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Happy Halloween!! Boo!


I am a dork

Happy Halloween to everybody!  I don’t really feel like it is today since everybody was out celebrating last night.  My mom and I are watching the Viking’s game & my dad is out grocery shopping.  We have also spent a large portion of the day reading together.  It is so much fun to have wonderful books to read!

I had the night off again last night ….which was awesome!  I went out with my friend Catey & a group of her high school friends.  We somehow found ourselves in Mound (that is where they are all from) & did a little bar hopping.  So much fun!  It has been about seven years since I dressed up, and I could still only be convinced to slap on some cat ears.  People went all out & some of the costumes where pretty amazing.  I love Halloween!


Catey, Corey (Snookie) and I

Jenna and Ross went out with some friends last night as well.  Jenna created homemade costumes for her and hubby all by herself.  I am pretty impressed with her new talents!  I always used to have to be the person helping her out. Little girl has grown up!

Mom and dad seemed to have an enjoyable evening together.  I know that my dad was pretty tired when I left, so I called him several times throughout the night.  Apparently they did just fine      without me!  I got home this morning & they both seemed happy. Thanks Dad!

Jenna & Ross dressing up as their favorite things



That is it for now.  My next debate is figuring out whether I should sport a costume for the trick-or-treaters. Hopefully we will get more than last year!

Prayer for Julie: Pray for continued healing of her skin & bed sores.  They are looking good…but still bother her


Thankful: I am thankful for a fun night out with friends 🙂

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The sun has disappeared in the MN :(

This will be a short post…because I really don’t have anything to talk about.  The past two days have been BORING!!!  We woke up to gloomy weather this morning.  The rain has started coming down…and there is no sun to be found.  I know that it is boring to talk about the weather all of the time, but it affects us so much.  To pass the time I have started reading “Still Alice” out loud to my mom.  This is one of my book club pics for a future month, but it seemed like something that would interest both my mom and I.  The book is wonderful!  We are on page 75 and totally captivated!  It is about a Harvard Professor that was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.  Since we know so many people that have loved ones affected with Alzheimer’s & my mom has a neurological disease herself, it is extremely compelling.  I know that the book has gained a lot of popularity, so I am sure that most of you know about it or have even read it!

Catey came by again to help us out today.  We watched a little Oprah & Dr. Phil with her while she helped us out.  Oprah was so devastatingly sad that it went well with the weather.  It was about a couple that had lost their 3 children in a horrible car accident.  You can always count on Oprah to keep your attention!  Our hearts go out to that family.  I cannot imagine the pain that they have gone through.  After a show like that, you remember to count your many blessings & truly appreciate what you have in life & acknowledge that life can change in an instant.  I know that my life changed immediately after I heard my mom was diagnosed with ALS.  The life I knew…would be no longer.  I am so lucky to still have my mom!

Ok, that is enough rambling for today.  Looking forward to the week picking up!

Prayer for Julie: Pray for continued happiness & inspiration during these dreary days

Thankful: I am thankful for Oprah…what are we going to do when she is no longer on?  She has been a staple in my life since I was a young girl.

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I am just sitting here and relaxing on my night off.  I just got back from dinner with one of my “besties” Dana.  I have said before that Dana & I have been friends since the age of 4.

Creekers reuniting with our "middle school notebook" after our 2nd year of college

We are members of the “Creeker” group.  This is what everybody called us when we were growing up.  There is a group of five of us girls with completely different personalities (well, maybe not so different anymore) that have been very close since the age of 4.  They would be; Susan, Kate, Dana, Meg and myself.  Go Creekers!  Anyway, we all lead different lives, but try to find time for each other.  One of us girls (Susan) is in grad school in Chile.  It will probably be a little while before we get to see her again.  Otherwise, the rest of us live in MN & IA.  Not too bad!  Dana had a baby boy about 9 months ago, so it is always nice to get some “catch up” time with her.

Dana's son Kelly with his "auntie Kelly"

Her baby boy is such an angel & I absolutely adore him :).  Tonight was just us girls, which is great as well.  Sometimes you just need some girl talk!  Thanks Dana for great conversation and friendship!  Love you !

Today wasn’t too exciting for my mom.  I gave her a pedicure & manicure….and we watched a little gymnastics.  I also got her up into her chair so that she wasn’t in bed all day.  Jenna went up north with Ross to his family cabin.  We just might have to go a few days without seeing her!  haha.

Champps with Dana tonight

Whatever shall we do?!?!?!

That is about it for tonight.  I am going to enjoy the rest of my evening off.  So excited!

Prayer for Julie: Pray for continued healing of her skin.  I say this repeatedly, because it is our biggest problem at the moment.  If this is the worst we got, I will take it!!

Thankful: I am thankful for the friendships God brought to me at such a young age.  I feel so lucky!

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Dental Drama….

After a wonderful night off to myself, I was awoken to the sounds of Jenna & her husband laughing and hanging out with my mom.  Ross stopped over to surprise my sister this morning with coffee.  This surprise made for a very pleasant household.  My mom always loves seeing Ross!  Jenna woke me up a little early because she thought that she might have cracked a crown on her tooth.  Since she works for a dental office, she was able to get in right away.  Fast forward a few hours…when we receive a pretty frantic phone call from my sister.  Apparently she has a lot of tooth damage under the crown & might need to have it extracted.  Since my sister takes great pride in her oral health, this is the end of the world to her. j/k.  Not to mention…could be extremely expensive.  We all have to realize that these things happen, and life is full of unexpected expenses.  Then there is all the controversy in my family about dental implants & dental work that could affect a person’s neurological system.  When my mom was diagnosed with ALS, we spent a lot of time researching how the mouth affects a person’s entire body.  If you ever have a conversation with my dad about this topic, it could go on for days.  In the end, I am sorry J for the tough dental day!


Mom loading up at Costco

After all of that happened, my mom and I decided that we should go for a walk.  After getting all bundled up, we headed over to our pond area.  Upon getting out of the car, we realized that our plans might have to change.  It was so windy and cold today!  We were told that the temperature was going to be 65-ish….but the wind made such a huge difference!  After getting ourselves back into the car, we decided to head to Costco. Always an Eagle family favorite.  :).  This trip was made extra special when we ran into my mom’s friend Amy!

Mom & Amy

Of course I had to break out the camera to show how much fun we were having.  We compared our purchases…like it was so exciting & had ourselves a little chat.  Gotta love Costco!


This evening one of my mom’s other besties came over.  We always love having a visit from Jane!  It is great getting a chance to catch up on all of the exciting Eagle happenings from the week.  We are just so exciting! haha.

That is all, I just ran some errands & am getting ready to settle in for the night.  You never know what tomorrow may hold!

Prayer for Julie: Pray for the continued healing of her bed sore.  The sore seems to be bothering her more lately…although it doesn’t look bad.

Thankful: I am thankful for my Costco card.  Buying in bulk is fun!  And it is fun to spin my mom around in the wide aisles!

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Needed a Lazy Day!

You heard me right!  Kelly needed a lazy day.  It might not have been with Mama Jules approval, but she let me have it anyway.  For some reason only 2 hours after waking up, I felt that I needed a nap.  Is that weird or what?  I always seem to get a little run down

Family Picture at Jenna's Wedding


shortly after waking up, yet I am fine through the afternoon & never want to go to bed at night.  I am a strange woman!  haha.  My mom looks at me like I am crazy when I ask her if I can shut my eyes for a little bit (that is my way of asking to take a nap…sounds better 🙂 ).  So, after she let me take a nap….I decided to do some book-keeping for myself.  Pay bills, fill out work paperwork, call people back, etc.  After that, my mom and I talked & she told me it would be ok if we stayed inside today.  I wasn’t sure if she really meant it, so I was

Family at Jenna's Rehearsal DInner

thrilled when her bestie Amy called & wanted to come over for a visit.  Yes!  My mom would have a fun afternoon after all!  Thanks Amy!


Jenna stopped by after work to get changed for her Swarm meeting a the Excel tonight. She got out of work a little early, so she surprised us with a quick visit.  Wow, this day turned out better than we thought it would!  haha.  It is always good to see Jenna.  Not that she is married, we don’t get to see her everyday like we were used to.  My sister always makes my mom’s face light up…so it was great to see her!  Oh, if you would like to see the new pics posted for the Swarm Performance Team go to

Also check out the story about tryouts at:

I think that is all for today.  I am going to start my book for book club this month.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  I heard that it is really great!

I inserted some family pictures into this post.  I always think that pictures make things a little bit more exciting, and I don’t have any new ones for today.  Hope you enjoy!

Prayer for Julie: Pray for continued strength and energy

Thankful: I am thankful for friends that come over to visit.  Means so much to all of us!

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SPT! Go Jenna!

Another busy weekend with some high ups & some high downs.  Saturday was a pretty exciting day!  Jenna decided that she wanted to try out for the “Swarm Performance Team”.  She kept this tryout more to herself this

Jenna getting ready to leave for tryouts!

time, and only wanted my help & my mom’s help on the day of tryouts.  Since my mom and I are dance obsessed, of course we went over to her place to help her get ready!  A little fake tan, fake nails, makeup, teased hair & Jenna was ready!  After an afternoon of getting dolled up, my mom and I kissed Jenna good luck & sent her on her way.  We were really excited for J, and looking forward to going home & waiting the evening out.  I specifically dedicated my plans for Saturday to Jenna & knew that I would wait at home nervously anticipating the news.  I know, I can be a huge dork sometimes!  Our rush of excitement was short-lived when we walked into our house.  My dad had been out working in the yard (with protective glasses might I add) and he managed to get some debris into his eye.  So, he comes down the stairs….his eye bright red & watering like crazy.  I tried to help him look for something in there, but I couldn’t find anything.  This wasn’t good.  It was supposed to be my night off, but I ended up taking care of both of my parents.  My dad couldn’t see & was in pure misery.  So, not knowing what to do…I made him dinner & let him relax on the couch.  So not fun, but in a way very comical.  This is kind of how our life is in this house.  You never know what is going to happen around here.  So, the three of us settled in for the evening….and I helped out both of my parents.  Around 11:00 we still hadn’t heard from Jenna & we were getting pretty nervous (well, not my dad…he was more focused on his eye..haha).

Jenna & mom before tryouts

At about 11:30 we got the news that Jenna made it!  Yes!!!!!  So, after about 45 minutes of discussing the details of the tryouts…we let my sister go & I put my mom & dad to bed.  Who knew I would be putting my mom & dad to bed on a Saturday night when I grew up.  This is crazy.  After that, I went downstairs & tried to salvage what was left of my night off.  I had been invited to go camping that night, but I guess that God knew I would be needed at home. (thank you Dana for the invite!).   I am glad that I made the decision to stay home!  CONGRATULATIONS JENNA!  So proud of you baby girl!

Today was a pretty good day too.  Aside from my dad’s eye still hurting like crazy.  My mom kept spelling “get him to the eye doctor” so I called and made him an appointment.  After that I called Jenna to ask if she could take him since he couldn’t see.

Lindsay & Jared Celebrating their 30'th bdays!!!

Of course she said yes!  That is how the Eagle family pulls together!  I told him about his appointment and he protested that he didn’t need to go.  After mom kept glaring at him, he gave up and said that he would go.  In the end, there was a piece of debris stuck in his eyelid that kept scratching his eye every time he blinked.  The doctor removed it and gave him an antibiotic.  He is much better now!  So glad that is over!  After all that, my mom, Jenna & I went to my aunt Sam & uncle Jeff’s in Eden Prairie.  We had a “family gathering” to celebrate my cousin Lindsay & “cousin in law” Jared’s 3oth birthdays.  We had a great time catching up with family & watching the Vikings Game.  Happy Birthday you guys!!!
Sorry if this blog seemed a little too detailed.  Drama…Drama….Drama!!
Prayer for Julie:  Pray for continued strength & bed sore healing
Thankful: I am thankful for Jenna making the SPT.  Now my mom and I can go to watch her cheer at the games. Another fun thing for us to get out and do this winter!

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DCC – Making the Team!

Another wonderful day here in MN.  We started off our day with the usual feeding mom & getting ready.  We decided to go see “The Social Network” with my dad.  My mom usually doesn’t enjoy going to movies when it is nice out, but I talked her into it!  I think that the great reviews helped me get her there as well :).  We gave my dad a call thinking that maybe he could get to an early movie from work.  I was right!  My dad rarely passes up the chance to see a movie.  I also called Jenna, but she had some errands to get done.  We were pleasantly surprised when she showed up as well!  So, the Eagle family had an impromptu family trip to the movies (minus Nate).  The movie was great, and my dad even stayed awake for it!  He has no idea what Facebook is, but I think that he understands what all of the fuss is about now.  hehe.

I am giving my dad the evening off tonight, so no break for me.  Not a problem, I get tomorrow night off!  My mom and I found out that the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader’s (DCC) Making the Team….is on tonight!  Premiere episode!  This is Jenna, my mom, and my favorite show!  So we are in dancing heaven.  Always makes for an exciting night!


My mom & my Godmother Mary during the flying days



Prayer for Julie: Pray for an enjoyable weekend

Thankful:  I am thankful for the movies.  Another thing that my mom and I can do together.


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Happy 35th Anniversary Mom & Dad!

That’s right!  Today is my mom & dad’s 35th wedding Anniversary.  Pretty amazing!  Since it is hard for my mom & dad to enjoy a candle lit dinner together… it is!  After a super long day at work, my dad came home with a gorgeous flower arrangement for my mom.  Her face lit up when she saw them!  I am still amazed every day of the love that my parents have for each-other.  When my dad talks with my mom…she looks at him like he is the most fascinating person.  Most of the time it is engineer talk & I am bored out of my mind, but she just smiles and listens.  Those two are meant for each other!  I couldn’t imagine a braver & kinder man for my mom when she was diagnosed with ALS.  He has been her #1 cheerleader since day one.  There isn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for her.  Their undying love for each other is another reason I believe that my mom does so well.  She is surrounded by so much love.  Congratulations Mom & Dad!  I love you!!!

On top of all that, today was another fun day.  My mom & I met my sister Jenna at the mall to do some shopping.  It is always fun to watch my sister spend her own money now that she is married.  haha.  Just kidding!  After shopping, we went over to my sister’s townhouse to watch a little Oprah.  Today was about a polygamist family that has a reality show on tv.  Pretty entertaining stuff if you ask me!  I just love reality TV!

That is about it for now.  I am on my break & am going to relax a little bit.  More tomorrow!

Prayer for Julie: I pray that she and my dad have many more anniversary’s together

Thankful: I am thankful for the wonderful loving example my parents set for me every day.

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An evening with the ladies

Book club day!  Yes!  But lets start before that.  We started the day nice and easy knowing that we didn’t have any visitors until later in the afternoon.  This allowed me to play around on my computer, read a little more of my book and workout.  You might ask how I am able to work out with “mama Jules”.  Well, we have developed a system where I can put our baby camera on her….and have the little TV screen with her face next to me when I am on the treadmill or whatever workout dvd I might be doing.  Works out pretty slick! I really appreciate my mom giving me time to workout. I have been trying to get it in every day around here.

This afternoon my mom’s friend Yvonne came over with her 3 adorable granddaughters! We hadn’t seen Yvonne in a little bit, so it was really nice catching up.  She has always been a very dear friend of my moms.  We also had our friend Jane stop over around the same time.  This was Jane’s weekly visit, and we always love seeing her.  Her visits are so appreciated.  So, I guess that you could say we had a little party!  Jenna arrived during the end of our visit, to come over and watch my mom.  She is giving me the night off!  Yes! An evening off for me means that I get off at 6pm and am back on at 11 am.  Yes again!  I usually get 2 of these nights a week, unless I have plans & require more time or am going on a trip.  We try to be pretty flexible with each other around here.  We are team Eagle!  Sometimes I don’t even know how we do it.

After our visits & Jenna’s arrival, I was off to book club.  Book Club meets once a month & we have been meeting for a couple of years now. 2 of our members had baby boys this month….so we were down by two!  We are so excited to meet the little guys.  Hopefully next month!  Congratulations to Renee & Andrea!!

I am back home now & ready to relax for the rest of my evening.  I am going to post a couple of pictures from our shopping trip last Sunday with my cousin Shawna & my aunt Sam


My mom & Shawna


Prayer for Julie: Pray for continued strength & energy

Thankful: I am thankful for my book club & the coming together of such wonderful women that I would never have met!

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We missed our Dancing With the Stars!

That is right….No Dancing with the Stars last night.  We got to watch the vikings have a rain delay, and then lose the game :(.  Such a bummer!  Now that baseball is over for us, mom is on to Football.  I am thankful for her love of sports, because it really helps keep her happy & entertained!

This morning we started our day with mom’s 2 hour weekly bio-feedback session. Then is was on to her nurse’s weekly visit.  All looks well for “mama Jules” health this week.  That is always good to hear :).  After that we cleaned ourselves up for our visit from Jenna’s mother-in-law Louann.  Our professionaly printed wedding pics are in, so she stopped by to pick them up and have a little visit.  I like when she visits because she always brings me an iced latte! Yum!

This afternoon my dad came home so I could get a cavity filled.  Never my favorite thing to do, but I am thankful to have dental care.  Merry Dental (Jenna’s dental office) did a great job.  If anybody out there needs a new dental office, I highly recommend Merry Dental in Eden Prairie!  Had to give them a shout out.  Jenna was there this afternoon, so it was great to see her as well.  I also got fitted for a mouth guard since I apparently have a teeth grinding problem.  I never knew this until I moved back home.  One night after Jenna & I were both sleeping on the couches to care for my mom, she told me I was making hideous grinding sounds with my teeth at night.  I had no idea, but I guess that is where my stress comes out.  I guess that would explain my random headaches.  So, I am going to try the mouth guard thing, and see if it works.  Hopefully I will keep it in :).

That’s about it for today.  Glee is going to start in a few minutes, and I am super excited! Love that show!


Picture of the family (minus Nathan) at the ALS walk



Prayer for Julie: I pray that mother’s eyes will regain strength.  They looked a little tired today

Thankful: I am thankful to have wonderful dental care!

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