This cute little cheeser on our drive to go camping with the Hendricksons and Grandma and Grandpa Hogg and Aunt Shayla.
Such a pretty reservoir we hiked to. Loved it!
Zak got to ride in this raft the whole time we were up at the reservoir. He got to 'fish' with help from his cousin Thomas. He absolutely loved it and loved this camping trip.
LOVE this picture of our neice, Laura.
This was Zak (above) and Nate (below) within about 10 minutes of arriving at Seaside, OR.
Zak, Eldon and Elliot
Cole with our hotel in the back and to the left of him. Nate's parents had an amazing condo we got to stay in there. It was so much fun!
I love this sunset picture of everyone on the beach.
There was a just a spiral staircase inside of this tower that you could go up for a beautiful view.
Delish fish and chips in Astoria!
Driving to the Tillamook Cheese Factory
What a cute cow Grandma has. =)
Grandma sure knows how to get these boys nice and relaxed. Lotion, cuddles and movie.
We had the most fun June going camping in Ladd Canyon at Beaver Creek with Nate's sister Shauna and her family. They are fabulous campers and showed us the ropes on how to camp in style even with no bathrooms or firewood to buy. =) Zak has been way into wanting to learn to fish and this was the perfect opportunity for him to do so. His cousin fished with him at the lake forever and would catch fish and let him reel them in and then also release them back into the lake. Once we hiked back to the campground from the lake, Thomas took Zak to the creek where they continued to fish. He loved every minute of this camping trip. It was a beautiful spot and I really enjoyed myself too. Cole enjoyed throwing rocks and just being able to be outside 24/7. A week or so later Nate's parents had a condo for 10 days up in Seaside and invited us to spend some time with them there. We stayed for about 3 nights and overlapped a night with Nate's sister Shelbey and her kids. Zak absolutely loved this trip as well. He's missed playing at the ocean and got to do that, PLUS play in the pools and hot tubs so he and Cole both really had a good time. It was nice to overlap a night/day with Shelbey too so the kids could have some fun cousin time. Nate and I got to go out at night on our own to explore the town once the kids were in bed and his parents would stay with them. So we all had a nice vacation there.
In May, Zak finished his first year of preschool. Here, they can go 2 days a week when they are 3 so next year he'll get to go 3 days a week.. Zak loved it and made some good friends in his class. The last month they went to the fire station on a field trip and enjoyed some water parties and BBQ's. Nate finished his first year of medical school in May as well! One year down, three to go. He did great! I was amazed at how well he was able to manage school along with husband and fatherly duties. We sure appreciate all his hard work and dedication!
So I its been a month or so (like two months) and a half since I started trying to lose weight. I have had good days and bad days. I bought a deep fryer for hot wing, sorry for all the die hards out there- gotta maintain a high quality of life, and life without hot wings is not a life for me! Despite my weakness, I still lost weight- 10 lbs from my last blog, and 16 lbs total! Yeah, yeah!. I also started P90x. My best day was like this: I got up at 5:30 am and played basketball, then I came home and did P90x, I ate really well this day (less than 2000 calories), and then I ran 3 miles that evening. I think that if I would have had more days like this I could have lost more weight. My worst day was to the effect of- I did nothing, ate a lot of bad food and ended the night with cookies!. The good news is my drive to lose weight is still strong. I also lost a few inches from my belly and thighs- and my chest, which I was hoping would bet bigger from P90x- can't win all the battle at once I guess. Here is some pictures for you all so you can all see the 2 inches I lost from my stomach.
Yes- it is true I am going public to get my sexy back. Graduate school and medical school has taken as much toll as I will allow. Within the recent years many things have happened to inspire to to get my body into a more functional state. These reason's are as follows:
1. I have become the fattest Hogg brother in the Norman L. Hogg family- unacceptable!
2. My father was diagnosed with Diabetes- in med school I learned that this type of diabetes can be cured and prevented in most cases via a more healthy LIFESTYLE!
3. My mom had heart surgery and was diagnosed with coronary artery disease. This disease is mostly genetic, but a healthy LIFESTYLE can delay the onset and decreases the amount of stress on the heart prolonging additional heart complications that can be associated with CAD!
4. My stomach sticks out further than my.................................chest.
5. I want to be able to play sports with my kids. I tried to keep up with Zak on a recent 3K he forced me to do and realized that I couldn't. Unacceptable!
6. As a physcian I will have to encourage healthy lifestyles- practice what you preach Dr. Nate Dogg!
February: This is a little too far away to be able to totally remember BUT I will try. We had a fun little visitor come and stay with us for about 4 days. Yes, Kable came to play with Zak and Cole while his Mike and Amy were in Vegas. It was fun so fun being able to have him stay with us for awhile! I have a picture of us in Idaho, so apparently we went to Idaho, but I don't know what for. Oh, I think to meet Jeff's girlfriend and just hang out. We stopped in La Grande and Nate's sister Shauna's house on our drive home and got a little bit of snow! Not too eventful.
March: March was full of fun! Zak's preschool went on a field trip to a museum and the Soda Shoppe, we went to Heppner for St. Patrick's Day, and went on a family trip to Seattle for Nate's spring break. Heppner goes all crazy for St. Patty's Day. Nate and I, Mike and Amy and my dad all went to a smoker and watched some rad boxing the Friday night before. Saturday morning we got up and walked around "town", participated in a Welly Toss (our team won 2nd place! ha!), watched a parade and hung out at the park. Nate's sister Shelbey and her kids came and met us for the parade and to play at the park afterwards. It was fun to see them and get our kids together! Seattle was next. We got home from Heppner on Saturday and took off to Seattle on Sunday. On Sunday we just had dinner with my cousin Scott and his wife Adrienne and their daughter and then chilled. We got up on Monday and went to the space needle, children's museum, Pike's Market Place, Waterfront, Aquarium, then dinner. The boys were EXHAUSTED by the end of the day. We walked so much and it was so cold out but we had a lot of fun. The next morning the boys slept in late so we leisurely headed out to the North Bend outlet malls and then just headed home so Nate could study the rest of his spring break for his tests the upcoming week.
April: This month isn't even half over...but I thought I might as well catch up to this point. It started out with a bang! On April 4th Zak had his tonsils and adenoids out. He wasn't having a ton of obvious trouble with them but they were just abnormally large and his dentist, pediatrician, ENT pretty much all thought they should come out. So after MUCH stressing, and almost cancelling his appointment many times...April 4th came and we were to be at the hospital by 6 a.m. for his 7:45 a.m. appointment. He was super brave going into it but having them wheel him away back into surgery was definitely not fun for me. I thought that would be the worst part because afterward I could just cuddle him and he'd have medicine, etc. but that was not the case. Watching him come out of the anesthesia crying..with itchy eyes/nose looking uncomfortable was so not fun! BUT he did well and has been working on getting all the way better ever since. He pretty much refused to take his pain medication 90% of the time but today was the first day that he took no pain medication and ate almost completely normally AND acted/played normally...so hopefully things just keep getting better and better. We also had some fun visitors...Nate's brother Jeff and his girlfriend Kelly came and visited us for Easter weekend. We colored eggs, frosted sugar cookies, went for walks, went out to eat, Jeff hung out with Zak and ton and built blanket forts and it was great having them!