Tuesday, June 24, 2008


This past weekend Joel was invited to a Charity event in Louisville because of his time on Survivor. It is put on by Kentucky's police and fire dept's and the event benefits Kosair Children's Charities, along with their local children's hospital. Not only is it a great charity and cause, but they were nice enough to fly both Joel and me out (normally I would have to pay my own way), put us up in a fancy hotel suite overlooking the Ohio river, and plan all sorts of fun activities and wine and dine us.

Needless to say, we had a blast! I would have never gone to Kentucky on my own, but it was a beautiful state and the people were so hospitable. They treated us so nicely and Joel was well received. It was also neat to meet so many of the other "celebrities" that were there. There were mainly people there from Survivor (all seasons) but we also met people who did the Amazing Race and also other TV shows.

The actual Charity event was Saturday evening and was so successful. Over Six hundred people bought tickets to the gala where they wined and dined and got to meet and have pictures with all the celebrities. So many people were blown away by how different Joel looks now, and how different he is in person, while not in "game mode." We were so blessed to be a part of it and are looking forward to returning again next year!
The view from our hotel

At the Louisville Slugger factory. I am copping a feel!!

They took us to the Kentucky Derby and we got to watch races from the millionaires suite.

Me and Alexis

Us with Rob, Jolonda, and Amber (all from Survivor)

Joel with Katherine Willis (she is on the show "Friday Night Lights")

Joel with Bobby Jon

At six Flags

Joel holding up Courtney and Todd (these two are hilarious!!)

Me and Courtney

Katherine, Joel, Jo, Ami

Me and Godwin (from Amazing Race)

We might be a tad bit intoxicated in this pic(just a little, I promise!)

Joel with Kynt and Vixon (from Amazing Race)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

I am a day early, but Joel has to work tomorrow so we are celebrating today. This post is dedicated the love of my life and the best Father there is. I am reminded everyday how lucky I am when I see Joel with the boys. He loves them whole heartedly and truly enjoys spending his free time with them. Family is not a burden to him, and he is so devoted to us. He doesn't watch sports all day long, in fact I can't remember the last time a football or baseball game was on. He loves teaching Kade new things, taking the boys swimming and just acting silly with them and making them laugh. He is a great role model and I can only pray that the boys see how much they are cherished and loved.

Here is to you my love--you are greatly appreciated!

This is a snippit of how Joel teaches Kade to be fearless, and now you know why he is so adventurous!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Napkin, Please!

Gavin is 10 months now, and these are some of my favorite times. He is lots of fun, especially at meal time. He is officially off baby food, and can now feed himself (sort of). It is quite a bit messier, but a little spaghetti in the hair never hurt anyone, right?

Monday, June 9, 2008

When the boys are away the girls will play!!!

Saturday night I went out with all these fun girls for a belated birthday celebration (Katie, Kristi, Robyn, me, Cathy, Robyn, and Mikele). We had some good Mexican food at the TeePee in Phoenix, and finished up at Starbuck's (of course!!) with lots of laughs and good girl talk! I had such a good time and I feel so blessed to have such great friends. You all are the best and I cannot wait to hang out with you all again!
Thanks for a much needed girls night, and thank you Fun Kristi for planning it!!!:)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Yesterday we went over to Fun Kristi's for some mommy playtime and kiddy pool time (yes, she is called fun Kristi for a reason!). We had a lot of fun and it was a beautiful day. Krist had to leave for about a half hour to take the girls to swimming lessons, so we just hung out and watched a movie. While she was gone, (after I was done snooping in all her cabinets) Kade asked for juice. I didn't see any in the fridge but I saw of jar of orange powder so I gave hime some Tang, figured that was good enough.
Later on, as we were leaving Kade asked for another drink and I told him I would get him some more special juice. Kristi looked at me funny, and told me she didn't think they had any juice. I said "oh, I just used the tang in the jar." She said "We don't have any tang..." That's funny, I thought. "Then what is the orange powder in the jar over there?" I asked.
"Citracel,"replied Kristi.
OMG. I am getting my kid regular already! I died laughing:)
On the way home Kade said, "Mom, I don't like that orange juice, it's spicy!"

Priceless mothering skills I think:)