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Pensacola Marathon 2013

During the Summer of 2013, I was asked to lead a marathon pace group for the local running store. For about four months, I met the group on Saturdays to lead them on their long runs. The program ended with running the Pensacola Marathon on 11/10/13.IMG_0066

I was hesitant at first to make the commitment since the runs began at 6am. That meant some Saturdays I would get off at 2am and turn around and have to lead the run at 6am. I decided to give it a go. I am glad I did. It was a very rewarding experience to lead a group of people through training for their first marathon. It felt good to “give back” to the running community.

The photograph to the right is my training group at the start of the Pensacola Marathon. You can see me holding the “4:30” sign.

Brian’s 19th Birthday

On 02/18/13, Brian turned 19 years old. It was President’s Day, so Brian had the day off of school.DSC01060 However, Brian did have to go to work at Papa Johns later that night. When I woke up, we gave Brian his gifts. Brian got a pair of Oakley sunglasses, a bottle of cologne and some special headlights for his car.

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Mall Ball 2013

On 01/26/13, Susan and I attended another Mall Ball. The ball is a fundraiser for the local DSC00999children’s hospital. We were joined by their friends, Ron and Brandy. While at the ball, I saw one of my coworkers, Nicole and her husband, Eric.

We look forward to the Mall Ball every year. About 50 vendors come out and serve a broad selection of food. Here is a photograph of Susan, Ron, Brandy, and I before they went to the Mall Ball.

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Christmas 2012

For Christmas this year, we stayed at our home in Pensacola, FL.  My mom and stepdad droveDSC00821 over from New Orleans to celebrate with us. I had to work until 2am on Christmas Eve. Shortly after I went to bed, the boys got up to see if Santa came.  Santa must have made a very quick visit, but he did come. Brian got a nice camera. Aaron got the new iPod Touch, some video games and some clothes. Susan got a Coach purse, a box of goodies from Victoria’s Secret, some FSU clothing and a linen set.  I got some Bose headphones for running, a FSU cooler, some clothes to wear to school and some Vibram Fivefingers.  Susan and I gave my mom and stepdad tickets to DSC00868Cirque du Soleil. On the right is a photograph of Brian playing with Forrest and his stocking.

On the day after Christmas, we traveled to Mobile, AL, to see some of my family. We have not seen many of them in almost ten years. The day was nice. The boys enjoyed playing pool while the adults sat around and caught up. To the left is a group photograph that we took right before we left.

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Mardi Gras 2012 (Pensacola)

In 2012, Aaron’s birthday was the same day as the Pensacola Friday night parade. We took Aaron mardigras2012and two of his friends to the parade. We also brought Forrest for the first time.  Bringing Forrest ended up being a bad idea though. Forrest did not like the loud noises. The boys did very well catching beads and other items. I brought a ladder to help the boys get attention over other people. Aaron enjoyed his 13th birthday. Afterward we ate some pie to celebrate the day.

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Brian’s Junior Year Homecoming

On October 29, 2011, Brian attended the homecoming dance for his junior year of high school. brianhomecoming2011Brian took his girlfriend, Allyson, to the dance with him. This was Brian’s first high school dance. His mom was very proud and took several photographs right before the dance.

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FOP Police Ball

On August 20, 2011, we attended our first police ball. I actually coordinated the ball.foppoliceball2011 About 100 people attended the ball. The mayor of Pensacola, the chief of police and two city council members also attended the event. The FOP presented awards to four officers. The event was really nice. I look forward to planning the next one. To the right is a photograph of Susan and I at the ball.

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Birthdays – Brian’s 17th and Aaron’s 12th

On February 17th and 18th, we celebrated Brian’s 17th birthday and Aaron’s 12th birthday. When birthdays2011Aaron got home from school on his birthday, we took him to Academy Sports and bought him a basketball goal and an outfit. On the morning of the 18th, we let Brian open his gift, which was a Sony car stereo. Brian also got an outfit for school. Brian is saving his money to add an amplifier and subwoofers to his car stereo system. On the 19th, we let Aaron have a small birthday party at the house. Several of Aaron’s friends from school and the neighborhood came over. The boys played several games of basketball. After a few games, the boys ate hot dogs and birthday cake. The boys also threw water balloons at each other. Here is a photograph of Aaron searching for his next victim.

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Mardi Gras 5k Run

On 02/11/12, Aaron and I ran in the Mardi Gras 5k fun run. The run benefited the Special mardigras5kOlympics. I decided to dress in Mardi Gras attire for the run. The run was unique as the route was entirely on a golf course. During the route, you looped some areas three times, which became confusing at times. In fact, I thought I was finished when I still had about a quarter of a mile to go. I ended up finishing fourth overall. I received a trophy and a gift certificate for a restaurant. Aaron ran pretty fast as well. In fact, near the end he passed his former P.E. teacher! Susan and Forrest cheered on the runners. Forrest wasn’t sure what to do with all of the attention.

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