Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Weekend in Jackson

Last Friday we headed to Jackson for a visit to the Johnson Hotel and to watch Jimmy run in the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon on Saturday morning. Russ and Megan were so kind to let our family of seven invade their home, especially since they arrived home from a two week vacation just an hour or so before our arrival! After visiting the race expo to pick up Jimmy's race packet, we met Russ and Megan at the Broad Street Baking Company for supper.
The children at their table

Russ and Megan at our table

After eating, we went to Russ and Megan's house for an evening of fun before settling down to sleep. Jimmy and Russ played with Jimmy's new camera, Clay played his Gameboy, Sam ran around torturing their dog, Farley, and the rest of us broke in Russ and Megan's new Singstar Country!! Fun! Fun!

Russ holding up his Christmas ornament Julie made for him.

Clay and Olivia putting together a happy meal toy

And the Singstar Stars.......

Singstar Mama

Singstar Mama with Sam climing on my head

Singstar Julie

Singstar Leah! She was singing Kellie Pickler's Red High Heels!

Singstar Megan

Singstars Olivia and Leah

After singing most of the songs, I finally got all of the children settled and asleep by about midnight. The next morning came early! Jimmy's race began at 7:00 a.m. Russ took him at 6:00, and the rest of us arrived there about 7:45.

Sleepy Julie, Olivia, and Clay at the Half Marathon

Clay, Olivia, Megan and Julie waiting for Jimmy to cross the finish line

Leah and Sam waiting for Daddy

Leah and Megan

(Megan spent most of her time waiting holding Leah while I held Sam.)

Sam and Clay.....still waiting

Here comes Jimmy!

The wait was over! Jimmy did great! He finished the race in 1 hour, 48 minutes. The course was extremely hilly, and Jimmy was glad to be finished. After he cooled down, he was ready to pose for some pictures.

Clay and Jimmy

Our family

After the race we spent a little more time at Russ and Megan's house. For lunch, we met one of Jimmy and Russ's cousin, Chris Gibbs, and his family at the Haute Pig. The food was delicious!

The children's table

After lunch the children played a couple of more rounds of Singstar while Jimmy and I packed the van. Thank you Russ and Megan for a wonderful time! We'll visit again soon!


  1. Roan,
    Sounds like you had a great time. The Singstar sounds like SUCH fun!

    Just wanted to say hi, and to tell you that I'm reading a book called Stepping Heavenward, by Elizabeth Prentiss, that based on your fave book list,I believe you'd love. It has quickly shot up to the top of my favorite list, and that's saying a lot!

    Looking forward to seeing you at Keepers.

    Have a great day,

  2. We had so much fun! Can't wait for the next visit! I'm sure Russ will want to stay put for a while after all these interviews! So, who knows when we'll be back in Corinth! :)

  3. Hey Roan!
    Looks like good times! Are you receiving my emails? I've written you a few times, and haven't heard back. Please email me...