Catching up.

Throughout the summer, my friend Johnena and I ran three days a week together, with a goal of running a 10K in September. For one reason or another it kept getting put off until we finally ran it in early November. There weren't any official races in the area around that time, so Johnena's husband Joe mapped out a course for us in their neighborhood, and our friend Sarah decided to run with us! Our husbands biked along the route to give us water and encouragement, as well as directions for making the right turns along the 6.2 mile course. It felt good to accomplish our goal and we all had fun doing it together!

And we're off!

Here, Johnena and I are running through Ferry Park, which is part of our regular morning running routine. It's been fun to see the same people in the park at the same time every day. We don't know their names, but we always say hi and have come to recognize a lot of now-familiar faces.

For the finish!

The champions, modeling our awesome T-shirts that Joe made for us to commemorate the "Air Commando Wives 10K." (I was an honorary air commando wife that day...or maybe Kelly was an honorary air commando...something like that anyway.) :)

Happy Campers

Perhaps this is old news, but I forgot to post it earlier... The weekend we returned from our 3500 mile trip, we went camping on Dauphin Island with our friends the Browns & Bernardonis. There was a renaissance festival going on that day, so we went...but it ended up being kind of lame. We thought there might be ways to participate in the festival, but it was really more like a convention of people who like to role-play renaissance period characters. The rest of us were just observers.

Dauphin Island is a great area for birding, and there is a nice bike path around the entire island, so we were able to ride our bikes and hit a bunch of spots for good scenery and birds. That night, we grilled up some burgers and made smores around the fire. We debated singing campfire songs, but I think everyone except Sarah Bernardoni was against it. Maybe next time, Sarah. :)

Kelly and Berni, getting us there in style.

Sarahs, chillin' in the backseat.

The requisite tourist shot.

A pretty view of a swampy area on our hike.

An awesome live oak.

On our bike ride.

Around the campfire: Johnena Brown, Sarah Bernardoni, and Kelly.


Joe and Johnena, cooking up some tasty marshmallows.