Wednesday, January 30, 2013

girls that brunch.

CUPCAKES!!!  i made cupcakes for our girls' brunch to celebrate a dear friend who recently got engaged.  it was my first time making these cupcakes so i was a little nervous, but they turned out cute.

yellow cake, strawberry cake heart, strawberry butter cream frosting

little engagement gift i put together: her first bridal magazine The Knot, wooden letter "T" for her new last name and a notebook to jot down wedding notes, ideas and dreams

brunch at hook & ladder

i got the burger with a fried egg, of course.  nom!
ta-dahhh a heart in the middle of the cupcake

the girls.

the lovely bride-to-be

so honored to be a bridesmaid
"i can't say I DO without you! will you be my bridesmaid??"

Thursday, January 24, 2013

let's do this.

I know it’s well into January already (only a week till February), but better late than never.  I put some heavy thought into my current goals, and I’m going into this year super excited and optimistic.
Some big and small things I would like to do…
read at least 8 books. create something beautiful. be a little more selfish. take a spontaneous weekend trip. spend more time outside. visit a national park. get reacquainted with photoshop. declutter at work, at home, in life. take a cooking class. get my motorcycle license. find a perfect balance between running, yoga and strength training. spend more time at night preparing for the next day. plan surprise date nights. tackle my credit card debt. schedule more time with my nephew and niece. color outside the lines, without fear.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

my eclectic music taste.

current music obsession
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
these songs put a smile on my face and make me want to shake my booty
Can't Hold Us
chase your dreams.  do what you love, and only for the love.
Same Love
gives me hope.
"no law's gonna change us
we have to change us
whatever god you believe in
we come from the same one
strip away the fear
underneath it's all the same love"
Thrift Shop
hilarious video.  i'm ready to pop some tags!!!
i wear your granddad's clothes, i look incredible

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

getting crafty.

Oooo how I love doing crafts. 
Here are some of my favorites from this Christmas. 
styrofoam balls, flat wooden sticks, gold spray paint & a lil sparkle
large snowflake painted gold, 5 small white snowflakes glued behind for depth, smashed candycanes glued to the center & old ikea frame with matte board
homemade yarn pom-poms
instead of an ugly sweater, i decided to make this lovely headband. hehee
and here's a photo of the finished christmassy ball headband.
santa's helper and his reindeer (poor lil miekers, she does not look happy)

Friday, January 4, 2013

drunk with happiness.

My Second Marathon
My legs got me through the first 10 miles, my brain got me through the next 10, and my heart got me through the last 6.

Rain, wind and injury didn’t stop me from finishing my second full marathon, the California International Marathon on December 3, 2012. I may have been a few minutes slower than last year, but I’ll take it.   Rain and wind until mile 22 was a challenging experience.  26.2 miles of agony and utter bliss.  

Thank you to my family and friends for all the support and encouragement. To the crazy ones that actually made it to the course today, Ryan, my mom, dad (who actually rode his bike alongside me for a mile and a half), stepmom, Papa Rathke, Carrie, Jovana, Super, Ange, Cheryl and Logan… you helped me more than you know. Special thanks to Ryan for the daily encouragement, subjecting yourself to subzero temperatures in cryothearpy with me, making me healthy meals and knowing when I just need a freakin’ donut, I love you and appreciate you. Carrie, thanks for always making me feel better when I am frustrated with myself, my injuries or just running in general, for cheering me on at my running events and for my Team Chompers shirt. Hehee. To all my girls that do running events with me throughout the year, you are the best friends a girl can ask for. You girls make running fun and push me to do better. Cheryl, I was honored to wear the bracelet today. I thought of Greg often and felt a peace around me. Logan, my new running buddy, proud of you for doing the relay and excited to run Shamrock with you. Big thanks to all those that sent me lovely supportive messages. And to all those that celebrated with me at brunch. Cheers!
I am lucky girl to be surrounded by so many wonderful people. 
the night before
estimated arrival times
way too early in the morning
a mile of porta potties at 6:00 a.m.
at start line
and I did it!  26.2 miles

my Ryan, my love