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Wow, this summer went so fast, but let me tell you it was great! Now it is back to school!
Well, Carissa is definitely getting smarter. She’s so excited for kindergarten next year and meeting lots of new kids.
Alex just started 6th grade. He’s in Mr. Hooley’s class. Alex is doing well in school and so far we haven’t got any bad complaints (= Well done, Alex! We hope that he enjoys new sports and activities this year. He’s going to be headed to jr. high next year, which will be very exciting. He’s taking the usual subjects; Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, and English. We hope that he’ll join more activities. Enjoy your last year of Elementary School, buddy, you’ll miss it, but don’t look back!!!
I just started the big High School! Wow, a freshman, scarrry! (= But, seriously, it has been a LOT of fun and I’ve been SOoo busy. This year, I’m taking Health/Gym (one semester each), Physical Science, World Studies, English Enriched, Geometry, German, and Band. As if that’s not busy enough I joined marching band and am playing soccer, basketball, and then track. But I really do enjoy everything new that I’m doing. I love German, it’s a lot of fun. And Band is so much new stuff and it’s not just dorky clothes and boring songs, we make cool formations and play some cool songs, like Crazy Train (Ozzy) and Livin’ On a Prayer (Bon Jovi). I love it. Then, soccer is great. We barely lost our first game and just won our second on Saturday. So, other than the overloading amount of homework, high school is great. I am really enjoying it, and the days are going by so fast.
Welcome back to School Everyone!!!!!!
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Well, we crossed the 6 month anniversary line! The grandkids were here and Kayla baked a cake with decorations of LUNGS all nice and pink. We celebrated with Gene and Betty and it was very special for all of us. The celebration was on July 25,2009. Today is Aug. 16, 2009 and we have just spent a week at home after a circle trip that included a recheck at Cleveland Clinic. We sometimes forget how lucky we are till we go there. This time we ran into the 76 year old that had a lung transplant the same day as Karl. He was in a wheelchair and has had a lengthy stay due to his body reacting to the anti-rejection drugs. The visit before that we ran into another patient at the time of Karl’s and he has been flown there twice with problems. So you go Karl!!! His bronchoscopy was a-okay with no signs of rejection, bacteria, viruses, or infection. He golfed 90 holes of golf in June at his annual golf outing with his buds!! And he enjoyed every minute of it. The grandkids (all) spent lots of fun time this summer here at the lake and we all had fun. We just got back from 5 days with our dear friends, Marg and Jimmy, on Wolfe Island in Canada. Karl and Jimmy golfed every day. So life is good and miracles do happen!!! Fall is coming==can feel it in the air. Karl is busy doing lots of stuff around here–currently re-organizing his garage and building shelves, etc. Hope to post more updates real soon. Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes and prayers. Keep them coming.
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Okay, well my spring sport this year was track. In track I started out just doing the mile. By the Pac 7 (the championship with approx. 8 teams or so) I was doing the 1600m. (1 mile), the 4 X 200m. relay, and high jump. At the Pac 7 I placed 6th in the high jump, jumping 4 ft. 6 in. Then, I got 10th in the mile (not my best). Finally, my relay team got 5th place. It was a great night overall. The boys won 1st place!!!! and the girls won 2nd!!!! It was so much fun. We were all cheering. It was a good way to end the season and the school year! Good Job, TRIWAY!!!
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Would you pick this semi-masked man up or help the damsel in distress? Neither since they were Â bothÂ enjoying the view of the Osprys, Bald Eagle, Crane & Herrons along the side of the road at a nature nesting stop. What a wonderful treat that was on our little outing around Houghton Lake. What a beautiful Saturday it was with the weather in the 70’s which is just unnatural at this time of year in Michigan. Mike & I had a nice, relaxing, and quiet time with the folks during our weekend visit with “NO KIDS” which is a first for us since they are usuallyÂ home or Mike has to work the weekend. Well this time Mike didn’t have to work and No Kids(Justin at his Dad’s and Maggie & Mike at the Carneys), so we took advantage of our “FREE” time and to get the hell out of dodge.
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Okay, we all love spring time. This means the end of winter (and hopefully the cold) for a while, and the beginning of spring… the warmth… the sun… the plants and animals. For some people, however, this means the end of basketball and the beginning of new sports. I think the most common spring sports are track, baseball, and soccer. All kids put in committment when going out for a sport, especially if that sport is a new experience, and I am starting a sport that I have never done before.
Tthis year I have decided to try to take on track and soccer in the spring. My mom doesn’t think I can handle both, but I would really like to try, because I have found out that I like both sports.
Track practice began 2 weeks ago and we have been working on conditioning and things like that. Our first meet is a week from this Thursday.
Soccer practice began Monday night, but I was not able to go, because I was babysitting that night. Our games begin in mid-April and the championship is the last weekend in May.
I hope that everyone doing a sport this spring can work hard at it and have lots of fun. I also heard that my brother, Alex, might be doing spring soccer (MAYBE) we still have to convince him, though. So, if you have any comments or anything at all to say, just leave your comments on the site! We can still keep up with what’s going on in other family members’ lives. We can still comment even though events like Grandpa’s surgeory are over. We can still use the blog. If you are not sure how to do commenting or writing blogs, you can check out my blog from a few months ago, just search for Blogging and Commenting for Beginners . I hope you learn and have a lot of fun!!! Happy Spring and Happy Easter!!!!!!!!!!
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What a nice dinnerÂ visit with Mom & Dad on March 16, 2009.Â They stopped on the wayÂ up north, but had anotherÂ diversion to Jodi & Chris’s house before their final destination of HOME. Dad looks great and we are so happy with his recovery. “Keep Up the good work Karl & Mary Ann”…We Love You!!
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Well everyone is letting know they want more information. Karl is doing fabulous. He is bright and cheery. He is staying the same weight wise–164#, but Cleveland told us to now worry about it. They said the cortisone will catch up and he’ll be complaining about gaining too much weight. He is getting his blood drawn frequently and they are adjusting his medications frequently. I guess that will go on all year. We were is Cleveland early last week, and he had his second bronchoscope(tube down the throat). They do this to look for rejection. His results were a-okay. There were no signs of infection or rejection. We go again this Saturday or Sunday, but it is an appointment for the study he is on. The doctors will check him also. Then we won’t go until mid-April unless something shows up. His energy is coming back–he does the cooking now as everything else will be up to me. He does a good job with that. He also has been walking on the tread mill about 15 minutes yesterday. So he is trying to build his strength up–golf is coming you know.
Nothing else is new. Our grandsopn, Michael, was in ER Monday-bad headache and bleeding nose that started at football strenghtening. He is okay but the parents are watching him. Our granddaughter, Kayla, is now on a bus to Washington DC for her 8th grade trip.
Again thanks everyone for all the thoughts and prayers. The phone calls help–they let Karl know you care. Love ya all Karl and Mary Ann
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Hi all!!Â Â Well yesterday was an interesting day.Â We did the vital signs in the morning and Karl’s pulse was 34!!Â That was scary.Â So I put a call into our coordinator.Â Then Karl had about 3 bouts of throwing up.Â So when we went for the study medicine appointment, we told them about it.Â Well there was even talk about admitting him.Â He had an EKG and was seen by Dr. Budev.Â Â She lowered his heart medication and wanted him to just eat lightly.Â She also okayed his study medication for the day and that we would seeÂ how he did through the day and tomorrow.Â So we went back to the hotel.Â I found a JoAnns to wander around and when I got back to the Guest house I fixed him dinner, which he kept down.Â Then we got in bed to wtch TV and the hotel fire alarm went off!!!Â So we got upp, got dressed and went down stairs.Â Everyone was evacuating–we at least got to stay in the lobby and stay warm.. I don’t know what it was.Â There was firemen all over the place.Â When we went back upstairs there were many more alarmsÂ for the next several hours.Â We didn’t sleep well consequently and Karl had early blood work today anyway.
Today, we went for appointments.Â Karl’s weight is up to 172#’s and his pulse was 55.Â He did not throw up and looked real good when we went to the doctor’s appointment.Â So after all our study training, and delivering his medicine through inhalation, the doctor said we could go home.Â Â Â We left Cleveland about 2:00 pm and made it to Jodi’s about 6:30 pm.Â We plan to stay the night here and leave early in the morningÂ as there is a major snow storm headed through Michigan.Â Can’t wait to get home!!!!Â Love everyone–Karl and Mary Ann
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Triway Girls 8th grade team had never beaten the Fairless Falcons… until Last Night! The game was tense and overwhelming.
All the girl contributed to the game. Jen cheered us on. Hannah blocked a lot of shots and fouled out near the end (good job Hannah!) Shelby and Erica scored 10 points each. Tessa scored 7 points. Sabrina, Katie, Ariel, and Alayna all contributed good defense and played hard. I scored 6 points and had a steal. By the end of the game we had maybe 20 seconds left and Shelby scored again, tying the game 33-33. We went into 3 minutes of overtime. Erica chipped in a layup and I also had a layup making the score 33-37 by the end of the game. The explosion of screaming and cheering from Triway fans and players was great! It was wonderful. We all went into the locker room jumping around, screaming, and hugging each other. We all got ready and ran out to the bus. We got to celebrate at Mc Donald’s on the way home. We were all so excited.
Carissa entertained us all (as told in Carissa’s Moments) and we all had fun eating and celebrating. It was a great bus ride home.
This Saturday we will be playing for the championship (either Tusky Valley or CVCA.) We are confident and excited, but we have to keep our heads in the game and play good defense.
I will have pictures up as soon as I can!
GO TRIWAY!! Good Luck Triway Lady Titans on Saturday!
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Okay, we all know that Carissa is a crack-up, right. Well, we decided we’d better start recording all the funny stuff that she says. So, we’ve decided to do this post, so whenever she says/does something hilarious, we’ll be able to remember it here.
So, if you have some moments to share e-mail me and I’ll post them here! Or you can comment on this and tell us your own stories!
I said, “How did you know that, smarty pants?”
She said, “Because I eat Smarties!”
haha! She’s so funny!