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Sunday, May 23, 2010

5K done!

This morning I ran my first 5K race, finished in 38.2 minutes. I am so proud of myself! I did way better than I thought I'd do. I have heard that once you run your first race, you are hooked and that is true. I am already gonna sign up for a few more 5K's this Summer and maybe a few 10K's in the Fall. Maybe I will be ready for a half marathon by Spring of 2011!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Race Day tomorrow!

I am so nervous about my race tomorrow. I wonder why? I am as prepared as I can be and its a very non-competitive race. I guess its just the unknown. My friend already picked up her packet with the map and said the track seems kinda hard! Praying all well go well! I am sure it will. God will guide my steps, literally! I'm praying for peace in my heart!

Several years ago, I was in a car accident and injured my knee. I went to see a Orthopedic surgeon who told me that as long as I never became a runner, I wouldn't need surgery. He basically told me that running was a bad idea with my knee. Well, I have been running for about 6 months and actually my knee hurts less! Goes to show doctors don't know everything thing and God heals!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

questions 5/16

1. The most expensive thing hanging in my closet is.....?
My Coach shoes (not really hanging)

2. Have you ever played a team sport?
Soccer in high school

3. If you were a bug, what kind would you be?

4. Where on your body is the worst place to get sunburned?
I don't really suburn too much. That's the one part of me that is not Irish! LOL! I guess I have enough native american in my blood that I may get a little pink, but usually I just tan.

5. Are you happy?
At the moment, yes.

6. People are always abbreviating..are there any abbreviations that make your skin crawl when people use them?
I don't really get too annoyed with abbreviations....probably because I use them a lot.

7. Do you love where you live..or could you live anywhere?
Yeah, I love St. Louis, except in the Winter. I wish I just had a Winter house somwhere warm. Otherwise STL is a awesome town!

8. What, if any, extreme measures do you go to to keep yourself from overeating when you're full?
nothing really

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I need a new hobby

OK, so I know this is a typical thing for Moms, especially stay at home moms, but I am feeling bored. I feel like every day is exactly the same as the last one. Nothing every changes. I love being home with my kids and wouldn't have it any other way, but I need something new and exciting in my life. My best friend and her sister just did up this great wedding guide for St. Louis. They are both SAHM's and I can imagine it was exciting, not only for the book itself, but to have something new in their day to day lives. I need something like that. I need a new hobby or something to do to cut into the day to day. I am a big reader and this hobby helps. But, I think I need something else too. Something that maybe brings out the creative side of me. Hmmmm, maybe a art class at the community college. Or, some sort of project that is all about my interest, not my families. One thing I am looking forward to when both kids are in school, is getting a part time job. Not for the money so much, but for the outlet. I want to get a fun one. I am really into Wine, so maybe I will work in a Wine Shop. Anyway, I am rambling. Here are some things I am interested in, maybe I can go from there in my search for a hobby.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

ABC's of Summer

Got this idea from a friends. Listing the things I love about Summer starting with each letter!

A-Awesome food
C- Campfire
D-Dogs running around
E- Elephants at the zoo
F- Friendly neighbors
G- Grants Farm
H- Hot dogs
I- Icecream
J- Joyful kids
K- Kite flying
L- Longer days
M- Myrtle Beach
N- No coats
P- Pork Steaks
Q-Quiet Summer Nights
S- Swimming
T- Tanning
U-Under the Sun
V- Voices of my happy kids
W- Watermelon
X- Xtreme heat
Z- Zebras at the zoo

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Making Memories with my kids

So, I confess I am not much for the great outdoors! I came to the lake for the great outlet malls. I don't like fishing and being in such a quiet part of the lake actually gets rather boring. However, the smiles on my kids faces make it so worth it! They are loving the fishing, the playground, the playing with trucks on the lake beach, the grilling, all of it! These are the moments that they will remember when they have kids of their own. My husband still talks about his fishing trips to Montawk with his Grandma and Grandpa Potter. I remember the cabin my Grandma and Grandpa Harrell had at the Bourboss River and the wonderful memories there. I have nothing but found memories of that place (even if we had a outhouse cause they didn't even have indoor plumbing)! There is something about nature that brings out joy in children! Seeing a fish swimming in the water, seeing the ducks walking by, seeing the chipmunks playing, they all thrill my kids! I am so thankful for the times that we have spent here and that we will continue to spend. Thankfully for me, we aren't roughing it too much, we have cable and WIFI! LOL!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lake of the Ozarks

We are spending the weekend with my dad and stepmother at the Lake of the Ozarks. We rent a cabin and just relax. The kids have so much fun. They are all fisherman, I am not, I come here cause of the great outlet malls! LOL! I am not much of a nature kinda person, but I couldn't help taking this picture, its very pretty.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Angel with a crooked Halo!

He looks innocent!
Wes was my good toddler. He was never really into stuff, never putting himself into danger in anyway. Boy am I getting paid back with Patrick! That kid wears me out! Just today he drew all over his self with a ink pen, drew on the walls (thank God for Magic Eraser), climbed up on top of our dinning room table and tried to walk across it, pulled books of the bookshelf and started tossing them across the room, and picked my cell phone up and threw it across the room! He has a serious hitting problem and after we get onto him for hitting Wes, he just laughs and smiles! Crazy kid! Don't get me wrong, he is a sweet child, very loving and all, but he has wild side for sure! I am really hoping that this is just him being a 2 year old, but we will see....

Monday, May 3, 2010

Bahamas confirmed

I am sooo excited! We will be spending 5 days in the Bahamas in November. Jake has a conference for 3 of the days and we are gonna pay for the other days! Yippee! We are staying at a amazing hotel, www.atlantis.com! We were really looking forward to a beach trip together this year. If a conference didn't work out, we were probably gonna run down to Cancun for a few days, but this is even better! We are not taking the kids, its just me and Jake!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

5 Questions

1. If you could, would you go back to high school?

Nope, high school was fun, but I like being a grown up better!

2. If a genie appeared and granted you two wishes, what would they be? (And, no saying "more wishes".)
I don't need a Genie! I have Jesus!

3. What kids show do you secretly like?
The Wiggles

4. Favorite Drink

5. What is something that you would change about yourself (or are working to change in yourself)?
I wish I didn't worry so much.


So, Jake is looking for his conference for this year. So far, we have been to Toronto, Las Vegas (several times), Chicago, and Washington DC on his work conferences. Well, there is a very good possibility we will be in The Bahamas this November for his next one. He calculated it all up and it wouldn't cost all that much for his company and its classes he needs to take! He has to get the final OK from the boss, but he doesn't think it will be a problem! What will I do all day while he is in his class? Sit on the beach, lay by the pool, wonder the casino in the hotel, shop, who knows! We will no for sure on Monday if its a go!