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Favorite Photo Friday – Summer "F"aves

Wow, another week of our summer slips by. My camera hasn’t seen the light of day lately, but as I was scrolling through my iPhone albums today, I realized I had several pics that describe our summer pretty well.


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OK, lol, that last one was a stretch, but I couldn’t come up with a good “f” word for wine. Fermented, perhaps? 😉

Hope y’all are staying cool and having an awesome summer. Ours will be coming to a close in just a few weeks when school starts, but we’ve got one more fun trip planned and we’re all super pumped about it. I’ll give you a hint, it starts with “b”, ends with “h” and involves sand and water. Maybe that camera of mine is going get some use after all!  Happy Friday everyone!

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3 Peanuts - Love your list…and I love how you sneaked wine into it:)

Dita - Love this little smathering of summer here on your blog. Those iPhone pictures are pretty darned good! I’m glad that you put up this post to remind yourselves just how many good times you did have this summer!

You all look WONDERFUL (as always!)

xoxoxo
Dita

Dita - Love this little smathering of summer here on your blog. Those iPhone pictures are pretty darned good! I’m glad that you put up this post to remind yourselves just how many good times you did have this summer!

You all look WONDERFUL (as always!)

xoxoxo
Dita

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! - You are certainly rockin the iphone girly!!!

Looks like casa de westbrook has seen lots of summer fun!! I still need to plan a trip where I can actually get in that gorgeous pool of yours and Cabana Boy Derek can serve us big margarita!! LOL only kidding Derek:)

Wishing you another week of fun in the sun. Only two weeks until the beach……yahooooo!!!

Love and Miss Ya~

xoxo,

Lisa

write my essay - Your list is really good to read indeed….and these photos are really dam good..just wondering why my camera in iPhone can’t respond me like that as yours…by the way, the photos are so so awesome and memorable..thanks for sharing!!!

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Girlfriend Weekend

In June I took a much needed and long-awaited trip to Llano and Austin with a big group of my best friends. Our group (known as the “Hornets”) has been together for many years, most of us since childhood, and when we travel together, well, let’s just say it’s always guaranteed to be a very good time. Although this was just a quick weekend getaway, we made memories that will last a lifetime and will be telling and retelling the stories of our adventures until long after we’re moved into the nursing home together.

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I love these girls with every ounce of my being and have been reminded lately just how blessed I am to have them in my life. I may go weeks or even months without seeing some of them, but when something happens and I need them, they are there, every single time. Thank you, Hornets, for bringing me up when I’m down and for making me laugh so hard my stomach hurts. Y’all are fifty shades of fabulous. xoxo

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Tonia Carr - True story! 😉 Love u Marla!!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! - I know you had a blast with the girls and I am so glad that you were able to get away and have some fun……if there is anyone that deserved it this summer, it was certainly you!!!

Luv Ya Girl~

xoxo,

Lisa

Dita - Oh, I’m shocked the boys didn’t have to come out there and bail your tails out of jail!

It looks like you guys had fun times 10…to tide you over ’til the next time.

Wonder if the hotel has gotten over the “sting” of that many Hornets in one place!

xoxox
Dita

San Antonio with the J’s

Backing up here a bit to catch up! Not long after school was out in June, we took the kids to San Antonio for a little summer getaway. We spent the week seeing and doing a ton and I captured most of it with my trusty iPhone.

First up, Sea World!


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 What I don’t have is a picture of how wet those darn whales got us! Word to the wise, when you see on the seats that it says “splash” zone, it really means you’re sitting in the “you’re about to get soaked by 55 degree water and a white shirt is NOT a good idea” zone. Thank you, Shamu, for that quick lesson in what NOT to wear to Sea World.



Next, Six Flags Fiesta Texas! 


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 superheroes

Tower of the Americas 

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The Alamo! 


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Mi Tierra (a cool Mexican restaurant with a HUGE bakery)


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The Riverwalk


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Wow, I didn’t realize until I started pulling this post together just how many pictures we actually took. I swear I really will use my DSLR again, but for a fast-paced (not to mention hot and wet!) trip like this one, my iPhone and Instagram were a super handy way to record our adventures.

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Faith Hope Love Photography - This looks like a blast…we were down there once many years ago and I would love, love, love to take my girls back there. I agree with the whole large camera thing though, sadly I just bought a point and shoot for this exact reason…I love how you captured it!

Jodee Leader - It looks like you had loads of fun. Cute pictures!

Red Chestnut Photography - These are wonderful Marla! Love the story you told! Our iPhone cameras are so great for just moments like those! Looks like a marvelous vacation!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! - What fun!!! I felt like I was right there in San Antonio with y’all!! Thank goodness for that trusty iPhone…..these photos are fabulous. So now you have great memories of a great trip and you didn’t have to lug R2D2 around with you all week~

xoxo,

Lisa

3 Peanuts - So happy to see some summer updates. I am so impressed with your iphone photos!!! I am kind of sick of lugging my camera everywhere but I have an older I phone and am thinking of upgrading this week. Can I ask what you so to yours? Do you have that lens attachment Lisa blogged about? Cause these are GOOD!

Looks like y’all are having a very fun and relaxing summer!!!

Dita - Can I just say…THANK GOODNESS FOR THE IPHONE! I know what a pain it is (killer of the moment!) to lug the big camera out and about sometimes and knowing that you can capture the moment with your phone makes all the difference!

Looks like the kids loved every minute of this trip (and mom and dad too!) and that one on the flying swings…awesome picture (though I did nearly blow cookies just looking at it!)

Have I mentioned what a good looking family you’ve got there? Oh, I did? Well, I mentioning it AGAIN!

Love them…Love YOU.
xoxo
Dita

iPhone 4s Case - Amazing photos! And I Love the story you told!

El Scorcho Race Report

I’m thinking it’s probably time to start a side blog for my adventures in running, yes? Well, until then, I’m posting here, so ignore this if you don’t want to read yet another race report.

Saturday night…actually VERY early Sunday morning, Derek and I participated in what is quickly becoming a legend in Fort Worth running circles, El Scorcho. Or I guess what we did is actually considered “La Scorchita”, given that we only did the 25K and the really crazy folk chose to go all out and do the 50K (that’s 15.5 and 31 miles respectively for you non-runners).  I had spectated/crewed for Derek at this race before when he did the 50K, but this was my first time to participate. Given all that had transpired in the past several weeks with my mom, running had taken a back seat, and I was definitely not in peak condition for this race. I was relieved when Derek said he would do it with me and quite frankly, would not even have attempted it if he hadn’t. He had warned me that what really made this race a challenge was the fact that it started at midnight and boy, was he ever right. 

The start/finish. Our race consisted of five 3.1 mile loops, so we passed our stuff (and our neighbors who were crazy enough to be out there ALL NIGHT cheering for us) four times.

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Loop 1 went pretty well, we took it nice and easy, as was the plan, and I felt pretty decent. We got VERY lucky with the weather this year, it was a pleasant 70-something degrees, as opposed to being high 80’s/90 at race-start as in years past. Running with lights (Derek had a head lamp strapped around his mid-section) made me a bit loopy though (imagine a light bouncing up and down, over and over in front of you) so he decided to dump that light and just use a hand-held one for the 2nd loop.  Ah, the 2nd loop. I don’t know what happened to me, but somewhere around mile 4, I started to fade. As in literally…I slowed down, was weaving quite a bit and then suddenly had to stop and thought I was going to pass out. My ears were ringing, my vision was sketchy, and all I really wanted to do was sit/lay down. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it, and wasn’t really sure what to do, but I knew for sure that I DID NOT want to quit the race. I wanted to cross that finish line and I wanted that damn medal, so I somehow made my uncooperative feet keep moving forward and we finally made it back around to the start/finish after what seemed like hours. I got some calories in (which I assume now was the problem, I simply did not plan my race nutrition correctly) and felt much better for the 3rd loop and most of the rest of the race. We also decided to dump the lights altogether and just go with the ambient light available and it was SO much better that way. Those bouncing lights were not doing me any favors and were, in fact, making me nauseous which is not cool when you’re trying to get through 15 miles in the middle of the freaking night. 
We power-walked the vast majority of the miles, so it was not by any means fast, but we kept plugging away and finally found ourselves finishing up the 5th loop and crossing the finish line. I was SO glad it was over, I was almost giddy. I got my medal (the real reason I race at all, ha!) and was more than happy to head back to my chair, crack open an ice cold Blue Moon, prop my tired feet up on our ice chest and cheer for the other runners coming in. 
As we were leaving. See how light it is? Yeah, we stayed until the sun was up. Considering that we arrived at the course around 10pm the night before, I guess we could look worse.
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Our traditional “shoes and medals” shot. Note the dusty, dirty shoes. This race, in addition to being the furthest distance I’d ever gone and my first night race, was also partially on trails. We went from pavement, to grass, to crushed limestone, to dirt and back several times on each loop. The fact that I stayed vertical the whole time should probably be noted here too, as I’m not typically known for my gracefulness.  I mean, y’all remember that I broke my arm in my own closet, right?
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And finally, the race bling. The reason I race. OK, maybe not the only reason, but these things are darn good motivation and this is a really nice one.
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All in all, it was a pretty fun night/morning. I got to hang with my favorite guy, burned a few calories, and have the satisfaction of knowing that my body can go 15.5 miles. I’m looking forward to the fall, when I plan to ramp up the race schedule a bit and see what this old 41 year old body can really do. I see more half marathons and maybe even a full in my future.  Yeah, I said it.  A full. 26.2 miles.  Why the heck not?!?!?!  😉  
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Mimi - Gorgeous medal Marla! Well done to you, and to Derek (especially for supporting you).
You’ve got me itching to do a little race, even though I said a while back I would do no more. But definitely a medal like that would swing the difference!

Kim - YOU ARE AMAZING… wish I could do it…
Hugz..

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! - Run Marla Run!!! You go girl….. I am so proud of you and what you have accomplished with your running in such a short period of time!

Keep at it my friend!

xo,

Lisa

Dita - I cannot BELIEVE you did that race. You’re my HERO! I had no idea you had it in you, girl…and DAMN you looked good after that race!

I know Derek does them all the time and the fact that he stood by his girl the whole time makes my heart flutter a little….what a great way to share this sport together.

I’m very proud of you…I expect to see you wearing that bling all the time, you know…ALL.THE.TIME!

xoxoxo
Dita

El Scorcho Race Report

Saturday night…actually VERY early Sunday morning, Derek and I participated in what is quickly becoming a legend in Fort Worth running circles, El Scorcho. Or I guess what we did is actually considered “La Scorchita”, given that we only did the 25K and the really crazy folk chose to go all out and do the 50K (that’s 15.5 and 31 miles respectively for you non-runners).  I had spectated/crewed for Derek at this race before when he did the 50K, but this was my first time to participate. Given all that had transpired in the past several weeks with my mom, running had taken a back seat, and I was definitely not in peak condition for this race. I was relieved when Derek said he would do it with me and quite frankly, would not even have attempted it if he hadn’t. He had warned me that what really made this race a challenge was the fact that it started at midnight and boy, was he ever right. 

The start/finish. Our race consisted of five 3.1 mile loops, so we passed our stuff (and our neighbors who were crazy enough to be out there ALL NIGHT cheering for us) four times.

photo (2)-runblog
Loop 1 went pretty well, we took it nice and easy, as was the plan, and I felt pretty decent. We got VERY lucky with the weather this year, it was a pleasant 70-something degrees, as opposed to being high 80’s/90 at race-start as in years past. Running with lights (Derek had a head lamp strapped around his mid-section) made me a bit loopy though (imagine a light bouncing up and down, over and over in front of you) so he decided to dump that light and just use a hand-held one for the 2nd loop.  Ah, the 2nd loop. I don’t know what happened to me, but somewhere around mile 4, I started to fade. As in literally…I slowed down, was weaving quite a bit and then suddenly had to stop and thought I was going to pass out. My ears were ringing, my vision was sketchy, and all I really wanted to do was sit/lay down. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it, and wasn’t really sure what to do, but I knew for sure that I DID NOT want to quit the race. I wanted to cross that finish line and I wanted that damn medal, so I somehow made my uncooperative feet keep moving forward and we finally made it back around to the start/finish after what seemed like hours. I got some calories in (which I assume now was the problem, I simply did not plan my race nutrition correctly) and felt much better for the 3rd loop and most of the rest of the race. We also decided to dump the lights altogether and just go with the ambient light available and it was SO much better that way. Those bouncing lights were not doing me any favors and were, in fact, making me nauseous which is not cool when you’re trying to get through 15 miles in the middle of the freaking night.
We power-walked the vast majority of the miles, so it was not by any means fast, but we kept plugging away and finally found ourselves finishing up the 5th loop and crossing the finish line. I was SO glad it was over, I was almost giddy. I got my medal (the real reason I race at all, ha!) and was more than happy to head back to my chair, crack open an ice cold Blue Moon, prop my tired feet up on our ice chest and cheer for the other runners coming in. 
As we were leaving. See how light it is? Yeah, we stayed until the sun was up. Considering that we arrived at the course around 10pm the night before, I guess we could look worse.
photo (3)-runblog
Our traditional “shoes and medals” shot. Note the dusty, dirty shoes. This race, in addition to being the furthest distance I’d ever gone and my first night race, was also partially on trails. We went from pavement, to grass, to crushed limestone, to dirt and back several times on each loop. The fact that I stayed vertical the whole time should probably be noted here too, as I’m not typically known for my gracefulness.  I mean, y’all remember that I broke my arm in my own closet, right?
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And finally, the race bling. The reason I race. OK, maybe not the only reason, but these things are darn good motivation and this is a really nice one.
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All in all, it was a pretty fun night/morning. I got to hang with my favorite guy, burned a few calories, and have the satisfaction of knowing that my body can go 15.5 miles. I’m looking forward to the fall, when I plan to ramp up the race schedule a bit and see what this old 41 year old body can really do. I see more half marathons and maybe even a full in my future.  Yeah, I said it.  A full. 26.2 miles.  Why the heck not?!?!?!  😉  
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Stacey Pomerleau - You guys look great!!!!! Lovin’ the bling!!!!!

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