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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ironman Florida

Months and months and months of training. Miles and miles and miles of driving. All to get us to this moment right here. An Ironman. I am so proud of Paul and all the work and effort he put into training for this race. To sit back and think about what this race is, 2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike and 26.2 mi run, is absolutely amazing. Here they are, Josh and Paul, standing on the beach in their sleeveless wetsuits on a 40 degree morning. It was freezing!!!
Here we are....freezing! But ready to cheer!

The masses taking off for the swim. 2500 people swimming next to each other, sounds like a blast!
Austin spent alot of time on Grandpa's shoulders, he probably had one of the best seats in the house.
I wasn't able to get any pics of Paul on the bike, but here is a great smiling shot of him taking off on the run.
The cheering section.
Austin and Halie did a great job of finding stuff to play with while we were cheering on all the runners.
They fixed the pipes...
Go Daddy!!!

It was so cold by the end of the race. Here is A-man all bundled up in the stroller.
Here he comes, limping and all across the finish line!
They made it, they are both Ironmen! So proud of you guys! Paul had some problems with his ankle. He hurt it 2 weeks before the race and the pain crept up on him the last half of the race. He had to walk to whole 2nd half of the marathon and was disappointed with that. But you know what, it didn't change the fact that he did it, he finished it, and I am so proud of him.
After the race we got to spend some great time on the beach. It started to warm up the next day so it was pretty enjoyable to spend sometime out by the water.

Halie loved looking for seashells and Austin was happy as long has he had a bucket and a shovel. He loves our little sand box here at home, so he was in heaven after he found the biggest sandbox ever!
Nana and the kiddos. It was nice to have Nana and Grandma and Grandpa along to cheer for Paul. The kids loved every minute of it!
Grandpa and Grandma taking a stroll.
Halie wrote this one. I love you too, bug!

She loved the shells that looked like butterflies.

Austins sweet little feet

We had a great little hot tub right outside the condo door.

I love this one.
The race is done and we are back home now. It has been nice to have no plans and no where we have to be. This weekend we actually got to relax and just hang out at home as a family. It was great.


October was a great month for us. We finally got to start enjoying some nice weather and I got to start opening the windows during the day. We were busy with soccer, school and helping Daddy train for his big race.
At the beginning of the month it was Halie's turn in her class to be the Blazing Star. She got to make a poster about herself that she got to share with her class. She was very proud of her poster.
One day the kids helped me bake some pumpkin bread. They are great little bakers!
My little princess.

Sometimes when Paul mows the yard he will carry Austin around with him on the backpack carrier and Austin loves it! He came up to me one day and asked me (in his own little language..."backpack, baby, backpack, baby", pointing to his back). After I got his backpack carrier and the baby on, he went and grabbed his lawn mower and started mowing!

Later on in the month Halie's class had a field trip to the Dallas Zoo. I got to go with them and had a great time. They have done some impressive improvements since the last time we were there.

A few weeks ago, Halie and Jaxson ran their first race together. It was a 1k and they were both very excited about it!
Daddy ended up signing up Austin to run too!
On your marks, get set.....
Daddy carrying Austin for part of the run.
Halie finishing strong!
Go Jax!
Austin running it in!
Happy Halloween! The ballerina and Handy Manny had a great time! We went over to Nana and Papa's house and were joined by Grandma and Grandpa for the evening. Halie was there to teach her little brother the ropes!

Aren't they sweet! I love you guys...

Austin thought it was hilarious to put his hat on Grandma!
My prince and my princess.

Halie had another big event on October 31 besides getting tons of candy, she lost her first tooth! That tooth has been loose since August, I didn't think it would ever fall out! She was super excited, to say the least.