A Very Snowy Birthday

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Well this weekend were blessed to have a crazy snow storm. i have to say that I hate snow. Its really pretty when its falling but i don’t like it to stay. The only thing other than snow I hate is ice. ICE SUCKS!

Before we go into all that snowy stuff, i just have to say that I can’t believe that my little girl is three years old. That is right, K-Dub turned three on Thursday and I am not sure how I feel about. On one end, I like that she is getting older, smarter, more energetic, and wants to be around me and my wife all the time. ALL THE TIME! Then I am sad cause my little girl is growing up and I feel it is happening so fast. I used to hear that all the time but never truly paid it any attention until I had kids of my own. They were right. Soon K-Dub will be driving, then college and then getting married.

As of right now she is obsessed with princesses, puzzles, The Lion Guard, and a new found love of Rugrats thanks to Hulu! She enjoys eating chicken nuggets, fruit, fruit snacks, apples, apple juice, oatmeal, and pasta. She also will tell you that Mommy is her best friend and that Daddy is her girl.

Since this past Thursday was her birthday, we planned an amazing Cinderella party at our house but the weather had other plans. We had to cancel the party and schedule it for the following weekend. It kind of worked out good cause K-Dub was coming down with a killer cold.

But we did manage to play in the snow…

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Go Panthers!

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Tonight our family is cheering on our Carolina Panthers as that take on the Arizona Cardinals for the NFC Championship! Go Panthers! 

Garage Renovation Part 1- Cleaning It Out

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Well I have finally decided to do it. I need to clean out my garage….

This was not an easy decision cause I hate to think about all the things I am going to find in there but I need more space. With three girls in the house, I need a space to do man things! I am not exactly sure what I will do with it but I have a few ides.

  1. I could turn it into the ultimate stock pile room!
  2. I always wanted my very own gym complete with everything a guy could as for.
  3. I could set up a huge TV and put some couches in there and have epic football watching time.
  4. A place to just store stuff- I think thats how I got myself in this situation.
  5. A place to raise live chickens

So maybe number five is a little out there but if I was going to make any decision it was going to be to go with NUMBER TWO! It would be nice to have a home gym on those days I can’t make it to my box.

So I started my garage makeover by getting rid of the 32 boxes of books my dad left me. It was a hard call but I needed the space and what was I really going to do with 32 boxes of nonfiction books? So they were sent to Goodwill for someone who really might get some use out of them.

The next thing is to move some furniture around. I really want to move the stockpile that is in the garage back in to the house mostly cause I am scared the food will go bad faster.  I also still need to find the best places to put the lawn mower and other yard stuff.

The next thing is to sweep it out and cleanup all the leaves that have blown in from the fall. You might think that I am the worlds nastiest person at this moment but I have been putting this project off for so long that it feels goos to finally get some of this stuff done.

As far as putting things on the wall, I have really been itching to find a place to put my race medals and bibs. I fave not gotten there yet but I did find some great things on Pinterest that really have me excited.

You really can’t have a gym without some equipment. That would be crazy! So here is a list of the stuff to get for my home gym.

  1. Flooring
  2. Squat Rack
  3. Weight Bar
  4. Rubber Weight Plates 10/15/25/45 lbs
  5. Kettlebells 24kg/16kg
  6. Dumbbells 20lbs+
  7. Medicine Ball 20 lbs
  8. Jump Rope
  9. Pull Up Bar
  10. Ab Mat
  11. Bands
  12. Rower
  13. 20/24/30 Box

I already have a treadmill and an elliptical. I will be on the hunt for the other stuff later.

I am so excited for this project and can’t wait to get my home gym done. I will keep you posted as I work to get this done.

Here are some of the ideas I got from Pinterest.

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A Very Clean Holiday

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Happy Martin Luther King Day Everyone!

Today is a holiday so the newspaper is closed. I could not believe it. It use to be when I worked at the bank I had to fight to have these holidays off but now its not like that. I love it!

So today I told myself that since the wife was working and the kids were gone to daycare I was going to be very productive. So I went grocer shopping, Got the kitchen cleaned, cleaned all the floors, mopped the bathroom, and all the laundry is folded and put away. I consider myself very productive.

I even found the time to take some of the boxes of books left from my dad and drop them off at the local Goodwill store. Now  can finally work on getting my garage the way I want it. Just in time for my upcoming yard sale.

All an all, I feel very happy with my day off. Now to start some dinner and get ready for the family to come home.

  

 

2016 Race Schedule

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Well 2015 was a great year. I completed two milestones that I never thought possible. A lot of people have asked me what am I going to do now? To be completely honest I don’t really have a plan. I really want to focus on lifting but I can’t go a whole year without a little running. I also can’t run without bringing you guys along for the ride. 

This year is all about the bling when it comes to running. I got the itch after the marathon. I think I carried that heavy finisher metal around with me for two weeks. I was and I am still proud but I want more metals. So I have to earn them. 

Here is the 2016 Race schedule for me…

February 7- The Super Bowl 4 Miler

March 12- The Shamrock 4 Miler

April 16- The Oak Island Lighthouse Half Marathon 

July 4- American 4 Miler

August 27- Yiasou Greek Festival 5K

September 17- Hit The Brix 5k & 10

October 2- Lung Strong 15k

October 15- Rocktoberfest Half Marathon

November 12- Thunder Road Marathon??

9 races and 9 metals for the year of 2016. I have not totally made up my mind about Thunder Road this year due mainly cause of the hard recovery I had afterwards. Those leg cramps are nothing to joke about. 

So I have about three weeks until the first race and I need to get started with my training. I know I can complete these races but I also don’t want to be over confident. I just need to run and more importantly have fun. 

So here is to a great race season. Be looking for my recap of the Super Bowl 4 Miler coming in a few weeks. 

The Dirty 30

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  Well I have reached the epic milestone known as turning 30. 

I have to say that I really do have the best wife in the world. She threw me an epic surprise party. No one has ever thrown me a surprise party before so that also made it extra special. We will get to that. 

The day started with an amazing birthday workout thrown from my amazing coach at CrostfitMNC. It was the kind of workout that people were cursing my name. I loved it. 

  
After the workout we took a few selfies cause you kind of have to. 

   
 
After that workout I went home and really wanted to take a nap but instead checked my Facebook wall and the. Had lunch with my brother and sister in law. 

When coming home again. My wife came home and said she wanted to eat out for my birthday and we should go to Hickory Tavern. So I got dressed and we left. Once we walked in we were walking to be seating when I heard SURPRISE! 

I looked up Ned all my family was staring at me. I was in shock. The restaurant gave us a good deal in food and my birthday cake was amazing. 

All and all I am one happy 30 year old. 

The Last Day Of My Twenties!

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Well we are finally almost here. The day before I turn 30. I never thought I would get here and for 365 days I have been dreading it. I have no problem getting older. I am excited to see what the next chapter of my life will bring but I can’t help but look back on highs and lows of my twenties.

  1. Turning 21- That was a fun night or what I remember was.
  2. Graduating College- Met some great people and worked my butt off for that degree.
  3. Falling in love- It happened a lot and I learned so much.
  4. My first “Big Boy” job- I hated every minute of it but Wells Fargo taught me a lot.
  5. Meeting my wife- Went in with pink eye and left with a date.
  6. My first apartment- Miss that Bachelor Pad including the smell and noisy neighbors.
  7.  Loosing my job- The best thing that ever happened to me.
  8. Finally getting my dream job- I love working in Advertising!
  9. Getting engaged- Still can’t believe she said Yes!
  10. My Dad died- I miss him everyday.
  11. Getting Married- The best day of my life.
  12. First time flying- Scary but fun.
  13. First time in another country- Mexico was the best honeymoon
  14. The birth of my kids- No words can describe how amazing this was
  15. Buying a house.
  16. Getting Fat- Pregnant wife + McDonalds= 300 pound me.
  17. Loosing 80 pounds– Working out+ no McDonalds= 220 pound me.
  18. Running my first 5k- Came in 3rd in my age division.
  19. Completing my first half marathon.
  20. Completing my first whole marathon

I am sure I am forgetting so other amazing moments of my twenties but these are the ones that mean the most to me.

I am excited to see what happens in the next 10 years of my life. I look forward to watching my kids grow up and getting closer to my wife. I also can’t wait to see where my healthy lifestyle takes me.

Here is to being 30! Lets do this!