Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My MS Anniversary - 4 Years


I never really know how to commemorate this day.  You see this day is worth recognizing but celebrating?!  Four years ago today, on a Friday afternoon, I heard the words 

"You have MS."

Those words would and did change my life. . .

So here I am, four years later and living life to the fullest.  Has MS changed my life?  YES!  But I wouldn't have it any other way (well that is a lie I could actually do without the shots).  Honestly, it has been a difficult journey at times but has also allowed me incredible opportunities that I likely never would have experienced.

In the time since I was diagnosed with MS, I have raised thousands and thousands of dollars, I have walked 50 miles in 3 days, I have walked the runway in a fashion show, I have been interviewed on the radio and in newspapers, I  have started a blog, I have met the most incredible people, I have learned to give myself the dreaded shots, I have survived.  

I'm alive and well.


I love this song.  So simple yet so powerful all at the same time.  I don't think I could have said it better myself!

I will use today to be thankful.

Thankful for my family, friends and all of you who have stood by me and made this journey so much better than I could have ever imagined on that day four years ago when I heard those words and wondered. . .

Wondered what my future {with MS} would hold.  I don't have to wonder anymore.  For it is an amazing life I lead and even though there are bad days, there are so many more good great days!

Here's to hoping that someday I won't have to worry about how to commemorate this day because this day will be a distant memory as I celebrate a world free of MS.  


To read my diagnosis story go here.













Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Make Your Own Sundaes? Yes Please!


A lot has been going on in "MAAV Land" so I thought I would do an update post to fill you in (and yes it includes ice cream sundaes)!

The MAAV Walk Committee has been very busy meeting every other week and getting walk sponsors.  We were also in the local paper.  If you ever want to feel important just volunteer with MAAV - you'll be in the newspaper a lot b/c they are always covering the outstanding work MAAV does in the community!  

We also announced that Massachusetts First Lady, Diane Patrick will attend the walk and receive this year's Advocacy in Action award.  Read the article here to learn more!

MAAV's annual domestic violence awareness bracelet is very popular this year.  They are selling fast and are a great deal at $20 each with a donation going to MAAV for each one!  Let me know if you would like to purchase one.  Oh and by the way they were designed by ME!!!!  

The bracelets made the local paper too!  Go here to see that article.

Last week we had our Captain's Kickoff party for the walk.  It was a make your own sundae party with plenty of topics!  I served the ice cream but don't worry I also found time to sample a little bit of EVERYTHING!!!  Ha!  This girl loves ice cream!

It was a great event and we are very excited for the upcoming walk which is Sunday, October 28th.  I'll be walking with the Hallmark Health team but all are welcome to join.  Let me know if you are interested in joining my team or starting your own team.  

MAAV is such a great organization and makes such a difference in this community and so many other local communities.  I am so proud to be on the Board of Directors of an organization that does such excellent work and is so well respected by so many!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Life Is Good Festival

Sometimes we just need a reminder that life is good.  Really good.  I was definitely reminded yesterday as I was surrounded by positivity and optimism at the Life is Good festival in Canton, MA.  I was fortunate to receive free tickets through AFC Mentoring (perk to being a mentor folks - sign up now)!  Unfortunately my mentee was unable to go but I didn't want the tickets to go to waste (and I didn't want to miss seeing Dave Matthews) so I brought Kendall along.

It is hard not to be happy while at this event as you are surrounded by fun displays with positive messages.  There are so many fun activities to participate in and a lot of food and drink (including Dave Matthews wine which we tried). 

It was a beautiful afternoon and Kendall and I enjoyed walking around and checking out the scene.  She had actually been the day before with her daughter to see the Fresh Beat Band!  Ha!

I love cows.  Cows make me happy.  So yes I had to have a pic taken (after all the little kids were done).  We also sampled some delicious Stonyfield greek yogurt which was yummy.

And then it was time for the BIG event. . . Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. . . it was awesome!  Dave sounded great and performed many of his most popular songs.  We stood as close to the stage as we could get and then after an hour of standing we went towards the back and sat down.

It was a great afternoon/evening.  If you have never read about the Life Is Good mission you really should.  They do amazing things for kids in need.  Quite impressive!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fashion Plates = The Best Fashion Show EVER!!!

 Do you love fashion? Do you love supporting a great cause?  Do you like wine?  And raffles?  Well do I have the event for you. . . FASHION PLATES a fashion show and luncheon is all of that wrapped up in a fun afternoon spent with friends.  

Who knew that getting the bad news of "You have MS" would allow me the awesome opportunity to be a model in a fashion show??? For a 2nd year in a row I am honored to be one of the models at the event and I need all of you to attend so that I'm guarantee many smiles and cheers as I walk the runway! 

Fashion Plates is such a fun and unique event.  It is hard to put to words just how special it is.  Anyone who has attended knows the feeling you get when you see women walk the runway in fabulous clothes by
Ports and Company all while hearing a little about their life with MS.

Oh and do you like country music?  Lori Grande from 102.5 is one of the emcees.  Lori is so sweet and down to earth.  I love that she donates her time to be a part of this event!

Have I convinced you yet that this event can't be missed??!!

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending brunch at Piper's house.  Piper is the head of the Fashion Plates committee and does an amazing job with this event AND she opens her home to committee members, models and staff to have a fabulous morning of food, mimosas and cathcing up!  Thanks Piper!

It is always so much fun to get together with these ladies.  We are really looking forward to the show which is only 44 days away!  

Up next is my fitting at Ports and Company which I'm really excited for.  Can't wait to see what Lisa has picked out!  I know all the clothes will be stunning!  

I was a model last year in this event and I blogged about it here so check it out if you missed it. 

I also shared some professional photos from the event here!

Fashion Plates 
Real Women, Real Stories. . . all for a good cause!  Be there!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2012 MS Challenge Walk Recap

First and foremost I want to thank all of you!  Thank you to my donors, supporters, and cheerleaders who have stuck with me throughout this journey.  What an amazing experience this was and I seriously would not have been able to do it without all of you.  Please know that my thanks to you are sincere.  I know many of you have donated to me many times and I really appreciate it.  {Thank you notes have been ordered and will be arriving in each of your mail boxes in the coming weeks!}

Recap time!  The Bean Team (me, Jenn, my mom and Julie - fellow Fashion Plates model) drove down to the Cape on Thursday (9/6) night to attend the Welcome Party in Hyannis.  We checked in and got our name tags then enjoyed some food and catching up with old friends.  Fortunately we were able to stay at my parent's place in Dennisport to make for a much shorter commute on Friday morning since Day 1 would be starting very early!

The 2012 MS Challenge Walk did not disappoint!  We arrived on the Hyannis Green bright and early for Day 1.  The Opening Ceremony was lovely and got us energized and ready for the first 20 miles.  The weather was HOT and HUMID.  Very humid.  Gross!  Jenn and I were ready to go. . . My mom and Julie went over to the Sea Camps to start their Crew duties.

Day 1 the adrenaline was flowing.  I was feeling good.  It was easy to take photos, send FB and twitter updates, respond to text messages, etc. (this was not the case on the following days)!  Jenn and I kept a pretty good pace and got very excited each time we crossed a town line b/c we knew that meant we were closer to the finish in Brewster.  Some highlights from the day for me were - those GIANT flowers (so pretty), anytime we saw the beach and/or water, the peanut butter and fluff sandwich I ate for lunch and the bomb popsicle (you wouldn't believe how good that tasted when you are sweating buckets)! 

When we finally crossed the street and were within eyesight of family and friends it felt amazing.  Knowing that we were so close to massages and wine just gave us that extra boost to finish at a steady pace!  My mom was an emotional mess and even want to hug us which was surprising since we were super sweaty and gross.  So nice to have my mom and Julie and all the other people cheering us in.  It felt so good to finish Day 1.  

{Special thanks to Sandy B. for taking the photo in the upper right corner}

Our night pretty much looked like this.  Soak feet in epsom salt.  See medical crew for blisters.  Massage.  Shower (not pictured - obviously).  Feet up and drinking wine!  That pretty much sums it up.  Plus I don't think you want details about my blisters being drained.  Gross. 

We also had dinner and attended the evening program at the Big Top Tent.  It was a short but nice program.  A musician then programed which was a nice way to end the night.  Then it was off to bed - early!

Day 2 and ready for another 20 miles!  Let me just tell you that I literally didn't think I was going to be able to walk.  Each time I woke up in the middle of the night to pee (thanks to the gallons of Gatorade I drank all day) I honestly had to hobble to the bathroom.  I was so tight and so sore.  Fortunately once I got moving in the morning (just as Jenn told me) I was feeling much better. 

Day 2 had some of the BEST rest stop themes.  Believe me when you are walking the (boring) Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) the simplest of things will excite you!  The very first rest stop was adorable - Lego people!  Some of the best costumes I've seen in a while and of course we had to stop for a photo.  The "Bee" rest stop was great too with their slogans of bee happy and be strong.  I needed those reminders at that point b/c the blisters were popping up everywhere.  Jenn and I took a quick pit stop and put band-aids all over our feet.

Oh and did I mention that the CCRT is a bit boring?  It is.  Sorry it is the truth.  Beautiful yes.  Boring YES!  For Day 2 we had to walk 10 miles out - eat lunch - and walk 10 miles back.  So you see the same things twice.  All this while dogging the millions of CRAZY bikers.  I was hearing "ON YOUR LEFT" in my nightmares.  Wow they don't know how to "share the trail" ha!

Thankfully just when I was hitting the wall mentally we came upon "Egypt."  These guys know how to do a rest stop.  They get really into it and it makes it so fun.  I was hot and tired and their smiling faces made it all not seem so bad.  Not only that but they literally grab your water bottle out of your hand to fill it for you!  All the rest stop crews are amazing and I literally looked forward to each one! 

Day 2 was tough.  REALLY tough.  From after lunch on I was pretty much a mess.  My blisters were out of control and my legs were really hurting.  I honestly would have given up (and taken a ride back) so many times if it wasn't for my sister-in-law.  She just kept walking and had tunnel visit to the finish.  I was often trailing a few steps behind her but I kept up and stuck with it thanks to her motivating me (not even sure if she knew she was doing that).  I really don't know how people walk this event alone.  I saw so many doing this and it always amazed me.  Good for them but I now know that I need at least one other person to walk with in order to be successful at this event!

Not only were Julie and my mom waiting at the finish line but my dad was there too!  We again got cheered in by all the finish line crew and it felt great to reach the finish line.

{Special thanks to Susan H. for taking the picture on the left}

Notice that are "after" picture is of us sitting.  We literally collapsed sat down as soon as we saw chairs.  The sneakers came off and the flip flops went on!  We still had to walk (what seemed like a mile) down the driveway to get to the Sea Camps!  40 miles done and very tired!

Evening of Day 2 looked similar to the day before.  We soaked our feet, saw the medical people and had massages.  Thank God for the medical people and the massage therapists.  I really really appreciate the fact that there are people who would look at my nasty feet covered in blisters and that there were people who would massage my sweaty body!  Ha!

The Saturday evening program is always the most special and this year did not disappoint.  Every year (for the 3 that I've been involved) I say to myself "this was the best one."  Then the next year it seems even better.  It is a very inspiring and emotional evening and I'm so appreciative of the people who share their stories.

There is also a very special candlelight ceremony.  Even though I know what to expect from doing it in previous years it is still a tear jerker!  It is pretty incredible to know that all the hundreds of people standing under that tent are united b/c of MS.  That is all I can really say about that b/c I'm getting tears in my eyes just thinking about it. 

Day 3 = FINAL DAY = ONLY 10 miles!!!!!!!!!!!  Who would have ever thought that 10 miles would sound easy!?  But ya know what after walking 20 two days in a row, 10 seemed like a piece of cake! 

The weather was a bit cooler but still humid on this day.  The clouds loomed overhead and fortunately it only rained a little while we were walking.  Let me tell you - we walked fast on the final day.  We weren't messing around.  No stopping at rest stops today.  We wanted to not only get done before the rain but we wanted massages and knew they would be done by 12.  That and the fact that my feet were taped up so much I couldn't feel a thing (spent almost an hour at the medical tent before heading out to walk and it was SO worth it)!

Jenn and I walked the last few miles with our friend from high school, Tommy.  He is a power walker so the other two days he would fly past us at mile 1 or 2.  Day 3 he didn't catch up until about mile 7 which made us pretty happy (never mind the fact that he probably left the start line an hour after us)!  Anyways I think he took some pity on us and slowed down his pace to finish the walk w/ us!

This is actually the "pre-finish."  We walk the 10 miles to a school in Dennis.  There we have lunch, get massages, relax a bit and get our "parade" shirts (orange for people w/ MS and blue for everyone else).  We then load yellow school buses and get a ride to Hyannis for the "real" finish parade.  Everyone - walkers, crew, volunteers, staff - all walk together to the Hyannis Green.  Family and friends can watch the parade from Main Street.  My niece thought it was pretty cool that mommy, Jodi and Grammy were in a parade!!

Peyton and Ella were very excited to see mommy!  They were also pretty excited about getting medals!  Someday these two can participate in this event!!

The rain held off again and the closing ceremonies were short and sweet.  We had some photo moments and said our goodbyes to everyone.  Some we will see often and others we won't see until next year!  Yup you read that right. . . I said next year.  I'm doing it again.  I must be crazy!  

So what are you doing September 6-8, 2013?  The Bean Team is accepting new members - walkers, crew and volunteers.  So please join us.  I want a few more people to motivate me to walk 50 miles!!!!

To sum it all up walking 50 miles in 3 days was a unique experience that I cannot compare to anything else I  have ever experienced.  Obviously since it was walking for a cause so important to me it was that much more meaningful but even so. . . WOW.  I walked 50 miles in 3 days.  Incredible.  Outstanding.  Amazing.  If you've ever wanted to be a part of something awesome I highly recommend this event.  You will be changed.  


P.S. Warning - below are pictures of my blisters and heat rash.  Do not look if you will be grossed out.  You've been warned.  But just want to keep it real here.  I did get some nasty blisters on every.single.toe and along the side of my foot.  I also got heat rash on my legs and it proceeded to get worse each day.  Not fun.  Luckily I'm healing well and the feet are almost back to normal (after losing my pinkie toenail)!  




Still interested in being a part of the 2013 MS Challenge Walk?  Email me!!!!

xoxo


P.P.S.  I didn't proof read this post b/c quite frankly I'm too lazy and it has already taken me long enough to get this recap post written.  So there ya have it.  Deal w/ the typos!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Back To School

Since I still haven't had time to organize my pictures and write a recap post of the MS Challenge Walk I'll share my nieces 1st day of school pictures instead!

Peyton started her second year of pre-school and will go three days a week.
Ella started her first year of pre-school and will go two days a week.  

Hard to believe they are both in school!

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11

I originally posted this in April after visiting the National September 11th Memorial in New York City.  I thought it was appropriate to share it again today.  Today is a day filled with many emotions.  The memorial is incredible because it gives so much hope.  Today I want to hopeful that even with all the bad that happen there is still more good to come of it.  Hope.  

Thinking of all the people who lost loved ones on this terrible day eleven years ago today.   


Last weekend I went to NYC for a weekend get together with Marisa.  You can read about all the fun we had here.  I wanted to do a separate post on visiting The National September 11th Memorial.

We started our visit at the Tribute WTC Visitor Center where we picked up our free tickets for the memorial.  The Tribute WTC Visitor Center is in a temporary location since it will be moved to the same area as the memorial once the entire project is complete.  At the Tribute WTC Visitor Center you can view pictures and mementos from 9/11.


Before entering the actual memorial you have to walk through a security area (similar to airport security) which is a stinging reminder of what led to the events of 9/11 in the first place.  Once through security you enter into a large open area that looks similar to a park surrounded by many large (under construction) buildings, beautiful landscaping and the two pools.


The North Pool and the South Pool are located in the exact spots where the North Tower and South Tower were located.  Each pool takes up an acre of space and thirty foot waterfalls, the largest in North America, cascade into the pools, each then descending into a center void. 

The names of the victims are inscribed in bronze parapets around the pools.  The nearly 3,000 names of the victims of the 9/11 and 1993 attacks are arranged based on layers of "meaningful adjacencies" that reflect where the victims were on 9/11 and the relationships they shared with others who were lost that day.  This was to honor the requests from victims' families for specific names to be next to one another.


To find a name you can visit names.911memorial.org or use an electronic directory located at the memorial.  Seeing all of the names around the waterfalls has quite an impact as it seems as if the names go on forever.  Just another reminder of just how many lives were lost on that terrible day.


While there is much sadness at the memorial there is also much hope.  As you look around and see the construction of many new buildings you can help but feel inspired by all of the energy that this area brings.  The building in this picture is 1 World Trade Center which at 1,776 feet, will be the tallest building in the United States.

The fully developed WTC will include the Memorial and Museum, commercial office space, retail and connections to public transit.  The Memorial was designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker.  The design was selected through an international competition that received 5,201 submissions from 63 countries.



Mission Statement

Remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children murdered by terrorists in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001.  

Respect this place made sacred through tragic loss.

Recognize the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their lives to save others, and the compassion of all who supported us in our darkest hours.

May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance, and intolerance. 

It is hard for me to put my thoughts and feelings into words for this blog post.  Visiting this Memorial was surreal.  Any other memorial I have had the opportunity to visit is typically from events that happen before I was even alive.  So to see this Memorial of an event that happen in my life. . . The events of September 11, 2001 have shaped our lives and impacted us in so many ways.  I really wish that this Memorial never had to be built.  I wish that 9/11 was not such a common phrase.  I wish that people would respect difference.  

I'm glad I had the opportunity to visit the Memorial and I look forward to seeing it again once it is complete.  I'm glad that the victims' families have a place to go too.  A place where they can feel close to their loved one.  A place where they can see that so many people thing of them, often.  


*Please note that some text from this blog post is copied from pamphlets received at the Tribute WTC Visitor Center.



















































Monday, September 10, 2012

50 Miles. . . I Did It!

This weekend I walked 50 miles in 3 days.  The MS Challenge Walk is complete and I have quite a few blisters as a souvenir!  What a painful amazing experience.  While I process all of my thoughts and catch up on sleep here is a sneak peak.  Full recap of the weekend to come later this week.

DAY 1 - Start in Hyannis - Finish in Brewster - 20 Miles


DAY 2 - Start in Brewster - Finish in Brewser - 20 Miles
{Unable to stand for the "after" photo}

DAY 3 - Start in Brewster - Pre-finish in Dennis - 10 Miles

I can't wait to share all the details with you about my switch from Crew Member to Walker! 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Brandy's Guest Post - Pumpkin Dip!


Today I'm taking a day off from blogging b/c I'm currently in the process of walking 20 miles for MS!  Woo!  While I'm at the MS Challenge Walk you can enjoy a guest post from my friend Brandy.  She blogs over at  A Little Bit of Brandy so go show her some love!  For all you pumpkin lovers out there does Brandy have a treat for you today.  Enjoy!!
 -  Jodi xoxo
 
I am super excited to be guest posting today! Many thanks to Jodi for having me!

Let me just tell you that I’ve had parties on my brain lately. My little guy turned one on August 28th and I was knee-deep in pirate stuff for his birthday party. I don’t know what it’s like for you, but as much as I love hosting parties at my house, my stress level tends to sky-rocket during those times. I need all the help I can get. (Thank goodness for Pinterest!)


As we move into fall, get-togethers with friends are something I really look forward to. And while I’m not exactly a sports fanatic, I’m married to one, so football is definitely going to be on our TV. That’s fine by me. Jeff will invite his friends over and there will be a bunch of guys in my living room, dying for snacks. One of my favorite things to serve during the fall months is pumpkin dip with ginger cookies. If you’ve never tried it, this needs to be the year you do! Whether you’re hosting a football party or a girls’ night, or you just need something to take to someone else’s party, this is a super easy, delicious appetizer to serve. Pumpkin dip has become something of a tradition at our house on Halloween. It’s also a great appetizer for events like Thanksgiving. So I want to share the recipe with you!


Here’s what you need:

1 8 oz cream cheese

1 large can of pumpkin pie mix (not canned pumpkin)

2 cups of powdered sugar

cinnamon to taste

1/2 tsp ginger

Mix the cream cheese and spices together first, then add in pumpkin pie mix, then sugar. Serve with ginger cookies, sugar cookies, or fruit, and enjoy! During the fall, our grocery store sells some soft cinnamon cookies that go great with the dip too. If you want to get really creative, you can use a real pumpkin (scoop out the insides!) for the bowl for your dip.

One of my favorite aspects about fall is the delicious foods everyone makes. There’s just something warm and comforting about fall and winter foods. Chili, beef stew, chicken and dumplings, homemade chicken soup, pot roast, turkey and stuffing—what fall foods do you like best? Is there a dish or dessert that you bring out especially around fall or winter? I’m always looking for new recipes to try during this time of year. Don’t you just love how good food brings people together?



Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ready Or Not

The MS Challenge Walk is one day away.  ONE DAY!  This evening I will be driving to the Cape for the opening event.  Tomorrow I will be walking 20 miles.  Then another 20 on Saturday.  Then 10 more on Sunday.  Then Monday I will stay in bed all day long (or maybe get up for a massage).

To say I am scared is putting it lightly.  I'm nervous.  I'm excited.  What if I can't do it?  What if I have a MS flare? What if, what if, what if?

Sometimes I just have to make my brain stop.  Stop thinking.  So what if I can't do it - all.  Nobody said I'm REQUIRED to walk ALL 50 miles.  So I've accepted the fact that I may not be able to do it all.  And that is OK!  I will certainly try to do all 50 but I will not put my health at risk just to say I did it all.  I will do what my body allows me to do.

So to distract myself from the upcoming event I've been shopping.  I love shopping.  It is a great way to procrastinate from what I really need to be doing - like training.  At least I'm walking in the malls.  Ha!

Everyone needs lululemon padded socks at 14 bucks a pair right!?  Seriously someone please tell me these socks will change my life (aka prevent blisters) so I will feel ok about spending so much money on them.  Well actually I had a gift card so I didn't pay for them.  But you know what I mean.  It is a lot of money for socks.  I hope the extra padding gives me a spring in my step (or steps)!

Since I still have money left on my gift card after the socks purchase I had to have a lululemon headband.  I hear these are the best.  I hope it works to keep all those little stray hairs out of my face.  At 12 bucks I didn't think this was too bad of a deal.  Anyone have one?

I borrowed this "fanny pack" from my cousin Meghan and I'm glad I'll have it.  Not only does it hold 2 water bottles but it has that pouch in the middle for other stuff - i.e. chap stick, camera, iPhone, band-aids, etc.  I wore it on my last walk and it wasn't too heavy so I think this will be a great addition.  {And I'll be using my iPhone to send out updates on FB and Twitter!}

These are my 2 favorite water bottles that I will be using.  The camelbak is awesome and I love it.  The other is from The Ride.  I got it when I saw the movie/met Phil Keoghan (host on Amazing Race).  I figured if he can ride his bike cross country I can walk 50 miles.  This water bottle will be just one source of inspiration!

I saved the best for last!  The Bean Team will be wearing hot pink and looking good!  We had these shirts made and they came out really cute.  I took advantage of our team being only girls and went for pink!  I don't think my Boston Walk male team members would ever go for it so this was my chance!

I also bought some new shorts and capri pants b/c depending on the weather I will have options!  I'm sure I will way overpack as I always do!  Keeping my fingers crossed for great weather and NO RAIN!

Please, please, please keep Jenn and I in your thoughts and prayers this weekend.  We would love to hear from you so feel free to send me texts, tweets, FB messages and emails.

For anyone that would still like to donate you can do so here.

Thanks again to all of my donors.  I wouldn't have been able to participate without each of you!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

WILW

I'm Loving. . .

that today is my dad's birthday.  Happy Birthday Dad!  I'm looking forward to celebrating at dinner next week!

that today is my last day of work until next Tuesday!



that the MS Challenge Walk is in 2 days!!!

I'm really loving all of my amazing friends and family members who have donated to my fundraising efforts.  It is required that we each raise at least $1,500 to participate in this event and I'm proud to say that I've raised $2,000 thanks to all of you.  I know many of you have donated to me several times over the years and I just want you to know how much I appreciate you sharing your hard earned money with me!  I'll be thinking of all of you, my donors, as I walk 50 miles this weekend.
xoxo

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Labor Day Weekend - Part 2

If you missed Part 1 of my Labor Day Weekend you can go here and read it first.  Warning: numerous pictures of my adorable niece Peyton!

Sunday morning started out with an early wake up call since I had to work one of my private practice cases for a few hours.  After that it was a quick trip to the mall to get the last of the essentials for the MS Challenge Walk and then off to party!

Owen turned 1 on Sunday and his party was adorable!  Oh and the cupcakes were delicious!

Such a handsome boy!  He looks so big and grown up in these pictures!  Hard to believe he is already 1.

Of course he has a smash cake!  It took hit a few minutes to really dive in and not sure if he really liked the taste or not (but I'm sure if he didn't at first he will develop a liking for all things sweet - how can he not!?)

Pictures of me with the birthday boy and the proud mama!  It was a fun afternoon and glad I was able to go (since I thought I was going to miss it due to my canceled vacation).  Looking forward to celebrating many more special occasions with this little guy!

After Owen's birthday party I took a ride down the street to Carter's new house!  Yup that is right - Joana and her family moved to the same town that Kendall lives in.  So now I have 2 of my closest friends living within 5 minutes of each other.  Joana's new house is great and check out that back yard - beautiful!

By the time I got home on Sunday night I was ready to collapse!  Busy day meant early bed time.

Monday ended up being a quiet day at home (thankfully) after the plans I had got canceled.  It actually ended up being really good b/c I was so tired from my busy weekend and really needed to rest up in preparation for the big 50 mile walk coming up. . . in oh 3 days!  Gasp!

I did watch the movie Bachelorette on demand (before you can see it in theatres).  To be honest it is a train wreck and I'll be shocked if it even makes it to the theatre.  I think they were trying to be like Bridesmaids but not even close. . . nice try.  Save yourself the money and skip this one.

Hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend.  I may be in denial that summer is over.  This is a 2 day work week for me.  Thursday I will head to the Cape for the MS Challenge Walk.  I think I can manage to get through work for the next 2 days!