Visitors!

My college roommate Cara and her husband John were kind enough to fly out from Atlanta for a visit this weekend. We had so much fun catching up with them after way too long. Cara is one of those people who make you feel like she’ll always love you no matter what, and it was so fun to get to share this amazing city with her for a few days. I also love how enthusiastic she is about the little things in life. It makes me feel so great to hear “OH MY GOSH, LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL THAT LAKE IS!” or “THIS IS THE BEST PIECE OF BREAD I’VE EVER HAD” when hearing her thoughts about Austin. I happen to agree with how great this place is, but it’s fun to have my opinions validated by a first-time visitor. Thanks, girl 😉

Since it happened to also be Josh’s birthday weekend, we went a little crazy with the amount of food/fun/overall good times. It’s ok to gain 6 pounds in 3 days every once in awhile, right? Hmmm…

Anyway! Here’s some things I will recommend to future Austin travelers or hosts of visitors to impress your guests. **Note: Austin is rapidly becoming overpopulated, so if your goal is to get someone to NOT want to move here, please refrain from the following activities.**

#1 Jester King Brewery

This is the place my husband chose to have his birthday celebration. Being the picky man he is, this is a huge compliment. Located on the outskirts of Austin, right next to the hill country and away from the hectic feel of downtown, it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with people you really enjoy. It is $10 to taste the entire selection of beers, and includes a Jester King beer glass and a tour of the place. There’s live music on the weekends, cornholl, and an AMAZING open air pizza restaurant on the property called Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza. Go spend a saturday there. You won’t be sorry. (So long as you bring along a designated driver)

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#2 Barton Creek Greenbelt

Ok, this place is probably the thing I love most about Austin lately. It is my sanctuary, where I spend hours each week. I love to show it off to friends when they come in town because it is so amazing to me that there is a 7 mile stretch of deeply hidden, BEAUTIFUL hiking trails located in the middle of this city. Some people who live here never take the time to experience this gem, and I truly feel bad for what they’re missing out on. It is a treasure that I don’t think I could live without now that it’s such a big part of my life.

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#3 Mount Bonnell

This popular tourist destination is kind of a no-brainer. Beautiful views of the city, the Colorado River, and the beautiful Westlake hills make it the perfect place to snap a few pictures and sit in the sun for a few minutes.

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But when people I care about are in town, I mostly love to plant my butt in a chair at a great restaurant with a cocktail in hand and talk about life. There’s just nothin’ better than springtime in Central Texas.

Summer, feel free to hold on and let Spring stay forever. I wouldn’t mind one bit.

Next up for me: Georgia trip to see my family this weekend! I’m so excited to kiss my niece’s little cheeks and take my little brother to see Zorro the musical. Also, tomorrow I am turning in our 60-day notice to vacate or nasty apartment! We’re finally getting the hell outta here! HAH! Yes, I’m a little excited, even though we have no clue where we will be living next…Only time will tell.

Happy monday!

Caroline

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26 years of Josh.

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josh at baccalaureateHappy Birthday to my amazing husband and father to our dog child! I’ve known you for over 10 years now, and you’re one of the few who get better with age. You’re kind, patient, loyal, devoted, hard working, and incredibly smart. I don’t know how I ended up with someone as wonderful as you are. Now you’re 26, and though you’re too skinny for your britches this year, I love you just the same. Thank you for being my place of rest when the world outside is hard and confusing. Thank you for being my motivation to give more of myself away as you do every day. Thank you for helping me push myself toward dreams and goals. You set an example of humility and grace to those around you, and it has changed my life to experience Christ’s love through you for the past 10 years.

I truly thank God for you every single day. I love you Joshua Paul Cody!

Happy Birthday!

Austin Cap 10k

I survived!!

I’m so excited to say that 2013 was the first year of my life that I actually followed through with a major New Year’s resolution. On January 1st I wrote down that I wanted to run a 10k this year. 8 weeks ago, a friend of mine mentioned the Capitol 10,000 to me. I really had no intention of signing up, and honestly I was hoping for the “too hot to run outside” summer months to pass before I ever looked into following through with my resolution. By the time the weather cooled off again, there probably wouldn’t be any 10k’s to run by the end of the year and I would be off the hook.

But, thanks to my loving and somewhat obnoxiously devoted husband who is always determined to help me reach my goals, I started looking into training plans. I went with the one my friend Constance was already working on, found HERE, but I started 6 weeks from race day instead of 8.

Like I said before, I struggled a lot with my longer run last weekend because of a freak asthma attack. Thankfully, nothing like that happened the day of the race and I was able to run the whole thing with a little bit of energy to spare. My running shoes are a tad too big, so I did end up with a gigantic blister on the arch of my left foot. But other than that, I am officially unscathed and by some miracle I am actually walking today! I even convinced my BFF Julianne to run it with me next year. She’s going to SMOKE me, considering I run 11 minute miles. But finishing is finishing i suppose 🙂

The starting line

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Constance, my fearless training buddy

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I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’M SO SCARED!

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Josh took this while waiting for me to pass him at mile 2. I stole a kiss from him after conquering a big hill.

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The one who cheered me on and inspired me for the past 6 weeks. Thanks babe!

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Oh man, and possibly my favorite thing about the whole day was the fact that the kids I babysit for came out to cheer me on and made the most adorable signs. One says “go go go go go go…etc” and the other says “run run run” with wolverine claws on it. (He is obsessed with super heroes) It absolutely made my day!!!

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All in all, it was a great experience. I even made it to church afterward to see some friends get baptized. Now that the weekend is over, I’m not exactly sure what to do with myself…I guess I should study for my test this week or something. Darn it, all my distractions are gone!

Happy monday kids!

Friday!

Well guys, it is finally friday.

Today I pick up my packet for my first road race this Sunday. I’m super nervous…slightly excited….but mostly terrified. My last long run was a week ago, and I had a SUPER random, unexpected asthma attack at mile 4 of the 5 I was supposed to do that day. In the middle of the Town Lake trail, among hundreds of fellow walkers/runners/bikers downtown, I was dying. Ok, not really. But it was really really scary considering I haven’t experienced any asthma symptoms in years. My lungs were completely shut off and was gasping for air, but couldn’t get any. Poor Josh (who thankfully was with me) was so confused and helpless. When it finally subsided and I could breath again, tears started streaming down my face. I felt so frustrated that my body decided to do this to me the ONE day I needed it to cooperate. I have a really hard time mentally recovering from runs that I can’t finish. This one in particular was supposed to be the thing to determine whether or not I was ready for my 10k. I guess Sunday we will find out if I was actually ready or not. And I am so scared my body will throw another fit and I’ll end up walking 6.2 miles. I just keep praying that if the Lord wants me to do this, He’ll make it happen. He has already done so much throughout my training already. He’s shown me so much about his daily provision and the “daily bread” I need to be seeking.

I’m so so so excited about next week when my college roommate Cara and her husband John are coming to visit us in Austin. I love making use of our guest room, and showing off how much fun our city is. Josh’s birthday is in a week, so it will be super fun to celebrate with the Cregers in town.

Josh and I have been enjoying meat again since Easter Sunday, and it has been pretty spectacular. We went and got sausages and beer at Banger’s after church, and I couldn’t have dreamed of a more delicious way to enter back into the meat-eating world than a giant bratwurst on a pretzel bun. Mmmmm!

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My church is called Vox Veniae. There are so many amazing artists who are in our community. For Lent, one of these artists (with a lot of help) produced a series of art installations in the building where we meet. I was so in awe of these pieces when I first got to see them all on sunday. They were so stunning and intricate and so perfectly reflected the beauty and complexity of Easter. The last one, which says Resurrection, is made out of a wooden board backdrop, 2000 nails, and a MILE of red sting. It was incredible.

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I’m thankful to be in community with such creative people who have a passion for worshiping in all the ways they were made to do so. I learn and grow so much by being around people that are so different than me, but who I hope to be more like one day.

Hope everyone had a great Easter, and if I make it out of my race alive this weekend…See you next time.