Sunday, November 29, 2009

Black Friday

Say what you want about the people who wake up at 4am to stand in line in the freezing cold on Black Friday. Call them crazy or obsessive. But I saved over $500 by giving up a few hours of sleep and warmness that day. Five. Hundred. Dollars. No joke.

And I loved every minute of it!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


I ran Jordan's Journey 5K this morning. I won my age division last year and was hoping to defend my title this year. But with my injuries this year, I wasn't sure that would happen. I really wanted to break 25 mins. But my speed hasn't been very good since I've been back to running.

There were about 100 runners all lined up in the church parking lot. At 9:15, the firetruck sounded it's horn to signal the start of the race and we were off. I felt great, no Achilles or hip problems. I started off fast, which is so easy when you're running with a group. But by 1/2 mile, the group spread out and I found a good pace. I settled in behind the Ben Davis HS XC coach who goes to our church. The man is a serious runner, has finished every Indianapolis Mini Marathon there has been - like 35 of them! I run past a volunteer who shouts out to me and the 2 girls near me "You're 2nd, 3rd and 4th for the girls." I hadn't thought about finishing in the top 3, just winning my age division. So now I'm thinking, ok, don't let any girls pass you! One of the girls who was near me dropped back about a mile into it and her friend passed me. She was young, easily still in high school and seemed to just keep getting further in front! But I kept right behind the XC coach and relaxed into the run. My Garmin read 7:48 for the first mile, I knew I was flying at the beginning, got to slow down some. I pass the water stop at 1.5 miles and was still feeling good.

Mile two comes and my Garmin says 15:50, so mile 2 was 8:02, still a very good time. I figure I can hold on to this pace. About 2.5 miles my stomach starts to feel bad, I figure, ok, you can't puke here, in someone's yard. So I work on my breathing and some positive chanting and the sick feeling passes. I pass the first volunteer who yelled "You're number 3 for the girls!" I turn a corner and see the finish line so I push a little at the end to finish. Hit my Garmin when I cross the finish line - 23:57!! 7:58 pace, very cool and very fast! Woo-hoo! I do some cool down stretches and head into the church for a banana and Starbucks.

They hold the awards ceremony and I was pretty happy to hear "And in 3rd place overall for the females - Mary Nabb." I won a pecan pie and a $8 gift certificate to a running store. Cool! I checked the on-line results when I got home. The two girls who beat me were both 16 years old and probably on the cross country team. And there was another 34 year old who finished 15 seconds behind me, good thing I kept up the pace.

So, pretty darn happy that I could race fast again, felt really darn good too.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Kylie's 6th birthday celebration!

Brett and I were pulling out all the stops to give Kylie a very special 6th birthday. She's been asking for months for an American Girl Doll. They are $95 so we wanted to make sure that she was ready to be responsible enough to take care of one. She did prove herself responsible so we decided to surprise her with a trip to Chicago to go to American Girl Place on her birthday. Here she is reading the card Brett and I gave her, telling her about the surprise.Kylie was thrilled and very surprised! Step one accomplished. Matthew was a good little boy, of course and was excited for Kylie as well.

The next morning, her actual birthday, we drove up to Chicago. The trip went smoothly, other then issues with the Ipass, which happens all the time - so frustrating. We get there and get parked. Then we head into the store and Kylie picks out Kirsten, the pioneer era girl. She loves her, I love her, everyone is happy. Kirsten is being retired this year so there weren't a lot of clothes to pick from which was too bad since Kylie had a lot of money from her b-day and her allowance. So she picked out a few outfits and then went upstairs with Brett to look for more clothes (the upstairs is the non-historical girls area). Matthew and I did some shopping and returned the Kirsten doll that I had ordered on-line as a precaution, in case Kirsten was out of stock. After making our purchases and finding Brett and Kylie, we left the store and walked around Water Tower Place for a little while.

We were fortunate enough to meet up with Grandma and Grandpa Mathews for lunch at the 95th Floor of the John Hancock tower. Such a fancy place. Food was ok but the view was excellent. We were happy to see them and they were happy to be able to see Kylie on her birthday. After lunch, we walked around the area for a little while. Kylie and I were going for tea at the American Girl Cafe so we said our goodbyes and went back to the store. Matthew and Brett walked around, found a park to play in and then waited for us in the store.
The tea was very elegant. They served plenty of food, little scones, breads, finger sandwiches and cinnamon rolls. Kylie had hot chocolate and I had water. Kirsten, who had her own chair at the table had air. There was a harpist playing beautiful music and many, many excited girls and their moms. Seemed like every girl was celebrating their b-day.
We also had dessert that was pretty yummy too. And the waiter and I sung to Kylie.
After tea we found Brett and Matthew and started our drive home. Kylie thanked us many times for "the most wonderful birthday of my life!" I hope she remembers this day forever!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Happy Birthday, Kylie Rose.

Kylie - we wanted to let you know how very special you are and how much daddy and I love you. Watching you grow into a school girl, from the little bitty 5lb, 14oz baby that you used to be has been such a joy. You're doing such exciting things right now - learning to read and spell, making new friends in school, maturing, doing so well in ballet.

You are a wonderful big sister to Matthew as well. He thinks you are the best and looks up to you. You have lots of patience with him and he learns so much from you.

You've lost your first tooth - how exciting! And the one next to it will be coming out within a few days. As I as holding your baby tooth, I was thinking about how much has changed in six years. Six year ago, on that same afternoon that you lost your tooth, I was beginning to feel my first labor pains. What a day that was!

We're so glad that you enjoyed your birthday surprise and we hope you remember it forever! Happy birthday, sweetheart!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Tooth Fairy is on her way!

Kylie lost her first tooth this afternoon. It happened about an hour ago and she's still dancing around the house in excitement! She's been wiggling her bottom tooth for about a week so we knew it was coming. We were sitting on the couch in the loft, watching "The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", trying to get Matthew to fall asleep while catching up on the huge stack of magazines that I need to get through. Kylie was drinking some Gatoraide from a slippy cup and all of a sudden said "Mommy, Mommy!!" and leaned forward, holding her to her mouth. Then she showed me her tooth, in her hand! It hardly bled at all. So we called daddy and the grandma's and took some pictures.
My little girl, losing her first tooth.

Gotta say, while I was holding her tooth, I realized that I started having contractions about this time six years ago. How weird is that?

Monday, November 02, 2009

Kylie's Response Journal

Kylie was given a Response Journal today at school. This is a notebook where her teacher and her write letters back and forth. Only 3 kids in Kylie's class were given a journal so we've very excited that Kylie is doing well enough in school to have this opportunity. Here is the first letter from Mrs. Moore:

Dear Kylie,
I am glad you are writing to me. What is your favorite thing about Kindergarten? I hope you have a great day! Love, Mrs. Moore

Kylie's response:
Dear Mrs. Moore My favorite thing to do in Kindergar is to lrn to rat wrs. Wot is yor favorite thing? Love, Kylie