Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Soccer Sunday: MOBA / Peachtree City

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

Baby’s First Marathon

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

This morning, Tristan and I travelled down to Albany for the Snickers Marathon and Half-marathon.

I ran the half marathon while Tristan ran his first full marathon. Tristan finished in 4 hours and 20 minutes and got third place in his age group. He got a nice jacket as a prize!

Snow Mountain Birthday

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

I celebrated my 41st birthday today with a trip to Stone Mountain — called “Snow Mountain” in the winter. We spent a while playing in the snow. Unfortunately when it was time for tubing, all of the slides that Rilianne could ride were closed. So, I demanded a refund for me and her and we wondered around while Kimberlie and the big kids enjoyed the tubing slides. On the way home, we enjoyed a meal at Buckners!

Olympic Qualifying: USWNT in Houston

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

One of Mackenzie’s Christmas gifts was tickets to the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying. Basically, Mackenzie got to see her favorite soccer team, the world cup champions US Women’s National Team, play a game in Houston.

Yesterday morning, we skipped work and school and flew out to Texas. I found a colleague from work on the plane and she sat right next to us. She was going to a wedding in Houston.

We arrived early enough to take a nap and explore downtown Houston a bit.  I wish we had time to check out the Johnson Space Center, but there’s always next time!

The event was actually a double-header. The first game was Costa Rica Vs. Haiti. Not too many folks were in the stadium for that game so we were able to enjoy it from down low.

After the first game, it was time for US vs. Panama. We had to move up to our assigned seats, which weren’t bad, but they weren’t nearly as good as sitting behind the players.  Of course, the US smoked Panama and secured their spot in the Olympics!

2020 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

We just got home from another Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  As usual, I drove down Wednesday and the family joined late Thursday evening.

Thursday morning, was the 5K.

Friday morning, I ran the 10K with Mackenzie. She got second place in her age group!

Saturday, I ran the half marathon with Kimberlie and Tristan.

On Saturday, Rilianne ran 100m kids race.

And this morning, I ran the marathon — completing the Dopey Challenge.

The weather was brutally hot this year. They actually cut a mile off of the course, but after I already passed that point. So I did complete the entire distance.

On the way home, I had a good meal at my favorite steakhouse – Saltgrass!

The Big Kahuna at Typhoon Lagoon

Friday, January 10th, 2020

During the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend this year, the temperatures are much warmer than usual. Because of that, Disney offered runners 50% off of waterpark tickets.  We decided to check out Typhoon Lagoon.

We arrived early and Rilianne was selected to be the “Big Kahuna”. They taught her a special wave, gave us a private tour, and let Rilianne open the park.  We even got our own private cabana with lockers for the day!  It was an amazing day and a great way to cool off!

2020 Red Nose Half Marathon

Saturday, January 4th, 2020

This morning was supposed to be Kimberlie’s last long run in preparation for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. I told her we were going to get up early and run 13 miles. What she didn’t know is that I was going to drive her over to Columbus to run a free half marathon!

Usually this race falls on the same weekend at Disney, but every few years I am able to participate. The course was beautiful and I like how they changed it from the last time I ran this race. We actually ran the last mile or so over the river in Alabama!

Christmas Eve 2019

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Merry Christmas Eve everyone.  This afternoon, we went to the Christmas Eve service at church and then to Kimberlie’s aunt’s house in Abbeville. Now, we wait for Santa!

Soccer Weekend: Cumming

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

This weekend, Mackenzie played in a soccer tournament at Sawnee Mountain Park in Cumming.  Our home base was Alpharetta, which has lots of places to eat and lots of things to do.

The soccer tournament did not go well because we were mismatched against some powerhouse teams. But during the downtime, we made the most of our time there.

Rilianne went to Build-a-Bear Workshop and made a new friend.

Then, we spent time at one of the nicest playgrounds in Georgia.

Soccer Saturday: Gainsville

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

Mackenzie played at another new soccer complex this morning: Allen Creek Park in Gainsville.

On the way home, we stopped at the Mall of Georgia and ate at Shake Shack. Its beginning to look at a lot like Christmas!