Saturday, July 16, 2011


That is short for My Fitness Pal Non-Scale Victory. I try to keep my family blog and fitness goals separate ( until I post a final blog with end results). But I was so happy with a Non-Scale Victory that I wanted to post it. I see my OB/GYN every September. In 2010 when I went; my BP was borderline Prehypertension at 138/??. Can't remember what the bottom number was. Since starting my fitness goals 18 weeks ago I was curious to know what it is now at my current weight. We have a personal BP cuff at home so I had hubby take my BP. Totally excited. 122/77! If you weren't aware; anything less than 120/80 is normal. SO happy. Can't wait to do it again in another 18 weeks.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Art of the Brick

Saw this great exhibit today at Washburn University Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka. Nathan Sawaya out of NYC makes sculptures completely out of LEGOS. This was only a small sampling of his work, but I'm glad we took the girls out there to see it. I'm sure it doesn't compare to LEGOLand but this was pretty awesome.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 4, 2011

Made it to the Corporate Woods Star Spangled Specatacular. They always put on an awesome show. Bob & Janet's family met us there too. Lots of people to watch, the weather was just perfect, and the show was good. For some reason though it wasn't choreographed to music this year like is has been for the last 7 years. That was kind of disappointing and it took us a lot longer to get out of the parking lot than before. Good thing Mike was called off of work though so we didn't have to feel in a rush to get home.

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Colorado Trip

One of our vacations this year we decided to do a road trip to Colorado. This was literally less than 24 hours after we had arrived home from camping at Bennett Springs. I had just enough time to get all the laundry done and repacked Sunday afternoon before we left for CO on Monday morning. We drove straight through (which only took us 8 hours) and stayed at this quaint little place called The Rainbow Lodge and Inn in Manitou Springs. We had stayed there before and really liked it. Its not the Marriott or DoubleTree by any means; but a fun little touristy inn to stay at. Girls went swimming in the pool and we had a yummy dinner at The Mason Jar. Tuesday we drove 2 hours through the mountains to Mt Princeton Hot Springs Resort. We did horseback riding, swam in their pools (one was 105* - absolutely divine) and ate at the lodge. Our room was one of the poolside rooms which overlooked the Upper Pool which had a 300 ft slide. The girls totally dug that. Next day was the main reason we went. Whitewater rafting! We chose River Runners as our guides. The water was freezing cold as it was still spring runoff. We suited up in wet suits, booties, jackets, and helmets. Mike and I have done river rafting out of Jackson Hole WY before, but this was Savannah and Haylie's first time. Other than being a little cold I think they liked it. At least we have the pictures to prove they have smiles on their faces! It was a 9 mile trip down the Arkansas River. We had so much fun we may come back in the winter and take them snowmobiling! After two days at the resort we drove back to Manitou Springs and did the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. We could have just driven on the road to the top ourselves but this was a lot more fun. We grabbed lunch at the cafe to take on the train to eat on the way up. Pikes Peak is 14,110 feet high. And after being acclimated to an elevation of only 1019 feet for the last 8 years; my legs were a tad wobbly. Drove through Garden of the Gods which looks A LOT like St George UT. Mike went back the next morning to run through it. Our final day in CO we spent the day/night in Denver. Went to the Heritage Square Family Entertainment Village. I couldn't tell if they were in the process of expanding or if it had been around for a long time and they were refurbishing. There were maybe only 5 shops that were up and running, one place to eat, a little amusement park most likely geared for kids under 7 and then their Alpine Slide. THAT was awesome! We each got three rides down and was the highlight of Denver. Lunch was at a little place called Casa Bonita. It was a fun place. My lunch was fine (I had heard the food wasn't something to write home about). The cliff divers were pretty cool and the girls liked watching the entertainment. Our final meal however was at good ol' The Old Spaghetti Factory. This was a staple when we were living in UT but the closest one now is in St Louis. There used to be one in downtown KC but they closed up shop in 1998. We email them on a regular basis to come back. June was so busy with drill team camp, church girls camp, camping, and Colorado trip that it is SO nice to be home and relax for awhile. We've got grandparents coming out for a visit and Haylie's swimming lessons but that is it. Time to catch our breath.


I think its been a couple of years since we've gone camping. This time we went with Bob & Janet Whitmore and their two kids to Bennett Springs State Park. It was about a 3 hour drive from home to central MO. Passed through funny little town called Tightwad. Do you think they lock their doors? We took Lacie with us but I don't think she likes camping. Mike took the girls trout fishing and Savannah caught two! It isn't a place if you want to get real rustic. We went swimming in the pool, ate at the restaurant a couple of times and took advantage of the showers. It was a lot of fun. Bob & Janet are going again in September and we may go with!

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