My 2010 San Diego 3-Day

I’ve been meaning to post a recap of my walk in November, but the past two months have just been jam-packed with “stuff” and I finally forced myself to sit down and write something! I want to start off by saying how much I truly appreciate everyone’s support for my participation in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. My San Diego walk was an incredible 60-mile journey and I have many wonderful memories. Memories I wouldn’t have without your generous donations. I managed to come through the walk with just a few minor injuries, sprained wrist and bruised and blistered toenails. I still bear the bruises under two of my toenails and a third nail happened to fall off last month. Yuck! But my feet held up rather …

I’m a Very Lucky Girl :-)

OMG! Totally need to buy a lottery ticket. I was turning left at a traffic light, into the street near the post office. I was sitting in the middle of the intersection waiting for the opposing car to pass so I could turn. Of course, when I was able to turn left the light changed to red, but I was blocking traffic so I finished my turn. This guy at the light honked at me and threw his hands up, and yelled at me with what I could only imagine was very colorful language, so I did what most people from the East Coast do to rude drivers; I flipped him off. (Please note, this isn’t something I would normally do, but I was in a bad mood and he “started …

Random Thoughts… Catching Up

This summer has been a roller-coaster ride with the ups and downs that life tends to send you on. Here are my random thoughts to catch up on what’s been going on… Turned 40 a few weeks ago. Don’t feel any different than I did in my 30’s. Actually still feel like I’m a 25 year old, and I guess that is a good thing, most of the time. It’s getting scary though, my daughters and I like the same music… Sean Kingston, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady GaGa (don’t like her much, but like a lot of her music) and shhh, don’t tell anyone but I’m liking Miley Cyrus and Miranda Cosgrove’s new stuff. It find it hard to believe that my oldest is going into 7th grade …

Chaos and Craziness

I love having a large family, most of the time. I enjoy the chaos and craziness of my kids. But there are times when I just need a break. Like after this weekend, for example. Saturday, I woke up after only four and a half hours of sleep (and four little feet in my back), gave my daughters their traditional Webkinz Valentine’s Day gift and headed to the kitchen for a strong cup of Irish tea. I sat down at my computer to read my email and skim the newspaper and just as I was about to take my first sip I hear “MOM, SHE HOGGING THE COMPUTER!” After explaining to my 4 and 6 YOs about patience and setting the timer on my iPhone for 15 minutes, I sat …

I’m Not Supernanny!

After trying to put my sleeping 18 MO down for the third time Friday night, I’d finally had it. She needed to learn how to fall asleep on her own. Being a breast fed baby, she’d always fallen asleep in my arms, even after I weaned her. She would take her little hand and stick it inside my shirt and rub my shoulder and chest until she fell asleep; then it was hit or miss whether she stayed asleep when I put her down in her crib. Well I decided that was it, she was going to fall asleep in her crib on her own if it took all night. So I slipped into her room and carefully placed my nearly asleep daughter into her crib, then sat down in …

You Gotta Love the Weekend

Why is it that I have to drag my kids out of bed Monday through Friday mornings, but come Saturday and Sunday they are up at the crack of dawn? The two days of the week that I can actually sleep in (to 8 or 9 if I’m lucky, woo-hoo!) and they have to get up at 6. To top it all off, it isn’t like one of the five will get up and quietly go downstairs to watch TV or play on the computer, noooooo! Daughter #1 has to wake up someone else to keep her company and then the others hear all the commotion and get up as well. Within minutes it’s pandemonium and as loud as a gymnasium full of gradeschoolers. Now, I do have a fabulous …

Join me in the fight against breast cancer

Please visit my site to follow my progress and donate to the cause! www.the3day.org/goto/k8thegreat_2010 (the 2009 version has been disabled) to view the slideshow from the walk go here. Please support me as I take an amazing journey in the fight against breast cancer! The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust, funding important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment. I am walking in memory of Margaret Kelly (my husband Colm’s mother), Elizabeth “Lilly” Crangle (Colm’s aunt) and Jackie Kelly McCann (Colm’s sister) three wonderful people whose lives were cut short by Breast Cancer. Our story: Colm and I found out this past summer that his sister Jackie was a …