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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Turkey Talk

Thanksgiving this year was spent in Idaho Falls.  My niece got married the day before.  I'm still coming to grips with the fact that my oldest niece is old enough to be married.  Weird that she got older, but not me.  So strange how that works.  ;)

Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the annual Run for Your Hart 5k.  My sister-in-law organized this event 10 years ago, and no matter where we are on Thanksgiving day, we run a 5k.  We get a t-shirt to prove it.  This has become one of my favorite things to do.  It's probably the only time I run outside past October and don't complain about how cold it is.  When I'm running with my siblings and family, I don't seem to notice how cold it usually is.

This year did not disappoint.  Despite planning the wedding and reception of their daughter, my brother and sister-in-law, know how to throw a fantastic 5k party.  This year, with the t-shirts, there were additional prizes!  I just love a prize. 

After the run, we all ate a well deserved meal.  And pie.  And stuff.  You know, it's Thanksgiving, eating is what we do. 

I love how this holiday kicks off the season with gratitude and humility.  I have been reminded of all of the many blessings I have in my life.  I really am so thankful.

My "extra mile"

The Kid Mile

The Course Record Holders for the Boys and Girls

Post Race Refreshment ;)

Blog Catch Up

The end of the year is near, which means I have some serious catching up to do on this blog.  Unfortunately,  I lost all of the pictures on my phone.  That means that at this point, I'm sure I'm going to forget to post about some amazing event, because I don't have the pictures to remind me what I needed to post. 

That's what happens when you're basically 40, going on basically 50.

I'll do my best, but I'm forcing the "ol' steel trap" to function and unlock the memories from a month ago.  Wish me luck.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Grinch Dinner

Let the Christmas festivities begin!

We'll start with the Annual Grinch Dinner. 

My friends. 

Oh my friends. 

Their ideas. 

So fun.

In the beginning, I thought it was strange that we having to "theme" our eating escapades, but each year, we've expanded our tables and set up more chairs.  This year, the number of invitee's was over the maximum capacity of my basement, so we headed over to the nearby church gym.  Naturally, the food was delicious.  The company was the best, and the 30 rounds of the game of Lightning was exhausting (but absolutely necessary).

This Dinner has definitely become one of our favorite Christmas traditions. 

Friday, November 16, 2018


November brought with it, a new shed for us!  Ace wanted a place outside the garage (where we cram 2 cars inside) to store his tools.  It came in great big boxes, which meant the tools had to be used to build the thing.  It was a huge undertaking (I say that like I did so much to help...I actually did not.), but in traditional Ace fashion, it is built and storing. 

The garage also got cleaned out and organized. 

And SUDDENLY, I'm the proud owner of a shed.  Our old shed (the metal one) is still used as storage for craft wood (I'll get around to all those Pinterest projects someday), and the bikes and stuff during the winter.  The kids refer to the sheds as "Dad's Shed" and "Mom's Shed". 

I took some really cute pictures of Slice outside in her jacket doing her part on the shed.  I also had progression pictures of the project.  Just use your imagination.

But here's the finished project:

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween. 2018.

I hate Halloween.  I never do anything to celebrate.  My kids will probably grow up resenting me because I never provided them with cool costumes or memories of walking through neighborhoods trick or treating.  

However, they can't be too mad because this year, we got together with our cool friends and had a little Halloween dinner and carved pumpkins.  (We really went all out.  Plus, they got to go to a trunk or treat, and dress up as...um...I actually can't remember.  Dang).

So, to save on counseling fees, and to remind my children that they weren't totally ripped off and neglected, here's proof of the good Halloween times:

Sunday, October 14, 2018

If you upchuck when someone else does...

You're a chain chucker, and you may not want to read  any further.

Recently, our family was sick.  Like, all in a day or two, everyone had to throw up.  Don't worry, our neighbors were also sick with the same thing.  Friends that retch together, stay friends forever.

I didn't get it until the end, so I had the privilege of observing the whole fiasco, and I learned a lot.  I learned that people's personalities (at least in our family) match the way they hurl.  Sorry, that I'm talking about this, but it's an interesting phenomonon.

I am a reluctant retcher.  I won't throw up at home unless I've cleaned the toilet, and bathroom.  I'll have a towel folded up to kneel on as not to strain my knees.  I'll do my hair up, as not to strain my strands.  Haha.  All of this is done while I'm fighting myself trying to decide if I should risk hurrying to inhale a bunch of calories, knowing they won't really count, or if I should just fight it and not puke at all.

If you know me, you know I'm only OCD if it's easy, and I only go through the effort of cleaning the bathrooms if I'm going to be sick.  haha.

Ace is a Violent Vomiter.  No secret about what he's up to.  He goes all out.

If you know Ace, you know there are no cutting corners.  When he's working on a task, he goes all out to make it awesome (do I need to mention the TV that raises up out of our half wall?).

Gimme is a Theatrical Thrower Upper.  As she's hovering over the toilet, she's wailing and crying.  "I don't want to throw up anymore!!"  Tears.  Moaning.  End Scene.

If you know Gimme, you know there's a little theater in all that she does.  It's not unusual for me to ask her to "Disney down" or in other words, remind her we're not a show on the Disney Now channel.  She has an incredible imagination.

Mulligan is a Boring Barfer.  The least amount of effort he has to put in to get it all out, the better.  If that means barfing in a bowl in his lap, so be it.  He couldn't care less about the splash zone.  As long as he doesn't miss anything on the ESPN sports feed, he's good to go.   He's also fine to hold that full bowl until I'm grossed out enough to take it and empty it for him.

If you know Mulligan, you know that he lives for sports and has no time for anything else.  If a job needs done, he'll do it half way, get distracted, and then distract me by talking sports, so I can't  "motivate" him to finish the work.  I eventually end up doing the job later on.  He's got me convinced that he has "short term memory loss".

Birdie is a Private Puker (a girl after my own heart).  She was the first one to get sick.  She didn't let anyone know she wasn't feeling well until after she lay in bed, miserable all night.  Every time she had to puke, she slipped quietly into the bathroom, did what she had to do, and resumed her position on the couch for a nap.

If you know Birdie, you know that she is quiet, reserved, and has the most tender heart of anyone I know.  She knows how to get her way, and she's pretty much got me wrapped around her little finger.

Double Bogey is our Comedian Cookie Tosser.  He will toss his cookies where ever, and then laugh his head off, and then when he's done, he'll go give the play by play of the fiasco to anyone who might have missed any details about his mess.

If you know Double Bogey, you know that he will do anything to make someone else happy--even if that means he gets dirty or hurt.  He just wants everyone to be happy and laughing.  He also loves to be the center of attention.

Bogey is our Heroic Heaver.  He's only thrown up one single time in his life because he had a procedure done right after he was born that was supposed to prevent him from ever throwing up...ever.  So when he heaves, he gets high fives.  He's defying the odds.

If you know Bogey, you know that he is a fighter and has overcome so much.  When he gets sick, he's usually sick for a longer amount of time.  I've never heard him complain about it once.

Slice is our Surprise Spewer.  You just never know what's coming.

If you know Slice, well, then you know surprises.  She's a pro.

Luckily, the illness was quick and everyone was feeling better within 24 hours.  Hopefully we are done with that kind of sickness for a long while.  It would be too soon to post about it again.  ;)