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Saturday, January 29, 2011


Matt spent his morning working the 2011 Polar Bear Plunge out at Shawnee Mission Park. Teams are formed and money is raised for the Special Olympics. I believe this year between the running race and the plunge itself they raised around $100,000. This was the first time that I actually came out and watched this event...bunch of people doing a crazy thing, but for a very good cause! The group above taking the plunge is our local Police Department Team. For more information on this event ... check it out HERE.

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(I bet you can figure out which shots from this post are meant for that)
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Preparing for VD

Sydney and I threw together some simple Valentines Day decor the other day...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

YOUcapture - Happy

Well...seems that the Happy place to be this week was in the bathroom! Sydney has finally hit a real milestone and is nearly, completely, absolutely potty trained! We haven't been pushing...we bought the potty chair...let her sit on it when she wanted to...would give stickers and treats if she went...some days she'd go...other days she wouldn't...but now, now we are very close to the real deal...and it makes me very, very, happy! Syd started daycare three weeks ago, and I have to say, she finally took the turn when she realized that all of her friends were going in the 'big' potty too. This is one of those posts you wonder if she'll hate me for...when at 16 I pull up her potty training picks to show her boyfriend...but you know what...when she's a mom, I think she'll look back and cherish that I took the time to blog about it all!

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Monday, January 24, 2011


Sydney was at home sick pretty much from last Thursday through the we busted out the Chutes & Ladders board game she got for Christmas...which I may not regret because that is all she wants to do. I remember playing that game quite a bit with my siblings and friends and now she's telling us who's turn it is and how to play the game.

Sunday, January 23, 2011



My husband found this 'sweet' video and if you like to Bike Offroad...check this out!

Life Cycles OFFICIAL Trailer from Life Cycles on Vimeo.

a GREAT gift...

Our friends Sven, Jeannine & their son Tim from Erfurt Germany sent us a holiday package last month and this has to be one of the best gifts that was included! Everything is in German, and when you push the buttons someone speaks the items in German! Such a great way for Sydney, and Matt & I to learn some simple German words for when we Skype or for our next visit back!