Ok so many of us are thinking about it....the new Swine Flu Epidemic going around. I am nervous, as I am sure many of you are, so I have decided we all need to start wearing hazmat suits! HA! I guess all we can do is wash our hands, avoid public places and watch for signs in our children. Be Well Everyone!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This has to be my longest update. I just haven't found time (until now) to upload pictures. So here goes....
Saturday before Easter the girls and I went with our dear neighbor and her daughters to Incredible Pizza for some Easter egg hunting and games. We had a blast and I am so glad that we went. thanks Tonya for inviting us to tag along.
Madison egg hunting...I must say...for her age group she was pretty fast.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Schuyler and I are taking another cruise in June. This one will be a bit different than past cruises...we are going with about 16 or so other friends. We are excited! It will be a short one (4 days) out of Galveston to Cozumel and back but I foresee some relaxation and a lot of fun! :o)
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Well… I did it. I walked 26.2 miles in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I am still nursing the sore muscles, but what an amazing, wonderful experience. Our Team the "Hikers for Healthy Hooters" raised over $7,500 to go towards this much deserving cause. And believe me the money is well spent. Avon distributes millions of dollars to medical centers, research grants to hospitals and care to thousands of women who do not have insurance for treatment. Throughout the weekend, ribbons are passed out every 3 minutes signifying another person who has just been diagnosed. During our two days together, 676 people have learned they have breast cancer and 147 have lost their battle.
The walk itself was fun, but I will admit much harder than I thought it would be. I thought I was prepared, I did training walks and knew what I was in for, but there was a time towards the end when my knee was killing me and my muscles didn't want to move anymore, that I wondered why I was torturing myself. But when I crossed the finish line, I couldn’t wait to do it again next year. The support and motivation that we got from the people of Houston was wonderful. People came out of their homes to cheer you on, little kids passed out candy, cookies, chocolates, donuts and lemonade. People along the route decorated their homes, made signs, played music and dressed in costumes to keep us going. Everyone walking had a reason. They carried pictures of loved ones lost or fighting cancer. I dedicated my walk to my girls and met other moms walking for their little girls too. You really do feel a connection with these people. We are all there for the same reason — to find a cure. At one point 3 of my team mates were all in Medical being treated for one thing or another, but that did not stop any of us. In the midst of my pain I was thinking ‘how can I do this?’ Now I am thinking ‘how could I not?’
Hikers for Healthy Hooters Cindy, Crystal, Nikki, me
Avon is extremely organized and takes good care of the walkers. From the rest stops providing so much wonderfully cold drinks and snacks, to cold wet wash rags, to cheering and encouragement, to VERY encouraging signs along the route, to free massages and free adjustments from a chiropractor to MANY MORE! If you have ever considered doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, I hope my story convinces you to take the challenge. Not only do you raise money for breast cancer, you share a fun, meaningful experience with thousands of women (and a few men). After my muscles relax, I know that I will be left with a sense of accomplishment and great memories of an event I look forward to doing again and again.
Here we all are Saturday morning around 6:00am eating and getting ready for the opening ceremonies. Dark outside but you can get a sense of how many people there were.
Looking at downtown Houston as the sun was coming up Sat. morning
Us starting to walk...there was line of ladies as far as you could see
Us at mile one...still a bit chilly and having no issues.
Us at mile 13 on Saturday....a few with blisters and we were all pretty tired. Around mile 11 was where we all started to hit a brick wall. But still having fun.Some of the volunteers who dressed up to pass out drinks and snacks. They were all so nice.
One of our MANY restroom breaks thanks to Crystal and her pea sized bladder. :o) I so do not love the porta potties but it was better than behind a tree...right?
Us at mile 26, hurting all over the place and VERY TIRED but happy and excited. There was a huge feeling of accomplishment that came along with walking 26 miles and doing it all for such a great cause. Thanks again to all who helped us raise the donation money.
Us coming through the finish line on Sunday! So exciting with thousands of people and media there cheering you on! Also, my mom and grandmaw came to greet us with hugs at the finish line and told us how proud they were of us. Thanks for being there mom and mamaw - I love you both very much!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Hurray! I made it to my donation goal of $1,800. Actually a bit over....$2,100. Thanks to all that helped support me and the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation! You guys are awesome!
All those that helped me reach my goal:
GNC Motors (Greg and Candy)
DW Cloyd Construction (Bill)
Billy and Anita Nixon
Jennifer and Johnny Heaton
Terry and Kay Howell
Butch and Angie Cloyd
Mike and Evelyn Doss
And many cash donations from my fellow co-workers that all added up!
Again Thanks So Much for supporting so a deserving cause!!!! You guys did your part now it is time for me to do mine! Walking the 27 miles! I will let you know how it goes. :o)
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
This morning Madison and I had a very interesting conversation.
Me: Madison, please get out from under my bed.
Madison: But Casey is under here.
Me: Casey is a dog and you are not, so get out.
Madison: But she is my best friends.
Me: Madison....get out of there.
Madison: But we are having a party.
Me: Madison....I am serious, don't make me tell you again.
Madison: (as she is getting out from under the bed) Ok....you get what you get and you don't throw a fit!
That little saying is something that I tell the girls when complain about something they get....or wanting what the other one has....so I am not sure if Madison was telling her self that or me. But it made me laugh. At least I won the battle, right??? :o)