Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend


This weekend was great! It was really good to get out of Dupont and just go somewhere. We couldn't afford anywhere big, since we have our vacation coming up...so, we drove down to Portland to do a little exploring. Our first stop was On the Border. It is not a proper road trip without good Mexican food...and a Margarita!



Yesterday was our day to explore Portland. We didn't really have a plan, which is highly unusual for us. We just drove downtown and started walking. I must say that Portland is a great little city! The shopping was great and tax free. We hit up Banana Republic and I scored a $98 dress for $25! Amazing! While walking we found a Chipotle to eat for lunch. I haven't had Chipotle since I lived in TX almost 2 years ago. It was delicious! After lunch, we did a little more walking around downtown and then we decided to go check out the famous rose gardens. This is when we should have done more research! No roses!!!!! I guess the roses don't bloom for a couple more weeks, so for now it is the bush garden. Last night, we had some Joe's Crab shack on the Columbia River and shared a key lime pie for dessert. Yet again...another great meal. If only I could figure out how to eat low cal on a holiday weekend! Oh well, you only live once! That about sums up our Portland adventure. Back to reality and work tomorrow...

Monday, May 18, 2009

Busy


Things have dramatically changed since the return of The Husband. Thank goodness! We have a freshly mowed yard...a happy dog, a happy wife & a lot of stinking laundry. I will gladly take the extra laundry along with Mark being home. I also actually had activities this weekend, in contrast with the last 5 weeks, which have been consumed with nothing at all except teaching dance. So, for all of you interested readers...I will give you the quick update on our weekend.


On Friday night we went to an amazing Japanese Steakhouse. We are huge fans of these types of restaurants and we have tried many different ones around the country during our travels. I am going to say this ones comes in at #2, right behind Miyabi in Fayetteville. Our chef was amazing! He even did some new tricks we hadn't seen and the ones we had seen were great! Needless to say, after overeating on Friday night...we went and ran 4.5 miles on Saturday morning.


Saturday afternoon my dance kids had a performance at The Lacey Fun Fair. They all did a great job! That night, Mark's friend was celebrating his birthday in Seattle at Ipanema, a Brazilian steakhouse. It was very delicious!


Yesterday we went back to Seattle for the Mariners vs. Red Sox game. It was a great game and the Mariners won at the last minute. I cheered for both teams when they did well, because I am not a die hard fan of either team. The weather was also perfect for a day of baseball. Unfortunately, our seats were in the shade, so I did not get a tan. After a great weekend...it is back to Monday. Here we go again...


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What is this????


This is the result of the Army deciding that Mark needs to run off to California to train for 5 weeks...and NOT know how to work the lawn mower! This is the most ridiculous weed I have ever seen. I am not even sure if I can really call it a weed...it is more like a miniature tree! Seriously...my husband needs to come home now!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mom's in our lives! We love you!
Love,
Mark and Alisha

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Slow Learner

For my long time readers, you will remember the post Alisha's Law. Well, once might be enough for some to learn a lesson...but not me! I just went for a pleasant little 3 mile jog, came back in the house, locked the front door, placed the key on the counter, grabbed water, opened the windows and then went out the back to cool off. And....I did it again....locked myself out!!!! Just me, Daisy and a glass of water. FANTASTIC!!! Thankfully, I had shoes on and also I wasn't wearing Christmas PJ's this time. So, just like last time when Mark was gone and I did this, I went to both neighbors...nope! Not home. No phone to use. Sara's help was out of the question...she lives 2.2 miles away, I had no dog leash for Daisy, and she was in the next town over jogging in a park. Landlord...well, she is out of the country! So....I went in the garage to find tools to attempt to break in, when suddenly it occurred to me that I had just opened the windows. Then the task was easy...pry off the screen and squeeze through a 2ft. window. I'm sure this would have been quite the sight. I became a contortionist for a short minute and wiggled my way back into the house. All is well now....Whew! That was a close one!

Friday, May 8, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!


Thanks for being the best Mom ever!!!! I love you so much! Have a great day!

HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mile #2

For Granny

Mile #2 is for Angel Granny! I know that she is watching down from heaven and I hope that she would be proud. The race is in San Antonio, so it is just down the road from her house. I know that she would be waiting for me to get there with a fresh apple cake ready for me to eat. She fought a long, hard battle with cancer and she left this world in February. I miss her dearly, and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of her. This mile is also for everyone else who has or is battling this evil disease. Granny, this one's for you!

Mile #1




For the #1 man in my life and for all the other brave men and women who are serving our great country.


My first mile is for Mark. He is the best husband ever! He loves me unconditionally. He is patient, kind and most of all he has a servants heart. These are just a few of the reasons that I love him so much. As I run Mile #1, I will think about him and what he is doing. He will be in Iraq during my race, and I am going to go out on a limb and say that won't be the most comfortable experience. He and his fellow soldiers will be enduring heat, sand, unpleasant living conditions...and I am sure many other things. The least I can do it run a mile in their honor. This mile is also for all the fallen soldiers and their families. I feel blessed that Mark has gone to Iraq and come back home safely, when there are many who never made it home.

Meaningful Miles

I got this idea from an article in a running magazine that I have been reading, and I really loved the basic idea and decided to make it my own. I have decided to dedicated each mile in the 1/2 marathon to someone or some type of cause. If I am running for someone else, I will be less willing to give up or give in. I will be able to withstand the physical pain and fatigue knowing that the effort is not for me, but for someone else. I am going to use this opportunity to carry a portion of someone else's burden and to cover some ground on someone else's behalf.

I tried it today on my two mile run...and it worked. I didn't think about ME the entire time. I focused on the others for each mile. I am looking forward to increasing my distance, so I can find more people and reasons why I am doing this.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wisdom of a 3 year old

I had to substitute teach a 3 year old dance class a few weeks ago. At the end of class, I pulled out the mats to do a little tumbling. We only had about 5 minutes left in class and I had about 11 kids that still needed their turn at front rolls. I was trying to hurry them along so everyone would get a turn. I got to the most adorable little boy...who was soooo slow! I asked him to "hurry, hurry" so the other children could take their turn. He looked at me, and in a very serious tone told me "Slow and Steady wins the race."

I think about what this little 3 year old said every time I run...because quite frankly...I am still SLOW! When I run, I try to visualize myself running the 1/2 in November, and I figure I am going to still be somewhat slow...but I will remember that slow and steady wins the race. Well, maybe not win win...but you know what I mean... I will FINISH, which is a WIN in my mind.

So, just a little update...I am 10 weeks into the running program, and I have yet to miss a run. I am not going to say that I love it...but it feels good, and I don't want to miss it. Also, my 1/2 marathon partner, KK, fractured her elbow 3 weeks ago, but she is still hanging in there. We are stepping up the distance next week. We have been going a steady 3 miles for the last 2 weeks. The more I run, the more I feel like we really will be able to accomplish this goal. KK is still faster than me, so I need to step it up...or maybe I should share the 3 yr. olds wisdom with her. :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I am trying....

"I try to be so tough
But I'm just not strong enough
I can't do this alone, God I need You to hold on to me
I try to be good enough
But I'm nothing without Your love
Savior, please keep saving me"