Monday, December 31, 2007

GO TEAM!


As most of you know, last year I signed up for and ran my first Marathon with Team In Training. I started out with selfish reasons...lose stubborn baby fat, get in shape, check another item off of my list "To Do". But almost immediately after I began my training, I discovered the a deeper meaning to the adventure I had begun....Team In training is a part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This Society has been around for 20 years now. It has raised BILLIONS, of dollars to help fund the research to cure this thing called cancer. It in fact has been the primary funding source behind a drug called Glevac that is keeping SO many cancer patients alive right now. Another fact about The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society it that 75% of the funds raised by Team In Training participants, (leaving only 25% to pay for the rest of running a HUGE non-profit) goes directly back to the mission...which is to "Cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families" Now that is alot of money...75% of Billions...you do the math!


Being a part of the Team, you have an "Honoree" assigned to your small group. This is someone who is a cancer survivor or is currently undergoing treatment. They are there to tell their story, to encourage you, and be a part of your training...when I was running my longest runs, in pain from my toes to my hip and more, I just remembered that it was NOTHING compared to what a cancer patient is going through. At the end of my training, and since our Team has lost 2 of our honorees to cancer. This is why we should never stop, until there is a cure. This is why I am not only lucky enough to be a permanent part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a staff member, but I once again signed up to complete an event and raise funds for this cause.



So maybe if you are reading this, maybe you too have been touched by cancer...I know my life has. Maybe you want to be part of the cure too. So, I say..maybe join the Team yourself. Maybe accomplish personal goals. Maybe lose a couple of pounds. Maybe make friends for life with Team mates. But Maybe, just maybe, maybe...raise that $1, or $10 that finds the cure for cancer. Or if you don't have time to do it yourself...up there at the left hand side of my page is a link to my fundraising page...give me a buck or two. And maybe someday, there won't be a need for an organization like Team In Training. Go ahead! Create a world where the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society isn't needed. Go ahead.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Hear comes 2008!


WOW...2008. This means, that I will soon be 36. Paul will be 42 (Oh my!) Mia will be 5 (Bigger Oh my!) Sarah will turn 3...and Emma will turn 2! I can't believe how quickly times go by, people change, and those grey hairs appear...and get covered! This year holds so many exciting things...it's going to be fun!


We had a wonderful Christmas. We have been extremly busy this Holiday season. Nothing to write about, but we have been on the go...going to Grandma's house, to the mall to last minute shopping, going to Tea, opening presents, playing with new toys and more!...if I could get my computer and camera to sync I would have proof of all we have been doing.


The biggest change of all has been the BIG SWITCH! Mia and Sarah are now in "unbunked" beds, and Emma is in her own room in the crib...amazing what 10 feet down the hall can do for sleeping habits! And what having a big sister in the same room can do for a 2 1/2 year old...after 4 years...I can finally say, I have slept....okay, maybe not all night long, but better. Those black circles under my eyes are beginning to fade.
So...once I get this camera thing figured out...maybe a new computer thing figured out (hint hint Paul) I will be able to post some pictures from our recent adventures!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Sarah's turn

For some reason, Mia's picture is showing up at the beginning of the slide show...it's late I will fix it tomorrow.
And I just LOVE this song..so Sarah's get it too!

We elfed ourselves

Mia's Turn for a video...

I am having fun looking back at all these pictures....Sarah keeps asking for "her" song...so she will be next!

A Video of Emma

One of my friends has this on her website...I thought it was fun...

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Halloween Pictures..playing catch up!







I am finally getting around to posting some pictures...I lost my camera for about a month..so here is what I found on it! So we had Minnie, a kitty and belle...
We don't trick-or-treat, so we headed across the street to a harvest festival a local church puts on. They have carnival games and prizes for the kids...they girls had a blast!

Emma's First Birthday..what a difference a year makes!








I have finally downloaded pictures from Emma's first birthday..we shared the party with my girlfriends daughter who was born the day before Emma. It was a fun party...both girls enjoyed eating cake. And Emma wore the dress that both of her sister's had on for their first birthday! I knew that $70 dress would be worth it!


This time last year she was such a little peanut...she came almost one month early..when she left the hospital she was a whopping 4 pounds 14 ounces....we were going in every couple of days to weigh her...she didn't like to pack on any pounds...still doesn't. My peanut weighed in at 16 pounds 2 ounces at a year old.
But boy is she a joy to be around! What would our lives be without her kisses, smiles and giggles? Plus the countless sleepless nights? We would be such a different family!


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

One fell off and broke her leg....


I went to gym yesterday morning, and when I got back....Emma was up and very upset. Paul told me when she woke up, he heard her crying and went to get her. He found her on the floor next to our bed.

I had put her in bed with me at about 3 am. And when I left for the gym at 5:30, surrounded her with big pillows, so she wouldn't fall off....well, low and behold, the little monkey tried to get off the bed herself, and fell off the bed.


When I got home she was very clingy, and wouldn't bear weight on her right leg.



We decided to call our Pediatrician and we took her in. She ended up with x-rays...and a nice little red cast from hip to toe! She has a fracture in her femur, and will be toting this red stocking for 4 weeks. How fun! Just in time for the holidays! Our Pediatrician told me that red jammies would have worked just fine for a "stocking look!" Next year I'll remember that!

Monday, November 19, 2007

New family photos!















Okay, we finally, after oh I don't know, two years updated our family photos. My friend Pascale is an amazing photographer and captured our lives on film! (www.pascalewowakphotoblog.com or www.fabphotos.biz, no she didn't pay me to plug her! I just adore her!))
I can't believe how much everyone has changed. The girls have grown SO much! Mia with her new "Bangs" (since she decided to cut her own hair one night while Daddy was watching her!)
Sarah, just so silly and becoming a "ittle girl" as she would say. And Emma....well she is a year old now...those pictures will come later, when I find my camera...anyone seen it? Not something I want to lose this time of the year. ( UGH.)
And then Paul and I. Oh my. We look like adults. Him as handsome as ever. And me, you would never know the chaos that was going on while we were smiling for the camera.
More later...

Friday, September 14, 2007

End of summer Updates..







Wow, I can't believe how busy life is. This blog has been left to fend for itself for awhile. I guess it doesn't write about life here in the Brooke household on it's own! Darn computers, thought they did everything!

Well, summer has come and gone. Mia starts pre-school this coming Monday. I don't think she is looking forward to it, so I have been bribing her with new shoes to get her going...

We just got back from Disneyland. I ran the Disney Half marathon, and won! Ha! Yeah right! 2 hours and 45 minutes was my time (Not bad for scorching temps! And I stopped along the way to take my pictures with every character that was out there cheering us on!) A lot better than my first half 2 years ago....3 hours and 20 minutes....but give me a break, I WAS 3 months pregnant and not training back then!

A little bit about that day at Disney ...when I got up at 4:30 am ( I really got up at 2:30, as Sarah and Emma woke up crying, and Emma didn't go back down until 4:25) to get ready for the race it was already 77 degrees out. The race started at 6 am. When I was done with the race at 8:30 it was somewhere between 95 and 100!

Later that morning we went to Disneyland and the girls wore their princess dresses..the poor things looked like they were going to melt! Thank goodness we had the hotel pool we could refresh in!

Our house is still for sale. It has been 4 months now. We are currently working on doing some painting, and yard work. Heck, if we keep this up, we might want to stay! Ha Ha! Yeah right! Not unless you somehow attach a HUGE yard to the property, which would mean taking out the house next to us...don't think our neighbors would enjoy that very much!

I have found a house that I love. I hope it is still available when we are ready to buy. It is perfect for us. I will just wait and see. I know GOD has a perfect plan for us. And we have been patiently awaiting for it to happen.

Emma has started crawling. She has her first two teeth, and two more on the way. Oh, how I wish they would just pop through, and she would be her happy self again. Her first birthday is about 6 weeks away. I can't believe how fast time has gone by!

Hunting season has begun for Paul. He is enjoying his "man time" I am still really enjoying my job with Team in Training. It keeps me busy.

I think that is all for now...nap time is over. On to dinner.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

YUM! and FUN!




OH, I am loving summer days! we just got home from a morning at Bible Study, and the park. My girls are EXHAUSTED, and crashed at the moment. Emma had a blast on the swings!

We also went to a birthday party this weekend of my cousins daughter who turned 7, on 7-7-07. How fun is that? Sarah enjoyed her cupcake...but not the frosting that went up her nose!

I have been busy looking and dreaming of scrapbook supplies. I am getting SO inspired by other blogs I am reading...there are so many creative ladies out there!

We are in for a weekend of birthdays...Mia has her party of Princesses on Sunday, and a friend who shares Mia's birthday is having a party on Saturday..should be fun and tiring!

This is the first time using my new camera for pictures on the internet..not too shabby!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Today, I became a Mom....







Four years ago, today my daughter Mia was born. She is one of the biggest joys in my life. She has been my "Mommy Coach"for the past 4 years...teaching me through trial and error what it means to be a Mom.
She is a true princess...she only wears dresses, skirts or Cinderella outfits. She likes to paint her nails, do her hair, and wear high heels. I couldn't have asked for more of a "girly girl"

So, Happy Birthday Little Princess! May your day be filled with love and laughter, and all the things that make you smile. Thank you for making me a better person in this life, I cherish every moment of it with you!

Friday, July 06, 2007

OUCH!


Okay so I have been doing SO well with this Body for Life Challenge...but man am I sore! I worked my hamstrings 2 days ago, and I am still feeling the effects! I am supposed to run 6 miles tomorrow, and I don't know if I am going to make it!

The food is GREAT! We had french dip for dinner, and an omelette for breakfast. WOW! Have never cooked so much!


Bad news....my girlfriend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer is having a hard time. She has 2 little ones, and is torn up about the possibility of leaving them without a mother. And her husband is devastated at the thought of losing his wife of 6 years. She is at stage 3, and beginning chemo next week. She has already had a double mastectomy. I live about 6 hours from her, and hate the fact that I can't do anything from where I am. I will just pray, and ask others to pray that God would heal her body. She has a purpose in this world, and it is NOT to bring two beautiful children into this world to leave them motherless!!!!


Good news...I just got a job! After finishing my marathon with Team in Training, I just had to have more! So I applied to be a Team Manager....and low and behold I got it! It is a work from home position that will allow me to work at home and be with my girls, and yet do some work outside of the home too! All for an incredible cause!

Above: a picture of the Team RIGHT before we got on the bus to run the Rock N Roll Marathon!


Well I am off to HOPEFULLY scrapbook with some friends...then for long run tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Motherhood

Motherhood IS hard. Parenting is the toughest thing I have ever done. My hands are full. Okay my hands are overflowing! I go to bed at 8:30 most nights...I am exhausted. My kids throw tantrums, won't brush their teeth, seem to live on hotdogs and noodles. My mascara isn't running..I have large circles under my eyes, I havn't slept all night for almost 4 years. I get looks from strangers when I walk in to get my daily cup of coffee, because I have 3 under 4 years old.But I wouldn't change it for the world. I love it. I get smiles, hugs and kisses everyday. I hear "I love you mommy" daily. I wipe cute little noses, and put tiny shoes on tiny feet. I paint tiny fingernails pink. I splash in the tub, and blow bubbles. I get to cuddle a newborn each night. And I eat hot dogs and noodles on a weekly basis.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Remembering the little things







I have been reading another blog for about a year now, and really enjoy this...http://jodyferlaak.blogspot.com/ she is very inspirational. Makes me want to be a netter mom and wife. (The starbucks picture is from her site, she is probably as big a fan of that place as I am)

Today she said that she wanted to remember the little things that kids say...one of Mia's popped into my head...we were talking about what she wanted for her birthday..and I mentioned dance lessons...and the said to me "mommy you can't wrap up dance lessons!" Oh, how literal they take things.

She and I have had alot of good conversations. It is fun to converse with an almost 4 year old. We talk about Heaven, and who lives there. How Grandpa Gary is there with Jesus. She talks about how Jesus lives in her heart. All the sweet things they should be talking about.

And Sarah, oh, she is just funny period. They way she talks cracks me up. She is still at the point where every word is seperate from the next. And she has to do everything "by self" So independent. When Mia is at preschool, sarah takes the opportunity to sit in Mia's car seat. She buckles up "by self" each time now, and gets up and down from the seats the same way.

We were at Starbucks this morning sharing our "Bagels with dip, and scones" and a lady commented on how cute the girls were, and how her boys were so big now. It goes so fast. I have to remember to cherish these times...the pictures above are from when they were younger...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I love my girls







My moments that I cherish as a mom happen pretty much everyday. All I have to do it look into the eyes of one of my girls, and there it is...all my love is captured in their eyes.

My heart has six little feet. Two belong to Mia, two to Sarah, and the other two to Emma.

Look at these sweet girls, and you will know why...
I am blessed to be their mother. The short time that they are underfoot will go so quickly. I thank God each day that He has chosen me to raise them.
There is a song by Martina McBride I think about being blessed...it captures my life perfectly.
Blessed
I get kissed by the sun Each morning
Put my feet on a hardwood floor
I get to hear my children laughing
Down the hall through the
Bedroom door
Sometimes I sit on my
Front porch swing
Just soaking up the day
I think to myself,
I think to myself
This world is a beautiful place
I have been blessed
And I feel like I’ve found my way
I thank God for all I’ve been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones
That love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed
Across a crowded room,
I know you know what I’m thinking
By the way I look at you
And when we’re lying in the quiet and
No words have to be saidI think to myself,
I think to myself
This love is a beautiful gift

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Just today

Today, is just today for me. All the kids are sleeping, Paul is out of town..and I am staying away from chores.
I didn't get to run today because Paul left at 5 am. I will teach SS tomorrow, and do track in the evening.
I am almost half way to my fundraising goal for TNT.
I will be running 11 miles on Saturday.
Got my running belt...new shoes, cliff shot blocks, and electrolyte tablets.
Getting ready for my garage sale fundraiser.

My girls are great. Mia had a hard morning at MOPS, Sarah is turning 2 on he 18th...we are planning her party..
Emma continues to smile and be a happy little one.
I am SO happy to be thier mommy. God had blessed me tremendously with these three little wonders.

On to laundry...

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Updates..




Well alot has heppened since I last wrote in this blog...needless to say that I have been a bit busy..
On October 24th...at 36 weeks pregnant, I went into premature labor. I was taken in for an emergency c-section. Come to find out that my uterus was about to abrupt....and Emma Leigh came screaming into the world. Weighing in at a whopping 5 pounds and 18 inches long. She spent the next 6 days in the NICU trying to gain weight, keep her temperature up, and breath at a normal rate.
3 months later....she is such a joy to have in our home. Her sisters adore her, and she is full of smiles and giggles!
Life has been a little hectic. But I can honestly say that I am LOVING every minute of it. I know that these years will pass so quickly, I am trying to savor each moment.
OH! And I have signed up for one more thing....I have decided to run a marathon! Yes, maybe I am crazy...but it has allowed me some much needed "Mommy time" each morning as I hit the gym at 5 a.m. I am training with Team in Training and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society...my reason is two fold for this, one....I have always wanted to run a marathon, and two, running for such a good cause...who could say no?
If anyone reads this, and want to help me raise my minimum donation of $2900
So far I have raised almost $500!! Whoo hoo! Lets run for a CURE!
Being the mom of three now has also changed my priorities, and things have been changing in my life. I am in the process of selling my Stroller Strides business. This business has been such a blessing to me personally, but seasons change and it is time to move on. I will still be teaching one class a week, but the business part will be turned over to someone else by the end of Feb.
I am excited about what will take it's place. I look forward to time with my two youngest girls...as I won't be teaching when Mia is in school. And joining a women's bible study will be first on my list also...

The pictures above capture my girls doing what they love...Mia in preschool, Sarah flying around the house...and Emma just being sweet.

I really am looking forward to writing here more as time allows.