Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving in Big D

We traveled to Dallas, TX to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. The boys like to call Dallas "Big D," 'cause every-things bigger in Texas! This has become one of our favorite traditions, spending Thanksgiving in Big D. There is a lot of Feldt Family in Dallas, which is pretty funny since we are all from St. Louis. My sister-in-law Cindy, moved down to Dallas in 2004 with her husband Chad. They have 3 beautiful children, Lexie, Christian and Whitney. My husband's Aunt, Rita, and her family have lived in Dallas for over 30 years. Likewise, another of Chris's Aunts, Debby, lives in Dallas with her family, too. When I say we have a good time, that is an understatement! The extravaganza starts on Wednesday with a cocktail party at Cindy and Chad's house. It is such a great time to see everyone and catch up. On Thursday, the feast is at Aunt Debby and Uncle Rich's house. The two of them are the BEST cooks, ever, so we are treated to quite a spread. On Friday we headed to Aunt Rita and Uncle Bob's house for a late lunch and then an evening of playing games. What a great time we had, even though I never did win. Not that I'm bitter or anything...

Other family traveled to Big D, too. Aunt Marilyn came from Florida, as well as Becky, Oscar and Jagger from LA. The time we have together is so fun and we make memories that will last a lifetime. I am so mad at myself for not taking any pictures so that I could share them with all of you! Hopefully someone else did and will give me copies (hint, hint!).

Not only did we celebrate Thanksgiving together, we were able to celebrate an engagement, too! Nikki got engaged to an amazing man, Ted. The big day is in June 2010 and we are so excited for them! They make such a great couple. If we have this much fun in Big D for Thanksgiving, I can only imagine how great the wedding will be!

My First 5K

As a part of the training for the 1/2 marathon in April 2010, I thought I should try running an official 5k race. On November 21, 2009, I completed the Jingle Bell Run 2009 which benefited the Arthritis Foundation. Since my brother Eric suffers from arthritis, I wanted to help this worthy cause. I ran the race with my friends from prayer group; Paula, Rosie, Renee and Carrie. It was such a great experience. It started to get me psyched for the 1/2 marathon, that's for sure! I ran the race in 33:38. I didn't think it was too bad for my first race. If I would have registered as a "competitive" runner, I would have actually finished in the top 35 for my age group. I gotta say, not bad for my first race!

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Yes, I am one of "those" Twilight fans. I've read all of the books 3 times and have just about all Twilight themed paraphernalia that exists. My obsession with Twilight actually started about this time last year. My friend, Kristen, recommended that I read the book. I really had no interest in reading the young adult series. As much as I love reading, I had no interest in vampires. Well, look at me now, I'm a newborn if there ever was such a thing. (It's a Twilight thing...) If there was a 12 step program for Twilight addicts, Kristen would be my sponsor, lol!

I had been anxiously awaiting the release of the 2nd movie in the Saga, New Moon. In fact, I purchased my tickets to the November 19, 2009 Midnight premiere on Sept 12. New Moon is my favorite book in the Saga (no, I'm not Team Jacob) so I was over the moon excited about this movie. I went to see the movie with fellow Twilight Moms like myself. Carrie, Erin, Michelle and Kari. We started the evening with dinner and drinks, and then headed to the theater to get in line so we would have good seats. The theater was PACKED. I knew this was a big deal, but I had no idea what we were in for. We arrived at 10:15 for the 11:59 start time, and the line was already so long. Luckily, we made friends with a couple of girls who were close to the front of the waiting line and they saved us seats. Those girls were awesome, thanks April and Timmi!

Well, the movie was amazing! It blew Twilight away. The night was fabulous and the only thing that could have made it better would have been if my dear friend Lisa could have been there with me. She was in Florida at the time, but will be back in STL on December 1st so I know we will be going together as soon as we can!

Now, I can officially start counting down to midnight on June 29th, 2010, when Eclipse will be released. I cannot wait!!!! In the meantime, be on the look out for an over the top New Moon DVD release party. If you all thought the Twilight party was good, just wait.....

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

This is something I wrote earlier this year on Facebook. It was one of those silly "if you've been tagged you have to do it things." Well, I really enjoyed writing it and thought I should tranfer it to the blog. So here it is!

**Original Post January 28, 2009**

1. I am the oldest of six children, with my youngest sister being only 8 years old.
2. I LOVED high school. Go FHN!
3. Raising children has been the most exciting experience of my life. I never knew you could love someone as much as a parent loves a child. Joey and Andrew are the light of my life!
4. Being pregnant with above mentioned children was the most challenging time of my life. Me and pregnancy don't agree.
5. I made the choice at 14 years old to become Catholic. We weren't a "church going" family, but I knew that there was more to life and I wanted to find it. I didn't quite understand just how much that decision would impact my adult life, but without my faith I would be nothing today.
6. I don't believe in coincidences, everything happens for a reason.
7. I have a hard time holding grudges, however, I am not one who ever forgets.
8. I LOVE being a stay at home mom and have no desire to ever return to the workforce.
9. Last year I discovered that I LOVE to read. I read over 20 books from June-December.
10. Due to the above reading, I have become completely and totally addicted to the Twilight Saga. I think I would cry if I ever got to meet Stephenie Meyer. She is a role model for every stay at home mom. If you don't know about her, you need to go to her website. She is proof that "dreams" do come true, literally!
11. Speaking of Twilight, I read the last book of the saga in one day. It has 750 pages. My eyes never got tired, and I didn't want it to end.
12. I love to listen to music even more than I enjoy reading. I love all types of music, except country. Country music is like someone scraping nails on a chalkboard. My all time favorite band is U2, and Tori Amos is my favorite artist. If you pass me on the road chances are I am NOT talking to myself, but singing along to whatever is on my ipod.
13. Speaking of ipods, I think they are the greatest invention since the computer. I never leave home without it and it has changed my life! If you ever saw my CD collection, you would understand why I love my ipod so much. How else could I possible take all my music with me every where I go? I do however, need to upgrade to a larger one!
14. I think Justin Timberlake is one of the most sexy beings on this planet. Not only does he look good, but he writes and produces some of the best music around. He produced most of Madonna's last CD, Rihanna's song Rehab. He can play almost any musical instrument and has his own record label. And you all probably thought all he did was bring sexy back!
15. Speaking of instruments, I can play the flute.
16. My husband Chris is my hero. He has shown me that nothing in life is unattainable. He has shown me true unconditional love and has made everyone of my dreams come true.
17. I miss my sisters more than anyone would ever know. My sister Jamie and I are so much alike it is scary. Stephanie is the most generous and thoughtful person I know. Ashley and Anna are young enough to be my own children. If I had a big enough house I would adopt them so I could see them everyday.
18. Death doesn't scare me, getting old does. I thank God for each day I have on this earth, but I hope he takes me before I am senile!
19. I ENJOY exercise! I love the way it makes me feel and the energy I get from it.
20. I have the best friends in the world. Some I've had for almost 20 years and others only 2 months. I am not a fair weather friend, I keep my friends for life!
21. Many people think I am judgmental. That couldn't be further from the truth. I have high expectations of myself, but I don't have time to pass judgement on anyone else. So please people, quit cleaning your house when I come over. I don't give a shit what it looks like!
22. My goal as a parent is to have my children respect me when they are adults.
23. I hate winter. I secretly pray that Chris will get us transferred to someplace warm. If I could hibernate like a bear I would!
24. I have the best in-laws and extended family in the world. My in-laws are the most thoughtful people, and his sisters are great friends. Chris's aunt, uncles and cousins are some of the most amazing people I've ever met. Aunt Debby is the best hostesses I've ever seen, and I hope that someday I will be able to cook and entertain like she does. She has raised 3 of the best people I know in this world. That woman is amazing!
25. I think I might be psychic. I dream things that come true and I have the ability to predict certain things. For instance I dreamt that my Grandpa Mounts was going to die, and that my mom was going to have another baby both in the same night. Both things happened a year after I dreamt them only 2 months apart. Crazy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What in the World Did I Do?

It's official. I am crazy! Everyone already knew that though, ha ha! Seriously though, I am officially registered to run the Go! St. Louis Half-Marathon on April 11, 2010. For all of you non-runners out there (like me!) a half-marathon is 13.1 miles. WOW that is a lot! I honestly have no idea if I can do this, but I am definitely going to try. I am not a runner. I am hoping to become a runner, though. Runners have rockin' bodies and skinny legs. Two things I greatly desire.

So you ask, how did this happen? Well, I am in a book club. Actually, I co-founded the book club with my friend Carrie. I met Carrie earlier this year at my Twilight DVD Release Party. I instantly new that she was my kind-of-girl when not only did she love all things Twilight, but, she stayed for the after-party to watch the Justin Timberlake Future Sex/Love Show with me. For those that know me well, the only time I bust that DVD out is when I've had a few too many glasses of wine! For the record, this so called after party was just me, Carrie and Justin! So, not only does Carrie like to read, but she likes Twilight and JT. When she started to pressure me into joining her new running club, I thought, well, I guess that is where our friendship ends. I am not a runner. Never will be, and I don't want to be. Well, lucky for me, Carrie just wouldn't give up, so I finally, after much complaining, gave in and decided to go to the informational meeting of the "Running Club." Well, after the meeting I was feeling very inspired so I headed out for a run. I actually did 3 miles that day and it felt pretty good!

The only issue I've ever had with running, is that it hurts my body. I get unpleasant ankle pain and awful shin splints. Everyone told me that it was my shoes, but I just couldn't understand that I needed special shoes to run in. But, I thought it was worth a shot to at least test that theory. So I headed over to Fleet Feet to get fitted for some special running shoes. Believe it or not, they made all the difference in the world. I had a pain-free run for the first time in my life. I guess my fellow running friends know their stuff! That was also the first time I actually had a bit of confidence that I could actually run this half-marathon. So, I took the plunge while my confidence was high and registered for the race. Once I invest money into something, there is no turning back. I've got fancy new running shoes and paid my registration fee, so that pretty much means that I will crawl across that finish line if I have to!

I currently have a little over 20 weeks to train for this race. I will keep you all posted on the progress. My first challenge is running the "Jingle Bell Run" this weekend. It is only a 5K, but I am excited to run in my first official race!

BTW, the last time I caved in to peer pressure was when I decided to read Twilight. And well, we all know how well that turned out! So, I'm hoping it is the same for running, that although I am initially hesitant about it, I will in time, grow to love it!

PS... Speaking of Twilight, New Moon opens in 2 days! Carrie and I already have our tickets to the Midnight showing, so watch out world, there are going to be 2 crazy vampire, JT loving Twilight moms getting wild on Thursday night!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Forest Park Fun!

Gosh, it's been a while since I updated. We have been so busy enjoying this unseasonably warm November weather! Our temps last weekend were in the upper 70's to 80 degrees and it meant it was time to bust out the flip flops for one final weekend. I treated myself to a nice mani-pedi on Friday to celebrate! Ha ha!

To kick off the great weather, I took Andrew and his buddy, Luke to Forest Park on Thursday, November 5. Boy, did we have fun! We started out at the Science Center. That was a blast. Luke had never been and he got a little freaked out by the life size T-Rex and Triceratops. It was so nice we had a chance to explore the outdoor science park, too. Shame on me, in all the times we've visited the Science Center, we skip over this little gem. I think the boys enjoyed that more than the inside attractions!

After that, we headed over to Turtle Park for lunch. This was also a first for Luke. The boys enjoyed climbing all over the turtles, and thought it was especially funny that one of the turtles has a pig like nose. The things that make a 5 year old laugh! After lunch we headed across the almost complete Highway 40 to the famous St. Louis Zoo. We got to see just about all that the Zoo had to offer, except of course for the reptile house. That just isn't one of the places that I will visit. I think I'd rather have a brazilian wax than go to the reptile house!

I can't even describe the feeling I had as a mother after that wonderful day. Andrew and I had such a great time together, but I think even more fun was seeing how Andrew and Luke interacted with each other. I'm so used to Andrew in his "little brother" role that I rarely get to see him as anything else. Today, however, it was so sweet to see how compassionate Andrew is. When Luke was scared at the Science Center, Andrew just took his hand and said, "it's ok, they aren't real." He was so grown up! The two of them got along great! Why can't siblings get a long so well? Joey and Andrew would have never been so nice to each other, ha ha! Anyway, here are a few photos from our fun day!