Thursday, November 25, 2010


Well today is a good day to do two things... pig out, and give thanks. I plan on doing both. This year however, I can feel good about the pigging out part! I did the hardest workout this morning. I will take a moment to brag about it.

Complete in order for time:
300 Double Unders
200 Push ups (only did half on my toes)
200 sit ups
200 body squats
300 Double Unders

Time: 55:19 And thought I was going to die! Seriously, anyone who wants to get into shape needs to come to crossfit. It's a darker side of fitness, but it's also good. A horrible side of Good!

As for giving thanks, I have so much to be grateful for. For starters, I have a wonderful husband. I never have regretted my decision to rope him into marriage! I love him more than when I dated him, more than when we were married. And if you can believe it, I love him more now that we have two kids and less time for each other! I am grateful that he is willing to work hard to provide for our needs!! We went without work for several months after finishing school, and we are just so blessed to be where we are now... working!

I can't forget my kids. I am so lucky to have them. Not only were we blessed with children when we can't have any ourselves; but we were blessed with the two best kids in the world! Ryan is such a sweet little helper! She is so much fun. Although she can be a little difficult when you try to get her to eat anything that is not filled with sugar. Other than that she is mostly perfect. She sleeps well, she plays nice with her brother, she is ultra caring, and she has the ability to brighten any day! I just love this little girl too much for words! Did I mention she happens to be mega beautiful too. That's just the icing on the cake though. Look out boys, this one is going to be breaking hearts. Not to mention her dad will not let her go anywhere without a fight!

McCallum... where do I even begin with this little boy! He is the most chill and happy little baby! He is not even three months old yet and I can tell he is just going to exceed all of my hopes and dreams! He is sleeping through the night, eating like his dad, and smiling every time you even make eye contact. The giggling is just starting as well! He is so sweet! I swear this kid is going to be the end of me! He is going to be so cute that the girls will line up to watch him bat his eyes! I'm going to have to kill anyone who tries to date this boy some day far far far from now!!

I guess what I am trying to say is that I feel like the richest person in the world. If you saw my bank account you would just laugh at me for saying that. However, I have everything that I could possibly want. We have our health, happiness, and two little ones that keep us on our toes! So much to be thankful for!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

2 months

McCallum turned two months on the 4th. He is so much fun! This little boy is a pretty easy baby. He smiles a lot, he eats well, and he seems to be pretty regular--if you know what I mean! He is such a chill boy, he never fusses unless something is wrong. Mac loves his sister, Ryan. He always watches her and smiles at her. (Good thing she likes him just as much.) Also, McCallum is rolling over. He first rolled over at five weeks old. I thought it was just a fluke, but he continues to do it from time to time. He's so strong!

At his two month appointment Mac was 11.7 lbs. That's enough to land him in the 50%. He was also 22.7" long (50%) and his head was 15.4 cm (25%)

So I am thinking that I am going to take the kids in to have some pictures done up. I am not that happy with my efforts. I'll keep trying to get better but till then I might have to dish out the dough to get some photos

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Halloween Horrors

Halloween sure was fun this year. Although, Ryan didn't seem to understand the greed behind Trick-or-Treating. We went to one house and she was thrilled with the amount of candy she received and didn't understand why we wanted to go to any other houses. However, I must say that we made a killing. The trick is to just go to the houses that are excited to see your kids. That was you only have to go to those houses in order to fill your bag!!
The pictures are not the best to see our costumes, but I forgot my camera. I guess I got distracted by grandma's funeral that we had that day. As you can see, Ryan is a Dragon. I am the devil--the devil is a beautiful woman in a red dress. Yes I did have a pitch fork and tail, just not in any pictures; and Riley lost my horns. McCallum was an owl although his hat is off in the picture. Jared, well, he had to us a last second costume and went as a duck hunter... BORING!! All in all, it was a blast this year!
Dax, Riley, and Logann were up too. Dax was a Dragon--Nat actually made the costume! Riley was a princess... of course. And Logan was a skeleton.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Loving Memory

Mary McKnight Zollinger, 89, past away October 25, 2010.

What can I say about this wonderful woman... Words are just not enough to express my gratitude and love for my Grandma! I have so many wonderful memories! She always was excited to hear from me! She constantly pushed me to excel in my music. When she would ask me if I were practicing my flute she was always pushing me to do better! She had a real gift for making all sorts of thing with a needle and yarn. I have one of the most beautiful quilts, baby booties, and a number of hats that I wore throughout my childhood! (most include a huge tassel)

I have to say that, of all my grand parents, I was closest to her. I was privileged to play a flute solo with my sister Natalie at the piano for her funeral. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I was so blessed to be able to give that back to my grandma who pushed me to excel.
We were so lucky to be able to get McCallum up there to visit Grandma before she died. He was the last Great Grand baby born before she passed. Althogh, there is another coming in the next few weeks. Grandma didn't want me to take him home with me. She enjoyed holding him so much--like the picture above shows!

I love you grandma!