Mmmm…Fall…and other little updates

Weather wise, Fall is my favorite season. The crisp in the air means I won’t be beaten down by the sun during my semi-daily walk/runs. That’s probably the best part of it.

Then there’s the fact that everything is just so BEAUTIFUL..for like five days. I mean, it’s not much, but it is certainly something when it does happen. It hasn’t quite happened around these parts yet, but it’s getting close.

And finally, you can’t think of the CRISP air without dreaming about Apple Crisp, right? Apple crisp is my jam all year long, but I might go a little overboard during this season. Not only do I make boatloads of apple crisp (which I end up eating by myself because somehow my son and husband don’t like fruit-based desserts), but anything to do with baked or caramel apples and I’m all about it.

Today is a beautiful Fall day so instead of tappity typing about it, I’m just going to show you. Come along, why don’t you!

Fally fall things…


Fake gourds and sparkly pumpkins on a large leaf on top of a fall pattern. BOOM.


Two light up pumpkins and a grimace from my husband. Yes, Jake, these are TOTALLY necessary.



Sparkly pumpkins as a center piece. Done and done.



Beautiful mums and pumpkins complements of friends and family. Thanks, ya’ll!



Fall-themed wreath and another grimace from Jake. YES IT’S ALL NECESSARY.


Okay, technically this is from two years ago, but its still really cute. Keep it up, little man.


Still missing from this set of fall images? Apple crisp because it’s currently baking in my oven, and pretty fall leaves. Ah, maybe next time.

Lakefront Marathon – a family tradition!

For the last couple years, we’ve made it out to Atwater park to sit by the road and watch the runners go by for the Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee. This year, it falls on my “bad” Sunday…i.e. this coming Sunday, as I’ll be having chemo tomorrow. I’d love to say we’ll still for sure be attending, but I think we’ll have to play it by ear as that is typically my worst day. But in lieu of that, let’s just bask in the glorious hair I was rocking on that day. It was so long and chestnuty brown and wavy. Ahhh…someday, my lovely hair, someday I’ll be back there. Oh and my family’s cute too. 😉


Last year’s Lakefront Marathon viewing.



Apparently today is National Coffee day. If there is every a whacky holiday to celebrate, this is the one. Coffee is amazing and I’m so glad it’s in my life. There were maybe a couple days I didn’t drink coffee in the beginning of my chemo, but other than that, we’ve continued our daily love affair and it has been great. Thanks coffee! And thanks @theawkwardyeti for celebrating this day with your funny little comics.


Breaking news!!!

You know I love Disney. That’s a given. But did you know I am a FREAK about the movie “The Lion King?” Yep. Certifiably.

So I hollered from the rooftops when I heard this news (and by hollered I mean I kept poking Jake for about ten minutes asking him if he knew how cool this was)…

Be still my beating heart. Or not! Whatevs! THIS IS AMAZING.


So yeah. It’s going to be amazing. In case you’re not aware, Jon Favreau, among his other many talents, was the director behind the newest live action “Jungle Book” movie. Having seen that, I’m even more excited because he did a great job with those animals…even if it was mostly CGI. I DON’T CARE! THIS IS MY DREAM COME TRUE, PEOPLE!!!


What in god’s name is this, you might ask? It’s me and three other talented 4-Hers performing a rendition of the Circle of Life during a talent competition. We did that and other Lion King songs. Who picked the theme that year? Me…and then I peer pressured others into liking the idea. Oh and I’m on the far right. Pretty stylish back in those days, right?


Well it’s clear that Mr. Favreau liked my early 4-H work and decided it would be great to do a live action movie twenty years later. You’re all welcome.

Fun with family…

Last weekend, my Aunt Kathy and my cousin Amanda drove down to Milwaukee to see me. It was a pretty awesome day. We got to catch up, eat some delicious food they brought with, and I got to show them Atwater park and Veteran’s park – both great places to admire Lake Michigan near downtown Milwaukee. It was a beautiful day, with cooler weather. And at one of the parks we got to see lots of kites being flown AND a pirate ship. Not too shabby!





Ahoy mateys!!!


Thanks for all the fun, ladies!

Other updates…

  • Tomorrow is chemo round number 8. 2/3 of the way done! And only four more left to go.
  • After this round of chemo I’ll do another PET scan to see if the cancer is all gone yet. Crossing my fingers it comes out clean. Stay tuned!
  • I’ve been trying out a couch to 5k program. I’m on week 2. It’s hard…but not “I’m sick and I shouldn’t do this” hard…just “I haven’t run in FOREVER and that’s why this is hard” hard. So it’s a good hard…if there is such a thing. My goal is to be running a 5k by the end of chemo. Crazy? Well time will tell. I’m hopeful, though.
  • Are you watching any new shows? I just started “This is Us,” “Speechless,” “The Good Place” and “Superstore.” So one sob fest and three funny ones.

Alright, that’s it for me. The apple crisp is beckoning and it’s my reward for finishing this blog post.


4 thoughts on “Mmmm…Fall…and other little updates

  1. Marie says:

    Umm…your last are making me hungry…now I want apple crisp! Right now! Too bad it is late and I need to go to bed. Maybe this weekend. Do you have a particular favorite recipe. I am all about the crunchy topping, does your have that? If so, please send it to me. Thanks!!!!

  2. Deanna Nguyen says:

    I like all your fall decorations! Very fun! Congrats on being 2/3 done with chemo and also training for a 5K…you overachiever, you! 🙂 Enjoy your apple crisp!

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