3.30.2015

Weekend Fun…

Last week while Trent was in Philly I decided to make a quick trip home to Nebraska for the weekend.  I hadn’t been home since Christmas so it was a trip long overdue.   I will try to keep the words to a minimum, but please prepare yourself for a picture overload!  The memory on my phone is like 99.99%  full after this trip.  Not that I took that many pictures just on this trip…my phone is two and a half years old and on its last leg.  It was most likely 98.99% full when I left Illinois…

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The trip started out with a 9 mile “fun” run Friday morning followed by Caribou coffee.  We decided to get the work out of the way early so the rest of the trip could be spend playing.  And did we ever play!

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Some bunny is excited for Easter!  Or she is just trying to get those darn bunny ears that Auntie Megan put on off her head…

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Seriously, the girl was all tongue, all weekend long!

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Splish, splash!  Swimming lessons are fun!

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How big is Audrey?  So big!

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What does an owl say?  Hoo…hoo!

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Sunday afternoon I got to see this middle school BFF at her grandpa’s 80th birthday party.  She lives in Alabama now and I really have no idea how many years it has been since I’ve seen her.  It was fun to catch up, even if it was only for a little bit!

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Chicken noodles!  Thanks mom for making the yummiest meal ever.  We had to celebrate with a selfie.  In a valiant effort to get everyone in the picture, it just wasn’t possible.  And about 3.5 seconds after this picture was take Audrey head butted the table and that was the end of that. 

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Rip wanted to be part of the fun too!  He just couldn’t help himself.   He took advantage of the extra room on the picnic table to join the picture.  Such a good looking group, right!?

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That face!  He is just so handsome :)

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We took advantage of the beautiful March day with lots of time outside and a nice little walk.

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Only a few more days until I see these faces again!  A long Easter weekend is right around the corner. 

Until then…

{The Launes}

 

3.19.2015

Through my Eyes…

Sometimes it’s hard being so far away.  Actually, if I’m really being honest with myself, it’s a lot more than sometimes hard. Thank goodness for modern technology. Specifically FaceTime and Skype. I love getting to talk to my niece on FaceTime. I also look forward to my monthly Skype call across the Atlantic to talk with the kids we sponsor at the orphanage in Sierra Leone.  I love these opportunities.  It lets me see Audrey as she grows and changes when I can’t be there in person.  It also lets me dial a call that will travel five thousand plus miles and  take me 5 hours ahead in time. The connection and picture can be a little sketchy at times, but it is so fun to see those faces.

And now a little glimpse of what I see when I get to FaceTime or Skype…screen shots are kind of my favorite!

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Me keeping it real classy…

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The life of a 10 month old can be a little rough sometimes, but have no fear….Auntie Megan is here!

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Love these moments…

{The Launes}

3.18.2015

Back to my Roots….

So I started a new little job recently.  I’ve been subbing some since September, but it really hasn’t been very consistent.  One week I will get called multiple times and then the next week I won’t hear anything at all.   I decided that I needed a little consistency so I decided to go back to my roots…in the coffee business.  The coffee shop on campus was hiring part time so I decided to give it a whirl.  I am now the newest barista at Jo’s Java!  On top of that, I still have two days that I am still available to sub and the phone calls have been coming in!  I’ve been keeping plenty busy for my liking! :)

So far I’ve learned that old habits die hard!  There are a few things that are different from what we use to do at Cheri O’s and I keep finding myself doing it the Cheri O’s way.  I’m getting the hang of it all…slowly, but surely.   It’s been a fun change of scenery!

On a side note, I celebrated DQ’s 75th birthday on Monday by treating myself to a small vanilla ice cream cone on them!

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And ice cream plus 75 degrees in the March definitely warranted a little selfie!

Meanwhile, in Philly…

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Trent and some of the team have been busy making an impact through service projects and a kids’ football camp.

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Isn’t this little girl just precious?  The camp ultimately gives these kids a safe place to be for a couple of hours.  I can only imagine the chaos with so many kids!

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It’s been fun hearing about the trip and all the things they have done.  Can’t wait until they get back to hear more about it.

And on a final note.  I leave for a quick little trip to Nebraska tomorrow!  I am so excited I can hardly contain myself.  The sad news is that my plane doesn’t land until after 11 o’clock at night, but on the bright side, I will have almost 3 entire days to spend with some of my favorite people!  As you can imagine, I’m sure I will have plenty of photos to share when I get back. :)

Until then…

 

{The Launes}

3.15.2015

Trent’s Big 3-0 Celebration…

Last Friday Trent celebrated his 30th birthday.  The big 3-0.  In his book, birthdays aren’t a very big deal, but in my book, they are.  And lucky for him, I had a few fun surprises up my sleeve.  Nothing major, but I was hoping that with a little planning I would be able to come up with a few things to make his day extra special.

The morning started with doughnuts for him to bring to staff meeting at work.  It turns out great minds think alike because I wasn’t the only one that got doughnuts for staff meeting.  :)  Of course I was able to talk him into saving one for me to have too!

I also got him a fly fishing rod.  He has really been wanting to learn how to fly fish and every fisherman needs his own fly fishing rod, right?  I heard him  in the other room the other day practicing reeling in his big catch.  Thankfully the weather is finally getting warm enough that we can hopefully take it out and try it for real (no pun intended) one of these days.  We are also crossing our fingers that we might be able to take it to Colorado this summer and put it to test where the real fly fishermen go.

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The biggest surprise of the day went off without a hitch!  I arranged for Trent’s friend Will and his wife Taylor to come up from Arkansas and surprise Trent.  We met up with them at Olive Garden in Fairview Heights and much to Trent’s surprise, his friend just happened to be there.  It was great seeing them and catching up. 

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Finally, the party came back to our place where we enjoyed cake and ice cream.

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Even after 30 years, he’s still got it!

Now Trent is in Philly for a little spring break mission trip with some of the football team.  Meanwhile, back in Greenville I am working to hold down the fort without any major mishaps…fingers crossed.

 

{The Launes}

 

2.26.2015

Run Happy…

Last week I got a new pair of running shoes.  My very first pair of Brooks…a little slice of heaven for the feet.  I have been debating getting a pair of Brooks for a while, but when push comes to shove, I am just too cheap!  However, the  joys of turning 30 finally convinced me otherwise.  My body is suddenly failing me in ways I never thought possible.  By the end of some nights I feel more like 80 than 30.  My knees, ankles and hips have been hurting to the point that some nights I can barely move.  In an all out pathetic state I even asked Trent to carry me from the couch to bed one night.  Chivalry at its finest!

I am just over two months out from the Lincoln Half Marathon and quite frankly, I think that Jamie’s expectations for our performance are pretty high.  I don’t have time to be slowed down by injury.  Therefore, in the past couple of weeks I have taken a few measures to help ensure that I am in tip top performance shape.

Exhibit A:  New running shoes.  My old ones had over 500 miles on them so it was definitely time.  Brooks are highly rated running shoes and each style is tailored to the various needs of runners.  Plus, a little added bonus is that I think the neon yellow makes my legs look a little tan in the middle of winter :)

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Exhibit B:  Joint Juice.  Someone recommended trying joint juice.  A good old fashioned dose of Glucosamine and Chondroitin in a Cran-Pomegranate flavor.  It took a little getting use to the taste, but it does seem to help a little.  I was desperate!

Exhibit C: Prescription strength Ibuprofen.  Thank goodness for 800 mg Ibuprofen.  When all else fails I turn to my faithful bottle of Ibuprofen.

I am very happy to be feeling a little better after a week of trying to mix things up.  The long runs are only getting longer!  Now if the weather would just warm up so I could get off the treadmill and out into the great outdoors.  But until that day comes I will continue to run away going nowhere fast while I watch Netflix or my latest show on a three inch screen.

Thinking warm thoughts…

{The Launes}

2.17.2015

All You Need is Love…

This year for Valentine’s Day I wanted to have a little fun.  Not only did I paint my nails red to show my festiveness, but I also created some projects of my own.  Normally I am busy preparing valentines for my class, carefully hand making each valentine and sticking a pencil and piece of candy in a cellophane baggie.  I felt a little empty not having to complete this task this year, but decided to make some handmade valentines for our nieces and nephew.

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I forgot to take a picture of the actual Valentines so one of the final products will have to do!

I also made a new little door hanging.  With Trent’s assistance we cut out a heart and I got right to work painting away.  A few coats of paint later and it was ready to be hung on the door!  Welcome to casa de Laune…

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And while it is so much fun to give, it’s also fun to receive!   I got the sweetest card in the mail from my mom along with a half dozen of sweet goodness from Trent’s parents. 

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Trent also brought home a fun surprise.  Not only a beautiful orchid, but also a 3 foot tall house plant.  Not going to lie, it was a little random and I got a good laugh out of it.  He was so proud of this find (it was on clearance for $3).  He hadn’t planned to buy it, but like me, can’t resist a good deal.  Plus he thought it was cool, as do I.  And, it is the gift that will keep on giving all year.

Saturday night we ventured into Fairview Heights, a city on the Illinois side of St. Louis.  It has lots of shopping and restaurants and we had heard about it, but never experienced it before.  We made a reservation at Outback Steakhouse (and thank goodness we did, hello 2 hour wait).  We learned our lesson last year after trying to get into Olive Garden and Applebee's only to be turned away by a long wait.  Hello twenty fourteen Valentine’s Day meal at Fazoli’s followed by an e-mail coupon for a free slice of cheesecake.  We ate until we were stuffed and then did a little shopping.

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My funny Valentine 12 years and counting…

{The Launes}

2.13.2015

Megan Laune and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day…

Maybe not the worse day on record, but it probably is my dumbest day since the sliding glass door incident of 1995.  Yep, in the spring of 95’, little fourth grade Megan managed to run full speed through a sliding glass door without even realizing what hit me (literally) until I was standing outside surrounded by shattered shards of glass.  Who does that?!

Anyway, fast forward nearly 20 years to yesterday when I had a similar run in (pun intended).  However, this time it included a garage door and motor vehicle.  That’s right.  In my frugal state of mind I like to conserve energy by getting my car in and out of the garage with the garage door open for the least amount of time possible.  Somehow I just wasn’t with it yesterday when I jumped in my car and hit the garage door opener button before slipping my car into reverse on a mission to get to the gym.  I then mindlessly started going, soon followed by a  terrible noise.  Stunned and confused I suddenly realized what I had done.  I backed into the partially opened garage door.  I pulled slightly forward and then continued backing out before getting out to assess the damage.  Nothing too serious on my car…a little scratch toward the top.  I almost cleared it!  So the real test was checking the garage door.  It started going down (thank goodness), down (maybe no one will ever have to know) until it hit the 2/3 mark when it started going up (shoot!), up (I really hope Trent can fix this).  Seriously, who does that?

While it could have been worse, like another car or person, I was hoping Super Trent could come to my rescue and fix the garage door without having to pay an arm and a leg.  He showed me great grace through the whole ordeal and even got a good laugh out of it.  I too got a good laugh out of it, although I was afraid I might cry if I didn’t laugh at myself.  Thankfully with a little teamwork, sheet metal screws and an exceptional amount of patience and grace from Trent the garage door is up and running again.  My pride is a little bruised but otherwise the extent of the damage was minimal.

Looking into my track record, it appears that I will have another 20 years before my next major run it.  Hopefully I will be on top of my game at that time to defend any stupidity that I might initiate.  But until that time comes…Happy Friday the 13th!  It’s looking much better than my Thursday the 12th!

 

{The Launes}