Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bring It On!!!

I am not one to complain, but can I tell you how thankful I am that January and February are over with??? It's almost March!!!! That means so many wonderful things to look forward to - St. Patrick's Day, the first day of spring, warmer temps (hopefully), longer days...... bring it on!!! I am so ready!!

It's no secret how much I love St. Patrick's Day!!! In honor of that, I will be posting some different recipes for dinners, desserts, drinks AND of course some great Irish music! My playlist rotation is all Irish for the next couple of weeks!!! And of course there will be plenty of quotes and sayings like this one...

"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic." - Adrienne Cook

So bring it on, March!!!

Here is a picture of my cute little shamrock!! Hopefully it will bring all sorts of good luck!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Happy Birthday to my husband!!!

My husband Kevin is celebrating his 31st birthday on the 23rd of February, so I thought I'd take some time to post how much he means to me. No one is perfect and no relationship is fabulous all the time, but I know I should stop and take time to notice how lucky I am more often. Kevin is a kind, loving and supportive husband. He is a patient, encouraging and affectionate father. He works hard at his job - a job that isn't easy for a lot of reasons, but that he is quite good at!!! He always makes me smile, sometimes even when I don't want to. He is just an amazing man!!

We spent Sunday afternoon with his mom and she took us all out for lunch at our favorite Italian restaurant. I made a chocolate raspberry bundt cake and it turned out pretty good! I had a few recipes and kind of used a little bit of all of them. My cakes usually taste all right, but are never very pretty to look at and this one was no exception.


Then on Kevin's birthday on Monday, we dropped the kids off at our very good neighbor/friend's house for a couple of hours and went out for a coffee date. When we got back, we had a lovely dinner at their house!! It was a great day. Happy Birthday, Kevin!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Music!!

It's been a little while since I have blogged about music!! So how about American Idol, folks?? I'm happy with the three that have made it into the top twelve so far. They were the only standouts in the first group, in my opinion. If that Tatiana would have made it, I would have been DONE with that show for good! Could she have been any more annoying??? She wasn't a very gracious loser either! Whatevs.

So new music!!! I have been listening to a lot of older faves lately, but one of my new favorite bands is 'Carolina Liar.' They have a very 'The Killers' vibe going on, but totally have a sound all their own. That being said, if you are a fan of The Killers you will LOVE 'Carolina Liar.'


They're out of LA, but most of the members originate from Sweden. I heard them on 90210... I know, I'm a dork for watching that teeny bopper show. BUT, the CW does play some pretty good music on their cheesy shows! It balances out the terrible acting I guess.


So their album is called 'Coming To Terms' is quite beautiful. This isn't one of those albums that has just a couple of decent songs... the whole entire thing is good. Seriously. Take a listen for yourself!!!!

'I'm Not Over'

'Show Me What I'm Looking For' - I apoligize that this is to scenes from 'Gossip Girl'

'Beautiful World'

'California Bound'

'Coming To Terms'

That is just a small portion of the amazingness of this album! I think it's one of the best new albums out there AND I cannot wait to hear what else these guys can come up with!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Just Like Old Times!

We had our annual homeschoolers Valentine's Day party today at our local skating rink and man, did we have fun! Just walking in the door of that place brought back fond memories of the skating rink in my home town - it even smelled the same! I wonder if all the skating rinks across America smell the same? Hmmmm....

Anyways, back to fond memories. The skating rink in my home town was always THE place to be on a Friday night. I'd head up town with friends and we'd spend the evening skating and stuffing ourselves with gummy worms, dill pickles and 'suicides.' You know... the pops all mixed together!! We were dangerous!!! Going to the rink today just brought a smile to my face thinking of all the fun times I'd had growing up.

Our party was a 'sock hop' theme. Everyone looked so cute!! The kids had fun despite a few minor falls and bumps and bruises. I am happy to report that after a break of fifteen years, I can still skate! Kevin thought I was going to wreck myself pretty good, but I didn't fall once! Olivia had so much fun she cried when we left. So we definately have to make the skating rink a regular thang from now on. I'm so glad!!! Maybe I'll have to bust out my purple satin skate covers!! Remember those?? Anyways, here are some pictures of us before we embarked on our skating adventure!!!





So if you can't get ahold of us the next few weekends, you know where we are! Grab your skates and head up to the roller skating rink!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

One Year Ago

This Valentines Day marks the one year anniversary of the NIU campus shootings. It's hard to believe. We see this kind of senseless violence in the news so often, I think we're numb to it happening. We hear about it, shake our heads and move on with our day not really thinking about the lives impacted. It always happens to other people, other schools, other families. Not to us. That was the case for me until February 14, 2008.

I remember it being a normal day at home doing school with the kids. The phone rang sometime after 3:30 or so and it was my cousin. She asked me if I was watching the news and if I had heard anything from my brother. My younger brother Ben was in his final year at NIU for graphic design and was really looking forward to graduating. When I turned on the tv I could not even comprehend what my eyes were seeing. It was surreal. Panic came over me when I realized that this wasn't just some other shooting at some other school. It was NIU. I could hardly make my fingers dial his cell. When he didn't answer my heart just sank. I couldn't remember if he was in class or working. Was he safe??? Finally, after dialing several more times he answered. He was at work on campus, but locked in the stock room with the other employees. After hearing gunshots and getting emails on their phones from classmates and campus officials, they did what they could to protect themselves. After the gunman was identified and everyone knew it was over, he was able to make it back to his apartment. He was safe, thank God. But someone else's brother wasn't. Someone else's sister, son or best friend was gone forever.

My family had the priviledge of watching my brother go up on stage in his cap and gown to get his diploma last May. We also watched the parents of the slain victims get their children's diplomas. The memory of that has never left me. I am grateful every day for the chance to pick up the phone and talk to my brother and have a relationship with him. The outcome could have been very different and I know that. While I don't want to dwell on this tragedy, it's been on my mind especially the closer it gets to the one year mark. I can only imagine how hard it has been for the families directly involved. Lots of memorial services are taking place one year later at NIU to lift up those affected and honor those who were lost. There were also quite a few slideshows made in the wake of the shootings, but there was one that really touched me and I wanted to share it.

It is my prayer that one year later, the pain and fear have lessened for the people of NIU.

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I am a mom to three great kids - Ethan is 12, Abby is 9 and Lulu (Olivia) is 5. I've been married to my highschool sweetheart for almost fourteen years. I love to paint, renovate and live for anything DIY. I love music and I love to bake. I also teach dance at a local studio. Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!

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