Sunday, November 13, 2011


This year Ella competed in our town’s pageant.  We supported her because of the fun she would have, the friends she would make and the confidence she would gain.
They did a group dance.

Casual wear modeling and an interview.20110806--2

Formal wear modeling.20110806--4

Ella did not win.  And that’s totally OK.  She had fun, made new friends and gained more confidence and had a very good new experience.

Friday, November 11, 2011


This summer, Miles did a soccer camp through our park district.  He has done this program several times now and has the hang of it.



Coach Billy is one of a kind.  He is so energetic and loves the kids.  He also loves soccer.   He is truly a gluten for punishment as he lets the kids dress him up in whatever they bring in on one day and on this particular day he let them bring in water guns.  He even gave good ideas of how to get him truly soaked.  Hence the cooler full of water to reload super soakers.20110805--320110805--4

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Yes, I know, way to late for fourth of July posts, but I’m catching up.  Here is the 3rd generation from a group of friends that include Jason’s parents.  What a bunch of cuties.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Summer Birthdays

June 27 was Miles’ 6th Birthday.  We surprised him with several family members waiting for him at the movie theater to see Cars 2 in 3D.
I made the birthday boy a pineapple upside-down cake at his request.  He’s not a fan of frosting.  (He certainly doesn’t get this from me).
Miles' 6th Brithday Party - Family Edition
I really like his photo.  As my sister-in-law said, it really shows us for who we are since it isn’t too posey and w are all pretty relaxed and being ourselves.
Jason put up a swing on our big 100+ year old oak tree in our back yard.  After I taught the kids how to do “the spider”, they then had to show their Uncle John how it is done.
Miles' 6th Brithday Party - Family Edition
Miles also had a kid party.  Jason make a big homemade slip n slide with plastic tarp and pool noodles.  Here is Miles behind his frosted cake.  Frosting?  Yuck!
Miles' 6th Brithday Party - Kid Edition

The other two in our family with summer birthdays are my new sister-in-law Kris and me.  We met at Long Grove, IL in a nice Italian restaurant for lunch.  Getting together for each others’ birthdays is a very nice way to spend some family time.
After lunch Jason, the kids and I walked around the shopping area of Long Grove.  The last store we walked into was a furniture store.  And what do you know, they had the bedroom set of our dreams there!  It was also, amazingly, a good price and very good quality.  So we went home and thought about it (not for long) and decided to go for it.  We just got the furniture shipped a couple of weeks ago and LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  I’ll have to take pics soon.  Of course, now I see that we “need” some new lamps to go on our night stands.  Ha ha!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Spring Catch-Up

If anyone is interested, here are a few photos from some of our highlights from Spring 2011.
Each of our kids went on a weekend campout separately with their dad and I took the other out for a special treat.  Tea at Infini-tea in Antioch.
I actually had no idea that Miles would want to go out for tea with me, but he let me know that he wanted to and we had a very nice time.

Jason and I have been to several shows over the years at the Fireside Dinner Theater in Ft. Atkinson, WI. 
When I saw that Annie was playing, we made the trip up for the kids’ first show there.

We spent Mother’s Day at the Botanic Garden.  My two biggest blessings…

Ella had her dance recitals (she was in two).  It was also my “last” (I hope it is not my last forever) recitals as a teacher before taking time off to go to school and study.  I had 3 classes in the recitals.  It was a  blast.

Jazz Costume

Ballet Costume

Ella bridged from Daisy Scouts to Brownies.

My dear friend Lisa  was in town from Dallas.  It had been WAY too long since I last saw her!  I picked her up at the airport and we went out to dinner at one of my favorite spots in the city “Pars Cove” on Diversey.  She’s still as sweet and gorgeous as ever.
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