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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Back to school

The kids are in bed trying to fall asleep for the first day of school tomorrow. It will be a bittersweet day for me. My son has moved to Salt Lake to be with his dad through high school. I have never missed his first day of school until now. But I have to reflect on the fact that I am still here to talk to him at the end of the day.

Dakota will be starting high school and driver's education (watch out!). I have been part of his life since he was 18 months old and now he can start driving, working toward graduating, working and even dating! It has gone by so fast but I am so thankful to be part of it.

Lastly but most certainly not least is our "baby girl". She will be starting in the gifted and talent second grade. We are so proud of our smart cookie - actually all of the kids are very smart. I think of how there was a time almost three years ago that I didn't know if I would here to send her off to kindergarten. I have been blessed to be able to take her to her classroom on the first day of school. It is always difficult to send them off but I will do whatever it takes to make sure I am there every first day of school and on graduation day. Cancer will not take that from me!!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Artful bra project

Boise is holding its first Artful Bra Project to raise money for Komen of Boise. I have volunteered to be one of the artists and I think I have some exciting ideas. My creation will be hanging in the window of See Jane Run starting on First Thursday, October 1st. They will later auction all the bras off to raise money. These aren't ones you can wear but they are fun for sure!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Some people can't seem to handle it.

With the invention of Facebook etc I have managed to find many old friends. I always start out the chat with things about marriage, kids, work etc. Eventually I will tell them about my cancer. It isn't something I think I should keep under wraps - it is a big part of who I am now. Lately there have been at least two old friends that haven't responded back after I told them I had been sick. I don't know if it freaks them out or if they just don't know how to respond or what. It isn't like I am looking for sympathy but I tell them about it as part of my work at the YMCA and things like that. Then suddenly the emails stop. It is frustrating. Maybe they aren't the friends they used to be or maybe it is a harsh reality for them that they don't want to face. Either way it isn't fair to me!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Rained out

Well my first boot camp got rained out. What a bummer. At least it gives me another week to get more ladies there. Several people were out of town today so hopefully they will come next weekend. I am excited about this new adventure. I have come up with a business name and have to get it registered this next week and start setting up all the official business stuff.

I am also finally to a point where I should have time to work on more t-shirts. I have several new ideas in the works but haven't had the time to develop them yet. I have been working sub shifts at the YMCA and just finished up a round of LiveSTRONG. I haven't even had a lot of time to work out myself. That needs to change! Especially since I have been a bottomless pit this week! Luckily my little one is in swim lessons at the Y through next week so I can workout or swim while she is in lessons. That will help.

I am really trying to not take on too much but I am also trying to live everyday to the fullest. That can sometimes be a delicate balance.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Taking my lumps...and boot camp

I am sorry I haven't blogged much lately. Things have been busy - as usual.

A few weeks ago I had a scare. I found a lump about an inch or so from my original cancer site. I got into my doc within a few days. She wasn't too worried about it but wanted an ultrasound. It showed a small cluster of cysts. Which is a bit strange since I shouldn't have enough tissue left to really make any cysts. Anyway, again they aren't worried about it but want to keep an eye on it just to be safe. So I have another ultrasound mid-September. I am not going to worry unless the docs start to worry.

In June and July I attended a boot camp given by my trainer at Gold's. Dang it was intense. I was flipping tractor tires and trying to run in the 90 degree heat etc. I couldn't get my friends to join with me for two reasons - money and too intense. So I have decided to create my own beginner's boot camp on Saturday mornings for only $5 a session. The idea is to help people work up to the more intense levels of fitness needed for a regular boot camp. I am hoping to get people motivated and help them realize that they really can do it. My first camp is this Saturday.