5K Promise Run

Last weekend I had an opportunity to participate in my first real 5K run and it was so much fun and it was for such a good cause. 


When my gym found out that there was going to be a 5K Promise Run to raise money to expand the Cancer Center in Lakeland, they decided to put a team together to enter this event. 
The team set a goal to raise $2000.00 and I set a personal goal to raise $200.00. 
Thanks to all of the generous people that donated, I exceeded my goal and raised $325.00. 
Our team leader, Linda, said that if the team reaches their goal, she would dye her hair lavender.  Our team raised $2055.00. 
Out of 75 teams that signed up, team Muscle Central placed 9th for raising the most money. Woot Woot.

We called ourselves Muscle Central Cancer Crushers and I made iron on decals for the back of our shirts.

We decided to all dress in lavender, since it is the universal color for cancer, and we were going to wear lavender wigs ( except for Linda who dyed her hair lavender).
Well, when we all showed up at the park, everyone decided it was too hot to wear a wig, and Linda wore a ball cap over her hair.  I guess I didn’t get that memo!
At least it was easy to pick me out of a crowd!

I did very well, I only had to stop and walk for a few minutes twice during the entire run. 
I was so happy to finally cross that finish line. 
I managed to keep my wig on for the whole run, but just barely. HeHe!

We were all so blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in this event. Here we are with our medals after the run. 
I want to thank the Capt.  for going along to take pictures and for always supporting me.

Also, I would like to thank the owners of Muscle Central for always being willing to support a good cause!

And if the day wasn’t good enough, later that evening I decided to go to the Promise Run website to see how well our team did overall. Boy was I pleasantly surprised!
There were over 1200 participants in the 5K and our little team had 4 members place in the top 10 for their age group and then 2 more placed 12th. 
I am proud to say that I was one of the ones to place in the top 10!
I am so proud to be part of a team that performed so well, both in the fundraiser part and in the actual run itself!

A Day In Orlando

Our 3 grandkids from New England who flew down to stay with us for a week.

There is such a difference in age between the two older kids and the younger one, that it is sometimes hard to find things to do that they will all enjoy. We decided to spend the day in Orlando.

We started out at Downtown Disney.


After doing some shopping, we stopped for a cold drink and a snack.




The little one is a lego fanatic so we had to go to the big Lego store.


This was our official photographer for the day!


Then we headed over to The Medieval Times Theatre.
This is where we got the knight outfits, while we waited to enter the theatre.


We watched the Knights battle while we ate a good meal. They even had a gluten free option for us!



Even though our knight did not fare well in the battles, we still had a great time!


We all had so much fun!

Homosassa River

The Capt. and I have been going to Homosassa River for several years now just to get away. It is a very quiet, peaceful part of Florida that has not been commercialized yet. It is like you have gone back in time, to the old time Florida.

When our daughter and her family came for a visit this summer, I knew that we had to take them to our little retreat spot because this family’s loves nature, swimming and fishing.

We always stay at the Homossasa River Resort because it is right on the River and we can dock our boat right there.


From the river, you can get to the Gulf of Mexico were we did some scalloping.




And since we worked up an appetite, on our way back in, we stopped for a bite to eat at our favorite restaurant on the water.



Once our bellies were full, we headed to the springs to run some fresh water through the engine and swim to get all of the salt off of us.




We like to hook our tubes together and hang out.



The guys did some fishing, but Jake was the only one that actually caught anything.
His father cooked up the few scallops that we got and one of the fish. The other one, he took to the resort restaurant and the chef cooked it up along with some hush puppies. Boy what a treat!
This is all that is left of Jake’s fish.


In the mornings, we were so blessed to just sit in the boat, drink our coffee and enjoy nature.


This is our very favorite place to be and we are so glad that we got to share it with the kids

Fourth of July

As promised, I will be showing you highlights of all of our guest visits this summer that occupied all of my time.
We did so many things and had so much fun that the challenge for me in this series of posts is to just pick one thing to feature from each visit.

I will start off with our son and 2 little granddaughters because they were the first ones to come this summer.
Since they were here for the Fourth of July, I got busy making some fun shirts for the girls to wear.

The initials and the white stars actually glowed in the dark. I had enough vinyl leftover to make myself a shirt too.




The girls also made some special flip flops to match their shirts.




Our mall was having a big 4th of July celebration so we got all dressed up and joined the fun!


They had a free face painting station:




And we can’t go to the mall without getting in a little shopping. After all, we are girls, we were born to shop!


Before we left the mall, each of the girls got a balloon princess:


Legoland puts on a nice fireworks display over the lake.
Since The Capt. was eager to use his newly remodeled boat, we decided to watch the fireworks from the water this year.



I bought the girls a bunch of glow stuff from the dollar store to keep them busy until the fireworks started.



Wow, what a fantastic view we had, we were right under the fireworks and it was amazing ( and Legoland spared no expense!).


We really enjoyed our time with the girls!

Remodeled Old Boat

We ended up with my father-in-law’s old 1984 Blue Fin aluminum boat, and it ended up being quite the challenge!
As soon as we got it, we cleaned up the inside, added new carpet, seat covers, repainted the outside, added a new Bimini top and put a bigger engine on it.



We have really enjoyed this boat, in both the lakes and the ocean.
Last year we noticed that the floor in the back of the boat was getting very soft and we were afraid that it was becoming a safety hazard so we resigned ourselves to the fact that we have to replace the whole floor.
Little did I know that since we had to replace the floor, The Capt. wanted to do some remodeling of the whole inside to make it more modern.

Here are the before pictures:




Here it is stripped down:



I ordered the new seats on EBay and we got the little fiberglass console online.




We didn’t want to go through this again, so we bought this special flooring that will never rot!



It is starting to come together.



The Capt. worked on this boat evenings and almost every weekend for months and he finally finished, just in time for all of our summer company.



He did an awesome job, but now he wants an even bigger engine!

Another Great Halloween

I thought that I was out of the business of making halloween costumes until my 2 grandsons came for a visit.

The 2 year old is really into dinosaurs so that is what he wanted to be for Halloween.
After doing a search online for DIY dinosaur costumes, I was pretty sure I knew exactly how I was going to make his costume.

Since we decided that both of the boys were going to be dinosaurs, I was having trouble deciding how to make the baby’s because he would be in the stroller and wouldn’t be able to sit on a big tail very comfortably.

When I told The Capt. about my dilemma, he suggested that I make his costume be a baby dinosaur hatching from an egg. Brilliant! (I wish I could take credit for that.)

Our little mall had a Boo Bash with trick or treating and a costume contest.

Here is the 2 year old discovering that people were giving him candy!




The baby couldn’t get any cuter in his costume.



And the winner is…

The dinosaurs!


Here we are collecting our prize, $100.00 gift card.


Another successful year!


Run Or Dye 5k

We got a team together, from the Gym, and participated in the Run or Dye event last weekend.
This is the first time that I have ever done a 5K run and I had a blast.

First of all, this event is so much fun because everyone dresses up in crazy outfits.
For those of you that are not familiar with the color runs, this is where they have volunteers set up at different stations along the run to throw colored cornstarch on you.

Team Muscle Central decided that, since it is October, we would dress up as WITCHES!

I used my Silhouette machine to cut HTV for everyone to iron on the back of our black shirts. We got witches hats and stripe tights to complete the look.

Most of us met at the gym so that we could carpool.


This is the view we hoped most of the participants would see! Hehe!


We got there 2 hours early and as you can see the check in lines were not very long yet.


Just waiting on the rest of the group to get checked in.


Team Muscle Central had 10 people (witches) representing!


We were off to a good start.



Team Muscle Central finished strong!


Everyone did great and had lots and lots of fun!


It was nice to have the guys there to cheer us on.


A special thanks to the Capt. for being our team photographer!


It was quite a challenge learning the ins and outs of the Silhouette software.
Lucky for me there are lots of sweet ladies and tutorials out there to help me figure things out as I go.

We are heading to New England for the birth of our 9th grandchild and I always like to bring a gift with me
for each of the grandkids.

I decided that it would be cute to make a cape for each of the 2 younger boys. Along with the capes, I couldn’t resist
making them a matching T-shirt and mask.

So, without further adieu, here are my 1st Silhouette Cameo Projects!











So, do you think the boys will like them?


I found out about a week ago that the Capt.’s sister was going to be in town and he had invited her over for a cookout, along with his brother and sister-in-law. 

Ordinarily, this wouldn’t have been a big deal, but, we are in the middle of restoring an old boat and the garage is loaded with parts that are spilling over to my craft room. Also, I am in the process of changing out colors in my living room and I have sewing projects spread out everywhere. 

I was so busy trying to get everything picked up and plan the menu that I had very little time to think about any kind of decorations.

When I realized that St. Patricks Day is coming up, and The Capt.’s mother’s maiden name was Kelly, it was a no brainer!  I quickly searched Pinterest for a few ideas, I didn’t want to go over board, but I did want it to be a little festive. 

I found this cute printout here http://www.inspirationalfamousquotes.com/2013/09/i-am-not-lucky-i-am-blessed.ht

so I made my own version of it and it turned out great. 



I fell in love with this centerpiece here spot.com/2011/02/lucky-me.htmlhttp://dodi47.blog

Because it was now the “ day of ” , I had to make it really simple. 

I picked up a green vinyl table cloth at the Family Dollar store along with some fake flowers. Then I went to Walmart and bought a green plastic flower pot.

I cut a hole into the bottom of the planter with a utility knife, painted a black stripe with craft paint, stuck some double sided tape in the shape of a buckle on it and covered it with gold glitter, and then put the flowers in the hole that I cut.  It was so simple but yet festive enough that I am going to keep it on the table for another week.
I added some bright green napkins and rainbow stripe paper plates to add the finishing touches. 

I just made my special hamburgers, great hot dogs with the casings that crunch when you bite into them, an apple salad and a key lime pie for dessert. 

No one even noticed my subtle Irish theme, 
the food must have been that good!


Last night was the last day with our personal trainers and the weigh in to see who was the winner of our fitness challenge.
Before the “big reveal”, let me just recap what this challenge was all about.
The Capt. and I had discussed with our trainers what our personal goals were and they worked us hard to try and get closer to that goal.  We signed up for 12 sessions with them, 3 nights a week.  We knew it would take longer than that to reach our goals but this gave us the boost that we needed.
We started this challenge on Jan 27th and here were our starting stats:
The Capt.    weight  217.4  lbs.      body mass 29.1%
Me               weight 131.4  lbs.       body mass 34.9%
We knew that it wouldn’t be fair to just go by who lost the most weight because it is a known fact that men lose weight easier than women so we decided to go by who lost the most body mass.
Because we had to take a week off due to my dizziness, last night was our long awaited finale.
Here we are weighing in:



The new stats:
The Capt.  weight 205.2  lbs.     body mass  27.43%
Me             weight 124   lbs.      body mass  30.83%
Drum roll please…..
ME!  With a total loss of 4.07% body mass
If you look closely at my head, you can see the tiara that Linda crowned me with.  This is one of many that she has won in competitions over the years.
And just out of curiosity, I downloaded the weight percentage calculator that is used on The Biggest Loser to see how we did weight wise.
And the winner was still ME! (but just barely)
I have to say that the guys took it well and to be honest, we are both winners because we both accomplished so much and feel so much better.
The Capt. being a good sport, sporting the tiara.