Sunday, September 28, 2008

Game night with the Marsons

A few weekends ago we went over to our friend's, the Marsons for game night. I love games and jumped at the invite. We ordered some pizzas and ate brownies while we played. Logan and Monica had fun coloring, playing playstation games and trains and the adults had fun playing "Clue" and "Catch Phrase". Casey and I learned we are no good at either, but we still had a great night!

I love kids!

I work part time at a Gold's Gym Kid's Klub in Bothell so I get to meet and play with all kinds of kids and it makes for a very fun and sometimes interesting day! I get see all kinds of crazy things things such as costumes, temporary tattoos, outfits that kids picked out themselves (the other day a cute little girl came in her bathing suite and boots- she looked like a gogo dancer), etc... They're usually very cute and/or creative! I thought I had seen it all until Mallory came in one day and decided to...

Color a mustache and beard on her face with a permanent green marker. She also colored one arm green too! It's amazing what an eight year old will do when her older brother dares her! Needless to say I died laughing and realized how much I really do appreciate kids for their unique personalities - something I haven't always been the best at.

mom sends flowers!

My mom is so sweet! The day after the 3 day walk I had a knock on the door. It was a delivery girl from a florist with a beautiful rose bouquet sent by my mom! It had 6 roses- 1 for every ten miles I walked.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

3 fabulous days!

The 3 day walk for Breast Cancer was amazing! It was long and hard and possibly one of the most physically grueling things I have ever done! I didn't train as much as they suggested so I went in pretty raw, hoping it would be as easy as I thought. I was way wrong! I thought I was in good shape but the blisters, chin splints and my low arches didn't come to mind when I first signed up for the event.

No matter! This wasn't about any of that. This was about pushing ourselves beyond the everyday to recognize those among us who are fighting a battle everyday. I had an experience of a lifetime meeting people who have been touched by breast cancer. Listening to they're stories and meeting those who have gone through it themselves was an opportunity I'll cherish always. My hopes for walking were to help lessen the chances that my daughter, sisters, mother and all women and men I love, will ever have to experience what others have had to endure! I can't wait for next year!

Monday, September 15, 2008

My Montage

Before I blog, I thought I would put together a montage of my experience like the one my sister made! I'll blog more when I am not so doped up on pain meds and have more time! Thank you for sharing this experience with me!

Opening ceremonies

My sister Ivy is fabulous and attended opening and closing ceremonies for the three day walk to support me and my team. Here is her video she made (I stole it from her blog)! She is so talented and she always know how to do something real special! Thanks Ivy!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Bachelorette Bash

Saturday Night I met up with some gals from work for Carina's Bachelorette party! We all wore black shirts while Carina wore white and a white veil. We met up at the gym and all left for a restaurant called "Chopstix" with dueling pianos. I was so excited because there was a bouncer on the way in and at the age of 24, I finally was carded for the first time!

we ate dinner and enjoyed the pianos. We requested a few songs and had fun dancing too!

It was a goofy and fun girls night and I had sooo much fun!

I rolled in at about 1:00am- an extremely late hour for an old married woman like myself. I look forward to more girls nights too come!

Zoo with the Rosss'

Saturday, September 6th: Monica, Carter and I met friends at their place to begin our play date to the zoo! Monica made friends with two fun and wonderful kids, Marissa and Bryson, at the gym where I work. Their parents are also very cool and we all get along real well! They invited us to accompany them to member appreciation day at the zoo and we were more then eager to go. I had never taken Monica to the Woodland Park Zoo and was so excited to have this experience with her!

The zoo was a blast! The kids enjoyed:

bouncy houses

face painting

flamingo hats

climbing on things

and Climbing in things

After the festivities, we walked around the zoo and looked at animals. The kids had fun running around and Dawn and I enjoyed chatting and getting to know each other.

Carter had fun too. He was a good sport mostly.

But got a little overwhelmed too!

We finished the afternoon with a trip to Dick's Hamburgers! I found out a neat talent that Dawn has so if you ever meet her, you HAVE to ask her to perform it for you!

Monica, Carter and Bryson fell asleep on the way home- a good sign that they all had a great day!

We had a great afternoon with the Rosss' and look forward to another play date soon!

Monday, September 1, 2008


Yesterday Pam and Mark Chavez hosted the 4Th Annual Bacon Fest. It was very fun and of course- full of bacon! I was asked to be a judge. Everyone brought a dish that centered around bacon as a key ingredient. We had lots of yummy, bazaar and unique dishes ranging from bacon dip to bacon wrapped dates, chocolate bacon cupcakes and "pig droppings". I had a blast being a judge and getting to try all 15 bacon dishes. I had to go bust butt at the gym this morning but it was worth it! I look forward to attending baconfest next year and entering a dish instead of judging!