Monday, January 26, 2015

I was going to post for Fitness Friday last week, but plans changed.
Evan was home sick for two days.
And then my dad's cousin passed away on Tuesday.
He was like a brother to my dad, so we always called him "uncle Jim" even though he was really our second cousin.
The funeral was on Thursday.
He was 68 years old and hadn't been doing well the past year.
So truthfully I wasn't shocked, but it was still extremely sad because 68 is so young.
I found some older photos from when he was younger, and posted this little collage on Facebook to share with some of my family.
He was truly a nice man with a great sense of humor and will be missed.

As far as my fitness goals, I am still focusing on staying away from fast food, exercising 4-6 times a week and taking my vitamins. I haven't decided on a goal for this week, so I think I will just continue on with these three goals and pick a new one on this upcoming Friday.

And remember in my One Little Word post when I mentioned that Evan had decided we should also pick one word a week for our family as a whole to focus on? (In addition to my word Peace)
This week our word is Understanding because he thinks it would be nice to try and listen and understand each other. He said sometimes he feels we don't always take the time to really listen and understand what a person is trying to say. I think it's a brilliant word for the week. And a good one to bring to mind when talking to each other. :)

Also, this past weekend was my annual Girlfriends Scrapbook Getaway.
I packed up and headed to a local hotel with my sister-in-law and a few other friends to scrapbook Friday through Sunday. It's hosted by a one of the women who owned our local scrapbook store and her friend.
I spent most of the weekend working on my Summer 2013 Pocket Page album and got quite a bit done. But still have more to go. I'm getting there! And I've promised myself that I will work on it a little everyday this week so I can hopefully finish and put it on the shelf soon. :)

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. So sorry for you loss ... and loving this weeks OLW!!!

  2. Sending warm thoughts to you and your family, Mary Jo. Wonderful words from Evan and hope he's feeling better now. Looking forward to seeing more of your summer album!

  3. So sorry for your families loss Mary Jo. I'm loving your word for the week too :)

    Your getaway sounds awesome!!

  4. So sorry for your loss! Great word this week.

  5. Sorry about your Uncle Jim. A girls weekend sounds like so much fun, especially combined with scrapbooking!

  6. Sorry about your uncle.
    Glad you were able to get away for a scrapbooking weekend!
    How excting you completed so much in your Summer album!!!

  7. I am so sad to hear about your loss. And sooo young!!!

    Love the weekly OLW!

    Hope you enjoyed your time with friends and scrapping!

  8. sorry to hear about your uncle.
    looks like you have been busy! i need a scrapbook weekend to get some stuff done of my own!!!

  9. I love that photo on the left. I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

  10. As I look at it more... it TOTALLY looks like it could have been taken at F.E. Warren (or Ft Warren, possibly, at the time it was taken--name has changed). Is that possible?? It looks so similar to our house there.

    1. You know my first instinct is to say no I'm sure it's here in STL.
      But maybe not. I'll have to ask my dad.

  11. You are so lucky to have these wonderful photos, Mary Jo! I'm so sorry for your loss. I love the idea of having a OLW for the family. Gotta see how the rest of the peeps feel about it. LOL!

  12. We must be living parallel lives between illnesses, deaths and fitness in our lives. A scrappy getaway sounds like a great escape.

  13. I'm so sorry for your loss, Mary Jo. Sending hugs!