Sunday, February 20, 2011

Family Time!!!

Today I was lucky enough to have some family come visit me in Raleigh! My sister Jaclyn lives in Burlington which is an hour from where I live. She has two amazing children too! I almost always drive to Burlington to see them. I mean it kind of makes sense if you think about it. A three and five year old visiting an "unkid friendly" one bedroom apartment vs. a three bedroom house with toys galore! BUT, this weekend I was lucky enough to have Jaclyn, my brother-in-law, Jim, my niece, Royce, and nephew, James make the trek to my house for a fun-filled day!

They arrived around 11:30 and we hung out for about an hour. The kids were sooooo sweet and ready for pictures! My niece, Royce is just precious as can be and was singing her little heart out. James brought a suitcase with him filled with toys! I definitely had to laugh that he packed for the trip. :) For lunch we hit Lily's Pizza in 5 Points. My friend recently introduced me to this place so I just had to take my sis there! Especially since the last time they were in town I took them to Pei Wei for dinner and they HATED it. I mean HATED it! They bring up how awful it was often. I was super surprised because I love eating there! Anyway, I had to redeem myself and take them somewhere really good that would pass the test! Well, they loved it and we had a really great time! After lunch we walked around and then had some ice cream. Very tasty. :) My nephew was so cute while we were eating our ice cream. He loves his Aunt Mitz (Yup, that's what I'm called. Well, Mitz or Mitzey.) He always wants to sit near me or on my lap. How could I ever not say YES!? After our dessert treat we headed to the Natural Science Museum. I'm sad to admit that in my nearly 6 years in Raleigh this was the first time I've been. It was a great time and the kids kept me on my toes. And they gave me quite a workout. I did lots of lifting up and down to help the little squirts see some of the cool exhibits. I must admit, for as much as I HATE HATE HATE cockroaches, they were my favorite to look at! :o)

Anyway, it's picture time.

Royce, 3 and James, 5

Group Pic!

He is sooo cute AND lost a tooth!

James and Mitz (That's me!)

My sister Jaclyn with her babies!

Family picture!

Brother and sister

On the way to the museum.

Roycey is so CUTE!

Really pretty! I don't really take very good pictures. BUT, I'm pretty proud of this one!

Posing in front of a jumbo honey comb!

Hissing cockroaches!!! One had just finished molting. (If you look to the very left of the picture you can see the white thing on the black tray.) It was completely white! I've seen a caterpillar molt, but never a roach! Wish my 2nd graders could have seen it!

Showing James a display. I think it was centipedes.

BIG dino!

Jamesy asked me to take his pic!

I always have such a wonderful time with Jackie, Jim, and the kids. I am the luckiest aunt! I will say that I have no clue how my sister does it! I am always sooooo sleepy after I spend time with the kids. I took a two hour nap after I got home!! What an AWESOME Sunday!!!! :o)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A week in review

I tracked out Friday! Hello three weeks of freedom! :o) I'm looking forward to sleeping in on Monday. I am planning to sub again this track out. I already have 6 jobs lined up. I was hoping to sub 12 days, but I've decided to only do 10. I need some time to relax!!!! :)

2 weeks down, 8 weeks to go until the Tarheel 10 miler. YIKES! It was a really good training week. I have noticed though that running in the morning rocks compared to at night after a loooooong day of work. I definitely hate running at the gym, but I really have no choice. I work late so often that it's pretty much dark by the time I get ready to run. I don't run outside at night so the track at the Y it is. Yesterday I could have run my three miles outside, but I went ahead and ran them at the gym because I wanted to take a class I'd never taken before. Well the run was GREAT. I mean, even for being indoors. It was so easy and effortless. The class on the other hand was HELL! The class is called PHX or power hour extreme. They were not kidding when they said the class was extreme. Whoa!! I was dead like 10 minutes in. Running that three miles was a bad idea prior to that class. But I kept my head in the game and did the best I could. I'm for sure taking the class again. :)

This weekend was also my very good friend, Angie's 30th birthday party. It was a Mardi Gras themed dirty thirty party. The night turned out to be a complete blast. Everyone rocked out their finest outfits, paired up with beads and masks. I got a super cute mask from Amazon. I also bought a cute new black dress for the celebration. Dinner started at 8. A large group of about 25 met up at 5 Star downtown. I absolutely LOVE this restaurant! I've eaten there several times and the sesame beef is always better than the last time I had it. Sooooo good. After several drinks and dinner, the group headed out for some dancing. The heels I wore KILLED my feet, but that didn't stop me from shaking my booty! I headed home about 1:30 (no, I didn't drive!!!) and was snuggled in bed by 2. I'll tell you though, I have no idea how I was able to go out dancing and drinking so much in college and rarely be phased? I woke up this morning hurting!!!! I slept awful and felt it too. After dragging myself to the McDonald's drive thru for a greasy breakfast and extra large soda, I made my way back to sleep. Fortunately, I feel fine now, just exhausted. I hate this feeling! Oh well, I only hit the town hard every few months so this feeling was worth it!

Now for the pictures!! :)

Angie and I.

Striking a pose.

Megan and I.

Angie and I after dinner.


Megan, Jamie (Angie's boyfriend), and me

Jamie and Ang

Megan and I again. Gotta love the masks!! :o)

YUP, the night was pretty AWESOME!!