Monday, August 24, 2009

Summer '09....

FUN times...a trip to Michigan, marathons & triathlons, weekends at the lake, soccer, golf outings, sister visits, lots of sunshine and time with our 5 FAVORITE little people, and their parents! Over much, much too soon!!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Polka Dot Box...

...has something new and exciting to share!! Just this week, Bridget has added custom birthday party invitations in addition to the beautiful birth announcements on the Polka Dot Box website! I hope you will go and check them out and pass along this site to your friends and family! :0)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Swim, Bike, Run.....

....again!! Jamie, John, Jeff and Bridget were back on the "triathlon trial" the past few weeks. John was MIA when it was picture time, but he was there, too!!

The triathlons were held at two different lakes in the northern part of the state...beautiful place to do these crazy things!!! At least when you're puttin' in the miles you have gorgeous scenery to look at! Jeff's "KISS" running jersey was a hit....several runners took time to say "great shirt" as they jogged or biked by!

These kids continue to be an inspiration to me!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

What a ride.....

LOVE doesn't make the world go 'round...
LOVE is what makes the ride worthwhile!

Jim and I celebrated our "41st" anniversary this weekend! It's true that time flies when you are having fun, and it's easy to have fun when you are married to your very best friend!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Lessons of Life...

I think this is a list we can all learn from....

Regina Brett's 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on
by Regina Brett
Sunday May 28, 2006, 10:13 AM

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here's an update:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don't ask, you don't get.
49. Yield.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

2 Hours of Total Entertainment....

We went to see "Julie & Julia" this week and it lived up to all my expectations!! It is based on true stories, Julia Child and Julie Powell---both incredible women! I don't consider myself much of a cook, but this movie makes you think that if you follow the recipe of an incredible cook, you could do it!! Julia Child had such an amazing life outside of the stereotype that you think of---standing behind a table cooking and talking in her "unusual" voice! :0) I loved the movie, I think you would too!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Child of My Child...

Child of my child, Heart of my heart...

Your smile bridges the years between us.
I am young again,
discovering the world through your eyes.
You have the time to listen,
And I have the time to spend.
Delighted to gaze at familiar loved features
made new in you again.
Through you ... I'll see the future
Through me ... you'll know the past
In the present we'll love one another,
As long as these moments last
~~ Author Unknown ~~
If you are not yet a grandparent, it's hard to explain the very special bond between a grandparent and your child's is magical! I LOVE this poem, the words are so very true! We had a wonderful weekend with our four oldest grandchildren--the only one missing is our youngest grandson in Michigan.
We were on the go from morning to night, and I warned their Mommies and Daddy's last night that we were sending them home on "sugar highs" and "sleep deprived!" But, that is what grandparents do...."ANYTHING THE KIDS WANT TO DO!!" :0) We enjoyed having them "all to ourselves" for the weekend, and hopefully our children enjoyed their "kidless" weekend!! It was wonderful to watch the joyful reunions yesterday when they were reunited with each other!
It was a treasured weekend with so many special moments, and last night when Jim and I were listening to the "quiet" we both agreed that we couldn't wait to do it again!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Our Little Golfer...

As you can tell, "L" is getting very serious about playing golf!! :0) Jon got him a putter a few weeks ago, and added his own golf glove this weekend...he is all set!! Sarah said he doesn't want to take his golf glove off, he even wore it during his nap!
Looks like this "apple didn't fall far from the tree!" Jon has passed his love of the game on to his son.... Sarah has her work cut out for her keeping up with these two! :0)

Saturday, August 1, 2009