Saturday, December 19, 2009


The 5th annual cookie making has been in progress since 1:00 this afternoon.

This is what we have so far:
Chocolate Chip
Magic Bars

Dad is not happy that we stopped him in the middle of his oatmeal cookies....just because we have 12 dozen of them so far. We really don't think we need anymore since he's the only one who enjoys them.

Mike Anderson has joined in the madness this year.

Mark and Justin have been playing Mario all day.....Mark did bake his share of cookies-Justin hasn't.

Jr. has gone on a beer run for us since he needed an activity...he can't sit too for too long.

Charisa - Sis hons of buns - has discovered a new beer that she likes. It's Mich Ultra Pomegranate & Raspberry. Drink up.

Steffy Jo is keeping the little ones busy by playing go fish with them.

Mom is the hostess with the mostess as usual.

Last but not least - We're all thinking about Betty today as she's in the hospital with a broken hip. Please keep her in your thoughts and pray for a speedy recovery.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Hair

Look-it's Junie with her Christmas blowout! Junie's beauty operator cut her ears a little shorter than I like but she still cute & sassy!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Locks of Love

I came across this as I was looking at mom's pictures on her computer! WOW- can you say CURLZ? Sure do miss those days! I'm thinking this was Halloween of 2004....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Family Photo

I came across this picture yesterday as I was checking my mindless, celebrity websites and had to share it with you all.

I don't know if it's his 'stache or his transition glasses that make him so attractive.


I finished my sudoku and word jumble in record time this morning-I'm still on my first cup of coffee. Looks like it's going to be a good good day!

Monday, December 14, 2009


Another picture of Junie invading my space last night.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happy Birthday J Mac

Celebrate big time tonight Justin! You deserve it birthday boy!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Healthy Hair

Last week on my flight back home from Phoenix I sat next to a girl who I'm pretty sure was addicted to shopping from Guthy Renker. She buys it all but what really sparked my interest was a shampoo called wen that she buys and just loves. We really didn't get into detail about it but I just saw an infomercial on Wen Healthy Hair Care System and now I'm curious to see if it will  give my hair that shine and volume that it is promising. Another reason I want to buy it is because the creator of this product is CHAZ from FLIPPING OUT and you all know how much I love that show and Jeff Lewis. 
So has anyone used this product and if so please give me some feedback about it!

Monday, December 07, 2009


Mike- the birthday boy 4 days before his birthday last Thursday night at Stax. Here's to good food, good times and good friends! Cheers to you and many more birthdays!

Guess where I was last week....

Thursday, November 26, 2009


This is how I fall asleep most nights.

I have a feeling when I look back 20 years from now, the only pictures I will be in will be the ones that Mark takes from his camera phone when I am asleep and Junie B is snugged up on my head. Do you think her parasites are climbing in my nose and ears right now? Ew!

I think that Junie B loves my face more than Aunt Dee.

Monday, November 16, 2009


All I can say is that it was worth the wait! I couldn't get the whole unit in the picture but you get the idea. The kids love it, I love it and I think Mark might be loving it the best. It's keeping him very organized and he loves having a place for all of his "stuff." I'm still looking for name plates to put on each locker. If anyone knows where I can find them please let me know.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Ms. B after her hair appointment! Doesn't she look perdy?

Thursday, November 12, 2009


This is the mess that I walk into everyday.

As of tomorrow afternoon all of our coats, bags, etc. will have a "home." It has been a long 6 weeks having no where to hang our "stuff" and I'm ecstatic that our wood lockers will be here to keep us organized.

Stay tuned....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Just wanted you all to know that in Ryan's words "Mommy, I'm not complaining but something is wrong with my taste buds."

It all happened at dinner last night when I used pre-marinated chicken instead of my homemade marinade and cooked the crescent rolls on my generic pizza stone (generic as in not a pampered chef stone). It always has had a funny smell to it and you can taste it in the food that is cooked on it. I'll give you all one guess where I put that away last night.

She sat down and took a few bites of her dinner and that's when she freaked out. She usually loves that meal and was so upset when it didn't taste the same. I took it easy on her because I'll admit that last nights dinner was "not so good." It all tasted funny and that will be the LAST time I buy marinated chicken and use a generic stone.

Truly one of her funnier moments that I'm blogging about instead of capturing it on tape.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Ms. B

Ahhhh...the joys of being a 7 lb Maltipoo. Junie B. enjoying her new bed on this beautiful Monday morning.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Happy Happy Birthday

Cheers to you having a fabulous birthday today. Wow thirty-one years.... here's to many more birthdays! Love you sis!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

That time of year again

I just picked up my 2010 weekly/monthly planner today at Target. Have you?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Holy Pink Hair Batman!

Three straight days of Halloween fun this year!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Flying by the seat of her pants!

Literally, that's what Aunt Dee did today. She flew by the seat of her pants to Florida. Little did she know that when she took mom and dad to the airport today she would be going with them. No bag packed, no toothbrush, no makeup and not even a bra on she parked the car and walked in with them! They just decided on the drive over that she should go and that's what she did! I hope you three have a great weekend and what a great story. I've got dibs on taking mom and dad to the airport on their next trip.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Best Buy

Just have time for a quick post and wanted to let you all know how much I am loving my new Origins Liquid Lip Color. It is formulated without:

Parabens, Phthalates, Probylene Glycol, Minderal Oil, PABA, Petrolatum, Paraffin, DEA, Synthetic Fragrance and last but not least Animal Ingredients! It goes on super shiny and it's not sticky at all.

It's a must have-check it out

Friday, October 23, 2009

Scorpio's Rule Bro!

Happy Birthday to my little brother who turns 29 today. Hope you have a wonderful day. Cheers to you :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Where did they go?

I started my marriage with 12 spoons. I'm now at 7. One was thrown out after it wrestled with the garbage disposal but I can't understand what happened to the other 4.

While I was unloading the dishwasher this morning I thought I would take inventory on my other silverware. This is what I found:

11 salad forks
9 big forks
11 knives
10 big spoons

Is anyone else missing this much silverware?

I want to hear from you!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Shoo Germs Shoo

We started out this week on a healthy note. Jack and Ryan are back to school, Mark is back to work and so am I. Hopefully I can get 40 hours in this week. My clothing rathole is a little low.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Keep Calm and Carry On

That has been my motto this week. I have had Jack home since last Friday. He came home from school with an obscene temperature and has had it up until today. It turns out that he has pneumonia. It really never slowed him down just slowed me down. I'm exhausted and was looking for having three hours to myself tomorrow morning (kids have a 1/2 day of school.) But the 10:30 phone call from the school nurse ruined that. Ryan is now home sick with a headache and temperature. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that it is just a 24 hour bug. I think a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks is in order.

Thursday, October 08, 2009


Just in case dad didn't tell you - He finally has earned his Southwest companion pass and is so proud of it. He is telling everyone he sees and can't stop talking about it. This pass has been consuming him for weeks now. This pass will now allow him to take a special someone for Free every time he flies. This special someone will be mom and what a lucky lady you are.

Dad there is also someone else in this family that has a companion pass and he didn't know it until this afternoon. I knew it back in the spring when I found a letter from Southwest congratulating Mark on his status. I showed it to him and he didn't believe me. I think he just didn't want to bring his special someone with him. I had Mark call today when I saw dad's letter. What do you know....he has had a companion pass since last February. I should have made that call.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Big Trash Day

We headed straight to the basement when our neighbor told us it was big trash pick up last night. It didn't take us long to put out stuff we had missed from the last big trash day. Mark even let me throw out his prized possession that I have been wanting to toss since 2001. He traded his ping putter for these used computer speakers back in 2000.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


I don't remember how old Jack is here-2 maybe?One of my favorite pictures of Jack.

Jack hitting-age 5.

Six years ago today I gave birth to a 9 lb 12 oz bundle of joy. I can't believe how fast these years have gone by. Happy Birthday to you Jack a roo.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Them chickens jackin' my style, They tryna copy my swagger.. Oh sorry, can't get that beat out of my head from the reception. That dance floor is probably still burnin' up.

Anyway, now back to when we came home from Florida Sunday night. Everything looked great, the house was just how we left it and most importantly, Junie B was so excited to see us. She was full of energy and smiles. The dog sitter even left pictures she had taken of Junie while we were away on the counter! She was the best and it looked like Junie had behaved herself in the house while we were in Flo-Rida.

So I can't wait to climb into my own bed and get a good night sleep. I pull back the covers , take my top pillow down and this is what I find.

My pillow case tore up. Tore up from the floor up. I'm guessing Junie was a little upset with me for leaving her and I'm guessing it's time to buy a new pillow case. I might get crazy and buy a new sheet set. What's even crazier is that I still haven't put on a new pillow case.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Newlyweds in Flo-Rida

Most of us have made it back safe and sound from Jeffanie's Big Day. A few decided to extend their vacay a little. It was such a beautiful wedding. To say it was a great time would be an understatement, We had a blast! I probably should have taken my pumps off a little sooner than I did because Mama's dogs were barking-loud. Come to think of it I think everyone's feet were barking the next day because we tore it up on the dance floor. Uncle Wally you have some great dance moves and Charisa I could watch you do your Bob Beagle all night long!

Jeff & Stephanie-thanks for the memories and inviting us to share in your special day. Congratulations once again and we're all looking forward to celebrating your first anniversary at La Playa. We'll even go down early and get the cake out of the freezer for you!

Sunday, September 20, 2009



Monday, September 07, 2009

Reigning Champ

Another Labor Day Weekend has come and gone. So glad to end it with a sunny day at the pool. They put on another fantastic pool party and the kids loved every minute of it. They came home with a body full of airbrush tattoos and Mark came home as the winner of the belly flop contest.

The free pizza and six pack was so worth it.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Sept. 1st

Today is my dad's 57th birthday! Happy Birthday Dad! Also, 38 years ago mom and dad decided to spend the rest of their lives together. Happy Anniversary and here's to many more September 1st celebrations!! Love you two!

Monday, August 31, 2009


Off to Home Depot to pick up the furnace filters Mark left there yesterday at the checkout stand.


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Jeffanie's Pool ParTay

Jeffanie 6:00 p.m.

Jeffanie 8:00 p.m.
Jeffanie 10:00 p.m. after many JagerBombs and a jump in the pool!

Friday, August 28, 2009


My kids are throwing me for a loop lately.

Jack has not been eating his usual pb&j for lunch.

Ryan has only worn one dress to school this week.

What is going on?

TGIF everyone!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

GiGi It's Your Birthday!

Happy Birthday GiGi! We Love You!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My Goshen Gators


Can you believe this?

Both of my kids riding the bus to school this morning.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hee Hee

If you are wanting a good laugh this morning and have a good sense of humor then please click here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Scream if u think the jo bros r hot

Ryan had another first last night and I was right there with her! Jonas Brothers Concert baby! Wow-the venue was packed with girls of all ages screaming for Nick, Kevin and Joe. The only thing that would make them any hotter is if they pegged rolled their jeans.

I guess that's why I'm having a little trouble hearing this morning. What huh?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pi for dinner?

If anyone is looking to sink their teeth into a good pizza this weekend I suggest you try Pi on Delmar. It is mine and President Obama's favorite! Try it out and report back.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Home Run Derby

Jack bringing home the motherload from his two trips to the team store...
Uncle Jeff holding Jack up to see the home run action...

Jack finally getting his foam cardinal foot!

He was on cloud 9 when he came home from the derby last Monday night. He couldn't wait to show Ryan all of his souvenirs he brought back for him and her! You are a lucky boy Jack a Roo! Uncle Jeff & Aunt Stephanie can I have a special night out with you too?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Have a Six Flags Day!

That's exactly what we did yesterday....had a Six Flags day! I took the kiddos to their first amusement park and man did we have a blast! I was dreading it a little but knew at some point I was going to have to cowboy up and do it for them. It started raining on us as soon as we got there so we decided to ride the log flume and thunder river since we were already wet. BIG MISTAKE, like white after Labor Day kind of MISTAKE. Needless to say we were completely soaked after that brain fart and I ended up buying the kids new clothes so they wouldn't be miserable the whole day! In retrospect, it was kind of fun having a wardrobe change....I'm never one to shy away from doing a little shopping wherever I am! Ryan & Jack rode their first roller coaster..the Mine Train. It was worth the ride just to see the look on their faces!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Khoury League night at the Cardinals Game

This was our view from the baseball game last week. It's a view that I haven't seen in YEARS and hope to not see for a long time-long time as in NEVER. We thought it would be a good bonding experience to go with Jack's t-ball team but for the record it wasn't. How can you bond when you're sitting in section 447 at the VERY TOP of the stadium when one wrong move could send you tumbling down three sections of seats. Ryan escaped the night without getting a bloody nose. She just couldn't understand why we were so high up and wanted to go back down to familiar ground. That night my fear of heights really set in and my appreciation grew for Marks VIP access at Busch Stadium.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Mark's first meeting with Randy Johnson circa 1998. A video clip from Houston, Tx. Mark was driving while this footage was shot....scary!!!!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Tiny Tour

Jack has been into hitting the golf ball lately so we signed him up for Tiny Tour on Sunday afternoons. Saturday night we headed to Golf Galaxy to purchase his first set of clubs. Obviously he's pretty excited about this golf thing!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Last Day

This is a day of lasts and I have to say it's a little sad. Today is Ryan's last day of 1st grade and Jack's last day with me at home. Ryan rode the bus to school this morning and I thought to myself that the next time I take her to the bus stop, Jack will be getting on right along with her. I have a feeling this summer is going to fly by....

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Extra Extra Read All About It

Edwardsville's very own-Nicole Madison is the featured jazz artist of the week. Check it out here! Her voice is amazing and can't wait to hear more!

Monday, June 01, 2009


Quick rundown of this past weekend:

Field trip with Jack's class and family fun night at the pool

Vance's 4th birthday party in the STC
Daddy campout party with the kiddos

Softball practice for Ryan
Swim birthday part for Jack
Dinner with the parental units

Needless to say Team Little is exhausted. The 5 hours of sleep the kids had Saturday didn't cut it on Sunday. Ryan went the whole day without napping and she was hell on wheels! Jack took a cat nap when he came home from the swim party. Looking forward to getting everyone back on track today! Wish me luck!

Happy 7th Anniversary to the McFarlands....this is a big year for them!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Bye Bye Pre-K

This is a picture of Jack before going into his last day of preschool. It was a bittersweet day.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Guess who's 4?

I was looking for a picture of Vance to post and came across this one on his 2nd birthday. Wow-How you have grown! Happy Birthday!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Let's all give a big Birthday Shout out to Mom and Aunt Dee today! Happy Birthday girls-Hope you have a wonderful birthday! Love You!

Also have more exciting news....Jack lost his first tooth yesterday! It all happened very fast! His bottom tooth became loose when he was eating a piece of licorice yesterday afternoon and within an hour he had pulled it out! He couldn't believe it and asked me if he was dreaming! He's getting so big....pre-k graduation and now his first visit from the tooth fairy! How fun!

Oops...didn't mean for the pictures to go in that order....Charisa I need help!

Friday, May 22, 2009

My Grad!

It's official....Jack is a Pre-K Graduate and he's moving on to Kindergarten! They had their graduation last night and loved every minute of it. You've come a long way kid and we're so proud of you!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Uh Oh Spaghettio

This is what happens when you run down a steep hill and can't stop. She became close and personal with the parking lot and now has a buckled fracture. This is going to be a long two weeks but six would be worse! So we're going to suck it up and not let this slow us down too much. Grandad....she's going to need lots of "babying."

Sunday, May 03, 2009


I can't believe a year has come and gone. It just seems like yesterday we were "gathering" at the hospital to meet our newest family member. What a beautiful little girl you are and here's to your first birthday. Happy Birthday Vaughnie!
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