Thursday, May 28, 2009

Day at the Zoo

Chelsea, Karlee, and I spent a couple days in St. Louis while on the graduation trip. Ashley thought it would be fun to take Karlee to the zoo. She was a little nervous about a few of the animals but mostly she really liked it. She started saying "what's that" on the trip and said that will all the animals. She especially liked the monkeys and the penguins. We had a lot of fun at the zoo. It's a really good zoo with lots of fun animals, and the best part is that it's free.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

All Grown Up

There are officially no more kids in my family. Zach, the baby, graduated from high school and Ashley graduated from college last weekend. It worked out really well that both graduations were the same weekend, but by the end we were all graduationed out. My mom says she's ready to have all the kids grown up, but I'm really not sure what she's going to do with herself.

Ashley's pinning ceremony for nursing school

Karlee kept us entertained during the graduations. She loved when everyone clapped and even joined in.

Ashley at graduation

Ashley's graduation

Zach's graduation

Monday, May 18, 2009

Karlee is Spoiled

Being the first grandchild/niece has its perks. Karlee gets just about any and everything she wants around this place. We are probably creating a little monster, but she's just too cute.
playing with all sorts of things at the store
eating every other second. this time she's eating turkey. this girl loves meat.

grandma had to buy her some toys to play with while in town. she loved them and stayed pretty entertained. she loved this turtle and ball.
we took her to the park a couple times. she loved going down the slides.

she loves to move

swinging at the park

i convinced chelsea to give her a mini ice cream cone. chelsea was freaking out a little about the mess, but she loved it.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Race for the Cure

I love love love the Race for the Cure! It is by far my favorite race. I look forward to it all year. No matter who comes or doesn't come and race with me, I will be there. I wouldn't miss this race for anything. This year I knew a few people doing the race, but I planned to run by myself. Now that I'm more of a "runner" I was fine running by myself and a little excited to see how fast I could do it. I am by no means fast, but I was happy with the pace I ran.
this is why i love this race. there's nothing quite like 18,000 people coming together for a cause. the number alone is amazing but so are all the people running in memory of/in celebration of their mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, self.

after the race i met up with my friend, Lindsey, and her family. her family knows how to have fun, and i was lucky enough to get to tag along.

our first stop was So Cupcake. it's the cutest gourmet cupcake place, and they have the cutest yummiest cupcakes. these mini cupcakes are only $1.50 and come in delicious flavors. Lindsey's cute family insisted I get a cupcake or two.
Lindsey's niece and nephew were so cute. They knew exactly what to order. Her mom is a breast cancer survivor so it was an added bonus to participating in the race. Her family is really so cute. After the cupcake stop, we hit Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I had so much fun meeting her family and spending the morning with them. Thanks Lindsey for letting me tag along and thanks to your family for being so kind.

Friday, May 8, 2009

I'm Back

I took a little blogging break-not because I wanted to but because I have been so busy. I got a crazy idea over a year ago to make little travel scrapbooks for the Martin girls. We have been on lots of fun trips together, and I have documented them all. The girls always make comments about copying my journal, but nothing ever gets done about it. I started out just planning to type out my journal for them, but the project exploded. I've never been one to take the easy way out, and this was no exception. By some miracle I pulled off making 4 travel scrapbooks complete with journaling, pictures, and even some fun embellishments (thanks Katey) without Nettie having any idea. We all got together for dinner last Sunday, and they were pretty shocked with the surprise. It was a lot of fun giving them the books. It's also been fun going through all the trips and thinking of all the fun we have had over the years.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Yard Work

This isn't even the grass after I got done. It's after Roman and Rocky spent a couple more hours working on the grass. It needed some major edging, and it looks great now.

Nettie made a lawn mowing schedule for us this week so we make sure that everyone takes their turn. It was my turn this week. My Wednesday evening plans didn't happen so I decided to mow. First of all I have probably only ever mowed the grass 2 or 3 times in my entire life and that was probably at least 15 or more years ago. I haven't really touched a lawn mower since then. I couldn't get it started forever and after calling Nettie a bazillion times I finally figured it out. I had to call her several more times with other questions. Our yard is a beast. By the time I got to the front it was getting dark, but I was determined to finish. Nettie did a beautiful job the week before, but I was just racing to get it done. It's not really pretty, but the grass is mowed. The best part is I don't have to do it again for 5 more turns. After I finished I needed to be reminded why I wanted to live in a house. On the upside, I did burn 350 calories while mowing.