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I'm a bit silly & I like to make people laugh. People tell me I'm rather loud but I am usually quiet until I get to know you. I love life, I live life to the fullest & treat others as I would like to be treated.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Day 21

What would I like to forget? I had a hard time thinking of this one. Sure, there are several events and images the are forever etched in my mind that I'm sure most would like to forget. I chalk it up to a learning experience. That does not mean I wish for these things to happen, because I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemy. To watch your dad slowly die as the cancer invades his body is an image no person deserves to see. But I learned how to be more compassionate and fight for others who have it. To be locked in an old mans garage for a few hours and have things happen to you and a few girl friends...no kids needs that either. But, it taught me to appreciate my body. It is mine, and nobody has the right to do anything to it without my permission. Telling my Mom I hated her and wished she was dead was horrible. I was mad because I wanted another Cabbage Patch Kid. Mom died unexpectedly the next morning. That harsh event taught me to never take your Mom for granted, to not be a selfish little brat and to always make sure your last words are "I love you" to my loved ones.
But....there is something I would like to forget and I am working on it. On 6-28-10 was one of the best days of my life. We were granted custody of my niece Joy and given the chance to adopt her when the time came. Dream come true seeing we can't have babies of our own and I love her, she is my niece. I can't even tell you how "complete" I felt holding her, feeding her. In the two days that we had legal guardianship of her I was beyond sick. My meniere's was the most wicked it had ever been. I laid on the bathroom floor begging Ken to take me to the ER. We knew that my health crap would get in the way of keeping her. How was I going to be able to take care of her every day when I have days I struggle to take care of myself? We made the call and the search for a new family began on 6-30-10. I was devastated, a complete failure in every aspect. I was pissed, hurt, sad and hopeful. Hopeful that Joy would find a perfect new home, pissed at myself and meniere's, hurt that our dreams were vanishing. Her new family is beyond amazing. The hurt and feeling like I failed surfaces now and then. We know we made the right choice to let her go...yet, I don't understand why I still cry when I see pictures of her, why I miss her, why I wonder, why I haven't washed the blanket I'd snuggle her in because it smells like her. What I wish I could forget is the pain of realizing we couldn't do it, the pain of handing her over to her new mom and saying goodbye, the pain in Ken's face and heart to let her go, the feeling of my arms being "empty", the feeling of failing myself, my husband, my friends and my family, the pain of knowing we will never try to adopt again. Most days I do not have these feelings. Most days I am happy with our decision and know I am blessed because I am still Joy's auntie and she is with an amazing family. It's the days that all those emotions fester that I'd like to forget.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 20

I'd love to travel to Alaska. Not by plane or boat. You miss way too many things taking the fast way. Instead, I would take a road trip. Pack up the camper and the pups and the hunky hubby and just go. I have always appreciated road trips over any other mode of transportation. You meet the locals, experience different cultures and see so many sights you would never see had you traveled any other way. I want to hike it's majestic mountains, fish it's waters, camp in the wilderness, sit under the open sky, watch their aurora borealeus, see whales and seals and play in its snow.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Day 19

A picture and a letter is today's picture challenge. I don't have to explain anything here. Just read the poem, and promise me you will make the most of your dash.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 18

A picture of your biggest insecurity...I'd be lying to say I am 100% secure with everything about myself. I'd say I'm about 99.999% with who and what I am. But that small 1% is two big things for me. So big, I almost opted to skip day 18 all together. But what kind of person would I be if I only showed the happy go lucky, goofy, sappy side of myself that is secure in life?

So, here ya have it, my two biggest insecurities about myself and my chin, or lack there of and I have a huge issue with wearing my hair up when I am wearing my hearing aides, unless I am with Ken. Then I could care less. It was such a big insecurity for me that we kept it a secret from most family and friends for four years before anything was said. I got sick of hiding it.

I can be very anal about picture angles and hate pictures being taken of myself, especially from the side. I feel like I have 5 chins that all blend into one another and into my neck and that my face is super flat.

Then a couple weeks ago Ken and I were all set to go to the movie theater to see Sanctum and I forgot I had my hair up. I insisted I had to redo my hair before we left. Ken, bless his heart said "Kat, your hair is great up, you're not the only one to have hearing problems ya know, wear em loud and proud" That loud and proud part was his way of making me laugh. I will tell you this, I had my hair partially up and the rest down. So I guess if people really looked into my head they would have noticed. But guess what? If they did, nobody said anything and we had a great time. =)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 17

This is a picture of the officers of the EDC (Escanaba Deaf Club) and it is what has made a huge difference in my life.
I never realized how many unresolved emotions I had about my hearing loss crappolla until I joined this group. No, they did not tap into my emotions or counsel me or anything like that.
What happened when we began going to the meetings and then joining the club opened my eyes and reminded me I will be just fine if/when mm takes my hearing. They accepted me for me. I didn't feel like I had to hide my problem or explain anything because they understand. They have also unknowingly helped Ken. How's that? Ever since we joined Ken has more patience with me when talking to me. He makes a conscious effort now to better communicate with me and he has even learned some new signs. Plus, these folks are ooberously cool and fun to be around. They have truly changed both mine and Ken's life for the better.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 16

Two of the people that have and do inspire me are Ken and his Nana.

I don't think Ken even knows how much he inspires me. He is the kindest, most gentle, patient man I know. he is not afraid to follow his dreams and make them come true. He is also very forgiving. He loves his family so much and will do anything for them. He inspires me to be a better sister, daughter, auntie, cousin, niece and sister in law.

A part of me died when Nana did. She is still with me in my heart but I miss her soo much. She said it like it was, she strived to be the best person she could be, she was frivolous, loving and funny. One of the biggest ways she inspired me was through yarn. Yup, yarn. My mom taught me how to crochet when I was 5. I did little odds and end projects and as the years went by and I missed my Mom more, I put the hook away. Then Ken & I married in 96 and we went to meet his grandparents in Massachusetts. I took along two skeins of yarn and my crochet hook. During our stay I would sit on the chair crocheting, Nana sat down by me, told me I was holding my hook wrong, I should be using different colors (remember Nana said whatever was on her mind) She also showed me two new stitches. She inspired me to try new stitches, which lead to more involved projects. You see, without Nana knowing it, she gave me part of my Mom back that I missed sooo much and inspired me even further. It is from my mom and Nana that my love of yarn and crocheting came from.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day 15

I cannot find a picture for day 15 which is something you want to do before you die so I made one myself.

I have many goals, aspirations and dreams but I don't say "I need to do such and such before I die." I seize the moment and live life every day. If an opportunity arrises, I take it. I hope when I die people say I lived, loved, helped, laughed, dreamt, never gave up, inspired and that I made a difference. What kind of difference? Well I don't know for certain. But I can tell you this, I am too occupied with living and conquering what I can while I am here to worry about what I want to do before I die.

"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift, Thats why it's called the Present" ~Bill Keane

Enjoy your "present" Don't live your life thinking what you want to do, DO IT!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 14

I cannot imagine my life without these three amazing men. Without the two men on either side of me, I would not have the man on the far left. You see, the men on either side of me are Hank & Doug. They are brothers and they are two of the three men who pulled me from the car when I was 5 days old. If they had not been the first on the scene who knows if I would even be here or that the breath that the police officer gave me would have even worked. They rushed into a smashed up car that smelled of gasoline and used their bodies to get me unwedged from under the passenger seat and then gave me to the officer who administered cpr. I can never thank them enough for the opportunity at life that they gave me.

We all know how much I love and admire my husband, Ken. I can't imagine a Kathy without a Ken. He is the part of me that was missing, before I ever knew something was missing.

These three men amaze me, inspire me and make me want to be the best me I can possibly be.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 13

Day 13 is a picture of your favorite band or artist. You cannot even expect my music loving self to narrow it down to one favorite. If I am not listening to music I am singing, if I am not singing I am humming, if I am not humming, I am tapping something. I listen to every genre of music imaginable. Some days I need some ACDC, others I need some Michael Buble, Korn, Seger, Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, Green Day, Pink, Motzart, Beethoven, The Beatles. You see, it varies on any given day.
Here's the thing, we all know I have mm and it will eventually make me deaf. I come from what I would consider a musical family. The majority of us sing or can play instruments. I grew up with music playing on the piano, guitar, harmonica, radio or being sung all the time. I fill each and every day with tunes and cannot imagine the day it goes silent.
I listen even when I have no clue what is being said. You can feel it in your bones. The lyrics can be read and put to the music you have within you. Music reaches all of your senses, it takes you places you have never been and takes you back to past memories. It doesn't matter if you hear the music with your heart or your ears or your eyes. We all have music in us.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 12

Something I love...ok, just one thing? This picture sums up several of my loves. Lake Superior, sunsets, family, friends and being at our babies memorial.

This past summer for my 35th birthday we went on a week long camping adventure on the east coast of Upper MI. What can I say? I LOVE Lake Superior. Our andventure took us to several places on the shores of my Superior and we finaled in Munising, MI for the last few days. While there we went to our favorite place on the rocky cliffs of Superior to watch the sun set and the moon rise. Our babies memorial carving was not far from where friends, family, my hunny and I watched mother natures show.

Front Row: lil Cody, Zack, Shelli, myself, Hunter, Ellie
Back Row: Dave, Derek, Bruce, Ken, Lindsey, Jay & Jen

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 11

Something I hate....hmmmm, if you know me I don't HATE much and I have been told by a couple people that they think I live in a Norman Rockwell photo or have the Beaver Cleaver type of life. True, I did have a hard time thinking of what I hate. I thought about my total digust for octopuss', but then again, I live in upper MI, how often will I ever come in contact with one of those beasts? There is one thing that terrifies me more than anything and I can honestly say I HATE HATE HATE it!!!

Above is a picture of colon cancer cells. What I hate is cancer. I hate that it took my dad, Gpa, Uncle Leonard, Brian, Amy, and Max...just to name a few. I hate that cancer has invaded my friends and several family members bodies and is forcing them with a battle of their lives. But get this cancer, they HATE you too and they will kick your ass to hong kong fooey!! Cancer makes my problems sooo miniscule and makes me angry at myself for getting so bent out of shape over something so little. Yup, I HATE cancer!! I hope my public confession of my hate for the evil C-word scares the bazoinkels outta it and it takes the hint that it's not wanted or needed! Fly the coop, just vanish Cancer, nobody likes you!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Gonna conquer it!

This is my new shirt. Ken has one just like it, but only bigger. Part of Ken's Valentine's gift was that I signed us up for the Cellcom marathon in Green Bay, WI on May 14th, 2011. http://www.cellcomgreenbaymarathon.com/ These shirts commit us to training our bodies. We are going to do the 5k. It's our first ever marathon and I just know it is going to be awesome! Two of my bestest gal pals are joining us too.

I cannot even express what doing this race means to me. It means I am not giving into being out of shape, I am chasing my dreams and NOT letting Meniere's take over my life. My goal has always been to run a marathon. I know it's just a few miles, 3.1 to be exact. But it's a start and I can already tell you I will be shedding tears when I cross that finish line!! I know I won't be the first person to cross the finish line but in my heart I will be a winner! Hmmmpf, take that Meniere's!

Carpe Diem! Seize the day! Make your lives extraordinary! Go For a Run!

With that being said, I am off to the gym! Happy Thursday folks!!

A big honkan horse and a terrified Kathy meet

I, "Katherine M Woodbury, the Last" pet a horse!!! Yup, and this wasn't any horse, this was a big honkan one. Not like the pony I planned on petting at the State Fair to complete my aspiration list. (My dear friends, I am terrified of horses) Nope, this was one of the horses that pulled the sleigh we were on for our "Annual Pepin family and friends sleigh ride" on February 12th. I even did it with my bare hands!! Did you know horses nostrils are super soft? Like a bunny? I do now. =)
Another aspiration fulfilled!! Many more to go and dream up. Life is a wunnaful adventure.

Day 10

Day 10, a picture of the person you do the most &%%#$%^$^%$# things with. It's pretty much Ken, BUT, to change it up a bit and to show that I do have a life outside of my hubby I am going to say my sister Jamie. She really brings out the extreme inner geekoid in me and when that happens all sorts of heck breaks loose!!

Like, we get inspired by Walmart and Menards bags and make ourselves a wardrobe, complete with bonnets!!
Then we walk across the alley to visit my ultra hip 70 something year old neighbor friend.

Oh, it's never a dull moment!! Laughs begin, tears are shed from laughing and good golly grapes, anybody that knows me knows that I snort when I laugh real hard. I am convinced it helps with my coolness factor....

Oh, and then there's times that we go to the local thrift store and try stuff on. Like these stylish swimming goggles. Jamie kept shouting, "everything is orange, I can't see!! Kathy, can you hear me? I cannot see! Take the picture, I cannot see!" I reminded her that the goggles were orange tinted. I almost peed my pants that day. Which would have been ok because they had a whole wall of adult diapers. Not that I want to wear them. But they had them nonetheless.

Then they had these ridiculous bonnets. Notice the placement of the pricetag. It was our attempt at being Minny Pearl. I don't think we pulled it off though. Maybe if we would have worn the goggles with the bonnets...hmmmm

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 9

Day nine is a photo of the person who got you through the most. That would be my hubby and myself.

Ken has gotten me through some of the deepest darkest and saddest days of my life. He has also been there for the countless awesome days. One of the very darkest days was the day I met him. It was March of 1994. I had been in a relationship for a few years and it went bad. It was not a good breakup at all. I did things, said things, saw things I never thought I'd see or do. I. was. a. mess. A lost confused ball of teenage mess. I didn't even feel worthy of love or life. That day, the guy driving that bullet hole riddled Chevy pickup truck with his best friend was the day my life changed. =)

He's laughed and cried with me through the happy times and the sad times. Even though I didn't meet him until I was 18, it feels like I have known him my whole life. We share everything and by doing that he has gotten me through chapters of my past just by allowing me to talk and just listen. I was dealt with numerous obstacles that would make a lifetime movie seem like a comedy. But, I have always had the motto "life happens" Sometimes one of those past obstacles comes to the surface again and Ken is right there by my side to let me vent, cry or whatever I may need to do.

He's held my hand and at times he forces me to stand on my own, reminding me I am indeed the strongest person I know. Together we can and have gotten through every single obstacle that has come our way.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 8

Day 8...a picture that makes you laugh. need I really say more?

No, that is not his hat, and no he doesn't normally throw up the Nixon fingers either. Truth is, we were camping with his family at camp and my dear Kenif had a couple drinks and let his true wackadoodle self out. Scary part? Ken rarely if ever drinks and this is the type of goofball he is pretty much 99.999678% of the time.

Side note: That is me looking at him like "oh my hecklets, cat's out of the bag now hun."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 7

Day seven...a picture of my most treasured item. Impossible for me to list one stinkan "item" that I treasure. I had a hard time trying to follow this one as I am not a materialistic person. I do have many prized posessions though that I treasure. Such as: my Mom's wedding gown, Dad's tie wreath, Mom's porcelian dolls, Ken's Nana's Mother's ring, Memiere's china, Ken's Meme's quilt and teddy bear and numerous photos and memories engraved in my mind of family and friends. That is why my most treasured "item" is a no brainer...

~Family and Friends~
This is a recent pic of our furry family. Taken this past winster Holiday season. Allison Jeanne, McKenzie Elizabeth, Brayden Michael, Macey Jewels, Arizona Claire and the hubbykins.

Valentine's Day

It's Valentine's Day today. (Well when I wrote this and thought I posted it, it was) You know, the day where people spend oodles of dollars on candy, flowers and stuffed animals? Oh, and cards. I have nothing against the thought of the day but shouldn't V-Day be something we celebrate 365 days a year? Just sayin.
I made strawberry cupcakes with a semi homemade butter cream frosting, homemade caramels, homemade shortbread cookies, and white chocolate hot chocolate for our Valentine themed sleigh ride we did on the 12th with the fam and some friends. Pictures and recipes coming soon!!

I did pick up two things for Ken...a movie he really wanted and a spoon. Yup, a spoon. He's had a thing for this spoon for some time. I refused to purchase it for $6. I mean, why buy ONE spoon for $6 when I can get a whole bag for $3? Oh, did I mention we have Arizona Claire our Alaskan Husky that thinks "if it's wooden it belongs in her mouth?" Another reason not to buy the spoon. But by golly! It's a great spoon, and it made Ken happy.
***Update:*** after ONE use the spoon got a crack. :/

I think Ken felt guilty for telling me I had to stay home while he went on the road...why you ask? Because he took the time to make me heart shaped pannycakes for breakfast before he left. Ken got home late Vday night/the wee hours of the morning of the 15th. I was already in bed. He handed me a card and two bags. He bought me Eric Church's new cd, a wallhanging I have wanted for eons and gave me the sweetest card. =)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Monkey Business

It was my brother Bruce's birthday on the 11th. I figured he totally needed a monkey hate so I went up to my craft room, gathered materials and began crocheting. I presented the hat to him in the Walmart pakring lot yesterday. Why the parking lot you ask? Because that's where we decided to meet everybody before the 2nd annual Pepin family and friends sleigh ride.
But, before it was presented to Bruce we tried it on. I can totally see how we derived from our primate ancestors...I think.

Day 6

Day six is a picture of someone you would like to change places with. Well.....not to sound rude or anything, but I wouldn't want to trade places with anybody. I never get bored and I am always learning new things about myself and I've become pretty ok with the person I am and am becoming. It's an ever changing, exploring adventure being me. Why would I want to be anybody else?

These two quotes sum it up nicely...

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." ~e.e. cummings

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." ~Judy Garland

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 5

On Day five the subject of the picture challenge is "your favorite memory." Now, I have sooo many memories. The day I met Ken, our wedding day, seeing my niece Jordyn being born, being given custody of our niece...I'm the type of gal that loves life and every moment is cherished. But, on April 1, 2010 I met Hank. Hank was one of the men who helped save my life when I was 5 days old. I was in a car accident with my Mom & Dad and their friend. Their friend, Joe, was killed instantly by the drunk driver who hit our car head on. Jim (my real dad) was ejected from the car and tossed into the ditch, Karen (my real mom) was crushed in the back seat and I was on the floor smushed behind the passenger seat. I have searched for the man or men who saved my life pretty much my whole life. Last spring when the maple trees were tapped at camp my brother bruce poked his eye with a stick. That got the guys talking about gruesome things. Hank (my brothers friend and neighbor) went on about this accident scene. All the pieces fell in place and I recieved a phone call that the man who pulled me from the car was up at camp.

On April 1, 2010 Ken & I went to Hanks house. He filled me in on what happened and told me there were three men there. On May 15, 2010 we had a picnic in honor of Hank and Doug, two of the men who saved my life. It was a dream come true meeting my heroes. I was surrounded by family and friends and these two wonderful men. It is because of their actions that I have had the pleasure of making many more "favorite memories"

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 4

Day 4 is a picture of my night. Well, the handsome hubby got home. I had a pot of chicken noodle soup on the stove and his Valentine present on the bar. He got a movie and a spoon. Yup, a spoon. Truth is, Ken loves to cook and has had a thing for this spoon for sometime. Like everytime we went to the store he looked at it but I refused to pay $6 for one stinkan spoon when I can get a whole bag for $3. I gave in.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day Three

Day three is a picture of your favorite show. Mine has got to be Big Bang Theory. It's pee your pants hilarious. Plus I have a thing for geeks as the below picture shows. This is my "it's Big Bang Theory Night shirt"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day Two

Day two is a picture of you and the person you have closest with the longest.

I met Ken when I was 18 and he was 16. We have been together for almost 17yrs. In those short 17yrs I have shared every single bit of my past, present and future with him. He is not only my best friend, he is my husband and my biggest cheerleader in life.

We have gone through losing two babies, failed adoptions, sicknesses, losing our house and all of our possessions and traveled the 48 continental United States and 4 Providences in Canada together. We are open with everything in our life and cherish one another. He supports my dreams and loves me even though I am no walk in the park. He doesn't stand behind me, he stands beside me. He knows my heart inside and out, upright and upside down. He is my Ken =)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I am doing this thing called the 30 day photo challenge on facebook and thought, hmmm this is totally something I could do on my blog. I seem to lack inspiration on here. Maybe this will put me in the right direction.

So start off by making a photo album and naming it "The 30 Day Photo Challenge"
It's all about being creative everyone!

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with ten facts

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest

Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show

Day 04 - A picture of your night

Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory

Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item

Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh

Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most

Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most ****** up things with

Day 11 - A picture of something you hate

Day 12 - A picture of something you love

Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist

Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die

Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you

Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity

Day 19 - A picture and a letter

Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget

Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book

Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change

Day 25 - A picture of your day

Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you

Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member

Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of

Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile

Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss

Day 31 - A picture of yourself

Ok, so today is Day number 1. A picture of yourself with 10 factoids. You know how hard it was to come up with 10 facts about myself that maybe some may not know? LOL

1. I have 20 siblings. Chris, Darryl, Bruce, Joe, Jim (who is also my bio dad), Pat, Mike, Laurie, Kelly, Jamie, BJ, Elizabeth, Bobbie Jo, Amber, Aaron, Je...ssica, Josh, JJ, Jesse and Madison.

2. I am a huge sports nut and can scream and holler with the best of the boys.

3. I prefer a big Chevy truck over a BMW, Vette, Mercedes or any other fancy schmancy vehicle.

4. I have meniere's disease that is making me lose my hearing and wanks up my balance. So if you see me with a stagger don't think I'm hitting the bottle hard.

5. I am terrified of octopuss' and cannot look at a picture, an item or eat a gummy octopus without gagging.

6. One March 23, 2011 Ken & I will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.

7. I do not judge others bytheir looks, what they have or do not have, what they do or do not do. Nor do I believe in teasing others. I believe we should all embrace one anothers differences.

8. We cannot have children. I had two tubal pregnancies which left me unable. One on 8-23-95 & the other on 8-31-97. Our babies names are Angel and Alex and they have a special memorial carving on the shores of lake Superior.

9. My dream is to write a book and to own a dog/cat boarding kennel.

10. I have been through a fair share of sadness, dissapointment and struggles in life but wouldn't change a thing. Those events have helped form me into the bullheaded, strong willed, loving, compassionate, goofy, beautiful imperfect person I have come to love.

Stay tuned for day two tomorrow...the person I have been closest to the longest.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl XLV

On Sunday February 6, 2001 our boys, the Green Bay Packers brought Lombardi home after winning Super Bowl XLV!!!! I am lacking a voice but being with dear friends and fam to watch the game and celebrate their win was awesome!!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Hittin the ski trail

On Tuesday we hit the ski trail. It was our first time in years. Like we're talking a dozen or more. We weren't sure how either of us would do. We'd go often when we were dating. Then there were health issues, work issues, punk butt kids vandalizing the trail and then my meniere's crud that kept us off the trails. Hittin the gym daily, sometimes twice daily has truly paid off. We had the energy to complete the loop without any major issues and I stayed upright on my skis without any vertigo. Bozinga!!!
It's a mile in until you hit the loop. Once you hit the v there is a hill to climb. I had Ken go first so I could take pics. Once he neared the top he did a lil turn around pose for me. Then I said he should go down the hill. You know, for funzies. Plus, there are bigger hills on the trail so this would be good practice.

He even did another fun lil pose. Notice his exquisite form. Ski pole behind him, knees slightly bent, upper torso pointed down and forward. It looks like he's a pro at thins right???

He got to the bottom of the hill and fell on his rearendolla!!! Laid there for a minute, muttering. Saying it was my fault, he was going the wrong way on the trail...Keep in mind, we are both laughing hysterically. Like almost pee in your pants laughing!!

We got to another hill, Ken went down first. You could tell it was going to be a bit of a challenge. I had given him the camera before he went down so he could get a pic of me. Apparently he wanted to prove his theory that I would not be able to do it. Well, folks, the video proves that I MADE IT!!! =)

The day was riddled with two falls for me and another fall for Ken. On my first fall I was going down an uneven hill, fell flat on my butt, eyes up at the sky. There was a bald eagle soaring above. Ken was at the bottom of the hill and he noticed another eagle circling above. We stood there for 5-10 minutes. Took pictures, video and just marveled in the gorgeous place we call home. It's good to be a Yooper!!