Monday, September 8, 2014

American Kids

We were Jesus save me, blue jean baby
Born in the USA
Trailer park truck stop, faded little map dots
New York to LA
We were teenage dreamin', front seat leanin'
Baby, come give me a kiss
Put me on the cover of the Rolling Stone
Uptown down home American kids
Growin' up in little pink houses
Makin' out on living room couches
Blowin' that smoke on a Saturday night
A little messed up, but we're all alright

We have had quite a bit going on this week at our house.  School starting back up has given us many things to do.  I actually feel a tad bit frazzled!  Early morning volleyball practice for my girl, and not one but two evening karate classes for the boys.  Whew, they keep a Momma running in between that...I do my running.

About that volleyball, my girl is pretty darned good.  Sometimes I am quite taken back by her beauty.  The number of friends cheering for her at her scrimmage let me know that everyone appreciates her kindness.  Now, could she be just a little less bossy at 6 a.m., please and thank you.  Seriously though, we couldn't be prouder of her and cannot wait to see what this season has in store for her.  Go Lady Pirates!  Get it #13!!

My sweet nephew has been in town the past two weekends.  I am in Aunt Heaven.  He is growing very fast. A happier baby you cannot find!  I could easily fill this blog with pictures of him. He is the most handsome and smartest baby.  Seriously though, rolling over at 6 weeks..and enjoys petting some puppies.  There is no limit to his talent. We love him so very much!


Saturday, we had a Zumba demo on the park with the YMCA for a Community Appreciation Day.  It was a good usual with my girls.  Love these ladies that have become like family to me!

We also celebrated my Daddy's Birthday a few days early so that everyone could be here for it.  My sweet friend makes the best cakes, and made one that looked like one of his beehives.  She is extremely talented.  We all enjoyed that cake!

And lastly, I have been working on my Half training.  Whew have I been working.  I actually broke from my training plan this past week of three days a week and ran five days a week.  I have gotten off the treadmill completely.  We have broken up.  I am all outside all the time now.  And it is proving to be quite a change..and a challenge.  It's one I am up for.  I have a WONDERFUL group of running girls at the gym who are always there for me.  I just keep busting my ass, and I will reach my goal.  It has worked every time before, it will this time too.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


I was scared of dentists and the dark
I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations
Oh, all my friends are turning green
You're the magician's assistant in their dream

Oh, and they come unstuck

Lady, running down to the riptide
Taken away to the dark side
I wanna be your left hand man
I love you when you're singing that song
And I got a lump in my throat
'Cause you're gonna sing the words wrong

We are on the tail end  of the tail end of summer break.  Can you see my smile from here?  We had a GREAT summer.   Momma went to Hawaii... I can't say anything bad about this summer.  My babies are headed off to three different campuses...and I am back to a new gym schedule.  

Half marathon training is in full effect.  If I am being honest, I'm terrified.  13.1 miles is daunting to somebody that just started running at the end of Feb.  But, it is a task I will check off my list of things that this girl will conquer.  Training is wearing me OUT.  My legs are tired every single day.  I am in the gym at least 2.5 hours a day except for the day I do my long run.  That just happened to be 9 miles this week...which was a new personal best for me.  To think at the beginning of the year I hadn't ever run a mile.  Sometimes, I seriously tear up a little bit each time I do something I haven't done before.  NEVER before would the 276 pound girl have thought that she could do this.  Finishing the half is going to be a very big deal to me.  Still...terrified!  

My baby is coming this week.  I can't wait to see him.  He is such a little cutie patootie!  I got him some goodies in Hawaii that have yet to give him..and a huge bag of clothes for the Fall and Winter.  We also bought him a high chair and a walker to use here at our house.  I can't wait to put him in them and see what he looks like.  Adorable, I'm sure.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Young Volcanoes

It FINALLY happened.

Highlights, climbing Koko Crater Trail...although it was the absolute hardest thing that I have ever done...and snorkeling in Hanauma Bay.  We will be going back with our kids.  It's the most beautiful place I've ever been.  More beautiful than I imagined.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

American Honey

There's a wild wild whisper blowin' in the wind
Calling out my name like a long lost friend
Oh I miss those days as the years go by
Oh, nothin' sweeter than summertime and American honey

Honey Spinning 2014 was a success.  We robbed the bees with only three stings to report.  Two for my dad and one for myself.  Rebecca, your time will come.  Our grand total was 1300 pounds of raw honey.  It was work, hard work.  The kids enjoyed helping..and for the most part they were quite a bit of help.  The irony in the whole situation is...I don't care for honey one little bit!

The boys in front of some hives....before we starting robbing them.

All suited up...this is the first day..they made me wear the bad suit that day!

Taking the frames out of the super.

The uncapper, it leaves most of the comb for the bees to use.

The spinner loaded up with frames.

Honey coming out of the spinner and being strained.

1300 pounds of raw honey.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Home Sweet Home.... And Back To My Baby Brady!

We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation to Bonita Springs and visiting with our family there.  We always do!  The kids fished, and fished, and fished some more.  They also swam, swam, and swam.  Followed by...ate, ate, and ate some more.  Good times.  I want them to have those memories with them forever.  We really do have the best pool home we rent there.  Right on a bay with a 90 foot dock.  Absolutely perfect for us.   After we got back, I had to run up and see my sweet nephew.  That little ginger just turned one month old and is still a love bug.  I just can't get enough of him.  Now, we are all just getting back into summer routines.  Gym (1/2 training), grilling, riding around with the top off the stuff!

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Heart

Ain't no gift like the present tense
Ain't no love like an old romance
Gotsta make hay when the sun is shinin'
Can't waste time when it's time to dance

Long live the heart
Long live the soul
That knows what it wants
That piece you can't find
That part is a whole
And it never let's go

My sweet nephew stayed in the hospital nine days because of concerns about his heart rate.  Bradycardia.....there is just a tad of irony there.  He was released on the evening of the 9th day.  On the 10th day a few of the Magers descended upon him.  Snuggles and kisses and pictures we could tease him with.  We "meeded" em.  He obliged us.  His parents are doing so great with him.  I am very proud of both of them!  I will freely admit that I am a sappy person.  And the love I feel for this baby and watching his parents love him...brings me to tears.  The excitement I have about his future and having him around is almost uncontainable.  A baby a baby..a baby Brady!!  We had a lot of fun taking pictures of him in the belly cast and his bee costume.  I know he will appreciate these pictures in years to come.  I  just want to snap a picture of everything he does, he is the cutest baby I've seen in many a year don't you know.  And certainly the cutest little ginger to be found.  

Friday, June 6, 2014

Dream A Little Dream

Stars shining bright above you
Night breezes seem to whisper,I love you
Birds singin' in the Sycamore trees
Dream a little dream of me

He is here.  It was not an easy process for his Momma..but he is most definitely worth it.  He is glorious.  He could not be more loved.  A true gift of God.  All 10 lbs 7 oz and 22 inches of him.  Brady Lark, my newest nephew and currently the keeper of my heart.

Our mother would be so proud of my brother, I am.  Witnessing him become a father, it makes me tear up just thinking about it.  He is a great one..and will only get better.  I love to watch him love.  He deserves only the best and now he and his fabulous wife have the perfect family.