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Wife to Andy and mother of 3 beautiful girls. Jenna(15), Zoie(10) and Baylee(10). Working hard to raise Awareness of Angelman Syndrome, and helping raise money for a cure.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Miracle of the Holy Bible

So often we forget the teachings of Jesus Christ. Let us strive to always remember Him, and always have His spirit to be with us!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Brace Face

Jenna could hardly CONTAIN herself. For days she had been counting down to the day she got her braces! She was so disappointed when we went for her appointment in July and all she got was her palate expander. She was really wanting to have them before school started. She wore the palate expander for quite some time, we cranked it every night. Because of this, she got a huge gap in her two front teeth. Her daddy nicknamed her Beaver! It was bad....everytime she talked we teased....poor girl! She is gonna be tough coming from the two of us!

Anyhow, after awhile, because the expander was attached to a loose tooth, it pushed the tooth out and the root was cutting into her cheek. So, we had to go in and have it looked at. He pulled the tooth and that part of the expander out. She was happy about that! PLUS, he told us we didn't have to crank the expander anymore! YAY!!! So, the gap came back together some as we awaited her September 7th appointment. (which was after school started, by the way!) She had school pictures last week....she is already determined she will have retakes so that she has her braces on in the picture!

So, here she is, sitting in the car before braces!

She made me leave a half hour before the appointment. I did it so I didn't have to listen to her beg me to go anymore. It gave me a great excuse to stop for a Diet Coke!

The appointment was over in no time! I tried to be silly while her mouth was held open with this big plastic thing that kept her cheeks away from her teeth....but, not so silly that it was more uncomfortable than it actually was! So, here are the results!

They have these little rubberbands that hold the wire on. She got to choose colors. She chose blue and lime green. She is NOT a girly girl, and states that she will NOT have pink rubberbands ANYTIME during the two years that she will be in braces!!! I keep hoping that she will turn a little girly, sometime! Until then, we will deal with blue and lime green, camo colors, and WSU colors, I'm sure! Anyhow, She has them on. It's only been one day, and I can already see a difference....INSANE how these things work!

She will have the most beautiful teeth in our entire family! Of course, she is beautiful no matter how her teeth look!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Grandma's 80th Birthday Party

Jenna and I went to Garden City (my hometown) to visit for my Grandma's 80th birthday! She is an AMAZING woman! I learn so much from her. She has always worked VERY hard. She was a farmer's wife, and worked right along side him to build their farm. Lately she has travelled to Arizona for the winters. She deserves this special time to enjoy herself! The following picture is of my grandma with her kids and stepkids. They were all able to make it to her party except one stepchild who lives in California.

Jenna is pictured above with Natalie(dark haired) and Carlie (blonde)! Natalie and Carlie are twins. They are my cousins. They are 3 months older than Jenna. They always have so much fun together! And, it is always entertaining to watch them together. They were loving the decorations from Grandma's party.Here are the girls! They kept the decorations on through dinner. Quite a few heads turned! They look like girls from the 20's. Aren't they lovely?My mom and dad were having a good time and being silly! I think the teenage girls were rubbing off on them!They love each other so much! You'd think they were teens themselves......he he he!
Here is everyone who went to dinner with us! A few of Grandma's friends, and her family! We were able to pull off a surprise party for her. It was a tough one to do, but we managed!

Happy 80th Grandma! You told us over and over that this was the best birthday ever! May you have many more that you are able to enjoy! We love you!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Angelman Syndrome Video

A mom of an Angelman girl posted this. I had never thought of this song in this way before! The Angelman saying is "I may not speak, but I have much to say!" This song explains it perfectly! And the mother's notes within the song explain how it feels for many Angelman parents. I hope you enjoy! I just cried, because I know EXACTLY how it feels times two!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

First Day of School 2010-2011

Baylee (green) and Zoie(blue) woke up knowing it was a great, fun day ahead of them! They were all wound up, and super excited! I always have them go ahead and ride the bus, then I take their school supplies up to the school. They were even more excited there. Zoie came up to me and hugged on me, as if she was saying, "Oh, mom.....I've missed my friends, do you see my friends? They're all here!" And Baylee, well, she smiled at me, then she continued to play with the toys! Didn't come over to me at all! My little girls are growing up!
Last night, Jenna wanted to have a her nails polished. We also bought a striping fingernail polish to make zebra stripes. I must say, I need a little more practice at this!We did her toe nails too! Used the striping polish on her big toe, and put lime green heart gems on them as well!

She looked so pretty today! She has grown up so much! She loves camo....so she was totally stoked to wear this new outfit!

Notice, she's not smiling with her mouth open. She got a palate spreader put in earlier this summer, because of this, she has a big gap between her front two teeth. She refuses to let me get a picture that shows this. She will get her braces put on September 7th, and the kid CANNOT wait! (crazy!)All in all it was a great first day of school! I got to go workout, and I got to spend the afternoon with Andy cuz he was off work. Now, here's to hoping we keep up the momentum throughout the school year. Sticking with a particular routine will be nice....now, if I can just stick with it!

Chuck-E-Cheese on 4th of July

Baylee loved riding the Jet Ski! It bounced a little as the game went along!

Jenna helped Zoie race a few cars on a Nascar-type machine! Zoie is mesmerized by electronics!

This is Zoie with Barney....usually it's Baylee, but Zoie was loving on him this day!
Katy is such a wonderful aunt, she climbed through the jungle gym with the girls! They loved looking out over the restaurant/arcade at everyone!

This was Baylee's favorite ride of all! She loved riding the horsey! She kept taking us back to it over and over again! I think that ride got most of our tokens!!

Why Chuck-E-Cheese on the 4th of July, you ask? Because it was this little cutie's birthday....that's why! My niece Grace turned 6 on Independence Day, so before firecrackers and festivities of the such, we had fun at Chuck-E-Cheese.Dusty and Sunny and the kids were on their way through Kansas, moving to California.....much farther away than Missouri!! (way too far away!) Anyway, I got a picture of him with his mama! Isn't he sweet!?!

Then, of course, I wanted a picture of Andy with his brother....he put a huge smackerooni on Dusty's cheek!! Crazy man! He makes me laugh ALWAYS!!!
Here's a photo of Andy's folks! We enjoyed their help with the girls while we all chased them all over Chuck-E-Cheese (which the girls TOTALLY loved, by the way!....as if you couldn't tell!!)

Jenna's Activities

Just a couple of Jenna's school extracurricular activities! She ran track for the first time her 7th grade year. And she has done choir since 6th grade....Loves it!!

Our First Big Snow Last Winter

Just wanted to share some pictures of the kids plaing in the snow!

Race for the Cure

Well, I know I never posted anything about the Race for the Cure....which was done almost exactly one year ago (11 months, actually). But, I did get it accomplished. I was SO nervous....I wanted so badly to run the entire thing! I was so EXCITED at the same time! I trained for 6 weeks. When I started the training, I couldn't even run for 2 minutes. The first week, that's what you do, you run for 2 minutes, walk for 5 minutes....repeated 4 more times. I was EXHAUSTED after 30 seconds of running.

The first weekend, you're suppose to run 1/2 mile.....well, I did it.(on the treadmill, way different than being outside!) Anyhow, I gradually worked up to the 3.2 miles. I had trained with 5 wonderful women. They are all inspirations to me, in so many ways! Love each and every one of them. I always still felt like part of the group, even though I am a VERY SLOW runner. (plus, I have SEVERAL more pounds on this body of mine than they do!) I trained using my daughter's ipod, which we had loaded up with many fast paced songs that get you moving! I was so excited!

Well, the morning of the race came, I got on my running pants, my running shoes, my Race for the Cure T-shirt, and hooked the ipod on, and out the door I went! Got to the race.....it was like a carnival. Energy was high. I was LOVING it!!!!! We get to the starting line for the 5K race, and when they start the race, they play the song, "I Run for Life" by Melissa Etheridge. (If you haven't heard it, you should listen to it....be careful though, it's a tear-jerker!) I get the ipod cued up to "Miss Independent"....not even to the chorus of the song, and the ipod dies. I had forgotten to charge it the night before!! How was I going to make it through this race? I was so upset with myself! The whole time I had trained with music! What was I going to do? So, I started thinking about my aunts who have fought breast cancer. Two of them lost their battle, and one is alive and well. So, I began thinking about them and how much I missed them. Tears streaming down my face as I thought about how they were probably with me at that time. I thought of how fun, silly, and crazy they were! Love those special ladies.

Anyway, I finished. I ran the entire time, and it took me 42 minutes. Not my personal best, but I took it! I cried a lot that day! I kept thinking of how hard it was to get ready for this race, how I did it for special people, and how I stuck with something even though it was difficult. AND, I got to train with wonderful women who encouraged me, and lifted me up when I thought there was no way I could do it!

It's that time again! Today is the first day of training. The best part is, the two minutes of running, seems like nothing! I love that I have continued to exercise.....even if it's not as much running. I love that I have continued friendships with the women I ran with last year, and that they will be training again this year, as well! Race day is September 25th, and I cannot WAIT to get a better time than 42 minutes!

Here's a picture of me approaching the finish line, and a picture of me and the wonderful ladies I worked with!

So Far Behind

I'm trying very hard to get back into the swing of things since the kids are back in school....ALL of them! Jenna was home all summer, and we had SO much fun!

Here's some photos from last school year. Jenna had "favorite sport's team day" at school. She's all decked out in her Wichita State University garb! She gets all this stuff from my mom since she works for WSU.

We had a blast getting ready for this day! We took an old pair of jeans and painted them with acrylic paints. All her friends were envious! They asked her, "Your mom lets you paint on your jeans?" She said, "Yep, it was her idea!" They turned out great, and she loved the attention! Isn't she the cutest?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Jenna's Kodaly Choir Camp

Jenna has been at Choir Camp this week. She is learning a technique known as Kodaly. It is a Hungarian technique that is taught by this FABULOUS director. She is liking it, even though she has been VERY under the weather. Anyhow, Wichita Eagle did a story about it, and even had a video. It can be viewed here: http://videos.kansas.com/vmix_hosted_apps/p/media?id=14866080&genre_id=0000505. The story that was in the paper is here: http://www.kansas.com/2010/06/08/1349073/er-choir-camp-hits-high-note-with.html. On the video Jenna is shown about 20 seconds in, she has a blue bandana in her hair. You can spot her in the still pictures within the story because of the bandana too!

Jenna had to come home to go to the doctor today. She has had a tough time staying overnight. The last two nights she called wanting to come home. We strongly encouraged her to stay because the camp cost extra for staying in the dorms. Tonight, Andy is on his way to pick her up. She just doesn't feel good! Poor kid. She will go back each day and still perform at the concert on Friday. She likes being there during the day, but doesn't like being there at night. She must really love her mama and daddy! :0) Not that we mind that, at all!!!

Anyhow, that's it for tonight! Hope to post pics from the actual concert on Friday.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Here I am Again!

FINALLY! We got a new computer! I'm hoping to do some updating on the blog over the next couple weeks. So much has happened. OBVIOUSLY.....I mean since I was training for the Race for the Cure. I will post about it when I do my updating! It was a GREAT day!

Today I am starting a "diet/ healthy eating plan....lifestyle change..... whatever you want to call it!" I have done well today. AND, I still have to go get a low cal ice cream cone for my treat at McDonalds....only 150 calories. Not too bad, and it gives me my sweet fix. I will be posting pictures soon for this as well. I have to put my BEFORE pictures, so that when I reach the end I can show my skinny NOW pictures! Pray for me, as this has always been a challenge for me. I am addicted to food.....I know this, and hope to overcome my horrible eating habits!

I am SO lucky though. I have a WONDERFUL friend that is doing this with me, and she motivates me in so many ways! I have exercised with her for over a year. Now it's time to throw in the correct eating also. The great thing is, with someone to do it with, it's actually kinda FUN!!! Dieting and fun? I know, those two words do not USUALLY belong together, but I'm staying positive here, people.

Anyhow, enough for now.....will update more very soon!