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My father was a mountain of a man.

I struggled that last year was 10 years. I can’t believe this year is 11.

It’s been 11 years since my dad lost his life. He was 54, I was 15.

11 years ago my world was shattered.  11 years later, I say that my world was rocked but it has continued on.  The pain is still deep, the want is still there, and I miss him as much today as I did 11 years ago. But, my family is proof that life does move on.

We have had our ups and our downs, and I know we will continue to do so. That’s life – with or without loss. 


My dad was the most amazing man.  He was a hard worker, a great role model, and provided an amazing life for my family.  He had almond shaped eyes that disappeared when he laughed or smiled – he had a distinct laugh that often brought tears to his eyes.  He smiled with pride, definitely had a “don’t piss me off” face (especially in the car when we were little), and had an overall love and appreciation for life.  He was a questionable dresser (I wish I had a picture of the short shorts, the acid washed jeans, and the iridescent shirt…), wore Velcro shoes at the cabin, and his hands were always dirty (yet clean somehow) which showed how hard he worked.

My dad was a family man. He loved my brothers and I and would do anything for his “bubs” and his “doll”. He and my mom were so in love and together they provided the most incredible example of what a marriage should be like.  I bet he would be so proud of our family today. We have struggled together, held together, and grown together.  We have gone from a family of 5 to a broken family of 4.  Today, we are a family of 6 – soon to be a family of 8.  If he were here on this Earth, I can only imagine how his eyes would sparkle at the site of his granddaughter, Mackenzie.  And how he would love and treat our (soon-to-be) spouses as one of his own.  It’s so weird to think that my sister-in-law, my soon-to-be husband, and my soon-to-be sister-in-law have never met him… but I believe we have been able to portray who he was through our stories, our pictures, and ourselves.

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I wish he was around to be able to walk me down the aisle in 17 days… but I know he’s will me. Always.  I am very proud that my mom will walk me down the aisle – she is an incredible woman. 

Ever wonder where I got the name for this blog? Life is short, but it is sweet.  Words from the Dave Matthews Band – words that I live by.  My dad left this world 11 years ago, his life was cut too short.  But the reality is that this life is sweet and we need to live it with all we’ve got.

Life is short, but sweet for certain. 

Rest in Peace Don Sims

1/3/48 – 6/12/02

Looking forward to getting to see you once again. xoxo

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Check out some other posts I’ve wrote about my amazing dad:

– 9/11/12

Well, the world is supposed to end today, right?

This weeks fake Wine Wednesday birthday celebration


Super Saturday!

I already posted this morning about my delicious meal made my hubby-to-be 🙂

After relaxing for a little bit and watching some basketball, I geared up and got my run on.

I had a really rough time with my workouts this past week – had a conference for the last few days and that really threw me off.  I did get a workout in at the hotel, but missed a few lifts and miles.  But, hey that’s life, right? 

So, Tinsley and I dressed up for the cold, rainy weather and off we went! Today was a bit of a struggle, but I got through and I still can’t believe I did it.  8.43 miles in 1:29. The last mile was a bit of a struggle…I tried to find a lot of hills to prepare for the hilly course coming up in May. And of course, with hills comes more tiredness. 2013-03-16 14.18.28

What would a workout be without one of my infamous selfies? 🙂 Of course, this one is awful, but so representative of how I felt!

Wore my green in honor of St. Patty's Day!
Wore my green in honor of St. Patty’s Day!

I ran with Tinsley for about 5.5 miles and then dropped her back off at home.  SHE WAS EXHAUSTED. When I came home from the rest of my run, this is what I found…. Tinsley holed up in the bedroom under our (unmade) bed blankets. BLANKET FORT!!!!!!

What a goon.
What a goon.


Okay, now it’s time for a green beer. 🙂 


This weekend, I became a runner.

That’s right, I said it. I am a runner.

Surprisingly, saying those words doesn’t make me want to vomit.

More surprisingly, my 7.38 mile run on Saturday didn’t make me want to vomit either.

I actually had the first day where I thought that I can do this. 


Here’s why I know I am now a runner….

  • I used MapMyRun to plan out where I was going to go.
  • I took off my long sleeve shirt two miles in, while running, and holding the dog, without dropping my tunes
  • I ran on a path that was snow covered. Yup, didn’t turn around.
  • I dropped my dog off at home at the halfway point.
  • I ATE MY FIRST GU PACKET (strawberry-banana, pretty gross and thick)
  • I used my new handheld water bottle 🙂
  • I ran my longest distance: 7.38 miles. 
  • I put my legs up when I got home and was able to catch my breath.
  • I actually stretched after I ran. Seriously.
  • I used my foam roller after my run.
  • I got calf cramps while in line for the movies.
  • I brought in my own Nalgene of water to the movies (oops). And filled it up twice. (oops).
  • I woke up Sunday with wicked ITB pain. Such is life.
  • I loved hearing the words “I’m proud of you babe” when I walked in the door 🙂



I can do this. I will do this.
I can do this. I will do this.







****yes, I know that I have a long way before I get to 13.1…. but hey, life is short and sweet, right? It’ll happen. 


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my lovely readers!

I hope you find this day filled with love, hope, and friendship. This day is often looked down on by all the “single” people, but I think it’s really important to know that Valentine’s Day is a day about LOVE.  While some people might not be in a serious relationship, there are still people who LOVE you. That’s what Valentine’s is about. Yes, I’ve been in that situation where I haven’t had a significant other to share my V-Day with and I know I am fortunate to have my amazing fiance now. But, the day sucks when you don’t have someone to share it with… To all of my friends out there thinking they are alone on this day, you’re not – I love you!

Here’s my little craft for Valentine’s Day

Additionally, to celebrate the sweetness of life, I made these little sugar cookie hearts 🙂 It was fun!




I hope you find time to celebrate this day of LOVE.  I will be enjoying this last “single” Valentine’s Day (before I become a MRS) in Diversity and Equity Class….. woohoo! 🙂 xoxo

Your funny for the day….

Took Stella to the vet then headed to the Post Office to drop off a few packages.

I was inside for no more than 10 minutes and this is what I came outside to….

2013-02-05 09.40.31The best part is that I wasn’t the only one out there laughing at her and taking pictures….

Poor thing just wanted to turn on the lights and clear off the window with the wipers.

Oh Stella … how many more times can I say that life truly is sweet????


This week’s fake Wine Wednesday birthday celebration

I didn’t have wine on Wednesday(insert shock!!!)…. instead, I’m celebrating Thirsty Thursday! I celebrated this Thirsty Thursday with a tall Bud Light.

I don’t typically order a Bud Light, it’s not necessarily my cup of tea. But, I honor my dad with his favorite beer on days I’m thinking of him or on days when I want to celebrate his life.

Today would have been my dad’s 65th birthday.


I can’t believe he would be SO OLD!!! Haha I remember this feeling 5 years ago when he would have turned 60, but dang! 65! I love to imagine what he would have been like as a 65 year old man – I imagine not much different than when he passed away at 54…. Still a little prankster, with almond squinty eyes that cried when he laughed hard, still putting his orange peels into his coffee cup while driving to work, singing Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” and Bob Segar’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” at the top of his lungs, rolling Mr. B’s cigars around in his mouth, and one finger typing on the computer (can’t even imagine texting!!)

Life is so short. I lost my dad when he was 54 years young …he had so much life to live as do my mom, brothers and I. It saddens me to think about how much he has missed in the time that he has not been on this Earth and all that he will miss in the future. Yet, I am confident he has been watching over all of us and I know that I will see him again someday.

Celebrate we will – life is short but sweet for certain.

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Happy Birthday, Daddy – this one’s for you. Hope you’re having one heck of a good time up there. xoxo

We gotta do much more than believe if we wanna see the world change…

This morning my ears are filled with the new Dave Matthews Band Album, a sound that is so sweet and so familiar.  I have been listening to DMB since 1998/1999 when my brothers started listening to them (what didn’t I do that my brothers started first??) My casual listening turned into my first concert in 2001 and soon I will be heading to my 21st.  In my opinion, their music can help me escape, draw out emotion, cry and reflect, laugh and smile…. Their music has brought together Mike and I and remains an important part in our relationship (sounds weird, I know!)


I think it’s funny sometimes to tell people that I love Dave Matthews Band and have been to 19 shows (2 more soon!)… the responses I get is SHOCK.  People just don’t understand. If that makes me a groupie, I’m pretty sure I’m okay with it. Mike and I have traveled to some cool places to see some great shows and share unforgettable times with great friends – what a great way to bring people together.

We met Dave at Blenheim Vineyards in 2010!!

I know it seems like a crazy thing to have a post dedicated simply to this band, but I wish I could express the gratitude I have for all of them. They have put so much time, energy, and love into their music.  Their following is incredible.  They live simply, they appreciate our planet, they make a difference.  I only hope that each of you can find a passion for something/someone that represents the idea that Life is Good – and we should appreciate what we have.


Celebrate we will. Life is SHORT but SWEET for certain. – DMB, Two Step

May we celebrate what we have because all too quickly our sweet lives can be changed. 

I’ve got 99 problems but a burpee ain’t one…

Alarm went off at 5:15am – again, barely slept last night in fear anticipation of my 5:45am Holiday Rush class today.

But I rolled myself outta bed, groggily got dressed and headed to class!!

….To face a progression workout. We did variations of 5 exercises including:  jumping jacks, crunches, wall sits, leg lifts, and push ups.

Our first set we did 99 of each (9 push ups), then 88 (8 push ups), 77 (7 push ups) and ended with 66 of each (6 push ups).

I got a great sweat in and was incredibly happy to find out burpees were not one of the exercises included.

Off to face the day! Keep smiling!

Question of the day: Do you prefer working out in the morning? Is there a time that works better for you?

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