Friday, March 24, 2017

Prairie Spirit 100 Miler...

So, I am running a 100 mile race tomorrow.  I will pause while you collect yourself.

I realize this is the first time I am mentioning it on here and really did not say much about it leading up to it.  I have been training for several months, but really did not find the need to say anything about it or register until recently.

I was slightly hesitant considering taking on such a big event while I was orienting at the hospital, so I waited until February 28th to register.  I am not entirely sure why the lack of mention except that maybe because this is such an intimidating goal.  I was pretty terrified about it until this week when I was faced with some real fears at the hospital.  There is nothing quite like having things that happen in the ICU to put things into perspective.

So, while I am running from Ottawa, KS to Iola, KS tomorrow and into Sunday, I will be constantly reminding myself of the quote below.

Oh so true!

I have a great group of people that will be with me for the adventure this weekend.  Mike and Katie will be with us and Mike has agreed to pace me for 9 miles all while wearing a speedo.  We will see if he holds true to that one.  My friend Cori will be there and is bringing a few of her friends to help pace me as well.  I have some pretty amazing friends!  I also cannot forget about Ken, who is obligated by marriage to participate, but also looks forward to these types of events.  He has a whole plan in place complete with a propane heater and a pop up tent.  It should be a fun weekend!  Well, as fun as running 100 miles in less than 30 hours can be.  

Ken will be posting photos on Instagram if you would like to follow along!  His user name is Glorydaze10

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Life Lately...

Life has been pretty low key in these parts, especially with me settling into day shift.  That's right, I am back on days and could not be happier.  I am pretty sure that if I stayed on night shift I would have eventually needed an antidepressant.  I was not built for nights and love the people that are on days with me.  Anyway, I think the only people that are sad about me being on days are my three hooligans.  They loved having someone at home with them all of the time.  Oh well, they will get over it.  Here is a peek at what we have been up to lately.

Ken came to bed one night and found this in our bed.  I had all three hoolies snuggling with me. They love Ken, but there is something about the way these three love their mama!

We went to the Martin City St. Patrick's Day Parade and brought Kya along for her first parade.  She even wore a scarf for the occasion.  

Kya and her daddy getting their parade face on.  Do not let Kya's face fool you, she had a good time.

My beautiful girl and me

This was our 5th time to go to the parade

We had a beautiful day last Saturday and Ken got quite a bit of yard work completed.  After my run, I went outside to enjoy the sunshine and someone else got to enjoy a little time in the sun.  

Yes, that is a cat on a leash.  Angel loves going outside to take it all in.

Angel was in Heaven! She even ate a leaf to celebrate.

That is what we have been up to lately.  I have also been putting the final touches on an upcoming vacation to Europe, which we are very excited about!

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Nice Little Saturday...

We have had some amazing weather here in Kansas City!  Last Saturday, it was so nice that we ventured out for a full day at that park.  Kya and I ran, while Ken took his kayak out for a spin on the lake inside the park.  Afterwards, we set up a little picnic and hung out for the remainder of the day.  It was a perfect little Saturday.

Ken's kayak is ready to roll!

Kya and me enjoying our afternoon at the park.  

Ken's park view

Kya had the best time at the park!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Celebrating Ken's Birthday...

We celebrated Ken's birthday in all of his favorite ways.  There was Buffalo Wild Wings, beer, cupcakes, and a day with friends.  The only thing missing was a hike, but the weather has been too warm for that.

Nine years of celebrating at Buffalo Wild Wings!  Birthday boys choice!

This was on our garage door when we arrived home.  Our sweet neighbor Kyle had prepared a scavenger hunt for Ken to find his birthday gift.

Ken and Kyle and a Texas Rangers shirt?  Kyle is a born and raised Texas fan.  He can probably expect something Cardinals for Christmas...

Meanwhile, Kya played with Kyle's dog, Ranger.

All of the signs for the scavenger hunt. That Kyle is one creative kid.

The birthday boy and his girl!

We had cupcakes and beers and celebrated everything about Ken.  The four of us sure do love and appreciate him!

On Sunday, we went out with Mike and Katie for the 3rd Annual Brewery Tour.  It was such a nice day that we only made three stops this year, mainly because we wanted to spend the afternoon at KC Bier Co.

Ken and Katie celebrating

Mike and me.  Mike was later asked if I was his wife, which we both thought was funny!

Happy Birthday Ken!  We will celebrate pretty hard in Europe this summer!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Ken!

Today Ken turns 40. 40.  I can hardly believe it.  He was 27 when we started dating, which means this will be the 13th time we have celebrated his birthday together.  It is crazy to think 13 years have gone by.

If you know Ken, you know that he absolutely hates for me to make a fuss about him, but today, he really does not have a choice in the matter.  I will try to keep the fussing to a minimum and let pictures do most of the talking.  I had thought about listing off 40 things I love about him, but realized that might be overkill so here are 40 pictures instead.  There has been a lot of fun over the last 13 years and I am certainly glad he was born 40 years ago today.  He keeps my life full of fun and excitement.

P.S. I did some digging for some of this pictures that date back to 2004!


2004 - Back when we lived in different cities.  One day I started a morning with this in my inbox.


Las Vegas, New Year's Eve 2004


Cardinals playoffs, 2005

Las Vegas, 2005

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2006

New Year's 2006


Puerto Vallarta, 2007

Christmas Eve, 2007

New Orleans, 2008

Nashville, 2008

Hanging out with friends, 2008

Hiking in Vegas, 2008

Wedding day, 2009

Newly married in Jamaica, 2009

California Wine Country, 2009

Healdsburg, CA  2009

Halloween, 2009

Hiking Pikes Peak, 2010

Healdsburg, CA 2010

Our pumpkin carving contest, 2010

Grand Canyon, 2011

Chicago, 2011

Ironman Louisville, 2012

Lake Tahoe, 2012

North Rim, Grand Canyon, 2013

Colorado, 2013

Christmas Eve, 2013

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland 2014

Grand Canyon, 2015

Mt Elbert, 2015 - One of my favorite memories 

Surprise, AZ 2015

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, 2016

Salzburg, Austria, 2016

Berchtesgaden, Germany, 2016

Colorado, 2016


Looking back at these pictures brought back so many memories.  I do have one question:  Who are those babies in some of those pictures, wow!  

Happiest of birthdays sweetie!  Angel, Theo, Kya, and I love you so much and are so grateful for you!