Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Party...

Today was our church's Pumpkin Patch Party. The kids had a fantastic time. We dug deep into the closets to come up with costumes this year. We have so many costumes I thought this might be the year to recycle something. I didn't think I could stomach another trip to one of those scary, creepy Halloween stores that is really a closed Big Lots 10 other months of the year.

Here's a few photos to soccer player (with added stitches for effect), one Unicorn girl (your guess is as good as mine what a unicorn girl is) and one butterfly.

Other big news that has happened is that someone lost their second tooth...

Yes, someone lost their second tooth before their brother lost his second tooth. Those things happen, right?

Also, I got the neatest gift from my Prayer Partner at church. I was tickled to receive it and I think it will be a great decorating piece.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Did you know that only 1% of the population of the world will ever run a marathon? And guess what?...

My guy did and finished!!

26.2, baby!

I am so very proud of Mr. Shook for training, running and completing his first marathon. We drove to Columbus, Ohio last Friday, spent time with some friends, Mr. Shook ran a simple 26.2 miles and then we drove back 6 hours. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it was actually kind of fun. We were able to see Mr. Shook 3 times on the course and cheer him on. I think that it gave him the boost that he needed. (Or at least he better say it did!)

I will be the first to admit that I was very nervous about Mr. Shook's idea to do this. In fact, I cried when we dropped him off at the start. I think the majority of the world knows how hard it is to run a marathon. Many people try it unprepared. Even though I didn't think Mr. Shook was unprepared I was still worried. There were also some tears of joy when we saw him finish. I was very, very glad when he was done and I was so proud of his efforts. Actually, I teared up a few times seeing complete strangers finish. It was one of those emotional kind of experiences. I saw a man finish the Columbus marathon for the 36th straight year! And he was no spring chicken.

The kids did great waiting, the weather was perfect and they were their Daddy's biggest cheerleaders. And, it was my birthday! Isn't that how every loving wife spends her special day...cheering on her husband in his first marathon?

And, we LOVE Columbus! If we had the opportunity to ever move back to Ohio I think that's where I would want to be. Such a great city!

And as always...GO BUCKS!!