Thursday, September 8, 2011

Embracing Fall. . . . . .

This past Labor Day weekend I met up with my daughter at Disneyland in California.

Here's just one of the many things I like about Disneyland, one evening upon returning to our room, I found these guys, who beat me to bed but were happy to see me.

My daughter and I met at Disneyland to run the Disneyland Half Marathon. You may remember we met in February and successfully finished the Princess Half Marathon at Disney World in Florida.

Running a race at each park in the same year qualifies you for the Disney Coast to Coast Challenge.

We did it! Two half marathons (which equals a marathon just separated by 6 months really!), two different states, two different Disney parks. We could not have asked for a better race day, the weather was perfect.

This little adventure was my daughter's idea, I'm so proud of both of us, training and finishing the races was nothing but fun.

So here's the hardware we earned, the Princess Race medal on the right, the Disneyland medal on the left, and in the middle, the Coast to Coast medal for finishing both races in one year.

Besides just looking for something fun for us to do together, we decided to run these races after hearing about a doctor, in Indianapolis, who collects medals from runners and then passes them on to patients "struggling with much harder races". But it was this sentence in the article that moved us to action, "kids especially enjoy the Disney medals". So our medals are heading to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. I hope a little girl somewhere feels like a princess when she wears the medal I earned for the Princess Race and that other children will smile and be happy to wear the other medals. I get to keep the ribbons, that's good enough for me.

For more information on Medals for Mettle or to locate a chapter near you, click here.

Since I wasn't home Labor Day weekend, my end of summer To Do's were postponed until now.

Packing up the summer flower arrangements, quilts, and my most favorite summer knick knacks; my colorful daisies and Fun in the Sun table arrangement.

I would be sorry to see them go if it weren't for two things, one, I'll get them back out next year and two, putting up summer things means one thing, it's FALL! My favorite time of year.

I love fall for a host of reasons but I'll share two with you,

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins and Pumpkin Spiced Latte's from Starbucks . . .


I love football, I root the loudest for the Colts, but I'll watch most games on TV and like several teams. Tonight the Saints play the Packers, two great teams representing two great cities. At 8:30 ET you'll find me in front of the TV with this . .

Evening Bloom, my applique project....ah fall, what's not to love!!

Tomorrow we're talking Schnibbles, be sure to stop back by!


  1. What a wonderful sweet thing to do with your medals! Wish I had some to send too.

  2. Congratulations!! That is so amazing!!! I'm proud for you girls!! I love Disney too. They really have the whole make "make you feel welcome" thing down pat. When we visited, each day there was new little surprise for the girls. They even staged their non-Disney characters we used to travel everywhere with. We enjoy the Colts as well, too bad Peyton is out for the season.

  3. Look at you go with the medals... How wonderful! I Looooooooove Fall. It's my favoritest season....

  4. Congratulations on another half-marathon. The story about the medals brought a tear to my eye; so sweet of you to donate them!

  5. I would so love to do that, but a 1/2 marathon seems so far when all I do is the 5K. How wonderful of you to share your medals! I need to get my applique out as I will be watching the game tonight too! Enjoy.

  6. Thelma, what a beautiful thing for you and your daughter to do. I love the idea of sharing the medals. And congrats on running the two 1/2 marathons! Great accomplishment.

  7. My daughter just ran her first 1/2 marathon last Saturday. What a feat! Good for you.

  8. I love how the doctor shares the medals - that is such a great idea. And, I'd really like to have that muffin and latte - pumpkin is among my favorites!

  9. I am so happy for the start of football season! I hope the Eagles start off as well as Virginia Tech! lol! Tonight's game should be a really good one.

  10. Congrats on the race...that's quite an amazing goal! I love fall too, but for different reasons!!

  11. Congratulations Thelma !

    What a wonderful thing you are doing donating your medals !

    I LOVE fall too and already have started decorating my home

  12. Those are awesome accomplishments...topped with such a touching donation to children less fortunate. You and your daughter have good and loving hearts. Fall is my favorite time of year too. There is just something special about it.

  13. You are amazing. Congrats on the 2 marathons. Can't wait to see all your fall quilts coming out!!!

  14. Congrats on running in 2 marathons! What you are choosing to do with your metals is very special. I am sure the kids will be thrilled to have them.

  15. Congratulations on finishing both races. And what a wonderful idea to share the medals with the children. Bless you both. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Congratulations on your recent finish, and Thelma, you have the biggest heart of anyone I know. I'm sure those kids will be overjoyed to get your medals. You ROCK!

  17. Well done!!

    I can't run to the end of the road and have just about killed myself 'mucking' out my bedroom today!

  18. What an awesome, amazing, and touching story! How wonderful you are and how happy the person will be that gets those medals! You deserve a special medal just for doing this :)

  19. Congrads! That is a wonderful accomplishment. I am sure those children will be so excited about them metals.


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