Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Horseback Riding

Wow! I haven't been horseback riding since I was ... young... like 13 years old. My friend, Sheryl, and her daughter, Erin, invited me to go to Cave Creek and go horseback riding. Erin had her own horse out there at her boss' place and that is where we rode horses. Wow! What an experience! It was a lot of fun and a little scary too. I didn't remember so much of how to ride a horse and they taught me a lot of things too.

Pulling on boots (tongue action helps). My horse's name was "Chancey". I would say it was taking a chance on me!

They taught me to wash the horse and give it a drink (notice the help I give it with my tongue?).

Squeegee the excess water off.

Carry my saddle out and heft it on the horse.

Then... we RIDE! This is me and my friend, Sheryl.
Whew! We had Fun!!

Christmas 2008

Our Christmas 2008! This was the first Christmas in 3 years that we have had the whole family together. With Zach on his mission, then Jadon, we now have the whole family together and we had a blast!
This was our Christmas tree that Santa stocked with the stockings laid out where everyone sits.

Before Santa came, the family played a game "The Office" trivia game. Then we do our white elephant gift exchange and the siblings gift exchange. We started off the evening with two new traditions: a taco dinner with homemade salsa, and a "shaker" gift where you shake the gift and try to figure out what is in it and if you get the most right, you get the gift! These were traditions that I copied from some of the ladies I visit teach. Christmas eve is not Christmas if you don't watch "It's a Wonderful Life" (another tradition).

We have our "traditional" brunch that the kids look forward to which is hard boiled eggs, ham, pickles, cheese and ritz crackers.

Callie got a yoga DVD and mat, so I brought mine out and we had a fun time straining our bodies to follow the instructors. Wow, we sure hurt in places the next day.

Last but not least, is me and my honey (Santa). He is a good man and spoils me terribly!
Hope all of your Christmas' were wonderful.

Tylon's an Eagle Scout

My Eagle Scout. I am very proud of Tylon and all his hardwork in accomplishing the requirements to be an Eagle Scout. He finished his Eagle project last year and it has just taken us some time to find a date to do his court of honor. For those of you who would like to attend it is Sunday, January 4th at 7pm at the Crismon Building. We would love for you to come and share in our celebration of his accomplishments! I Love you, Tylon!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

ONE year Surgiversary!!!

December 7th, 2007 I had the RNY (Gastric Bypass) surgery. It has been quite a year, full of quite a few adventures. First off, I am very, very glad that I had the surgery done. It has changed my life in many ways. Second... I feel very vulnerable in showing my before and after pictures as I feel I am the same person (just a little different on the outside) if you know what I mean. But, here it goes. They say to wear an outift that will show the "weight" no matter how bad it looks... and it is not a pleasant sight. I put the outfit on at one year and was really amazed at how big they were and not even able to stay on my body. So, after one year... a loss of 140 pounds and down to a size 14-16.