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2014 in review

I was horrible at getting things on here for 2014.  In an attempt to rectify that, I’m going to share our big events from each month.

January 2014

I started my first of three boot camps for the year.  I.Am.Addicted.

Kenny and Luke played basketball and indoor soccer.

February 2014

Kenny made it to the Mathletic’s regionals and his team placed 2nd out of the 4th graders!

March 2014

We went to Lawrence, KS for St. Patrick’s Day.  I love Lawrence so much.  I love showing the boys the KU campus.

We did not go anywhere for Spring Break because we didn’t want to leave one of our dogs, Camille, alone.  She was diagnosed with cancer of the mouth back in November.

My second boot camp stated after Spring Break.

Both boys started baseball and outdoor soccer.

Ryan Lochte did a clinic for our swim team.

April 2014

I turned 36 and Luke turned 7.

May 2014

Nicole came in town and I got to see her for a little bit.  This was the first time I’ve seen her since her wedding.  It was way overdue.

Luke finished first grade and Kenny finished fourth.

June 2014

Kenny turned 10.

We joined Round Hill Bath and Tennis Club with a lot of friends and had the best summer there.  We will definitely join again next summer.

Kenny and Luke tried out for competitive, year round soccer and made a team.  Kenny stayed with the same team as last year.  This was Luke’s first time to try out.

We put Camille to sleep on June 27, when she was no longer able to get up.  We miss her so much!

June 27 also happened to be our dating anniversary.  Eric took me out on our first date 16 years ago.

July 2014

We spent the 4th of July at Round Hill and then watched Meadowbrook Country Club’s fireworks for the last time.  It closed this fall.

Kenny and Eric went to a Cub Scout camp.  That ended up being the end of Cub Scouts for Kenny.

We took a quick trip to St. Louis.  I saw Nicole (again!), went to the Arch, the zoo and the City Museum.  The City Museum was amazing!

August 2014

Eric turned 35.

We took the boys to their first concert – American Authors, The Script and One Republic at Starlight.

Kenny started fifth grade and Luke started second.

Both boys started outdoor soccer and Luke also played in some fall baseball tournaments.

Luke started Cub Scouts, they both joined their school’s running club and Kenny started Mathletics and choir.

Kenny’s soccer team did their first traveling soccer tournament.  We all drove down to Arkansas for Labor Day weekend.

September 2014

Kenny accidentally shut Mac’s (our dog) tail in the door and severed part of it off.  Our kitchen looked like a crime scene but Mac was tough.

Eric and I went to the Theory of a Deadman concert (Black Stone Cherry opened).

Eric and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.

I started my third boot camp.

October 2014

Eric and the rest of the SWAT team went to Iowa for a week of training.  They do this just about every year.

I went on my first Sweat Crawl.  Think pub crawl, but instead of drinking you go to different gyms for quick 30 minute workouts.

Kenny and Luke ran the last 1.2 miles of the KC Marathon with their school running club.

The boys dressed up as the Grim Reaper for Halloween.

The Royals made it to the World Series and lost in the seventh game to the Giants.  They had such a good year and it was so fun for the city.

November 2014

Kenny and Luke started indoor soccer and basketball.

Kenny and the rest of the fifth graders had Colonial Day at school.  They dressed up, danced, did activities and even ate food that had to do with that time period.

Thanksgiving was pretty low key since none of our out-of-town relatives came to KC.

December 2014

Mac turned 7.

Luke celebrated the sacrament of Reconciliation at church.

Kenny and the rest of his choir sang at Crown Center.

MythBusters came to KC.  Eric took the boys to see their live show.

Eric and I went to the Black Key’s concert (St. Vincent opened).

Eric became Hattie’s godfather.

We spent Dec. 19-the morning of the 25th with my family and then the evening of Dec 25-Jan 1 with Eric’s family.


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Year in review – 2014



Name:  Luke

Age:  7

Favorite color:  Silver

Favorite food:  Mac and cheese

Favorite activity:  Playing football

Favorite book:  Far Out and Unusual Hermit Crabs


Greatest lesson learned:  To greet people

Hardest thing this year:  My dog Camille died

Favorite memory:  Getting Yumiae my pet hermit crab

What I loved about 2014:  I got Yumiae my pet hermit crab


Want to learn:  Fact about hermit crabs

Want to get better at:  Football and basketball

Goals for 2015:  Learning facts about hermit crabs and getting better at Snoopy’s Fair




Name: Kenny McCullough

Age: 10

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite activity: Playing soccer

Favorite book: Minecraft Combat Handbook


Greatest lesson learned: Phones r awesome

Hardest thing this year: Learning to do a rainbow (soccer)

Favorite memory: Getting my phone

What I loved about 2014: I got a phone


Want to learn: To make iMovies as well as Jack

Want to get better at: Soccer

Goals for 2015: Be in the champion’s league by 2016 (Clash of Clans)

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RIP Camille

We said good-bye to our sweet, shady lady Camille on June 27th.

Her cancer got so bad that it got to the point where we had to help her to even stand up.


Kenny took it the hardest.  Luckily, my dad came over and took the boys out to lunch while we went to the vet so that took their mind off it a little bit.  I don’t think Luke quite gets it yet.  After we came back from the vet’s office, he asked us where she was.   I know I put these on FB but I wanted to record them on here.  Here were two cute, innocent Luke quotes from that morning:

1.  Luke:  “Can we get a new dog?”

Me:  “We have about 20 minutes left with Camille so we’re not going to talk about that now.”

Luke:  “In 20 minutes, can we get a new dog?”

Me:  “No!”

2.  As we’re walking out the door to take Camille to the vet…

Luke:  “Does this mean I don’t have to fill up two bowls (of dog food) now?”

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4.5 months

Crap.  It’s been four and a half months since I’ve put anything on here.  I’ll have to go back and post previous things (Cub Scout, soccer, basketball, St. Patrick’s Day, school things, etc) later but until then, here is what is going on:

– Kenny:

Kenny is doing great at school (as always).  We went to EL the other week and were able to see the different things he’s been working on, including acting in a short silent movie, power point, brain teasers and reports.  He plays soccer competitively year round and I just love his coach and the organization (KC Legends).  They are just so good at teaching the boys strategy and skills.  He played basketball this winter and baseball season has already started.  I really wish baseball started in May when soccer is over or at least close to it.

– Luke:

I am absolutely amazed at how well his reading has come and I owe it all to his teacher.  He has come so far and I’m so proud of him.  He played with a Legends soccer team this winter and the team went competitive this spring.  His coach is talking about keeping the team together all next year too.  If not, he’ll tryout for a competitive team this summer.  He played basketball this winter and is playing baseball this spring.  Luke’s 7th birthday is coming up at the end of this month.

– Eric:

He’s still coaching and working his normal job, on top of being the assistant coach for Kenny’s baseball team.  The man is busy.  He’s a little scruffy for work and has people tell him that he looks like Bradley Cooper all the time.  He loves it.

– Me:

Work is going well.  Our swim team and Speedo brought in Ryan Lochte last month.  I’ll do a whole post on that some day.  I have problems with my feet and plantar fasciitis.  My feet actually feel pretty good right now but I still feel it when I’m on them for too long or walk too far.  For example, we went to the zoo during Spring Break and I was hobbling out of bed the next morning.  I started an 8 week bootcamp at Fusion back in January and loved it so much that I’m on #2.  It’s mainly spin related so it doesn’t bother my feet at all.  We can do studio classes too.  They are the hardest classes I’ve ever done but I feel so much stronger and better now.  Fusion is seriously the best place.  It’s a little intimidating at first but everyone there is so nice and encouraging.  I’m addicted.  I’m currently doing their 30 workouts in 30 days April challenge.  We can’t count our bootcamps so that means I’m doing 38 workouts in 30 days.  I’ve done 17 so far (or 23 if you count my bootcamps).  My birthday is on Friday but we’re not celebrating until Saturday because Kenny has a baseball game.

– Mac and Camille:

Mac’s ACL seems fine.  Camille is still hanging on, even though she has cancer.  We didn’t do anywhere over Spring Break because we weren’t sure about how she would be doing at that point.  She does drool more and more on the side of her mouth that has the tumor.  She’s lost 5 pounds since we last took her in back in November.  I swear that her love of the soft, canned dog food that we now buy her is keeping her alive:)

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Our sweet Camille most likely has cancer in her mouth, which isn’t good.  Her breath smelled REALLY bad for a couple of weeks and our other dog, Mac, kept licking her mouth.  I thought the strangest part was him licking her.  I took her to the vet on Monday, expecting them to say she had a bacteria but got the other news instead.  They took an X-ray of her lungs and the cancer hasn’t spread there yet.  Our vet also said that he didn’t feel anything different about the nodes in her neck.  He also looked at some of the tumor and he didn’t notice much, in terms of cancer.  He said cancer cells look oblong, whereas normal cells look circular.  He said he still thinks it’s cancer because the tumor is so large (1.5-2 inches).  We’re taking her to see an oncologist on Wednesday to see what they think.  If they can cut the tumor out, we’ll go ahead with surgery.  If they think she’ll need surgery and radiation or that the cancer has spread to her jaw bone, I don’t think we’ll be able to do anything.  I’m really hoping the cancer hasn’t progressed much and we can do surgery.  She’s only been with us for 3.5 years but she’s fit into our family so well.  If it is cancer and we can’t do anything about it, we could have as little as 65 days left with her.  I told the boys that night and they cried.  Maybe some parents wouldn’t tell their kids but I really wanted them to be as sweet as they could with her and spend as much time as they could with her, in case of the worst.

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What’s going on here…

Here’s just a quick update on what’s going on with us:

–  Eric and I went to Vegas for a whole week for ASCA’s World Clinic (for swimming coaches).  It was a lot of fun and we learned a ton.  We got to talk to Olympian Tyler McGill, see Phelps’s coach and listen to great speakers.  I took a Build a Pool class because we are really hoping to have our own facility sometime in the near future.  Hopefully I will have more news on that in the next few months to year.  A week was a long time in Vegas but we were lucky enough to have my parents take the boys Monday-Friday and then Eric’s mom took them Friday evening-Sunday night.  We walked the entire strip, went to the top of  the Eiffel Tower, saw an illusion show and played craps.  We did not come home big winners.

–  Our dogs developed not only pink eye but some gastrointestinal problems after being at dog place for a week.  It was not fun, not to mention an extra expense that we were not expecting to pay.

–  Kenny and Luke are both doing great at school.  Luke’s mid-term report card looked like this…

–  The boys fall sports are in full swing.  Kenny’s soccer actually started at the beginning of August and his football and Luke’s soccer didn’t start until mid-September.  It was nice to have it broken up a little.  Sporting KC used Kenny’s soccer team in a coaches’ clinic and it’s on You Tube.

–  My work is starting to pick up right now after a nice month lull in August.  Back in June, the owner of our team and I flew to Colorado to look at an infant aquatics program for babies as young as 6 months.  Non-walking babies learn how to float on their back if they were ever to fall into water and the walkers learn how to float and then swim to the side of the pool (or wherever they are).  Most people have seen the video of this.  It shows the baby in pajamas or clothes falling into a backyard pool and then floating safely.  I remember seeing it the first time and thinking someone should pick up the baby.  When we went to Colorado, we honestly sat there all day just watching baby after baby and it was AMAZING.  So amazing, the team has invested a ton of money to send one of our head coaches out there for 6 weeks to get trained.  I would like to get trained some day but I just can’t be gone for 6 weeks at this point in our life; not with the boys being so young and Eric’s schedule.

–  My SIL is getting married in less than 2 weeks!  It still feels like it should be a few months away.

–  Eric and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on September 20th (but actually celebrated in Vegas).

I think that covers all the big things.  Now, off to do more work…

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Easter eggs

I always feel like we dye our Easter eggs at the last minute and this year was no exception:) 

Camille and Mac (freshly shaved)

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