Monday, May 30, 2011


I hope everyone had a fun Memorial Day 
with their friends and family.
We woke up to the sound of thunder and driving rain
and, unfortunately, there was no parade today.
But, it cleared up by late morning and brightened into a HOT, sunny day.
Beth and I decided to let Mom relax 
and took care of the grocery shopping, prepping, and cooking.
Beth is an awesome helper, I told Mom today,
"She does everything I say!" :)
Here's the spread. :)
And here's the boy's idea of helping...

Dad started to fill up the pool today (thank goodness!!)
Fearless little Livi had some fun in the FREEZING cold water
straight from the hose
 Oh, to be young and have such reckless abandon. :)

We also had the summer's first watermelon.  My favorite. :) :) :)

On our ride home, K and I stopped to visit Granddad's grave...
So proud of him and all those who served today...

Please remember Blake and his Unit in your prayers
today and everyday.
God Bless those who serve our country.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


This morning at Sunday School,
we made these super-cute paper towel roll birds...
Look at the birds of the air; 
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, 
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. 
Are you not much more valuable than they?
~Matthew 6:26

After work tonight, I headed down the street
to celebrate...
 It was a double graduation party for my cousins, Manda and Jackie,
who both graduated from nursing school this week. :)
So proud of you both!!

Looking forward to the Memorial Day Parade
and a couple of cook-outs tomorrow. :)
A happy holiday weekend to all!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

love and lilacs

I'm not much of a baker..
My advice: add white chocolate chips and sprinkles

I made some cookies for playdate 
and a yummy low-cal snack :)

It was such a beautiful day after so much rain...
Our N.E. world becomes so lush so fast :) :) :)
Been so inspired by my friend Koralee
(her Vancouver Canucks are on their way to the 
Hopefully they will meet the B's)

Aaaaand....ready for nuh-nights!! :)
Goodnight, friends!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

pretty people

On Monday, I met Karen for dinner...
How gorgeous is this bride-to-be??
We had a great time catching up and giggling as always. :)

And now, as promised
is a little montage of cute kiddos
from the past couple weeks...
Hope some of my fave lil' nuggets made you smile. :)
Have a wonderful weekend!!
(The Bruins went up 2-1 in the Easter Conference Finals tonight...
so that's a pretty great start!!) :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

I was run-ning :)

As Forrest Gump once said, 
"From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running."
 Even if it is pouring buckets!!!
It started out as a "drizzle" and I thought to myself
this is kind of nice. :)
Then...the skies let loose!!
Let me tell you, I ran faster just to get indoors!!
Running tip: Check the weather. :)

If you look close on my right wrist in that pic,
you'll see my new obsession...
These $1.00 watches from WalMart!!
I used to carry my cell phone when I ran because I've never worn a watch.
Now, I have these cute little buggers that let me know how my pace is. :)
Next I want purple and orange!!! :)

I will be running a 5K (hopefully with my Dad)
on June 18th to benefit the N.B. Youth Center. 

Let me know if you wanna run with me!!
I'll let you borrow one of my watches! ;)
Heck, you can KEEP it!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Best Friend's Wedding

Last night, Brian, my G.B.F. (gay best friend) for nearly a decade
got married!! :) :) :)
It was a beautiful ceremony.
I provided the music, singing "His Eye is on the Sparrow."
I sing because I'm happy...
I sing because I'm free.
Lowell 99ers past and present :)
 Of course, we all had a great time...
It was BRIAN and ARTHUR'S WEDDING!! :) :) :)

Monday was their "bachelorette" party,
so, after babysitting all day 
(I'm going to post a whole bunch of awesome kiddo pics mid week)
I headed up to L-town for the festivities. :)
Haaaa!! My new favorite picture!!
Glenn in the "That's Hot!" shirt I got at the beach a few years ago...
It has become a running joke in our group of friends.
I brought it so we could officially welcome Arthur into our circle. :)
And, Glenn, well...he just really likes the shirt. ;)
We took the party to "our bar," the Mitt,
and, inevitably...a dance party ensued. :) :) :)

 Congratulations Bri and Arthur!!
K and I wish you all the best and all the love in the world! :)