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Location: Nebraska, United States

I am a stay-at-home mom to 2 children, Ryan and Alexa. My husband and I are high school sweethearts who have been through college, medical school, residency, and fellowship together. He just started his practice in orthopaedic spine surgery in our home town.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Assistance Needed

Okay all you creative ladies out there. I need your help. Several of my friends are running in the Denver Marathon/Half Marathon this weekend. I want to give them a little something. They are all running in honor of Lizzie. The Denver ABC station is actually going to interview my friends Sami and Joe and some of the members of Team Lizzie. I thought about printing out pictures of the one above, putting them in a frame, and tying a rainbow ribbon around them (rainbows were a favorite of Lizzie's). What do you think? Any other ideas? They leave on Friday AM, so I have to get cracking. Nothing like leaving it till the end. :)

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Why do I wait so long?

Oh where oh where do I begin? Why do I let myself fall so far behind? You would think that I would learn that it is so much easier to do a little every day or so than to wait a month. Yikes! I don't want to bore anyone with a long recap of events, but I need to do this for my record keeping. So here we go!

***Ryan turned 6! My sweet, helpful, friendly, smart little boy is growing up so nicely. He is such an amazing kid. He loves Kindergarten and seem to thriving. He loves his teacher and she seems to get wonderful things out of him. The poor boy got sick on his actual birthday and I had to pick him up from school. He look so small and sweet laying there shaking from his fever. He was so sad that he had to go home on his birthday. But by the end of the next day, his fever was gone and he was out riding his bike (without training wheels- finally). So happy birthday to my little buddy. We love you!

***The Nebraska Cornhuskers. Oh how this football team makes me so happy one week and then breaks my heart the next. Jim and I have been lucky enough to attend two games so far this year. One of them was the game against USC. At the time NU was #14 and USC was #1 so it was a huge game. ESPN Game Day was there and it was a night game. We got a babysitter for the day and headed down to Lincoln with such high hopes. And then we promptly got our butts kicked!! The upside was that Jim and I got to spend a day together and hang out with friends at some tailgate parties. Good times.
On our other trip to Lincoln Jim and I got to make a weekend out of it. We had been planning a trip to Florida, but plans fell through. We already had a babysitter lined up (thanks Mom and Dad) and didn't want to loose out, so we decided to go to Omaha and Lincoln. On Friday we drove to Omaha and did some major shopping. It was so much fun to shop just with Jim. We then met up with my sister and her husband and went to (where else) PF Chang's. Yum yum. We then went to a piano bar where they had dualing pianos. They were really good. Jim and I always have such a great time when we hang out with Broc and Erin. We spent the night at their house and then headed into Lincoln Saturday morning for some tailgating and the game. This game NU won, but they made it interesting. They were down 10-0 before they kicked it into gear and beat Iowa State 35-17.

Erin and Broc. Aren't they so cute?!?

What am I doing?

Me and my sweetie

***Weight Watchers. I can't believe I am putting this out here for everyone to read, but I could use any and all support. I joined WW last Monday. I have been feeling really uncomfortable in my skin lately and knew I needed to do something different. I decided on WW because it allows me to eat the things I want, just in moderation. I know that is something I could do on my own but it is nice to have that extra support. It really makes me think about what I am putting into my mouth, i.e. is it really worth it to eat that bag of Cheetos if it is 8 points (and daily points is 22 or so)? Hopefully by writing about this it will help me to become successful with my weight loss. I weigh in Monday morning, so we will see.

***Pumpkin Patch. The kids and I, along with my sister, her daughter my mom, and some friends, took a trip to the local pumpkin patch. The weather here has been really weird. 85 degrees on day, 65 and windy the next. We picked a nice day and had a great time. We came home with many pumpkins, and pictures to boot.

Ryan and Alex with their cousin Aubrey

Alex with her buddy "Lukes" (a.k.a. Luke)

Sweet Aubrey

I love his eyes when he smiles!

***Good mail. I want to thank Lucy and Cynthia for their thoughtful mail and Donna for her caring emails. It does the soul good to know that people care about you. Take care all of you and I will be playing catch up on all your blogs soon.