Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
It's been fun giving away more than we've eaten so far, but don't you think sharing things that make you happy, give you more happiness in return? I do. Have a great weekend!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Saturday, August 16, 2008
While on vacation visiting my brother and sister (IL) every day was packed with fun and relaxation. We spent time at the ocean, frolicking in the waves and enjoyed the warm sun and sand. We ate at an oceanside restaurant that served scruptious seafood. Oysters on the half shell, smoked fish dip, crab cakes, shrimp, scallops - you name it. Yum!
My brother B taught my husband (above) and I the art of catching fish from shore. We had a blast catching fish and a few other sea creatures. B, with a background in DNR and wildlife conservation, was ever so careful to let the creatures go, administering as little contact and trauma to them as possible.
We caught whiting and pompano fish, a sting ray and this fellow, an electric torpedo ray. At first, we thought it was a version of a sting ray, however my brother, while trying to remove the hook, was stunned by a good dose of electric current. Torpedo rays have electric organs in their wings that generate electric current they use as a defense mechanism and to stun their prey. After the initial jolt, B cautiously pushed this fellow back out to sea.
This man brought his pet goose teathered on a leash to the ocean for a swim. It was quite evident that the goose loved the ocean, as he swam and paddled along, bobbing and riding the waves, oblivious of the fact that there weren't any other geese enjoying the same. He'd wade onto the beach, only to go back for more.
Offshore the shrimp boats had their nets strung out and we enjoyed watching them move back and forth across the ocean gathering their haul for the day.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Lovin IT! & Injuries Recovery 4
Update on my hand and arm: diagnosis, Carpal Tunnel
I already suspected I had carpal tunnel in my hand but never went to see a doctor to confirm it until now. He put me in a splint for 30 days at night time. While on vacation, I didn't have any pain but he said I still have inflamation around the nerves. Now that I am back to work, the pain has returned. Hopefully the splint will help; I started wearing it to work to see if I can speed my recovery along. The splint is a bit big (even though it is for a small hand like mine) and is rubbing the skin off one of my knuckles, so I am a bit challenged at the moment.
I just finished the bi-monthly newsletter (that I am editor of) and have a brochure to create by the 27th and I hope I can manage through it all. Think positive- I know I can!
I am off to bed for some rest to see if that will help too.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Proud and Tall - Mother's Gifts
We recently returned from our trip to Canada and Michigan, where my family spent some very precious time together. It was perfect and I cherished every moment-can't you tell? Every time I look at my sons, a non-stop video plays in my head filled with moments from the time they were born to the present and I am SO proud of the young men they have become. Their wit and charm, love and compassion makes me all teary-eyed and leaves me smiling from ear to ear.
I am the shrimp now, they all tower over me and here I am wearing 2 1/2 inch heels!
Happy Mother's Day to Me- I am so blessed! Happy Mother's Day to you too!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Happy Birthday My Sweet Valentine!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
A Special Day of Celebration
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Home For Christmas
We're so thankful and blessed that two of our four children, Alex and Brandon, were able to be home with us for Christmas this year. The both flew in last Saturday and left just a day apart this week. We had such a fun time, but the time flew by way too quickly. It seems so hard to get all 4 of our children here at the same time. Last year our son Adam and daughter Niki made it home, though they missed each other by one day due to the fact that they weren't able to match up their schedules. We love and miss you two so much and wish you could have been here too!
K's parents and sister and her husband also came and we had such a great time. We watched quite a few movies in the evening and several shows of the Survivor and Dog Whisperer. I now feel confident I can collect rain water should I be lost on a deserted island and tame all the wild animals with my "Ceasar- Shhsh!"
We celebrated Alex's birthday early (his birthday is in the first week of January) and presented him with a cake and candles to blow out and little did anyone know; they were "trick" candles. We laughed and laughed when the candles kept relighting themselves and Alex had to continually blow them out. He replied that his wish wasn't going to come true because he had to keep blowing them out. It caught us all off gaurd and I am so glad we have it all recorded on video. I had grabbed the candles while at the grocery store and did not pay attention to the fine print!
On a side note, the "project" was and is still underway but became "livable" last Sunday morning just in time for the boys arrival. Talk about timing it right down to the 11th hour! There is still so much to be done and is yet to be ready for entertaining.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
We lived in California before being transferred to the midwest three years ago. Our son Brandon decided to stay in CA when we moved. We flew our daughter in as she lives in another state too attending college.
We headed for the coast right away and spent time in Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach. When we lived in CA, we often went there on the weekends so we were no strangers to the beautiful coastal areas but you can just never get enough of it.
It was a beautiful day in Carmel and the weather was so warm we played in the waves and enjoyed the sun.
In front of our favorite Monterey Deli. Their sandwiches are yummy! We are so proud of all of our children and want the very best for each of them as they venture into life taking new paths and following their own dreams.
Our dear friends the Rogers, their son Josh and daughter Rachel. Sherry is also an illustrator. We met through an illustration board several years ago. We were both members and found out that we lived just 15 minutes from each other. We met one day at Starbucks and became fast friends. It's all been a lot of fast talkin' ever since! :)
The four of us share so many mutual interests that we've enjoyed so many good times together and we are so blessed to have such wonderful friends. We all went to dinner and had such a lovely time celebrating being together again and Kevin's birthday. Pictured here are Kevin and Dale.
Thanks so much Rogers family for the great time and for your generous hospitality. You will always have a special place in our hearts!
For more photos click here.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Adam's and his girlfriend Cassie, who we think is just the sweetest young woman; have been out shopping and found this adorable puppy that is soon to be part of their lives. They're naming her "Dairy" because she looks like a little cow. :) She's a "pugle"(pronounced pyou-gull), part pug and part beagle. Isn't she just the cutest?!
This means I'll have to share my son with another woman, but I couldn't think of a nicer young woman than Cassie! All the very best Adam and Cassie, we love you!
We as parents pray for the faith, happiness and success of all of our children and we are so proud of each one of their accomplishments. To all of our children, keep your faith and follow your dreams and you'll find true happiness!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
More Family Blessings
My husband's parents who are also Dad and Mom to me are such a blessing in our lives. We are so thankful for all their love and support, and my husband is the man he is today because of them. Thank you for being such wonderful parents to us and grandparents to our children.
God Bless You always,
Blessings On This Day
As parents and grandparents, as family and as a friend to others, you have enriched the lives of so many by your love and giving hearts. This day is to celebrate both of you Mother and Father, since we could not be with you both on either day, you are always in our thoughts and hearts. God Bless you always.
All our love, XOXOX
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Such a long awaited moment. Our youngest son Alex's senior prom and graduation. The last of our four to take the step into adulthood. We are so very proud of him and all his accomplishments. Congratulations Alex-you made it! We love you so much!
Alex's graduation gift-something he has wanted for a long time-what a sweet ride!
The smile tells it all-- he's one happy young man.
Prom Photos: Alex is so handsome! Of course he wouldn't want me to say that but I can, I am his mother!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Happy Mother's Day Mom!
Today is all about you Mom and I thank God that I am so truly blessed to be your daughter. I wish I could be there to spend this day with you and celebrate with you and Dad today. You are always in my thoughts and prayers and I'll be home in 3 weeks! XOXOXOX