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I would say that I am curious, vivacious, gregarious, sometimes funny, intelligent, easy going, very passionate about the things I love, caring, thoughtful, and kind. Maybe that is a little over the top, but I think you can count on me to be very honest. LOL

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sunday Morning Breakfast

This morning Big K enjoyed breakfast with these great friends.   We are so glad that K & K have become best of friends on and off of the ice.   After breakfast it wouldn't be a complete day without going to the ice sheet for a round of stick and puck! 
Love you to the moon and back Big K

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

When Time Moves To Quickly

Kindergarten Graduation 2016









Here is the advice I hope you follow as you continue your road to success:

Hang around people smarter than you. At the end of the day, you’re going to pick up some things, learn some things, and hopefully be a better person yourself.

It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.

Be the person other’s want to hang out with!


Mom and Little K

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Unhappy People


From David Wolfe

When things are going great and everything is perfectly balanced in our lives, it’s easy to be happy. The true test of happiness comes when things aren’t going the way we’d like them to. When life seems a little hectic, we often have to make a conscious decision to be happy and refuse to let chaos bring us down. Remember, the only person who can truly control your happiness is you. Here are eight habits of chronically unhappy people. If you identify with any of these points, it might be time to start focusing on the positives.
1. Holding Grudges
Holding a grudge is like carrying around a weight. It’s always there, even if you’ve pushed it to the back of your mind. Carrying a grudge won’t allow you to be truly happy. While it can be extremely difficult to move on when someone hurts or betrays you, try not to let your bad experience affect your future. Let go of the grudge you’ve been holding. You’ll feel lighter and happier.
2. Being Critical
True self-love can take years to develop, but without it, we can’t be truly happy. Realizing your self-worth contributes greatly to your happiness. It allows you to be more confident and comfortable in your own skin. That confidence radiates to others. In the same way, being overly critical of others says more about you than it does about them. Someone who is constantly criticizing others isn’t truly happy with themselves. It’s important to respect that everyone is different, and that’s perfectly OK.
3. Addiction
Unhappy people often look for an outlet to help them forget about their anger or sorrows. Depending on alcohol, drugs, gambling or other vices to cover up how you’re really feeling will only bring you down further. Try to instead find a positive outlet. Painting, writing, music… find a way to express yourself that won’t cause you any harm.
4. Constant Complaining
Happy people know that complaining won’t do them any good. If they want things to change, they need to act, not complain about it. People who are constantly complaining give off a negative energy that affects everyone around them. Instead of focusing on how unfair or awful a situation is, think of a way to turn it around.
5. Being Filled With Regret
Research shows that repetitive negative thoughts about decisions made in the past can lead to chronic stress and depression. We all wish we had done or said something different from time to time, but the past is the past. Obsessing over a mistake won’t change what happened, it will only hinder your future. Learn from your mistakes, decide what you would do in the future if the situation occurred again, and let it go.
6. Gossiping
Someone who gossips exudes insecurity and unhappiness. When someone isn’t satisfied with their own life, they instead focus on the lives of others, trying to find the most negative things to say about people, to make themselves feel better. A happy and confident person has no use for gossip. If you are truly happy, you’re focusing on all of the positive things in your own life, instead of trying to bring others down.
7. Worrying About the Future
Saving money or having goals and plans for the future is one thing, but a life full of constant worry about what may or may not happen can only hold you back from being happy. The future can be scary, but have enough faith in yourself to know that you can handle a situation when it arises. Work hard, be kind, aim high, and the rest will follow.
8. Making Problems Bigger
When a not-so-great situation arises, an unhappy person will almost always make it worse. They tend to overreact,blow things out of proportion and see things negatively instead of finding a way to fix what went wrong. We all encounter things we’d rather not deal with. The difference between a happy person and an unhappy person is how they handle a tough situation. Take a step back and a deep breath, and search for a solution!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Of All My Dreams–Hockey Mom Was Not One of Them

I’ve fully struggled with this transition to hockey life. I didn’t have any plans of having a hockey breathing, eating, loving kid but he has had other plans and surely, now we are all along for the ride.

He worked hard, he fell down a bunch but he loved it. Loved it. The highlight of every day of the week is going to the ice sheet – and not just skating – but putting on the gear and playing hockey -  and he is so determined.

Just a few weeks into lessons he was skating circles around kids twice his age. He did it. Now he is part of the family and what is a mom to do – but go along for the ride….And be Proud as all get out!

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he smiles the biggest smile when he hangs with these friends…or when he puts on his gear because he can do it.

And maybe this will be a one year thing and we'll move on to the next thing. And maybe we won't. Either way, I'm proud of Big K. For trying something new, for working hard – beyond hard -  for being determined to do it and not let anything get him down. He isn't out there comparing himself, he's out there working his little tail off – and I’m telling you – he can do it!

Yes,  now I'm a hockey mom and I'm the first to tell you, I had no plans of being one. And next season when the Mustangs come to town – he asked if we could please be a host family….OMG – My Kid – he will turn me, twist me, and get me in the end!   He melts my heart!

Our Beauty with A Little Beast

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hard to Play–Hard to Stop

K Keaton Kai Jesse

Yes – Hockey is a hard game…but it is even harder to stop playing once you start!

Can’t Get Enough

Bouncy Chair 2

Bouncy Chair

I know…she is just the cutest little girl ever!  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

2 weeks

Our check up was great today....everything is perfect!   So blessed

Monday, March 28, 2016


So Much News At Our House

Look who waddled in to our house on Easter Morning.

We will tell you her story soon.   

We are so excited to have her here with us...and 4 weeks early...doing great!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Baby Girl Has Arrived

Our G16 arrived...thank you for all your love, hugs, and prayers. She is doing well - Mom is recovering from a C-Section a month early and it is a good thing! Chunky Monkey was 8 lbs 3 oz.

Kaliyah's first day

Monday, March 14, 2016

Where Have I Been? Across the Sea to Ireland - where people say it's so!

Yes, I've been to all of the Western States - I've been to Narnia - I've been to Tuscany - I've been in The Shack - by the Seaside - and countless other places.   This month I again went for a visit to a wonderful B & B in Ireland. The visit took me to Stone House, the old home of the three beautiful Sheedy sisters, Beatrice, Jessica, and Miss Queenie. I just love a cozy B & B.

Stone House is in Stoneybridge, a small village on the coast of Ireland, a place fled in short order by Geraldine “Chicky” Ryan in order to follow a charismatic man to America, much to the great embarrassment  of her relatives. The man wanders off after a short while, and Chicky is thrown onto her own devices (“she’s got guts altogether,” one character says of her), working and saving money, and gradually being forgiven by her family back home (she can’t bear how smug they’d be at learning the truth; she tells them he died in a tragic accident).  Funny how no one ever learns the truth!

During a visit to Stoneybridge, Chicky is approached by the sole surviving Sheedy sister, Miss Queenie (“Two of the old Miss Sheedys had been carried away by pneumonia in the winter...I felt the pain of pneumonia also this winter! “The old person’s friend, it was called; it ended life peacefully for those who couldn’t catch their breath”.   The idea born for Chicky’s savings to turn Stone House into an inn and advertising it as a peaceful destination for a week’s vacation by the sea.  

Ms. Binchy presents a large cast of characters and manages them with mixed results. Indeed, there are many odd, complicated characters in this story. 
1. Among them are a bad boy trying to be good
2. Two women in a struggle over loving the same man
3.  A couple bereaved
4.  A disaffected spinster,
5. A man caught between duty and desire
6. Another hiding out from a life that no longer works for him. 

They, along with other characters, are people at crossroads in their lives. As varied as their issues might be they nearly all manage to find their peace during their week at Stone House. Oh, wouldn't it be loverly!    All I want is a room somewhere
Far away from the cold night air
With one enormous chair
Oh, wouldn't it be loverly?

Lots of chocolate for me to eat,
Lots of coal makin' lots of heat.
Warm face, warm hands, warm feet
Oh, wouldn't it be loverly?

Perhaps I'll be visiting London soon!

back to Ireland ....This novel is very different from her former books in that there is not a smooth narrative arc from beginning to end. Instead of a unified story, A Week in Winter is written almost as a series of short stories, each focusing on the backstory of one character or team of characters, leading up to the point at which they arrive at Stone House and reach their Aha…moment!

It is bittersweet that I won't be visiting Ireland again with Maeve Binchy in a new story...but I will continue to find time to relax and enjoy her stories for many years to come as they are all worth reading more than once!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Our fingerprints don't fade
from the lives we touch.

... Judy Blume

I'd be lying if I didn't tell
you that my stomach was
in knots and I almost felt
queasy when I learned the story! 

Have we been living a staged play with some of the characters who enter having very short roles to play, others, much larger....One seemed like/for sure he was/ a villain and others are good guys.  Are all of them necessary, I guess so otherwise it wouldn't be much of a play.
So as we have embraced them all, we are now ready to  move on to the next act.
The fingerprints they have left will be forever in our memory - but  we are now peaceful,  content, in love with what is in our future , and hopefully we will only attract to our family those who are in alignment with our highest ideals.   With lots of prayers we know we will heal!

Where Is Love OLIVER !

1 John 4:7-12King James Version (KJV)

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Thursday, March 10, 2016



“I play because I love it.”

      Blood - Sweat  - Tears the many hours of hard work are paying off....this kid is a natural! The invite has been received....he will join the Mites at the age of 5!    How cool is that!

Love Heals

The healing that love brings might not always look like you think it should, but as you assign value to your experience, it will prove to be exactly what you need for your good and God's glory.
Start with Forgiveness-

Jesus said, if you are holding on to offense, hatred, or grudges, the devil will have a foothold in your life (Ephesians 426 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil), and you won't be able to experience the forgiveness and peace of God in your life.

Forgiveness is not an emotion, it is a choice. 
Today I pray that God will strengthen me to be able to forgive, because sometimes I don't know if I can or want to. 

Lesson learned - forgive people who have hurt you and sinned against you, you will feel a powerful sense of God's presence break through immediately. So I forgive you --- smiles are returning to our lives, we are relieved from the pressure, and we can travel on down our path with pleasure!

God Bless and miracles happen! xoxo

Shrimp, Sausage, Veggies and Noodles ~ Yum

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper, Crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, Coarse Ground
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage
  • 1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 large handfuls baby spinach leaves
  • Don’t forget the mushrooms! Generous Handful
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces pasta or your choice, uncooked
veggies ,,,,,,veggies sautéed  ~ aroma from heaven!
  • Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add celery, onion, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and spinach leaves; cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in Italian seasoning and red and black pepper.
  • Cut sausage in half lengthwise, then in 1/2-inch slices. Add sausage and shrimp to skillet. Cook 2 minutes or until shrimp begin to turn pink. Add chicken broth. Bring to boil.
  • Break pasta in half – we used penna so it doesn’t have to be broken; add to skillet. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until pasta is just tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Pine- Nuts from Sacco’s ….just what this dish needed!

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

The best sign anybody can have that something is not quite right is her instinct....boom get off the track!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Winter How I Misunderstand You

I've been told that to really understand Winter I must learn to take advantage of the opportunities it brings to me. 

~ So this evening I will snuggle up,  with a throw over me, make a cup of hot cocoa, and list the many things that I actually love about this precious season.

1. On a sunless day, the grays merge to form a somber and peaceful landscape.  Although I love the beautiful trees of summer the silhouette of a leafless tree
still leaves their beauty intact.  Something waiting beneath to spring forth. 

2. For me, winter often serves up a wellspring of precious childhood memories packed with hours of fox and geese in my backyard and big mugs of marshmallow- and whipped-cream-topped hot chocolate 

3. It is a time of idle hours to reflect on sentimental journeys from days gone by...hours in front of the fire place ~ golden moments.

4. Of Course ~ Christmas is one of the delightful memories of winter. 
5. I now believe that all the snowflakes are kisses from my Daddy in Heaven!

6.  Winter is a time of reflection - a time to think about the changes that need to be made - a time of solitude when the colors are soft and the pace is gentle.

7. Remembering my Dad reading Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening ~  by Robert Frost night after night until I had it memorized at a very young age.

8.  Those bitter cold mornings when I wake to see magnificent lines of frost stretching across my window panes.  They seemed to rise with the sunshine and the bitter cold outside.  They looked like little miracles that had been formed in the dark of the night.  I watched them in sheer amazement and marveled that such beautiful forms could be born during such a winter-cold night.

9. Traditions....the hill created by the huge piles of snow bring hours of fun in those chic winter clothes!

10.   So what do I do in the wintertime when there is no baseball.   I stare out the window, watch the snowflakes fall in the street light and wait for spring.