Wednesday, September 29, 2010
My sis in law ( Rowens momma) made some Mexican food for dinner, and Rowen ate all the black olives off first then dipped them in the sour cream before eating the rest of the dinner.
Then we sang Happy Bday to him, and let him blow out his candle on the cupcake. Then he began to smash.... it was not as big of a mess as I had thought it was going to be, he didnt like his hands all messy. So he got a quick bath.
It was a fun day with him.
Oh Rowen how you are loved.
** I still cant load post pic sorry, anybody else having this issue?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I as well as my parents, sister, aunt, uncle and cousin went had our moment of silence remembering 9 years ago, at the HUSKER Stadium in Lincoln, NE. We were there for the football game watching NE pound South Dakota State.
This was my mom and my sister's first game~! My dad had been back in the 70's, and I a few times in college. But we were able to spend time together as a family and that is what was important. It was a perfect sunny day with a slight breeze.
***Not sure why I cant do pic anymore, I will have to ask my blogger friend why... cuz I know these posts are not as fun w/o pic!
Friday, September 3, 2010
So this year so showed her sheep, pig and added a steer. She did great with the sheep and the steer, and the pig too ( even tho that is not her favorite, she has a pig named mabyleine as she looks like she has eyeliner on hehe), she got ribbons of all colors with these animals. And is actually taking her sheep (champ) to state fair. But since this was her first year with the steer, my brother encouraged her to spend more time with the steer whom she names Bubbs, and get to know him. She was supposed to massage him, talk to him, brush him etc... as well as all the normal things you do to get your steer ready for show.
The day finally arrived where she was able to show off her hard work with all the animals, but she was especially excited about Bubbs. He eventually got her a purple ribbon! ( that is the best you can get), she was overly excited!
However, the truck game later that day to load all the cattle including hers to be taken to the "PLACE" I wont even say the word, as it breaks my heart to type it. And poor Jasmine lost it. She was laying on Bubbs, rubbing his face and crying as hard as I have ever seen her cry. She was honestly told this time around where he was going. I was trying to hold back the tears too, and tried to tell her that he is going to help some kids who need to eat, so they wont starve... and let me tell you that was the wrong thing to say! The crying got more intense as she told me, "I dont care!!" over and over again. Eventually she was pulled off Bubbs and we walked away. NOT looking back.
Lessons like this are tough to learn, and it was breaking my heart all over again for her. I think she is fine now, but we will see if she wants to show a steer next year or not!
**** I am having a hard time getting pictures to attach to the entrys, so I will work on a pic of Jasmine and Bubbs
Thursday, August 19, 2010
It was a fun afternoon, and I was a sticky mess from the snow cones, but over all I would love to do it again sometime!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Someone gave me a scenario the other day that helps describe how we feel. What if your father beat you half to death one day and then the very next day, wanted to be father of the year? How would you, as a child, feel about a man that tortured you one minute and told you he loved you the next? That is how we feel about God these days. The Bible says to honor thy father and thy mother, it does not say honor them only if they don't beat you, they don't molest you, they don't treat you any better then they would an animal. I am sure if you were beat physically and verbally by your mother every day of your life, if you were molested by your father every single day of your childhood, you would not be so ready to forgive and let by-gones be by-gones. That is how we feel about God these days. No, we don't go out and curse him, we don't physically shake our fist towards the sky. We just don't chose to praise him daily and we don't go worship him at his home. And we think God is okay with that, after all, he knew how we would feel when we lost Ry, he knew how long it would take for us to come around, to forgive him.
I share that with you as it is pulling at my heart for this family.....
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Living in a small town for sure has its benefits.
McCook: When I needed my new stickers ( from the DMV) for the jeep, I just call them up, give them my visa number and they mail me the new ones. Then we chat for a few minutes about the weather out here in CO and how life is going.
Colorado Springs: You plan to spend at least 2 hours at the DMV, you walk in to a room packed full and not enough chairs and the one chair that is empty is by a guy who reaks of smoke. You pick a ticket with a number and wait, wait, wait and wait some more for them to call your number.
McCook: ** before online banking was big** I would call up my bank, shoot the breeze about what is happening around town, then ask them to transfer $ from my savings account to my checking account.
Colorado Springs: I have avoided the banks here, and keep everything back home for that reason above....
McCook: Pulling up to the drive thru to get a coffee for my sis in law and a smoothie for me. The person behind the window: ( usually a HS friend) "Hi Heather, are you back for a visit?" Me, "yep." Window girl..." good to see ya again, do you need anything else today or the same?" Me, "the same would be great"
Colorado Springs: There is no window girl, you sit for 15 minutes in line for a speaker to ask what you want.
McCook: You plan an extra half hour in Wal-Mart b/c you know you will see someone and you'll find yourself chatting in the frozen food section.
Colorado Springs: You get in and you get out! You avoid the ghetto Wal-Mart at all cost!
hummmmm, do you see a pattern here about small town friendliness? :)
Monday, July 19, 2010
How about with.......... my dad has cancer and it is not good the dr's are saying its terminal..... so hows that for an open entry?
To those of you who I have already talked to... thanks for your continued support. It will be a long road, but its just another thing that has been thrown at my family. It seems were used to things like that happening, we just cant catch a break. I will try to post here on how things are going, but in the mean time if you can remember us in your prayers that would be great. thanks
Thursday, June 3, 2010
It reports she passed from a stroke. She is a breast cancer survivor as well as a having a heart bypass.
She will be missed........
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Then Tue night I switched over to softball.... a little rusty we all were... we lost. BUT I think we got the kinks out and we should be good for the rest of the season.
I have to say I was a bit unimpressed with Alis choice of men that ABC has chosen for her. Oh well we will see what happens, it looks like a lot of drama from the previews, but when is there not added drama on the show? I did watch a 20- 20 eposide a while back and the producer of the show was on there and said the purposefully cast villians...GOODNESS! I am guessing that Justin is the villian this season. My favorite grabs this far are: Roberto and Chris L. We will see!
Monday, May 24, 2010
I am meeting a good friend for lunch that I have not seen in a while.
Then watching the season kick off of
The debut of Ali Fedotowsky's season of "The Bachelorette" !
and then our championship volleyball game at 9!!!
Friday, May 7, 2010
"I feel like," Ry said, "if this is a war, than we've already lost the war. But that's okay, cuz we've already won it two times. I'm not afraid anymore."
[My voice broke before I could complete that thought.]
and then we began to play the Wii, it took all his energy to drive the race car..... but he won :)
This morning, Ry made that step through the door..... He is now in Heaven. We are all sad here, but Heaven is rejoicing!
Rest in peace Buddy!
Monday, May 3, 2010
I only had my camera for a few events, so hopefully the others that were there will be sending me copies of their photos - so for now:
Here is Julie and I. She is expecting little Callie Mae on June 1 ( scheduled c- section) She is so excited to have a glass of wine, that she has packed the bottles in her hospital bag :)
Here is Ali and I, she is expecting Elijah Michael sometime around the 17th of June. Her family and her husband are sports fanatics, so his shower was "TEAM ELIJAH" CONGRATS! I cant wait to snuggle them :)
Friday, April 23, 2010
So after the tornado warnings were over the sky remained black and then it began to rain really hard and then hail! I was actually in the Wal-Mart gathering some things I needed for a class and it sounded like we were getting attacked! The hail on the metal roof was insainly loud!!!!!!! Then it just continued to rain the rest of the night. Today when I woke up- SNOW~! Its been snowing most of the morning and it is still snowing around lunch time. I would say we have about 4-5 inches. And here is the kicker!!!!!! ITS APRIL 23! but that is Colorado weather for you, and NE weather as well......
oh well!!!!!!!! good day to stay under the covers :)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Like I wonder why the sky was created blue. What if it were created green and the grass blue. We would be ok with it, because that was how it was created many years ago.
I wonder why the I see a person in hospital attire ( a gown) pulling her oxygen tank and smoking a cigarette.
Why sometimes it seems that bad things always happen to good people.
Why do we yawn? is it really because we are tired or need more oxygen?
Why does it take us 9mo to have a baby and some animals weeks or even days?
do you ever just sit there and wonder on things?
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I will post pic, rather than writing...
the pic tell the story best.
*The group jumping shot is me and some of the staff on the top of the mountain.
* The little boy skiing in his room... he has never skied and that was after his first day.. can you tell he was excited?
* This is my 17 year old boy having a great time dancing....
* Me and two other Nurses pose for Disco Night! Then me with a group of the kids all ready for DISCO.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Let the latte machines hum
Let the hibernation of the parkas end
Let the hot tubs start bubbling
Let the grills start grilling
Let the shops start bustling
Let the moguls take shape
Let the village awaken
Its Cancer Camp time
I leave in 3 days for a week of fun with my amazing bald heads.
I will try to post when I am there, put will get pictures when I get back for sure!!!
Friday, March 5, 2010
“Ketchup guys are the easiest to explain,” she tells ET. “I call them mama’s boys. They may not be the right guy for me, but they are good honest guys. They will never cheat. They are usually being dumped, not the one doing the dumping. They usually have a close relationship with their mom. They are good solid guys, who will always take care of a woman.
Raw onion guys never get married according to my theory. Raw onion guys are just raw. They don’t care if their breath stinks. They wear their baseball caps to the side and they just never get married. Fried onion guys get married several times. I don’t know why that is.
Sauerkraut guys: I have dated a few sauerkraut guys in the past, so they are fun and spontaneous, but just like sauerkraut, they give you heartburn and they break your heart. The sauerkraut guys are the ones we are attracted to but are sorry in the end, just like when we put sauerkraut on our dogs.
Mustard seems to be the guy that I am looking for. Mustard is a good combination between the ketchup and sauerkraut, so the mustard guy knows how to put you in your place when you need it, but he knows how to love you and take care of you. The only problem with the mustard guy for girls who aren’t ready to settle down yet is he is too easy of an answer.Relish I found that relish guys are supper artsy. They are like a ketchup guy, but they are writers or love comic books, are super close with their moms, and have a hard time moving out of the house and growing up.
Thanks Jillian for that bit of humor.... but my question is what happens when they like chili and cheese?????
Saturday, February 27, 2010
So living in a town where one of the three Olympic Training Centers ( OTC pictured) is in the US, during the Olympics is kinda fun!
-The OTC is about 3 minutes from my house! So I am fortunate to drive by it every so often and see the torch burning.
-When I worked at the Children's hospital I was honored to be able to meet a few of the athletes and even have dinner with them sometimes......as the OTC was right next door.
-I have a couple t-shirts from the OTC store and even sent my sister in law, niece and nephew some to wear for the festivities.
-A good friend had an "open ceremony" party where we had all different kinds of food from around the world.
-I am sad as this might be Apollo's last Olympics, but have learned that his father and him are the only ones in his family. He mom split when Apollo was months old. The bond between the father and the son is amazing.
-I give Joannhie ( the Canada figure skater) who's mom died of a massive heart attack 2 days before she was to skate for gold. She got bronze, and performed a very heartfelt performance.
-I am not gonna miss all the talk about Lindsay Vonn...... her co skier is just as good, if not better, give Julia Mancuso a fair shot!
-I have been able to sit and watch most of the Olympics on TV at night, and getting to text my sis in law back in Ne at the same time, has been fun! ( thank you call Gods for being nice to me)
- Tomorrow is the closing ceremony and I am sad that it is over already!
-We are possibly going to beat the record for most medals at an olympic game ever... right now we have 34 and are the favorites to medal in at least three more events!!!!
Enjoy a few pictures : of the snacks and of the
The burning torch
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I have watched the bachelor or the bachelorette since it previewed like 8 years ago! I am hooked! Every Monday night I prop myself in front of the TV at 7 PM to watch Jake on his quest for love! There is always DRAMA of course there will be!!!! But it makes for a great show! My friends who are also hooked and I text each other throughout the show, the texts look something like ..... " oh my goodness, did you see what she is wearing?" "wow, Jake looks hot in that" "AWWW how romantic" etc...... it is so fun, and I look fowards to the following Monday night as soon as this one is over.
So let me catch the non bachelor peeps up on what is happening. Jake started out with 25 women from all over all on a quest for his heart. He is now down to 2. and 2 different women they are.
Meet Tenley ( my and most of America's favorite). She is so very sweet and has really begun to open up to Jake, in telling him that she is ready for marriage, and wants that life long partner to go through the good and the bad times with.
Then you have Vienna ( boooo) who is the girl who is full of plastic as well as lies. For some reason Jake has really gotten into her- despite the other girls telling him who she really is behind the camera.
So in two weeks we will see who Jake picks.... I hope for Tenley ( actually secretly I wish he'd fly to Colorado Springs and pick me :) who do you think he should chose?
Friday, February 12, 2010
SO anyways...... Hope you all have a great Valentines day.....
Monday, February 8, 2010
I was looking at some old snow pictures and found these from the farm :) oh the memories!
This is my brother pushing my niece.
My niece and I holding on......me trying to say STOP, as she was falling off!
Here is my cousin and I holding on, as were getting pulled by the 4 wheeler! I am so blessed to have these memories!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
-Amber got engaged
-Tanner got a new job with great benefits for his family
-My dear friend Ali found out the sex of her baby ( which she won't share quite yet......as much as I have tried- darn it!)
-Stef got a job that will allow her to stay in CO!
-One of my awesome cancer buddies got word that she is in remission!
and even for me, I got to hear about how the gift of organ donation has inspired this young man
( who received a liver )and his family to live their life for Christ and become missionaries through music ( for now still here in CO yeah!!!).
I am so blessed to have these friends and their families in my life.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
So, my nephew Rowen just turned 4 months when we were finally all able to get together and celebrate Christmas. It was fun with him, and watching the excitement in his eyes was priceless!
My niece Jasmine had a fun time opening her presents and playing with all her new things as well.
Enjoy the photos of Rowen opening his gifts :) and enjoying what he opened!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Since it was New Years Eve Lec and I decided to walk Colorado Blvd ( this is the parade route ) and to our amazement people were literally camping out! I mean air mattresses, grills, fire pits etc... It was insaine. A few of the campers had their baby's there too! People had silly string and marshmellows and were throwing/shooting it at cars as they went by. Ok OK, Yes Lec and I threw a marshmellow!! hehehe
We met this couple who are now from AZ but grew up camping out. So they brought their daughters up this year and were camping. When I say there were people everywhere I literally mean it! I took a pic of one lady who had a shopping cart wrapped in foil and she was cooking hot dogs from it and selling them~!
We walked up and down the streets just chuckeling and laughing. We found out the cover charge to get into a bar was about 50$ how in the world can you afford to party there? We did find a bar that did not have a cover but for 2 drinks it was 18$ I could not believe it~~! We found ourselves back to the hotel somewhat early, as we were beat. We found Nikko one of the bullgdogs that was riding on the Snow boarding float, and shared a "drink with w/ him" before going to bed!
We had to get up early for the parade! This is where my camera died, so stay tuned for actual pic of the parade, Lec is getting them to me. Just know that seeing all the floats that everyone had worked sooo hard on was just bitter sweet! After the parade we went back to the hotel and got changed for the football game. Lec has the pic of that too.
I was actually not very impressed with the stadium at all, it was kinda dumpy and not very nice. They only had one TV screen. I guess I was just trying to compare it to the NE stadium. NE stadium looked bigger to me tho, but I guess the Rose Bowl is. The Game was an experience as well, I jsut wish it would have been NE playing and it would have been more exciting. We were rooting for Oregon as NE former quarterback Scott Frost is one of the coaches for them. They ended up loosing, but non the less it was a fun time. We left at the start of the 4th quarter as we had enough of the game and were hungry and tired. We knew we had a big day the next day.... DISNEY so staytuned for that in the next update!
Enjoy the pic!
Monday, January 11, 2010
The end of day 1 we had a Gala. Where we got to meet a lot of the families, have some great food, and learn how the whole idea of New Life Rises came to be. All 4 One a boys singing group who was popular when I was in college was there to perform as well. They are very connected to Organ Donation and even wrote a song about donation. It is beautiful. All of the proceeds of the song will go back to Donate Life. I did get my pic with one of the lead singers, but it is on my boss's camera, so am waiting for her to get it to me.
The following morning we awoke early to begin the decorating. I quickly learned to appreciate the beauty of roses.
I would never have imagined that every single rose on the float has its own individual water tube!
And that the person that is driving the float is underneath it all and cannot see, he relies on the riders to tell him when to slow down, stop, turn etc...... While decorating we were able to again connect with some of the families. I had the honor of meeting a younger couple who had tried for quite some time to have a child and they did... a beautiful boy named Isaiah, he at 6mo aspirated on his formula and they chose to donate his organs. He was being honored with a floral pictograph. We had 76 pictographs that featured the ones who donated their organs/tissue or eyes. All of these pictures were created from seeds. Yes I said seeds! Being in the area of donation I am in, getting to meet and talk to these families was a real honor and it became emotional.
We were fortunate to be present when the judges came by to "judge" the float. That was an experience in itself! All the riders were in place, waving to the crowds, the music playing in the background etc... it was once again filled with emotions. We won 2 different awards 1) the best theme ( the Theme of the parade was A Cut Above the Rest, and our New Life Rises fit into it perfectly). and 2) the viewers choice award, where on tv as the floats went by you could vote for your favorite one and we won that too. SO exciting!
Enjoy the pictures~!
Friday, January 8, 2010
Day one in Cali was rainy and cold. But it was our only free day, so we jumped on a site seeing bus and headed to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Peir and the beach. On the tour we were able to see things such as: the house where Marilyn Monroe died, the hotel that Pretty Woman was filmed in, the shops that Julia Roberts shopped in, some wonderful houses in Beverly Hills, etc... so enjoy some of the pictures.
I will post Day 2 soon :)