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Build your own dreams, or someone else will pay you to build theirs!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010



I wanted to announce my new blog. It is nothing fancy, just the rantings of a girl who hated running in high school, and now cannot function without it. So much of my life is devoted to running, training, and attempting to maintain healthy eating habits for myself and my family-that I REALLY needed an extra avenue to put my thoughts in order. Since our family blog will someday be printed and used as a journal of my families life, I didn't want to fill it with my daily ups and downs of staying on the running/fitness wagon. I created this blog to keep myself accountable, track miles, and overall achieve more in the area of fitness and health, and maybe help to motivate other fellow runners or health seekers, like so many amazing people have done for me.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Family Ties

Here are four wonderful women. My sister Cherlyn who is one of my greatest blessings and friends, My Mom- who has done so much for me and my family, and continues to be an amazing support and friend in my life, and a super Grandma to my son Jack. I love u Mom. And last by not least my Grandma Peterson or just "Gram" as I call her, who is also one of my greatest friends, and mentors.

My Gram is past her 80th birthday and still looks "put together" and "poised" everyday of her life. You will not find this lady sitting around in her later years, she still works more than a part time job-waking up at 5 am everyday since I can remember, taking the day head on. She is a "strong" woman in every sense of the word, physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually- she is the Matriarch of her family and has such a strong sense of self, that you cannot help but try to emulate her "no nonsense, get the job done" attitude. I remember one memory very clear of my Gram. I was experiencing at the age of 19 the most traumatic event in my life, and falling apart. She took me aside and told me to get it together, that falling apart never helped any bad situation get any better. The woman has a way with words, any of her children and grandchildren can attest for that, and yes I got it together very quickly. Her wisdom and silent example have been a guiding force through out my life. I love her dearly.

My Grandmother has a love and a talent for music, one which she passed onto my own father. At a young age she taught her self to read music, and then to play the piano and organ. She is a well known organist who has played at numerous events and served her community tirelessly for well over 50 years. I am hoping that her music gene went from my Dad to Jackson, since it clearly skipped me. On our recent trip to Utah Jack got to visit Great Grammy Piano- as he likes to call her. Gram said in response to that "Val-rey you have him call me Grandma Ellen-piano." In a voice that only Gram can use. :)

So focussed.............

He did nothing, but run from the organ to the piano while we were there. He loves music.

Jack still asks to go to "Grammy Piano's house"

I hope Jack inherits "Gram's" love and talent for music.

Its official Jackson loves music. He loves to play the piano, so much in fact that his own Grandma Peterson (my mom) went out and bought a piano keyboard, which flew home with us. Yes, he's just a little spoiled. :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ft. Vancouver

Fort Vancouver Independence Day

We Celebrated the 4th of July, one of our favorite holidays at Fort Vancouver (in Vancouver Washington) this year.

We were not disappointed.

We LOVE America.

We are proud of the Red White and Blue.

We are grateful for the freedoms we enjoy.

The highlight of our day was watching the Bi-plane rides from Cap'n Mac @ The Pearson Air Museum

Of course the boys needed to get a picture w. the plane-hat included.

Independence Day in the United States of America is commonly referred to as the Fourth of July. It is a federal holiday to commemorate July 4, 1776, the day on which America got its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britian

What an amazing day. I hope that one of the legacies I can give to my son, is to help him understand the importance of Freedom. I want Jack to appreciate all that this great Country has to offer, all that it has given our family, and the long line of patriotic men and women, who have given their service and lives to protect and provide the freedoms we enjoy.

God Bless America.

"National honor is national property of the highest value."
~ James Monroe

Sunday, August 1, 2010

A Reason. A Season. Or A Lifetime.

A Reason. A Season. Or A Lifetime.
People come into your life for
a reason
a season
or a
When you know which one it is
you will know what to do for that person.

When someone is in your life for a
reason it is usually to meet a need
you have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty
to provide you with

To aid you physically
They may seem like a godsend
they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
without any wrongdoing on your part
at an inconvenient time
this person will say
do something to bring the relationship to an

Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up
force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met
our desire
their work is done.

Some people come into your life for a season
because your turn has
come to share
They bring you an experience of
make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it
it is real.
But only for a season.

relationships teach you lifetime lessons
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional
Your job is to accept the lesson
love the person
put what you have learned to use in all other
areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

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