Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Baby Maggie!

Here is Nate and Mary's new wee one! Little Maggie Daily was born on Sunday.Congrats!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Time to Celebrate!!

We decorated my Christmas tree in my condo yesterday! It's just a teeny, tiny baby tree but excellent cause it's my first very own tree with my very own decorations that I've saved over the years! I was hyperventilating the whole time cause I was so excited:) Now I just need to find a star to top it all off...:)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Thanksgiving Miracle...from Satan...

Well, I survived the glorious marathon (in a personal record breaking worst-time- ever!) and was sooooo excited that my body held up for me to finish. I guess I'm paying for it again. So lately my nerve pain in my hamstring area has been coming back-but now it's brought friends! I now have a line of hurt all the way down to my foot on my right leg. I'll wake up in the middle of the night will crazy Charlie Horses in my calf, it's nuts! I also have had about a week of having a super sore calf (like the day after you've had a tough workout and your muscles are sore and stiff)for no reason. So I went back to the doctor and told him that and he said that my L5 is to blame (I guess that's the name for the part of my spine, I don't remember doctor lingo :)) and that my nerves are irritated and make my muscles contract, but don't let them release-well that blows! My back is way lame right now-we are in a huge fight. So I guess the point of this whole thing is to say that I have to go back for another epidural. Sad huh? This time he's putting the steroid in a more centralized location or something to just get rid of the pain. So here's an ode to my pity party...

Saturday, November 10, 2007


New York Marathon...DONE!!! Brandon and I went to New York City with his family to run the marathon. It was the coolest marathon I have and probably will ever run. What a cool race- you start in Staten Island and run across a bridge on your first mile in Brooklyn. Then you run along 4 more bridges while you go through Queens, the Bronx, then into Manhattan where you finish at Central Park. There are tons of people throughout the whole route cheering you on. People hang out of the windows of their apartments yelling, and bands on the streets playing music. There were rock, country, and calypso bands- and a few rappers too. It is so cool how much the city gets into this marathon. We took it very slowly because of the body problems Brandon's mom and I have been having, and I think it payed off because we got faster and at a good pace and I didn't really feel any substantial back or leg pain until like mile 15- which is great cause most of my runs before, this the nerve problem would kick in at like 1/2 a mile-pathetic. There was so much to see (like Katie Holmes...Yes, we saw her but didn't know it was her till the next day when we saw her in the paper and recognized her outfit. Wierd...) that we jogged and just enjoyed the experience. The biggest problem came for me at 20 when for some random reason my foot began hurting like crazy! So...I stopped and walked-oh well, I don't care about my time, and it really hurt so it was okay. Brandon stayed and walked with me(his brother and mom had gone on ahead), then I told him to go and he ran off like a bat out of hell at mile 24. I kept walking to 25 (I had tried a couple of times to run but it was incredibly painful) then I decided to bite the bullet and run the last mile. So I started hobbling and got more and more used to the pain and ran the last mile through Central Park. Yes! The finish line-Hallelujah! Then we hobbled down to the subway and collapsed into nap time.

But anyway, so for the rest of our trip, we hobbled our sore bodies around town to see the sights. We went to the coolest exhibit called the Bodies Exhibition. They had these real bodies that had been treated and they strip them of certain parts to show different systems of the body. It was absolutely incredible. We went to Time Square, Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center)

and saw "Wicked". It was such an amazing trip and I think that we will probably end up doing this marathon again. What an experience.
Oh and we stayed with Spencer and Nicole Clawson a few nights in their cute apartment by the temple and Central Park-they are the best! Anyway, with all my problems- it ended up being just a randomly great day for my back, all things considered, and it was well worth all the problems I've had. Brandon also did awesome in his first marathon and was so sweet to stay with me when I had to stop and walk those last few miles. SUCCESS!!!

Friday, November 9, 2007


Mary's baby shower at Lauren's...

Well, baby number one has arrived! Catherine had little baby Bjorn Larson early yesterday morning. He is the cutest blob (he was 8lbs. 14 oz.) and looks like an old man. Congrats Cath and Christian!!!

Brandon is the very first asian Bjorn has ever met...what an honor!