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2000s in Review

January 4th, 2010 by Rachel

I saw this on my friend, Megan’s, blog, and I thought it was so interesting that I had to do it myself. Our blog tends to be a little kid-focused these days, so perhaps this will give some of you a bit more information about me than you ever wanted to know.

Celebrated Y2K asleep in a recliner at my best friends’ house on my first outing after back surgery.
Spent about four months in a fog recovering from said surgery.
Started my freshman year at Texas A&M University, majoring in education, thinking I was going to be a math teacher or go to nursing school.

Spent spring break in London.
Decided teaching wasn’t really what I was supposed to do, changed my major to community health intending to go to nursing school someday.
Spent eight weeks in Nepal that summer. Got worms, made some great friends, experienced an earthquake and was robbed at gunpoint by Maoist rebels who stole all our stuff and attempted to burn down the house I was staying in. It was a life-changing summer, if you couldn’t tell by my brief description.

Junior year of college, got really involved in the college ministry at our church, met Thomas and made more wonderful friends.
Applied to a bunch of nursing schools to transfer to a BSN program. Didn’t get into a single one though my grades were really good. God firmly closed that door, though it was shocking to me at the time.

Lived with a wonderful family who taught me a ton about marriage and family.
Thomas and I started dating in November.

Internship at Hope Pregnancy Center the semester before graduation.
Thomas and I got engaged in August.
Graduated in December.

Thomas and I were married on January 8th. Had an awesome two-week honeymoon in Paris.
Found out we were pregnant in early May.
Bought a house in September.

Bud was born in February.
Made some great mom friends who helped in the transition to motherhood.

Lived it up with one kids and lots of fun friends (that picture is horrible, but one of the few I have of most everyone.)
Started training to become a Bradley Method childbirth instructor.
Found out I was pregnant with Sugar in October.

Sugar was born in May.
Became fully certified as a Bradley instructor.

Enjoying life with two beautiful kids and a wonderful husband.

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Keeps Me Running

October 22nd, 2009 by Rachel

I am hoping to run the White Rock Half Marathon in December. There are a few reasons I am really excited to run this specific race. One being that I got to cheer on Thomas as he ran the full marathon when we first started dating six years ago, and the other that the race benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). TSRHC provides extremely high quality medical care for children with orthopedic problems and dyslexia, all free of charge. TSRHC is very near and dear to my heart, quite literally, but more like my spinal region than my heart.

I found out I had scoliosis in junior high, and I was treated at TSRHC for several years, ultimately having a rod placed in my spine to straighten me out. The care I received at TSRHC was amazing (and free!), and I am so thankful for all they did for me. I want to start giving a little back through this race and any sponsorships I receive.

The half marathon I hope to run is only three days before the tenth anniversary of my back surgery. Cool, huh? All that to say, if you feel like sponsoring me in my race and donating to TSRHC, just go here. Thanks!

Some of you may be shocked to hear that I am hoping to run a half marathon since I’m not much of a long-distance runner. This spring, I had a really difficult time getting the kids to sleep at the same time so that I could have time to workout. So I started jogging with them in the jogging stroller. As my friend Sally says, jogging is one of the fastest ways to burn a lot of calories while your kids are awake. So true!

When I first started jogging again in April, I could barely run for two miles (with both kids), but kept with it and began jogging two or three miles most days a week. This continued through the summer, and somewhere in the middle of all of that, I started to enjoy running more. Which brings me to seven weeks ago when I decided to train for a half marathon–13.1 miles from a gal who barely finished the last 10K (6 miles) I attempted in college. Training is going great. I love my alone time running longer distances. I think running with kids in the jogging stroller got me in shape so that running alone is so much easier.

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Composting Class Closed

September 15th, 2009 by Thomas

The response to the Composting class coming up this Saturday has been great. So good, in fact, that the class is now closed. If you are interested in learning more about compost and composting and didn’t make this class, contact me and I’ll set up another class sometime this fall.

Another Trash to Treasure

September 12th, 2009 by Thomas

At various times the last couple of years having a 6 foot step ladder would have been handy, but I’ve managed to borrow one, improvise, or just do with out. On my Wednesday morning run last week, I came across a wooden 6 foot step ladder on the curb for trash pickup. I didn’t inspect it closely, but went back on my way to work and picked it up. It had one broken back leg that was missing about 5 inches. Otherwise, the ladder was in excellent condition and didn’t appear used much at all. Clearly, this would be an easy fix. I had to contain my excitement.

So, what do you get out of a discarded 6 foot step ladder? After about 45 fun minutes working with your son, lots of instructional measuring and a few cuts, a perfectly useful, roughly 5 foot ladder.


Shiraz Shish Kabob

September 7th, 2009 by Thomas

Our favorite place to eat these days has become Shiraz Shish Kabob. If you only eat the flat bread and hummus your trip will have been worth it. I’m sure there is better bread, hummus, and lamb kabobs somewhere, but this is here and good.


There is good hummus in Dearborn, MI, as you’ll see below. Also, I wonder if Matt could do any research to find out if Thomas Jefferson was a hummus fan.

If you liked that one, check out Tabbouleh Song.

Gardening Class Coming Up

August 29th, 2009 by Thomas

For those of you who are interested in starting or just getting better at gardening, Producer’s Coop in Bryan holds classes on Saturdays throughout the year on a variety of topics, both for the ag producer and the homeowner. The fall schedule is available here.

Next Saturday, September 5th, Producer’s will hold a Fall Gardening Class.

Gardening is booming in popularity everywhere in the country. This is especially true here in the Brazos Valley. This past spring, it was tough to find many popular sets and seeds. Many garden vegetables can only be (or are best) grown as cool season fall crops. This class will cover how to best prepare your soil, what crops fit our area, and how to deal with disease, insect and weed pests, as well as the top ten mistakes people make in vegetable gardening. We will also offer a break out session for young folks and we plan to let them get their hands dirty actually planting some things to take home with them. This class will be taught by Dr. Doug Welsh, Professor and Associate Department Head of Horticultural Sciences at TAMU as well as Texas Agrilife Extension Horticulture Specialist . Dr. Welsh hosts the popular radio show Garden Success! on KAMU-FM. Copies of Dr. Welsh’s book Texas Gardening Almanac will be available for purchase and he will be available for autographs for his book purchases.

The class is from 11-12. I plan to be in attendance to pick up a few tips and to get my copy of Doug’s book autographed.

Composting Class in September

August 27th, 2009 by Thomas

**UPDATE** Tuesday, September 15

This class is full. If you are still interested in attending a class, please contact me and we can set up another class this fall.

I will be holding an introductory class to composting Saturday, September 19th at 2:30pm. The class will include a short ‘lecture’ and some hands-on activities as well. Children are welcome and the event will last about an hour and a half (you are welcome to stay as long as you like). The location will be determined when I get an idea of how many sign up. If there is an overwhelming response, there may be a class size imposed. Things to bring along: something to drink, something to sit on if you like, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Leave a comment or email me if you have questions.

You can sign up here.