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The Big Day

“Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married. Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married.” This is what my younger sister was singing the whole day of her wedding. Yes, the day finally came. For the most part. the wedding went without a hitch. If you call forgetting the bride’s veil and having the groom drop it off at the hair salon without him seeing the bride. A bridesmaid forgetting her necklace and having our step-brother-in-law drive back to the hotel room. Our father cutting himself shaving and bleeding on his tux shirt. The church playing the wrong song when Amanda and our father were walked down the aisle. Our father almost falling on his face in church as he was giving the bride away. I misplaced my camera and didn’t find it until the next day. Also my boyfriend getting sick at the reception and missing most of it. Our niece Kate who is almost 5 years old went over to Amanda and gave her a big hug and said that she looked like a Princess. I know everybody says the bride looks wonderful, but Amanda really did. I wasn’t nervous at all at the church. […]
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Together With Family

Last night I finished reading a book and decided to go look through my stack of to-read books next to my night stand. I was looking for about 10 minutes when I came upon a book titled “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Holidays.” I though this would be a perfect book to read with the holidays just around the corner. I read it cover to cover in just under an hour. I would recommend the book to anyone that wants to know how to fend off a charging reindeer or to survive a runaway sled. I was surprised to see there wasn’t a chapter on How to Deal with a Large Family During the Holidays. The closest the book had was a chapter on how to deal with a meddling parent. So I came up with 10 easy rules to help you deal with a large family at a holiday party. 1. The loudest will be heard. He or she that speaks the loudest is the one who will be heard. Many times it has come down to reading each others lips, or writing notes on napkins. Every year at least one member of my family has lost their voice, […]
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Dress Shopping

My nightmare is always the same. A drill sargeant who happens to be my little sister Amanda. She has a wedding veil on her head. yelling at me really close to my face. “Your Mission as the maid of honor is to help me find the perfect bridesmaid dress! If you fail at your mission you will have to wear a super poofy, fluorescent pink dress with a huge bow on the back. You do not want to fail.” That’s when I wake up. In no way is my sister a bridezilla, but finding that perfect dress is a really big deal. A few months ago we started on our mission to find the perfect dress. Amanda decided to bring some backup. One of our cousins, my stepmother Cathy and our father, he was our driver. The first stop was a shop on the west side of Madison. There were so many dresses that it was very over whelming for me. So we decided to break off in aisles. We just grabbed dresses we thought would work out. Everybody but our father. He found a nice chair and sat down and kept himself occupied with his Nintendo DS. Two hours […]
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Helping Others

Ghandi once said, “ We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” I saw this in its purest form a few weeks ago… helping others. I was boating with my father and stepmom Cathy. We were having a wonderful day, feeding the ducks, tubeing, relaxing, and just enjoying the wonderful weather. We were heading back to the dock to end the day with our traditional after cruise drink, when my dad pointed out some smoke in the air. As we were getting closer the smoke was getting heavier and had a smell of burning oil. In a split second my dad turned the boat toward the boat that was smoking and decided to see if they needed help. I admit I was scared and my brain flashed every action movie screen that had explosions. I had a vision of blowing up and becoming fish food. That’s when I said out loud,“Dad don’t get any closer, It’s going to blow.” Seconds after I said that the smoked cleared and I saw two little girls with life jackets on hugging each other off the port bow (front left side of the boat). They were scared just like me. […]
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Relay For Life

Can one person make a difference? No where is this more evident than with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Three weeks ago I went to a Relay for Life in Eagle River. You might be wondering why I would choose this outlet to donate my money and time to. The answer to that is very simple. Cancer has touched my life. In 1998 my stepmom Cheryl had five grand mal seizures in her office at work. The doctors did every test they could to find out what brought the seizures on. That’s when we found out she had brain cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme to be exact. She had two tumors in her brain, they were both the size of golfballs and were pushing on her brain like a vice. The doctors did a biopsy, and had her do daily treatments of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Along with some clinical trials. When cancer hits your family it changes your life. It’s all you can think about and talk about. It becomes your life. My dad had to take off work to help take care of Cheryl. The last thing you want to do when you get home from daily radiation […]
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