Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2013

And the frenzy continues.  I’m determined to post a bunch this weekend and finally get caught caught up so I can post about current things.  A while back I posted a few pictures of Christmas.  Those were from my phone and the pictures are never as good as the pictures I take with my “real” camera.  So here’s a look at our Christmas.  First, Macy’s school performance, then her play she was in, then Christmas morning and finally, Christmas afternoon, which we spent sledding with some friends.  It was a great day!

Then there’s a few pics of New Year’s Eve.  It’s always exciting because right at midnight, we yell, “Happy New Year!” followed by an even more excited “Happy Birthday Macy!”  It’s great fun.  Notice Bryson in the background of the pictures where the girls are shooting off the confetti.  B had a confetti thing too but wasn’t “into it”.  I’m sure being a senior and having to be at home on New Year’s eve is not ideal.  Sorry, buddy, I get it.  But let’s not talk about why you had to be at home..ahem….

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Bryson’s Senior Prom and other things

I’m in a posting frenzy.  I want to get caught up somehow.  So, as most of my posts have been, this one is also full of pictures and not many words.  That’s ok, everyone mostly wants to see pictures anyway.

Bryson had his senior prom a few weeks ago.  He was all decked out in his white tux.  He’s been talking for a super long time about wearing a white tux for his senior prom and, well, he did.  He rented the tux with his own money (those things are NOT cheap!) and picked out white shoes to rent, but he ended up wearing his red Converse (or his Cons as he says).  I really like that B has his own sense of style and is not afraid to stand out and do something different.  I do admire that in him.  And when you are as good looking as him, you can really get away with it :)

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Mother’s Day Surprise

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in April.  This came as a shock as we do not have a family history of cancer, and my mom is otherwise very healthy.  She was told right away that it was caught early.  This news was comforting to us all, however, we were still all very concerned of course.  I had been missing my family for quite some time and I really wanted to spend Mother’s Day with my own mom.  So, Aleeya and I decided to drive to WA and surprise her!  She always worries about us driving so I thought it would be nice to just show up and surprise her, so she wouldn’t spend one minute worrying about us on the road.  It was the first time in years that all four of us kids, along with our parents, were together for Mother’s Day.  I know my mom loved having us all together on her special day.

Aleeya and I had a great time in the car on the way there and back.  Lots of visiting can be done in the ten hour drive each way.  It was great.  And I got to spend time with my family and love on my nieces and nephews for a while.

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It was sure a great trip!  And boy howdy, was my mom ever surprised!  We got the best reaction out of her and I think we were all teared up at the excitement!

Las Vegas Vacation

For Christmas I surprised David with a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary.  My mom came and stayed with the kids and David and I left for four nights.  Our lives were in the midst of a lot of stress so it was so nice to get away and vacation by ourselves!

We stayed at the Venetian….wowee, what a nice hotel!  The fanciest I’ve ever stayed in, that’s for sure!  We saw one show, Rock of Ages, and that was super fun.  We spent a lot of time relaxing and visiting.  It was great.

This is a picture overload post but I wanted to post them all here so I can look back on these one day and remember our trip.

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I’m back…

Ok, so it’s clearly been a long while since  I’ve written any blog posts.  To be quite honest, I’ve been having a hard time.  And until the Good Lord calls me home to Glory Land to spend eternity with Him, I will continue to have hard times so I might as well blog anyway, right?  Right.

A lot has been going on the past couple of months.  I’ve uploaded some pictures from my phone to post…and it may seem like a lot of pictures, it’s really just a small percentage of the pictures I have taken over the past couple months.

We had a nice Christmas.  Macy was in a Christmas play at our church.  She’s quite the performer, that girl.  I did take some pictures with my “real” camera but this is all I got with my phone (it’s the background set of the play).

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Next up is Christmas.  Again, I have lots more (and good) pictures that are on my camera that I WILL one day upload to my blog.  I love the pictures of Christmas morning.  There’s nothing I love more than Christmas morning.  The gifts, the Christmas tree lights, the excitement of the kids, celebrating Jesus’ birth..I love it all!

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We played the game Headbandz on Christmas….great family game!

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Macy Jo turned 10 on January 1st!  How on earth is my baby 10???  Aleeya and I took her swimming on her actual birthday and she had a party a few days later with some friends.  It was great…until one of her friends threw up on the kitchen floor at 4:00 am….that part wasn’t fun.

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In the past couple of months we’ve had a lot of silly moments at home just hanging out….

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A highlight of mine was my brother, Ian, coming to visit and staying a couple weeks with us.  He’s the funnest guy you’ll meet and it was so very refreshing to have him here with us.  I looked forward to coming home from work every day so I could hang with Ian.  Just what I needed since I miss my family so terribly.

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There was some hanging out with friends during the past couple months and a lot of hanging out with our family.

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There was some basketball and some hair curling…

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There were some HUGE flakes of snow…8 deer passing by on the street and Valentine’s Day…

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More silliness…cake pops…and a trip to the dentist for a crown (poor Linae)….

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There was an 8th grade winter formal…a beautiful scarf Aleeya bought me with her own money…and a sweater purchased so I could have one like my friend, Merry (HI MERRY!  I bought a pretty bird sweater on Modcloth, too!).

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Ok…for now I guess that’s all our news.

For some reason I only have two pictures of Bryson on here…one with a silly Headbandz game on his head and the other with a “fat face” and a mustache.  Girls are MUCH easier to take pictures of because they actually like it!

My first 5K

I’m not kidding when I say it’s been FREEZING here!  The kind of cold that makes you cough when you breathe in real hard through your mouth.  The kids at the elementary school have had to have indoor recess for a few days because it’s too cold to go outside….and these kids go out in very cold temps and snow usually.  I wish it would snow, a bunch.  The snow would actually warm things up so I’m all for it at this point.

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Negative 11 degrees.  I wasn’t kidding, it’s been COLD!

Since my sister and I have committed to each other to run a half marathon together next October, I figured I should see how far I could actually run at this point.  I know I don’t need to start my actual “training” yet since it’s so far away, but I do know I need to be able to run/jog at least 3 miles before I can even think about finding a training program to get prepared for a half marathon.  Let me preface this with I’ve NEVER been a runner.  I despised running, and still do a little.  The farthest I’ve ever run is one mile and that’s been twice in my adult life, and I thought I might die both times.  I’ve been working out very consistently since October 1st and I’ve been doing  a lot of treadmill workouts where I walk and then jog, walk and then jog, etc. without paying attention to how long or far my jogging was.  I’ve been doing the bicycle, elliptical and even stair climber.  And I’ve been enjoying cardio….for the first time ever really.  I’ve been feeling stronger and in much better shape than when I started and I know that helps a lot.  So yesterday I thought I’d go and get on the treadmill and not stop until I reached 3.1 miles and see how long it took.  To my surprise, I jogged the entire first mile and felt ok the entire time.  I was gong SLOW, mind you, I set the treadmill to just 4.7.  BUT, it was still jogging.  I stopped after one mile for about .10 mile and then jogged again until 1.5 miles and walked again for like .05 miles and then went another half mile, etc. until the end.  I finished in 41.58, which is so not impressive for anyone other than me.  I only walked .25 total miles in all of it and I felt like a rock star after.  I was going to try to work on beating that time but I think I’ll actually just work on going farther and farther and not worry about speed, since I have to work up to 13.1 miles, I’ve got a LONG ways to go!

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When I came home from the gym I wanted to do something Christmasy and festive with the family.  We all agreed on making muddy buddies and making gingerbread houses.  It was really fun. All five of us did it together and we had a great time!  We may not be artists, but it was great family time :)

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I love looking through my phone and seeing the pictures that the girls take of themselves.  It’s usually Macy taking all sorts of pictures, but I found these cute ones Aleeya and Macy took together while David and I were out to dinner last night.

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Such cute girls!!!

Christmas Tree

What a lazy weekend we had here.  I’m not complaining.  I love having absolutely nothing to do on my days off.

I met a friend at the gym on Saturday and the girls wanted to come with me.  I ended up doing 60 minutes on the various cardio machines.  Aleeya stayed on the treadmill the entire time, mostly walking with a little bit of jogging.  Macy sat on the bike  and watched tv for a while and then she also got on a treadmill.  Since she broke her arm at this very gym on machines, we are all leery of her using any machine, but I let her walk very, very slowly on the treadmill.

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We went out and got our Christmas tree on Saturday.  I will have to upload some pictures from my real camera, it was so gorgeous out where we were went with the snow and all.  For now, these pictures will have to do.  The girls are always great for taking pictures but the boys, uh, not so much.  I literally have to snap a picture of Bryson as he is walking by when he doesn’t even know that I’m taking his picture.  Brat.

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And here’s a picture of our tree.  I’m too lazy to get up and take a picture from a better angle, so this will have to do :)

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The other day I walked into Macy’s room and she had completely surrounded herself with her books.

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Why is she so cute?  Just look at her little face.

So it’s now December.  I’ve been working out steadily and consistently since October 1st.  I feel stronger and feel much better when I am working out, I can definitely do more cardio before I feel like I’m dying.  But my weight hasn’t changed much.  Only a few pounds.  So I think it’s time to watch what I eat…duh!  I’m going to start weight watchers again today.  If you know me, you know I’ve started weight watchers 14 million times.  I know the program inside and out, and even though I haven’t done a good job sticking to it, I do believe it’s an excellent program.  As I’ve heard many Weight Watcher people say, “The program works if you work the program.”  Here’s to day 1…again.