where I have been the last two months….

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Hi, everyone!!  
I have been missing for a couple months, and I thought I would let you know in a nutshell what 
I have been up to!!
I think my last post was Easter!! 
That was a while ago….
I love working in the yard in the spring, planting flowers and watching everything start 
peeking out of the ground.  
This year, we needed to have some concrete replaced on our existing patio, and decided to do an addition, adding some more room, a fire pit and a seat wall.
our new sitting area

we added larger wrap around steps to the back of the house

got a great gas heater so we can use our new space longer…
LOVE my porch swing.  
That was made by my husband in shop class in high school.
A couple of years ago for Mother’s Day, he had it refurbished and a frame built for it.
(is he great or what?!?)
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I love going to concerts!!
Hadn’t been to one in quite a while, then all of the sudden I had three in three weeks!!
my girls and I before the Miranda Lambert concert

my dear friend, Gigi, and I before the Daughtry concert

You have heard me mention my best friend, (my sister!!) Teresa,  in previous blogs.  
Her husband, Kris is the guitar tech for Ryan Peake of Nickelback.
Whenever they come to Omaha, Teresa flies in from California to see her Mom and I (and her hubby!!)
Kris gave us total rockstar VIP treatment this year at the show!
Kris and Teresa, my husband, Brian, and I behind stage (well under it!) at the Nickelback show

my two oldest kids with Uncle Kris and Aunt T

Got their “heavy metal horns” up!! 
I have always been a rocker, friends, and this made me SMILE!!
Spencer and Kenzie meeting Ryan Peake after the show

love my SISTAH!! muah!!
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Our God-Daughter, Leah and her fiance, Austin, graduated from college the first weekend in May.  
We are SO PROUD of them both!!
the happy graduates
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I had a beautiful Mother’s Day!  My kids pampered me all day!
That afternoon we had my husband’s whole family over and they guys grilled chicken and fed us well!!
me and my kiddos, on Mother’s Day

Brian and his Dad manning the grill

ooooooo….. I love me some grilled chicky!!

The twins made me this BIG version of me!!
We refer to it as “BIG MAMA!!”
don’t ‘cha LOVE her high heels??
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The next weekend, we hosted an Engagement Party/Couple’s shower for Austin and Leah.
It was a summer beachy theme, and it was a “Stock Their Bar” party!!
They all had fun…. and I learned that I am no longer a 20-something! 😉
congrats, Austin and Leah

before they opened their gifts

their gift from us

Brian and I with Leah by the bonfire

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Last, but certainly not least, I would like to share with you a journey I begun exactly 8 weeks ago today.
Now you know I love to cook… but I apparently had no self-control when it came to EATING all of the yumminess I have been sharing with you over the last year.
Slowly but surely, all of my pants got tighter and tighter.
I kept saying that I would do something about it “next week.”
Well, next week came and went and I baked more and more.
Finally I decided it was past time for me to be doing SOMETHING!!
So, I talked with my niece, Leah and my sister in law, Sue, and said, if we are going to start losing this weight for Leah’s wedding, we have about 5 months to do it!!
(Chop chop, ladies!!)
So, I decided that I would attend a meeting at a local place called
“Family’s Achieving Success Together”
I have known two people that have had major success, one lost 90 pounds
 the other is half way to her goal of 50.
When we went to our first meeting 8 weeks ago, Brian’s cousin Amy was there, too.  
So we have a little TEAM going!! 
So far, our team together has roughly lost 85 pounds!!
What appealed to me was that I can eat anything that I want, I just have to keep track of it all.
Well, once we started, I stopped blogging. 
Not because I didn’t miss the heck out of you guys, but I was in the learning process of something I really want to succeed at.
I always envied you bloggers that were disciplined and exercised.
I am happy to report that I have just completed my 56th consecutive day of exercise.
Would you believe I have put 221.83 miles on these tennis shoes of mine?!?!?
Thank goodness the hubster got me some “new kicks” for my birthday!
The others were denigrating!!
I, myself, have lost 27.4 pounds and am half way to my goal.
I feel like I have gotten a handle on my life and my eating, even though I have a ways to go.
So, I plan on blogging again, and sharing more yummy things with you!!
I would like to give you my sincere thanks for sticking with me through my journey!!
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Lastly, I celebrated my birthday this past weekend, and enjoyed every minute of it!!
lunch with my Mom for our birthdays, hers is the 7th and mine is the 9th of June

my birthday-eve, I did a wine tasting with my two dear friends, Lori and Toni

my two-dozen GORGEOUS red roses from my sweet hubby the morning of my birthday
After that he did a 4.5 mile walk with me!!
me with my kiddos and my furry kiddos

strawberry shortcake, yum!!

Brian and I before our dinner date

Stay tuned, please, I have two parties and like 5 recipe blogs coming SOON!!
Hugs and Good Health to ALL of YOU!!


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    1. Gina, exactly. I just ate a shredded beef burrito and chips and guacamole for dinner. Didn’t feel like a diet AT ALL!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. This was a great blog post!! You are looking amazing and you are all do REALLY good with the FAST plan. Keep it up and you will all reach your goal!

    1. Thanks, Barbie!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully by the wedding I will be there or really close!! Thanks to all of our family who are so supportive and encouraging… You guys are da bomb. <3

  2. Hi Michaela <3 Happy birthday! My birthday was the day before yours! Geminis rock ๐Ÿ™‚ I also had strawberry cake for my party. Love this long, newsy post.


  3. Michaela, You know I’ve missed you! So glad you caught us up one everything. It’s funny, when I talked hubby into the beach for our summer vacation, I realized that meant putting on a swim suit and people would see me in it, lol. So I’ve been dragging the kids to the park with me 3 days a week to power walk. I don’t own a scale (I refuse to own something that lies to me every time I step on it) but I can feel the difference in my energy level and just this week, the shorts that I always had to suck it in to button, are now going on with no problem. I’ll never have my 20 year old body back but I would mind the one I had when I was 30! So happy for you and your team, doing this challenge together, it really helps to have people “in it” with you. Happy Birthday and so glad you’re back!

    1. Joan, I have missed you, too!! Thanks for the sweet words. I just needed to put my blinders on and focus on the weightloss to get in the groove. I love walking!! I used to have to talk myself into it, now, I am chopping at the bit to go when I get up!! It’s a perfect re-charge for me, and a nice hours or so to be alone with my thoughts!! I agree… if I weighed what I did when I got married, people would think I was ill… I would just like to weigh what my drivers license says I do!! HA!;)

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