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!
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!