Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Birthday Girls

We have a very busy, but fun weekend ahead!! Tomorrow is my birthday (and my daughter has been kind enough to do a daily countdown of the days left till my b-day for me) and Jessica's 13th birthday is Sunday!! We are going out to dinner tomorrow to celebrate mine and then a day trip to the beach on Saturday. Sunday Jessica has 5 girlfriends coming over and we will be heading to The Cheesecake Factory for her special dinner. Then 4 of the girls will be spending the night and on Monday I will be taking them to Kings Dominion! Fun fun fun!! Lots of food and cake in store for us!
The Birthday Girls . . .

Jessica was my everything for my wedding 2 years ago . . . she walked me down the aisle, gave me away, and served as my maid of honor. Our grand entrance was even to "Jessica's Sonata" from Snowy River. Jessica is still my everything. Happy Birthday Sweet Girl and I love you MORE!! LYMI (love you, mean it)

Thursday, July 23, 2009


I think this is probably a Facebook first . . . my ex-husband is "friends" with all 3 of his ex-wives - yes, I said 3 ex-wives!!! I was no. 2 and the only one he has a child with - thank God. I just think that is weird!!! And now I get to see what things he is doing with new girlfriend - like I want to know all that?!!!!! UGH!

If you are on FB, send me an email at and we can be "friends"!! I'll send you a friend request and then you can see what his other 2 ex-wives look like! haha

It's almost the weekend!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Guilty Pleasures

I've been in a beer mood the past couple of weeks and have been trying different brews. So far I have tried Honey Moon, Sam Adams Summer Ale (tonight's choice) and this one . . . so far this one has been my favorite.

I have Blue Moon in the fridge to try next. Any recommendations for a good 'ole summer beer?
ETA: I think my new favorite has become Blue Moon with an orange slice (Thank you Tammy at Up Hill at 40 for reminding me to have it with an orange slice - I would have forgotten!!)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Motherly Advice

In just a few short weeks, my little baby girl will be turning 13. It’s a bittersweet moment for me. I’ve loved watching her grow up and become a young lady, but my time with her is dwindling . . . soon she will be off to college and creating her own life. When I stop and think about how fast 5 years will go, anxiety sits in. I also feel like the next few years are so important and will mold her into the person she will become . . . I pray I don’t screw things up too badly! While I was in the Hallmark store looking at birthday cards for her, I came across one that had a “Birthday To-Do List for My Daughter.” I don’t usually cry over cards, but this card, and the fact that my baby is turning 13, just really made me become very emotional in the card store! This is the card, along with a funny one that plays a song, that I will be giving my little girl on this very important birthday . . . I think it contains advice we could all be reminded of ~

* Don’t sit around waiting for somebody else to make you happy. Happy is a do-it-yourself kind of thing.

* Be true to yourself and to what you want out of life. Broken hearts heal, but broken dreams don’t.

* Make your own choices, but don’t forget – you’re the one who’ll have to live with them.

* Take chances now and then. Chance is just another way to say that life is waiting to open a door for you.

* Forgive others, and when you need to, forgive yourself. See the good all around you, even if you have to squint sometimes.

* Love who you are, and know that you are loved. Always, always. You are loved.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Maybe, Maybe Not

While running to Target on my lunch break, I may or may not have been car dancing in the Momobile to Wild Cherry's Play That Funky Music - with the windows down and sunroof open.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Summer Fun

What a great past couple of days!! First, we started the holiday weekend with a day at the lake. Then Monday and Tuesday my daughter and I headed to Great Wolf Lodge to meet up with my college girlfriends, Heather & Kim, and their children and other family members. We had a GREAT time!! Two full days at a water park will wear you out! I am so thankful that I was able to spend time with the girls and that our children know each other. Who would have thought back when we were 20 and doing crazy things that our children would be hanging out together!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Good Times

Perfect day to celebrate the 4th of July. Today is a rainy day but I am thankful for that because this is one tired family . . . a day at the lake and fireworks at night make for tired kids!!

The boats starting to line up to watch the fireworks. We had the perfect spot . . . our friends' house is directly across from where the fireworks are put off.

Jessica anxiously waiting for the fireworks (in between texting her bf - I'm surprised her cell phone isn't in her hand in this picture)
Earlier in the day, swimming in the lake

Love this picture . . . not a care in the world as she jumps off the dock

Aren't they cute?!!

Hope you had just as great of a 4th of July!

Friday, July 3, 2009

4th of July

Happy 4th of July!! I hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th! We are headed to friends who have a home on the lake and host a yearly 4th of July party - can't wait!!