Thursday, April 29, 2010

What a Whirlwind!!

Last weekend I went to Nashville with some awesome gals to run my first half marathon! We had an amazing weekend and a great run! My life changed so much after crossing that line. I trained for three months and pushed myself harder than I have before. Truly though, I had no idea just how much my life would change....

Mom and I crossed the finish line together at 2:22 & it felt so good! Did not train enough for those hills, but that's beside the point now. So I came out of the food area (which I could have stayed longer but mom wanted to get out of there for some reason....haha) and was thrilled to see my sister & hug her neck. We turned the corner & I saw my awesome boyfriend who had roses & a balloon that said "you are the best" which is a phrase we use often. I was so happy to see him & happy to receive my goodies too! So, we stood there for a bit & my sister took a photo.

So at this point Bobby turns around and says "now picture this"....and got down on one knee....and my heart skips a beat and I have no clue what took over my body but I said "no you are not" at least 5 times and could not stop laughing. BL said the most wonderful things and of course I screamed yes when he asked me to be his wife....Best. Moment. EVER. And the crowd around us cheered a little & congratulated us. Oh man, I am getting married to my best say I am thrilled would be putting it mildly.

One of my sisters was there, so the first call I made was to my other sister. This picture was taken when we were on the phone. I'm not quite sure if I'm exited here....

I'm beyond blessed to have this man & I can't wait to become Mrs. Bobby Lyons!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

what a GREAT three years :)

Three years ago today I drove home from PetSmart with a new friend, and my life has been blessed by that little guy ever since! I am so glad I gave an abandoned 6 month old puppy a chance, and I have had a wonderful three years with him. Those of you who are dog people can understand what I mean when I say Gus and I have a real connection and I don't want to think of what life would be like without this little man around :) Happy Anniversary, you sweet pup!

(Guster popping in to say 'hello' while I work)

(little man after his first bath with me!)

(my friendly Gus)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

2010 Final Four...Indy Style

...just got back from the Final Four in Indianapolis...what a week! Better yet, what a season...March Madness and Final Four are my biggest responsibilities for the year, so preparing for these takes over my life, and now that they are over I can have my life back. While I was there I got to meet some really neat people...most famous would have to be Mr. Scottie Pippen. Dang, is that man tall or what!? He was at an event our client sponsored, and when he was introduced to me, he looked down and said "how are you doing pretty little lady?" to which I replied "little is an understatement right now, you're huge!!" He got a good laugh and smiled for the picture. I love it when famous people actually interact with you. I was not star struck, but I was impressed. This was a fun moment...

Here are some of the US Paralympic Basketball Team members with the Bob Cousy Award winner Greivis Vasquez. What an outstanding kid (he is younger than me so I guess it's ok to say kid?!)
The next few pictures are from a clinic The Hartford hosted with the US Paralympians. This was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. 6 wheelchair athletes and 27 kids (a few adults too) as young as 5 who are in wheelchairs. I must have praised God 1,000 times that morning for the blessing of being able to walk. These folks don't let anything hold them back. What a great life lesson.....
(what an adorable 5 year old, Brayden...he stole everyone's heart that morning!!)
Our Friday welcome event features two familiar faces to the sports world, Dick Vitale & Jay Bilas...these guys were outstanding & entertaining to listen to. I still don't understand how anyone can know so much about so many athletes. It blows my mind (and also makes me wonder whether they know the latest gossip from People magazine like I do?)!

(this is me with the actual championship trophy that was awarded to Duke Monday night)

Now on to something very exciting that I have been waiting to post about....I found out a few weeks ago that I would be spending 45 days in the country of South Africa for the World Cup this summer. I am so excited to get to work such an exciting event & will certainly be using my blog to keep everyone updated on how things are going. Being away for 45 days will be tough, but I will put my big girl panties on & deal with is so exciting!!

That's all for now folks. Hope you're having a great week & your car isn't too yellow from that nasty pollen!