Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
We made it! We all climbed Camelback mountain (2700 ft) without any injuries, cuts, or bruises. Ryan and Jack were so excited that they made it to the top. Coming down was a lot harder than going up but it was well worth it.
Our Phoenix trip was a lot of fun. A lot of eating, drinking, relaxing and bonding with family and friends. We spent a lot of time with Team Bell and as usual, they made it pretty hard to leave. I think that is the definition of a true friend. It is always tough to say goodbye:( The kids had a great time together and when we asked them what their favorite part of the trip was.......of course it was playing at Luke & Mikayla's!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I think Charisa was really surprised when she walked into Niche Friday night.
So much for having a romantic dinner with Justin-she celebrated her 30th with dinner and bowling with the family! It was a great night and thanks for letting us join in on the fun.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
The kids had a great Halloween! Ryan was a cheerleader and Jack was a power ranger. Can't get much easier than that! The weather was FANTASTIC which makes trick-o-treating and the parade great fun. Now that the Halloween craziness is over it is now time to prepare for the real holiday insanity!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Never say Never:
I never thought I would have another dog-
I never thought I would have a dog that weighs 6 lbs-
I never thought I would dress my dog in clothes-
But yes I am one of those people that buys clothes for my dog.
Junie B. has been so cold lately with the weather changing. So she needed a sweater to keep her warm and while I was shopping a winter coat for her caught my eye. She will need one just in case it's raining or snowing when she's outside. Right? Well, either way if she needs it or not she has one. It was too cute to pass up and I want her to be warm this winter!
Here's her new winter wardrobe......so far! Her coat is on the right....
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Happy Friday to everyone :)
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Look how far they've come. We can remember when Mike and Kelly were careless and fancy free. We all want to know...is it easier with three? Introducing the newest member of their family...Madeline.
Happy 3rd Birthday Mikayla!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Just wanted to let everyone know that Aunt Dee is the Gateway Club Champion! She brought home the title yesterday afternoon! Way to go-everyone give her a shout out...might make it a loud one. She deserves it!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
A few weeks ago, we met up with some college friends from Quincy at the Cardinals game. I always enjoy catching up with Deb and Cris....it seems like our catching up usually involves the Cardinals whether it is in Jupiter, Fl during spring training or in St. Louis at a game! They might be the biggest Cardinal fans I know!
We also ran into my brother-in-law J-Mac and his Madison, Wi buddy Roy. They also joined us in the suite for some free adult beverages and ballpark food.
Maybe we can make it an annual event as long as David Green shows up!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Ryan brought home the Golden Gator Award last week and we couldn't be more proud of her! The principal gives the awards to kids who have the "I can do it " attitude and tries their best. Way to go Ryan....keep up the good work.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Five years ago, at 4:09 p.m., I gave birth to a baby boy who weighed in at 9 lb. 12 oz. I can still remember that day like it was yesterday. I hope the next five years don't go as fast as the last but hope they are just as enjoyable. Happy Birthday Jack a roo......I LOVE YOU!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Jack had his first soccer game last Saturday. They brought home a win 6-0! They have come a long way since the spring season. Jack just loves to run up and down the field-he could care less if he makes contact with the ball. His games are on Saturday's at 9:00 if anyone would like to see him in action!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
OOOOPS....Just realized that I forgot to post Dad's Birthday Blog. Sorry about that Dad...Their 37th anniversary and his birthday landed on Labor Day this year. So we celebrated at our house that evening with one last summer bar-b-q. Dad requested pork steaks and they were Yumm-O!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Mark is almost finished with painting the dining room.
My vanity top and sink are in and are being delivered today.
So hopefully by this weekend this house will be back in order!
Jack is back in school-3 days a week now! I think I'm going to be putting mom's sewing machine to good use this fall. I had my first sewing lesson yesterday and made a pair of flannel pants for Jack! I will try to post a picture of them soon-these house projects are getting in the way of my blogging!!!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I didn't get my new floor put in although I waited around all day for it. Can't get angry...I'm sure they are squeezing me in so I'm not going to complain.
Tony is supposed to be here at 7:30 tomorrow to do the floor.....
Didn't make it to the grocery again.....
Had pasta for dinner for the second night in a row .....
Made garlic bread out of some mini bagels I had in the pantry! Kids loved them! Ha!
HAVE to go tomorrow since I am out of plastic bags to pick up Junie B's business from the yard.....
Ryan meets her new teacher tomorrow evening-hope it's a good fit.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I started the day with no plans - which are my favorite ones- and ended up with getting a lot accomplished. Ryan said she would like to get her hair cut so it just happened to be kids day at Fantastic Sams so that's where we went. You can't beat the $8.99 haircut which includes a shampoo and dry. Since I had Jack there thought he needed a little trim as well. Killed two birds with one stone.
Did a lot of house stuff, took Jack to a play date, went to the pool and even fed the kids dinner there.
The one thing I didn't do which is probably the most important is go to the grocery store!!!! Oh well, have enough to get us by for in the morning and will go tomorrow afternoon.
So the kids are set for school. Ryan starts next week and Jack the week after. Thank goodness....I will miss our carefree, lazy summer days but you know it's time to go back when the kids start fighting over who gets to pick up Junie B.'s business in the backyard.
Friday, August 08, 2008
I received my "mad money" in the mail on Wednesday just like Jodi said I would! The contest is legit and I will continue to go to Valvoline for my oil changes! Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket this weekend.....this could be the start of something big! Ha!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Junie B. had her first real hair cut today with Sheila. I think her hair is shorter than when we first brought her home! She even put a little pink bow in but I am a little worried that it might give her a headache. Girls, you know what that feels like to have a rubber band in too tight...ouch. Oh well, we'll see how it goes. Ryan loves it so we'll keep it in for awhile!
So Junie is feeling frisky with her new do-it sure will keep her cooler in this hot weather.I was told that I need to brush her EVERYDAY. So will put that on my to do list with everything else going on and hope to get to it. I really liked Sheila-Rindy referred me to her and I think we will be regulars.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I am $500 richer because of Valvoline instant oil change and I'm loving it! I went to have my oil changed about a month ago and my technician told me that if I called in and took a survey I would be entered to win $500 in gas money. Sounded good to me-you can't win if you don't play and with the price of gas and the size of my tank I thought why the hell not.
Good thing I was home yesterday when Jodi called from Valvoline to inform me of my winnings :) She made my week and she also said that I don't have to spend it on gas :) :) :) I can spend it on anything I want. I guess the right thing to do would be to put it in my gas tank for the next five weeks but it would be more fun to splurge on the boots I have been obsessing about for the past month.
My new kitchen table is being delivered today....Yippeeeee!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
The shots I did get were erased because I was trying to update my iphone and ended up erasing EVERYTHING. One step forward two steps back. So if you don't hear from me it's because you haven't called because I can't call you. So please call so I can have your phone number!!
My MO this weekend is to get my phone back in full swing. I need to get my iTunes and my e-mail back on my phone. Wish me luck-I'm gonna need it. Have a good weekend.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Ryan's last softball game of the season was tonight. Game time temp was 101-needless to say the girls were hot and cranky. The game lasted 3 innings too long but the trip to Annie's afterwards was worth the blood, sweat and tears. I think overall the girls had a good time and maybe they learned a little something about softball! I don't know if Mark will be back to coach next year....may have to give someone else a turn. Last but not least, we would like to give a big thanks out to Lantz Homes Inc. for sponsoring the team!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Ryan has Kids Kamp all week...she looks forward to this camp all year long. She will be spending the week golfing, playing tennis, swimming and all sorts of fun stuff. So Jack and I are doing a little bonding this week. Today we went to get his school supplies for pre-school! I always loved going school supply shopping...can't wait to take Ryan next week when Jack is at camp.
Have to sign off-Junie B. is standing at the door...maybe this potty thing is starting to click with her.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Everyone loves Independence Day, the quintessential American holiday, full of parades, picnics, and ... surprising facts? You bet! Be the life of the party--share a few of these tasty nuggets of knowledge with your fellow picnickers this year.
1. Independence Day commemorates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. However, it was not declared a legal holiday until 1941.
6. The first two versions of the Liberty Bell were defective and had to be melted down and recast. The third version rang every Fourth of July from 1778 to 1835, when, according to tradition, it cracked as it was being tolled for the death of Chief Justice John Marshall.
7. The American national anthem, the "Star-Spangled Banner," is set to the tune of an English drinking song ("To Anacreon in Heaven").
9. The patriotic poem "America the Beautiful" was published on July 4, 1895 by Wellesley College professor Katharine Lee Bates.
10. Father of the country and architect of independence George Washington held his first public office at the tender age of 17. He continued in public service until his death in 1799.
Hope everyone has a fun and SAFE 4th of July!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
I can't believe July 4th is going to be here next week. The kids have been having a great time....We have been doing a lot of swimming and just playing outside. As soon as we pull in the garage they immediately jump out of the car and get on their bikes and off they go! They come in for a quick dinner and they can't get back outside fast enough. Needless to say, they have been sleeping very well!
T.G.I.F.! I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend-it's been a hectic week and we need some R&R around here. I'm watching Vance this morning while his mom and dad close on their new house-how exciting for them. :) I'm hoping that the weather will clear up...the last thing we need is more rain. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Here we are in Metropolis, IL...home of the one and only Superman! We made a short trip to Nashville, TN last week and one of our many stops along the way home was to see the gigantic Superman statue. I think I've seen it all now-
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day. We've had a pretty relaxing weekend so far. Kicked off the day with a fantastic brunch with Mark's side of the family and then headed off to the Cardinal's game for an afternoon of ..... let's just call it HEAT! We're talking mid -south double header type of heat. Thank goodness bottles of water were only $5.00-
And for the nightcap....drumroll please....dinner with my side of the family.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Here she is ....our 2008 Graduate.....Ms. Eden! We all had a great time celebrating our graduate last night. It's still hard to believe that she is going off to college this fall. She will be attending Loyola in Chicago....oh Eden you're going to have so much fun. A new world is about to open up for you and I couldn't be happier. The whole family was able to make the PARTAY -except for the Hamilton's who we missed-and some of Eden's friends stopped by as well. Congrats again Eden - We're so proud of you.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Well, Ryan's last day of school was Monday and we were both ready for a summer break. I desperately needed a break in the routine. I can't believe she is going to be in first grade. Looking back, this year has really flown by. She has learned so much and it's such a joy listening to her read her own books!!!
So we had big plans to relax at the pool the past two days but Jack's sickness and the rain has put those on hold. It's actually been nice to just be home and to not have to be ANYWHERE! Ms. Junie B. has also enjoyed us being home with her.
This is Ryan on her last day of Kindergarten.....
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Here are a couple more pictures of Junie B. She had her first doctor's appointment yesterday and she said that she looked great. She weighed in a little over 2 lbs!!!
She is adjusting well to her new home and family. The kids just love her and still can't believe they have a REAL puppy of their own!!!!