Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween over the years

Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE this time of year?!! From about now until December 22nd, I am the happiest person around.

I love the smell, taste, and sight of pumpkins. I love the cooler weather. I love the fall colors. I love the food and treats. I love the Christmas spirit. I love the meaning behind this time of year.

We carved pumpkins this year, first time in a few years. As I was carving my pumpkin and squirming every time I touched the gunk inside, I couldn't help but think about previous Halloweens.

I don't remember ever carving a pumpkin growing up. We always picked out little tiny pumpkins and painted them. My memory may be wrong and we may have carved a pumpkin or two, but I don't remember that at all.

Our second Halloween together (we were googly eyed newleyweds our first halloween), James decided he wanted me to experience it, so we carved pumpkins together. I have many pictures documenting this, but unfortunately my scanner isn't working :(

Three years ago, we went to an actual pumpkin patch and picked our own pumpkins. We had a great time together!

Over the past few years, James has done Star Wars rooms for our church trick-or-treating. If you haven't noticed before, you will see that James is super talented! He drew out these pumpkins on his own, no templates.

Last year, he made a spooky Darth Vadar to hang in the room.

Two or three years ago, our church decided to do trunk or treat instead. This is how James decorated our car. Sorry for the picture quality, this was before I knew how to work a camera.

The first Halloween we had Echo, we bought TONS of costumes for her, none of which she liked. She was a thug, football player, spider dog, yoda, crab, and a few other weird animals.

This year we went and bought 3 pumpkins. I carved the white one and orange one (I am not artistic at all so I used templates!) and James did the green one (a pumpkin inside a pumpkin, inside a pumpkin...)

I am excited to have many more Halloween memories, hopefully one day we will have little ones to dress up and go door to door with.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mutt Strutt 10k 2010

On October 23rd, I ran in the SPCA Mutt Strutt 10K in Bakersfield. This is where James' family lives, so I was able to have a cheering section. It made the race a lot more exciting. Thanks for coming out!!

James loves (or acts like he does) to be my photographer and document everything...

Pre-race pictures. I usually run with my friend Kimmy, but this time her mom, Sandy joined us.

On you marks, get set, go....

My cheering section (minus 2 nieces)

I saw these next 2 pictures and just had to post them. They make me chuckle every time I see them.

Nearing the finish line.

The time is off by 10 minutes. We finished about a minute behind our last race. We could have finished 2 or 3 minutes sooner if it wasn't for my 2 asthma attacks around mile 4 and 5 (more on that later).

James and I, obviously.

Sandy won first place in her division!

I have had a nagging cough for about 3 months now. Kaiser kept blowing it off and just prescribing me cough syrup. I finally demanded to talk to a doctor. After many breathing tests (and a few more next week) they determined that I have exercise induced asthma. Joy :( I now have an inhaler that I use every 4 hours. Once we got to Bakersfield, I started coughing a lot. And then during the race I had my first real asthma attacks. I have never been so scared in my life, but luckily they only lasted about 30 seconds and then I was able to keep going.