Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Running Update ~ 3.11 MILES!!!

Just a quick note to let you know...I DID IT!!!! This past Saturday morning with Jeremy at my side I "ran" (slowly jogged) the entire length of my 5-K race in preparation for the Lakeview Planetary Run coming up on Saturday, April 4!! I absolutely could NOT have done it without Jeremy encouraging me and cheering me on every step of the way or, of course, without Jesus! :) I'm thrilled to know that I can actually cover the distance (on the treadmill at least) and hope now to simply better my time. It took me approximately 47 minutes to go 3.11 miles on Saturday. I know, I know, pathetic! :) But, wouldn't it be cool if I could shave off at least 5 minutes when I do the actual Run? Only time will tell - no pun intended! Thanks for your support in my training. And, don't forget to send us your Getting Healthy in '09 goal. Just go to the Doing Life with the Traceys page at www.wcicfm.org to find out all the details on how you can win an iPod Nano and a Running Central Family Footwear Fourpack!

Running for my health and to win the Ultimate Prize...Jill

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sharathon 09

THANK GOD and THANK YOU for a fantastic spring fundraiser for 91.5 WCIC! We are in awe of what's happened over the past few days. Record breaking hours, super duper challenges, and YOU making YOUR pledge. Every amount helped and we closed Sharathon this morning just after 9 am with 1,068 new members of Team 360!! Yeah!!!! Thank you so much!!!

Another highlight of Sharathon this year are the staff videos you can see at www.wcicfm.org. Or, just click on the link below. And, make sure you check out Jeremy's debut as a Magic Man (Dropping the Gauntlet)! :)

Videos :: Family Friendly Radio :: WCIC

Alyssa goes to Chuck E Cheese's

Alyssa experienced a first earlier this month...the ever popular Chuck E Cheese's! I'm not quite sure how our sweet girl made it past her third birthday without frequenting the little indoor amusement park that is CEC...but somehow she did! Her friend CJ was turning three and we helped him celebrate by playing the games, riding the rides, and eating the pizza. We were there at 10 am so we practically had the run of the place...not the story at other times, I've heard. Alyssa LOVED it!!! She wants to know when CJ will have a birthday again so she can go back to Chuck E Cheese's. I told her that she and Daddy and I will have to go sometime "just because". So, she's looking forward to that. And, I should probably warn our friends and family ahead of time...Alyssa wants HER next birthday party to be at...you guessed it! Have a great weekend in the meantime! ;)

Friday, March 13, 2009

My Heart's at Home!

Just want to send a shout out to our good friends at Hearts at Home. Their national conference for Moms is going on this weekend on the campus of ISU in Normal. The latest we've heard is that there are still walk-up registrations available for the Saturday session. Find out more at www.heartsathome.org or www.wcicfm.org! And, Jeremy and I hope to see you if you're at the conference tomorrow. We'll be at the 91.5 WCIC booth near the resource center/shopping area from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm in case you get a chance to stop by. We'd love to say HI and chat with ya a bit! Otherwise, have an awesome weekend!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

She Did What?

I no longer have the ability to say that my sweet, mild mannered, compliant, three-year-old has never purposely destroyed anything in our home. On Sunday afternoon Jeremy went to wake Alyssa from a nap when he found her on the floor, sleeping away in the midst of a huge pile of items that had been stored in a tidy little white basket on the top of her dresser. We thought it was well out of reach for someone who's only three feet tall. Little did we know her capabilities as a monkey-like climber. She was able to grab the basket and pull it and it's contents down to the carpet. From there she proceeded to take the Baby Vick's and spread it all over her adorable pink with white polka-dots rug. Then she found those little baby nail scissors! What harm could those do, right? They have the rounded edges and can barely even cut her nails half the time. They're just not that sharp. Well, I guess they're sharp enough to make little tiny cuts up and down one of the panel of her sheer white/polka dotted curtains. Was it the polka dots? Maybe that's what inspired her to attack both the curtains and the rug. She did tell me later she wanted her dots from her curtains. So...maybe she was trying to cut one out?! Who knows! All we do know is we finally have one of THOSE stories to tell as Alyssa grows up about her sometimes mischevious nature. I guess I should be happy that she got past her third birthday before an episode like this took place! :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Alyssa and I did each other's nails this morning after her bath! How fun to be able to do such girlie things with my little princess. And, I was impressed with her abilities. Although most of my nails are only half painted, she did stay ON the nail pretty much, which is better than I can do myself most of the time! Oh, the precious memories! Now Alyssa wants to paint DADDY'S nails next! :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

One Tank Trips - Fun but CHEAP Family Vacation Ideas

The phone lines lit up this afternoon with GREAT ideas for stuff to do with your family during Spring Break. With the economy as tough as it is a lot of folks are staying close to home this year. It reminded me of a trip our family took last June. We rode the train from Normal to Chicago just for the day and visited Navy Pier and the Children's Museum. So much FUN! Do you have ideas to add to the list? Just post a comment and let us know!