Friday, August 2, 2013

A Night Out With the CRB: A Surprise Party for Kim

Last week I got an email from Steven (of fame who is also Kim's husband) inviting me to a surprise birthday and ACE test passing celebration for Kim. It was in Greyslake, IL (aka about 1.5 hours from my house) on a Wednesday night. Regardless of the logistics, I knew when I got the email that I was going to go. Kim is just one of those great people that always does great things for others. It was time to return the favor. :)

I drove to work that day and met up with Maggie afterwards (now that we are work neighbors) who was keeping me company on the drive up. We arrived early and made ourselves comfortable while waiting for Kim to arrive. When she came in, you could tell by the expression on her face that she was totally surprised!
Kim's chair complete with orange balloons

The Chicago Running Bloggers wanted to get a group shot so we could post it to our blogs (duh). It was nice and surprising to see so many of my running friends, not in running clothes.
L to R: Emily, Erin, Kelsey, Anne, Kim, Maggie, Me, Kelly

Although the party was still in full swing, I had to leave early to make the trek home as it was a work night and Baby Wilson needed some sleep. Although, not before Kim and I got some photos together!

"Baby Wilson is telling me the secrets of the universe..."

Kim didn't get to feel a kick yet, but that just means we have to hang out again for lunch before Baby Wilson comes. I think I see a NFC lunch in our future. :) Of course, I couldn't come to the party empty handed so I picked up a sweet cat shirt (unfortunately, not Loop Looks approved), some cat socks, and a necklace set. I couldn't find socks with grey cats on them, so I picked grey socks with green cats instead.
Data is not impressed (If you don't know who Data is, click here)

All in all, it was a really fun night. I'm glad we all got the chance to surprise Kim! She is such a great friend and great person, it was nice to see her celebrated appropriately. :) Now that she has her official personal training certificate, I just might need to go to one of her strength classes after Baby Wilson arrives!


  1. Ahh! It looks like a great night! And yes, I am with you - Kim is such a wonderful person. I'd drive a few hours to celebrate her as well:)

    I really, REALLY need to make it to a CRB event. I feel like I see people at races and say hello, or I hang with people one-on-one, but I've never socialized in a larger group. I need to work on this!

  2. It was SO nice to see you! And so great that everyone came out to celebrate Kim :) And super fun to see your baby bump in person!

  3. Mmm, cupcakes. Thanks for bringing the baby.

  4. Aww, thank you so much! You guys are too kind to me. I am so lucky to have you all in my life. I felt so honored that you were all there, especially that YOU and Baby Wilson came from so dang far away! You rock!

    Geesh! Hard to recognize us when we are not in our running gear! We clean up nice! And I feel bad we didn't pull Bobbi in to the picture! We will have to retake one at the Sausage Party (hmm, is that the official name of Anne's fundraiser?!).

    I wore the socks all day yesterday! And I didn't realize the necklace was three different ones! Schweet! And you know I will be wearing that top to teach. LOL.

    Yes! We must have lunch soon so I can feel a kick!!! :D :D :D I actually haven't had NFC in awhile! :)

    And can't wait to train you!!! :D :D :D

  5. Yes, you should come to a CRB event! We need to have a bump comparison photo. :)

  6. So nice to see you too! I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the baby bump. :)

  7. Yes, I wish I had one of those cupcakes now! :)

  8. I'm so glad you had a fun time! :)

    We do clean up pretty nice! I'm so glad you liked the socks and I can't wait to see an action shot of you teaching in that shirt!! ;)

    We'll have to email to coordinate our NFC lunch! I can't wait to be trained by you, someone ACE official!

  9. It's so nice of Kim to have a birthday so we all had an excuse to hang out! :) It was so fun to see you again, and at least our meeting place wasn't closed this time lol

  10. Sausage Fest, Kim. Sausage Fest.

  11. Maybe we could do a partner personal training class!! Followed by brunch.