I disappeared! But I’m Back…..hopefully ;-)

I started blogging shortly before my decision to return back to school. I thought going back to school meant that I would have all this free time to blog, cook, do chores around the house, get in some extra runs………EXCEPT I TOTALLY DIDN’T! I CRAZILY decided to take 3 science classes which meant 3 labs and an additional class on top of that for the fall semester so basically I spent the last 3.5 months going to class and studying nonstop and trying to spend time with my husband and somewhat stay in shape. We also had another little surprise a month after I started the fall semester……I AM HAVING A BABY! I found out at the end of September (just before I turned 30) which meant not only was I back in school I was also really really tired and exhausted all the time. We are very excited about the baby and can’t wait for his/her arrival (not finding out the gender, due in early June of 2015). Pic taken by Samantha von Doersten Photography – can’t get the link to embed – http://www.samanthavondphotography.com

Baby coming in June!

Baby coming in June!



Besides the summer, the fall semester was my first official semester back in school, I really enjoyed my classes and managed to do pretty well in all of them. I definitely overloaded my schedule and will not be taking that many classes in the Spring. I am taking 2 science classes this semester and studying for the GRE, if any of you have any tips on studying for the GRE, please let me know! I am lucky that this semester should end just before the baby is due (as long as this little one decides not to make an appearance too early).

During the last few months I have……..
* Traveled to Seattle to visit my grandparents and take in a couple Seattle Mariner games.

Mom and I at a Mariners Game in Seattle!

Mom and I at a Mariners Game in Seattle!


* Completed my 11th Marathon – the Portland Marathon — made interesting by being 5.5 weeks pregnant (and with a cold) on race day! Will write a recap on this race shortly.
We both finished the marathon....I may have beat my husband :-)

We both finished the marathon….I may have beat my husband šŸ™‚

* Went to the Justin Timberlake concert — loveeeeeee him!

JT. Enough Said.

JT. Enough Said.


* Celebrated my sister with a Bachelorette Party in New Orleans along with throwing her a wedding shower!
My sister and I in New Orleans!

My sister and I in New Orleans!


* Watched my little sister get married!
I can't believe my little sister is a married woman! Her wedding was beautiful.

I can’t believe my little sister is a married woman! Her wedding was beautiful.


* Ran the Dallas Turkey Trot (8 miles), Cigna 5K associated with the Dallas Marathon and the Jogger Egg Nogger 15K all with a baby on board!
Finished another Turkey Trot, one of my favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

Finished another Turkey Trot, one of my favorite Thanksgiving Traditions


Ran the Jogger Egg Nogger 15K with my mom and my friend Robin - we are all rocking some Oiselle Fly Style!

Ran the Jogger Egg Nogger 15K with my mom and my friend Robin – we are all rocking some Oiselle Fly Style!


* Went to Las Vegas and saw Shania Twain!
Shania put on an amazing show in Vegas!

Shania put on an amazing show in Vegas!


* Spent the holidays in San Diego with my in-laws
We gave our niece and nephews t-shirts announcing the arrival of their baby cousin in Texas!

We gave our niece and nephews t-shirts announcing the arrival of their baby cousin in Texas!


* Celebrated my 30th birthday and the birthdays of numerous friends and family members!

I am excited to start blogging again – the husband and I are headed to Charlotte this weekend and then to Houston to run the Houston Half Marathon the following weekend! I hope to continue to find fun recipes to share, places to review, vacations to write about and race reports and maybe some insights on running with a baby on board!

Looping the lake for the last run of 2014

Looping the lake for the last run of 2014

Have any of you taken the GRE? If so any tips?
Any tips on running with a baby on board?
Any blog topic ideas for 2015?

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7 thoughts on “I disappeared! But I’m Back…..hopefully ;-)

  1. Huge congrats to you on the baby! Way to keep active šŸ™‚ I took the GRE maybe 6 years ago, and wasn’t the best at studying šŸ˜‰ I’d buy a study book + a set of GRE vocab flashcards. Take a few practice tests before you do anything and evaluate your weak areas. Gear your studying towards your weaknesses. Personally, I always do better with math + always focused on vocab for improvement. Good luck!

  2. Oh my goodness!!! A baby!!!! This is the most exciting news EVER!!!! You are going to rock pregnancy, motherhood, and life in general because BABIES ARE SO AWESOME!!! I ridiculously didn’t run while pregnant because (despite reading ALLTHEARTICLES on being active during pregnancy) I felt like I would shake my babies out. <-I might ride the crazy train every now and then. =) Enjoy every moment!

    • I am glad to hear babies are awesome! I am surprised you didn’t run when you were pregnant since you are a little marathon machine now! I definitely have chatted with my doctor about running and since its something I was already doing she said it is fine to keep doing it, just listen to my body. I don’t plan on doing any marathons pregnant though — sticking to halves and shorter! I look forward to reading about all your races in 2015!

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