Saturday, April 26, 2008

RUN here...and there

This weekend was all about running here and there....It started on Friday getting everyone packed and ready to go to Abilene for the regional track meet...We finally got there and got to meet with our friends that we haven't seen for years...how things change and kids grow up...! It was great seeing them..and catch up...
Then this morning Toby ran his first 5K...I really didn't think he was going to be able to since he hasn't been feeling good....(and looking back now..and shouldn't let him run...but men have a mind of their own)....he did great...better than he ever thought....then we did some running around Abilene getting some errands done...THEN IT WAS TRACK MEET TIME....Can I say...We are awesome...It is so nice to see kids achieve great things....and they did...I think we have atleast 10 or so kids going to state and will compete well down there...I miss track...but it was great...then we ran home quick to get Toby into bed....He will probably be at the clinic at 11:30 waiting to be the first in the door....I can't believe it...I have to get him well so he can go to SAN FRAN this week....I don't want him to have to miss out on that opportunity....

I am so excited for Toby, Jason, and all the track competitors that ran this weekend...WAY TO GO...

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fun with the kids....









We took the kids to baseball game....and they had fun...




If we didn't have our Tim and Mrs. Wyatt...I don't know what we would do...
Planting flowers with Tim...

Playing at the park...and feeding the ducks....

Lazy Thursday...DVR...laundry....

It is just amazin' how a house can get so cluttered without any time involved...The house was cleaned yesterday morning and now the kitchen is dirty and clutter all over the floor...I know it won't take long...but I just didn't want to have to worry about all of that today.....My goal today is to put up all my clothes and hang up everything...I have a pile in my room...that is taller than me...(I am not exaggerating)....I will let you know how that goes...

"we will be there from 8-12!" I hate to hear those words...because it is paralyzing..you can't do anything because you are just waiting for them to come and hopefully they will....Toby has decided that he is going to experience the DVR...I don't really like the idea because I hate the idea of the money wasted...but he has justified it by getting rid of another useless add-on that we had...I really don't care anymore about TV since BIggest Loser is over...I have a whole missing....

Tonight....Toby and I are both going to the Seminar or Speaker that is coming to Main Event....I am actually looking forward to it... I really enjoy good motivational speakers...it is nice to get a recharge...I have done some research on this guy and John said that he is the best he has ever heard...

Tomorrow...we are going to Abilene...for the regional track meet...I think I am the most excited I have been for a long time...If you don't know....track was my favorite sport in high school....(the short stubby Stephanie even went to the State Track meet and ran in front of 60,000 people...that was the most amazing experience I had in high school for sure....and maybe in my life...(other than getting married and having kids) Our high school students are really talented here...we might even have a chance of taking some to state...I hope that the principal has to go and I will have to hook a ride....

Also, we are going to get to see some good friends that we haven't seen for several years....He was in our wedding...and she became one my closest friends when we lived in Dallas...Toby and her husband coached together which was awesome to have her...I miss her alot.. She is one of those true friends that doesn't judge you about anything and is always there to listen.. I miss them alot...She hasn't gotten to ever see our kids (IN LIFE) so we are all excited to see each other...

SATURDAY....Toby is running in his first 5K....He said that he wanted to do start so I think that our superintendent and his wife are also going to participate....so it should be fun...(I just think it is funny that Toby has become interested in running...he always made fun of me and wanting to run and do 5Ks....I know that my first one will be the one in Fort Worth...it is called Jingle Bell Run....it is the weekend after Thanksgiving..and everyone wears jingle bells on their shoes and we run downtown Ft Worth....I am hoping that we can do something like that here in Childress benefitting some great organization here in town...I also want to do a FunRUN to go along with it...

UPDATE on the house in Memphis....met with the sweet family and looked at the house...They have done such a great job....now we are working on a budget...they want the whole house done a little with..and the first budget we had...might be a little small..but I have some great ideas....there are couple things that I am unsure with..but hopefully when we finalize the budget and I get to go shopping I will think of something....

I hope everyone is having a great week...I am in the need of some girl time...

maybe something next week.....

Also...I want to thank everyone that came to the TONE class yesterday...I hope everyone enjoyed it...I know that my back is alittle sore this morning...I just hope that isn't a sign of things to come...this is what happened last week..before the uncontrollable cramps...haha...

Pray that Toby makes it through his race...and does it with class...F3 class...

Also, want to wish a fellow blogger husband in his venture of his first 1/2 marathon..I am so proud of everyone that has become interested in running..their health...and of course...F3...haha

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Today was a total success....unlike yesterday

It was everything they were hoping for.....The mass was very nice....STANDING ROOM ONLY...atleast 500 people....and the meal was even better....some other community church members came..but alot from out of town.. It was nice to see everyone....Everyone loved the DVD that Toby made of all the old pictures... I hope they sold all of them...and all the kids loved all the blow up fun toys they had...I think Toby even got an idea for a PRIDE THURSDAY or a PRIDE program....(speaking of...one more to come...but hopefully not the last)

We did come home early so that we could spend some time at the house...I have laundry and I need to start organizing some rooms.....since yesterday our HOG trappin' experience turned to be a longer and more expensive trip than we were planning....Some of you might know...Toby loves the outdoors and anything he can do out there....so he invested in some HOG traps and we have them at various places...He heard of a person that was looking for someone to trap on their land...so after we drove 10 minutes to pick one up....we were heading towards the place...Toby heard a pop and was thinking it was the tire...I THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY...but sure enough...His front tire was flat as a board...so after we changed the tire and got back on the road...it was longer than we were planning...thankfully mommy....packed snacks and drinks just in case the kids got bored.....so there goes that idea of saving money...it was just funny...When we got in the pickup to leave...Toby mentioned..."Next month put in the budget for new tires..." I told him ok...and now I am thinking we just need to get them done now...and make sure we make adjustments for next month....So between the tire...and probably a strained back from lefting the trap and getting the tire on...it is going to be a costly affair...
We are going out there again tonight to make sure that there are not any hogs...it is the anxious boy coming out in Toby to go check...lets just pray that today is more successful than yesterday....

Tomorrow, is a busy day...like all Mondays....Gym..Ms.Angie's...gymnastics...and then I have to meet with the lady in Memphis on the house...My car is full with different examples of knick knack and pictures....it should be interesting and I hope fun....but luckily this week is not going to be too busy...Now next week is a different story...

I hope everyone had a great SUNDAY...and talk to you soon...

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Growin' Pains....and Fun games....

The past couple of days...."colton" has been growin' and hurtin' his mommy. If I was closer to time...I would have been scared about preterm labor....Poor Toby...he had to take care of the kids during the night...because I couldn't move...And now I am just sore from the cramps...Thank goodness for a heating pad...haha...

Today is going to be busy... I Have to go get my nails done...that should take about 4 hours here....we need to get some more people....that do nails....then I am helping a couple in Memphis decorate their house...so I am going to go look for ideas here in town, so I can take them with me on Monday when I meet with her... I can't believe I took on another job...but this one shouldn't be too hard...and should be fun...

Tomorrow we go to Groom to go to church and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the church...it should be fun...atleast this Sunday they made church start at 11:00 so that makes us only leave at 9:30 instead of 7:00 am....there is a difference...There is nothing like a Catholic function...if you know what I mean...There are supposed to be alot of people there that either grew up in the church or their families did...They are expecting atleast 500 people. That should be fun..there is going to be alot of playing for the kids and the adults...

Hope everyone has a great weekend...I know I am going to try....

Thursday, April 17, 2008

New blog design....and much more...

I just love my new BLOG design... Shelley...You did a great job... I love it...so much...She must have been reading my mind...

I am a mom that needs some time...anyone else...I need to be pampered or just get away....I love my kids and family...but I really in need for some mommy time...hopefully we will all get together soon.... (I still play the guilt trip on myself...but I know I need to get over it...)

Today, I am getting a message though... I am really starting to get the backaches...I wonder why....gaining 20 pounds and more to come.....it just comes with the territory.... NEED TO HIT THE GYM...haha...

have a great thursday..steph

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Dave Ramsey.....again...

We have kinda got off of the Dave Ramsey train...but we are back on again... I have the envelopes and everything is going better....who is kidding....it has only been a day....but atleast thinking about a budget and writing it down...it makes your more responsible....gas is one thing that is killing us...and I know everyone... Especially all the trips to Groom..but those would have been made either way...going to church....there has to be some relief in sight...I even have my lawn and flowers budgeted this month...most people would die if they knew what I spent last year...It won't happen this year though...haha....and don't forget the mother's day gifts....I think I have thought of everything...but I know something will come up and it will all change....

If you are an F3 member this next news might be exciting..... I am in the process of designing and ordering some cool NEW t-shirts....I don't know what all will happen but it was time.....and I finally made the time....some GIRLIE and some UNISEX....I hope they will be done by the middle of May if not sooner.... I will keep you up-to-date....

Towels...towels...I just brought home 200 towels from the gym...so I am writing and checking email between the loads....Thank goodness for my new washer and dryer...I would be working on those all day...

I hope everyone is having a great day....Mine is busy...but that is ok...and my house is a mess...and that is ok.....it will all get done soon....


BY THE WAY......Did anyone watch BIGGEST LOSER last night...? That is my favorite show in the world...and yes...my ALI won...and I actually screamed and got excited... It is amazing to see the transformations....and the life changes.... That is my dream....with F3.... Now I don't know what I am going to do .... without my show....probably start cleaning and getting ready for number #3....only 15 more weeks...the hardest 15 of them all...but that is ok.... it will all be worth it...

have a great day...steph

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pope's visit to the US

Many of you might know.....but I breathe CATHOLIC.....and I am proud to be Catholic. I know that we have had problems....but all churches do.... we just happened to have everything pile up all at once....My hometown church knows first hand about the problems that the Catholic church has with priests.....scandals can't even hide in a small town....

With the pope coming to the US makes me feel a little more revived as a Catholic... It is still hard to be truly happy.... I just pray that in my lifetime....Priests will be able to marry and have families ... along with other religious life leaders.... I think this would solve most if not all problems...


On another subject.... I just pray that this situation in San Angelo gets solved quickly and those children stay safe and emotionally happy.... Bless their hearts...\

Sunday, April 13, 2008

We had a Sunday of doing NOTHING....

The wedding is over... Everything went great and the reception was alot of fun...We stayed for awhile but Caden got really tired so we decided to go home...so we drove (or I) drove the sleepy car home last night.... We got up and went to go get groceries to cook breakfast.... Eggs....sausage....biscuits..... It was great...morning breakfast and conversation with the kids....It is was great....

Everyone took a HUGE nap......and then we had Mother-daughter day....and Father-Son day.....Kaitlyn ad I went to Wal-mart to go get her some fingernail polish....since she has stopped playing with her fingernails....and then we got her ..... her own flower pot...so she can grow her own flowers or (tomatoes).... That was her deal with me....if she quits messing with her fingernails or toenails...she gets her own garden.... Toby and Caden went to go TURKEY hunting....we will see how that goes....

This is the first week that I will not teach aerobics... I Have decided to teach a toning class on Wednesday afternoons though.... It will be good to do toning....

Next Sunday is our final HAVE-TO go to Groom trip. My hometown church (or church) is celebrating it's 100th anniversary.. It should be fun though.....I will just be glad when it is over....so mom and dad's life can get back to normal also.... They help too much....Toby made a DVD of old and recent pictures....It looks really great...

But hopefully this Friday night we will get to go do something fun....I need it...

This is the busy time of the year for Toby though....between seminars...banquets...shows....parties....April and the rest of May will go by fast....Now I just have to find something to keep my mind off of being fat and pregnant for June and July....But after looking at the calendar ..... I think there is plenty there, too....

Take care of yourself...and please pray for the Horton Family that lost their grandmother.... also please pray for the Kuehler and Brorman family....some of you might know...but a lady that grew up in Groom and lives in Vega came up missing this week.... She has been struggling with depression and anxiety....the bad thing is....her son is getting married this next weekend...that has got to be hard...please pray that GOD will lead her back to her family and the help that she needs....

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Happy Birthday CHARLA

I just wanted to wish CHARLA a HAPPY BIRTHDAY....steph

The wedding is FINALLY this weekend...

The wedding is finally here....We leave Friday afternoon as soon as school is out...Rehearsal starts at 6:30 but my mom and I are going in early so I can practice a little bit more....It is funny and scary....this is the first wedding that I have sang at that I haven't really practiced....a little scary...oh well...Then my mom and dad are going to keep the kids while we go to the rehearsal dinner.....
Saturday is the big day for more than just one reason....

Reason #1 - Lauren....my middle brother's girlfriend is coming in for the wedding...so we are going to have lunch for her so we can all meet her before the wedding....this is the first time I will have met her....Second time my parents have...so this should be interesting... Chris says it is not serious...but I am not believing anything....This will be probably the last time we get to visit with her until the rehearsal dinner for their wedding....Chris doesn't want to bring her around so we won't give her the 20 questions...but oh well...we are finally going to get to meet her... We are going to have Steak, baked potatoe salad from the bakery, and all the fixins.....

Reason #2 - wedding.....the wedding starts at 7:30 and hopefully it won't be longer than an hour.....(Catholic wedding and mass) Then we will have a great party and reception afterwards.....

Reason #3 - sleep in late on Sunday with the kids - since we go to church on Saturday we will get to sleep in and cook breakfast with the kids on Sunday morning...


Off the subject of the wedding...... I did finally find someone to help me with the house in Paducah....It is going to take longer and more money than I thought....so we will see what all we decide to do... The couple I am doing it for...want it to be nice for when they come in to work cattle....and if they decide they want to sell it....they can...The only bad thing is.....he can only start in about a month and a half....and then he thinks it will take 2-3 months....that means....right when the baby is here...that will be the time for me to be even busier....It will work out...I just wanted it before the baby was here....

Also, I wanted to thank everyone for voting for the name......I don't know if I can name him COLT but you never know....I really want Trey Kyler.....Trey because he is the third and last kid and Kyler and just think is really cute....

I hope everyone has a great Thursday....It is our day to stay at home and just veg with the kids....We have been missing it for the past couple of weeks...and I can tell with the kids...they like the idea of just playing at their house and not having to go anywhere....

Today......I am getting my haircut....I want something new...so who knows.....I am not going to Wheeler this time.....Poor Tosha is going to have to make something work with this mess I have.....

Thursday, April 3, 2008

We need your help for names....I need help...

Check out the poll....some names that we might agree on....

Everything is goin' and growin'

We had a baby doctor appointment today..... the kids went with me again...they think it is so much fun to see mommy and see the doctor...
It was alittle depressing........for a couple of reasons.....

I GAINED 7 POUNDS this month

and there was a scary period.....he had a little hard time finding the heart beat.....a little scary....but we finallly found it and everything is going good...

and last but not least.....I have to stop teaching aerobic classes....I am going to finish up a couple more weeks, but we decided that it would probably be the best for me and the baby to back off.....

The hard thing is....telling my dedicated ladies...I don't know how they are going to take it....but I am thinking of some ideas that will help them with the transition..

Weekend plans....Toby and my dad and some other men are heading to the races...and I am heading to the movies...I just got off the phone with my Grandma and I am taking all of us to the movies and out to eat... My mom has a meeting all day and then girls night out...so I decided I would take good ol' grandma out....

Also....I need some help.... I am trying to find painters and contractors for a house that I am decorating and redoing in Paducah....everyone is booked and busy....if you have any suggestions, I would sure be appreciative....I am trying to get this house done before the baby is here....I have a couple of months....

Hope everyone has a great weekend...I know I will....steph

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

4 down and 3 to go...

4 weeks down and 3 weekends to go..... I have been in Groom the last past 4 weekends...not just for church but for wedding showers...Easter...and everything else....Toby is leaving this weekend with my dad and a couple more men to go to the races...so I haven't decided if I will go up to Groom early or just wait until late Saturday...mom has a church deanary meeting..so she won't be around...but I am debating taking the kids up to Amarillo to Jump N Jive...or something fun....Sunday is my cousin's bridal luncheon...and then next weekend is Wedding rehearsal..I guess I need to really get practicing the songs and the wedding....then the next weekend is the big 100th anniversary for my hometown church... It should be lots of fun...food...and lots of games and fun for us and the kids....

Also...Biggest Loser...is my favorite show and we only have a couple more weeks of it... I don't know what I will do when it is over with... I will have to come up with another obsession....

Next baby appointment is Thursday... nothing exciting...just find out our much weight I have gained....fun fun....I just try to remind myself that this is the last time..(it better be) and I need to enjoy it...and take advantage of all the help that I am getting at home....

Pray that Toby and my dad have a good time and don't get addicted to NASCAR like some other people I know....

Hope everyone is having a great week...take care...steph