This year I have 2 mottos....You can have excuses or results, not
both.....and....Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
However, I have to say that January is just another month for me. The
months just roll together with kids in school and all their
activities. I have been on a long journey of improving my health and
it just continues today. I will say that I just took my fasting blood
sugar and it was 119! It should be 80-100 and last year at this time
it was 104. So I am unhappy about that today but am seeing my
endocrinologist tomorrow. I don't officially have diabetes, but even
after all my "diet and exercise" changes over the past 4-5 years, and
losing almost 50 lbs, it looks as if I am heading down that path.
January in Utah is usually really pretty. The weather is around 32,
but the sun shines most of the time. I love the clean fresh white
snow of winter and we haven't received any lately. All in all, I
guess what I love most, or what I am most grateful for this month, is
sunny days, seeing my kids skiing with their dad, and the beginning of another year
trying to be better.

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Is Summer Over Yet?

This has already been a pretty eventful summer. The day after the kids got out of school, we traveled to Colorado for a little R&R with MiMi and Bappa. Five days after we got home, our friends, the Meikles, (Sharon, Tessa & Lydia), came to visit. The first morning, Grant had a doctor's appointment to get some results back from a mole removal. Well, it turned out to be a Spika Nevus, which is really just a less scary term for juvenile melanoma!! Because there has never been a documented case of melanoma in a child under the age of 16, they call it this instead. However, they treat it similarly by removing a lot more tissue around the site and sending it off to the lab. We are still waiting for the final results!
The next day, we were at the park, enjoying our time, when Grant fell off of a piece of playground equipment and hit is head, neck and left shoulder. He was definitely stunned, and
screamed all the way home. He actually could not even remember what happened, what he had for lunch and why he was still in bed. After watching him for several hours, I decided he was probably going to be okay. Then I noticed his shoulder blade and the absence of any skin. It had been sheared off by the force of the fall and his shirt!
Our friends left, and we were sad to see them go!

The next exciting piece of the puzzle involves Macy!
While playing with the hose outside, Walt was squirting all over the place and sprayed a little too close to the garage. We have one of those painted garage floors that are REALLY slippery when wet. Macy was chasing Walt into the garage and slipped and fell on her left hand. She was trying to brace herself for the fall and ended up braking a bone in her hand. Three weeks and counting for the cast to come off. Next, it's Georgia. She was at a friend's house, playing in their swimming pool. She decided to jump off of the top of their slide, instead of going down the correct way. In doing, she jumped into the shallow end of the pool, and hit the bottom with full force. Subsequently, she is now on crutches with a painful heel bone bruise. Thank goodness it was shattered!!
As luck would have it, I had foot surgery in December and because of my "active" lifestyle, decided to have the screw removed from my second toe. This is a fairly simple in-office procedure, done under local anesthetic. I thought I could handle it with my medical background. Unfortunately, the screw driver broke and then the screw disintegrated in the doctors hand, leaving 1/2 of it in my toe!!! So the following Wednesday, I had to drive myself at 6am to the hospital, go through a complete waste of time & medical supplies, to have my toe numbed and the rest of the screw removed. No soothing anesthetic this time either....had to drive myself home to get the kids to dive practice!!!
As I took Macy to have her hand casted, I backed into a rock - just waiting for the matching can of spray paint to fix that one! Then I sent my Father's Day gift to my dad in Palm Springs.....too bad they are living in Denver for the summer! And last, but not least, I lost my driver's license and credit card in a very remote spot in my car. We had to disassemble the console, and dash to be able to reach it. Oh wait - I also had my brakes fixed and my battery replaced, which then lead to my windshield wiper fluid tubing to be corroded and now needs to be replaced - $300 for brakes and battery, $355 for tubing.
Did I mention this happened over a space of 2 weeks and that Russ was out of town for those 14 days??
We have completely ripped out our backyard and master bath too. It really is complete chaos at the Raddon Household this summer...Is it over yet?

After school got out last week, the kids and I drove to Colorado to spend time with MiMi & Bappa (my parents). Macy, Grant & Walt spent the majority of their time with the Likes kids, and Georgia spent time with her friends, Savvy and Tessa. I had an enjoyable time sleeping in each morning, going for walks in the beautiful Castle Pines area and catching up with old friends. We also had the chance to spend time with my cousin Ashlee and her family as they drove from Texas to Utah! One day we all went with Bappa to have some Geodes cut open by a gemologist. We were hoping to find amethyst type crystals inside by found them to be solid, yet awesome. It was fun for the kids to see what was inside the "giant rocks". We also spent time at the local pools and the Cook pool, where these pictures were taken.
Today the boys went with Bappa up in the mountains to fish, hike, and roast wieners and marshmallows. Unfortunately, we did not get any fish for dinner. The girls and I and MiMi went to the Afternoon Tea at the Cherokee Ranch. Cherokee Ranch is 14,000 acres of protected land just west of my parent's home. The castle was built in 1924-1926 and is 10,000 sq.feet. Most recently it was inhabited by Tweet Kimball, who donated all the land to the Douglas County Historical Society, and passed away in 1999. It has such history and the tour was fantastic. Tweet was a wonderful woman and lover of wildlife. She raised cattle and her 2 boys there after being divorced in her 40's. It is an absolutely amazing story. She has one artifact dating back to 300 AD in the home and a huge urn outside that dates back to 1000 BC!!! She has original manuscripts from William Shakespeare and William Penn. There is furniture that dates back to Queen Anne and Charles II, King of England actually stayed there as Tweet's guest. If you are ever in this part of Colorado, it is a fantastic historical site to see.

Quail Hollow 1-mile Fun Run

This year we participated in the Fun Run at school. Walt made it twice around the track, as did Macy who was "sick" from school that day! Grant finished the mile with rosy cheeks and a great sense of pride and accomplishment. It was finally a beautiful day and the kids had a great time. Macy raised enough money to win a few gift certificates and prizes - she is a great philanthropist!!