the mansion.  He considered it his last great project.  Thousands of trees were brought in. 

 Something was planned to be blooming at any time of the year.  look at the dragon flies in the mum display. 

 This is a bald cypress.  I must have some cajun in me somewhere, because I love these trees, especially when they have spanish moss growing from them. 

 This the bass pond.  It must be nice to have enough money to make a pond for you to fish and boat around in.  eh hem, Charles, I think I'd like to go fish in the pond today, please make it

 We drove the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It rides across the ridge of mountains.  So beautiful. 

 My sweetie pie.  How lucky am I?

 I love juxtapositions, new growth out of snow. 

 What a fun place to work.  This is the staff at the restaurant on the highest peak, east of the Mississippi. 

We had hoped to fly fish, but, it was just too cold.  There was an early cold snap in the area.  But, it was still a very nice trip!


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