Feb 16 2012

+Kum Georgie


Although your time with us was shorter than we had all hoped,
our love for you and the memories we made together will last forever.

Vječnaja pamjat.


Dec 14 2011

New Zealand Recap





Nov 18 2011

For your information

Curious about exactly where we’re headed while in New Zealand?  Check out this map–we start in Queenstown, then head clockwise until we reach Christchurch.



View New Zealand Vacation in a larger map

Nov 17 2011

New Zealand Bound

Our latest adventure will be an epic trip to New Zealand, which begins tomorrow and ends 18 days later!

Experiencing the natural beauty of New Zealand served as our guide in developing the itinerary.  The trip will include:


We believe that the adage “nothing good comes easy” even applies to vacations.  Getting from Chicago to New Zealand will be quite a trek.  A 28 hour trek, to be exact.

Flight #1:  4.5 hours – Chicago to San Francisco

Layover #1:  2 hours in San Francisco

Flight #2:  13 hours – San Francisco to Auckland

Layover #2:  6 hours in Auckland

Flight #3:  2 hours – Auckland to Queenstown


To help us along our journey, we’ll have a rental car (which I suppose we’ll have to drive on the left side of the road) and a local cell phone.  While we’ve heard that New Zealand is expensive, the current trend on exchange rates will work in our favor (100 NZD = $77 USD).  And with a 19-hour time difference, our heads may be spinning for the first few days.


Stay tuned because while in New Zealand, we will try to occasionally add new blog posts and share updates on Facebook.

Catch ya’ll on the flip side!


Oct 27 2011

Flawless Execution


Oct 10 2011



1,000,000+: Spectators
45,000: Runners
22,123: Overall rank
1,868: Dollars raised for the American Cancer Society
400+: Training miles ran
76: Temperature at noon
18: Weeks of training
12mins 07secs: Average pace per mile
04hrs 54mins 09secs: Finishing time
6: Gel packs consumed during the race
3: Lost toenails
2: Incredible sources of inspiration
1: Amazing cheering group of family and friends



May 30 2011

You May Kiss The Bride

There’s no better way to spend a long weekend than at an epic family wedding.

Cheers to Norman and Sylvia!

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Apr 26 2011

A Marathon For Olivia

Today I signed up to run the Chicago Marathon to celebrate my cousin Olivia who has battled cancer since she was 5 years old. If you’re interested in supporting me, check out my pledge page.

Countdown to race: 166 Days

Miles run-to-date: 3 mi.

Progress towards fundraising goal: $0 (goal $950)

Apr 24 2011


Apr 2 2011

This is no illusion