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WON 1st place in age group on 1st 5k run

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I DID IT!!! Won 1st place in my age group (40-44) on my 1st 5k run emoticon

It was pretty exciting for being my first race. As most of you know, I have been doing practice runs for the past 2 months. I am so glad I did. It helped me pace myself. I knew what my time needed to be by the half way point. My pace was 20 seconds slower than I wanted, so picked it up for the last half. It was funny how my breathing would pick up from other runners. I had to refocus and breath my pace. I remember what everyone told me on here (SP), run your race. So I concentrated on that. For the past couple weeks I have been practicing on sprinting the last stretch of the race. So today when I reached the top of the hill, I started my quick breathing and stretched out my legs. It felt really good. There wasn't anyone around me when I reached the finish line. With God's strength and P90X bringing me to an awesome fitness level, I was able to raise the bar for the 40 - 44 yr old age group emoticon emoticon P90X "BRING IT" TEAM for being my inspiration! All of you that have been running in races and doing TRI's motivated me to do this.

The BIGGEST emoticon goes out to my no. 1 supporter's/cheerleaders, Melanie & "Bri". Both of them did AWESOME waking up early this morning and being there for me. They cheered me on and took some AWESOME photo's. I LOVE YOU BOTH emoticon

Here are some of those AWESOME photo's:


1st 5k Run

stretching before the race

I wasn't able to do this before P90X

"BRING IT"

smile for the camera

waiting for the race to begin

and I'm off

finish line

finished 5k run @ 23.37.4 1st in age group, 19th in over all

cooling off

smile for the camera at the end of the race

chit chatting with fellow racer

race t-shirt

My BABY, no. 1 supporter, cheerleader, and photographer

trophy pose

final standing results

An AWESOME experience! Can't wait to do some more next year!

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PISTL67 10/24/2009 3:23PM

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SARAHD33 10/20/2009 9:20PM

    Congrats! You should be really proud!

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TOTS_ROCKS 10/18/2009 4:23PM

    Awesome Job Eric !!! ~ Loving the pics too!! emoticon

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MSTINKERBELL 10/18/2009 9:57AM

    Awesome job!

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2NDCHANCES 10/18/2009 9:33AM

    Baby:

I am SOOOOO unbelievably proud of you!!! Not that I ever doubted you (wink), but you exceeded even my prayers and hopes for you. :) You rocked it out- as always- and not only accomplished your goals, but surpassed the competition in an awesome way! You are *my amazing* ;)

forever & always...
xx me

p.s. can't wait to do it with you next year!! :)

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REBBIE54 10/17/2009 9:57PM

  Eric, your comments are always so inspirational - and now your actions as well!!! Talk the talk and run the walk!!! It was a beautiful day in Tyler today in lots of ways!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAESKATES 10/17/2009 9:42PM

    Yes, I did well also in my first 5K. I guess I shouldn't mention that there were only 3 in my age group of 55 - 59. LOL. It doesn't matter though. I wanted to get below 40 min and I did that at 39:14. That was the best part.

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PURPLEALLY 10/17/2009 8:30PM

    Way to BRING IT to your first race!!!!
Loved the stretch picture--I can't bend like that. emoticon

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ZSAZSA4EVER 10/17/2009 7:14PM

    Congrats!!! That is so wonderful!! I can imagine the feeling of placing 1st!! Great job!!!

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JKSTEIN123 10/17/2009 5:34PM

    The pictures are great. You should be proud. What an awesome acomplishment.

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LORIBBB 10/17/2009 4:13PM

    WOW! Congratulations!

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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/17/2009 3:41PM

    Wow! Congrats, Eric!! The pics are awesome@ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/17/2009 3:41PM

    Wow! Congrats, Eric!! The pics are awesome@ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MONTY68 10/17/2009 3:31PM

    Congratulations to you. I know how you must feel. Isn't it great? To compete for the 1st time and win. What a great accomplishment.
I walked my 1st 5 K today in the 65-69 age bracket. I was pleased with my results. Goal was to complete a 5K before age 70.
Keep up the good race and enjoy.

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SWAL0701 10/17/2009 3:17PM

    Wow, you do have something to smile about. Your first 5k and you rocked it! Congrats! You are an inspiration to me. I'm learning to run at 43yo and hope to do a 5k by next year. You look so happy in your pictures.

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RAESKATES 10/17/2009 3:03PM

    That is pretty exciting to come in first in your age group for your first 5K. Way to go!! Thanks for the pics. It is fun to see it all visually.

Rae

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P90X Classic (Round 1) Results (10-12-09)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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TOTAL 90 DAY RESULTS
Weight...(B)=163...(A)157.2...(D)= - 5.8
Neck...(B)=15 1/2...(A)=15 1/4...(D)= - 1/4
Chest...(B)=36 3/4...(A)=36 1/4...(D)= - 1/2
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed)...(B)=12 1/2...(A)=13 1/2...(D)= + 1
Waist...(B)=34 1/2...(A)=32 1/4...(D)= - 2 1/4
Hips...(B)=35 1/2...(A)=34 1/2...(D)= - 1
Rt & Lt Thigh...(B)=19 3/4...(A)=20 1/4...(D)= + 1/2
Percentage Body Fat...(B)=17.86%...(A)=13.82%...(D)= - 4.04%
Muscle Gain/Loss= + 2 1/4
Total Fat Gain/Loss= - 7 1/4

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One of the accomplishments that I am proud of is the decrease in body fat. Hopefully by December I will have reached my goal of 9%. Then next year I can concentrate on building muscle.

Over all I am very pleased with my results. Thank you God for opening up my mind and providing me the strength to make it through this program. I would like to thank my no. 1 supporter Melanie (aka: 2NDCHANCES) for always being there supporting, encouraging, and motivating, me to do better {{{HUGS & KISSES BABY}}}. Also, I want to thank my P90X TEAM for encouraging, motivating, and making me accountable, every day. I had mixed feelings about being the leader because I haven't been through the program and so many people have. That made me even more accountable. Now I can proudly say I am a P90X GRADUATE!

Thank you all for allowing me to share my P90X journey with you!
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2NDCHANCES 10/14/2009 8:44PM

    Baby:

When I think of all you've accomplished this year since you began your *health journey*, it makes me so very proud. You have done an AMAZING job changing your body and habits, and your drive and tenacity to stick with it- no matter what- just astounds me! Now the teacher has become the teach-ee and you help motivate me to be better and make the right choices. (not that I always do right now, but that's a different story ;) I love that I have been a part of this journey with you and can't wait to continue it and grow and learn even more still- together. Our Jayleigh is going to be one blessed, healthy and fit baby girl with 2 parents who are the same. :) Thank you for always being that loving supportive motivator and encourager that YOU are. You are my hero :)

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xx me

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PURPLEALLY 10/14/2009 5:13PM

    You look great! Awesome job on reducing body fat. Your baby girl is going to have one hot daddy!

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RAINRUN 10/14/2009 3:20PM

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NICKJAROSH 10/14/2009 2:35PM

    Love the results! Congrats. Keep working hard this is just the start!

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JONDECKER76 10/14/2009 12:49PM

    Awesome job buddy! It is easy to see how much leaner and defined you've gotten - and I can definitely see that extra inch around your arms! Way to go!

Get a good rest over the next week - your body will thank you for it!

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SWAL0701 10/14/2009 8:56AM

    A job well done. You're looking good,lean,and strong. Contgrats! I hope to report the same amazing results in couple months. I agree that you need God and the right mind set to make it through. Also, a few good support people. Blessing to you.

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ALNEAGLE 10/14/2009 8:53AM

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Your Abs and Back are definitely more defined! You're looking great!! Way to "Bring It"!!

Amanda

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NSIMON116 10/14/2009 8:38AM

    You look great. The definition in your back is awesome, but i know you can't truly appreciate it because you can't really see it.

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SUMITH2008 10/14/2009 8:01AM

    Are you sure your not sucking in that tummy!!! Don't forget to BREATHHHH!! HEHEHE =) Congrats Eric! You did Awesome Bro! You have excellent muscle definition! I'm just pulling your leg since everyone giving you complements. Can't let you have it easy since your our Leader!! Way to go man.. Hopefully i can reach your body fat % by Dec. *Cheers*

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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/14/2009 7:53AM

    Awesome job, Eric! emoticon

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LILY_SPARK 10/14/2009 7:49AM

    Nice work! It's very easy to see that you're body fat is disappearing!

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SHERLYNN43 10/14/2009 5:59AM

    You did it!!! Way to go! You look GREAT! What's next???

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STEPHANEFANY 10/14/2009 5:50AM

    Good job! Congrats on your accomplishments!! emoticon emoticon

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LCWELTER 10/14/2009 5:12AM

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Job well done, Eric!!!!!!!!! :)

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Do or do not…

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

“Do or do not. There is no ‘try’.” ~Yoda or "Do Your best and forget the rest" ~Tony Horton~

In one of the goal groups I lead, I have noticed how ingrained the concept of “trying” has become. People (especially women) confidently affirm, “I will try.” When it comes to affirming action “I will do,” the words come much slower, if at all.

Most of us are great at setting goals; in fact we are goal-setting experts. We have set goals a thousand times or more. What we are not so great at is reaching them. In order to influence reaching our goals, we have to follow Yoda’s wisdom. We need to replace “try” with “do.”

Committing to a goal for an entire year can be challenging (or even 90 days). Avoid getting so wrapped up in the future that today is lost. What practical steps can you take this week that move you toward your goal? What step can you take today? Journal your answers, making each step realistic, measurable, and manageable. Today do not go out and try, go out and “do.”

While reading this, I can't help to think about baby steps. Think of a goal. Plan out how you are going to reach that goal. Then focus on the the small steps to reach that goal. Before you know it, you will have accomplished your goal.

Another thought that crossed my mind was the conversation Melanie and I had a couple days ago. I was describing to her how quickly my last practice run felt. There is a stop sign that is the mid-point of the run. The first couple times I did the practice runs, I focused on that stop sign. It felt like I would never get there. This last time I focused on the street and my strides. When I did this, that street didn't seem as long and I had cut 30 seconds off my time when I reached the stop sign (that may have been coincidence). I'm sure you get my point, focus on the small steps.

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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/14/2009 8:26AM

    Well said, Master Yoda! LOL emoticon

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RAINRUN 10/13/2009 8:32PM

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good blog!
TIA

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GSCOTTC 10/13/2009 7:35PM

    You have no idea how many times I have preached this. I even use the same Yoda line.

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EVVYSBABY 10/13/2009 5:02PM

    Something to think about - I too am an I will try kind of person.

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PURPLEALLY 10/13/2009 4:49PM

    you are so right
big difference between try and do
focus on the end, picture yourself accomplishing what you want
believe to achieve!

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Dreams…

Monday, October 12, 2009

We are never given a dream without the power to make it come true…
~Richard Bach~

I recently read a book about gold-medal Olympians and their stories. While various techniques, skills and training methods were used to attain success, one thing remained constant–the dedication to the dream.

Most great accomplishments aren’t found at the end of smooth pathways. They are found by climbing mountains, going through dark valleys and treading through murky water. When we start ONLY looking at the mountain, or a dark valley, or murky water, it is easy to lose sight of the dream. Bach reminds us that “We are never given a dream without the power to make it come true.” While we will get sidetracked and look other directions at times, we have to remember to hold the vision of our dream like we would a precious jewel.

Think of all the people who have had great visions and dreams… Martin Luther King, the Wright brothers, Alexander Graham Bell, Walt Disney … a long and varied list is endless. Had one of these individuals chosen not to cherish the dream and nurture it forward, our world would be vastly different.

What is your precious jewel of a dream? It can be simple or complex, but whatever it is do not lose sight of it. The realization of a dream will have a profound influence on your home, your community, the country, or the world.

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DANEDA 10/13/2009 11:12AM

    THANK YOU! I DO have a dream that I've been putting off, and this is a very timely reminder. I appreciate this kick in the pants~

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ALNEAGLE 10/12/2009 7:07PM

    Great Blog!! I need to regain my focus on my dream!! It easy to just look at the mountains or dark valleys. But we have to look at the dream. It's there for the taking I just have to work hard to achieve it!! Thanks, Eric for these words of encouragement!!

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SHELL_2 10/12/2009 6:31PM

    You are so motivational, and so true. Losing sight of the goal can happen when things get tough, I've done it. we all have at one point or another. Thank you for bring it back to the for front and reminding me again of what I'm achieving and why.

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Where did the month of September GO?

Monday, October 05, 2009

As most of you know, September was a busy month for me. I had some priorities that needed my immediate attention and it took me away from my daily routine's.

First of all, I'm sure you all have noticed that there is a lady that LOVE's to boost my ego by her AWESOME comments emoticon Yes, I am talking about "2ndchances" (Melanie). Our relationship has been off and on for over a year now (more on than off). From the beginning, God has been in the center of our lives and has been our foundation. For the most part we have had a wonderful relationship filled with love and happiness. She is the one that kick started my health journey last year by teaching me to drink more water. It was a challenge for me at first. Then she started teaching me about carbs. Then I ran with it from there. She has been my biggest supporter throughout my health journey. She is the only person in this world that has personally watched me transform.

We found out in June that she is pregnant. It is a baby girl emoticon
Her name will be "Jayleigh Sheree ". We started off the month being sick. She got it first then of course I got it. Then we spent the better part of 2 wks packing her up and moving her in with me. Now I can make sure both of my girls are safe, stress free, and happy.

Then my bday vacation arrived quickly. Went to Lubbock, Tx to visit my family and share the good news of becoming a daddy in January. Parents and family were very happy. Then it was off to the Dallas Cowboy game. My first NFL game to attend. Dallas playing on my 40th birthday, on the first Monday night game in the new stadium. IT WAS AWESOME!






To top my whole birthday off, I had the GREATEST WELCOME HOME








Now to show you what a true Dallas Cowboy fan I am, LOL. My first purchase for my Jayleigh




It was difficult for me to stick to my nutrition plan during September, but I didn't over do it to much. My activities and workouts pretty much leveled off what I ate. I pretty much just maintained during the month. Although I didn't miss any of my workouts, the results were not what I wanted for Phase 3. I will probably do Phase 3 over again in November after my first 5k run on Oct. 17.

October has started and life has calmed down now. I am very adaptable to change, but i do love my daily routine. Now it is time to get the momma involved in doing prenatal yoga and pilates.

OK TEAM, I am back and time to "BRING IT"! I have missed keeping up with my team and being involved. I'm sure everyone is doing AWESOME.

Keep us in your prayers
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ERINLINDZ 10/9/2009 8:03PM

    CONGRATULATIONS ERIC!

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MESHIE75 10/7/2009 4:58PM

    Congratulations!!! So exciting to be welcoming a new little person into the world!! Can't wait to see pics when she is born! :)

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BIKERCHICK74 10/7/2009 12:53PM

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww how awesome...... sooo happy for you!!!!

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GLAZED-DONUT 10/7/2009 8:04AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Youre going to have a little DCC Cheerleader -- whoo hooo (-: How excited you guts must be, good luck to you both (-:
(hugs) - *S*

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CHAIMBERBELL 10/6/2009 4:02PM

    Congratulations!!!! And go COWBOYS!!!! :-D

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DANIROME 10/6/2009 12:00PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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RAINRUN 10/6/2009 11:29AM

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TIA

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JACKLIN11 10/6/2009 11:01AM

    wow that is great news, I am so happy for you guys.

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LSDALOIA 10/6/2009 7:11AM

    Congrats on your future Cowgirl!

I know you were really busy last month, but didn't realize how much fun you were having along the way. I am so happy for you and Melanie.

Best wishes,
Liz

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STEPHANEFANY 10/6/2009 5:58AM

    Congrats! What an exciting time! Enjoy and take care! emoticon

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JONDECKER76 10/5/2009 11:03PM

    WOW, how did I miss this blog!!?

Congratulations to the both of you!

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INDULGENCEHAIR 10/5/2009 9:20PM

    Congradulations, buddy! I'm so excited for you!!! Good luck in your new ventures... it's gonna be a whirlwind, but your gonna have a blast!!

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2NDCHANCES 10/5/2009 7:31PM

    Aww, baby... YOU ROCK!!! I just tell the truth. ;)

love you!!
xx me

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SHERLYNN43 10/5/2009 5:27PM

    OMGGGGGG! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon CONGRATULATIONS!!! I loveeeeeeee her name by the way! This is soooo exciting. I can't wait to see pics of your sweet baby girl!!!

Hugs....Sher

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MARISA612 10/5/2009 3:45PM

    Congrats! Very exciting news! It's been a big year for you :)

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DANEDA 10/5/2009 3:12PM

    wow, Wow, WOW!
Congratulations! A little baby girl is so exciting.

What a month you've had. I had just been wondering a couple of days ago what might have happened to you since I was missing your super encourageing blogs.

It's great to have you back, and I really wish the best for you and your family. Happy fatherhood!

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PURPLEALLY 10/5/2009 1:53PM

    WOW!!! What an incredible month you had!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROC9612 10/5/2009 1:49PM

    Congratulations but I think you get confused the Bears stuff do not have stars anywhere, it's just a bear and there is orange with the blue stuff hehehe emoticon

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JKSTEIN123 10/5/2009 1:37PM

    Congratulation. How exciting. I wish you both happiness with your new baby to be!

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2Q2KARE 10/5/2009 1:01PM

    Congradulations on the up coming new addition!!! Lubbock, TX is that where your from? I have family there, and my son goes to Texsas Tech. Small world.
Take care

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LCWELTER 10/5/2009 12:32PM

    emoticon That is wonderful news!!!!!!!!!!!!! You continue to be an awesome team leader :) Looking forward to news about Mom & Jayleigh too! (love the name!!!) Enjoy the 'pregnancy' and the babi-ness...they grow up WAY too fast!!! My baby turns 4 this weekend............wow

Congr
ats and welcome back! :)



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KATSPAWPRINTS 10/5/2009 12:19PM

    Oh my gosh! CONGRATULATIONS ERIC!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

You've had quite an exciting month. I have to tell you that your blog today brought tears to my eyes. I am SO happy for you both! I know that God has some great things in store for you, and you deserve it. emoticon Keep us posted on your progress (and Mommy and baby, too).

Kat =^..^=

P.S. I am very jealous that you went to the opening Dallas game. I watched it that night on TV and the stadium looks truly amazing. glad you had a good time. emoticon

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