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My Skecher Shape-Ups

Now that my schooling is coming to an end, I am trying hard to motivate myself to lose weight.  Step 1 in that process is to begin regular exercise and I plan to start with walking.  To that end, I splurged today and got me my very own pair of Skecher Shape-Ups!

These shoes are quite nice! Within 5 minutes of walking in them I could already feel them working.  I am hopeful that these will work out well and really add to my walking.  (and yeah, I bought the mens style – I have big feet and they didn’t have my size in womens. :-))

A Visit to the Park

Today, the kids and I took an excursion over to Percy Warner Park to just explore it and had a great afternoon.

We started by having lunch at a small play park near our house and stayed there for about 45 minutes.

Then I thought we should go explore Percy Warner Park. Even though I’ve been living in this neighborhood for over two years, I’d still never been over to it.  So off we went and it was gorgeous!

There is a driving trail that goes up the mountain side that we drove up and when we reached what looked to be near the top, we stopped and parked.

We noticed there was a trail that led down the side of the hill and the kids wanted to see where it went.

You see that the trail goes downhill right?? When we reached the first steep decline, I was going to turn around, but Kaleya wasn’t having it. How shameful is it that a 5-year-old is my motivation to continue :-) Along the trail, there were several people walking and some passed us who had walking sticks. Of course Kaleya wanted to know what they were and why they had them. When I explained, she decided she needed her own set of walking sticks.

We were walking the trials for a couple of hours and it was fun! The hike back *up* the mountainside was not as fun, but it was good exercise. The kids weren’t fazed though – they seem to have boundless energy!

In looking at the park map this evening, I think we were on the Mossy Ridge Trail, described as a 4 1/2 mile trail that “winds up and down wooded hills and hollows & crosses several springs and open meadows.”  Up and Down is right!  We didn’t do all 4 miles though; I’m guessing we walked on the trail about a mile before turning around to come back.  I’m going to sleep well tonight.  We are planning to go back next weekend and explore a different part.

Feb 12: Cheesecake Factory

Oh my, Kalonji and I went out on a Valentine’s Day dinner Friday night with friends.  We began the night by going to Cheesecake Factory.  However, the line was so long we decided to go see the movie first (Wolfman), then come back to CF for dinner.

The movie was so much better than I expected.  I love Benecio Del Toro & Anthony Hopkins both, so that made it enjoyable too.

Then, after the movie, we enjoyed our CF dinner.  I had the Spicy Chicken Cashew dish and had to bring more than half of it home.

Project 365 Begins!

My sister was telling me that she started taking pictures at the beginning of the new year for Project 365. I thought it sounded like a good idea, so I’m going to try it – let’s see how many pictures I end up taking!  Thanks to my handy dandy Droid phone w/ a 5.0 mexapixel camera  I don’t expect I’ll have a problem taking any.

Here is my first picture for January 6:

We were at Walmart tonight to buy groceries. They were predicting a snowstorm and Jihad was really hoping for a snow day!

Christmas Party 2009

Today,  I took the kids to our daycare provider’s Christmas party and we had a lot of fun!  Kaleya & Jihad seemed to really enjoy themselves, even though Kaleya was afraid of Santa!

Here is Kaleya w/ her bestie and you can link from here to the rest of the photos by clicking on the link at the bottom that says “December 2009″

From December 2009

and a video from today

Family Vacation Day 2

In the last post, I talked about the beginning of our family vacation where we went to Evansville, Indiana to pick up my oldest two stepsons.  Day 2 was spent on the road.

Our vacation destination was Talladega, Alabama, home of my father-in-law and his family.  My youngest stepson lives in Atlanta, so we had to pick him up.  So, on Sunday Jul 31, we drove through 5 states in one day! 

One of the highlights along the way was Jihad’s consumption of dried venison.  He’d been asking for beef jerky all week, so Kalonji bought him some smoked venison and smoked elk to see if he would eat it.

And, eat it he did!

it was a sight to see. :-)

The drive through Tennessee was of course beautiful as always when we approached the Chattanooga area. I always enjoy seeing the mountainside.

We arrived in Talladega around 10pm that night and I was very glad to hit the pillows. Road trips are tiring.

Family Vacation – Day 1

We’ve just recently returned from our family vacation and I have a lot to report on! So, I’ll be doing a blog post to cover each day, along with additional blog posts on my genealogy blog for those events that are more genealogy related.

We were fortunate to be able to have all the boys with us for the vacation and I could not have been happier.  The boys are 14, 12, 11, & 8 now and it had been a year since we have all been together.  Kaleya of course was right up in the midst of everything they were doing and enjoyed being with all of her brothers.

Our trip started on Saturday morning, August 1 with us leaving Nashville to go to Evansville to pick up Kamau & Miles.  Unlike many of our trips to Evansville, we actually left pretty early and arrived around noon.  When we got there, Kamau & Miles were at a local church taking a cooking class.  Kamau is interested in going to culinary school and apparently they’ve been cooking with the church group all summer. The boys made Spicy Chili Mac w/ the help of Granny Kit-Kat and took it over to the church. After everyone had their dishes together, the group sat down to “sample” the food :-)

Here is Miles as he gets some macaroni & cheese another church member made

Meanwhile, I was keen to note that the church we were at was VERY close to the Evansville Public Library. Since I was hoping that I could spend some time at the library to do some genealogy research, this was the perfect opportunity to ask Kalonji if he’d drop me off. He obliged and I spent several hours looking up dead people. It was great! Read my genealogy blog for more details.

That evening we relaxed with the family. Kalonji gave Miles a haircut and of course Kaleya had to try and help.

Notice that she and Kalonji are wearing matching t-shirts? Hip Hop Harry is a show that Kaleya started watching a couple of years ago.  Rap is used as an educational tool and the guy who plays Hip Hop Harry is the same one that did Barney.  Kalonji ordered matching tees for the two of them so now whenever one wants to wear it, the other has to as well :-). It’s kinda cute.

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing in preparation for our road trip on Sunday.