The Mayflower

Friday, May 31, 2013

You guys, June starts tomorrow. This is blowing my mind. Summer is here!

We are settling on our house in four days! I don't know where the time has gone but all I can say is: I. AM. SO. EXCITED.

We have all kinds of awesome plans for our new home sweet home and I can't wait to get my hands on that place!

Last weekend, we took a trip up to Maine to visit with Mike's extended family and work on their family cottage. Every year, members of the four branches of the family get together to complete projects and officially open the cottage for the summer.
The cottage, named The Mayflower, was built back in 1910 by the four Whittaker brothers. Lyman, Bob, Ray, and Norm. Lyman was Mike's grandfather.

I feel so lucky to have married into such a wonderful family. I've only been up to Maine a few times but every time we visit, they treat me like I've been a Whit for years. Even when Mike and I were only dating, they were so welcoming and so much fun.

There are not many families that I know that get together every year to help preserve a part of their family's history. The cottage is literally like a museum. There are photos and artifacts hanging all over the walls. Most of the furniture was built by members of the family and it's incredible to see the care the family takes in maintaining the place.
A photo of Lyman and Trudy - 1945
We drove up on Friday afternoon and didn't arrive until 2:00AM. We caught a few hours of sleep and then it was straight to work the next morning.

There were not really any major projects this year. They usually have a large project like replacing the railing and columns on the porch or rebuilding steps or something like that but, instead, we focused mainly on cleaning and organizing everything this year. I am certainly not very handy when it comes to woodworking and power tools so I always stick to the painting and cleaning anyway.
We worked hard all throughout the day and then joined everyone for dinner that evening.

Since Mike's 28th birthday was Monday (the day we were leaving) they decided to celebrate with us that night. The kids in the family worked hard to make Mike a cake and they were so adorable when they presented it to him.
Then, just after dinner, we got a bit of a surprise. One of the neighbors in the community who is a member of a local barbershop quartet stopped by with the other three singers after one of their performances and sang us a few songs.

It was probably one of the sweetest things I've seen in a while. Being up in the cottage in this small town in Maine definitely makes you feel old-timey as it is, but being serenaded by a quartet? That was incredible.

The rest of the trip was pretty easy-going. We got most of the work done on Saturday so Sunday we went to the beach to relax a little. It was cloudy and a little chilly but still so peaceful.
We took up some of Grammy's hair and released it into the ocean. The cottage and Maine were very close to her heart and we wanted a part of her to remain up there as well. Since she wasn't cremated, we didn't have ashes so we thought this was the next best thing. We read a few passages from God Calling and reflected on the events of the last week.

Before we left, we made sure to hang the lobster we had brought with us on the cottage walls. This lobster was one that hung in Grammy's kitchen for many years so we thought it was appropriate to retire it to The Mayflower. We hung it just above a wood carving of her husband Lyman.

It was a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We are planning a trip back during the summer for a week vacation. I can't wait to visit again!

Challenge Day 31 - Summers in Fox Chase

Day 31: A vivid memory.

It's hard to choose one specific memory so I'm going to stretch this a little and include memories from a period of time in my life that was special to me. The times in my life that were the most significant were the summer days in our old house growing up.

We lived on a cul-de-sac full of kids my age in a quiet community. We became close with many of the families in the neighborhood and being an only child, I loved this because it felt like I had tons of brothers and sisters. 
There was one family in particular only three houses down from ours that we got to know the best. It was like our families were meant to be. Growing up, I spent my summers out of school doing one of two things. I was either at camp or at their house. 
We would play all summer long, picking honeysuckle, playing kickball, swimming in a little plastic pool in the backyard, and playing little games we would make up. 
What was even better was seeing how much fun our parents had too. They were best friends. We cooked out almost every night, went on fishing trips with our dads, went on vacation together - I felt like those summers lasted forever and it was the greatest time in my life. 
There are so many wonderful memories of those summers and I'm so glad I got to experience them. I hope that I can provide the same for my kids growing up. 

Challenge Day 30 - Letting Go

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Day 30: React to this term: Letting Go.

Letting go is something I think we all struggle with at times.

Sometimes things happen in our lives that we have a hard time forgetting. We witness something terrible, we get hurt, we make mistakes, we hurt someone else, someone leaves us... a number of things can happen.

The bottom line is that we all have fears and we all have pain. That's simply how life goes. We can't help it. It's not something we get to choose. Holding onto those things, however, is a choice.

Choosing to keep the pain close to our hearts does nothing but hold us back. We can't live in the moment and live for today if we are stuck in the past. If we cling to those events that weigh us down, we can't ever truly be free. There can be no progress unless we learn to let go.

It's a lot easier said than done, of this I am well aware. I've had my share of troubles in life and some of them I still cannot set free. Even though I know how important it is, I still have regrets. As time passes though, I'm beginning to realize that there is no use in waiting for apologies that may never come. There is no use in kicking myself for the things I've done years after people have moved on. It only hurts me.

In order to enjoy life to the fullest and open up completely, letting go is essential. Otherwise, how can you expect to move forward?

Challenge Day 29 - Songs that stick with me

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Day 29: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post.

What a fun post!

BoDeans - Good Things

Good Things by BoDeans on Grooveshark

This song was one of the very first songs I ever heard. We have videos of me at only a year old dancing to this song in front of the stereo. This one definitely brings me back.

The Wallflowers - Closer To You

Closer to You by The Wallflowers on Grooveshark

I had a hard time choosing which Wallflowers song to post. So many of them bring back memories since I literally have grown up listening to their music. Many of their songs remind me of specific events or times in my life. They are one of my all-time favorite bands.

O.A.R. - Hey Girl

Hey Girl by O.A.R. on Grooveshark

My friends and I used to be huge O.A.R. fans. I saw them a bunch of times throughout high school and college. This song reminds me of all of the fun we used to have back then. Those were such good times.

Ingrid Michaelson - You and I

You and I by Ingrid Michaelson on Grooveshark

This song is one that Mike and I listened to quite a bit while we were dating. I saw Ingrid open for another band at an awesome, small venue years ago before she became super popular (Thanks, Old Navy) and I fell in love with her voice. Her cover of the song "Can't Help Falling In Love" was the song Mike and I danced to at our wedding.

Jack Johnson - All At Once

All at Once by Jack Johnson on Grooveshark

I am a very big fan of JJ's music. I love the messages that he sends and think he is such a talented artist. Most of his songs also bring back memories of earlier years but his songs just speak to me in so many ways. This one especially.

Wow, it's really hard to just pick FIVE! I connect with so many artists and so many songs that I wish I could list them all. Hope you enjoy!

Challenge Day 28 - Only Pictures

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Day 28: Only pictures.

I plan to do a separate post on our trip from this weekend but here are a few of the photos from our stay at the cozy cottage in Maine.

Challenge Day 27 - Dear Readers

Day 27: A letter to your readers.

Dear Readers,

I am not sure how many of you are out there but I want you to know that I appreciate every single one of you! Thank you for following along and listening to the nonsense I put up here. Your support means so much to me and I am so grateful that you take the time out of your week to check in with what's going on in our lives.

When I started this blog, I mainly intended for it to be just for me to document all the things Mike and I do in our newlywed journey together. Shortly after I started the Blog Every Day in May Challenge though, I realized how many other awesome bloggers there are out there. The blogosphere is like a whole different universe and it's very exciting for me to be a part of it.

For those of you that found me through the challenge, I'm so glad you decided to stop by! I hope that we get to be bloggy friends and I am excited to learn all about you too!

Thank you all again and Happy Memorial Day!

Challenge Day 26 - From the web

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Day 26: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you'd like.

Holy cow, Day 26! It's amazing to me that May is almost over! There is so much coming up for us at the end of this month and I am trying to brace myself for the craziness.

We drove up to Maine on Friday afternoon and didn't make to Ocean Park until 2:00AM. We are here for "work weekend" at Mike's family's cottage - The Mayflower. It's one of my absolute favorite spots in the entire world. The cottage is like a museum with all of its history and the community and family is incredible. There's so much to say so I'll save it for another day. I will do a separate post on our trip sometime this week.

On to today's topic!

So this is not something that I read online... it's more like something I found and watched and then balled my eyes out to one afternoon this past week. It's a video that has been floating around the internet. I thought it was beautiful and totally worth sharing. You might want to grab a tissue or 20.

Challenge Day 25 - Mrs. Reid

Day 25: Something someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget (good or bad).

Can you tell our weekends have no routine? That's the only reason I can think to explain why I seem to have trouble posting regularly after Friday. I am posting twice today to make up for yesterday. I'll be damned if I don't complete this entire challenge! I am determined to write about every single topic even if it's not totally on schedule every day. 

I feel like this prompt shouldn't be that hard but for some reason, I'm having a really tough time with it.

Either no one has really told me anything important about myself (which cannot be true) or I didn't take the time to really listen to what they were saying. How sad.

The only thing I can think of isn't something someone told me directly but it's something I will never forget. 

In kindergarten, we had to complete this series of entrance tests where the teachers would evaluate us on the skills we had to place us properly in a specific learning level. My wonderful, sweet teacher, Mrs. Reid, spoke to my parents after the tests were complete to share how I had done. 

What Mrs. Reid shared gave such evidence of my personality and I will never forget it when my mom told me about it years later. It's all so true. 

After the tests she told my mom that she was amazed at my incredible attention to detail. My mom told me Mrs. Reid said specifically that if they had asked me about the testing room after I had left, I could describe everything in detail from the arrangement of the tables and chairs to the books on the shelves. She said that I could probably even tell you about which books were which color and what order they were placed in. 

She spoke about how bright I was but how I was not the type to jump up and answer questions first or try an activity right away. Instead I sat back and watched to see how it was done and then made a careful choice to try it on my own. 

It's funny to me how even at 5 years old, I displayed the same characteristics that define me today. 

I still think about Mrs. Reid from time to time and how on target she was with all that she said. 

I know this isn't anything really earth-shattering, but it's all I can think of for today. I hope everyone has a nice holiday weekend!

Challenge Day 24 - Worst Traits

Friday, May 24, 2013

Day 24: Your top 3 worst traits.

Well, I certainly didn't have to sit and think about these for very long. I have a few traits that I know are not the most appealing.

1. My mood swings
I can blame it on my constantly shifting hormones all I want, but deep down, I know I'm just a moody person. I have always been pretty sensitive and emotional. I've even been known to cry during a commercial or two. Yes, I know, you're probably thinking of the Sarah McLachlan ASPCA tear-jerker we've all been traumatized by but I'm even worse than that. I cried during this one...

I know, I'm ridiculous.

I could be laughing one minute and sobbing the next, then giving you the silent treatment because you didn't comfort me. I don't know how Mike puts up with me. I feel like he should get an award at the end of every month just for making it through.

2. I'm a perfectionist
This goes along with my wonderful Type-A personality. I can be a little bit of a control freak at times and I put a lot of pressure on myself to make everything perfect. Sometimes I spend way too much time on details that don't really matter at all in the end. I'll spend hours in the kitchen making this amazing dinner and when I finally put it on the table, even though Mike tells me it's wonderful, I end up in tears because it's not how I pictured it. Even if it tastes good, in my mind I know it wasn't perfect. I can be really hard on myself.

3. I'm a people pleaser
I will never be the type of person that can stand up to other people and say exactly what I am thinking or what I want. I tend to let other people have their way a lot because I seem to live in this world where I just want everyone to be happy and get along all the time. I know this is bad because I tend to put myself and my needs last. This also means that I have a really hard time with the word "no."

If I'm upset about something, I don't let people know it and in fact, I will tell you the opposite. I would gladly keep on going doing what I was doing so long as the everyone was happy. To me, that's the most important thing.

Challenge Day 23 - What School Won't Teach You

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Day 23: Things you've learned that school won't teach you.

These lessons have taken me a while to learn but each one is valuable in its own way. Some of them I am still trying to understand. The hardest part is putting them into practice.

Do what you love. Discover the joy in your life and don't waste your time on things that make you unhappy. Find your passion and go after it with all you've got.
The Platinum Rule. We've all heard that we should treat one another how we would want to be treated, but treating other's how they would want to be treated, now that's really caring.

Don't stumble over something behind you. We've all messed up. Learn to forgive yourself and move on. The mistakes you've made are not who you are so don't let them define you.

Don't let others define you either. Your self-worth should not be determined by those around you. What's the good in letting someone else decide if you are successful or beautiful or happy?

Stop waiting. The perfect time will never come. Sometimes you just have to jump in. Life is too short to wonder what could have been.

Slow down. Don't sacrifice the present. Stop rushing around and take a minute to breathe and enjoy the moments in front of you before they become the past.

Challenge Day 22 - My Rant

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Day 22: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)

Narcissism - a personality characteristic associated with self-absorption, egocentrism, an overestimation of one's own importance and abilities, a sense of entitlement and a disregard for others.

It's a serious issue. Well at least it's something I think has become a serious problem in society these days and it's what I am going to rant about today.

I have come to despise the fact that people seem to feel entitled to everything these days. They don't seem to care about anyone but themselves and they don't see anything wrong with putting their needs above everyone else's all the time.

True story...

I was waiting in line at the pharmacy drive-thru the other day to pick up my medication. Now, this whole rant could have to do with the fact that I was a technician at this particular pharmacy for more than three years and I can personally attest to the stress that the employees are under, but I think this is coming more from my experience as a customer than anything else. (side note: Did you know that "Pharmacy Technician" made it on the Forbes top ten list of the world's unhappiest jobs? Ha, not surprising.)

There was one car in front of me and one behind me.

I had been in line for about maybe three minutes when the "gentleman" in the truck behind me started revving his engine to indicate his impatience. I could see his frustration growing as he kept throwing up his arms and although I couldn't hear him, I could clearly see he was yelling. My first thought was, SERIOUSLY?! What are you going to do? Run me over?

The person ahead of me definitely was taking a while but I didn't expect the transaction to be instantaneous.

The first thing that folks need to understand is that a pharmacy drive-thru is NOT like McDonald's. There will be a wait time. These are medications and people's lives we are talking about here, not burgers and fries.

After another minute or so the guy started honking his horn and yelling and screaming. The next thing I know, he throws his car in reverse, almost hitting a woman and her son that were walking around the building behind him, rolls down his window and floors it, swerving around my car, cursing us all the whole way.

I was stunned.

This man seriously can't wait more than five minutes to pick up his meds? If it's really that much of an emergency, why aren't you at the ER?

What he said didn't affect me much but what if the guy had been screaming at someone else instead of me? Like a mother caring for her daughter who was dying of cancer just trying to pick up her medication after a long day at work? What if the guy waiting in front of me had just had a liver transplant and there was an issue with his insurance covering his life-saving meds?

You never know a person's story. You never know what's going on in their lives. Who are you to place your needs above theirs? Who are you to say that your troubles are greater than anyone else's?

Maybe the guy in the truck did have a bigger issue. Maybe he was just like one of those people I described. But did he have to be so rude?

When did we become so angry and self-absorbed? When did we lose all patience, respect, and common courtesy?

People might say that technology has forced us to be this way, but I refuse to accept that.

I think putting others first is a choice and a damn good one.

End rant.

Challenge Day 21 - Favorite Posts

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Day 21: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives.

It seems kind of funny to me to create a list of links to my favorite posts since I have only been blogging for less than 8 months. It's tough since there's not much to choose from! Despite this, I will press on!

Numero uno: Our wedding!

Number three: Florida Visit

Number four: Ray's Last Dance


Challenge Day 20 - Trudy

Day 20: Get real. Share something you're struggling with right now.

This topic comes at a really appropriate time.

There are a lot of things I can say as the events of this last week or so have caused a great deal of turmoil in our lives.

To be completely honest, I've been dreading this post. I don't feel at all ready to talk about it. I was considering not posting it at all but this has been a major part of our journey and so I know that I really need to include it. Maybe it will be therapeutic for me, but right now I mainly just feel pain. There is no way that the things I write will ever do her justice but I'm gonna give it a try anyway. I will be brief because it's just hard to find the words.

Gertrude "Trudy" S. Whittaker passed away on Monday, May 13th, 2013.
The weekend before her passing was probably one of the most difficult periods I've ever been through in my life. It would be inappropriate for me to divulge details of how the days unfolded but I can at least say this:

Grammy taught me so much in both her life and her death.

I had never before stayed with someone who was dying, and although it was a bit scary at times, I consider my experiences over the last couple of weeks to be a gift.

Having the honor of being included as a member of the Whittaker family during this chapter in their lives means more to me than any of them will ever know. I have been struggling with my faith for a while now and witnessing the spiritual bond within their family was unlike anything I have ever experienced. It shook me to my core.

Grammy was a beautiful woman inside and out. I can honestly say after meeting so many people that were touched by her life, she truly lived every day of her 95 years. I can only hope that we all take a page from her book and embrace life as fully as she did.

You will be missed, Gram. We love you so much.

Grammy's favorite passage from "God Calling"

March 11 - Seek Beauty
Draw Beauty from every flower and Joy from the song of the birds, and the color of the flowers.

Drink in the beauty of air and color.  I am with you. When I wanted to express a beautiful thought, I made a lovely flower. I have told you. Reflect.

When I want to express to man what I am - what my Father is - I strive to make a very beautiful character.

Think of yourselves as My expression of attributes, as a lovely flower is My expression of thought, and you will strive in all, in Spiritual beauty, in Thought - power, in Health, in clothing, to be as fit an expression for Me as you can.

Absorb Beauty. As soon as the beauty of a flower or a tree is impressed upon your soul it leaves an image there which reflects through your actions. Remember that no thought of sin and suffering, of the approaching scorn and Crucifixion, ever prevented My seeing the beauty of the flowers.

Look for beauty and joy in the world around. Look at a flower until its beauty becomes part of your very soul. It will be given back to the world again by you in the form of a smile or a loving word or a kind thought or a prayer.

Listen to a bird. Take the song as a message from My Father. Let it sink into your soul. That too will be given back to the world in ways I have said. Laugh more, laugh often. Love more. I am with you. I am your Lord.

Challenge Day 19 - The Best Blogs Out There

Monday, May 20, 2013

Day 19: Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them.

Sorry for the late catch-up post from yesterday and also for today. I know I am posting a day behind but it's the best I can do for now. I'm finding it really hard to blog on the weekends and we have a funeral today so there will be lots of commotion. I still have not written today's post but I will try to write it later today. Thank you for having patience during this rough time.

I know I've been a bit distracted lately but I am working to try and get my blogging mojo back. 

Today's post is a fun and easy one! Hooray!

1. Jenni @ Story of my Life

This is an obvious one. I read her blog just about every single day and since I am a bit new on her page, I've been skimming through past posts that pop up to get to know her a little better. She is an incredible writer and photographer. I love the insight she gives into writing, blogging, love, marriage, and life in general. Her posts are very balanced. One day she could be writing about a very personal topic and the next she is sharing the best pizza place in Austin where she lives. It's never too heavy or too fluffy. I love it!

2. Jessica @ Little Baby Garvin

I posted about her before but she really is one of my favorites. She's the one who is famous for the chalkboards. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out her page. I don't have kids but when I do, I hope I can be as cool of a mama as she is! Her daughter is adorable, she's hilarious, and I love her style. As long as she keeps writing, I'll keep reading!

3. Sherry and John @ Young House Love

Since Mike and I are just about to wrap up on buying our first home, I was super excited when I found out about this blog. This DIY power couple has seen and done pretty much everything in the way of homeownership. I love to see how they transform their homes one project at a time. I say homes because as of a few weeks ago, they bought their third house! It's yet another fixer upper looking for some love. I can't wait to see what they do and I am excited to use their tips as we renovate our very own house!

4. Taralynn @ Undressed Skeleton

If you've never heard of her, I strongly encourage you to read her story. I love the recipes she posts and all of the advice she gives. She's a gorgeous, strong-willed, fun-loving girl and she is incredibly inspiring. She has come a long way in her journey and could really provide a lot of insight to a lot of women (and even men) out there. 

5. Sarah @ Yes and Yes

This is a new blog for me. I just recently stumbled upon it and fell in love. I kind of consider it a big "how-to" guide for life. Sarah has done and seen a lot of things and she shares her insight on travel, friends, relationships, and much more. I checked out some of her best posts and really loved the voice she brought to the page.

Challenge Day 18 - A special Christmas

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Day 18Tell a story from your childhood. Dig deep and try to be descriptive about what you remember and how you felt.

It was Christmas Day and I was in junior high.

My step-grandmother Sharon, (I really hate calling her that because she really was just like a real grandmother to me), had been diagnosed with cancer that had metastasized to her brain. She and my grandfather were living with us so that she could see the doctors in Maryland where the care was better. 

We were just getting ready to open gifts when I ran upstairs to get a card I had made for her. I rushed back downstairs and handed it to her. I don't remember what I wrote or what it looked like, but I will never forget her reaction.

I remember her looking straight at me, tearing up and hugging me, and telling me she loved me very much.

I had never seen her cry before that. She was the strongest woman I had ever known. She had been through a lot in her life but I had never really seen her in a weak moment.

I remember climbing up on the sofa between her and my Grandad and leaning against her with her arm wrapped around me. I remember looking up at the angel pin on her sweater. She wore it all throughout her chemo treatments and I received that pin after she passed.

Just then, I glanced out the window to discover a Christmas miracle... snow.

It had just begun moments before and we saw it as a sign that everything would be alright. It was the most special moment and I will never forget her face when she saw it. 

It was one of those bittersweet moments where you are so happy yet so sad all at the same time. I didn't want to think that this would be her last Christmas. I just wanted to sit and enjoy the beautiful sight. 

It was one of those moments that passed so slowly and so sweetly like it's giving you a chance to really soak it up. I will never forget it.

Challenge Day 17 - Favorite Photo

Friday, May 17, 2013

Day 17: A favorite photo of yourself and why.

This is by far one of my all time favorite photos of me.

It was taken many years ago in our back yard on my swing set by a close family friend, Rich Riggins. He is an incredible professional photographer. He and my dad have known each other since they were teenagers and he's an all around super cool guy.

The photos he took that day are so special to my family. My mom has had this particular one framed on her desk at work forever. I just love the look of determination on my face. This symbolizes so much for me and it brings me back to my childhood. Just looking at it, I remember running around barefoot in the summer, bug hunting in the yard, and playing with all the neighborhood kids. I've said it before but those really were the best days.

It's amazing how quickly the years go by and having this moment captured so beautifully is something I will always treasure.

Challenge Day 16 - Distance

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Day 16: Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it.

My gosh this is a tough one. I don't mean to say that there's nothing difficult in my life, it's just that I don't feel like there's anything worth writing about. 

I guess the one thing that has been pretty difficult for me has to do with my family. We are all separated by great distance and it's been that way for as long as I can remember. The only people that still live in good old Maryland are my parents and my mom's two sisters. Other than that, we are all spread across the country from Washington state to Florida. 

What's funny is that Mike's family lives all over the country too (Texas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania), and they somehow find time to get together often. Maybe it's because of Grammy, but I don't really know.

I'm lucky if I see a member of my extended family once a year, or even once every other year. I don't think that it's anyone's fault or anything, it's just that our lives are so busy and crazy that it's hard to find the time. Distance is tough. 

Mike and I have talked about distance and family quite a bit. He is worried about his family losing touch in the coming years too. We decided that when we have kids, we want our family to be close-knit and we will do anything and everything we can to make that happen. If that requires flying out to each and every one of our family members, then so be it. We will find the money and make it happen. Family is a priority to us and we don't want our kids growing up not knowing theirs. 

In terms of overcoming the distance, we are doing our best with what we have right now. Buying a house doesn't really leave much room for travel but we are doing what we can. We flew down to see my grandparents in Florida a few months ago and we are planning a trip to Pennsylvania this summer. We were also pretty lucky to be able to fly out to Chicago after I graduated college and spend time with my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins. 

I'm hoping that in the future we can visit more often but for now, simple things like picking up the phone or using Skype will help bridge that gap.

Color Run Fun!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Last weekend, we took a break from reality to let loose a little and have some fun at the Baltimore Color Run. It was such a blast!

I had never before run a 5K and I was a little bit nervous because I didn't really train or anything. I ran once for about a mile and a half two weeks before the race. Typical me. I wait until the last minute to prepare for these kinds of things.

The really nice part is that it's not timed and it's actually a run/walk. There were thousands of people there and many of them were walkers or parents with small kids and strollers. Seeing that comforted me a bit knowning that I wouldn't be the only one who had to stop from time to time.

It's really all about getting messy and having a great time. We all started out in white shirts and by the end we all looked pretty tie-dyed.
There were different color stations throughout the run where volunteers sprayed color all over you. The color is just corn starch so it wasn't irriating at all.
Somehow, I was able to find the energy to run almost the whole three miles. I couldn't believe it when I came through the finish line.
After we crossed, we grabbed our color packets that they gave us and joined the giant color party at the stage.
It was such an awesome time and I'm hoping to do it again next year! If you're interested, check out their website to see if The Color Run is coming to your city!