Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
It's hard to update when I have nothing to talk about! ;) I've not done anything scrappy for over a week now, so no new pics to post. We've not done much of anything lately, so no new pics of anything else to post either.
I have been excercising lately.....alot! Me, Steve, Hillory, Jeremy, and Alex have been hittin' it pretty hard. During the week (about 3 days a week) we run for about 30-40 min and then swim for about 45 min right after. On the weekends we usually do a long bike ride or a shorter bike ride followed by a run. We are doing our first sprint triathlon in April up in Carmel, IN. I'm kinda nervous! My goal is to just finish and not make an ass out of myself! LOL!
I think we're going to change Toby's name to Toby No! That seems to be what we call him almost constantly! He's taking a liking to getting into the trash. He likes to get out all of his toys and have them all over the house. He bites the crap out of the girls' feet and pants. He seems especially to like bugging the crap out of McKenna all the time for some reason. He and Fartsy have a nightly ritual of chasing each other all over the flippin' house...Toby's playing, Fartsy, not so much. Fartsy gets downright vicious! It's actually kinda funny. Toby has also learned to ring the bells hanging from the doorknob when he needs to go out and potty! But, he has also learned that he can ring those bells and go outside and play whenever he wants, too. For a little 6lb dog, he has sooooo much energy. He just runs and runs around the outside of the house. He's crazy. We've also let him sleep in bed with us every once in a while. He's just so darn cute! It breaks my heart to put him up in his kennel at night. He also got groomed for the first time a couple weeks ago. He looks so stinkin' cute!
I was getting such a kick out of watching Mara play We Cheer on the Wii the other night! So much so, I kicked her off and played! It was fun! And, I freaking rocked it. I was winning new uniforms left and right! And, my arms hurt the next day! LOL!! Yeah, I think I made Mara a little bit nervous!! ;)
We got McKenna tested at Sylvan Learning Center on Wednesday. Seems she did really well. Like, really really well. The center manager was severly impressed. That's all great, but it just puts us in more of a quandry as to what to do with her. Her school doesn't have any type of accelerated classes. McKenna can't possibly be the only smart kid in this school district, so what do these smart kids have to make them use their full potential?! I just have so many questions. I don't know where to start or who to talk to. I'm going to have to start with her teacher and maybe the principal, as well. McKenna informed me yesterday that the only thing she likes about school is lunch, recess, and her friends! LOL!! Oh, and when I talked to her about being disorganized and things she can do to keep organized, she sighed and said "Organization just isn't my thing, Momma." She's such a nut.
Ok, peeps, there's your update! Not much to talk about, really. I would tell the story of how Steve was on the phone with 9-1-1 a couple of weeks ago to almost report 3 missing girls, but my Mom reads my blog and I don't want her to stroke out. Which, by this point, she probably already has! But, all is well in the Birrell household. All 3 girls alive, well, and accounted for!!
Good night and peace out....
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
...has officially started! I can now say this without laughing as much as I used to a couple months ago! I'm committed, evenl though Hillory says we need to actually sign up for one to be 100% committed. We have two in mind...one in June in Illinois and one in September in Indy.
Steve and I started our running training last night. We ran/walked for 1.5 miles and rode our bike 1.75. On Sunday me, Steve, Alex, Jeremy and Hillory rode our bikes (yes, in 32 degree weather!). Hillory and I got about 15 miles in whereas the boys got a couple more miles in. But, there were some major killer hills!! My thighs are still feeling it today. Tomorrow, Steve and I are going to run at the high school track and then head on into the high school for open swim for some laps. The only thing I'm worried about is that it's supposed to get downright FRIGID this week! There's always my treadmill, I guess....
My friend, Myra, said she'd be ready for some 5K's starting in like May. Depending on how my running is going by then, I told her I'd run some with her. Thank goodness for my friend, Darla, too! She's my long distance motivator over in Illinois!
All I can say is....if I'm excercising this much, I better lose a little weight somewhere along the line!!!!
The photos are of Steve, the girls, and Jacob in the parking lot at the Science Museum in St. Louis when we visited back in October.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
I used the stamp set and pattern paper from the Love You Much bundle, Candy Lane. I used the Big Scallop Circle die, cut in half and those cute little birds from Birds and Blooms. These pics don't even do it justice, it's so much cuter IRL! TFL!
Oh, and Tiffany ended up with the gift! LOL!!
Monday, January 05, 2009
Stop by tomorrow...I'm going to have pics of the gift exchange gift I made posted! You'll never believe who ended up with my gift, either! ;)
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Are you getting tired of seeing BYOM January kit goodies, yet?! Too bad! ;) This is the last of it, anyway. Needless to say, I have nothing left of this kit! Everything on these layouts are are from the kit + extras from shopping.....except the naked chipboard circle on the second layout. It's a Technique Tuesday chipboard and it was in the shopping area for a prev kit several months ago.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Friday, January 02, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a great time doing what you loved. The Birrell clan all went over to Alex and Tracy's and Hillory and Jeremy and their family came over, too. All 8 of the kids played downstairs in the basement and they all played so well together, it was kinda scary! Alex and Tracy taught us all how to play a card game called NERTS (think Solitaire x 3 all going on at the same time everyone playing off everyone else's cards) and it was so fun! We played that most of the time. We also played Trivial Pursuit 80's Edition and CatchPhrase. We watched the ball drop and then pretty much packed up and headed home. We got home around 1:30 and then we stayed up until about 3am playing on the DS's!
Today we got up, played around on the Wii and then me and Steve, Alex, Hillory and Jeremy went for an 11 mile bike ride this afternoon. I haven't ridden that much for quite a while, so boy am I feelin' it this evening!
Well, it's back to work tomorrow....blech. Tiffany and I are going to our up-up-up-upline's house in Illinois for a post-Christmas Christmas Party! We have to make a handmade gift out of Stampin' Up product for a gift exchange and come up with a card or paper project for everyone there to make themselves to take home. I love what I made for the gift exchange!!! I'll be sure and take a picture of it before I give it away. And, I love the card I made, too! I'll take a pic of that, too, of course.