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.

Saturday, May 31, 2014


I haven't posted in a week or so, because there has been nothing terribly exciting to write about!  We are in a holding pattern here.  WAITING on my nephew to arrive.  Sweet baby boy is about 1.5 weeks overdue now.  My sister in law is stunning at 41 weeks pregnant, but just exhausted and ready to hold her baby.  This Mimi is ready to hold him too!  Induction is scheduled for the 3rd, but we are all hoping he makes his arrival before then.  My bags are packed, and I am ready for the call to head up to witness his arrival!

The kiddos are finally out of school.  Woohoo!  We have a few weeks left before we head down to Naples/Bonita Springs for our vacation.  I am so ready, I think we all are! (Gotta have a baby first!)  We have big plans for the Summer.  Our gym (YMCA) is offering tons of programs that the kids can do while I am working out.  Boot camps, swimming, and lock ins Oh My!  I love the idea of coming home with some worn out kids..giggle.  

Hoping my next post will be a WELCOME TO THE WORLD post.... Until then we are waiting!

Monday, May 12, 2014

I Had A Dream So Big And Loud

I had a dream so big so big and loud
I jumped so high I touched the clouds
Wooooooh Wooooooh
I stretched my hands out to the sky
We danced with monsters through the night
Wooooooh Wooooooh
I'm never gonna look back
Whoa, I'm never gonna give it up
No, please don't wake me now
This is gonna be the best day of my life.....

This has been a really good week!  I turned 37 and I am totally ok with it.  I am the healthiest I have ever been in my entire life..and happiest!  We celebrated Mother's Day with family here in town, and everyone enjoyed themselves!  And Carter and I ran our first 5k together!  Matt did get seen by the ortho and was diagnosed with a fractured fibula and is still crutching around with a boot on....but we will survive that.  Only three weeks of school left!  Field days and parties and lots of fun stuff going on here!

So Saturday, Nick was supposed to run the Chisholm Trail Parkway5k (a brand new tollway before it opened) with me.  But, he had injured his foot (going to the doctor this morning) in karate.  I then went down the line asking Dallas to take his bib...she had sinus/allergy issues and didn't want to.  I was going down the line in running speed here.  I sucked it up and asked the 7 year old.  I told myself that we would have a 40 minute finish time and would probably walk most of the race, but it would be okay as long as we finished.  He agreed to run the 5k, but was upset when I told him he needed to stick close to he wanted to finish in 15 minutes.  I laughed and told him that my fastest was 28 minutes and some seconds..and I didn't think we would beat that.  I planned to jog along and let him burn out.  Well guess what...he didn't burn out..and he ran a 29:09.  I ran a 30:23. Yes he beat me.  Some might say..whooped my butt.  If I would have known he was going to run the whole way, I would have kept pace with the little superstar.  He is in the top 18% of 1477 runners.  I am EXTREMELY proud of him.  Not just for doing so well, but for how independent he was.  For setting a goal and smashing it.  My aunt and uncle were there to do the bike ride that started shortly after cheering for him at the finish line.  He saw and heard her..and it made his day!  The single most meaningful thing for me was before the race Carter said to me, "Mom, you used to never do anything active.  Now that's all you do is be active."  It really almost brought me to tears.  And that is what I what to impress upon all my kiddos with these fun runs...get out there and do active things with people.... because you can!  Your body can do anything, you just have to get your butt up and out the door.
The only 7 year old that ran alone I'm telling ya.......

After the race, feeling that runner's high!

With all my race swag.

The runners and the riders.

Bungee jumpin'


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Rocket Man

And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh, no no no I'm a rocket man
Burning out his fuse up here alone
And I think it's gonna be a long long time......

Well, let me just start by saying this week has been full.  I ended up getting a cortisone shot in my hip Monday..... And I ended up finding out what we were told by the trainers last Friday at the High School was a sprained ankle actually a fracture.  So yeah, Matt Jr. has been hopping around on a fractured ankle for a full week.  We go to a specialist Monday to find out exactly what is going to happen.  I'm terrified to be honest and feel incredibly guilty, BUT I trusted the sports trainer.... It won't happen again.  In the midst of all this chaos life went on.

So cortisone shot, I still wasn't supposed to run, so I just did the elliptical for an hour every day..and then did  one hour of some other class.  I immediately iced the hip when I got home and it was feeling much better.
I'm taking it easy because May is the month of races for me.  Yesterday, we had the Project Graduation 5k. We had a great time, it was at our YMCA.  We had so many friends there.  Carter ran the 1 mile and was adorable.  He finished 3rd and was very proud as was I of him.  I thought it was so funny..and cute that he STOPPED at the turnaround point and had himself a glass of water.  I did mention next time he might want to drink it on the run.  Giggle.  Dallas ran the 5k with me me...and her boyfriend...they stayed together and finished in 31 minutes.  I was very proud of her.  Her time is getting better every race!  I had planned to take it easy.  A friend had mentioned she was going to jog, so my intention was to just keep pace with her.  THE GIRL DOES NOT JUST JOG.  I finished my fastest race ever because of her.  28:33 and 2nd in my age division.  That gives me a 9:13 pace per mile!!! My goodness, I don't think I'll run that fast again, I didn't intend to!  What I thought was so very sweet....It almost brought me to tears was that Carter was at the finish line cheering for me..I totally didn't expect it.    I will never forget seeing him there.  I am getting tears in my eyes just typing this!  Nick had planned to run as well, but injured his ankle in Karate class...jumping blocks.  He wanted to let it heal up, he is registered to run a pretty big race next weekend and doesn't want to miss that!

LOVE these ladies.  Truly inspiring.  It is amazing the wonderful people you can meet at the gym!

Carter getting his picture taken by the newspaper...3rd was like 8:30  mile!!

The runners!

2nd place for 28:33...I always think..not too bad for somebody  who used to weigh 276 pounds.

Sweet Jen, who said she "just jogs".  Yeah right!!

Showing off our medals

He climbed up nervous and just jumped down.

After all that, I got to come home and get ready for the wedding of a long time friend.  It was so wonderful to see her and to put on "real" clothes.  It seems like all I wear anymore are gym clothes!

Anyone remember Glamour Shots?

Lastly, my new favorite treat.  Quest protein bars.  These are delicious!!!  I am in LOVE with the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor. The phrase they have coined is "cheat clean", because they are good for you, low carb and high in protein!  You can find more info here.