January 21, 2010


My Dad turned 70, so my Mom threw a party with a "1940" theme (the year Dad was born). We were supposed to dress up, so I "rolled" my hair (didn't get a photo of myself, but got my sister with "victory rolls" and my mom as "Rosie the Riveter").
The boys all wore their scout uniforms (Collin is still a cub scout, but wore Jay's old uniform, and vintage hat from Jay's grandpa, and Jack wore Collin's cub uniform).

Mary wore her "Dorothy" costume from Halloween... and so did her cousin.
It was a very fun party.

January 20, 2010


Every Wednesday when I workout with Dixie I want to cry, but today I actually DID cry.... literally broke down and sobbed. (I looked at the calendar, and it's not even PMS!) After only 2 sets of the workout! (Five was the plan.) The exhaustion just hit me like a ton of bricks and I felt like I couldn't go on. Of course, she talked me through it and I did two more sets (4 total).

Then I ran 2 miles on Jello-legs. Ugh.

THEN I got back and read an inspiring email from Dixie, and cried again...for a different reason.

THANKS DIXIE! I love you even though I want to curse you sometimes. :)

* I'm down 9 pounds without feeling deprived... eating whatever I want but learning how to control myself and stop eating when I'm no longer hungry.

** If you are ready to change your life, consider signing up at Race Day Training. You can do it anywhere in the world, out of your home.

January 14, 2010

Ollie and Gigs

Jack is so thrilled to have Ollie back in town. Every day after school* he rushes to get his homework done so he can go to Grandma's house to play with Ollie.

Today Ollie and Gigs are at our house playing with Jack, Legos, Mr. Potatohead... and collecting potato bugs. And eating peanut butter sandwiches and clementines.

* Jack goes to half-day kindergarten in the morning, and all his friends in the neighborhood go all day, so he usually gets bored in the afternoon without a playmate.

January 11, 2010

Peace Like a River

I just finished reading "Peace Like a River" for book club. I really enjoyed it. Leif Enger is a fantastic story teller. I hear there is a movie in the works, so hurry and read it before that comes out.

January 10, 2010


Remember how I ran my first race last month? Yes, 5K/3.1 miles. Remember how it took me an embarrassing 46:36 minutes? Pretty pathetic.

Remember how I could hardly walk the rest of the day and how my knee hurt like crazy for about a week afterward? Oh yeah, you wouldn't remember that, but I sure do.

Guess what! Yesterday, about a month later, I ran 3.31 miles in 36:43... without walking once! That is monumental for me.

AND, my knee isn't killing me!

My new goal = run a 10K (6.2 miles)

Next goal after that = work up to a half marathon

I have been training with Dixie of "Race Day Training." You can workout with her online even if you don't live near me. You can't beat $10 a month. Try it!

January 09, 2010


My parents gave Collin this game for Christmas. Very fun! A great game to play together as a family... it's not complicated, moves quickly, and doesn't take too long to play.

January 08, 2010

Beau Jest

Last night I went with my sister to the Hale Theatre in Gilbert and saw Beau Jest. It was so fun! This is actually the first show the theatre produced back when this location opened several years ago... and I saw that one too. It was very well done, both times. A little romance, lots of laughs.... what's not to love?

It plays through February 13th, so there are still lots of opportunities to go see it. You won't be disappointed. Get tickets here.

January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy new year! Funny, but we did almost an exact repeat of our New Year's Eve last year..... the kids spent the night at with their cousins, Jay and I had dinner at Carrabba's and sat at the counter (so fun!), and then we went to a movie, which was pretty much the only thing different; last time we saw "Valkyrie" and this time we saw "Sherlock Holmes." Good food, great movie, my favorite dinner companion.... it doesn't get any better than that!