December 12, 2013
:: Mimi is doing pretty well. She is alert and in minimal pain, at least for now. She hasn't been able to sleep much at the hospital, but they are hopeful that she'll be able to come home tomorrow at some point. We shall see. It will be a long road ahead...she is left handed, and it is her left elbow that broke. So it is in a sling and will be for at least 6 weeks. She'll have to learn to do things with her right hand, and everything will be difficult for awhile. Continued prayers are always appreciated.
:: Work is good, but extremely busy. This is the most insane time of the year. Our sales meeting is next week, along with our company-wide meeting and our end of year party. Annual reviews are also due by next Friday, and I have six to do and go over. Busy busy.
:: I was able to get our Christmas cards ready to mail out! They are going in the mail tomorrow! Yay! It's the 13th and we haven't received any yet. Kind of odd.
:: For my day off tomorrow, I have a doctor's appointment at 10:00 and then a few errands to run. I am also hoping to get some Christmas shopping done. Everything will revolve around Mimi's discharge from the hospital I guess.
:: Tonight we are watching Love Actually -- my favorite Christmas movie!!! What is yours???
December 11, 2013
Hello all...posting this from my phone as I am currently at the hospital. Last night around 5 mimi fell on the remaining ice and broke her elbow. Chris took her to the er and they admitted her. She had surgery on the elbow this afternoon and is now recovering. She is still a bit groggy. They put 4 pins in and those will come out in 6 weeks or so. They didn't have to put a metal plate in as planned so that was good news. She has a long road of recovery ahead of her. But one day at a time. If you could keep her in your prayers we would appreciate it.
Had the arbonne party last night and it went well.
That's all I've got for now.
December 09, 2013
:: Work was good...I got caught up from being gone, and then had a very productive day. I need to get going on the 6 year-end reviews that I have to work up. It will be a very busy two weeks ahead. I'm already dreaming of January.
:: Tomorrow is the Arbonne party that I am hosting -- I hope that the weather doesn't interfere with the attendance :( I made up my food this evening (appetizers and desserts) and we'll see how many come. Hopefully I won't be sitting here eating my snacks all by myself!!!
:: This Saturday is our December crop and I am looking forward to it! I have a lot to work on, and am really in the scrapbooking mood after getting some done over the weekend. Can't wait!!
:: I received our shipment of Christmas cards in the mail today and now am just waiting on our envelopes. Then to label and get them into the mail! Hooray!!!
:: Did a Beast workout tonight and it felt GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Zumba was cancelled because of the weather, and I haven't worked out in days. It felt so so good to get moving!!!
:: That's about all I've got really...until tomorrow! Stay warm!
December 08, 2013
:: For my day off, I worked on organizing a bunch of stuff that has been piling up, and then that afternoon Aspen and I decorated the house for Christmas. Our tree looks so pretty!
:: Sunday, we ventured out to church! They went down to just one service due to the weather, and the roads were actually worse than they were the night before. But we made it safely. The service and worship were fantastic and I am so glad that we went. We haven't been in a few weeks. When we came out of the church at 12:15, the sun was finally finally shining and the ice was melting melting!!!! So now the roads are thankfully much better. Afterwards, cleaned and made some gifts, and then made a macaroni and cheese bar for dinner that was so delicious!!! And now, working on getting ready for the week ahead.
I hope you are all safe and warm!! Any weather in your neck of the woods??
December 05, 2013
Thanksgiving Day! Thursday, 12-28.
My mom, as always, cooked an amazing and delicious meal for our family! She stayed home while the rest of us went to the Turkey Trot, and we came home to a house that smelled so good! Quick showers for everyone, and then the rest of the family arrived. My grandparents, uncle, and cousin Kasey, plus her boyfriend Brendan. It was our first time meeting him, and he was really nice! They make a cute couple!
Grandpa cut the turkey, and mom got all of the yummy food onto the buffet. And then we all chowed down and ate way way way too much! Thanks Mom for the wonderful meal you always make us. We had pumpkin pie and chocolate pie for dessert and then we moved to the couches to relax. The boys played darts and me and mom chatted with my granny and gramps. So good to spend some extra time with them. It was a great day with family.
|Grandpa carving the turkey, and slipping some to Mom's dog Roxy along the way!|
|This is one of my faves -- it is so cute!! Bear hug!|
|The yearly kiss photo!|
|My cousin Kasey and Aspen|
|Kasey and Brendan -- cute couple and funny pic!|
|This one -- how sweet can you get?|
|My grandpa, kicked back and relaxed...love this one!|
|This one really cracks me up!|
|And the sweetest photo of my grandma, ever -- and she didn't even know that I took it! :)|
Friday, 12-29 -- Friday, we went to Shaw's Garden to take the second batch of senior photos of Aspen. It was very very cold, and we walked that huge garden as quickly as we could! We were able to get some really good photos, and I think we had fun too! I am excited to work on Aspen's senior announcement and print her photos to give away. I'll also be doing a little senior photo book for her. Fun day! After that we went to Blueberry Hill in The Loop for lunch. We had some delicious burgers and Aspen had some pancakes...and then we shopped just a bit, and had some ice cream. Then home! We got all of our stuff packed up (and we do travel with quite a load!!) and visited with mom and Randy for our final evening there.
Saturday, 12-30 -- We were up and on the road by 8:00 am, and made it home in 12 hours flat. It was an uneventful trip and Chris was so good to get us home safely. It was good to see our pups and Mimi! And to sleep in our own bed again -- ahhhhhh!
It was another successful and wonderful visit to STL -- already looking forward to the next one!!!
December 04, 2013
My goal was to not walk at all, to run the whole thing; my training pace was about a 12:30 per mile, and I was fine with that; I told Chris, depending on how I felt, I might sprint at the end. My sweet hubby agreed to run the race with me to be my support system, and I must say -- I was really worried. I witnessed him when Aspen ran a few years ago, and he was a tough cookie on her. But, honestly, he was absolutely amazing and was exactly what I needed. He was supportive and positive and informative and just the best partner I could have asked for. I am grateful he ran with me...because I did end up getting a side stitch and that could have blown the whole deal...but he took my mind off it and I kept plugging through.
It was 22 degrees the morning of the run. Yes, I had put in my request for cold weather because of my intolerance to heat but whew! This was a bit extreme!! I was then a bit concerned about the cold triggering my ashtma, but no problems there either. It was slightly windy, but more than anything, the course had a few hills that were quite rough. I didn't train with any hills, and they wiped me out.
But, I did kind of enjoy the "race" aspect of it, and I didn't think that I would. It was a neat experience passing people, juking and jiving through the crowd to get a better place. I hadn't experience that before. Chris was right there with me, offering suggestions and advice. Overall, I think I did much better than I had expected, and ended up with an 11:25 pace average. That is over a minute faster than what I trained at, and I could certainly feel it at the end!! I am proud to say, I did sprint at the end. I didn't feel like I had anything left, but I dug deeper and when Chris said, "Time to sprint!" I found that I was able to. Crazy crazy.
I am glad that I did it. I am proud of myself. I proved that if you put your mind to it, you can really do anything. One reason I decided to set this goal for myself is that I wanted to show Aspen that you may not like something, you may not be good at something, but if you dedicate yourself and stretch yourself, you can do it. That if you make a goal for yourself, you should see it through. And because of that reason, it was so wonderful that morning, before the race, when Aspen handed me a note that she had written me. She expressed how proud she was of me, and that made it all worth it!
It was a fun experience, and I am so glad that my mom's husband Randy ran it with us!! He had a great run too...and the funniest thing of all is that a weiner dog ran in front of me the entire race, and ended up beating me! A weiner dog and its stubby little legs! How rude!!!! :) He was cute though, he was wearing a Sponge Bob Square Pants sweatshirt!!
So, there you go! Goal fulfilled! Will I run another race? Most likely not. Will I ever run again? Possibly, for a workout now and then. There are just other types of workout that I enjoy so much more and that my body is better at. But a run now and then wouldn't be too bad :) Special thanks go out to Aspen for taking fantastic action shots of my experience!!! She is becoming very talented!
|I got all of my gear ready the night before -- learned that from my pro hubby!|
|Stretching the massive calves, pre-race...thinking, "What have I gotten myself into??!"|
|Chris, me and Randy pre-race!|
|Early into the race, still looking fresh! My first mile felt really good actually! I hadn't met a hill yet!|
|Look at me go!|
|Starting to feel it! Quite possibly with a side stitch here...|
|The weiner dog that beat me!!|
|Great job Randy!!!!|
|Me during the last stretch leading up to the finish line, sprinting as much as I could!|
|Loved his support! Not dying here, just catching my breath...|
|Happy that I made it!!|
|Glad I had these two there for their support...love them dearly...|
|Snapped before heading back to the car...the runners!|
|My credentials :) I ran it officially in 35:19 according to the website!!!|
December 03, 2013
:: Bunko was a lot of fun though, I really enjoyed my evening! We had a small group of only 5 women and that always makes it easier to talk I think. It also doesn't hurt that I was the big winner :) That almost never happens :) I came home with a Target gift card and I plan to buy more turquoise jars for our kitchen. Chris loves them, and we're going to get rid of our other glasses and just use those. Yay!
:: Work was good -- lots and lots going on. And it is that time of year where I need to start working on REVIEWS. I have six to do and it is quite time consuming; and then when they are ready, I need to meet with everyone to discuss.
:: I recently changed drug stores and am so happy that I did! Walgreens was just really ticking me off. The lines there are always so long, and they often wouldn't have what I needed. I finally decided to switch to the locally owned McCoy's drug store that is right next to our parking lot at work. So now, it is a 15 second drive, and I literally spent about 4 minutes inside getting my drugs. Thank you McCoys!! Best decision ever! The sad news is that I am officially out of my FSA money for the year (if you don't know, that basically means I set aside a set amount each year, and I pay for medical expenses before taxes). It lasted pretty long this year; last year I ran out in August. So I planned it better this year.
:: I went to our nurse practitioner today -- third time in about 5 weeks. I've been through two rounds of antibiotics and other meds. Now she is thinking that this isn't a sinus infection, she thinks it might just be my allergies all out of whack. My ears are infected and she is putting me on a tapering steroid. We'll see if this works. She also gave me some meds so I can sleep at night!
:: I need to do some reading for my book study, so bye for now!!
December 02, 2013
Monday, 11-25, after visiting with my Olender grandparents, we headed to the party store where I found the masquerade mask for our ball! I was very excited, and now we just need to find Chris' mask. From there, we headed to Wentzville for our visit with my cousin Shelly's family -- Kevin, Drew, Bradley, and their new Chihuahua puppy King Louie! We were so sure that we could win Louie over...alas, it wasn't meant to be. He is definitely a typical Chihuahua!!! :) He was so adorable, and I had a lot of fun trying to win his heart. He would take treat after treat from me, but no way was he getting close!
We had such a fun time with them! Shelly made us a great dinner of lasagna and salad, and we enjoyed talking with them. Chris and Kevin enjoyed some (a lot) of red wine, and that provided some entertainment too! It was nice to spend some one on one time with the Jacksons...
|King Louie!! Oh how he broke my heart :) (Yes, he has an underbite!!)|
|Having a little selfie fun while I was talking with Shelly and mom!|
|Kevin and Chris|
|Shelly and Kevin, cutest couple ever|
|Me and sweet Shelly|
|Me and my hubby!|
|Kevin, serenading my mom!|
|Chris working on origami dinosaurs with Drew|
|Aspen snuggling with Bradley in his race car bed...sound asleep!|
It was so good getting to see everyone there! We visited with grandma for a bit before everyone arrived, and then the loud crazy time began! :) It's always fun with them, and this visit was no exception. We were also very excited to finally meet little Kaden! Aspen was in love, of course! I think she took about 40 photos of him! My cousin Katie is selling jewelry now, and Aspen and I both found some goodies to buy...can't wait to wear them!
|Me and Kaden!|
|The McCarthy Clan, gathered around the table for pizza and fun|
|My beautiful Aunt Karen|
|Me and the Gordons -- such a hilarious couple!|
|Aspen with Kaden, and Jaci with Katie -- hamming it up!|
|This girl, what a beauty she is! Inside and out!|
|Me with my girl Amy!|
December 01, 2013
It will take me a few days to get our trip documented here, so bear with me!
We left Abilene on Friday, 11-22 after work. It had iced that day, and the roads were not in the best condition. Chris and I debated whether to go ahead and leave as planned, or wait until the next morning. Since the forecast called for more of the same, we decided to chance it so that we wouldn't get stuck in Abilene. The roads were pretty bad, and we saw a lot of accidents along the way. We were able to go about 50 MPH, except on the overpasses, where we had to go down to 30. So it was a long trip. We were able to make it to Tulsa -- left Abilene at 6:00 pm and arrived in Tulsa at 3:30 am. It was a tense ride/drive. Aspen watched movie after movie after movie, combined with naps here and there. She was a happy girl!
On Sunday, 11-24, we went to the Repp's house for our annual visit, and it was so very nice to see them all! Fonda made a delicious dinner (complete with my favorite, her egg salad!!!) and we talked and laughed. We love the Repps!!! Afterwards, we played some Bop It, looked at scrapbooks/trip albums, and had a little photo shoot. It was so nice to just relax and hang out together. I really miss them!! We took a lot of photos, but here are a few favorites; I'll have a good 4 pages of scrapbooking to do with all of them!!