Saturday, May 24, 2008


It amazes me when I realize that I haven't updated in a few days....then I try to wonder what I have been doing that is so important that I can't spend two minutes to update this blog?? Well, here is a little run-down and what has been keeping me so busy....

We had recital pictures last Saturday....Leah is in 3 dances this year, tap, jazz and hip-hop, so it was an all day affair. I will post pictures of her during recital week. Her costumes are really cute this year!

Last Sunday, we went to my friend, Lori Wynn's twins baptism as St. Gabes. Izzy and Gabby are some of the cutest babies ever and we were honored to welcome them to our church family. Here are a couple of pics from the day.

Monday morning I attended a breakfast for volunteers at the school and then stayed to watch Ian receive his "Attitude is Everything" award. He was so proud!

I was supposed to have "Play Group" on Tuesday, but I'm glad some of the girls cancelled at the last minute as Leah had forgotten to let me know she had "honors assembly" that day. Here is her pic...

The last day of school was Thursday and a half day, so like usual, I head out to get a few last minute gifts for the bus driver, front office people never ends! Bryan came home from work early to spend some time with the kids, so we head out geo-caching again. (We found two more caches real close to home) and then on Friday, Bryan spent his first day being Mr. Mom as the kids are officially out of went OK, we'll see how that goes this summer!

Today we headed up to Crown King today to look for some caches and spend some quality time with the kiddo's. Ended up cold and rainy, so for part of the time they stayed in the car and watched movies while we searched! We will probably head back up there to camp after we get back from Iowa. Here are some pics from today!

We are really enjoying the cool weather after the 111 degrees we hit last week. It hailed yesterday and was about 50 degrees, so pretty cold for us but we're not complaining!
I'll check back next week, Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Walk on, Walk strong,

Saturday, May 17, 2008

"Friends for a Cure"

Well, it's official! Kaye and I have formed a team for the 3-Day....We are now and forever to be known as the "Friends for a Cure." Kaye came up with the name and I think she did an extremely good job! We wanted to celebrate our long time friendship and this name says it all.

If you would be interested in being a "Friend for a Cure" just click on my banner on the right sidebar of this blog and it will take you right to my site! We have set a high goal of $10,000, but are sure we can do it! We live far away from each other, but hope to be able to get together at some point before the walk to take a picture of our "TEAM."

Leah had her "Strings" recital on Thursday afternoon. She decided to try the violin in this 2 month course that provides an introduction to playing an instrument. She enjoyed it and plans on joining the strings group again in the fall. She also has learned some of the notes and transferred this info to the piano! This class also helped her with reading music...

I got a really awesome gift for Mother's Day this year....a handheld GPS! It is really fun and we have been trying to learn to use it since it arrived on Monday. Well, today, we went out searching for our first "treasure" and I'm proud to say we found it just behind our house on the mountain. Very, very fun and we are so looking forward to finding more! This is the "travel bug" we found. These are cool cause they "travel" all around via the people that geocache and move them. You go online when you find one and tell the person that originally placed it where you found it and when. This one has been to New Mexico, Yuma and most recently in the cache behind our house! We plan on getting one going soon!

I also have pulled out my "Why I Walk" book from the 3-Day in 2004. I plan to add to it with all my donors for this year....I was really excited how it turned out and am proud to honor all my donors and breast cancer survivors from 2004 as well as all the names I need to add to it this year. Make sure when you donate you give me the names of those you want me to honor in my book, plus know I will have your name in there for all you do to support me and the fight against breast cancer!

Well that's it for now, thanks for stopping by and we'll talk with you next week!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Wow, What A Weekend!

Let's just update you through pictures...

First we had Ian's last soccer game of the year....
they lost, but man those kids have a good time!

Then I had an Open House for National Scrapbooking
Month from 3-7 on Saturday Night!
This first pic is a card made by my friend Lori for her MIL
These are the "Clippy Boards" we made...Fun and Easy!
On Sunday, Mother's Day, Leah celebrated her
Confirmation at St. Gabriel's.
After lunch at an awesome Pizza Parlor, we went to
a very special place that all Mom's dream of going on Mother's Day....
That's right, our washing machine went out last week and there
was no way to get through till Tuesday when they will fix it, so off we headed to the Laundry Mat.
Hope your Mother's Day was awesome!
Walk on,

Friday, May 09, 2008

Welcome Kaye!

Welcome Kaye!

I know you will be visiting since I shared this address with you this evening!

Well, what do you think? I check out so many blogs everyday, I thought this might be a great way to mend my ways and keep in better touch with my family and friends!

I wanted to include another picture from the 3-Day in 2004 as I know you want to get as much info on the walk as you can:

This picture was at one of the cheering stations along the route. This particular station was on Day 2 (Saturday), so the kids made up some really cute signs and Bryan brought them down to cheer. It is so awesome to have everyone out there clapping, cheering and yelling encouragement along the route. Even when it is not an official cheering station, people will set up their own little station and stand and clap and cheer as you walk by. Some will stay in one place for an hour or two and then pack up and move ahead and do it all over again a couple of miles down the road! You really start looking for these folks and get to know them. It is very moving when someone stands there with tears in their eyes and just claps as you walk by. You know they have lost a loved one and just want to show their support. I can't wait to experience it all with you Kaye, you are going to love it!
I have a really busy day tomorrow with Ian's last day of soccer and awards ceremony in the morning and then my "Close to my Heart" Open House in the afternoon/evening. We rushed around tonight to get Leah something to wear for Confirmation on Sunday morning at the 10:30 mass. I will probably spend a lot of my Mother's Day at the Laundrymat since my washing machine went out last week and the part for the repair won't be here till next Tuesday : 0
Till next time,
Walk On,

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Thinking Back

OK, I promised some pictures....Here is one that says a lot!
This is a picture after Day 2...I had worn new socks the first day of the walk and found out this is a big no no. You definately want to wear and wash anything you plan to walk 20 some miles in to make sure that you don't end up with blisters. This is also after I had spent over 1 hour in line to have medical look at my feet. As I headed out after getting my feet wrapped, I called Bryan to bring me second skin, mole skin, antibiotic ointment, and three kinds of tape to do my own blister care the next day. After I learned how to do it, it was a piece of cake and really wasn't all that painful.
Another lesson learned is that the walk doesn't consist of 20 miles each day, but more like 22, 24 and 14 miles each day and yes, 24 miles is a lot for one day!
One surprise I encountered is that you are a lot less sore after walking 20 miles than I thought I would be. As long as you are taking time to stretch throughout the day, it isn't that bad.
OK, that's all for today, but will write again soon with pics of one of the cheering stations.....
Walk on,

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Welcome Friends to my Blog!

As you can see from the entry below, I have been working towards getting this blog going for quite some time.....
I'm ready now!

As I begin my journey to another year in the Breast Cancer 3-Day, I wanted to find a way to keep in touch with all my donors and let everyone know how my training is going.

Thanks so much to Rosa Lee Walsh my good friend from St. Gabes who is my first official donor that responded to my online fundraising! Thanks Rosa Lee!

I am planning to get my "snail" mailing sent out early next week as it will officially be "6 months" to the starting line....I can't believe how fast the time has gone since Kaye and I signed up.

I am also planning to get Kaye, my best friend and inspiration to get signed up to blog, so you can see how our team is doing! Kaye is sooooo excited to be walking in her first "3-Day" and I am ready to start getting into the swing of things...I apologize for my late start, but with all the end of the year activities for the kids and myself, I've been a little overwhelmed : )

I also hope to show off some of my paper crafting creations from time to time...I hope you don't mind, but that does comprise most of my "free" time. It is my relaxation method of choice!

That's it for my first night, but tomorrow, I plan to pull out some pictures from the walk in 2004 and share some memories over the next few posts!

Sooooo....I guess I'm committed now as I plan to include this blog address in all my thank you e-mails and letters that I send out, so save this address to your favorites and check back often for updates and till next time...

Walk on,