Thursday, November 14

Milestone - Half Marathon

I am going to use this little corner of the world to boast. Indulge me a moment if you will. I finished my very first half marathon, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half. A point to point race from Alexandria to National Harbor, it was an absolutely wonderful experience and flat, scenic route. That's right folks, I set a goal that and achieved it, and it feels so awesome! This year I lost about 20 pounds, increased my distance and ran further than this mama ever thought was possible. So GLAD that is over. Just when I thought I couldn't wait to check that off my bucket list, I find myself already itching for the next one!  Cheers to all the running moms out there. It takes more motivation and discipline than I ever knew I had!

My sweet family was waiting for me at the finish line. My heart almost exploded when my 11 year old (who is usually too cool for his mom) told me how very proud of me he is. He and I have run a few 5K's together, and I think he gets just want 13.1 miles means! 

This has to be a lucky number for my first half, right?!

Wednesday, April 24

Ketchup

I have no excuses. Well, I  have plenty. I could go on and on about starting a Master's program, my new business venture, my husband starting a new company, or officially 2 boys old enough to play sports at the same time.... BUT I will not bore you with excuses. I will say only that I have missed my blog and am recommitting  to checking in this tiny little corner of the world that is mine, all mine. 

Without any further rambling, let me play a little "ketchup" and fill you in on what's been going on over here! This photo journal should help fill things in. 

Fall Kindergarten Feild Trip

 My baby turned 6 (recapped the first 5 above)


Road trip to Grandma's in Florida for Christmas!

 


Back to MD to ring in the New Year with friends! 




My family came to Maryland in March for Easter and the boys Baptismal!


Took the kids to NYC this month to watch the Orioles play the Yankees at Yankee stadium for Jackson's birthday!





Took the kids to NYC this month to watch the Orioles play the Yankees at Yankee stadium for Jackson's 11th birthday!

Anywho - that is the rundown... what's been happening with you?



Thursday, November 1

Halloween 2012





My favorite month [ending with a candy-induced coma] I embrace the opportunity to be creative this time of year - never missing an opportunity to sew and design! It is such a reward to come up with an original costume, that is home made from things in the house or pieces from older costumes. Effie Trinket was thrilled to win 3rd place in the popular Old Town Pub costume contest without spending a dime on costume materials! 

Wednesday, August 29

1st day of School

Wishing my amazing boys and their teachers a wonderful 2012-2013 school year at our beloved Father Andrew White school. 
SO proud of my littlest angel on his very 1st day of Kindergarten!  I promised myself to do a better job documenting the 1st days with this clever pinterest-inspired idea.  

My oldest started 5th grade this year. Boy has he grown through the years!!! (Yes, I am missing the 3rd grade picture - will dig it out soon).

Friday, July 6

an apple a day...






I just love weddings, and still get goose bumps when I see the Mr. & Mrs. on our placecards.  Enjoyed a wedding in the big apple recently with some great friends. 

Saturday, June 2

Opening Day: Summer









Summer always seems to kick off one Memorial Day weekend. Our Country Club's pool opens, the grills heat up and the kids are itching to ditch their books and let the summer fun begin!

Monday, May 21

Something Blue

I co-hosted a fabulous shower at my house this weekend in honor of my dear friend. The theme: "Something Blue".  We had such a great time with the Tiffany inspired decorations. I just love any party where you can go to extremes with girl-y details and giggle about newlyweds! Best of wishes to the future Mr. & Mrs. C! 

Thank you Touch of Toni for the flower arrangements and decorating touches!




Special thanks to Georgetown Cupcakes (our favorite!) for these delicious treats!









Wednesday, May 16

Whats up Doc?








Congratulations to my baby sister on her graduation from Veterinary School.  She was officially "hooded" on Saturday, May 12th, and took her oath as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).  It was quite a moving ceremony. I learned a great deal about the symbolism of academic regalia apparel and the pomp and circumstance for the proper protocol, titles, and practices.  All of which made me beam even more for all that she has evolved to be through so much hard work. This is not a degree that is conferred lightly. 


My entire family came together in Florida for the weekend to celebrate.  We toasted her accomplishment at a reception, in her honor, Saturday night.  We also enjoyed a little family fun time at the gorgeous Orlando World Center which served as an awesome venue for the big event. 


couldn't be more elated about this huge milestone. My sister has known she wanted to be a vet since she was 6 and has been working toward this goal her whole life.  Her journey has been an amazing one from her under grad at our Alma Matter UF to living on a tropical island for 2 years.  After all he hard work, she deserves this more than anyone I know! She is an talented Doctor and an amazing woman! 

Wednesday, May 9

Leadership

After 9 months, I graduated from Leadership Southern Maryland, along with 34 of my esteemed classmates.  What did I learn on this amazing journey? Each program a new lesson on complex issues affecting our community.  Multi-culturalism, the Chesapeake watershed and environmental impacts, regional health and human services issues, education challenges, economic impacts and homelessness and so much more about our tri-county area. However, the most importantly I learned a lot about myself and the differences I can make for the greater good.  It is each of our responsibilities as a Leader to use our resources, strengths, and energies to make a difference in our communities and our world

And. It. Starts. Now.    

I have made a few personal commitments (bucket-list type stuff) that I plan to follow up on.  More about that later. For now, I will leave you with:

18 Lessons in Leadership
1. Leadership means sometimes people are mad at you.
2. When they stop bringing you problems, you've stopped leading.
3. Be wary of experts who posses more data than judgement.
4. Challenge the pros - learn from them, but don't fear them.
5. Never neglect the details, especially when others are.
6. Be bold. Better to ask for forgiveness than permission.
7. Question reality - scratch the surface of all assumptions.
8. Organizations don't accomplish anything. Invest in and empower individuals. 
9. Organizational charts/titles only label people. Go with performance and teams. 
10. Keep ego and position separate. Every job gets obsolete. 
11. Don't chase fads. Sometimes an unapologetic directive beats paralyzing discussion. 
12. Perpetual optimism is powerful. Cynicism is destructive. 
13. In employees look for intelligence, judgement, and the ability to anticipate. 
14. Great leaders are great simplifiers who can articulate goals we understand. 
15. If you are 40-70% sure, go with your gut. Taking no action has risk, too.  
16. Put power where outcomes are produced, not where they are measured.
17. Have fun, take leave, be with family - you'll live longer and better.
18. Be prepared to be lonely. The buck really does stop here. 




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