Monday, November 9, 2009


Tonight after dinner the kids wanted to wrestle. Both Senica and Ty had BK and Seth working up a sweat! Well, Seth was probably just sweating at dinner....but they wrestled for quite awhile! It was fun to watch. :) The facial expressions were crackin' me up!
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lovin' Life!

Janae, Brenna, Senica and Ty came over tonight to hang out. Brian was cleaning the yard and the kids had so much fun jumping into the leaf pile!! It was so fun to see them laughing and laughing! We played in the leaf pile, ate some Taco Bell....and of course.....watched Elf! :)
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Yeah!! After months....our floor is finished!! Whhoooo hhoooooo!!! Thank you to my hard-working husband and my wonderful brother-in-law for working so long and hard to get it done! It looks AWESOME!! :)
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fashion Farm

Monday after work, Brian and I met Anitra, April and all the kids at the Fashion Farm for the annual trip. It was a beautiful day and the kids had a blast! Fall is my favorite time of the year and it was finally a nice fall day! Can you believe how tall all the kids are? I love days like this...with my favorite people! My husband, my sisters and the kids!! Life is good!
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Eight is Great!!

I was sitting at a cafe called the Bulldog. I was in Amsterdam. I was on my first trip to Europe by myself when I read my email...."I am pregnant!!! Brian and I are having a baby. We wanted to tell you before you left, but we hadn't told all the grandparents yet....congraulations, are going to be an aunt!!!"
I cannot believe it has been 8 years since I got that email. I cannot believe how much you can love a child that is not your own. I cannot believe that Janae is 2 shoe sizes smaller than me and I really cannot believe that she is just about as tall as me!
What I CAN believe is how smart, FUNNY, caring, loving, artisitc and beautiful she is!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANAE!! I love you bunches!
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Where did it go??

Where in the world did this last year go? I cannot believe that Jacinda is 1!! What a blessing she is! Her smile can make your saddest day bright! :)

I cannot wait to see what God has in store for her. I cannot wait to see how she develops into a see which sister she teams up with to argue with the other two! ;) I cannot wait to hear her say my name. That is one of the most exciting times for me...the first time one of the nieces/nephew say my name! :)

Happy birthday Jacinda! I love you!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

Ty and I headed to the Pumpkin Patch tonight so that Ty could pick out his own pumpkin. On Wednesday nights, Senica has Awana's at church and Anitra goes with her. School has started again for he has lots of late I get some quality time with Ty! :)

Tonight Brian was planting the mums and getting the backyard ready for the colder weather, so Ty and I took a quick trip to get a pumpkin.

We had a lot of fun! Ty wanted a tiny one and that was kinda hard to find. He did find a lot of rotten ones that he thought were very interesting. We had a really good time....and ended the night with some hot cocoa. I love fall!
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Chicago half marathon

I went last weekend to watch Anitra run in the half-marathon race in Chicago. I was supposed to run in it with Anitra, but because of my hip, the Dr. said no running. I transferred my registration to next year. I don't know if Anitra will do it again, but if not, she can take the pics of me running. :)

We went with our friend Mary...who is amazing! We had some fun girls time together! Mary is quite the inspiration! She ran the race...came back to help us cheer Anitra on...and then ran the rest of the way with Anitra, encouraging her! What a blessing her friendship is! Dustin and Stacy were there too. Stacy ran the 1/2 and Dustin ran the 5k. I just realized that I have a pic of Stacy running in this collage, but not Dustin. Dustin finished before I was expecting him, so I didn't get a pic of him running...just right after he crossed the finish line. I will have to post that separately.

I am extremely proud of Anitra!! She trained hard and ran a good race! Way to go sis!! :)

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Cute, Cute and CUTE!

Just had to post some pics of some of the kids. Aren't they so ADORABLE? Love 'em bunches!!! Stay tuned for the other 3...
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Jessica's Non-Shower

This morning a group of us girls stopped by to pick Jessica up for a non-baby-shower-girl's-day-out! :) I love the top pic of the first collage where Jess is saying to Anitra nd Mary "What are all these people doing here??"

First stop - Dream Nails! Mary had called ahead to let them know that we were coming and when we got there, 3 people were working. One-by-one they trickled in until we had 7 people working on our feet. My guy didn't talk, Katie's lady was telling her about her friend dying and Jessica had a lady say to her "My friend had baby last week - very painful" niiiice. :) We did have fun though - lots of laughs!

Next stop - Olive Garden! YUMMY!! I never thought I was a fan of Olive Garden, but the last 2 times I have been there have been with this group of friends and I do have to say I love that soup that we can't pronounce! :) Jessica got some cute pink and purple girly clothes!!!

We had a great day and I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such great friends!! :)
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Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Leah

Leah's birthday was this week, so we had a carry-in lunch for her. Instead of a cake, I made some chocolate-chip zuchinni bread...yum! I love the picture of Leah doing what the card is saying and Cheryl laughing so hard she can't even look at the camera. Fun times! :)
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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Senica!

Today Senica turns 5! I cannot believe how all my little nieces/nephew are growing up SO FAST! Senica is starting school and is already reading! She is such a sweet and caring child! Makes me so sad that pretty soon she will be like Janae - almost as tall as me! :( sniff, sniff.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009


One of my best friends had her 2nd little boy on July 21st. I went over when Parker was about 2 weeks old and got some cute pictures of him and his big brother, Connor. Kim is an amazing mother and an equally amazing friend! Aren't these boys just adorable?!
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Grace Reunion

A few weeks ago, when we still had summer weather, we had our 1st annual Grace Road Trip Reunion. Brian and I hosted the cookout and it was so good to get together with our friends! I cannot believe all the little ones running around!! Good times. :)
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

I'm back...

So - I guess I took a longer break than I realized and I didn't really think that I had that many people follow my blog...but, apparently, I was wrong. :)

It's been too long to write everything that has been happening, but here are some hi-lights...

- Brian's brother got married
- Brian is playing in the church softball league...and is the pitcher. I think this is the last week and they are still waiting on their first win
- I went to the Taste of Chicago with my cousin's Nanci and Mia
- We got a lot of swimming in
- Had a Pampered Chef party with the best consultant ever. :)
- Went to BlueGate with Adam and Mary and saw His Life
- Papa's birthday, April's birthday, Adria's birthday
- Brenna's graduation
- More swimming
- Oh yeah, and I signed up to run a 1/2 marathon with my sister and some friends from church :)
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