Friday, December 30, 2011


I couldn't be more excited to say goodbye to 2011!! While there have been a few good things happen, I have very high hopes for 2012. And the most fun thing of all - I'm going to have a nephew!!! Absolutely can't wait to meet baby O and love on him to pieces!!

I am not making any other resolution other than to be the best person I can be. Be a better wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend!!

Happy New Year everyone.

Eat up, Y'all!

While in Georgia for my cousins wedding and Thanksgiving, we decided to take a day and drive to Savannah. The main reason?! To eat at Paula Deen's Restaurant. I mean, who wouldn't want to do that?! She is my favorite cook, even if she uses a stick or four of butter in every recipe!

The restaurant is called Lady and Son's. I got the buffet - I mean, who wouldn't?!? It had everything you could think of on it. Friend chicken, mashed taters, mac and cheese, green beans and the list goes on and on! I think it was worth the drive and the calories. I didn't get any food pics but here are a few that I took outside of the restaurant. If you get the chance, I would go! The city of Savannah is very pretty and historic.

Paula's Motto: Stuff Your Face, Y'all!!

Keep Calm and Tri On

If you have ever done a race, you know how much it helps to have "cheerleaders or fans" there. It makes a HUGE difference!! Well, I had my triathlon on Saturday...the one I talked about here. My lovely friend Jennifer  was also doing the tri so I knew she would have lots of cheerleaders there and since I knew them also, they would HAVE to cheer me on :) I didn't ask too many people to come because well, who wants to get up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday to watch someone swim, bike and run?! I knew my husband would be there and my parents were out of town which totally sucked, but I was ok with it. Well, a couple days before I found out that I had 5 friends coming out to cheer me on. WHAT?! Talk about feeling totally blessed! And then get this......
It started POURING rain along with thunder, lightening, the whole thing!! 
Kansas City hasn't had rain in 20+ weeks but of course the morning of the tri, HORRIBLE storm. 

So those 5 friends who had already told me they were coming out to support me now got to stand out in the rain for 2 hours while we waited and waited and waited for the lightening to stop. 
Look how cute my cheerleaders were:
Thank goodness my leopard umbrella was in K's car :)

This is my favorite picture of them all! 

Here is Jen and I trying our hardest to stay warm and have a good attitude about the weather. 

Talk about true friends!! 

Katie gets the BFF award for sure!! It meant the world that she came!
Ok so if you have ever emailed me, you know that at the signature of my email it says, Keep Calm and Carry On. I am sure you have heard or seen this popular saying before and I just love it. It is catchy and so practical. Sweet Katie made this one which is my favorite!!
She mad a few others but I didn't get pics of them! 

Here are some actions shots, thanks to Nicole Circello:

Here I come!! 

Note to self: people might be taking pictures - try not to look so gross!! 

The 10 longest miles of my life

Here I am thinking - "Thank God it is almost over!!"

"On your left"

Looking like a chipmunk with shot blocks in my mouth!

Going into transition area 1

Frick and Frack going to watch me run 

Ok this is my second fave photo!! 

Best cheerleaders in the world


The best feeling ever

Aww, so proud of her!!!!

The best husband ever! 

Thank Jo for cheering me on!

Nic, I can't thank you enough for coming to support me!!
And for getting some fabulous pictures!! 

Couldn't have done it without his love and support. 

Loved getting to know some great women - they all rocked it!! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sick and Tired

Boy oh boy am I sick and tired of being sick and tired!! Wheh! I am on day 8 of being sick and am just over it! I finally bit the bullet and went to the doc. I am on an antibiotic but it hasn't kicked in yet. I tried my very best to have a good attitude and not let my sickness ruin my Christmas. Having my J & C in town was amazing and was so sad to say goodbye to them today! But I can't wait to go visit them soon and especially little baby O!!!

I have lots of exciting new blog posts coming up so stay tuned!

I hope each of you had a great Christmas with those you love. And Happy New Year!

Monday, December 5, 2011

December Fun

I found this over at Mimi+Meg 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Grandma Carol

My Grandma Carol passed away on Thursday morning, December 1, 2011. Although she went to be with the Lord and is no longer suffering, I will miss her very much. 

The funeral service was today and it was absolutely beautiful. I believe it was a true reflection of her. I could go on and on about all that was said and the stories we have but I would be writing for days. And to be honest, I am drained and am struggling with a "cry headache". 

Below is the tribute I wrote and shared at the funeral. I started writing it on my iPhone because I was going to keep it short and when I printed it out, it was a lot longer than I expected. Please bear with any typos or run on sentences. I didn't edit it once I wrote it, because I was talking and ad-libbing. I wanted to get some pictures scanned of us to post on here but that won't happen until later this week. But please enjoy .... 

I am honored to be one of Carol's 12 grandchildren. 

First off, I want to thank each of you for being here this morning. It means a lot to me and to my family. The fact that you took time out of your day to be here with us and honor my grandmother means more than you will know.

As we have already heard this morning and you already know if you had the opportunity to meet her, Grandma Carol was the most kind hearted, genuine, selfless person on the planet.

I watched her be an incredibly supportive wife to my grandpa. She took care of him, after he had his stroke, with such compassion and ease. She loved Papa Frank with all of her heart. I hope to be a wife like that to my husband.

There was nothing Grandma loved more than her boys. And everyone knew that. They were her world. Right or wrong, she had their back and always supported them in everything they did. And I think we can all agree that she was a saint for raising 5 of them. Not to mention their friends and cousins!! She had unconditional love for each one of them. The kind of love that each of us wants. And if you met her, you know just how loving she was. You only had to meet her once to get that sense. And if you did only meet her once, chances are that she would remember you forever. She had quite the memory! Even in her last weeks, we were going through pictures and she remembered every single person and exactly what was going on in those pictures. She raised amazing boys and she was proud of each one of you. All she wanted was for you to love God, love each other and love your families. I hope one day, that my kids will feel the love that I know each of you boys felt from her.

She was a loyal friend to many. She loved her friends so much. She did her best to keep in touch with all of them and was always telling us about them. She genuinely cared about each of their lives and their families. I hope to be that kind of friend.

But what I will remember most about carol O’Reilly is her role as my grandmother.  Mawmaw, as we called her, loved each of us grandchildren so very much and none of us were ever made to doubt that. She always came to my dance recitals and whenever I cheered. I always looked forward to seeing her there to support me.  I will also never forget going to her house, eating as much ice cream as we wanted from the Schwann Man, drinking gallons of cran-grape and eating tons of candy! And the candy always had a distinct taste - because the mix of candy all sat in one bowl so the tootsie rolls tasted like jolly ranchers, which tasted like the next candy and so on. That's something you don't just forget!

I also appreciate the fact that when I got married, she took Kenneth in as her own. Although he doesn’t have his own grandparents anymore, from the moment he came into my life, he now had Grandma Carol. One funny story about the two of them was when he went to visit her while she was at Liberty Hospital. She was very weak and I knew Kenneth would make her smile. The one thing I did worry about however, was that he would wear her out with his talking. Sure enough, when he came home, he told me that he looked at her after about an hour and he said “Am I talking too much?” And in Grandma’s sweet tone, she said “Well, maybe but it’s ok”. I am just so grateful that he got to see and spend time with the precious woman we all know and loved.

And as I said before, MawMaw was so very selfless. She let us kids do whatever we wanted and when she asked us what we wanted to do or what we wanted to eat, it didn't matter what we said, she was ready and willing to accommodate. I don't think I ever heard the word "NO" come out of her mouth - or not very often anyways. She would take Jonathan and I out to eat and when I wanted Winsteads and he wanted Taco Bell, or wherever it was, that's where she took us. She always wanted everyone to be happy. I will also never forget all of the times Kristen and I would hang out at grandmas house and play dress up with her. We would put make up on her, do her hair, put all of her jewelry on her and I never once heard her complain or say "maybe later" or "I'm busy right now".   When she was spending time with her grandchildren, she was doing just that. Never distracted, nothing else mattered.  One day, I hope to be half the grandparent that she was to each of us.

An all around, genuine, caring woman she was. In her last few weeks with us, she said "I need to get a scooter and go to the store to get more food for everyone" and on more than one occasion I heard her say, "I just hope everyone has everything they need". That was just her. She cared more about everyone else than she did herself. That is something we can all work a little harder at.

I know she is in a better place but I already miss her so much. I will never forget each moment I had with her and am forever grateful for the woman she was. She loved God, her entire family and all her friends the way we all should. Mawmaw, thank you for the legacy you left each of us.