Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pot of Gold!!

Sooo....our Team is doing a group fundraiser called the 'Pot of Gold'. Basically, you buy raffle tickets and if your ticket is drawn, you win the ENTIRE pot. Yes, you heard me right, ALL OF THESE THINGS. Incredible, huh? The tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. I have sold a LOT of them so far, people really want in on this! For you out-of-towners...there are a few things on the list that you can't use, but a ton of them are nationwide. Here's a list of the amazing things to be won!

The Home Depot $25.00 Gift Card
The Home Depot $25.00 Gift Card
Run On! $25.00 Gift Card
CK Sports $50 Gift Card
Target $25.00 Gift Card
Starbucks $25.00 Gift Card
On the Border $60.00 Gift Card
Red Lobster $25.00 Gift Card
Olive Garden $50.00 Gift Card
Chili’s $25.00 Gift Card
Tom Thumb $25.00 Gift Card
Cindi’s NY Deli $30.00 Gift Card
Blue Jean Bar $30.00 Gift Card
Panera $25.00 Gift Card
Best Buy $25.00 Gift Card
BeautiControl Gift - $30.00 Value
1 Bottle Tommy Bahama Rum
1 Bottle Michael Collins Irish Whiskey
2 UV-Free Tanning Sessions at Palm Beach Tan
Bushnell Binocular with Built-in Digital Camera
Free Appetizer Outback Steakhouse - 21 Passes
Chemical Peel at Laser Solutions - $200.00 Value
2 - 1 Month Passes to LA Fitness (Frisco Location)
Center for Musical Minds 1 Hour Piano, Guitar, Violin or Voice Lesson
Pole Party for 6 at The Girls Room (ladies fitness studio) - $250.00 Value
Dr. Alex Temple, chiropractor for an Initial Neurological/Orthopedic Exam, Consultation and Chiropractic Treatment - $140.00 Value

If your name gets drawn this Saturday March 27th (at our Saturday morning training), you win!! Please let me know if and how many you are interested in buying. Your money is tax deductible since 100% of proceeds will be going directly into my fundraising account. If you click on the Team in Training logo on the side bar on my blog, you can do it that way and I will print out and fill out the raffle tickets for you. If you are local and would rather give cash and fill out tickets yourself, you can do that too!!

Let me know and good luck!! Oh and feel free to forward to anyone who you think might want to play!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tidy Tuesday

For those who think I "do everything"....obviously I don't! When you are a busy, busy girl, some things have to go...unless you are superwoman, which I am not. And unless you don't sleep, which I do.

Anyway, in last weeks case....it was laundry. Sad thing is 1) this isnt even near all of it 2) I did a few loads last week!

Sooo....if anyone is curious what I am doing today....

Monday, March 15, 2010


Here are some recent pics of Eden that I took yesterday at Parker's T-ball practice. Its been a while and she is getting to be such a big girl. The last pic you can see her "smile". LOL!

And here's one of Parker and Daddy at practice. Dude is a serious baller for a 3 year old. We love it and we're so proud of him!

Sunday, March 14, 2010


I ran a 5K yesterday. I ran it in 22 minutes and 28 seconds, which breaks down to a 7:18 mile. To the majority of people who don't run? This means nothing. To me? It is a busting my butt in the gym 6 days a week payoff. And it feels really good. :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lets do this.

Here is a copy of the letter that is going out to all of our mutual friends in Prosper. I didn't send this out to friends and family this time so I wanted to put a copy on my blog so that you could read it. Thank you so much for all who have supported me/us. It is amazing the support we get from everyone!

Training has been going well and so far we are up to 6 miles in our mileage. This next month will bring on some serious miles and we will be in the teens by the end of the month. Exciting!! I am feeling great, albeit tired, but knowing I am doing something so wonderful makes it all worth it.

So, here's the letter in case you are interested! :)

Charity –
1: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
2: generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also: aid given to those in need.

Dear Friends,

On June 6, 2010 at approximately 6:30 am in San Diego, California, we will be taking the first steps in a venture that some of us never thought possible; running a marathon. Yes, that is 26.2 miles of pavement each; a collective One Hundred and Thirty-One miles in the California sun. We will be racing in the Rock and Roll Marathon as a part of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program. Why, you ask? Well, because we can.

Team in Training is an organization that provides mentors and coaches to help everyday people like ourselves become a member of the exclusive club of marathon runners. They say that only 1% of the population will complete a marathon in their lifetime, and we are all about to be a part of that statistic (some of us already are!). In return, we each raise a minimum of $2,900 that goes toward helping cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease and Myeloma; the dreaded blood cancers that take the lives of our friends, family and children every single day. In total, we will raise $14,500 between the 5 of us, and we won’t stop until that number has been met and exceeded. Yes, we could pay to go to San Diego on our own and run the marathon. Better yet, we could choose a local race which didn't cost anything and didn't require fundraising, because fundraising in this economy? Not easy and not fun. But now is when they need it the most. The patients are suffering through this economy also and health care costs are staying the same, if not rising! Families need our help more than ever.

Many people have asked us why we want to do this and the answer is simple; to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves and to rest well at night knowing we have helped seek a cure in any way we can. Did you know that every ten minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer? This statistic represents nearly 146 people each day, or more than six people every hour. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under the age of 20. These are awful statistics! Cancer is such a terrible disease and every step taken towards a cure is one step closer to eliminating ALL cancers.

Although our Team has an ‘Honored Hero’ (a patient or survivor whom our Team has chosen to represent) the five of us have chosen to dedicate our race and our training to Hank Kieffer. Many of you know Hank; he is the father of Kevin and Matt Kieffer, and the Father-in-Law of Jennifer and Jessica. He is a Leukemia survivor and if not for the efforts of many past Team in Training participants like ourselves, Hank may not be with us today. We will proudly wear Hank’s name on our jersey and think of all the harrowing treatments Hank had to endure whenever the running gets tough; which it most certainly will! If he could deal with chemotherapy and countless other needles and treatments; we can do this. Yes, we can.

Where do you fit in?
We can’t do this on our own. We CAN train every Saturday morning at 6:30 am for the next 5 months. We CAN run in the sleet, snow, wind and rain 4 days a week. We CAN take time away from our precious families to make this goal happen. But we cannot meet these numbers on our own. Please consider making a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. No donation is too small, every penny helps in finding a cure. Checks can be made out to ‘The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’ and your donation helps all 5 of us. Of course, your donation is 100% tax deductible. Some of you might work for an employer who has a matching program. Therefore, whichever amount you choose to give, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will receive double that amount! And as always, your good wishes and positive vibes to sustain us in our training will also be graciously accepted. We truly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on our progress.


Jessica Devenny, Ana Jordan, Jennifer Kieffer, Jessica Kieffer and Ashley McCool

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Its been a while...

Ok people, I sincerely apologize for not blogging for so long! Time gets away from me and I will realize that I haven't even sat down at my computer for a few days! Now that phones are little itty bitty laptops, who needs a big ol computer? ;) BUT, I'm gonna make an effort to blog more (and K is for Kitchen, too)....so be prepared!.

So lets see whats been happening over the last week or two.

Me: Lots of working out, lots of running, lots of laundry, lunching with friends, a night or two out on the town, shuffling kids back and forth, etc. OK, nothing more in my world. Moving on...

Mike: Work, Work, More work. Went gambling one night and to a Mav's game another night. Helping coach Jacobs baseball team. That's pretty much it

Jacob: One basketball team. One soccer team. TWO baseball teams. Kindergarten. 4 practices a week, one private lesson and a couple games. Busy, busy 6 year old! (yes I know it's too much, no stones please :))

Parker: Started T Ball Sunday. Talk about cuteness. Dude's a baller! Oh, and he punched Jacobs front tooth out. Fun times.

Eden: Crazy, funny, smart, cute as hell and divalicious to the max. All the things a 19 month old girl should be. ;) Here she is in my lip gloss!

Ty, Laura and the kiddos came 2 weeks ago and it was a BLAST. Unfortunately I am a lazy sack and didn't get ANY photos! Not even one! I am ashamed of myself. The kids had a blast though and Nate and Parker created some SERIOUS trouble. More Parker than Nate, but those two together are trouble.....and oh so cute. The girls even played some this time. Took turns swatting and pushing each other, just as little dainty girls with older brothers should do. ;)

Life right now is fun and crazy and I'd like to apologize for not keeping up with everyone as I should. When nighttime comes and I finally have a second, I am so spent that I just want to lay here in silence. The rest of the day is LOUD AS HECK and you'd be hard pressed to hear anything other than screaming and fighting in the background if I called you.

Which raises another point. WOW, the fighting!!! The boys are 6 and 3 and steal, harass, heckle and make fun of each other like I cannot believe. And from what I understand from my wiser, more experienced mommy friends....this only gets worse. Anyone know a good Prozac dealer?

So whats on the agenda for the Devennys today? Lets see...

7 am - Jacob off to the bus
8:45 am - leave to take Parker to school and head to the gym
9:30 am - arrive at gym, work out for an hour and a half and then shower
12:00 - lunch with my Wednesday lunch buddy Erin. Love Wednesdays!
2:30 - pick up Parker at school, come home and start chores
3:30 - Jacob gets off bus. Homework and reading time! And wow, at level 20, the books take soooooo long to read. I am sick of hearing about the square in Moscow and the churches in Mexico City. Wait, did I just say that out loud?
5:00 - Jacob has baseball private lesson
6:00 - arrive home and throw dinner together, finish tidying house, laundry, etc.
7:00 to 8:00 - famous yoga guru, Julio Papi, at our gym and I can't pass this class up!
8:30 - arrive home, exhausted. Shower, watch Tivoed American Idol, and predict the winner.
10:00 - SLEEP!!!

This is a very typical day for me. Yep, we're busy and it's great. It's also no different than anyone with 3 kids of my kids age is experiencing. What the heck will I do when Parker is playing more than one port and Eden is also involved??? We already have 5 practices a week and many, many games between the two of them! YIKES!

OK, this is the longest, most nonsensical blog to date, but I was trying to throw all my thoughts into it. And while we're at random...if this chic doesn't win American Idol, America is stoned. BEST voice since Kelly Clarkson, no contest.

I've thought this since Hollywood week, but have forgottten to make my prediction. SO there you have it!

I'm sure I could think of other things to blab about, but I will spare you until next time. Until then, Happy hump day!