Monday, July 28, 2008

Starting Out On The Hike

Monkey SEE, Monkey DO!
We hiked one of the many trails outside of Oak Creek Canyon. It was a great hike for the family and Amanda's friend Roan.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Now That I Am 40

I blew it today and let the cat out of the bag that I turned 40 this year. The age is actually no problem. At this point in life, I am getting real sleep, no diapers, no bottles, and our house is on a new chapter. Because of that timing and the events of my life, I have been able to find myself this past year. What a tremendous change that has made in me spiritually. In fact, our lesson today was on evaluating ourselves and where we are on a daily basis with our spiritual tasks vs household chores. This is something we all torment ourselves with and never seem to be quite perfect. Relax and remember that the sacrifices you are making to love yourself and Christ at the same time is all He asks us in the long run.

Today is my 4 year Anniversary

When you look back at the amazing transformation, it is kind of hard to believe what my body has been through. After getting off 140 lbs and seeing what a difference this change has made in our lives, I would do it all over again. I am so thankful for the love and support of my sweet husband. No one could have prepared us for the emotional ups and downs of this process. We continue to take each day, one prayer at a time!

Life Before Gastric Bypass Surgery

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Minnesota Zoo Trip

In late June, we took a long awaited trip back to Minnesota to see some good friends and their families. Our children had a good time getting to know each other again. It was absolutely beautiful!

Mall Of America- Minnesota

In the same trip we spent time at the Mall of America with the Nagle family. In fact, we spent over 6 hours at the Nickolodeon Adventure Park (inside the mall) and never even shopped. My husband doesn't think that is a problem but Amanda and I might have to go back for little shopping.

The Picture of Innocence

Aaaah summer vacation!! Only a few weeks left and the little ones trickle off to school again. Our home will slowly recover from the wild ride and begin a whole new version of wild. Now we will have two middle schoolers!