I have become a swimmer

But there is something you should know.  I hate to work out and I hate to sweat.  I have a hip issue… a shoulder issue… a back issue… and a lung issue (as in “heaven help me I cannot breathe and I’m going to die”). So because of my issues, I don’t like to work out. I’m averse to pain that way. On the flip side of things, I have a back fat issue, my thighs touch issue, a belly issue, and an emerging double chin issue. Something had to be done.

I realize I still have alot to learn, but here are some things that have worked for me as I’ve started this journey.

#1 Just get in the water. People of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels swim laps. It’s for everyone. People aren’t there because they are in shape (well, some are). They are there to get in shape or maintain their fitness, so “Go you!”

#2 A good pair of goggles, ear plugs and a swim cap are great to have. Goggles are a must. Ear plugs help keep the water out of your ear (which I was having a big problem with), and a swim cap keeps my hair out of my face (even though I feel and look like a dork).

#3 Use swim props. A kick board is great and I bought my own pull buoy to get a burning arm workout. I actually love my pull buoy and usually start my laps by using this.

#4 Sit in the hot tub for a few minutes after your swim. Soothe your muscles, relax and give yourself a pat on the back! Yay you!

#5 Get one of those hang up bags for your toiletries. A well spent $10 at Walmart. It’s so easy to grab a shower after your swim and to have all your stuff in a hang up bag on your shower door is so quick and convenient.

#6 Don’t forget your underwear! Not that this has happened to me (cough, cough). Who wants to leave the gym commando style? Wouldn’t THAT be embarrassing! (Ahem)

#7 Keep some sort of protein bar and water bottle in your bag. After I swim, I am famished.  Nibbling on a Clif bar helps bring back some energy and not feel wiped out.

At my pool, 36 laps is a mile. That has been my goal 3-4 times a week for over a month now. It used to take me alittle over an hour. 5 weeks later I’ve cut it down to 45 minutes and every day I try to beat my time just alittle more. For me, small goals are best. I’m only in competition with myself.

My punks have been beside me the whole way. Two weeks ago, Ol’ Blue Eyes decided to join us. They are my biggest encouragers and push me beyond what I think I can do… and I end up doing it because they believe in me. Isn’t it amazing what we can do when the ones we love most believe we can?


Prom 2012

Saturday night I had the most fun at a Prom photo shoot with my oldest punk and his incredible friends. These kids are just too much fun, and that made for an awesome time, awesome pictures and awesome memories.


This is my oldest punk…


and these are his fun friends.


Saturday morning I woke up knowing I wanted to make this fun so I downloaded a few photo booth props from Oh Happy Day and Accent the Party.IMG_3684


But it wasn’t until I walked into my oldest bedroom and saw his Iron Man t-shirt sitting on his bed that the very best idea hit me right between the eyes.


I’ve seen pictures of groomsmen doing this before and it all flashed through my head in an instant. I bounced the idea off my punk, he called his friends and we all couldn’t wait. Who wouldn’t want to be having this kind of fun? Seriously?


But, what fun would a photo shoot be without a little brother photo bomber? (Say hello to my youngest punk.)





As a final photo, I had to capture them in the elevator headed up to the Amarillo Club. Let the fun begin!!!


Outdoor Shower


My youngest punk recently installed an outdoor shower so that he could shower outside when he gets hot. Yes our neighbors can see over the fence, why do you ask?

All you need is a hose, watering can and a ladder and you can have YOUR very own outdoor shower as well. The water is brisk and helps with circulation which we all know is good for your health.


I’m going to have to talk to Ol’ Blue Eyes about getting a patent on this idea…

Time for tennis


My youngest punk played in his first tennis tournament Saturday.


It was a nail biting time.


Just kidding.


Seriously though, this was my first tennis tournament to go to and I loved getting to see my little man in action.


He’s been a dedicated tennis player less than a year now.


And his serve has come a very long way.


He played boys doubles.


He and his doubles partner won 3rd place.


Which I thought was pretty good considering this was his first tournament.


He had a really good time.


I loved watching his confidence grow.


As a parent, it’s a huge blessing to see your kids find a niche and succeed at it, especially if they love it.


And for that I’m so thankful.


For those of you who…


Miss their own choir days…
Wish they could still be a part of a choir…
Love music…
Love to listen to something beautiful…
Are a Nana who was sick and missed the performance…
Are one of our relatives in Ohio who never gets to come to these things…

This is just for you.
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