Archive | November, 2009

Surprise Zoo Trip

29 Nov

We got up Saturday morning and decided to surprise the girls by taking them to the zoo. We didn’t tell them where we were going. They had no clue, until we gave the nice lady at the gate our tickets and she said, “Welcome to the zoo!” They had such a great time! We went last year, but this year, they really got into it. They are old enough now to actually have a lot of fun there.

They thought it was hilarious when the parrot said “Hello!” as we walked by…giggles galore. They loved looking at the penguins, fish, elephants, and giraffes. Kamryn sang “nap time, nap time, close your eyes, go to sleep” (Yo Gabba Yo Gabba) to the leopard that was falling sleep.

What they did not love was the “bird walk-about.” Its a big caged patio with a ton of parakeets…you can buy a stick to hold with bird feed on it, so the birds will land on it & eat. The birds apparently loved Mommy and there were like 3 or 4 of them perched on my arm at one point…and to tell you the truth, I didn’t really like it either! Sharp little claws…and it kind of grossed me out. Notice the tears in the pics…

Besides the birds, we had a blast! All of the smiles & giggles made the trip awesome for Mommy & Daddy as well…well worth it! Fun way to spend the morning for sure.


Turkeys, Trots, and Trees

27 Nov

Ryan, Dad, and I went to downtown Dallas on Thanksgiving morning to run in the YMCA Turkey Trot. We had a great time! There were over 37,000 people there participating…lots of turkeys! I think I read somewhere that this is the largest Turkey Trot in the U.S. We did the 8 mile run, but there is also a 3 mile fun-run that a lot of families participate in. Such a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday! We enjoy this race & look forward to it every year. Ryan slowed his roll so he could run with me (such a sweet hubby)…I’ll post pics from the actual race when they are up on the Turkey Trot site. Next up…White Rock Half Marathon in 2 weeks!

After the race, we went back to Quitman to the Skinner family Thanksgiving at Memaw’s house. Its always good to see everyone. I feel blessed to have such a great family! And of course, football the rest of the day. UT vs. A&M last night was a crazy game! Glad the Horns pulled it off.

This morning, we had a nice, lazy morning. Got up and had a big breakfast – pannycakes (as Addi calls them) & lattes. Then in Dixon tradition, we put on the Christmas music & put up our Christmas tree & decor. The girls were so helpful this year! They had a blast putting the ornaments on the tree…

Then, we headed back to Q-town to the Clark family Thanksgiving. My mom cooks a feast every year and it really is so amazing! Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, mac & cheese, rolls, cranberry sauce, caramel pie, chocolate delight, apple cobbler, and sweet tea.  On my goodness, it was good! Wow, I’m still full.

I love my family so very much and I am truly thankful for everything God has blessed me with. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving…love to all!

You registered, now finish!

22 Nov

I love my church. The people, the vision, the purpose, the mission, the worship…I love it. Today, Pastor Doug brought a great message about knowing Christ, one of which I could easily relate.

“…forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.”  – Philippians 3:13-14

He compared life to a marathon race. He’s actually done a few marathons in his life, which is admirable! I’ve only accomplished half’s…maybe, just maybe I’ll complete a full one day. Maybe. Something that he said stuck out to me the most…”When you register for a race, you run the course that is set out for you. You can’t circumvent the hard spots.” His point? Life is very similar to a race…there will be big hills to climb, it might be raining & cold, you might not be feeling well…but you still run it.  You signed up, you registered for the race…you have to press forward and finish. Set your eyes on the goal and just do it. Same can be said about life. We all know that life is hard…it just is. There will be ups and downs, hard times, struggles, etc. But the struggles help to transform us. Just like running hills & speed work makes a runner stronger. Also, another good point he made was that during a marathon, you don’t look back at the hill you just ran up and think that you should go back and run up it again. That would just be dumb! You have to forget the past – its done. If we keep reverting to our failures in the past, of course we will trip. Distractions along the route can be a hindrance as well, but you continue to stay focused on the finish line and push on, move forward one step at a time. I loved this message and the reminder to keep my focus on the true prize, the real finish line. And to finish strong! Rejoice along the way, and when the goin’ gets tough…again I say rejoice.

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ and become one with him.” – Philippians 3:8-9

Apples to Apples

17 Nov

Several years ago, I took a fabulous mentoring class/Bible study called Apples of Gold at Beth Sinclair’s home, one of my favorite ladies of all time. It basically was a time for younger, newly married women to meet with older & wiser, more experienced women to learn from them about marriage, family, raising kids, and cooking. Fun! Each session, we would cook dinner together and then talk about one chapter of the book, Apples of Gold. It was a special time of sharing, getting into the Word, and praying together to be better wives & mommy’s. I loved it so much & learned some very invaluable stuff! I have a recipe notebook that has many recipes I received from Apples of Gold in it and it brings back great memories when I run across one of them! I pulled out one recently (because there is a sale at Brookshire’s on frozen apple pies) that I thought I would share with you. It’s one of the easiest ones, yet one of the best! With the holidays coming up, I thought this might come in handy for some you…


Apple Cobbler

(thank you Wendy Reeves)

2 Granny Smith frozen apple pies

1 cup of sugar

1/4 cup apple juice

1 stick of melted butter

cinnamon to taste (I added this to the recipe)

Let apple pies defrost as according to directions on box. Break the pies up into small pieces and place in one 9×13 inch baking dish. Drizzle melted butter all over the top. Pour on the apple juice. Sprinkle with all of the sugar & cinnamon. Bake for the recommended amount of time on pie box. Let cool and serve.

Wallah…the best apple cobbler! No, seriously, that’s all there is to it. People will think its homemade, it is so tasty. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to it and oh my! No one has to know it’s just frozen apple pies! Just call me Sandra Lee…minus the matching outfit to my kitchen decor and massive tablescapes.

Below is a pic of Beth with Addison when she was only a few months old! I love this pic. I miss all of the Sinclair family dearly. Just for grins, I added a couple of pics just for you Ashley….geez this was so long ago!

Fun Fall Fotos

16 Nov

It’s official…

13 Nov


We are officially registered for the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot and the White Rock Half Marathon. Two races on the calendar helps with the motivation! I gotta get my butt in gear & quick.

The Turkey Trot is 8 miles and really is such a blast. You can see pics from last year’s experience here and here. Such a neat run through downtown Dallas with fabulous views of the city…plus, it makes coming home & stuffing yourself with the Thanksgiving feast even more enjoyable! I love doing this race with my family too. I ran 7 miles last Saturday, so I feel pretty prepared for this race. With Ryan sick last weekend & me being sick this week, time for running has been scarce, but I do plan to go long tomorrow, hopefully 8ish…we’ll see how it goes! I ran 4 yesterday and it was tough. Its hard to bounce back when you’ve taken some time off..or at least for me it is. I think the phrase, “if you don’t use it, you lose it” was said in reference to running!

The White Rock Half will be up next after that…this will be my first time at this event & I am super pumped! I must admit, I’m a little nervous about reaching 13.1 again…seems like December 13th is sneaking up on me! The next few weeks, I have to really train harder and focus more on running. Out with the sickness & snoozing, in with full-fledged training!

Ryan Marc Dixon

11 Nov

If you know me at all, you know how deeply in love I am with my amazingly wonderful husband. Bare with me for a sec, while I get sappy. He is truly an awesome person. If you know Ryan, you know this already. Huge heart, thoughtful, adorable, strong, amazing father to our children, handsome, loving, talented, creative, faithful, trustworthy, hard-worker, patient, and the list could literally go on & on. I seriously couldn’t ask for a better mate to spend my life with…he’s my best friend and I am honored to be his wife and truly blessed to have two beautiful daughters together.

All of that to say this…you need to check out his new blog!

Go visit Ryan’s new blog here & leave him a welcome comment:  ryan marc dixon

mini me

10 Nov

My Mom recently found some old pics of me from when I was a little girl. She scanned them and emailed them over tonight with this message…

“who does this look like??? 🙂 look at the one in yellow overalls……have you seen that look before??? hahaha….”


could she possibly be talking about this little girl???






This one’s for you Becky.

4 Nov

The following post was inspired by a question presented to me on Facebook, see below…

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Becky, first of all let me start by saying – being a mommy & finding the time to run is quite the chore! Time for yourself is hard to come by when you work full-time, are a wife, a mom, a chef, keeping the house clean, doing the laundry, and the list goes on & on! Its just absolutely crazy busy. Honestly, the only solution I have found to work is this…

Ryan & I rotate out mornings that we run. I will typically get up around 5:45, which I’m not going to lie is very hard to do! I either go to the gym by 6ish and run on the treadmill 3 to 5 miles and then lift a few weights.  Or, now that its lighter earlier, running outside is an option again. (I’m a scaredy cat and won’t run outside alone in the dark.)  I don’t get to run or work out every day…I just can’t. But doing every other day seems to work just fine for us.  Plus it gives your body time to rest. Then, on Saturday’s we take turns running our long runs….8-10 miles. Sometimes when Jen is home, Ryan & I run together…or Jen runs w/me. But seriously, getting it out of the way first thing in the morning seems to be the best option for us. Because after work, you are not only tired from the day, but you have to do dinner, kids’ baths, etc. Plus, I want to spend as much time as possible in the evenings together as a family…playing with the girls, watching TV with Ryan, and just chilling! So, getting it done while they sleep in the mornings works perfectly. I will say that when we were living in Quitman and commuting to Tyler (barf) – mornings weren’t an option b/c we already were getting up so early so we could leave Quitman by 6:30 to head to work! So, nights were the only option at that time….so we would wait until after the girls were in bed, and then hit the treadmill, otherwise known as the dreadmill. Sometimes we’d be out there at 10 p.m….ugh. I am SOOOO glad, for multiple reasons – many of which don’t pertain to running at all, that is not the case anymore! I love to run in the morning because it just helps me to get the day going on the right foot (pardon the pun) and I feel healthier and have more energy throughout the day. Plus, if you throw some worship music on your ipod and also use it as your quiet time – its even better! So there is how we fit it into our crazy schedule…it works for us. I know every situation is different for everyone, but I hope this helps you somewhat! Other mommy’s out there…I’d love to hear what works for you! How do you fit working out into your schedule?

Here is a pic of Becky & her husband John that I took about a year ago at our coffee shop in Q-town…Studio Java after the Cents 4 Sophie 5K….


Oh, one more thing Becky…we are planning to do the Austin Capitol 10k next April…you guys should join us!

Until next time…run on!

Love, Traci

My little artist.

3 Nov

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This picture was in the girls’ school newsletter that came out this month. It just totally cracks me up! Kamryn is obviously having a blast painting her pumpkin! And the sweet girl next to her is looking at her like she’s lost her mind! Hahaha. I think she has more paint on her face and hands than on the paper plate. Her teachers must do an awesome job cleaning her up before she comes home in the afternoons, because I had no idea this happened until I saw this pic! My kids are sooooo crazy! They bring so much joy into our lives.