Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jaxon's Jog and Memorial Day!

Happy Tuesday to all! I hope that you were able to enjoy your 3 day weekends and remembered to pay tribute to those who have served our country since that's what Memorial Day is all about! JP, Maggie and I had a wonderful weekend here's what we did: (WARNING: this is a long post. I didn't intend for it to be. I promise shorter posts in the future! There are lots of pictures though!)

After a LONG week at work, I was able to close down my computer a little early which meant that I obviously needed something to do before JP got home. So baking it was! Since it was drawing to the end of my and this past weekend was a holiday, what a great time to make a 'Happy May' cake since JP's birthmonth was coming to a close.

The final product

Red velvet...yummmm

Maggie was right by my side the entire time :)
After baking, I decided that I needed to cook up a new recipe for dinner that night. I decided on a chicken and bell pepper dish with peanuts! I marinated the chicken in soy sauce, a little white wine, garlic and a bit of olive oil. I sauteed some green and red peppers before searing the chicken on the stove. Then everything went into the oven to bake for about 25 minutes. Once out of the oven, I topped it with chopped dry roasted peanuts and cilantro and paired it with some brown rice! It turned out delicious!!!

Dinner is served!

JP is lucky, I love to cook!
The rest of the evening was spent lounging around and catching up on our DVR after a long work week. We also had to get up early on Saturday so we didn't want to stay up too late.

We woke up bright and early to get ready and drive over to Allison Park, PA for a 10K to start our Saturday off right! It was a great event called Jaxson's Jog to raise money and awareness for a disease called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia which is found while a baby is still in the wound. Click the link above to learn more! I went into the race hoping for a new 10K personal record somewhere around 52 minutes. I had been training for about an 8:25 minute/mile pace. Some crazy sort of energy from somewhere must have given me a swift kick in the butt that morning because I was just cruising! I ended up finishing the race in 50:01. That's right, 50 minutes and 1 second and I couldn't be prouder. I'm not going to lie, I don't mind bragging about myself for a minute here because this far surpassed my initial goal and I did it with ease! During the race I realized that running up and down those steep hills in my neighborhood as seriously paid off.

Now enough about me, let's about about JP!!! This was his first official 10K race. Now, he has run 6+ miles before, on multiple occasions even, but never a real 10K race. Well, he finished and he did AMAZING as well. He finished right about a minute after me! Whatever energy got a hold of me seemed to have gotten him as well. All in all it was a great race for a great cause.
After the race!

The finish line

I got 3rd place in my age group!

JP got 2nd place in his age group!
After the race and awards, we headed back to Robinson and grabbed Panera for lunch. The rest of the day was spent relaxing and as always, I found something to clean :) The evening we got all dressed up and headed downtown for a nice dinner and some drinks.

Kind of blurry, but it'll do!
We decided to go to this nice area of downtown at the end of Carson Street (where all the bars and shops are) for dinner at Cheesecake Factory! We love Cheesecake Factory and we've been forgetting to use our gift card so this seemed like the perfect time to do it. Well, it was the perfect time for everyone else to go as well. We got there around 7pm and were told it would be a 1 hour 45 minute wait...ummm...no thank you. We put our names down anyway and decided to walk over to the Hofbrahaus to get a drink and maybe dinner. All of the fried and fatty options were just making me sick thinking about them and my tummy hadn't been feeling 100% that day as is. We decided to sit and enjoy our yummy German beers and before we knew it 45 minutes had passed by.

JP and his big beer. We got to take the glass home as a Pittsburgh keepsake!

We decided to wait and eat Cheesecake Factory since we had our hearts set on it. Turns out that was a good decision because 15 minutes later our table was ready! We enjoyed a great dinner and of course we had to get some cheesecake, but we took it to go.

Sunday was HOT!!! We went to the early mass at 8am and I cooked breakfast consisting of french toast and scrambled eggs when we got home. By 10am though, it was nearly 90 degrees outside and 85 degrees inside our house. YIKES! It felt absolutely horrible so we decided that we had to get out. I needed to find some shoes for my friend Alison's wedding in July and since it was Memorial Day weekend, I figured there would be good sales out there. JP and I hung out and walked around the mall for a few hours. I didn't find any shoes and we really didn't even get much, but it was nice to be out of our hot and humid house. The rest of the day was just lazy which was great. Then we needed to get out of the house again so we went to the gym. This probably didn't help too much. We had been hot and tired all day which pretty much just made us cranky. That evening we were exhausted from restless nights due to the heat and the fact that our house has become a sauna. Maggie was glad to have us at home with her, hot or not.

She really wants her daddy's hat!

It was so hot Sunday night we moved our t.v. into our room since it's the only room with a fan!!!
I would like to start off by saying that I slept in until 8am on Monday...well I woke up at 6:30...7:15...7:45...then 8:00am, but the point is that I actually stayed in bed until 8am. Anyone who knows me knows that this only happens every once in a while or it's because I went to bed late. I went to bed at 10:30pm due to heat Sunday night and I still practically slept until 8!!! I was proud and JP was happy needless to say. Once we were up and breakfast was in our tummies, we decided to head to the outlet mall in Washington, PA. It was a beautiful day so it was obviously perfect for outdoor shopping! JP finally got a new pair of shorts (much much needed) and for a great price. We also got a few things for our kitchen and of course I gawked at some things that I really wanted but realized I didn't need. I must say that I did a great job and didn't get any new clothes! I did get shoes, but not from the outlet mall. I realized as we were leaving the outlet mall without any luck of finding the perfect silver shoes to go with my pretty bridesmaid dress, that I forgot about DSW!!! We went over to DSW and I found a really pretty pair of silver heels by Ralph Lauren that were 40% off! I love sales :)

After a morning of shopping, I needed a break. I decided to layout with my book, Something Borrowed. I was able to soak up some rays so that I don't burn next weekend when I'm out in Galveston for Alison's bachelorette party!!! YAY!!! Oh and the book is great by the way, I definitely recommend it! The evening was spent with JP grilling steaks and corn on the cob! It was a great Memorial Day BBQ kind of meal.

The master chef with his Texas apron from my dad and his Don't mess with Texas koozie from Ms. Robin and Mr. Buddy! We miss Texas...can you tell?

She really wanted those steaks
All in all it was a great weekend! Sorry this post was so long. I didn't mean for it to be, but I'm being quite the babbler today and for some reason decided to give y'all ALL the details. I hope that everyone had a nice and relaxing weekend! Until next time...

With love and God bless,
Amy, JP and Maggie

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