thanks for teaching me…


how cool is it when our kids teach us.

last night as i sat at our daughter’s lacrosse parent meeting, it dawned on me…

look at these girls.

they’ve grown into amazing young ladies.

full of life.

full of laughter.

full of enthusiasm.

full of drive.

full of brave.

so full of life.

i think i’ll take a moment to do a little bit of that myself as i complete this painting project i’m working on.

20 statement pieces.

and this statement above might just have to be one of them!

happy wednesday.


happy birthday, tara…



today would have been my little sister’s 46th birthday.

i wanted to make a cake to celebrate her.

and who doesn’t love oreos.

after seeing this awesome cake on pinterest, I realized I was missing a few things.

i didn’t have a fancy silver cake stand (on my wish list now), cookies, sparklers or champagne.

i did, however, have a yellow cake mix and a tub of whipped cream cheese frosting.

and i had sprinkles.  i always have sprinkles.


happy birthday tara.

i miss you.


here comes valentine’s day…


in richer (the years when we didn’t have kids or a house payment and went out to dinner at fancy restaurants every weekend, wearing new clothes we just bought for the occasion).

in poorer (this past year as he has climbed the ladder to get the job he’s been waiting for.  and me spending a fair part of my time hanging out with my dad before he passed away over the summer.   yep, finally getting back to the normal… hopefully back to richer… and getting our daughter off to school this coming fall).

in sickness (men with the common flu/cold are the worst.  i got it and stayed in bed for two days.  spent $10 on over the counter meds.  i even managed to get in the car a few times for the kids… in my pajamas… and even made sure they had food they could make themselves… he insisted on going to the emergency room because he thought his appendix was rupturing and saw 3 doctors leading up to being diagnosed with “the flu that everyone in town had” that he got from me).

and in health (thank God every day for our health).

till death do us part (we are hoping to live to 100 so we can get the opportunity to meet our grandchildren and vacation frequently… or just live in a cool nursing home with a pool, cinema, bowling alley, pizza parlor, salon, masseuse, etc… I need to open a place like that).

married since 1993.

2 kids.

and still together.

i think we did good.

oh, forgot to mention… in 21 years of marriage i have always planned valentine’s day (probably to meet my own girl expectations).  this year he did it.  all.  with a few hints from me of course.  i can’t wait to see what’s in store this saturday.

happy Wednesday.


happy birthday dad…


i miss my dad.


he was the best dad ever.

kind. funny. honest. hard working. brave. handsome. loving. jokester. prankster. serious when needed. playful. driven. gracious. a true gentleman.  but most of all… special to many people.  everyone was loved by him.  and we all knew it.  and he liked that.  because he was that kind of guy.

God made him.  and God needed him to come home a few months ago.  so, in honor of his birthday we all took photos of ourselves eating banana splits and wishing him our best.  what a fun tradition.  I can’t wait until next year.  I forgot how good banana splits are.

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love you dad.