The McBride's

The McBride's

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Well I'm about to show how far behind I am... Easter! :) it was a nice calm Easter. We colored eggs (I've finally come to the conclusion that I have to have lots of extra eggs for coloring because Travis loves to color his own eggs!) on Saturday. Sunday we have late church so we were able to look for baskets and just hang out until it was time to get ready. Oh and in case you forgot how much I love to dress up our children and take a billion pictures here is a reminder.

David loves coloring eggs!


She's getting too old don't you think?

So sweet.

See told you he loves it!
David was the lucky one that got to eat the egg that broke.

Bunny Ears!

Cutest baby!

David's basket.

So excited!

My whole world (minus Travis.)


Was that enough dress up pictures?


How do you know if someone has ran a half marathon/marathon or triathalon?  Don't worry they'll tell you! :)  I am sure you have heard a million times that back in Germany before Cristine and I had kids we said we were gonna train to run a half marathon.  We got up to 6 miles in our training and then we both got pregnant with our oldests.  So this has been almost 10 years in the making!  I have a ton of other things to blog but I am just so excited I HAD to get this up!  We started training in January (and I could barely make it 2 miles.) We ran a 10k in March that I did not completely feel ready for but completed and felt good about.  We had some ups and downs, injuries, both of us had colds at different times, good runs and bad runs but we NEVER missed a run.  We ran 3-4 times a week (3 at first then worked up to 4) and our long runs were on Saturdays.  I am so beyond proud to get to say I am officialy a half marathon runner! 
Race day started with a 3:30 AM wake up call. The race started at 5:30 and we had about a 45 minute drive.  When we got there the park bathrooms were still locked an there was a HUGE line forming at the porta-potties. We jumped in line and waited about 20 minutes but made it to the starting line just as the National Anthem was being starting. We started a few minutes after everyone else b/c we were still trying to get headphones and Ipods situated.  We were OFF!  We kept a VERY even pace for the first 10 miles and though I am not going to say I forgot I was running I felt REALLY great!  At mile 11 there was a hill.  I KNEW this ahead of time but when you're tired and that hill comes up it feels NEVERENDING (I believe it was only about a mile long...)  Once I finished that hill I was TIRED but I knew I could finish (although the closer we got to the finish line the farther I swear it got!)  I saw Travis, Nate, and all the kids and I knew I had just completed 13.1 miles!  Not only did I complete it but I finished with my Best Friend!  We ran together, we were tired at different times but we finished TOGETHER!  I can't wait to do more races and complete this half marathon again next year!!! 
5:30 ready to GO!  Don't judge the sweatbands we NEEDED them!!!

I saw Travis long before he saw me I kept waving but he didn't see us till we were right by them.  Almost done!

FINISH LINE!  The time clock says 2:33:41 but like I said we started a few minutes after everyone else. Our chip time was 2:31:03
Finish metals and lots o fluids!

This was the finish place but our view was beautiful while we ran. Lots of beach views!

My kiddos!  Lexi keeps asking when she can do a race with me!

Yep we had these shirts made.  We were gonna run in them but after we started running longer distances we realized cotton was not the best to run in so we grabbed some Pink Under Armour shirts and changed into these at the end which worked perfect since I felt so gross!

The back says We're Only Half Crazy 13 point 1 :)

So happy the family came to the finish line.  And for all the support during training.  Saturdays we would get up really early to run and be gone through breakfast.  They started a new tradition of crepe days where Travis makes crepes with lots of yummy toppings.  By the time I would get home they would all be done eating and the WHOLE kitchen would be spotless.  That is a tradition I plan to continue.  I love running on Saturday mornings!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


We had heard Makapu'u Lighthouse was a great easy hike for the kids and that you can often see whales if you go at the right time.  I kept wanting to go (good whale times are Jaunuary-March) but Travis was putting it off b/c it's not really a hike so much as a steep inclined paved walk.  Once again the girls rocked it and it was absolutely worth it.  Not only did we have a GORGEOUS view but there WHALES!  A bunch of them out in the ocean playing.  You could see their spouts and then they would pop up out of the water.  We decided they were playing because there were 2 or 3 of them together that kept popping out.  I mean seriously people I LIVE HERE!!!
Love this picture Trav took, cactus to bring us back to our AZ roots!

Yep they ran a good portion.

The lighthouse at the end which was cool but so not the coolest thing we saw that day!

Love my family.
After cute poses they almost always ask, "now can we do silly faces??!"
Yes I'm including this picture becasue if you make it bigger and zoom in you can see the whale spouts! :)

Rock on!
Our girls.
This picture does not do the colors of the water justice.


Monday, May 20, 2013


As soon as we got to Hawaii I started looking into soccer for Lexi and Ryan.  They both ask all the time when they get to play soccer next.  Unfortunately, by the time I figured out how to apply for the league here Ryan's age group was most of the way through their "spring" session (seriously it was the beginning of February! :)) Lexi's age group had already started but I was told she could be on the wait list and was thrilled when they called to say they had some girls no show and Lexi could start.  She was also beyond excited!  We came into the season about 2 weeks after the other girls but the team was great and Alexis made friends quickly.  They do things a little different than Benning so we had to get used to that but she fit right in and started kicking butt immediately!  We were so proud of how hard she tries and were so excited when she started scoring GOALS!  She loves playing soccer and both girls are now registered for the "fall" session (which starts in August I guess the seasons don't really matter in Hawaii HA!)  So proud of our super soccer star!  Go Blue Thunder!

Monday, May 13, 2013


We hiked Mariner's Ridge a couple months ago and we loved it so much we knew it would be the perfect first McGrewe hike! So I'm combining the pictures from both times we went. :) The hike was about 2 miles round trip and we picked up quite a bit of elevation. There were also a few times where we had to hike up some rocks and Ryan loved it so much she started calling herself the monkey hiker. The view is absolutely breathtaking and we enjoyed sitting at the top talking and having snacks both times we went!

They love Hawaii almost as much as me!

How lucky are my kids?!

When we went with the Holtgrewe's we found a chameleon that all the kids enjoyed watching!

Haha not sure why Ryan thought David needed head support or why all the kids have their mouths open!
Sweet baby lovin on uncle Naynay.

Our little family.
They named this rock first middle and last name but I can't remember now what it was?!
4 littile monkeys hanging in a tree...