Thursday, March 31, 2011


Just in case you've been hiding under a rock and haven't turned on the TV or been online......this youtube video of these cute twin boys has gone viral! Love it!!!

I have a few Grimes girls videos to post. First up...the Hula Girls! Madeline is really good with the Hula Hoop! Lydia shows off by double hula-hooping! This is followed by Margo singing Alive, Alive and Here Comes Peter Cottontail!

Another one of Margo singing.....Pants on the Ground from last year's American Idol. I posted this on facebook several weeks ago.

Hope you enjoyed the videos! Happy Friday!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Memorable Day

On Sunday, March 20th, David ran his 1st half marathon in Wrightsville Beach on Madeline's 9th birthday!!! This was indeed a day to celebrate.

Here's the runner himself.....ready to go at 4:30 a.m. from the hotel room. Neither of us slept very well. So what did I do after he left?

Decorate the hotel room for the birthday girl!

David sent me a text around 6:15 that said "feeling pretty pumped right now". About an hour later, he sent me this picture somewhere between mile 4&5! I got the girls up and we headed to our spectator spot with our Mickey D's breakfast in tow. Thank goodness David was able to text me during this, so we would know when he would be running by us. To put it mildly, I had a rough morning wrangling our cold, sleepy, hungry, whiny girls.

Eating breakfast and waiting for Daddy to run by.

From here, I'm gonna welcome David as a guest blogger to tell about his 1/2 marathon experience:
Let me first thank Gina for allowing me to be the first ever guest blogger on The Grimes Times. Here I am approaching my cheering squad between miles 11 & 12. The signs were a great surprise and gave me a nice little boost.

Running past Gina and the girls. Let me explain the compression pants and undershirt. Somehow the organizers managed to pick the one cool morning in the middle of a two week stretch of great weather. I wasn't sure what to wear, but it was pretty chilly at the start with a breeze blowing and I felt comfortable in this. In hindsight I could have done without the pants under my shorts; it would have made for better pictures.

Holy crap, what a happy moment! I'm on the far right about to cross the finish line. Unbelievable feeling. My goal was to finish under 2hr, 10min (that's about a 10 minute per mile pace), but deep down I really wanted to finish in under 2hr. My best training run had been 2hr, 6min and some change. On this day I finished in 1hr, 59min, 32sec!

Stopping the timer on my watch and checking my time.

I trained using the Jeff Galloway run/walk method which is probably the only way I got through training. I would run for 4.5 minutes and then walk for 30 seconds. I had already decided I would run the first 3 miles straight through on race day, but in the end the Galloway method completely went out the window. I kept feeling good, so I kept running. I figured I would take a short walk break when I started to give out, but it never happened. I ran the whole 13.1 miles!

The girls posing with their signs.

The finishers medal I received. I pretty much wore it the rest of the day and had to force myself not to sleep with it around my neck (figured that might be a choking hazard).

Fortunately Madeline didn't mind spending her birthday in Wilmington, mainly because she loved waking up in a hotel. This will be a day we'll both remember for a long time to come.

The back side of the medal. I know 26.2 would be more impressive, but I've got to think about that for a while ........ a long while.

Gina calls this my Superman picture. After the shock and initial excitement of finishing wore off I quickly realized it was 50 degrees, breezy, and I was covered in cold sweat. The mylar blanket does help a lot.

After a visit to the beer tent.

And this was what it was really all about. I've been envious of the 13.1 stickers I've seen around Raleigh. Gina read on a runner's web forum that "real" runners don't put these stickers on their cars. I don't care. I want the world to know the pasty white guy driving this car ran a half marathon!

For the first 35 years of my life I thought running was an incredibly stupid thing to do and a waste of time. I never hesitated to express my opinion to distance runners I knew that the human body was not meant to run that far. For a while I had forced myself to run 2 miles on the treadmill to try and stay in some kind of shape, but always hated every minute of it.

Well, a little less than a year ago a friend talked me into a 5K race and I got the fever. After a few more 5K's and a couple of sprint triathlons last summer, a half marathon seemed like an incredible challenge, but maybe a possibility. I can't even describe how rewarding it feels to have accomplished that goal (and especially my time goal) after a long winter of training. A few weeks before the race my former minister and friend mentioned Philippians 4:13 on his running blog. It reads, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (KJV)." I kept thinking about this and even wrote it down on a scrap piece of paper I carried with me. At mile 6 I saw a little girl sitting with some spectators holding a poster of this same verse. At that point I knew I had this one in the bag.

Guest blogger David Grimes signing off.

Thanks, David!

After the race, we told our 9 year-old the rest of the day was all about her! She was very excited about waking up in a hotel on her birthday. I don't think she was too excited about being dragged out early to support her daddy, but she was a trooper in the end and we made it through. We spent the rest of the day with family at Uncle Travis & Aunt Catherine's. She was excited to play with her cousins and......

meet her baby cousin Avery for the first time. She even got to hold her!!!

The birthday girl requested a cookie cake and she got it. Good choice, Madeline :-) It was yummy!

It was a great day. The drive back home got a little crazy with Margo....but such is life with a 2 year-old! Poor David didn't get to rest on the way home as he had planned but made up for it by sleeping 12 hours that night!

We are proud of Madeline and David! Now how long before David will sign up for a marathon?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Day that Changed Everything

Nine years ago today David and I became parents. We welcomed little Madeline Paige into the world. We were thrilled and so in love with our little girl. It was a surreal experience.

She was the first grandchild on both sides, so they were just a wee bit infatuated with her :-)

Our whole world changed.....for the better!

She made me a mother :-)

We couldn't believe how fast the first year went by.

And before we knew it, she was a big sister! Here she is on her 2nd birthday with her 5 day old baby sister, Lydia. At the time, it seemed like Madeline was such a big girl when Lydia was born. Looking back, I realize that I really had two babies to take care of.

And a few years later, she was a big sister once again, when we welcomed Margo. This time she was more of a little mama. And she still is. She is so helpful with her sisters.

Thank you Madeline for nine wonderful years. We love you so much and are so proud of you. We look forward to many happy years to come and watching you grow and learn new things. You are helpful, sincere, honest, kind, talented, thoughtful, creative, thrifty, and have a memory like an elephant! These are just a few of your wonderful qualities. But most of all, you are our first baby. And that will never change!

Happy Birthday, my 7 lb, 15 oz baby girl!!!!
(That's a term of endearment that I use with Madeline all the time, especially when she lets me know that in X amount of years she will be driving, going to college, I just answer with, "I know, my 7lb, 15 oz. baby girl!")

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

hApPy BirTHdaY LYDI-BUG!!!!!

Lydia is SEVEN today!!!! And she is one happy girl. She has been so excited about her birthday for weeks now. She asked for a bigger bike and she got one!
She even got to take it for a quick spin down the driveway before schoool this morning. David took the girls to school this morning and when he returned he said he had a feeling that the entire school would know that it's her birthday today!!
This girl always keeps us on our toes and she cracks us up with the stuff she says and does. She loves life to the fullest and I love that about her!
Now, if I could just figure out where the last seven years have gone......
Wasn't she a cutie patootie?
On her first birthday.

Dressing up...this started at an early age and she still loves to dress up!

Ooohhh, I think she's up to something!
Happy Birthday Lydia. We love you!!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Flashback One More Time

Well....birthday week is here for Madeline & Lydia. Here are some more pictures of them when they were younger. I'm sure I'll be taking lots of pics this week with all the upcoming birthday festivities. Silly girls in the bathtub with beards.

Lydia dressed up as Snow White playing soccer. One of my all time favorite pics.

Ready for church in their matching dresses from Grandma.

More matching was good while it lasted.


Lydia at the beach

Madeline at the beach

Madeline adoring her new baby sister Margo.

Lydia helping brush Margo's hair.

Hope you have enjoyed the stroll down memory lane for the last few posts.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Flashback Friday :: More M&L

I thought maybe this old pic of the girls in front of the Old Well would bring the Heels some good luck this weekend in the ACC Tournament and in the NCAA Tourney. This was taken shortly after the Heels won the National Championship in 2005. Madeline was three and Lydia was one.

Playing outside. That Little Tikes coupe has stood the test of time! It was a hand-me-down when we got it and Margo still plays with it now.

Just a few weeks before Madeline's 3rd birthday.....she knocked out her top front tooth on the playground at MMO. When her teacher called me to tell me she had an accident, I thought she meant pee-pee in the pants, not a lost tooth! Talk about my heart racing....I couldn't get to my baby fast enough! As you can tell from the picture, she was fine!

Lydia in the kitchen cabinets. This was probably our sign that she would continue to drag out stuff for years to come and not put it back!

The graduate. Madeline finishes MMO and is ready for preschool!

Lydia at the pumpkin patch.

Tired babies after a HOT day on the boat. July 4, 2005.