Monday, July 27, 2015

8 Stars of gold on a field of blue

Natasha Price from {{Alaska Knit Nat}}is a genius flower crown maker, {{flower arrangement maker extraordinaire}}and a fabulous knitter. 

I commissioned her to make me an Alaskan hat, and all my dreams came true when I got not only my hat, but a mini-version for my son. 

Natasha knows that twinning is the way to my heart. 

For a free pattern {{click here}} or contact Natasha and she will make you one just like this one in no time. Not to be Debbie Downer, but you need a hat because winter is coming. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Her Tern Half: Run Happy

{photo courtesy of Steph Wright}

"Your biggest challenge isn't someone else. It's the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside your head that yells "I can't". But you don't listen, you just push harder, and then you hear the voice whisper "I can". That's when you discover that the person you thought you were, is no match for the one you are." 

This is why I run, because with each accomplishment I realize that greatness has no peak, that I can always improve, and I try to make that thought translate into my work, my relationships, and my life in general. 

Today's race - my first half marathon - took everything I had physically speaking, but running never takes back more than it gives, and I am delighted with my race results. I kept tempo pace throughout and finished 5 minutes faster than my goal. 

But I didn't get here alone, so please allow me to give thanks:

First I am thankful to God for giving me this incredible body, His temple, that in the last couple years has made, birthed, and fed a child, AND ran a half-marathon. He gives me not only that, but a beautiful state to run in and take in the beauty of His work.  Did you guys see the gorgeous bluebird day He gave us for the race? 

I would like to thank my four coaches, Emma Bohman, Hallidie Wilt, Whitney  Bennet, and Jen Yach, you are incredible! Your instruction and encouragement are invaluable and helped me down to the last hill, where Emma and Hallidie ran with me, just when my body wanted to give up. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

To my girl, Amy Anderson, who finished today's race 13th overall! I admire you as a woman, a mother, and a runner. Thank you for counseling me, for listening to my freak outs, and for believing in me. Our friendship means more to me than words can say. 

To my running partner, Brenda Lester, girl, we did it! Thank you for sticking with me Mama B! I am grateful for you. 

To my friends Les and Steph for listening to my race talk for the last 3 months, and for coming to watch me finish. Fist bump. 

And last but never least, to my husband Tim, for always believing in me, for never doubting me for a second, for kicking me out of bed early on Saturdays so I could get in a long run, for taking care of our son so I could train. My struggles have been your struggles, and my victory is just as much yours. I love you. 

{Gee. You'd think I won the Nobel prize or something, but I promise I'm almost done.}

Lastly, I'd like to dedicate my first half-marathon to my son, Benjamin. You will see me struggle, baby, but you will never see me give up. This one's for you!

And now for the pictures!

Pre-race with Brenda

Pre-race with coach Whitney and coach Emma

Oh hi!

Blowing kisses to my cheering squad.

On my way to the finish line {photo by Rick Schleyer}

The Wrights at the finish line.

I run for mimosas, hey, that's my name!

Amy girl!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Four years

This picture will go down in history as our 4 year anniversary picture, because nothing says I love you better than a tree butt. 

Four years ago we said I do, for better or worse, and God has been gracious in granting us lots of good days. This year we decided to celebrate a few days earlier by doing what we do best in the summer, hiking and passing the time in a quiet cabin. 

Most of our weekend was spent showing Benjamin a lot of firsts: first squirrel, first driving lesson {relax, the car was turned off}, first pizza dinner, and it was great to enjoy ourselves watching our son enjoy himself. Love has grown us in ways we didn't expect.

I asked Tim where he thinks we will be in 4 more years, and he said: "Right here, doing this, but with 4 more kids". Ha!

Tim, do you know how I know you're the right one? Because you laugh at a tree butt, you love my baby to pieces, and you dare me to go 'tree surfing'. So maybe we won't have 4 more kids, but if 4 more years bring us full circle, I will still be happy to hike these trails hand in hand with you, and maybe, who knows, there might just be 4 of us :) 

This is a state of grace, this is the worthwhile fight, love is a ruthless game unless you play it good and right. These are the hands of fate, you're my Achilles heel, this is the golden age of something good, and right, and real. - Taylor Swift

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fun with H&M

dress: Hunter Bell via Circular Boutique, shoes Halogen, jacket: Free People

We were invited to the H&M opening party tonight, and given that our anniversary is tomorrow, we decided to have ourselves a night out. 

It was so fun, you guys, and if you are going to the opening tomorrow you are in for a treat. It was about time Anchorage got some love from new brands.  Nordstrom Rack, The North Face, and Lulu Lemon are all opening their doors soon!

Thank you {{The Sawbuck}} for the delicious drinks, {{DJ Spencer Lee}} for bringing the beats, and last, but not least, a HUGE thank you to my friend Shayla who made this night possible by watching Benjamin for us. You're a doll.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Spray paint secrets for a $50 furniture makeover

I am guest posting on {{An Alaska Life}} talking about how I repurposed my server. To see the process click {{here}}.

It's better out here

Call me crazy but I love camping, and I mean tent, sleeping bags, fire pit kind of camping, so I was a bit apprehensive about doing all that with a 13 month old in tow.
As it turns out, toddlers belong in the outdoors, wild unpredictable creatures they are. Benjamin loved the dirt, the firewood, the lake, the s'mores, and to my surprise, he slept in a tent better than I have ever seen him sleep at home. So much so, that I am considering putting a tent in the patio at home and letting him rough it! 

{I'm kidding, please don't report me to OCS}

We had 6 adults and 6 children, and everyone managed to have a most excellent 4th of July weekend. We made our way to Seward to watch the Mount Marathon race, to cheer on those champs, and to get inspired for the half-marathon I'm about to race in a couple of weeks.

We are thankful to live in a country and a state with so much natural beauty available to all. It was a weekend for the books!

Maiden tent.

It's better out here.

Can I have s'more? 

Sweetest thing ever.

Alaska wild child indeed.

Happy 4th of July!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Oh baby!

Who would have thought that only a year after I welcomed my baby I would be throwing a baby shower for my college partner-in-crime, Kristin. 
I cannot wait for baby Owen to make his entrance into the world this August, and I know everyone who attended the shower feels the same way. Because really, what's better than brand new baby goodness? Absolutely nothing.

I love you Kristin, and I hope you know how loved and wanted Owen is already. I am so very excited for you to embrace and enjoy motherhood. A year from now Ben will be teaching Owen how to walk!   May God grant you and Derrick wisdom, patience, kindness, and love to raise this baby. The best is truly yet to come!

P.S. Cupcakes by Amy Anderson
P.P.S. Flower arrangements by {{Natasha Price}}

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