the rest of daniel’s birthday week and my announcement

Is it really already Saturday???  Wow – time flies when it’s your last week of summer break!  

I hope that y’all had a great week and a fun Friday night!

Daniel and I have had a fun week celebrating his birthday (even though he says it’s “just another day” – psh).  For his birthday dinner, he requested chicken and cheese enchiladas, so that’s what I made.  I wanted to make him some type of summer dessert, so I bought some fresh peaches and made a couple of individual peach pies.  I didn’t really have a recipe, so I was surprised with how delicious they turned out to be!

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served hot with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream

The rest of the week was fairly uneventful until we got around to Friday.  I had an early morning haircut appointment (nothing new – just a trim) and then came home to tell Daniel what I had planned for us.  I had told him to not make any plans for the whole day because I had something up my sleeve!  We grabbed lunch at Panera before hitting the road for Memphis.  One of our best friends recently moved to Memphis, so we stopped and chilled with him for a couple hours.  It was SO GOOD to catch up with him!  We did a little shopping and then decided to go to the Cooper Young district to walk around.  Our first stop was Cafe Ole, and then we ended up going to Cortona for dinner.  It’s a contemporary Italian restaurant, and oh my gosh, the food was incredible.  It started with fresh bread and herb compound butter that was delicious.  I asked our server for his recommendation on dinner because I was having a very hard time deciding what to order.  I went with his suggestion and it was one of the best Italian dishes I’ve had in my entire life (seriously!).  I ordered the chicken and asparagus ravioli with walnut cream, pesto, pine nuts, and fresh shaved Reggianno cheese.  I can’t even begin to explain how scrumptious this meal was.  All of the pastas (and pizza crusts) are homemade with imported Italian flour.  Yeah.  It was to die for.  Usually I don’t like to order the same thing at a restaurant, but I would totally get the exact same thing the next time I go.  Daniel ordered the grouper special, and the fish was incredibly fresh and the sides were quite tasty as well.  I wanted to order dessert so badly, but I was already overly full (and it was worth it).  After that, we drove to a cool place in Germantown to hang out for a bit before heading back home.  It was such a fun night, and it was great to be able to spend that much time celebrating Daniel’s birthday.

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sorry for the fuzzy phone pic

Okay, now on to that announcement…

Remember when I said that I was officially training for my first half marathon?  Well, my training has been sidetracked for several reasons over the past month (vacation, the ridiculous TN heat, and some digestive issues), and there is no way I can be ready to run 13.1 miles for the Chicago half marathon in September.  SO, I decided to find another half that was a bit later.  My cousin and her husband told me about the Go Commando half in Clarksville, TN (near Fort Campbell military base).  It’s October 20, so that gives me quite a bit of extra time to train AND hopefully it will be much cooler!!!!  I went ahead and registered for it, so I am officially signed up to run my first half!!!  Since I’m going back to work next week, my schedule will be much more consistent, so I can get settled into a training routine.  I am very excited!  I really hope they have tshirts that say something like “I went commando for 13.1” hahaha.  Wouldn’t that be funny?  Anyway – I’m a little disappointed about not going to Chicago, but this will definitely be better for me.  I’ve got to get back into my long runs on the weekends. 


Daniel is at the duck blind drawing this morning, and this afternoon we are going to church for a bit to work on setting up for tomorrow’s service.  I hope y’all have a great Saturday!

much love,


so tell me…

What did you do for your last birthday?  

Anybody have a race coming up soon?


12 Responses to “the rest of daniel’s birthday week and my announcement”

  1. 1 notsodomesticated August 4, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Yay, congrats on signing up for your first half!!! That is awesome!!

    I’m doing a 5k with a bunch of people from my church in September, but that’s about it. Nothing crazy anytime soon!! 😉

  2. 3 In Sweetness and In Health August 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I’m glad you decided to wait and sign up for the other half! I think that’s a really smart decision :). Also, your time in Memphis sounds so fun!! Um, I don’t race haha…so no, no races for me coming up! Unless you count my boards that I’ll take eventually 😉

  3. 5 Angie @ Pint of Goals August 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Smart call on revising your running plans, but I am bummed that you won’t be in Chicago that weekend. It seems like all of the runners I know are having a horrible running summer – the weather and just general burnout it seems are the key factors. Way to be flexible and listen to your body!

  4. 7 ittybitsofbalance August 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I think you made a great call postponing your Chicago half, Natalie. Sometimes it’s smarter to wait it out, even if it’s not the ideal option that you would’ve chosen. I’m sure your body will be thanking you 😀

  5. 9 mrsgalvan August 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    My hubby took me to Disneyland for my last birthday which was just a week or so ago. I had never been and it was great to get to be a kid again! By the end of the day though I did not feel like a kid. I felt like a 35 year old with aching feet! Lol!

  6. 11 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Exciting! I’m training for my first half right now too!

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