Wednesday, June 18, 2008

the match of the decade...

back in the day when i was first getting into running, i specifically remember a conversation with my dad that went something like this:
dad: "court, you have to try to beat other people."
court: "but dad, i feel bad to pass them. it will hurt their feelings!"
you can all just picture my dad's look of total exasperation with his oldest daughter. he, who is the ultimate competitor, had a daughter who he said "didn't have a competitive bone in her body."

well, i've since learned how to cultivate that "competitive bone" and it's a good thing as i live in a very competitive family. my dad has been known to grit his teeth while playing the family board game. and my mom, who likes to pretend she is not competitive, likes to be sneaky with her throwdowns. and both of my brothers and sisters can get pretty feisty, too. and of course, i don't even need to mention how competitive ryan is, for any of you that know him know that it is practically his middle name.

this being said, it seems only natural then that jose angel guzman would be a competitor at heart as he is about to enter our family.
you see, jose is a bigtime tennis player as is my cousin nick laconi.
well, i am not sure who challenged who, but a tennis match is scheduled to ensue this coming week in florida. let's just say, it could get intense.
nick made it to the indiana boys varsity tennis championship in the doubles tournament this year. he had an outstanding year in tennis.
and jose has been playing for years and is ranked in the colorado usta league.
this could get interesting...
don't worry, full coverage and pictures to follow...

and, just a little over a week until ashley gets married. let the countdown begin!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

food for thought...

i was really excited when i heard that the discovery channel was going to have a new station dedicated to green and sustainable living. sadly, we do not receive this station, but they have a sweet new website chock full of great info on living, eating, fashion, travel and all things in between. so, check it out when you have a spare moment:
planet green

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Sunday, June 8, 2008


if we have calculated correctly, it had been about 7 weeks since we've all been home together when ryan has had a weekend off. this weekend has been much anticipated and it has been perfect. i have in my mind this idyllic lifestyle that other people lead who's husbands don't work in the hospital. i picture lazy weekend mornings, going to a coffee shop, long runs as a family, doing projects together, eating meals together... now, i know that although this sounds wonderful, there are lots of other professions that keep people from enjoying these pleasures. but, i still dream of it and this weekend we tried to make it all come true. it was so nice to get to spend all day on saturday and sunday as a family and to really reconnect. and it is the happiest i have seen lily in a long time - she absolutely adores ryan and i cherish the time they had together. i am so thankful for these past few days...

(hamming it up while her dad is home!)