Thursday, July 28, 2016

2016 NOTC Spillway Classic Trail Run

A few months ago, Dana and I signed up to run our second NOTC race: the Spillway Classic. Jeff signed up too. He apparently always wanted to run that particular race but hadn’t gotten the chance to do so until this year.


The 5K race took place the morning after the Brownies’ shower, on July 17. This run is unique because a portion of it takes place down in the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Included is a special section called “The Gauntlet,” a quarter mile of muck, mud, and hip-deep water. It was freaking awesome.



The first mile of the race was brutal: we were running in the direct, hot sun up on top of the levee. I admit, I struggled. (I’m so glad the Disney half is in January.) But while Jeff was in the front of the pack (he actually finished 44th out of more than 1000 people!), Dana and I agreed that this was just for fun and we wouldn’t try to push ourselves too much. So we walked much of the way, chatted, and had a good time.

Then we descended into the spillway and hit the infamous Gauntlet. The muddy sections were super slippery, made even worse by the amount of people that had passed through before us. (Jeff later told us he just ran right through.) I knew I was going to get dirty, so I didn’t even try to avoid any of it. I splashed right through and just tried not to lose a shoe. But then I hit a small decline, my feet went out from under me, and I ended up falling into the muddy water. The last picture below is Dana’s reaction to the exact moment I went down, and I think she fell right after I did.




Here we are right after we fell, still trying to navigate the last part of the Gauntlet. Looks like fun, doesn’t it??


We made it through the mud, and then the course took us through the trees for most of the rest of the way. It was much cooler in there, thank goodness. We also remarked how much we thought the kids would like walking the paths we took.

Dana and I crossed the finish line with a time just under 50 minutes. Jeff, meanwhile, finished just under 24 minutes. The best thing about the finish area was the huge fire truck providing the biggest shower ever for all of the muddy runners to wash off in. It was cold and refreshing and amazing.








After rinsing off, we walked over to grab our free beers (at 9am in the morning) and snacks. We hung around for a bit as they were announcing the awards. One of the award categories was “Muddiest Female,” which I was told I was in the running for at the finish line. And lo and behold, I won. So crazy. The trophy is really cool: an alligator and a tree carved out of metal.




Dana and I also wound up joining the NOTC that morning, so we now get all of their emails. Take a look at what landed in my inbox a few days after the race…..we’re famous!


This was such a fun race to run. I think we all agreed that we would do it again next year. And just think: I’ll have completed my first half marathon by that time.

That’s crazy.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Baby Showering the Brownies

Since Lizzie did so much for my baby shower, I of course told her I wanted to help with hers. Little did anyone know that she wouldn’t be able to have a typical shower, on account of being in the hospital for so long. Instead, we threw her an open house type of shower the weekend before last so people could come by, see the girls, and wish Lizzie well.




There were six of us working together to put on a nice party for Lizzie, and I think everything turned out great. We had lots of yummy food and drinks, photobooks for the guests to sign, and two fun activities for people to do if they wanted. We made birthday cards for the girls, as well as collaborated to create A-B-C books for them. I did the letter “R.” So fun!











Emma was not in the best of moods during the shower, but I got to hold Hazel for a bit. She did so great being passed around from person to person. She never got fussy and seemed like she was just taking it all in, except for when she took a short snooze in Kel-Kel’s arms.


Both of them are such sweet girls. I loved getting the chance to honor them and their wonderful mama. Lizzie holds a special place in my heart, and it’s been so fun to watch her transition into her new role as mom.




Except for that whole living in the hospital for 4 months. But at least she gets to hold that over her girls’ heads for the rest of their lives!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Days 2016, Part Two

Summer is still going strong for us. We have done a lot of traveling this year, which has been fun. But we have also found plenty of things to do close to home.

We’ve gotten snoballs…..



…..we’ve built Legos…..

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…..we’ve visited the fire station…..


…..we’ve had TWQP at Nola’s house…..


…..we’ve gone back to the library to get more books and to turn in their summer reading logs…..


…..and we’ve painted toes. Kenny was not thrilled with this one, but the boys loved it. And at least I only let them paint one toe.


We also met up with friends for a couple of playdates. We went to Matthew’s house for backyard water adventures on June 30. The boys did not want to leave; they had so much fun.



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Then on July 14 we met Dana, Diana, Claire, Colin, and Alcee at the Esplanade Grand Theater to see The Secret Life of Pets. It was so cute, and the kids loved getting to sit with each other. The seats were so roomy, and they even reclined.




The boys also had sleepovers this week: Riley spent Sunday-Wednesday on the northshore at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. And Rory slept at Nola and Nopsi’s house on Tuesday.


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Plus, with both boys away on Tuesday, Kenny and I got to enjoy a night out by ourselves. We did a progressive dinner: appetizers at Peche, entrees at Brown Butter, and dessert at Angelo Brocato’s. It was all so good. Plus we saw an amazing sunset on our way home. I loved spending time with my baby.





Less than three weeks of summer to go!

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