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Family Friday | Run Laughlin Half Marathon

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Happy Friday!  We all have lots of different interests and hobbies.  What are some of yours? For me, one of these is running.  I may not be the fastest or the best runner, but running is something that I enjoy doing and make it a priority in my life.  I run about 3 days a week and I love signing up for races! My favorite distance is the half marathon.  I wasn't always a runner, though and the idea of running 13.1 miles was a joke! But,  I actually started running about 5 years ago and have been at it ever since.  Earlier this month I ran my 12th half marathon, the Run Laughlin Half Marathon, and it was super exciting too because this was Jason's 2nd half marathon and I was looking forward to running together for part of the race and and seeing him cross that finish line! 

We took off on Friday afternoon to Laughlin, NV, which is about 1.5 hrs away from Vegas and we stayed at the Tropicana Laughlin, which was offering rooms at a special rate for runners, woohoo!  We were running the race with a few other friends, so it was nice to have a carb loading dinner all together.  The race went really well.  If you're interested you can read all about that on my personal lifestyle blog HERE.  After the race, we had our obligatory free beer, grabbed some In N Out (protein style for me) and headed back home to meet up with our kiddos! 

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It was a quick trip but we enjoyed the long drive together chatting without distractions and just enjoying each other's company.  Plus, it was so nice to run my last race of the year with Jason, my #1 supporter!  He always goes along with all my crazy ideas, like planning family vacations and long "romantic" getaways around my half marathon schedule! He is really my biggest supporter so, it felt so great to be at the finish line cheering him on, just like he does for me!  I am so grateful to have him cheering me on, not just at races, but in life.  XO 

Who's your biggest supporter? The person who truly believes in all your crazy endeavors and will always have your back? 

Cili at Bali Hai Golf Club Wedding | Christine + Matt

Christine + Matt are a testament to how far one will go for true love.  Having met by chance at a conference in London - Matt living in Amsterdam, Christine living in the U.S.- anyone would have thought it was simply a few days of fun flirting. But, as life would have it this is not a story of a simple flirtation to pass the time at a work conference. No. This was meant to last. And it did. After countless Skype chats, text messages, phone calls, and trips to visit each, Christine eventually moved to Amsterdam to be with Matt and they've had an amazing adventure there. After a romantic proposal in Venice, Italy, Christine said yes and it was time to start planning the big day.  Having family and friends throughout the country, they settled on one of Matt's favorite cities, Las Vegas (cue Elvis theme song!) Just kidding, the "King" would not be making an appearance at Christine + Matt's gorgeous Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai Golf Club wedding.  There would however be lots of love, happy tears, and big hugs as these two tied the knot and became Mr. and Mrs. surrounded by their family and close friends.

The day started at the Bellagio, where Christine and her sister was getting dolled up by the team of Makeup in the 702 and Matt were getting ready in a separate suite with his brother.  We then made our way to the venue for some photos with family and friends before the ceremony.  After the ceremony, we took the newlyweds around the gorgeous palm tree filled property of Bali Hai Golf Course for some portraits and they enjoyed some time together before their reception, which was a total blast! After dinner service, the dance floor was soon full of friends and family celebrating a new chapter in Christine + Matt's love story.  

C+M: We hope you enjoyed your much needed R&R on your tropical island honeymoon! We wish you a lifetime of adventures together! XO - Jessie & Jason