Hey there my long lost band of followers. So sorry for all of the silence. I hope you are enjoying the season change as much as we have been!

Here’s what we were up to in October:

Chris turned 30 and Courtney surprised him BIG TIME. She rented a cabin in Government Camp and organized family and friends from all over to fly out and celebrate. We had to leave after dinner on Saturday since I had to run the Portland Marathon on Sunday but it was totally worth it.

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Friday night spread of goodness. We even made it to the hot tub.

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Love her!

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Afternoon hike to Burnt Lake (not the smartest move the day before the marathon but it was worth the view).

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Courtney’s dad made us the most impressive paella dinner.

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Courtney, Chris, me and John before heading back to Portland.

John and I have been planning a trip to Leavenworth for Oktoberfest since we moved out here. It finally worked out where my friends were able to come too. We had so much fun in the tiny Bavarian town.


We managed to get in a post-marathon trail run before heading into town. The dog does not belong to us but his name was Sly so he was definitely welcome… he took on the straight up hills better than me.

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Kelly, me and Aofie trying out our new steins. 


Cannot tell you how blessed I am to know this fine group of people.

We have managed to make it to a few more shows lately. Even to hear a prospective band for the wedding! I told John I need to purchase “concert shoes” — Translation: my feet start hurting after standing and listening to music for a couple of hours so, therefore, concert shoes are a completely justifiable purchase, right?

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Karl Denson made it back to Portland so John made sure we made it to the show.

And then in November…

I am SO SO SO SOOOOOOOO proud of John! He ran his first half marathon a few weeks ago! It was all on trails and in the cold, drizzly rain. Seriously beaming with pride. It was very hilly, rainy, muddy and so much fun. He did AWESOME. He beat me and ran it in 1:45. I came in 7 seconds behind 3rd in my AG in 1:47. Who cares… this one was all about him.

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I bought him a cheesy 13.1 sticker and made him pose with it before the race. He was a trooper.

It gets dark pretty early these days so this is how we usually spend our evenings. A nice glass of wine and John serenading me with a little bluegrass. He is getting in some good practice thanks to this research block.

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Yes, I am still running but haven’t signed up for another race yet. I am looking for a good one in the spring before the wedding. Speaking of the wedding!!!! Save the Dates went out and our photographer and florist have been chosen. Next up is… well, I can’t tell you all of the details! I must save some for a surprise.

We leave for Birmingham in less than 2 weeks!

It’s truly been a beautiful fall here in the pacific northwest 🙂

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