Tales from the Hill's Country

Quips, stories and observations from our adventures in marriage and parenting (as told by Katie).

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In the Garden

Bradley helped Chris plant our Spring garden.

They planted broccoli, mint, peppers and a bunch of other things:
Then there was the face PLANT (see what I did there?):
That didn't stop Bradley though! He got right back in there:
I think we have a budding (ha ha) gardener on our hands!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Louisiana Half Marathon

Back in early November, I thought it would be fun to sign up for the Louisiana Half Marathon. Still not sure why!

After a total of TWO training runs, I was ready for the big day!

Ok, not really at all... but I was determined to see my commitment through. So I suited up and got ready to run.

Here's a shot of the pre-race:
There were a lot of people who looked really prepared. I made sure to get behind them... waaaay behind them.

As the race started, I noticed a girl (in front of me) wearing a shirt that said on the back, "If you're wearing this, you trained even less than me." Yep... I was in the right spot.

Chris came out to cheer me on and take my jacket at the 3 mile mark. Laura, Lucy and Bradley were cheering for me just a half mile later. Then the long trek around the LSU lakes. Thankfully, our friends, the Marschall's, live on the lakes and they were outside cheering me on, too.

At the end of the lakes Chris, Bradley, Laura and Lucy were there again ready to give me a boost for the last three miles. Chris thought that if he put Bradley on the ground, he would run towards me... instead he ran right across the race path:
(If you click on it to enlarge you can see me in blue coming from the left of the road.)

That was a great boost and I was able to finish the race! Considering I was vastly ill-prepared, I was pretty excited.

After a post-race photo, I took a nap:
And woke up feeling like I might not ever walk again!

I still don't have the running "bug"... but I do find races fun. Next time, though, I think I'll add in a few more training runs...

Friday, April 11, 2014

On the Go

Bradley and I can often be found at the Children's Museum. And before it gets ridiculously hot, I've been taking him out on the upper deck where they have all sorts of trucks to push and ride in.

He loves it!
Watch out, this baby has places to go!
He also enjoyed the tractor:
We'll sure miss this in the summer (when it's too crazy hot)!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bradley's Second Haircut

Since flying to Walt Disney World every time Bradley needs a hair cut isn't realistic, we found a closer alternative.

The fun thing? It's the same place (though they've moved locations) I went to when I was a kid!
Here Bradley and I are with the "towel-a-gator" (kids can throw their towels into the mouth after their haircut). The same one that was around when I was a kid!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Christmas Cuteness

Some photos of Bradley and friends celebrating Christmas this year (well, 2013...)

Bradley helps dad with the Christmas tree:
Bradley's not too sure about the Bering's Santa this year:
Christmas in Texas:
(It's a penguin. Wearing camo. Carrying a riffle. God Bless Texas!)

Bradley is happy to point out his pal, Kate in her Christmas card:
Bradley is REALLY unsure about the Santa at the party hosted by our old playgroup:
Sleepy Bradley ready for his Christmas rest:
Three little monkey cousins refusing to sit still for a Christmas photo:
We'll get some better shots next year, right??

Friday, April 4, 2014

Finish Line!

On a Friday back in September (yes, I'm still catching up) Chris came home after a particularly grueling week. Wanting to help him get ready for the weekend, I put up some streamers/finish line tape on our front door. Around 3pm.

Then I forgot about it.

Around 6:30pm I heard tapping at our side window and nearly jumped out of my skin! It was a very confused Chris who had come around the side of the house to see if everything was ok...

Ah Pinterest, you got me again!
Yes, I'm wearing pajamas at 6:30pm... and yes they appear to be designed more for a teenager than a 30-something mom... and yes my child is wearing just a diaper... That's just how we roll.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Batter Up!

Around our neighborhood, Little League baseball is kind of a big deal. The kids... er... parents tend to get a little competitive. So I thought it was a good idea to get Bradley started early.
We're still working on the appropriate form:
But he's already learned the most important lesson:
Have fun!