Monday, November 24, 2008

Crazy Mel ROCKS!!!

Okay, so life is a little crazy trying to be a super Mom and super wife, and a biggest loser! I have days I just can not keep up. But, I just keep trying to do it the best I can. Today, Annie decided she didn't feel well after I had taken her to school and was getting ready to go to work so, her and I come back home and have a "Mental health" day! Actually it was pretty fun to hang out with just one of my daughters! I am totally going to have to let Abbie do it, just maybe after Christmas. We watched a movie while laying in my bed, made chocolate chip cookies (I didn't have one!), and worked on school work. It was kind of nice and relaxing.

At 5 I had to leave to go to the Y for a training session with Hot David. He really kicked my butt today. Then I stayed and did an extra half hour on the tready. (As to date, I am down 24.5 pounds.) We only have two and a half weeks left and I really want to get to 30 pounds off. I head home at 7 and I am just getting ready to start making some dinner and something catches my eye in the mail stack..... It is a special yellow envelope...... Humm, who could that be for? ...... I grab it and scream..... It is a letter to ME from BREE WEE!!! OMG!!!!! How cool it that? And an autographed picture of her! Let me lead you into how this happened....

In Clearwater, my BFF Crazy Mel and I were talking about how all I wanted Kate to bring me home from Kentucky was Bree's autograph. She wouldn't because of course, that wouldn't be cool for her to ask for it and I totally understood that but I was totally bummed I couldn't be there to see Bree. I am a very big Bree Wee fan! Yes, that would include being a blogger stalker. I love the tenacity and enthusiasm Bree has. It is contagious and always makes me look at my life in a better way. So, Mel told me she would hook me up! Thank you Mel and also, thank you Bree for taking the time out of your schedule. You both ROCK!!!

I am framing my picture of Bree! I will post a picture of me and my picture soon. Thank you for making my day Mel!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

So excited...

I know every time I post I explain how busy I have been. Well, three weeks ago, I added another thing to my daily routing. The Biggest Loser! Our local YMCA has a Biggest Loser. I am on the Blue team. We have been the biggest losers two weeks running! I think our success is the fact that we are working as a team. Okay, I am going to make myself a little accountable here..... I lost 6 pounds the first week! But, I only lost 2 pounds the second week. I was feeling very bummed about it and then, all my friends and team mates slapped me upside the head! I still lost weight! All I have to say is, I had better lose more weight this week! I have been working my BUTT off!!! Double sometimes triple workouts a day. I do have a little motivation beside the feeling better, the blue team trainer is HAWT!!! And I don't mean just a little bit! I mean SMOKIN!!! It just makes it fun to work out and look at. I keep trying to figure out who I can set him up with! He is only 22 and just ended a 2 year relationship. If you know anyone, let me know!

We went to Des Moines last weekend for the girls to have there pictures taken. Please go and check them out at go to the proof section and the password is klattsupermodels. The girls had so much fun! Jim does an awesome job!

Just a few short weeks and I will be traveling to Clearwater Florida to watch Katie do Worlds. I am looking forward to some time in the sun and an open water swim. It will be fun to swim in the ocean. I don't know how good I will be at that. But, it will be fun. I love a challenge.

So, we picked out Halloween costumes for the girls this last week. Annie is Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. (I wanted to make the costume but she wouldn't let me this year!) Abbie is a Cheerless Cheerleader. Abbie's costume is so not something I would expect from one of my girls. I tried to talk her into a pirate but, obviously I wasn't very persuasive with either of the girls. I must be losing my touch. I think it actually might be they are getting older and don't listen to their mother! I am no longer cool. That is really hard for me to take. Their friends think I am cool but they do not.

Jason is just holding the fort down! He is doing it all. Without him, I couldn't do the Biggest Loser. He has had to step it up at home and I know Annie is giving him a ton of grief. But, he is taking it all in stride. He really is amazing. I am very lucky! There are not many guys like him in the world. I was just very lucky to catch him! Annie and Abbie think I caught him with a lasso. Of course, I lead them to believe that.

Well, I of course will try and be better about posting. I promise. Wish me luck this week on the weight lose! Going for more then 2 pounds! (And the HAWT trainer took away my coffee!!!)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

What a day...

I set the alarm on my phone for 3 so I could wake up when Katie did. I wanted to give her a good morning send off and some words of encouragement. I didn't sleep well all night, I kept thinking about her doing another Ironman. I really wanted to be there but, in hind sight, I felt pretty useful at home.

Mom and Dad kept calling for splits and also to help locate other teams athletes. It was such a brutal day in Kentucky! The weather was very hot. The commentators kept saying it was the hottest conditions they had ever seen during an Ironman.

Okay, I could write a whole post about Katie. I am so proud of her. Even though she medical DQ'ed because she was dehydrated and had to be taken to the medical tent for IV's, she is still my hero. Every time I watch an Ironman, I always get inspired! I wish I could do that. It is so amazing to me. Next full Iron, I will be there. But, It was pretty handy having someone with a couple of computers. (my husband is happy to have his back tonight :-)

The girls started school Wednesday. They love their teachers and the kids in their classes. I am always glad about that! There are not that many girls in the first grade in Okoboji so, they have 5 boys to 1 girl. Annie is fortunate enough to have her best friend in her class, Taylor Timmerman. The bad news is that Taylor is moving. They are leaving town October 1st. Annie will be heart broken. Any advice I can get about how to help her adjust to that is greatly appreciated.

The summer flew by! The 10th of August we had a Relay for Life event at work. It was actually a tour of Kitchens but, all the money we raised ($5000.00) went to The American Cancer Society. It was not a bad fund raiser for out first year of doing it. The next time I know some things we can do differently to help make the fundraiser run smoother.

The girls did the twin contest at the Iowa State Fair. They didn't place this year but, it was nice to have a day and a half off of work. And, it is always fun to go to the fair.

Jason and I are living with celebrities. The girls and five of their friends are featured in a Special Edition of Women's Inc. Magazine for a back to school picnic. Annie and Abbie think they are Rock Stars! I guess it is as good as being in Camp Rock.

Not much else going on around here. Jason and my anniversary is tomorrow. It has been 8 years since both my Dads walked me down that flowered path to Louis Armstrong singing "What a Wonderful World" into the arms of the man of my dreams. Boy, did I need a reality check! Eight years, and twin girls later, now look at us.... just kidding. Oh, and I forgot to add, two crazy dogs! The little one thinks he is bigger then the big one!

Well, I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend! If you are surfing the web and need something to do, go to and leave an uplifting comment for my sister!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Has it really been that long?

I can't believe it has really been that long since I have last blogged. But, I guess it has. I have been getting a wrath of crap from Katie and my Mom about blogging. I have just been very busy.

Summer is always a busy time for us as it is for everyone. Where do I begin?

the weekend of the fourth we busy, we attacked the bushes and hedges around our house on the 4th during the day. (that is what you do when you live in Okoboji, you hibernate) That night we had plans with a bunch of friends to meet up at the green space with all the kids to watch the fireworks and the band. It was great and the kids all had a ball. It ended up being even more people then we thought and more kids then we thought but, the more the merrier! It was crazy! We had gone to Walmart and bought the giant bag of sparklers and had every kid swarming Jason for sparklers. It was wild. Then, five of the Dads, took all the little kids up the the front by the mosh pit. The kids thought that was GREAT! Of course, the girls think their Dad is a hero for that! Then, one of the other mom's and I took all the kids for ice cream. We just had an all American good time and the fire works were spectacular as always.

The next day, Jason put closets in all day and I took Scout to the vet. We were busy all day and then went to some friends house that night for a bon fire, and the girls spent the night there.

Sunday, was race day, Katie raced in Lake Stevens Washington and qualified for the 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater Florida in November. She did so good! She finished 5th in her age group. She ran her butt off that day. Usually the run is not her best part of the sport but, Sunday, the run was very strong!! We were waiting around most of the day to hear if she qualified a spot for Clearwater. It was a rollercoaster of a day! So, I guess you know, I will be in Florida in November. Wooo Hooo! Team Kate Monster Support Crew reporting for duty!

This week as been nuts. It has been work, work, work. I don't know if I have mentioned the fact that we are doing a Relay for Life fundraiser in August? It is a tour of kitchens that I have designed. I didn't want to do it until November. I was hoping to have some time to gain some energy back but, Joe told me we needed to do it in August so, I told him that was fine but, I needed lots of help. Do you think I am getting it? It is really a lot of work and a lot of extra hours and I knew it would be. I just wish I could snap my fingers and have all my energy back. I am still extremely tired. I haven't been home before 6 any night this week. And, I have had late appointments two nights this week.

We are leaving in the morning for Cedar Falls. Cami and Brian get married tomorrow. The girls are going to stay in Oelwein with my Dad and Mary for next week or part of next week, that hasn't been decided.

Big news in Nascar, Tony Stewart is leaving Joe Gibbs Racing. My long love of the number 20 is coming to a close. That is bitter sweat. I heard today that his new number for next year will be 14. I am good with that, my lucky number is 14. Maybe that will bring good luck to Tony! I hope the best for him and his owner ship and all I have to say is ,"Go Smoke!" And, I guess we will have to start learning how to yell for a new sponsor next year.

Okay, I guess I have caught everyone up on the not so excited parts of my life. Have a great weekend everyone and I will work harder at blogging, I promise!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What to say and where to begin?

so, I am really struggling with all the different medications I am on. Most of them make me incredibly tired and irritable which is totally not me. I don't feel like myself one little bit. I am not the happy go lucky Chelley everyone knows and is used to. I don't know where she is and I would really like to find her soon! I miss her. So, if you find her somewhere please send her my way. I really need her.

News from Okoboji, one of the local favorite eating establishments burnt down early Monday morning, Tweeters. It had the largest collection of Iowa Hawkeye memorabilia known. The only things that survived the fire were one basketball and two bottles of ketchup. The basketball blew out of its glass container and made its way to the basement. That is also where the two ketchup bottles were. The Owner says she will rebuild.

It is really hard to believe the 4th of July is next week already. We had such a long winter here and now it is just getting nice and the humidity is taking over. I know by September when the kids go back to school it is very likely to be the hottest days of the year. Yesterday the girls and Molli were at the pool from 12 noon until 5 o'clock. That is what summer is all about. Last week they were busy at the beach and swimming off the Smith dock most of the week. They are getting tan. It makes me miss the days when I stayed home with them and did all those things and had a great tan. We used to have so much fun.

Well, that is really all that is going on in our lives right now. Have a great week everyone.

Friday, June 20, 2008

I have fallen and I can't get up.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Please Read.....

As most people know, I have more sisters and brothers then your average person. I have a sister in need right now! Cami, (Mary's youngest daughter) lost her home yesterday. They had a house in Ceder Falls Iowa. It is now filled with water up to the roof. Cami is getting ready to get married to Brian (her high school sweetheart, July 11), they have a beautiful daughter Isabelle who just turned 2 in April.

Cami and Brian had just purchased their home about a year ago and done a ton of work on it. They are both very young but have their heads on straight and their priorities in line. It is so cool to see two young people that way. They are very good parents to Isabelle.

Thank God they are safe and I know whatever is left in the house is just stuff but how sad to have to start all over. They are staying with my Dad and Mary for right now. I know all your thoughts and prayers will be with them too.

Jason is going to try and scan a picture of them later for me to put on the blog.