7/23/2012

Weekend Wrap-Up: Mom threw a birthday party and Jen ran 13.1 miles!

In all honesty, this past weekend in the Anderson household was rather boring and event-less.      And ya know what, that was totally fine by me! Over the past couple of weeks I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off, so it was nice to cuddle in bed with the hubby and enjoy sunny walks around the village. I spent this weekend relaxing, but my friends and family were busy with inspirational birthday celebrations and half-marathons!
On Saturday night my Mom threw herself a big birthday bash and FINALLY got to enjoy a night that was all about her. She so deserved it, too! But my mother, being the giver that she is, did something unique and wonderful for her big birthday shin-dig. Something I found so inspirational I plan to also do at my big 3-0 in a couple of years. Ya see, instead of accepting gifts and cards from friends and family, Mom asked all of her guests to bring a donation for our local Humane Society. Both my Mom and Sister are animal lovers and do their best to support the Addison County Humane Society. I know my sister used to volunteer to walk dogs in their care, and over the years we've got two of our family pets from there, most recently our yellow lab, Tempi. It was a cause close to her heart and although she hasn't yet done a final tally of all the donations (she's only commented saying "I'm making a list later, it's too friggin' hot! But there's a lot!" Stay tuned for more accurate figures later this week) and I am positive the monumental generosity of others will be hugely appreciated by the Human Society and all the animals desperately in need of love and affection

Mom, I applaud your genuine desire to make the world a better place. It's invigorating to see there are still people out there who are genuinely interested in doing good and positive things with their lives. It's even more wonderful and heartwarming to know that one of those people is actually your mother. I'm such a lucky girl :) I'm so glad you had such a wonderful birthday and it makes my heart happy that you spent it surrounded by all of your closest friends and family. I only wish I could have been there too :) I'm over the moon that you were able to collect so many donations for the Human Society! You go girl! You really are one of the most amazing people I know and I feel so blessed to have you as my Momma. Oh, and as I found this video of you and Dad too adorable to keep to myself (please excuse the sideways filming halfway through. This precious moment was captured by my sister who, according to reports, consumed a total of 6 Captain Morgan and Gingerale's. Haa!) I'm sharing it here so that the blogsphere can  'Awwwww!' over your utter cuteness like I did. I have the most adorable parents in the entire world. Fact!
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On a side note: Obviously I've got a few years left to consider which charity I'd like to support for my 30th birthday hoopla - but if any of you have suggestions for foundations you feel passionate about or have personal connections to, please share! I'm passionate about supporting a great cause, and I'd love nothing more than to hear from you!

On Sunday morning my bestest bloggy friend Jen achieved one of her goals and ran her FIRST half-marathon with her sister Dana and their buddy Joe. All throughout the day I stalked the Chicago Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series website, waiting to see her stats and loudly 'WOOHOO' when she'd finally crossed the finish line. Let me just tell ya ladies and gentlemen, regardless of the fact that Jen's a perfectionist who will tell you she could have done better, I am here to let you all know that she kicked serious ASS! I've been following her throughout her training and have had long conversations about how much time, commitment, determination, pain, blood, sweat and tears have gone into this half marathon. As a Momma of 2, English professor by night and Etsy business owner (we're talking about the The Polka Dot Posie here people. It's only the most FABULOUS shop around, and if you've ever admired my gorgeous rosette necklace I wear often you need to get your caboose over there and buy one yourself!) she still found the time to train her ass off for months and make her dream a reality. That, my friends, is awesomesauce at it's finest!
Jen, I am honestly SO proud of you, babe! I totally cried happy tears when I read your "I Ran a Half Marathon" post this morning (I warned you last night my hormones are out of control!) and you've sincerely inspired me.  I am just like you in that I've always absolutely detested running (mostly because I end up with black eyes. For cereal. Baha!) but the fact that you overcame that hatred and have flourished into such an awesome runner who completes HALF MARATHONS is genuinely inspiring. I've always wanted to run a marathon one day, it's on my bucket list, but I've just never thought I'd be able to enjoy running enough to ever do it. Following you in your journey has showed me it IS possible and that it CAN be done. So thank you, for giving me the boot up the bum and inspiration I've needed to get off my ass and start running. As soon as I'm back home my sister and I are beginning the Couch-to-5k-running program and I WILL make my dream come true, just like you have. Next year I want to be right along side you for the Chicago Hot Chocolate Race, just like we talked about. I'm so excited to get this running started. Lets make it happen! 

So whether it was lazy and uneventful or crazy and chaotic, I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend! Regardless of the fact I didn't accomplish much, it makes me so happy to know the ones I love did. Way to go guys, you rock!

Linking up with Join the GossipSami's Shenanigans & five30three for Weekend Update!



18 comments:

  1. I love the idea of doing charitable contributions in lieu of gifts. Such a thoughtful and meaningful thing to do!

    And I live in Chicago and had no idea that there was a half marathon going on this weekend. This is what happens when you have a child...you have no idea what's going on outside your front door. Oh well, congrats to your blog bud!

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    1. That's what living in a big city does! There's always so much going on and it's impossible to keep up with it all! I don't have kiddies yet but this happens to me ALL the time in Liverpool! :)

      Thanks so much for popping by, Dana! xoxo

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  2. I love me a good post all about your weekend!

    :)

    I LOVE what your mom did for her birthday! That is a genuine, caring soul. So inspiring!

    One of the foundations near and dear to my heart is jgcaf.org. I just found out about it through one of my Twitter friends, and it is SO incredible. They grant wishes to children and teens with Arthritis. I know firsthand how difficult it is to be a teen dealing with a chronic condition as such and I talked to one of the organizers last night... I can't wait to apply for my wish! Even if it doesn't get granted, it's so incredible knowing that there is an organization out there that is there for teens like myself! Love it and just wanted to share!

    I am also SO proud of Jen and I got teary eyed seeing that picture of Addie holding that sign! How precious! You rock, Jen, and we LOVE you!

    Have a FAB week Amanda! Thanks for the sweet comment on my post the other day :)

    xoxoxo, Kenzie

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    1. Hi Kenz!

      Yet again, you're a doll! So sweet! Thank you for sharing your passion for your charity. How sweet of them to make dreams come true for lovely and deserving people like you! :) I'll definitely look into a bit more!

      Lots of love, xoxoxo

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  3. Okay...so now you've made ME cry!!!! Sweetie...this is just one of the sweetest blog posts ever and I can't tell you how much it means to me!!! It also makes me feel wonderful that my running journey has inspired you to start your dream too. You will be running that first 5K in NO time!!! And I truly can't wait until we run side by side next year.

    You are such a great friend and I just love you to pieces!!!!

    And please give your mama a BiG birthday hug for me. That video is precious and I love what she did for her party. I have always been a bug supporter of Childrens Memorial Hospital and St. Jude Children's research. Trust me sweetie...you can't go wrong with a charity. Just find one close to your heart :)

    Xoxo

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    1. I heart you oodles and I think it's hilarious we're making each other cry. Hahaha! Such sentimental schmucks!

      I will wish my Momma a happy birthday and hug her for ya!

      I really believe in supporting charities which help children too! Thank you so much for recommending Childrens Memorial Hospital and St. Judes! :)

      xoxo

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  4. Okay I seriously love that pink running outfit. And happy birthday to your mom!!! :)

    Stop by and say hi sometime!
    www.dysfunctionaleverafter.com

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    1. Jen's running outfit was pretty gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by, Sammantha! xoxo

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  5. Wow you mom sounds pretty spectacular and you seem to be following in her footsteps. Food for you!

    Glad you had such a wonderful weekend. Thanks for linking up with us :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Leeann! Thanks for hosting and popping by! :)

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  6. Wow good for your friend! My mom ran one and I can say it is quite the challenge and I respect anyone who can do it (not me!). Aww I like to support charities for children because they can't really help their situation. Go with one you care about and means something to you :)

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    1. Congratulations to your Mom! That's so awesome!

      I agree in supporting charities for children. They're so deserving and innocent. I can't wait to do more research over the next couple of years! Either way, it'll feel good to help make a positive contribution :)

      Thanks for stopping by, doll! xoxo

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  7. Love your blog, looks like you had a great weekend!

    New Follower :)

    http://allthingsalisamarie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Alisa! Thanks for stopping by hunny and following! Welcome to the crazy land of Amanda! Haha! :) xoxo

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  8. Cheers to both of you ladies! I can't even run ONE mile without stopping! I applaud you both! And you mom ROCKS!!! What a great weekend with a great cause! Coming over form the blog hop and happy to be following along!
    Shanna
    Giveaway @ Because Shanna Said So

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    1. Hi, Shanna! Thanks so much for such a sweet comment, popping by and following! You're a doll! :) xoxo

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  9. Thanks Mandy for the blog. You make my heart almost burst with love and pride. I have the thank y ou letters written and printed. They include a final tally and a picture of Tempi and my myself when the items were delivered.

    I went to "Camp Ta Kum Ta" this year and was blown away with this camp for children who have cancer. They don't pay to go. All cost are covered by donations by the public. No Federal or state money used. I think that may be my next idea. Read up on it if you get a chance. You little Vermont is well known because of it. www.takumta.org

    Love you and can't wait to read more. Keep them coming. Mom

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