Running, Visits, Visitors, GRE and Warrior Dash

"On the Move for Cancer" 5K

Whew!  Time has flown since the last time I updated.  Cody and I trained hardcore and finally ran our second ever 5K in Ottawa, Kansas on June 11th.  What a sense of accomplishment to finish a race without stopping!  Now on to running a 10K...

Very tired runner!

Indianola, Iowa

So this summer God blessed us with only four hours between us and my older sister, Mary, her hubby and two kiddos.  Fun times were had by all in Indianola, Iowa!  Wine tastings, coffee shop hangouts, numerous trail walks/runs, lots of park time with my sweet niece and fun chats with siblings.  Here's a few pictures of the enjoyment (please forgive the quality).  

Tio Cody having a swing with Ana

Nothing like watching cartoons with your sis

Tio Cody, Ana and the big pig!

Loving time with my sweet nieces!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Over the 4th of July, we were very blessed to spend 9 days with our two families.  We visited Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater", attended the Westmorland Arts and Heritage Festival, cooked out with siblings and nephews, met the newest canine member of the family "Mudge" and lit *tons* of fireworks. We even toured the very eclectic museum "The Mattress Factory" with my mom.  All and all a wonderful vacation with the fam!  Below are the very limited photos I took (please forgive the quality...iPhone specials).  

Meet Mudge 
Beautiful Pittsburgh

Just a wee few of my family members!


Hurray for Visitors!

...and once again we saw Mary, hubby and kiddos on their way home to Tennessee.  While there is definitely not an overabundance of things to do here in good ole' Iola, we had fun anyway!  Made some delicious food, stayed up to ungodly hours chatting and hit the park and swimming pool a few times.  "Tia Saaaawah" even got some quality "cozy cozy" time in with Ana.  :)  So blessed to have such a wonderful family!

 "Cozy cozy"


July 22nd marked the day that we finally took the GRE in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Thankfully our scores were well above average... Still waiting on the essay score.  Say a little prayer!

After we checked off the GRE, we were free to explore and celebrate Cody's 27th birthday.  Loved the Tulsa Aquarium, found a very unique coffee shop (if you ever have a chance to try a Muddy Chai Latte, DOOOO IT!), visited a cigar store and found an awesome cafe where we both ordered Eggs Florentine.  

On our way out of town, we visited the largest free-standing statue in the world.  The Golden Driller.  

76-foot-tall and 43,500 lbs

Warrior Dash

Cody has always wanted to complete a Warrior Dash so this past weekend we did just that!  3.2 miles of running and 11 obstacles.  Needless to say, it was hot and dirty - 114 degrees in the sun!  While I had a blast and feel very proud to have finished in one piece, I'm not quite sure if I'm up for another Dash for a looooong time.  

We dashed.  We conquered.

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