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So here we go. Time to jump out of the nest and fly. With a NEW downtown TYLER location and regained pep in my stride (notice the running reference), it’s time to get busy again! I will soon be updating and transitioning past DIXON PRODUCTIONS info to this site and will be operating all audio and graphic services as RYAN MARC DIXON.

Who is my neighbor?… by Ryan

If you ever make it to Austin you must go check out The Austin Stone. With only attending a few times while in the area visiting friends and family, I have been thoroughly blessed by the worship, vision and the messages delivered by Matt Carter. Recently on my long runs I have been listenting to his past messages via their pod cast. The one I heard today was so great. You MUST listen. The title of it is “A Church For The City: The Cost Of Following Jesus.” 09/28/08

Ryan's new-do… by Ryan

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Whelp. I cut it myself this morning. I knocked 2.7 seconds per mile off my 5 mile run and it took 1/4 of the amount of shamp & condish than it did yesterday. I am actually bummed not to need the use of our chi straitener for a while. Here’s to the good old days.

Ryan's "Long" Hair… by Ryan

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Boo! I am officially sad. I have an appointment for a hair cut (chop) tomorrow morning. As a self employed coffee shop & recording studio owner, my boss has always been ok with my hair but with public and corporate environment interviews looming, I figure my days of being able to sport my shag is going to have to be put on hold.

Why does our community STILL have a negative outlook on longer haired men? I am a sweet guy at heart and don’t mean any disrespect or harm by my hair… so what’s the big deal? What gives a shorter haired male an advantage over the other? Am I not a great citizen, employee, father, son, husband, child of God, etc. due to the length of my hair? Why does the majority of the older generations tend to stare awkwardly?

I’m bummed as I’ve just now achieved my goal inspired by my friends shown below:

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random thoughts for the day…

-french toast made with fresh french bread from the bakery is by the far the best.  

-my dog makes me so mad when she gets in the trash!  ugh.  i mean seriously, she has such a good life…she lays around on nice furniture all day in the cool house & gets petted (not sure if there is a past tense to pet) & gets food & water provided constantly…and yet, she can’t help herself when we leave…the trash is like her obsession.  sicko!  she’s such a good dog…this is her one thing that she does & its like she can’t help herself.  makes me so frustrated & grosses me out!  um, please don’t lick me anymore.

-i LOVE watching movies at the theater.  today ryan, jen & i went to see a movie.  oh yes.  i had popcorn drizzled in butter & a coke…split it w/ryan of course.  enjoyed every bite!  its great to escape the craziness of life for a couple of hours & indulge yourself into fiction while stuffing your face w/yummy treats!  oh, and i finished it up w/some gummy bears.  

-tonight’s 4 mile run was pretty sweet…weather had cooled off, thanks to the rain!  my time was 8:57 pace…not too shabby!  :)  

-i’d like to lose 5 more pounds before san fran…better cut out the french toast & buttery popcorn!  i have a “goal weight” that i’d like to reach before our big race.  i really need to drink more water!

-kamryn is soooo sensitive…if people she doesn’t know talks to her, she cries real tears & her bottom lip comes out & she SCREAMS until she gets her mommy…i hear that’s exactly how i was as a baby…i guess my sweet kam kam is a lot like her momma!

-addi talks SO well for her age.  she speaks in whole sentences & has conversations w/you.  she says hi to everyone at the coffee shop & is so outgoing & sociable.  she’s hilarious & cracks us up!  last night, she asked me to watch “nemo.”  we’ve never watched nemo…not sure how she learned of nemo.  so i put it on…and then she says, “fish! where are you?”  hehehe.  she’s a nut!

-i may have a chance to go to new york city in a couple of weeks w/my sister….trying to figure some things out & see if we can make this happen….HOW STINKIN AWESOME WOULD THAT BE???  i would totally miss my sweet husband & adorable girls….but its a short 4 day, 3 night trip…and it would be free…so we’ll see!  i’d love to run in central park for a few days & eat at serendipity.

-we visited grace community church in lindale (www.gcc.org) this past week & really enjoyed it.  seemed real & relevant…i’ll keep you posted on this….we will visit again i’m sure.  we are searching for a church home here & are praying that we can find a place to get plugged in.

-off to shower & to bed, 5:30 a.m. comes very quickly!  thank goodness i work at a coffee shop & have easy access to espresso.  tomorrow, working the shop & taking addi swimming in her new froggie pool (thanks to my friend vicki for the recommendation! we can’t wait to try it out)  nighty night! 

Happy Father’s Day

I feel like a very blessed girl today!  Not only do I have a great dad whom has taught me so much & loves me no matter what….I also have a great husband who is a great dad!  Ryan goes above & beyond…he gets up in the night w/the babies, he changes diapers just as much as I do, he takes time out to play & read to them, he tickles them & makes them laugh harder than anyone else.  I am proud of him for the daddy he is & it only makes me love him even more!  Happy Father’s Day baby!  And Happy Father’s Day Dad!  I love you both.  You guys rock.

 

Yummy new recipe!

Tonight, I made bruschetta bread to go along side our lasagna for dinner.  It was awesome!!!  Thought I’d share the recipe.

Hot House or Roma Tomatoes

Green Onions

2-3 chopped garlic cloves

Chopped fresh basil

Grated parmesan cheese

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt & pepper

French Bread sliced

Drizzle some EVOO on the sliced french bread & toast in oven on broil.  Dice tomatoes & add garlic, green onion, basil, and salt & pepper to your liking.  Drizzle mixture with EVOO and mix well.  Top bread slices with the tomato mixture and top with parmesan cheese.  Serve & enjoy!

Today’s 10 miler @ White Rock

Last night, the girls spent the night w/Grandma so they could sleep in. So Ryan & I enjoyed the evening ALONE in our house.  We actually watched some of a movie before we went to bed…soooo relaxing!  This morning, my alarm went off at 3:30 a.m.  Yikes – I was so out of it…I’m pretty sure I was in the middle of some serious REM sleep.  Ryan, my dad, and I left Quitman at 4 a.m. to drive to Dallas to pick up my sister, Jen, at DFW airport.  She flew threw the night…she travels for her job & was returning from California today. We then proceeded to go to White Rock Lake to run our long run for the week…10 miles.  It was awesome!!!  I thoroughly enjoyed the different, beautiful location.  The weather wasn’t too bad either.  It was overcast most of the time & a little cooler than it has been.  And afterwards….Einstein’s Bagels – YUM!  Here are a few pics from our day….before & after shots…

 

San Fran here we come!

 

On August 3rd, myself, Ryan, my sister, my dad, and my brother in law are all running in the San Francisco 1/2 marathon (www.runsfm.com) & I could not be more pumped about it!!!  Only 7 weeks left of intense training & we will be flying out.  I absolutely can not wait.  We have been training now for a couple of months and are up to 9 miles thus far.  Tomorrow, we go to Dallas to run at White Rock Lake 10 miles.  It will be challenging, but a beautiful setting!  Its always good to change up the routes you run.  Running the long runs in Quitman every week gets a little boring.  Part of this San Fran race runs across the Golden Gate Bridge…how stinkin awesome is that?  Woohoo…its gonna be a blast!!!  If you have any tips on running long distances or advise, I’d love to hear about it.   

On the news!!!

Studio Java & Dixon Productions made the news!!!  Watch the story on KLTV…

http://www.kltv.com/global/story.asp?s=8449191

Our trip to the zoo

This past Saturday, we went to the zoo w/my sweet cousins Christi & Staci & their families.  We had a great time, minus the heat!  Addi was a little timid at first & a little overwhelmed w/it all…but she did great.  She LOVED the petting zoo.  We walked up & there were goats…just goats.  She says, “moose!”  And I said, “No, baby those are goats.” So we go in and she pets them (gross by the way).  She has a blast and then we get ready to leave & she yells, “bye moose!”  She also enjoyed the bird room…she did try to grab a bird & it proceeded to fly into Christi’s face….which was hilarious.  Kam slept most of the time, but woke up towards the end.  She’s too young to care, but she seemed to have fun regardless.  After the zoo, we went out to eat at an old school mexican food place in the older part of Tyler…it was very tasty.  Fun day!  Here are some pics of our day….

Hello world!

Hello blog world.  This is my first official post!  I plan to use this site to post pics & to share stories about my crazy family, running, and anything else life throws my way.  Thanks for checking it out & I will start posting more later on.  Til then…have a great afternoon!