I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

29 Sep

corn maze & pumpkins

I can’t believe it’s time for corn mazes and pumpkin hunting!  We went to Borzynski’s in Racine last Friday night with the girls.  We had a great time with them, the weather was perfect, the sun setting slowly, we were in no hurry to get anywhere, there were no crowds … it was just a great night.  Followed by cheese curds & ice cream at Culvers … how could we go wrong?

I’m also super proud of myself for the photos I took … I shot everything on manual mode, something that hasn’t come to easy for me.  I think they turned out pretty good.  Take a look-see if you have a few minutes.

Posted in girls, outing

8 Jun

a rolls royce saturday

Curt’s been having a blast driving his dad’s old 1922 Rolls around town!  He’s picked the girls up from school the last couple of days, and this morning we took it over to Armstrong park to meet up with Marta and her family.

The girls love driving it around, and I think some of the people in Racine get a kick out of it too!  Curt’s assistant got a call the other day asking if it was Curt out with his girls … that it reminded her of when Sam used to drive it around town, and it was a sweet sight for her to see.  The horn even goes … ArUgah!!

The girls were getting hot at the picnic {read crabby!}, so we brought them home to go swimming.  We took Bailee with us too and they all had a great time.  It was a great day for it … until the storms set in!  :(

Click here for more photos from the day.

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2 Jun

what an awesome night!

Since the day I heard Sex and the City: the movie, would be released May 30 I was all over it!  I *knew* I was going to have a party.  And party we did!

I sent out 20 invitations {cute box with invite, click flick kleenexes and a bag of popcorn} and 17 responded with an enthusiastic YES!  After literally months of going back and forth with the theatre I wanted the private party at, they finally said we could do it … iPic, were we come!

Most of us gathered at my home and took a limo coach to Bayshore, where Heather and Nellie met us.  We had a little situ with the bus door opening on us, but given we had sweat rolling down our bosom, it made for a great cooling mechanism.  We cranked the newly released soundtrack, cracked open the champagne and settled in for a great ride … just the start of a great evening!

We arrived at the iPic, headed to our private reception, complete with yummy food and even yummier {read potent} cosmos!

Time for the movie and we were ushered into our private theatre where more cosmos were awaitin’!  It was a good thing we were alone in the theatre … what with all our dancing, yelling, clapping, spilling and party shenanigans!

Thank you iPic staff for your patience and great service.  Thank you friends for sharing the evening with me and thank you God for blessing me to be able to spoil my friends!

Click here for photos from the evening.

Posted in friends, outing, random

12 May

mother’s day

We took the girls out of school early on Friday to get down to Chicago in time for dinner.  A tad crazy for the six of us to find seats on the train, so Curt and I ended up sitting on the floor.  We had a great “snack guy” that was entertaining the kids … so between him and movies on the ipod, we made it down in no time!

When we arrived, we went straight to dinner for some deep dish pizza.  45 minutes later the pizza arrived the kids were pretty much no longer interested in “the food that Chicago is most famous for.”  We made it to the hotel way past bedtime, but had some popcorn and movies anyway.  Dad agreed to put the little girls to bed while Taylor and I hit Michigan Ave for some shopping!

Curt spoiled us with a great suite at the Peninsula and really comfy beds!  The next morning we woke and went to breakfast at the hotel restaurant and then got ready for a day of touring the city.

First we went to the aquarium … always a good time.  Although, newly aged teenager said it was boring!  She kept busy texting with her friends.  We saw all the fun fish stuff and then got super excited when we saw the sign for the 4D Sponge Bob show.  Which was not recommended for kids under 4.  I needed to ask and make sure I saw that correctly … yes, highly recommended that kids under 4 do not see this show.  I was told they’ve seen many a 2 year old immediately leave the theatre after the show had started.  But I was certain MY two year old wouldn’t apply.  This is the same girl that watches SpyKids 3D!  What’s an upgrade to 4D have to do with it?!?  Well … I didn’t exactly think that a stick would come out of the back of your chair and poke you, or water squirt in your face from the chair back in front of you, or the whole seat would shake you around, or air would blow from behind you and freak you out!  Sure enough, the show hadn’t been on for more than 2 minutes and my two year old was demanding to leave the theater.  Mine and ten others, whose parents obviously thought they weren’t raising wimps either!

After our Sponge Bob experience, we made our way to lunch … a cute little restaurant where we were seated out on a balcony and overlooked part of the aquarium and we even had a bowl of goldfish to munch on!

We went back to the hotel for Hunter’s nap and some down time.  Then off to the Planetarium … it was a quick stop, as I think we were all a little tired and not too interested in the skies over Africa (but in a really boring way).  Poor Piper was devastated when we were leaving, as she thought it was daddy’s favorite thing ever and that he would be sad we were leaving.

After that, we had dinner (YUM) at the Grand Luxe.  A quick walk and souvenir at the Disney Store and then a horse carriage ride around a few blocks of the city.

Sunday morning we woke up and were supposed to have brunch at the hotel restaurant at 10:30.  We usually eat breakfast at 7, so 10:30 was quite a stretch for us.  What was I thinking?  We ordered a quick room service meal of fruit and cereal, and as we were eating I asked who wanted to go home … turns out we all did.  We quickly checked the train schedule, found out we needed to pack up and high-tail it to Union Station and hop our train home.  We made it home around 11:30 and somehow in time for lunch.  Taylor and I went to Mequon to look at a new horse for her (long story!!) and then met Curt at his sister’s house for a mother’s day dinner with his family.

Those were our events this weekend, of which I am very thankful.  But I would also like to thank God for the blessings he’s given to me.  My four girls … and even my fifth baby girl that isn’t with us (but that I pray we will meet someday).  I thank God for Curt … for what an awesome father and husband he is.  I thank God for the opportunities He’s given me … the bad and the good.  And I thank God that I’ve been able to open my eyes to be aware of all the blessings around me.

I am blessed …

Click here to view photos of our weekend.

Posted in blessed, our family, outing

7 Jan

girls first bucks game

We got back from vacation on Thursday afternoon and decided to take the girls to their first Bucks game on Friday night (don’t they look just so excited?!?)

We left Hunter at home with a sitter and Taylor was with Frank for the weekend.  It was nice having some alone time with just Piper & Wynter.  The game didn’t start until 7:30, which happens to be the girls bedtime.  Needless to say, we only made it through one period.

We had a good time and will be back!  Check out some photos in our album.

Posted in girls, outing, sports