Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

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Facebook and High School

March 14, 2009

Facebook should probably be called “High School Reunion”.  I reluctantly started using Facebook because of the kids.  If they are going to be on it, then we are going to be on it monitoring what they are up to.  I did not expect the end result being finding old friends.

Last week I had a wonderful opportunity to get together for a mini-reunion with 6 other friends from High School.  Some I had some contact with over the years, some I had not seen since I left school.  I wish we had had more time to just sit and talk.  I could not believe all of the memories that came rushing back and all of the stupid things we did as kids.

Now I have one graduating High School in June and I just can’t wrap my head around that.  He’s 18, he’s an adult.  He’s making his decisions about his future.  How did this happen?  I know I’ve seen it all and been here to witness this transformation, but it still does not seem at all possible.  In 20 years will he sit with friends from long ago and have the same realizations.  I’m sure he will. 

His High School experience has been very different and in many ways much more stable and successful than mine.  I hope he has enjoyed the ride and looks back on it with some fondness.  But he’s the type that won’t wish for it to be different, he has constructed it to be the way that he wants and I hope that makes him happy.

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Sweet Sixteen

March 14, 2009

 

Sara on her actual birthday!

Sara on her actual birthday!

I was trying to remember recently what my sixteenth birthday was like and it must have been uneventful.  I can not remember it at all.  My oldest daughter Sara just celebrated her day with a big party at our house with a band and a cake that cost more than my wedding cake.  As this party and cake was her gift from me I actually did not mind spending the extra on it.  As birthday parties go, I think it was a big hit. 

Sara helping to set up an hour before party.

Sara helping to set up an hour before party with the cake.

Sara and Versecity (the band)

Sara and Versecity (the band)

I should say that we had only just moved into the house a whole week before and getting it ready to host a party was just about my undoing.  But with Marks help we managed to pull it off 
We only have 5 more to get through their sixteenth.  I think we can do it.  Poor Shea, his sixteenth birthday was the week before hers and he didn’t get a big sweet sixteen.  Boys are so much easier than girls.

I’m going to start offering weekend trips with Mom instead of a party.  I think it will be a lot less work for me!

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The Best Laid Plans…

December 26, 2008

I was determined that for once I would be asleep by midnight on Christmas Eve.  Well that didn’t happen and I didn’t sleep well and was awake at 6:30 in the morning. 

But with that being the only exception…I had a great Christmas.  I think the whole family did. 

Everyone got a little something they wanted.  But, my favorite part was spending the whole with the family and not having the kids running in different directions.  I don’t think anything could have made the day better.

A few tidbits from the day:

Ryan loved his Happy Hooker book.

Shea put his tighty-wighties on like a kid playing Superman (he’s about to be 16)

Sara finally has her own camera and Three Jonas Brother’s Tour books.

Tesa didn’t get a dog, but did get a barking phone.

Santa brought Luke the Lego set that is no longer manufactured.

Cory hopes he’s going to A&M because of the stuff bought for him.

Erin is all accessorized with her Easy Bake oven.

Mark and I are all ready for our Cruise in February!

Hope everyone had a Wonderful Holiday!

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I’m in L O V E

December 7, 2008

With this place!

I love to cook and entertain and I see myself spending a lot of time and way too much money exploring all the foodstuffs they have to offer.  It’s gorgeous, are you allowed to say that about a “market”?

I’m totally and completely in love, that’s the only word for it!

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SPF Friday – The Best Gift You’ve Ever Received

December 5, 2008

I thought long and hard about this Assignment, the first one I have ever participated in from Random and Odd.  I considered all of the gifts I’ve received that I could remember.  Lots of options, but how do I choose one?  Then all of a sudden it dawned on me, the best gift I ever received was the gift of lifelong friendship, it’s intangible.  It’s not something that you can hold in your hand and look at…it just is.  Unconditional friendship!

 

So here is a picture of me and my best friend, we are the ones in the middle.  This was taken in October around our birthdays (we are 364 days apart in age) on our first ever real vacation together.   We have known each other about 30 years and have seen each other through all kinds of stuff.

 

Mark, Carmilla, Gina & Kammie in Cozumel

Mark, Carmilla, Gina & Kammie in Cozumel

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Hallowed Ground

November 30, 2008
 
This deserved it’s own post.  It is impossible to describe the feeling that comes over you when you walk in Arlington National Cemetery.  Everything has a precision to it, a precision that says we take pride in the Men, Women and the families who have fought for our country.  In the way these grounds are preserved you know we are honoring the lives they lived.  If you have never been and have the opportunity, it is worth the time to pay respect to these individuals and to thank them for the freedoms they fought to preserve.
Arlington National Cemetary

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetary

Arlington National Cemetery

Resting Place of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy

Resting Place of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy

View of Arlington House from Kennedy Memorial

View of Arlington House from Kennedy Memorial

Arlington House looking across Potomac to D.C.

Arlington House looking across Potomac to D.C.

Changing of The Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Changing of The Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Changing of The Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Changing of The Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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But I would walk 500 miles, And I would walk 500 more

November 28, 2008

We walked a hell of a lot today!  This is not an exaggeration.

Our day started at 4:30 CST in order to get a great spot for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  We started across from Central Park and then got antsy because it was two hours until the parade began.  So we started our adventure in the city.  I think we now have a pretty good grasp of the Subway System.  We ended up near Times Square and was “cattled” towards the Square where we watched the Parade. We couldn’t see the High School Marching Bands very well, but we had a great view of the Balloons and some of the floats.  And we now have bragging rights to being one of over 3 million other spectators and I think most of them were crammed into the square!
Times Square before Parade - Some of the 3 million spectators...many more behind us!

Times Square before Parade - Some of the 3 million spectators...many more behind us!

Buzz Lightyear one of many balloons in this years Parade.

Buzz Lightyear one of many balloons in this years Parade.

Santa Clause - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Santa Clause - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Longest Escalator I've ever been on...NYC Subway system.

Longest Escalator (on the Right and Left) I've ever been on...NYC Subway system.

Next came Wall Street and Battery Park.  I really enjoyed just looking at the buildings, churches and cemeteries in this area.  I saw lady Liberty from a great distance.  We did not have time to take a closer look this time. Then we were off to a fabulous Thanksgiving Lunch, and it was a feast at a little Steakhouse near Wall Street.

Trinity Chapel looking down Broad Street standing on Wall Street

Trinity Chapel looking down Broad Street standing on Wall Street

After lunch we walked the perimeter of the World Trade Center attack. 

St. Paul's Churchyard looking towards WTC site

St. Paul's Churchyard looking towards WTC site

Then we strolled over to Chinatown…I wish I had had the opportunity to take more pictures in this area. 

Fowl in the window of a Chinese Market - Chinatown, NYC

Fowl in the window of a Chinese Market - Chinatown, NYC

Strange Taste Cuisine - Chinatown, NYC  Do you think they might of meant Unique Taste Cuisine?

Strange Taste Cuisine - Chinatown, NYC Do you think they might of meant Unique Taste Cuisine?

Next stop was Union Square and the Flat Iron District…so many cool things to see everywhere.  Grand Central Station is just that “Grand”.  Finally it was off to Central Park at night, I’m sure mine and Mark’s Moms are not going to be happy about that.  But it was a lot of fun and a big adventure. 

The Flat Iron Building

The Flat Iron Building

Empire State Building lit for Thanksgiving

Empire State Building lit for Thanksgiving

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Interior Grand Central Station

Interior Grand Central Station

From in front of Grand Central Station looking at Chrysler Building

From in front of Grand Central Station looking at Chrysler Building

Lion in front of Public Library

Lion in front of Public Library

Imagine - I took a much better shot, but can't find it.

Imagine - I took a much better shot, but can't find it.

Washington Square

Washington Square

I’m too tired to do any witty blogging and we just got screwed on the Tollway and have sat in traffic for the last 45 minutes.  I can’t wait to find a place to sleep tonight.  It looks like we will head to D.C. because the weather in Buffalo looks to be rough with pulling a trailer…I’ll get to the trailer tomorrow.

I guess Mark and I managed to blend as we were asked many times for directions both street level and in the Subway.  By the end of the day we were even able to give credible directions.