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Cheers To A New Year: July, August & September

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Its week three and I am still loving this link-up! I've loved reading other posts about your year and finding new awesome blogs to follow! This week we are on to July, August, and September. While I am writing this earlier than Thursday, I always look forward to December 19th because it's my birthday! So while you're all reading everyone's highlights from their July, August, and September, I'll be over here spending time with my family and celebrating me! :) 

This July was a fairly uneventful month, but was filled with lots of friend time. Each year we spend the 4th of July at the local rodeo. Its one of the largest in the country and a tradition we look forward to every year. I am so thankful to have friends who are more like family, and I love this time of year because we all spend so much time together! 

This month was all about running and training. Dan and I had been working for the past 8 months to fundraise and raise money for the American Cancer Society with our team members from our Hood To Coast team. Hood to Coast is a 299 mile relay race where you and 11 other team members run from Mt Hood to the Oregon Coast. It took our team a little under 31 hours to complete the entire relay. Not only did our team accomplish the amazing task of running 299 miles, but we also raised over $18,000 for the American Cancer Society. It was an amazing experience and I am so excited that we get to do it again next year! 

Our van - runners 7-12!! 

Dan and I right before I started my first leg 

Us at the beach at the finish line! 

Our entire team - Team Proud To Be Roadkill! 

After running Hood To Coast, I was crazy enough to also sign up for a half marathon with my parents a week later. I was surprised at how much easier this race felt after running up mountains and completing a total of 17 miles for Hood To Coast. This race was fun to complete with my parents and even better because you got to wine taste at the end! This is the second year I have run this same event and I hope to do it again next year along with Dan this time! 

In September we got to celebrate my parents and their anniversary by spending a weekend away at the beach together. If you haven't noticed yet, we love how close we live to them and are so thankful to get to spend so much time together! This weekend trip was the perfect getaway and a fun break from work and reality a bit. We walked on the beach, got to see a pod of whales, played games, read books, drank wine, and just enjoyed each other's company! It was the perfect way to celebrate an amazing couple! 

Well I hope you all enjoy my birthday :) and join me next week for my final look back on the year!