31 July 2012

I'm a pretty modest, unassuming guy.  Except when it comes to things like this.  Or this.  Rarely do I toot my own horn, and I'm not really doing that here as much as I'm tooting "our" collective horn.  But if you follow this blog, you know that the last couple years have been busy for Team Timmons.

Full time jobs (2) + full load of grad school (1) + 10 month old small human being baby person (1) = Overly full familial plate.  We're lucky enough to factor in loving, supporting parents (4) that are local (x1000), which has made this muddled equation solvable.

Now that Ruth Ann is 100% done with her Master's in reading education from App State, I can look back on things, reflect, and pat the ol' back.  I have no delusions of grandeur here.  Ruth Ann did far and away the lion's share of this work, and as I've said before, I just ran support.  She was working, taking a full course load, and being a great new mom.  She was up late writing paper after paper, prepping for this presentation or that one, all the while striving for the high level of quality she requires (she DID nab a 4.0 in grad school, after all).  Me?  I was making a valiant attempt to keep things on the rails around the house - hanging out with Avett, trying to keep some food in the fridge and something on the table somewhere around dinner time, and keep the laundry piles & dust bunnies from staging a coup to overthrow us.

It wasn't always easy, and there were certainly times where it seemed like we'd bitten off more than we could chew.  Here's where that whole "proud of us" thing comes into play.  We pulled together and did what needed to be done.  Plenty of stress, yes, but no questions asked and only a few complaints when it came to pulling together and hunkering down to get across the finish line.  I'm hugely proud of Ruth Ann, but I'm also proud of our family and what we were able to accomplish as a unit.

To celebrate this huge milestone/accomplishment/block of reclaimed free time, we did what any normal red-blooded American family would do.  We overpacked our car and headed to the beach for Avett's first big road trip.  Like most everything else, he traveled like a champ and had a blast.  Here are some pics to catch you up on our summer, and those of you that are Facebook friends can see the full spread here.  Enjoy!

First time at the pool

Happy to be at the beach!


Happy dude

Hanging with the crabs

The water was alright, the dry sand...Not so much


The Fish House at Blue Point Marina

You stay classy, San Diego


(I love this giant grin)

Mid-soul clap

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by Bryan Timmons

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27 July 2012

Yes, you read that right.  I'm pretty sure you can say boobies on the internets?

Anywho, most of you already know that my friend Herd Management and I will be running the New York City Marathon in November.  We're both on the same fundraising team, working to raise $5,000 between us for Think Pink Rocks, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about early detection of and genetic testing for breast cancer and to provide funding for screening, treatment and research.

A few weeks back, the fine folks at Foothills Brewing were nice enough to donate their time, knowledge, and tasty product samples to our cause.  We had a great group come out to get their learn on and raised a wad of money for TPR.  Thanks to all that came out and a special thanks to Ouida for having the presence of mind to snap some pics!

What's that you say?  You missed this fundraiser?  Beer isn't your thing?  Well, you're in luck, as there will be a Wii bowling tournament on October 6th, with prizes, a silent auction, and a dance-off.  More details will follow, so mark your calendars and RSVP over on the Facebook machine.

We look like runners, right?

Maggie Gyllenhaal in the house!

Beer is safer to drink than water.  It's science.





Never mind me, check out those bourbon barrels!


Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 by Bryan Timmons