Sunday, May 31, 2009

Back on the "I want to move" train

I want to move! Although I think Michigan is pretty, it is not where I want to live. I think the winters are WAY too hard for Lil Princess. She can't walk on the snowy, frozen ground's hard enough for her to walk on dry, level ground!!! I don't like to be cold. I don't mind snow, but unfortunately, cold seems to be partnered with snow, so whatcha gonna do? I don't like how gloomy it is here. Denver averages over 300 days of sunshine annually. I got use to that very quickly! I don't know the number of days of sunshine Michigan averages, but I'm thinking if I did know, it would be depressing.

The only positive about living here is that we live near the girls' extended family. I don't mean to minimize that, because that is important. So important, in fact, that we moved back here from Colorado for that very reason. But, as the girls get older and don't need to spend so much time with their extended family members, I would love to move them south...I'm not particularly picky, but since my BFF lives in TN, that would work nicely! :)

Busy, busy, busy and a dress that doesn't fit well

I have so much going on right now that my head is spinning. Fortunately I'm not stressed about it, but I do wish I could get my thoughts straight and start making some headway!

On a completely different note, I have been 'inspired' to lose some weight. The weird part of that is that I am on the low end of "normal" yet it sure doesn't feel that way. I am not one to care much about the number on the scale and more concerned with how my clothes fit. I hate to shop as it is, so to have to buy more clothes because I've gained weight is out of the picture!

About a month ago (maybe it was longer than that?!?!) I got fitted for my dress for my sisters wedding. The 'professional' told me that I "easily" fit into the smaller dress...I begged to differ. She assured me that I would be fine. I have NOT gained weight in a month, but I promise you this...that dress DOES. NOT. FIT. GOOD. It is very pretty, but very tight. So, I've decided that rather than drop another $180 on another dress, I will drop 10 lbs instead. I know I can I just don't want to. I like eating junk food too much to give it up. But, alas, I do not have a choice until Sept. which time I will pick up where I left off in the junk food eating area! :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Potty Training

This post is not exactly for the 2 people that are still reading this blog but for my own documentation.

Miya is officially potty training. She started about a week ago. She is successful 99.9% of the time, but only if she is naked. Today we went to the store and picked out special underpants, but she refusees to wear them. She picked out Minnie Mouse underpants. She was excited in the store, but now that we are home, NOT. SO. MUCH.

I plan to extinguish the use of diapers from morning til night starting the beginning of next week. The only time she will have a diaper on is during the night. Is my plan too lofty? Time will tell!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Fundraising for National Kidney Foundation Walk-a-Thon

Dear Friends:

I ask for a few moments of your time to read this note depicting how organ donation has personally affected me and my family.

My mom is from a large family. She is one of ten children. One of her younger brothers, my Uncle Tom, was diagnosed with Kidney Disease when he was very young. He began dialysis when he was a teen. By Gods grace he was a candidate for a kidney transplant. Sadly as one family suffered the loss of a loved one, my uncle had the chance at life again. He received his first transplant but it was without success. His body rejected it. Again, by Gods grace, he was able to receive a second transplant, but much to the eveyone's dismay, his body again rejected the kidney. Finally, after years passed he was ready to try a third time for a transplant. This time was different.

With changes in medicine came the news that my mom would be able to donate her kidney to her brother. After testing to verify she was a match they went ahead and did the transplant. For the first time in many, many, many years my Uncle Tom was able to walk out of the hospital with a working kidney and without the need for dialysis. That transplant took place in May of 1991. As is all too common for people who need dialysis, Toms heart had worked too hard for too long and just under 3 years after the successful transplant a heart attack took his life. If you ask my mom today if she would have done anything different knowing the outcome she would smile and say, "no way!" Those 3 years were the best 3 years of Tom's life since becoming ill and she would never take that back for even a moment.

So, why am I telling you all of this? Last year my mom started Team Thomas. A team established to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation. We had a good turnout for the walk and raised a good amount of money. Amazingly it is that time of year again. On May 17th I will be walking as a part of Team Thomas. I am asking for your support.

There are three ways you can help:
1) If you haven't already done so, please consider becoming an organ donor. If you do choose to donate your organs, please share that information with your loved ones and also register with your state (if it is required).
2) If you live in or around the Muskegon area and would like to join Team Thomas for a lovely walk around Pere Marquette, let me know! I can get you a form and you can start raising funds too. I would love to have you there.
3) If you are able to do so, please consider financially supporting me. Every $1 counts. If every person who reads this donated even just $5, I would easily meet my goal of $500. You can donate directly on the National Kidney Foundation website. If you would prefer to send me a check, let me know and I will provide you with my address.

Here are the steps to do so:
3) Search by my first and last name in Michigan (email me or leave a comment if you have problems)
the rest should be self explanatory.

Thank you so much for taking time to read this and for your consideration in joining the team or sponsoring me on my walk.