Sunday, January 30, 2011


Everyday, at the beginning of class, the first grade students do independant journal writing for 15 minutes. This week Nick brought home the first complete journal he made since the first day of school. The second one will come home at the end of the year. I was amazed at the little things that meant enough to him for him to want to write and illistrate about it. He's such a special kid and this journal is a very special gift! Below are some of my favorite entries. Someday, when I am old and grey and he has his own family, this book may mean even more to me than it does now, but for today * It's Priceless*

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A New Found Love

My New Years resolution this year was to get in shape, eat healthy and loose 15 lbs. I somewhat do this every year but for some reason, this year I am extra determined! I think as a dietitian and working with a bunch of athletic healthnuts since gaining this new job may have something to do with it. If nothing else, I have lots and lots of support partners which is the biggest help in the world! I have lost 7 lb since October and I have 8 more lbs to go.
So, my new found love, aside from eating really healthy, has become running. Until January I have never ran even 10 feet in my entire life (ok, maybe that's a little far fetched, but...) I am now a committed runner. We got the Wii fit and it gives me a trainer and a program and we run. I am up to 1.8 miles each day and days that I have extra time, I run twice. I have completed 25 days, only missing one since the year started and I FEEL GREAT!!! I now truely know what a runners high is and how super great it feels. I can't wait for our foot of snow to melt and warmer weather to arrive so I can get outside and run some more!! I have a new passion and I love it!

So are there any bloggy runners out there with any good tips or advice? I'd love to hear from you.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Here we go...

Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go!!
One more game, and we're going to the Super Bowl!!!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dear Boys...

As a Mom I always wonder, am I teaching my kids what they need to know to be well rounded and good, strong, loving men. I know they are very young, but as I reflect, the list below are a few of many essential qualities I hope to teach them .

~ Love one another, through thick or thin
~ Respect authority, ladies, family, friends, elders, and belongings
~ If we hurt each other, always apologize and give a hug
~ Education is important and essential
~ Family is everything, cherish our family
~ We will love you unconditionally
~ You can tell us anything
~ With all decisions, there are always consequences
~ We always help our family and friends
~ Remember you manners
~ Pray
~ Dream, but realize nothing is accomplished without hard work
~ Smile and have fun!!
~ Everyday we are making memories
~ You only have one life to live - live it to the fullest, you'll make mistakes, you will make successes, but leave a legacy you can be proud of!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Mugs

This week' s theme is **Winter Wonderland**
This is from our snow last weekend.

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Have a SUPER week everyone!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wintertime Blues!

It's no secret, winter is not my favorite time of the year. I love Christmas, Valentines Day is lovely, and sledding/snowman building is always a good time, but over all - I do not like winter!
Sooooo...What are some fun things you and your family do when it's too cold to play outside? If you are lucky enough to live in a warm climate, still share you best inside activity ideas! I will compile a list for everyone to enjoy once I receive your responses.
Come on, we can all help each other out!

Monday, January 10, 2011

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This week's theme is *SMILES*
This is a great weekly post to encourage everyone to get the camera out and make memories!

We had a great time sledding this weekend on the first snow of 2011!!

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Flashbacks!

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Have a great weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

10 things for December

I'm joinging Emmy Mom for 10 things to Smile About in December.

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1. Christmas Lights!

2. Smiles and Joy!

3. Suprises!

4. A Little snow on Christmas morning!

5. Looking forward to family traditions!

6. Seeing the cute holiday projects the kids brought home from school!

7. A new commitment to keeping up with my blog better!

8. A low key new years eve with just the 4 of us, a steak dinner, jammies, and a movie night!

9. Anticipation of what 2011 will bring!

10. Whewww...taking down all the decor and having the "holiday rush" behind us!

What will January bring??

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Adam!!

Today You Are 4 Years Old!!

Four years today I was blessed with a beautiful smile, loving heart, hilarious personality, and a wonderful person, as you, my second son was born.

You are a gift from God, sent to complete our family!

Your have a whit about you that always makes people laugh!

You are a blessing and you are loved more than words can say.

Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Saying Good-Bye to a Decade!

Wow, when I sit and think about it, the last decade has been amazing and has set the tone for the rest of my life!

I graduated collge (end of '99) and got my first "real job". Ray graduated 5 months later and also got his first real teaching job and has been in that classroom ever sense. We got married, built a house, and had some fun! Then in 2003, we suprisingly became pregnant with Nicholas!

We started on a adventure called Parenthood! We adjusted, we played, we had finanical struggles, we survived, got really good paying jobs and things worked out! We were thrilled to be pregnant again, but God needed another Angel. We were sad and cried, but 4 months later, we were blessed again. We started 2007 off with the birth of Adam and we felt forever blessed with 2 healthy boys.

We adjusted to Parenthood of two children. That was hard, yet easy in some respects. Does that make sense? We found contentment, peace, and pride in our new life. As we became a family of four, 3 weeks later I lost my beloved Grandfather. That was a huge saddness. I can say I saw the Circle of Life in a matter of 3 weeks.

Life went on, we remodeled many areas of our home, did some landscaping, and some traveling. We have had some super family trips, made some super family memories, and have some super dreams for future travels. We have continued to loose some loved ones along the way.

In 2009 Nick started Kindergarten, Adam started nursey school and we all started a new routine. I switched jobs a few times, found out the grass isn't always greener on the other side, and have finally found the job I was meant to do.

Good times, bad times, sad times, happy times, fun times, and exciting times It's been a life changing decade that has set the direction of our family forever!

May you and you family have a blessed decade to come.

Let 2011 begin!