Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Bre and I competed in our first mud run on the 18th.  It was such an amazing experience.  I honestly never in my life thought I would ever be at the point where I could finish a 5K, much less a 5K with extreme obstacles!  It was awesome!  Overall I finished the race 34th out of about 540 women, and Bre finished 24th.  She was a beast! 

I am so proud of myself.  My goal was just to finish the race, complete all the obstacles, and run the entire race.  My goal was accomplished, and I can't wait for the next one!

We're planning to run the Dirty Girl Mud Run in October which benefits breast cancer, and then we're forming a team to run the Warrior Dash in April. 

I'm loving this lifestyle change, and am still wondering why I sat around for so long doing nothing!  I never knew being fit would feel so good!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mini Beach Vacation!

Hello from Port Aransas! We decided Wednesday to take a mini vacation to the South Texas coast. My bestfriend and her family are also here.

We've had an amazing time just relaxing and escaping the hustle and bustle of being home.

I'm so thankful for an amazing husband and grateful for his spontaneity. We love just kicking back and enjoying life.

Luci's first time at the ocean!

This is one very sleepy girl after her first day on the beach.

Our sweet family!

Wiped out gain after another full day in the beach. She didn't even make it off the beach today!

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Summer's wrapping up...

What a busy couple of week!   I am really regretting not taking a vacation this summer, but I honestly don't know when we would've had the time.  With Breanna spending nearly her entire summer doing some kind of ministry, and Jolea having surgeries it's been crazy busy!

Jolea ended up having to go back into surgery due to a severe infection.  I take most of the blame for it.  Since we brought her home she has always had a chronic infection up inside her sinus area that has always caused her to have bad breath.  Myself, not having any experience with a child with a cleft just assumed it was from food, or sinus infection or whatever.  Well, after her bone graft it got the worst it had ever been.  Her Dr. had to go back in and clean it out, and the infection had even blown a hole in the back side of her nose and had also completely messed up the bone graft and it had to be removed.  :(  Jolea was one very unhappy girl.  She now has to have the bone graft redone in December as long as the infection is cleared up. 

The good thing is we found out that the infection is being caused by a very rare bacteria and since it had never been cultured she has never been on the right antibiotics to treat it.  For the first time since we brought her home from Vietnam Jolea doesn't have the bad breath!  We are extremely excited about this!  She'll have been on the right antibiotic for 20 days after she finishes it this week.  I'm praying that it doesn't return.  If it does, her Dr. is bringing in an infectious disease Dr. to figure out how to kill this bacteria.  It is obviously very strong and resistant to have had survived this long. 

This has been a long hard road for our sweet girl, and she is ready to get past all of this. 

Here are some random photos from out summer!  I'm so sad to see the summer end, but I'm also looking forward to an awesome fall!  Things get busy with school activities, but we are definitely ready to kick off a better year!

We attended the Ranger game with our family and had a wonderful time.  We love the Rangers!

Me and my sweet boy!  We had to endure the heat for a short time, but we had amazing seats!
My beautiful daughter loves turkey legs! 

Bre with her best friend and cousin!  Love these guys!

Nothing better than a nice swim on a really hot day!

Luke and his fish.  Luke has fished nearly everyday this summer.  It's the first thing he does in the morning and usually the last thing he does in the evening.  Notice his glove?  He has been finned one too many times.  :)


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