Heart Happy Saturday

Woke up really early and volunteered with my sister and friend Diane at the finale for Marathon Kids.  We worked the 6 am shift, since we all had so much to do that day (and the stadium was 45 minutes away).  We helped unload the trucks and move everything into the infield of the track.

Then off to Girl Scouts Thinking Day for a few hours back up in Cedar Park.

After an already full morning, I headed home to meet Dan and have brunch.  Made myself a bowl of delicious.  2 fried eggs, guacamole, salsa, veggies, and some tortilla chips.  Like deconstructed migas, lol.

We then drove way down south again to help our friends unpack their new nest.

It was great to see everyone and to help where we could (plus our expectant momma didn’t need to be lifting).  We didn’t unpack their whole house, put at least we got the kitchen mostly done and boxes moved from the garage to some of the rooms they needed to be in.

The kitchen had been completely full of boxes, we tackled all of them and then took a break 🙂

Then we were off to San Marcos to see my 2 BFFs that evening.  I hadn’t seen Michele since December and Alison since October.  Makes me sad we are all so busy and don’t see each other much any more 😦

Had dinner with both girls, Dan, and Michele’s husband Danny.  Alison’s husband was out of town for a Diaper bash (which is apparently the baby version of a bachelor party).  We ate at the Root Cellar, which is fabulous.  I’d never been for dinner, only for brunch.  My first time was actually for Alison’s wedding day bridal brunch.

I had a lovely time with the girls, but we somehow didn’t take any photos!  I hate that I don’t have pictures of my 2 favorites.  It was so so good to see them both.  I’m already eager to see them again as soon as possible.

Dan and I got back home pretty late, watched some tv, and I went to bed.  I had no energy left, but it was very much worth it!  Saturday was a reminder of all of the good things in my life.

Things I like Thursday: Marathon Kids

One of my favorite charities is Marathon Kids.  It originated in Austin over 16 years ago!

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Marathon Kids learn to live an active and healthy lifestyle by running or walking 26.2 miles over six months, eating healthy food daily, and even learning to grow fruits and veggies!

The program is provided free to public and private elementary schools, as well as homeschools, or independent families. Physical educators, classroom teachers, and parents can incorporate Marathon Kids into their curriculum, after school programs, and at home with their families.

KICK-OFF EVENT 2011

My sister and I volunteered at their season “kick-off” a couple of weekends ago.  I’ve been volunteering with them for the last 3 years.

Here is a group of volunteers getting briefed before the first group of kids arrived.

Nutrition.  Susan Combs, former Ag commissioner, currently Texas State Comptroller.  She was a key player in working on what is served in public school lunch rooms when she was Ag commissioner and it a public health advocate for healthy eating.  She spoke to the volunteers about her role and history with the program befor the event began and addressed the children during the event.

And then the kids started filing in.  Most schools wore matching shirts, carried signs, and had tons of spirit.  The kids are K-5 ages from Austin and surrounding school districts.  The program is also available to private and home schooled children.

My sister and I were tasked with being greeters/cheerleaders

I was the oldest cheerleader in the group, lol.  We had mostly high school and college kids working the entrance of the event, which was held at Mike Meyers stadium, home of University of Texas Soccer.

Marathon kids events are always fun, colorful, and very festive.  The set-up for the “kick-off” is much like the finale, big balloon arches and race scaffolding.  Very exciting for the kids.

The “kick-off” event has the kids beginning their first mile of the program (they did 1 lap).   They have until Feburary to run and/or walk a total of 26.2 miles.  This can be done at school, with their families, etc.  Great way to promote fitness in the schools and at home.

It was so great to see all of the kids full of energy and taking off.  Most of them were able to run a whole lap.  What was really sad though, is most of the parents and teachers were not even able to slow jog it.

Each school was taken to the track, lap done, then the kids were loaded up with healthy goodies and really fun promotional items from the sponsors.  This event is really great at hyping the kids up for the goal they are setting out to accomplish.

GET INVOLVED

For more information on volunteering, donations, or the program in your area, Marathon Kids Get Involved.  The program is currently up and running in Austin,  Dallas, El Paso, Los Angeles, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley (Texas), Baltimore, Chicago and Navajo Nation.