Chelsea + Myles get married!

Aug 14th 2014 06:17:01 pm

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Two weeks ago, Travis, Crusher and I were traveling to Kansas City to celebrate Chelsea and Myles’ wedding! It was a great trip and an absolutely wonderful wedding. We had a fabulous time with family… whom we hadn’t gone to visit in over a year!

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We came ready to help out and were able to provide some assistance with the last minute wedding prep. I helped Chelsea and Kristen put together the favors, and Travis and I got the programs printed (the day before the big event – whew!). We also managed to fit in a Royals game and Bachelorette evening on the Plaza (seen above).

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There was quite a bit of set up and decorating involved in the wedding. The Johnsons and their family and friends did a lot of work! The ceremony was outside, so we all helped move chairs out to the lawn. And then helpful guys (hi Seth!) moved many of them back in for the reception. I was worried about the amount of work involved, but everyone chipped in and it really went smoothly! I was very impressed. All of the decor was teal and pink and adorable. It was a really sweet and personal celebration.

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Travis, Kristen, and I were the bride’s wedding party — the bride’s Best Man, Maid of Honor, and Matron of Honor. Very cute! It was very special to stand up with Chelsea and Myles as the said their vows.

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Chelsea and Myles were very happy and I think they had a great day. It was really nice to get to know Myles a little bit better and see how good the two of them are together.

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It was just a really fun, busy, family-filled weekend. It felt good to see everyone. I had been worried about hiding my pregnancy while we kept it a secret until after the wedding, but I don’t think too many people noticed anything. We’ll see how I look when the official photos come back!

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We helped clean up the church after the wedding, which really went pretty quickly with lots of people helping out. On Sunday, there was a brunch for Chelsea & Myles, and then we took our two families out for dinner… to spill our big news! Everyone was really excited and happy. I was worried about stealing the wedding thunder, but Myles & Chelsea were really gracious and happy for us. It was an eventful weekend for the Johnsons, Lambles, and MCormicks!

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Check out all of my photos in my Flickr Album!

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we have some big news…

Aug 7th 2014 01:01:36 pm

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BABY BOY JOHNSON IS ARRIVING JANUARY 2015!!

(Crusher is obviously thrilled.)

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Also, this…

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goodbye, 2013!

Dec 31st 2013 12:45:25 pm

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Happy New Year’s Eve!! Another year down.

2013 wasn’t the year I was expecting, but I had a lot of good times and made some excellent memories. I have more big plans for 2014 and can’t wait to get started on them!

…but for now, here are some of my favorite blog posts from the past year:

January
My word for 2013 was sweetness, but it could have been RUN! The year started off with running… Travis and I ran the Goofy Challenge and the Bermuda Triangle Challenge back to back.

February
My birthday! I ran another marathon (my 8th!) and lost someone special to me.

March
Not much happened in March…

April
In April, I did a craft project.

May
Lots of running in May. Many half marathons and a few trail races.

June
I traveled in June, to Kansas to run the Color Run with the fam and to Portland to see Adam and Nina.

July
July was busy! Stephanie and Bill visited New York, I continued my Summer Run Streak, Travis and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary and went on a big date, and we ran the Boilermaker.

August
In August, I went camping, ate some cronuts, attended Blogshop, and did more running.

September
I was digging navy blue in September. I also finished my 101-day Run Streak and Reached the Beach.

October
October brought a sweet wedding, my dad’s first half marathon, and my fastest 5k – all in one big update.

November
Travis ran the NYC Marathon in November and the helped me run my fastest marathon ever in Brooklyn. Plus, Friendsgiving!

December
Travis got Lasik this month and we had a relaxing and lovely Christmas together in Brooklyn.

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Travis and I are celebrating tonight with friends at a big prom party (a lot like last year!) What are your plans???

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love + light + peace

Dec 25th 2013 08:09:43 am

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Merry Christmas!!

Travis and I are in Brooklyn this year. We are missing our families, but we are very thankful that we get to spend so much fun time together. …and with Crusher, of course!

We’ve tried our best to have a NYC Christmas this year. We went to a Broadway play, saw the Rockefeller Christmas tree, bought our own real tree for our apartment, went shopping and to see Santa at Bloomingdales, and went to a joy and peace-filled Christmas Eve service last night. It has been a good, quiet season.

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We hope you have a wonderful holiday and beautiful end to 2013. Crusher hopes he doesn’t have to wear anymore Christmas jammies!

xoxo

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so many running updates

Oct 31st 2013 04:02:43 pm

Happy Halloween!! But this isn’t a Halloween post… it is about running. Of course. It is always about running.

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I completed so many races in the beginning of 2013 that I really burned myself out… spring and summer were not great running seasons for me, but I’ve gradually been working myself back into the groove. Recently, I’ve been surprised to realize that I am actually feeling pretty good. And, I have been doing some fairly successful marathon training on my own. I completed two solid long runs this month, including a solo 20 miler that went exceptionally well… and not just because I made pit stops for a donut AND a cupcake.

I am feeling unexpectedly excellent. Running is on my good side for now. Which is handy, because there is a lot of fun, running-related stuff happening…

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Early this month, one of my best and sweetest running friends (and Warrior van-mate), Sarah, got married to her equally sweet (he got me a signed photo of Patrick Stewart!) boyfriend-now-husband, Lawrence. It was a beautiful, fun, huge, family wedding and it was such a thrill to be invited. The food was amazing and the entire event was full of cute, personal touches. Sarah and Lawrence made race bibs for their table seating cards! So clever and fun! Such a great night. Travis and I made good use of the party photo booth with our fellow running Warriors.

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My dad ran his first official half marathon on October 19th. Very cool! With the covert help of my brothers, I flew home to surprise him on the course. Aaron, Seth, Mom, and I had signs and we were yelling our head’s off, but somehow we missed Dad at the start of the race. Good thing we saw him at Mile 3 near the Liberty Memorial. He stopped and gave me a hug. I think he was genuinely surprised to see me. Success! I met him again at Mile 11 and ran the last 2 miles with him and his kind friend, Todd. Dad was tired at the end, but he ran a very strong race. Now he has his sights set on a full marathon!

See all my photos from my Kansas City trip HERE.

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Above is my current Brooklyn Team in Training. We are all participating in the “Endless Summer” (winter) season and training for either the Bermuda or New Orleans Half Marathon. I’m Social Captain again this season, and although our group is small, it is awesome. Last night we had a “Socktober” costume contest and a 5k test. I ran (maybe) my fastest 5k ever (sub 9min/miles, but still didn’t break 28 minutes – boo) and felt great. Travis was sweet and paced me the whole way. I run my best races when he helps me.

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With the successful 20 mile run and the strong 5k under my belt, I feel confident enough to publicly admit that I am running the Brooklyn Marathon on November 17th. The race is entirely in Prospect Park and it will be challenging… but I think I am going to take it seriously. I have no idea whether I can PR, but you never know what will happen… perhaps it will be MY race.

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In even BIGGER news… Travis is running the NYC Marathon on Sunday! Wow. It his first NYC, but his 6th marathon. He has been training extremely hard and I think he is going to have an amazing race. I plan to cheer for him at three points on the route. He is Bib #22006 (starting in Blue Wave #2, Corral #22). You can track him by downloading the free iPhone app.

NYC Marathon Day is one of my very favorite days in the city. I was devastated by Hurricane Sandy last year and the cancellation of the race. What a sad time… But this year is going to be great! I am volunteering at the Team in Training booth at the Expo all afternoon tomorrow – come see me! – and I am an official #INGNYCMarathon Social Reporter. You can follow me as @rljart and @SCBkRunners on Twitter and as @rljart on Instagram. Be prepared for a LOT of marathon updates! (You can also search for the #ingnycm hashtag to get the newest marathon-related tweets.)

Will you be watching the NYC Marathon? What other fall events are you excited for?

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exploring the city with stephanie & bill

Jul 1st 2013 12:16:45 pm

New York City is a crazy place. I tend to forget that during my day-to-day life in Brooklyn. I was reminded this week how fun, exciting, and exhausting the city can be!

My cousin, Stephanie, and her husband, Bill, came for a four-day visit last week and we tried to hit up all the big tourist spots. There is so much to see, and do, and EAT in the city, it is hard to pick and choose the best stuff… while also trying to balance your visit so that you don’t end up completely exhausted.

New York City requires quite a bit of walking (and plenty of stairs) which can be overwhelming for out-of-town visitors. I seem to wear out all of our visiting guests, but Stephanie and Bill were great sports!

Our NYC adventure included: walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, checking out Chinatown, Little Italy, and Soho, trying cupcakes at Baked by Melissa, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, and Crumbs, buying candy in the Lower East Side, eating at Dizzy’s and Zito’s in Brooklyn, eating a donut from Doughnut Plant, touring the Tenement Museum, running in Prospect Park, riding the subway, ascending to the top of the Empire State Building, walking the Highline, eating at Bill’s Burger & Bar in Chelsea (and seeing Whoopi Goldberg!), viewing the 9/11 Memorial and Freedom Tower, eating delicious pastrami at Katz’s Deli, running the 5-mile Pride Run in Central Park, brunching at EJ’s Luncheonette, checking out the Guggenheim Museum, strolling through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, walking through Grand Central and Times Square, and finally, ending the trip with delicious margaritas in Brooklyn. Whew.

I think it was a successful tour of the city and I think Stephanie & Bill had a great time! I would recommend all of our sightseeing destinations to other visitors, but my top 3 picks are: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tenement Museum, and the Highline.

My one tip for visitors: try not to schedule more than two or three destinations per day. Despite the deceptively small size of Manhattan, it takes quite a while to travel around the city. Taxis are not always available and the subway can usually only get you within a few blocks of your destination. Walking the city is tons of fun — you’ll stumble onto great stuff! — but there are constant crowds, smells, and noises which can get exhausting, especially if it is all new to you.

NYC is amazing, but it isn’t exactly what you see in tv and movies. It can be difficult… but worth it!

Check out all of my photos from our NYC adventure here.

Planning a trip to NYC? Let me know if you have any questions.

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PORTLAND!

Jun 24th 2013 02:44:04 pm

Travis and I used to live in Eugene, Oregon. We owned a little house, cheered for the Ducks, hiked Spencer’s Butte, and made some really sweet friends. When we wanted to go to a “big city” we’d drive up to Portland for the day.

I always loved Portland, but I hadn’t been back for more than four years. It was always a super-hip city, but it has gotten even better while I’ve been gone!

While Travis and I were packing up our Oregon life, driving across the country, and getting comfortable in New York, my brother, Adam, and his wife, Nina, received their medical school residency placement in Portland. They have been there for two years and last week was the first chance I’ve had to go see them.

Travis was attending a conference in Portland for work and I decided to tag along. We took red eye flights in and out of the city in order to reduce travel time, and got to spend four full days eating and running our way around PDX.

I’m not proud of this, but the thing I look forward to most about traveling is trying out new restaurants… We ate at Kenny & Zukes, Voodoo Doughnuts, Por Que No?, Dutch Bros., Salt & Straw, SenYai Noodles, Screen Door, Sizzle Pie, and many other delicious hot spots. We ate a lot of very good food. Thank goodness I’m still in the middle of my Summer Run Streak challenge! I burned off some of the extra calories during my daily runs around the city and trails.

Nina & Adam basically adopted me for the visit. They picked me up, drove me around, and took us to the best tourist attractions. We walked around downtown, saw the Rose Garden (which was in bloom!), shopped the Saturday Market and the Farmer’s Market, rode the Aerial Tram, and I even got to stop in the Crafty Wonderland store!

Notice that my brother is wearing glasses in the photo above… but they are gone in the photo below!! He got LASIK eye surgery while I was there visiting! I think he is pretty pleased with the results.

Portland is basically great. I’d recommend it to just about anyone — for a visit or for making it home. The weather can be a bit rainy, but it is usually clear and perfect during the summer. You can get to the coast or to the mountains easily. The city size is manageable — with about 2 million people in its metro area — but it still has tons of excellent restaurants, cultural attractions, and shopping. I’d already forgotten that the general culture is distinctly more hippie and alternative than the East coast (I really though NYC was similar with all of our hipsters, but it isn’t exactly) and it is less diverse than Brooklyn, but otherwise it is a fantastic place to live and visit.

Check out all of my photos from the trip HERE.

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this running hobby

Jun 18th 2013 01:37:36 pm

Father’s Day was on Sunday. My sweet dad and I have a lot of things in common — artistic tendencies, a progressive worldview, the same exact nose — and NOW we also share a major hobby: RUNNING!

Two weeks ago, I traveled home to Kansas City for a family visit and to do the Color Run with a big family and friends group. It was a fun event. Easy running, lots of messy color, and of course, great photos. I ran the Color Run last summer in Brooklyn, and although it was a good experience, it wasn’t something that I was dying to do again. But doing it with family and having young cousins with us made it a good time. If you are curious about what a Color Run entails, Dad wrote a detailed description of the event on his blog.

My dad started running about a year ago and now he is excelling at it. He does near-weekly 5 or 10ks and has worked up to some very long weekend runs. While I was home he suggested we do a nine mile run together. I was nervous. I have been doing that distance on the weekends, but recently only in race situations. I have been craving a long run break and didn’t know if we would run at the same pace or if I would meet his running expectations… but the run went great! We went at a perfect relaxed pace for me and I felt good the whole time. The Overland Park trails were lovely and the weather was sunny, but not terribly hot. It was one of my best runs in quite a while! It is fun to share this crazy hobby with my dad.

While in KC, I also got to visit Powell Gardens, the Liberty Memorial WWI Museum, Kemper Museum (my favorite), and the new SEAlife Aquarium. We ate at Succotash and d’Bronx, had barbecue, played Star Trek trivia, and got to visit with my cousin Stephanie and her great family. It was a successful trip. View all the photos here.

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And…. here’s a special bonus treat just for you:

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mama

May 12th 2013 05:21:58 pm

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there, but especially my mom, who, let’s face it, is really the best.

I don’t know if Mom will be thrilled with the photo I chose this year… but I’ve already shared many of my other favorites here, here, and here. Now that I am actually older than my mom was in most of these photos, friends keep saying how alike we look… which I don’t mind at all.

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vicky

Feb 15th 2013 12:40:10 pm

Someone very kind and special to me passed away last week.

I was lucky to have known Travis’ grandmother, Vicky Johnson, for nearly half of my life… and I will miss her for the rest of it.

Vicky was always sweet to me. Remarkably so. One small example: When I transferred to Graceland University my freshman year of college, she sent me a long, hand-written letter describing her experiences there in the 1940s. I was touched then, but now, in retrospect, that gesture seems incredibly kind and welcoming. I was just some 19-year-old girl dating her grandson then. She had no way to know if we’d last… or maybe she did.

Vicky made me feel loved. I hope I did the same for her.


Vicky painted the flowers you see above. She was very crafty and I have kept all of the handmade greeting cards she sent over the last few years.

Travis and I are on our way to California for VIcky’s funeral tomorrow. It will be good to see family.

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I'm Rachel. I run websites and run marathons. I live in Brooklyn and write about art, crafts, design, food, fitness, fashion, my daily life, and New York City.

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