Saturday, May 29, 2010


Hello Blogging's been FOREVER! I would say, Five months is way to long. But as you know with us, there is a story.....Holiday, cray schedule, computer crash and loss of EVERYTHING, kiddos, travel schedule, events, daily life, trianing for a half marathon, and oh yea, did I mention computer crash and loss of EVERYTHING...including how to long onto Blogger. Well, long of the short is.....WE ARE BACK! I will post some photos to catch you up on us and hopefully continue to keep up with posts of our exciting lives.

Welcome Back!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009


BAKAPALOOZA 09 = GIRL THERAPY! Got some baking on with my girls and had some wonderful girl chats! True therapy! ROCKED the oven!

Then Robb played Santa and delivered all the goodies to all the people on our Good list! Thanks honey!

Kids also helped in the fun!

What do you get when you have 8 four-year old's over for cookie decorating and a luncheon? A big mess and lots and lots of FUN! This was the end result.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

This is JARI (pronounced Jerry - it's all 4 of our initials)...he is our very own Elf on the Shelf. He is a magical elf that works with Santa (we can't touch him though or he will lose his magic powers). He sits up on the shelf and observes our family all day, then reports back to Santa at night. Upon his return each morning, he is located in a different place of the house, so when it's breakfast time we spend it looking for Jari. However, our Jari is a bit mischievous at times, he has hung underwear's on the tree, taken our Angel from the top of said tree and took over her spot, and even mix matches all our shoes. If you ask me, I think he might even know where all the lost socks and gloves are. It's been fun having Jari around this holiday season.

Isabella had her annual Christmas dance performance. It was really cute and she looked as though she was having some fun.

We have had our fist official snow day of the this school year. We of course had to get outside and play in followed with lots of cocoa and marshmallows.

It's been a few busy weeks for Isabella. She also had her school's annual Christmas program. It again was really cute and all the kids did such a great job.

Then no season would be complete with out a visit to Santa. Isabella loved him this year and kept touching his beard. When Jacob was asked what he wanted from Santa he told him to surprise him.

As for the rest of our year, well we have plenty of things going on, a few more really good work outs to end this year with a bang, Robb will be home for a few days of vacation to enjoy, Isabella is hosting a luncheon and cookie decorating party for some her friends, Jacob has a few more days of school to finish out his first half of first grade, Bakapalooza, couple of cookie parties for the kids, and time for sharing with family and friends.


Monday, November 30, 2009

What happended to November?

Well - November has come and is almost gone. Happy Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful weekend filled with family and friends.

We started off with Robb's brother from Michigan joining us here at our house. So, all four of the brothers were together, but most importantly all 9 of the cousins were together. It had been since June 208 since that happened. It was fun and at many times, the kids out numbered the adults. But I must add....Adults 1 - Kids 0!

Thanksgiving morning I ran a 5k and hit my fastest time ever - best part....ran the entire race! Last time that will happen, but it sure felt good Thanksgiving day. I also had the pleasure of running with my two Sister-in-laws and a couple friends. Really is a great way to start off the day, see that on my list of 'to do's' for next year.

We hosted the holiday's main meal.....with having 25 people over. Now, remember 9 of them were kids. However, we were smart enough to set another table in another room for them. Great food, better company. Heard stories of yesterday and plans for the future. The ages at our tables ranged from 86 - 2, with everyone in between.

Had a girl cousin sleepover and might I add, we rocked Hungry Hippo for the entire night! Understand that at the boy sleepover Nerf Wars took place and the boys won.

We also attended a Birthday party completed with cake, ice cream, lots of wine, and a balloon dude to entertain the kids. I think I also remember grandpa passing out gold coins if you could figure out his trick.

The holiday was great and felt good kicking off the holiday season. Bring it on my friend....we are ready!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

More of the fun.....

Busy - Just like you!, soccer ceremony, soccer party, pumpkin hunting, birthday party, pumpkin carving, trick or treating, dinner, candy - DETOX!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Gettin' Our Fall On....

Pumpkin Patch 2009 - Even if it's freezing outside.

Been a little busy lately and letting most things slip, just to make it through each day. But this weekend we took some time out as a family and went to our local Pumpkin Patch. It was a bitter cold day and we were bundled up, but we had a great time. Enjoyed some time with friends and family, broke bread with them, and had a chance to catch up a bit. Wonderful times had by all and looking forward to many more.

Happy Fall Ya' All!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Grandma's Visit...(weekend)

Had a great visit with Grandma this past weekend. Kids spoiled, little sleep, lots of giggles, fun, and can't wait until the next time.

Thursday - Grandma's arrival day, pizza party, cousins, uncles, aunts, and some fun on a school night.

Friday - School, dance class, dinner party, more cousins, uncles, aunts, along with Grannie.

Saturday - I ran a 5K - IT ROCKED! Best time ever - still slow to most, but for freezing out butts running partner and I kicked it out. Even had a cheering section at the finish line of grandma, dad, and kiddos. Soccer, brunch with friends, a little shopping, had a sitter for all kid and cousins, so grandma, aunts, and uncles could go have an adult night. Great meal, great wine, and even better company.

Sunday - FOOTBALL! Dinner here, cousin, aunts, uncles, and granny. A little pumpkin decorating, and the best part......several months ago, Grandpa made these canvas's for me (stole the idea from Robb's brother who surprised his wife with orignal works of art for Christmas) so we could paint on them and hang them in our new house. Well, Grandma (resident artist) helped me get my butt in gear and get on this project. Not only did they start it....but also finished. Grandma, Jacob, and Isabella retrieved to the garage for the after noon...had colors picked out, looked thru Chinese art books we had, and a painting they went. Jacob did the pagoda, Isabella did the bamboo, and Grandma finished it up with the boat. The end result is absolutely fantastic. Can't wait to get them on the wall.

Great weekend...and workin' for the next one.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Really? It's been that long....WOW!

Dear poor, neglected, blog....(which really means we are really diggin' life and so busy that we don't update...or we have dropped from the earth - I will go with the first scenario),

We really are here....and just pluggin' away with life. It's groovin' well, not like the well oiled machine I would like to see, but can't or rather won't complain. Could be know, no friends, no family, no events happening, and so forth. So, here we are....about 6 weeks after our last post and still really not much to report.

Robb - doing great. Pluggin' away at work as usual and traveling a lot. Diggin' being a home owner and of course revolves his weekends around cutting the grass. I kid you not about this one....he really does. He has taken his boat a couple of times this year and I think maybe even squeezed in a golf game. This past weekend was the American Royal BBQ Contest (considered the world series of BBQ)and his company hosted two dinners and had 6 teams participate in the contest. This was his first year actually competing with a team, and they did well; considering their were 486 entrants. Most of all, I think he had fun. He has also decided to be the Den Leader for Jacob's Tiger Cub Scouts group. He has 12 little boys he is charge of and I might add...looks pretty cute in his tan button up shirt.

Robb Gettin' his Q on making dinner for his teams and their guests.

Me - Hmmmmm, what can I say about me...that's always a tough one. Not to good at talking about myself. I have taken the roll in our family right now as pilot and in charge of just keeping everyone else on course; albeit necessary. Even though I am busy every minute of the most every day, having to sum it up in words seems a bit on the boring side. I have also taken charge of our families nutrition, health, and fitness. Figured if I do it everyone will go kicking and screaming, but really have no choice. It's been good. We are by far eating so much better than ever before, saving our monies from eating out, and we get out and move more. I am in love with my time at the gym and getting ready to run my third 5K race this year next Saturday. Now, you must know this about me....I hate running (and let me add, running these races is really stretching the definition of running, it's more like run, hop, skip, walk, and only goals are to finish)'s something I don't really enjoy, but love the challenge and have a great group of friends who are pushing me. I promise you when I see you running/jogging on the side of the road no matter what size and shape you are....I clap for you. I have such an admiration for you runners. It's one of the hardest things I can honestly say I have ever done. Other than that, I have managed to get a few more boxes unpacked and organized...but not completely done. We will get there someday, but in no rush...besides what will I do after I am done or what would I have to complain about?

Susan Koman Race for the Cure last August

Jacob - whew - this kids is busy, busy, growing and changing. He is doing great in first grade. He loves school, but hates the homework and let me say we have some every night of the week. He is still doing karate and loving that he gets to start using weapons and sparring. He is also playing soccer this season. He plays on a great team of (2) boys and (6) girls, so you can imagine the show off he has become. He also competed this past weekend in the American Royal BBQ. His age group grilled burgers. It was so cool - they even got to keep their grills. He didn't get in the top three, but he did walk away with a groovy ribbon and that made all the difference in the world. Already talking about next year.

School Project we had to work on.

Our two Q'rs leaving for the contest.

Isabella - Groovin' right into the pre-k. She has a particular fondness for a certain teacher and she even mimics her at home. It is cute and this teacher is someone we all would want to mimic. She is an angel. Isabella has started dance for the season at a new studio and diggin' it with her friends. She has also started karate. The uniform and belt are bigger than she is, but she is karate chopping everything in the house. It's great. She is just blossomed over the summer and has the funniest disposition.

We do dress ourselves now and choose our own clothes; accessories and all.

This girl as NO fear.

Until next time blog...I promise to update more often and take more photos.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

First Grade or BUST!

Today marks the first day of First Grade. Jacob woke up with bells on, was excited and couldn't wait....he has a new teacher, friends from baseball and Kindergarten in his class. In fact, he chose to sit at a table of 5 other boys, all of which he I am sure that table will be switched soon.

So, here is the lesson I was taught today; when you are First Grader, no more naps, they already know how to read - so what more is there to learn, and you get to eat lunch later than the Kindergartners. Sounds good.