Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Call Back 2017

The Call Back banquet was on January 14th:

The Via Christi FMR graduating class of 2017

Just the girls

Just the guys

This year, the band wrote a song for Philip, called him up on stage, gave him a tambourine, and then pushed him into the crowd, who threw him up in the air!! =)   Everyone knew it was going to happen except him and it. was. AWESOME!!!


He got some air here!

Him recovering after

The lyrics they wrote 

Dr. Stringfield thanking him for a great first year and presenting him with a framed copy of the song, signed by the band


Here is a link to a video my friend, Becca took!

Me and my party animal

The Band

What a memorable night!   A Call Back we'll never forget!! =)

January Catch Up

Wow, I haven't posted in three weeks!?

Okay, well in a desperate attempt to get current, here is a mish-mash of things we've been up to this month.   I haven't had the camera out a ton... =0/

 Caleb (like his Mommy many, many years ago) wanted to find out what a pickle juice popsicle tasted like!   He actually quite liked it =)

 This picture is more about the event than the greatness of the photo.   This is the kids with their little friend, Elias, shortly before his family left for Africa for six months!

 An early morning photo of Philip, just before shaving off his "vacation and early January" beard.  He may have kept it longer, but he had to go to work on base. ;)

 All the Christmas cards we received this year!  They sort of took over!

 Somehow, even after doing a huge "de-clutter" Last January, we still had this much stuff to give away!!

 On the 10th, we got free tickets on base to go to a Wichita Thunder hockey game at the huge arena downtown!  The kid's first hockey game ever!

Turns out that neither team was very good, and there weren't ANY points on the board when we left half way through!  No fights either ;)   Anyway, it was still fun

 My little Canadians got to find out what a Zamboni is!!

 I have really enjoyed having fresh flowers in the house and these tulips were gorgeous!

 We were given a new game, called "Fibber".   It has Hilarious glasses and "Pinocchio" noses that you have to wear!

 They even got Daddy to play it once!
* We have actually decided to give this game away since, as funny as it is, we felt it was teaching our kids to be good liars

 My friend Wendy with the kids while she babysat them one night

 I did photos for some friends on Sunday

Caleb with some play dough creations

At the recommendation of a friend, I started reading this and am loving it!!

Other news from the month that didn't make it into photos:

Philip completed his first year as Program Director of the residency!
Our fish, Flame, got sick and had to be euthanized =(
I watched a documentary on Minimalism and cleared off a lot of surfaces in our house.
Moriah started three times a week tutoring for her Dyslexia.
I took each of the kids out on a breakfast date.
Donald Trump became President.
Philip spent four days in Atlanta for a conference.
The kids and I watched, BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and really liked it.
Spent Saturday morning playing catch and batting balls with the kids, and introduced Moriah and Caleb to one of Keenan's favorite stores ever, Barnes and Noble.
Started organizing and buying ski gear for our ski trip next month!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Holiday Running Streak Challenge 2016/17 is Complete!!

Today was the last day (of 39) of running!     Woohoo!!!   November 24th through January 1st!   We did it!!   I am SO proud of my family and of all our friends (28 on all!)who did the challenge this year!

Here are a few of the runners who sent me pics:
(The drastic difference in running apparel is because some of these people are in Florida and some are in Kansas or Canada!)

Philip's sister, Jessica



 My brother, Mark

 Emerson (his sister, Violet did some, too and his parents, Ellen and Jason both completed the challenge)


 Jade and Eden

 Philip's brother, Isaac

 Katie (her mom, Erin did it as well)

 Jessica and her friend, Jackie
 Moriah, Philip and Keenan

Philip and I out for a late night run

We had toyed with the idea of doing our final run right after midnight and getting it over with, but by the time midnight came around, we were all too tired to head out into the dark and cold! =)   We had a nice family run later this morning...

After our last mile

WOOHOO, it's over!!

I ordered medals for all the runners who completed the challenge, so after we finished it was time for the "medal ceremony" at our house =)

Shaking hands even, very official ;)

I gave Keenan and Moriah each a certificate, entitling them each to a breakfast date with me and a new book.  I'm sooo proud of them!

Keenan's turn

Way to go, Bud!


Giving each other our medals

Love this guy!   I was really surprised when he decided to get in on the challenge, and I'm so proud of him for sticking with it, even though it meant that most of his runs were late at night in the dark after he got home from work!!

Family snap

This is what the medals look like

I was hoping to match the mileage of the first time I did this challenge, back in 2013, and did do that, finishing with 80 miles (105 total, since I actually started running daily on November 14th).  I will not continue to run every day, but plan to run three times a week from here on out.   Not sure yet if we'll do this again next year.    What about you?  Would you join us?  =)