Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3Day for the Cure training

Training for the Susan G. Komen 3Day for the Cure continues! Last weekend, our team got together for our official training kick-off! We walked 6 miles near (our team leader) Michelle's house. Since Josh had duty, Gray strolled along with us napping most of the time. Michelle had an awesome brunch ready for us when we got finished walking. We discussed some fundraising ideas to help us all reach our minimum requirement ($2,300) to participate in the walk.

Thirteen amazing friends and family have helped me get over the $800 mark already! I still have about $1,500 to raise, but I'm hopeful that I will exceed my goal long before November! If you are interested in donation, you can click on the link above or contact me for other options. Please don't wait to donate!

In other training news, I'm keeping up the pace of roughly 15 miles a week now but will be increasing to 20+ within in the next few weeks. The 3Day has a training schedule set up with miles/day and cross-training each week, and as the walk gets closer the miles/week increase up to 40+ on several weeks.

I think I'm going to need some new shoes before all of the training is over, but who doesn't love new shoes?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Encinitas Car Show

Josh and I were asked to be guest judges at the Encinitas Rods and Woodies Classic Car Show last week. Naturally, the USMC had other plans and Josh was detained at work. At the last minute, I asked a friend and her 2 kiddos to join Gray and I in Encinitas. 

The traffic was terrible (Who knew?) so my 15-20 minute drive was easily a 30-45 minute commute to get to Encinitas. We were WAY late for the judging, so we were asked to come back next time since all of the awards had been given out! I was sad about going without Josh, but now he can go with me AND pass out some awards! If you are into fun things to do in the area, I recommend going out to this car show in Encinitas! Angela and I thought it was pretty fun and it was free! You can't beat free!

A Woodie with two sweet surf boards on top!

What a cute little VW Bus!  

Friday, July 16, 2010

More visitors!

Some of Josh's family (Mom, little sister, and big brother) came out to San Diego to visit! Josh had to work while they were there, so Gray and I showed them some fun stuff while he was flying and dealing with the day-to-day of his ground job. Naturally, one of our first stops was Miramar. They checked out Josh's squadron and the super cool 53s. 

Maggie, Josh, and Mom

The next day we went to Balboa Park. We went into a couple of museums, including the Museum of Photographic Arts and the San Diego Natural History Museum. 

The Museum of Photographic Arts had a pretty impressive collection of Rock 'N Roll photographs, called Taking Aim until September. There were pictures of everyone from Notorious B.I.G. and Elvis (two of my personal favorites) to the Beetles and Tina Turner.    

The Natural History Museum has a pretty fabulous collection of precious gems and metals (including jewelry, crystals, meteorites, etc) called All That Glitters.  They also have quite a few dinosaur exhibits, which are pretty neat as well. Gray got to watch another 3D movie! This one was about dinosaurs. Gray was fairly impressed. He still didn't want to wear the 3D glasses, but I managed to sneak in one good shot before he could get them off to play with them. 

Gray loves 3D movies, just not the glasses...

The next day, Josh was actually off work! We went to the beach where Adam and Maggie took their first surfing lessons. They did pretty well, and now they can tell everyone they shredded waves in California! The water was still pretty cold and the sun was in hiding, so I chose (wisely, if I say so myself) to stay out of the water. Josh wanted to give it one more try at the beach, so we went back out the next day. The sun was still bashful, but the water was warmer. We spent a little time on the beach and called it quits after Maggie and Adam took their second surfing lesson.  

Adam, Maggie, and Josh after riding giants. 

Gray decided he doesn't need surfing lessons. He is already an advanced surfer. The only thing holding him back is his inability to swim (or to hold his breath, but why split hairs).

Gray's surfing technique. No swimming required. 

I can't believe this is my baby. All grown up (at 15 months old).

Either way, we enjoyed our most recent visitors and were sad to see them go! I hope they loved San Diego, even if we experienced record lows and very little sun while they were here. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Susan G. Komen 3Day for the Cure

This year, I'll be participating in a very special event called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. I'll walk 60 miles over the course of three days with thousands of other women and men, and camp out each night under the stars in San Diego. Proceeds from the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure are invested in breast cancer research.

The women I'll be walking with are also wives of Marine or Air Force pilots and we plan to train and fundraise together. I think this will be a very exciting opportunity for each of us! Each team member is walking in memory/honor of family members and friends who have been touched by breast cancer. I personally am walking for two amazing women, two of my mom's sisters. I'm walking in honor of my Aunt Kitty, who is a breast cancer survivor. I'm also walking in memory of my Aunt Doris, who lost her battle to cancer last November.

Together, my team plans on raising at least $11,500 to help end breast cancer forever. Personally, I am going to raise $2,300 of that, so I need your help. Please consider making a donation for this great cause. Even if you can only spare $5, it would still put me one step closer to my goal.

There are several ways to donate. You can call 800-996-3DAY to donate over the phone. If you prefer to write a check, please make the check out to “ Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure” and mail it to my home address.

You can also give online at Just follow the link below to visit my personal fundraising Web page. If you donate online, you can even spread your donation out over four monthly payments!

This link will take you to the 3Day website:

Thank you in advance for your support!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Missing Silas

A little over two weeks ago Silas went missing. He went outside to handle his business, and we haven't heard from him since. I have gone to local vet's offices, checked with animal control, and local shelters. No one has seen him. If someone picked him up, they are planning to keep him. Josh and I believe something more sinister may have happened to our sweet first born child with all the wild animals that live in the area. 

I miss him so much, and I don't want to admit it but I don't think we will see him again. It's crazy to think about all the things Silas has been through with us. Josh bought him for me as a birthday gift a few months into our relationship. He has virtually been around from the beginning of our relationship, so he has celebrated Christmases and birthdays and countless other holidays with us. He was around when Josh got Fletch. He was there (well, at home) when we got married. He was with us when we moved to Florida, North Carolina, and most recently California. He was with us when Gray was born and at his first birthday party. 

He was a bitter little Chihuahua, but he was my bitter Chihuahua. He had some of the coolest tricks around. He had terrible breath and a bad attitude, but we loved him just the same. He has been a part of our lives for seven years and it is incredibly sad that he is missing. I still have hope that he will come home, but my optimism is faltering. Please continue to pray that he comes home safely. 

I thought it would be nice to post some pictures of Silas over the years... He was such a cute Chihuahua, and I'm not just saying that because he was my doggy! 

About 2 months old. 

Silas' 1st Christmas.

Me and Silas. 

Silas and Fletch. 
Fletch's 1st Christmas.

Studying for Comprehensive Exams. 

Driving my car.

Playing bury the Chihuahua in Pensacola, FL.

Beach baby.

Our family minus Fletch.

Fletch and Silas in Pensacola.

Silas (Halloween '07)

Gray (3 months old), Silas, and Fletch in Pensacola.

Silas at Surf City, NC

Silas at the Grand Canyon