Monday, January 28, 2008

"Runnin' just as fast as we can (can, can, can)..."

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the Hoffman Household. We kicked off the New Year with a bang at the Rock n’ Roll ½ Marathon in Phoenix. It’s a fun, flat course with bands every mile or so. After a somewhat rocky start that included a forced pit stop at McDonalds (over-hydration!), we finished with a strong and much-faster second half. We literally danced in the streets, sang along to the bands and had a fantastic time. While Ben and I have run several races separately (3 half marathons, 1 full marathon, 1 triathlon) this was only the 3rd race we’ve done together. It was awesome to have Ben beside me after doing the marathon solo last year. It also felt great to have fun while running - something I used to think was impossible!

Check out this picture from the start line. Can you find us in Coral #8 among the 30,000 other racers?!

The following weekend we had a very special (and somewhat ridiculous) celebration for our favorite puppy pal, Charlie. We couldn’t let his 1st birthday pass without recognition. As a recovered non dog-lover, I can imagine how silly it sounds to have a birthday party for a dog. But here’s the rub…we just don't care! Ben and I rounded up Charlie’s closest friends for an afternoon at the dog park complete with a dog-friendly birthday cake!

Doesn’t he look like the happiest birthday puppy ever?!

We celebrated MLK day the all-American way...with a day trip to Mexico. Our friends Lisa and Mike escorted us on our first road trip across the border (we actually walked across) and helped us navigate the, uh, wonder that is Nogales. We had a fabulous lunch on a patio complete with some amazing margaritas and food that still makes my mouth water.

And honestly, what is a trip to Mexico without sombreros and a donkey?!

This past weekend's highlight was the amazing discovery of Ben’s hidden talent for “Dance Dance Revolution”. After yet another amazing meal courtesy of Erin's culinary genius, we decided to “break it down” with a dance off. John and Ben were amazing although a bit River Dance-esqe due to lack of movement in their upper-halves. Erin and I got imaginary bonus points for style, but my lack of true skill killed us. I need practice!

The rest of the weekend was spent in recovery mode from all the fun with a little spring cleaning/closet organization for me and lots of studying for Ben. It felt good to get rid of all the stuff we don’t really need and donate it to someone who truly is without.

We are so grateful for our full and fun lives, complete with so much more than we need….

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