Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Towne Lake Triathlon 2016

Sorry I'm so late with this post about my last triathlon for the season, the Towne Lake triathlon on September 5th.

This race was good, tough, but good. I had some really great parts and some really awful parts. I kicked butt in the swimming portion, did decent at the bike, and had a horrible run. The best part of the run was hearing Eileen and Christopher cheering me on at the finish. 

1:36:39.3 overall time 
7:56.8 400m swim
44:07.5 12mile bike
39:47.7 3.1 mile run

I kicked butt at the swim portion. I had the third fastest time in my age group and I felt really good swimming. The water was cold (my preferred preference) and I just cruised; I kept a good pace and just swam. 

The bike was flat and fast expect for the last 2 miles where there was a head wind and a slight incline for a bridge. 

The last part, the run, was by far the worst run I've ever done. The course was tough, it was curvy, steep, and just overall unpleasant. I'm sure if I had been running during the prior two weeks it wouldn't have been as bad but it would have still been bad. I was definitely glad when the run was over. 

As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, Eileen and Christopher were able to come cheer me on at the finish line. This triathlon started later than the previous ones therefore my mom was able to bring them over to cheer since they were both up and the race site was 15 minutes away from her house. 

I'm all done for triathlons this season and next season will be a short season as I plan to have knee surgery over the summer. Hopefully, I will be able to get it a triathlon or two before surgery.

Enjoy until next time!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

America's Favorite Pastime

Last Friday we took the kiddos to their very first baseball game. My team (the Rays) were playing Chris's team (the Astros) here in town so we got tickets for the Friday night game of the series. During the summer on Fridays they have fireworks after the game, weather permitting of course so we thought that would be awesome for them to see hence selecting a Friday night game. 

We were pretty nervous to see how they would do at the game for a few reasons; they had never been before, the game started at 7:10, and the fireworks. Low and behold the kiddos did great! They both stayed awake and watched the game and the fireworks. 

Of course we picked seats way up in the nose bleed section because they are the cheap seats, they weren't crowded, and if we needed to leave we didn't pay an arm and a leg for nice seats. Being up away from mostly everyone allowed the kiddos to move around a bit without causing any distractions. Christopher was completely entertained by the seats. He kept pushing them up and down. Eileen kept rooting for the orange team (the Astros) much to mommy's dislike but she had a blast. 

So glad our first family baseball game was a success! We've been busy and I've been slacking on getting blog posts up in a timely manner. The next couple of weeks seem to be less busy so I hope to get all caught up on everything. 

Enjoy until next time! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Our Future Olympian

Check out Eileen rocking a swim cap and googles because she wants to be like the big swimmers (Olympians) on TV. How cool is that?

Eileen is enjoying swimming so much we have decided to keep her in swim lessons during the school year to improve her skills and who know maybe she will want to swim summer league when she gets a little older. 

Enjoy until next time!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Brassiere 1895

Our 4th wedding anniversary was on August 4th and we were able to go out to eat and try the brand new restaurant in town, Brassiere 1895. The restaurant is the brain-child behind well known Houston chef, Kris Jakob. In the past, when we have gone out for our anniversary we go for steak. Steak is luxury item so why not enjoy it on a special evening. With that being said, we strayed from the norm and tried a French/New American restaurant. 

Our anniversary always falls during the Houston Restaurant Week which is a fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank featuring local restaurant offering a special menu. We were in luck that Brassiere 1895 was participating in Houston Restaurant Week and I ordered off the menu. The event menu allows to sample portions of their menu for a great price. I ordered the Nachos Cochinita Pibil for an appetizer, the 8oz Onglet Franciase for dinner, and the chocolate marquise for dessert. Chris ordered off the regular dinner menu and ordered bone in veal. 


8oz onglet (hanger steak)

Bone in veal

chocolate marquise

The restaurant is very cozy yet elegant and offers a wide variety of wine, a handful of craft beers, and homemade bread for all to enjoy. Chris and I really enjoyed ourselves and expanded our food palettes. We will certainly be back to try more of the food off their menu and especially the desserts!

4th anniversary

Enjoy until next time!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fun in the Sun and A/C

Last week was a busy week for us with our adventures to the horse barn, the beach, the Galveston Children's museum, and La Kings Creamery. Also on the 4th was our anniversary and we were able to go out to dinner but more on that later in another post. 

We went to the little beach on the same day as the horse barn so needless to say the kiddos slept good that night.  Christopher ate a fair amount of sand and his poops the next few days were sandy but besides that he had a blast. Christopher and Eileen both love the water and digging in the sand. One day in the future we will take them to an actual pretty beach to enjoy the soft sand and clear water. 

The Galveston Children's museum is a neat little place in the basement of the Moody Mansion to beat the heat. There are various rooms of interactive play and the favorite of Eileen's was the vet/doctors clinic. Eileen wore a scrubs top and took care of all the stuffed animal patients.


Now, no trip to Galveston is complete without a trip to La Kings to get some ice cream. Eileen surprised me this trip and requested vanilla ice cream instead of her normal strawberry. I had to ask her twice if she for sure wanted vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy until next time!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Houston Mounted Patrol

Last week, the kiddos and I went with our friends to the Houston Mounted Patrol Horse Barn and fed the police horses. This was such a neat outing and a place we will definitely come back to. The facility is completely free it only costs you how much food you want to bring for the horses. We brought carrots and apples to share with the horses.  Eileen fed the horses both the carrots and the apples but I could tell her preferred feeding them the carrots because she didn't have to be as up close and personal to their mouths. Eileen brought her toy stuff horse to show off to the horses. 

There's one horse at the barn that is kind of a star because he is deaf. Smash is the deaf mounted patrol horse and has really raised awareness of the mounted patrol unit because of the girls that chose to sponsor him because they also have special needs. Smash also has his own story book about what its like to be a police horse and because of his celebrity status he seems to get extra treats.

Smash, the deaf horse

saddled up for training

While we were there we also got to watch one of the horses get new horseshoes and the kiddos got to touch the hoof shavings. Visiting the barn was a huge hit for everyone and we will be back soon to feed the horses some more carrots!

Enjoy until next time!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Cypress Triathlon 2016

On the 31st of July I competed in the Cypress Triathlon, which is the second race in the Bayou City Tri Series here in the Houston Area. Since the race area was about 20 minutes from my moms we stayed with her and she helped out with the kiddos.  My time for the Cypress Triathlon was 1:42:26.1

The breakdown of the time is as followed along with the distances:
Swim 550m 12:07
Bike 13mi 48:46
Run 3.1mi 38:04

The swim was rough because the water was incredibly murky and nasty warm. It was like taking a warm bath *yuck* I prefer to swim in a cool temperatures and this swim was far from that. It was a simple swim but not pleasant.

Photo credit: Chris

The bike wasn't bad it was just hot as heck at 7:30 in the morning which was oh so fun. It was a flat, smooth ride which was great and no real head on winds which was a plus.

Photo credit: Chris

As always, the run was the toughest part for me and those 3.1 miles are long. I jogged/walked, but mostly jogged the first two miles, and completely jogged the last mile. That is my goal each event to jog the last mile and I'm hoping to work up to jogging the last two miles. Much more training and comfort with running is needed for that to happen and one day it will.

Photo credit: Chris

Overall, it was a great race despite it being really hot. I have to give a huge shout out to Chris for waking up early, driving me there, and cheering me on! I have one more race this season and that's the Towne Lake Triathlon on September 5th. Next week I start training for that triathlon. 

Enjoy until next time!