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!


Angie said...

Good to see a blog from you again! Sad to hear about Annie's friend moving. Tell her to email and write lots of letters. There are still be people I keep in touch with. You should take them out on a "girls day". Let them spend the whole day just doing whatever taking lots of pics and then have them spend time making each other a scrapebook. Then when she moves they can exchange and they will always have something to remember each other by. Anyways hope that helps!

Ma Monster said...

It was a rough day in Louisville, but you made it a little better getting first-hand info by text msg! I know it's hard to be at home and not physically AT the race, but you did a good job helping, and without you, we wouldn't know how everyone was doing! (At one point, Reid was really concerned about E and he felt a lot better knowing you had her stats on IronmanLive!)

I'm hoping those two boys found their brother safe and sound. Did you ever check to see if he finished? I can't remember his number or his name. At the time we were trying to help them, Katie was waiting for an ambulance to come pick her up. And, the information you provided, was info the police could not even get for them! YOU are also a ROCK STAR! One of the officer's was amazed how fast you were able to help them! He kept asking me how you did that!

World's is coming! We have to get those new shirts designed and purchased! So glad you will be there too!