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Whoa Nellie!

Holy cow! It has been a looooooonnnnnggg while since I have updated anyone on my life! ;) Not that I have anyone just chomping at the bit to hear what’s up with me, but sometimes it’s therapeutic to just ramble, so I’m going to try to be better about keeping up- starting right now ;)

So let’s play some catch- up! Basically my summer just flew by! My sister got married and moved to South Carolina, which was crazy in and of itself. And now she and her husband will be moving to Connecticut sometime in November, which is fun because I have never been there and I’d love to visit the east coast more!

In July I headed to Indianapolis to do some remodeling work for a missions trip with my church. We were there for about a week and it was great to get to hang out with friends and feel like we were accomplishing some great things at the same time. We did a lot of work and they fed us ridiculously well, so it didn’t help out my diet at all! ;)

At the end of July I made the annual trip with my family to Estes Park, Colorado. We have been there 8 times now and I NEVER get tired of it! This year a teacher friend of mine came along for the trek, so she was exposed to the craziness that can be my family of 11 for a whole 10 days- she fit right in ;) And being 65lbs lighter this year, I finally attempted to do some serious hiking while we were there. We did a pretty decent 4-mile hike on Twin Sisters. It was a great feeling of accomplishment when I reached the top and didn’t feel like I was completely dying! Haha! But on the way down it totally cut loose and poured rain and then hailed on us! Despite all that it was still an enjoyable experience.

Sadly, July also brought the loss of my grandpa, “Pops”. He was 88 years old and very lively and full of life, so it was quite a shock. But he passed away at home, in his overalls and “farmer hat”, up and working and ready to start the day, and he wouldn’t have had it any other way. I’ll miss him terribly, but I’ll think of him every single time I watch Gunsmoke or even think of Matt and Kitty, or any of the other wonderful characters, because he introduced me to them all! It was something that we both shared a love for and I’ll always think of him as my own version of John Wayne or Marshall Dillon- strong men of character and integrity

With August and September came the start of school of course and so my new crop of third graders have been keeping me very busy! I also joined a fantasy football league for the first time ever and since the season officially started yesterday (yay!) I’m sure that will be one more thing to occupy my time. FYI, my team name is “The Dodge City Long Branch Kittys”, so if anyone has any suggestions for slogans or mascot pictures, let me know- I’m looking to make a t-shirt for my team and I am very open to suggestions! *wink*

Finally for tonight’s entry ;)- I spent the weekend in Nashville, TN on a random trip with my mom and 3 of my brothers to visit some family. We had a great time and my only regret is that I was unaware that there was a Reba McEntire/George Strait concert going on there on Saturday that I totally missed! I adore Reba and had I known we were going to be there earlier I would have def. done all I could to score some tickets to that show! But, luckily I did end up with 2 fabulous pairs of cowboy boots out of the trip! I have never owned a pair before but I have been searching for some for quite awhile. I went to a great shop on Broadway downtown and found these 2 pairs that I just love! And they were a killer deal on a great brand, so I just couldn’t pass them up! ;) I absolutely can’t wait to wear them!!! So, I’ll end with a picture of me and my new “toys”- I’ll let you know when I find the perfect outfit to debut them with! ;)


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Sep. 21st, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
Those are some nice boots :-) I grew up on a farm & never had any. If I get to meet up with the GSOers one of these days, I'll need to be on the lookout for a nice pair - woo hoo!

Have fun with Western day - that sounds like a lot of fun!!

Paula N.
Sep. 26th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Paula! I grew up on a farm too and haven't owned a pair in YEARS....and now I have 2! ;) Western Day was great! The kids were pretty impressed with me, haha! I'm posting a pic here sometime today of my whole outfit...still wish I could have gone in full Kitty garb, but I guess I'll have to save that for some other time *wink*
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