Saturday, March 22, 2008

I have a crush on a boy named Luke.

Yes, he is twenty years my junior, but younger men are in! Don't worry, Reid knows he has some competition and has stepped up his game. Now, you must know that I am lucky enough to get to spend my days with this sweet boy in the picture. I just completed my seventh week of nannying for Luke and his sister, Emme, and I have several stories I must share to explain my crush.

Luke is a ball of energy, which is a great pun because all he wants to do is play sports that include balls. One of my first times to pick him up from schools he proclaimed, "Mare, go home and Lukie and Mare play basketball, football, baseball, soccer ball, golf ball and tennis ball!
For those of you who know my limited sporting abilities and lack of coordination would love to see me playing in their living room and backyard! Last week after work Reid even informed me that I smelled like outside! Yuck!

With as much energy as Luke has he could go days without eating. It just isn't on his agenda. Because I have been talking to him about obeying, I have to follow through with my time-out threats. After going to time-out a handful of times for only 2 1/2 minutes (I use his age), he knows that Mare means business when she threatens time-out. So, one day after he ran 20 laps around the house (I am not kidding, Luke makes me count and cheer as he runs) I knew he needed to eat something substantial. Luke, bless his little heart, refused to eat, and I told him he had to go to time-out if he didn't. He looked at me with his big, blue eyes, he smiled, opened his mouth, and without taking his eyes off me he slowly lifted a bite into his mouth. Needless to say, he ate all of his lunch.

I don't think I realized the hold he had on my heart until this week when I was putting him to bed one night. He wanted bear hugs and kisses and said, "I love you, Mare." So, don't try to tell me that wouldn't make you have a crush on a boy named Luke, too.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thank You, Mikel!

Thanks to my friend, Mikel, I am now in touch with a more creative me and I am able to do really fun things with my blog. It has been a process...So, after we ate dinner together last night she showed me (step-by-step) how to customize my blog with wallpaper. Then, after she left, I accidentally deleted everything she had done! My quarter-year resolution is to be more tech savvy! Thank you again, Mikel!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Really, Dude?

True story:

LONDON (Reuters) - It is the one moment every man wants to get right -- and which London floor-fitter Lefkos Hajji could hardly have got more wrong.

The luckless 28 year-old's dreams of giving his sweetheart, Leanne, 26, the ultimate proposal have literally vanished into thin air.

Hajji, of Hackney, east London, had concealed a $12,000 engagement ring inside a helium balloon. The idea was that she would pop the balloon as he popped the question.

But as he left the shop, a gust of wind pulled the balloon from his hand and he watched the ring -- and quite possibly the affections of his girlfriend -- sailing away over the rooftops.

"I couldn't believe it," he told The Sun newspaper.

"I just watched as it went further and further into the air.

"I felt like such a plonker. It cost a fortune and I knew my girlfriend would kill me."

Hajji spent two hours in his car trying to chase and find the balloon, without success.

"I thought I would give Leanne a pin so I could literally pop the question," he said.

"But I had to tell her the story -- she went absolutely mad. Now she is refusing to speak to me until I get her a new ring."

He is hoping the ring will still turn up.

"It would be amazing if someone found it," he added.

(Reporting by Peter Apps. Editing by Steve Addison)

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Little Engine That Could

What does it take to complete the Bank of America Chicago Marathon? 
Courage to commit
Personal sacrifice.
The will to endure.
Belief in self.

That was advice I found on the Marathon website. I am learning that this running thing is a lot more mental than physical. It is really difficult to imagine myself running 26 miles, but imagine I must!

My Auntie Joye

I just found this encouraging comment that my aunt left me on my blog entry "Today I Met Alzheimer's." I wish I had found it before March, but I still wanted to share it with all of you.

In our family we are all meeting this dread disease called Alzheimer's, it is something we don't want anyone else to have to know. But, through this meeting, I have learned so much about the human spirit and God's spirit, both so brave, intense, full of wonder and strength. Your Mom is my sunshine and she is the bravest person I know. I love her with every breath I take. You are an amazing young woman, a tribute to your Mom. I love you.

Monday, March 10, 2008

A New Toy

I have a new toy! I am so excited about our new MacBook and I can't wait to learn how to use all the cool programs. Stay tuned as I learn how to do really cool Mac things with my blog!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

A Memory Walk

Central Arkansas Memory Walk
•Little Rock, Arkansas: Saturday, April 19, 2008 at Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock/North Little Rock. "Memory Walk from Rock to Rock". Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. on the North Little Rock side. Pet friendly, family friendly with a craft table for kids. We are on the move to end Alzheimer’s, Walking to raise awareness and funds for programs and services to support Arkansas families living with Alzheimer’s. For more information, please contact Teresa Guerrero at (501) 265-0027 or

Memory Walk at a glance
Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research programs. Held annually in more than 600 hundred communities across the country, this inspiring event calls volunteers of all ages to be champions who move forward the cause to care and cure Alzheimer's disease.

• A typical Memory Walk is 2-to-3 mile walk held on a weekend morning in the fall.

• Memory Walk is a pledge-based event with no registration fee and a $100 t-shirt minimum.

• Memory Walk is an experience, not just an event. Memory Walk is our way to engage people in the fight for their own history.

This information was found at:

Sunday, March 2, 2008

A New Challenge

I am embarking on a new challenge- running a Marathon. I am embarrassed to tell you that it will take me 30 weeks of training, as I will need to start with 12 weeks of pre-conditioning to even be able to begin the 18 week Marathon training. Needless to say, I am excited about the challenge.

You may be wondering, "Why a Marathon and why now?" Well, I am running for my dad. My dad is a human machine. Since the diagnosis of my mom's Alzheimer's Disease he has taken health to a new and respectable extreme! My dad, at 65, runs stadium bleechers at War Memorial like it is nothing. To give you an idea of his fitness level compared to mine- I threw up my cereal after running up and down three sets of bleechers, while he completed almost 12 sets! His daily workouts are to ensure his longevity in caring for my mom. If you witnessed just how hard he pushes himself, you would see how much he loves his wife.

So, you could say I have been inspired! With Reid traveling and a lot of extra time on my hands, I figured training would be a profitable way to spend some if it. I will be training for the next 7 1/2 months, which means I will be in shape just in time for the Dallas White Rock Marathon in December. This is a huge committment for me and one I know I will struggle with. But for all the work my dad has done, I can spare a couple hours a day for the rest of the year. I love you Dad!