June 18, 2010
Ellie, Alex and I were sitting at breakfast Monday when the phone rang. It was a sunny summer morning. The doors and windows were open and the air was fresh and cool. It was the kind of morning that makes you happy just because everything seems too perfect. Now you all know Ellie of course, but you may not all know Alex.
Alex is my first born. He is just short of six feet tall, good looking and intelligent. He has an easy going demeanor until you get to know him better and beneath that exterior is a pretty hot temper. He doesn’t get angry fast, but when he gets angry, you don’t want to be on the receiving end. There is lots more to Alex, too, and for the past six months we have been discovering what else sits below the surface.
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June 14, 2010
So school is finally out! (ok, ok yeah I still have my finals this week) But most of the important stuff has already happened for the end of my school year (ex. Prom, Birthday,etc. lol) In all seriousness though the start of summer means more time for walking and training, my mom has already promised to wake me up @ 5 am every morning for a nice 6 mile walk (for the record I suggested 9 or 10 am…) I’m also planning on participating in a 3 week rock climbing trip through the Rocky Mountains which includes walking 14 miles a day with 60 pounds on my back, hmmm mom’s little 5 am workout sounds much nicer now… Anyway this summer I hope to keep in shape and keep preparing for our walk which seems to be getting a LOT closer than I thought it would, eekk only October!
p.s. I’ll let everyone have an update on our first early morning walk, I have the feeling it includes a VERY large cup of coffee.
p.s.s. Not sure if you’re interested in this, (kinda random) but here’s a pic of my boyfriend and me at prom
June 8, 2010
Sometimes it is good to take a moment and remember what the walking is all about. On a beautiful spring day it is easy to get out and walk and enjoy the sun, the fresh breeze and whiffs of roses and pink-blooming peonies. It is easy to feel strong and alive and stride along letting the miles roll by just enjoying life. But it is important to stop and remember that there are so many people who can’t do that anymore. So many women, and men, who lost their fight against breast cancer and they are no longer walking in the warm sun.
So, today, I want to stop and take a moment with you to remember. I know most everyone has someone they miss, they mourn. And so many of us know many people who have fought breast cancer and won as well. Ellie and I are walking for all of these people and we are walking so many more in the future will never have to know the fear, the pain and the loss. Please watch this video and join us as we remember…
June 4, 2010
As my mom posted I had my 17th birthday on wednesday, so I have officially experienced a full day of my new #. Not much changed in way of celebration since last year, I still had had school (unfortunately) and congrats from my friends. I’m even having my annual pool party @ my house, which I’ve had since maybe kindergarten. But to help with my walk fundraising and to break my normal birthday celebrations this year I’m asking my birthday present from friends and family to simply be a donation to my walk. Hopefully this will help with the whole older AND wiser part of a birthday.
June 2, 2010
Today is June 2nd. Today is Ellie’s 17th birthday. Today is the day every year I celebrate my daughter’s life and think back on the joy and love and friendship she has given me. It is hard to believe that 17 years ago I first laid eyes on that little girl. She has been a truly special person from the moment she was born. And I am lucky that even as she turns 17, she still counts me as both a mother and a friend. I don’t think that many moms are granted that degree of access at such a difficult time of life. (Although when she sees this post, things may change…)
For her birthday this year, Ellie wants to maintain some traditions and make at least one new one. Every year Ellie has a pool party. If you are born in June and have a pool in the backyard, this seems a logical choice. Jim and I live in terror of the evening each year. Hordes of rambunctious teens descend upon us and in turns plunge into the pool screaming with laughter and splashing like small whales, then they head to the pizza table demolishing unreal quanitities of food and soda, they crank up the music and head back to the pool for more bedlam. This goes on until way after dark. Amazingly (fingers crossed), we have had no drownings or injuries and just lots of great fun.
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