Saturday, March 22, 2014

he passed

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So proud of my boy! Tyler passed his first Actuarial Exam!!

He has been busy preparing and studying for this very difficult test for the past 8 months and all of his hard work paid off! The pass rate is about 30-40%... and he did it on his first attempt! So proud!
Pete and I met him for a celebratory lunch after his 3 hour long test and I can't remember the last time I have seem him that happy and excited. :)

And because most people don't seem to know what an actuary is; here is a quick explanation:

An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty.     Actuaries provide assessments of financial security systems, with a focus on their complexity, their   mathematics, and their mechanisms.

Actuaries mathematically evaluate the probability of events and quantify the contingent outcomes in order to minimize the impacts of financial losses associated with uncertain events.

Now Tyler is looking forward to graduation (with a degree in mathematics) in about a month 
and to find employment. :)

Friday, March 14, 2014

{lately}

competing at DECA State for 3 days in downtown Minneapolis

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studying hard for an upcoming big exam
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anticipating and planning for a Spring Break trip

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participating in a school wide Nerf war

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cheering on our hockey team at the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament with a 2nd place finish

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reading some great books since the beginning of the year

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loving that all three of my boys were home--overlapping for just 15 hours, but I will I can get :)

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Friday, February 21, 2014

snow day #6

This winter has been crazy with all of the extreme cold temperatures and the abundance of snow. So much so that today we had another 'snow day' (no school). This is the 6th 'snow day' of the winter, which is absolutely crazy!

Yesterday afternoon the rain turned over to snow and then the blizzard winds picked up. This morning we woke to a day off of school for Drew and over 9 inches of fresh blowing snow. This is the view out our front window.

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And out the front door there was a 3 foot snow drift.

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I received a text from Jake.... who did not have a snow day at his college. :)

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And also a text from Tyler at his college. :)

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At least all of this snow makes for a beautiful scenic day!

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On top of not having school today, Drew was very happy to be able to watch the USA vs Canada Hockey Olympic game. This tweet from the MN Wild made me smile.

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Which is exactly what Drew did this morning. :)

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And now I think I am ready for Spring!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

before the next storm

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Drew shoveled off the deck before the next big storm is scheduled to hit tomorrow. 
A true Minnesota boy- warm in 40 degree weather.

Monday, February 17, 2014

{lately}

The month of February is always a fun month for us and with a birthday, an anniversary & Valentine's Day we have much to celebrate.

Lately we have enjoyed-

:: The Winter Olympics started and we have been enjoying watching everything from the Opening Ceremonies, figure skating, snowboarding, bobsledding... This always brings back such good memories of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City that we were able to attend! So much fun then and we just love to watch on TV now!

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:: I finished this book; "The Fault in Our Stars" in one day. It is technically a teen book but I had heard such great things about and I couldn't put the book down.

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:: I kidnapped Pete and took him to see the movie 'Frozen' that I have been wanting to see. :) Yes, this is an animated, children's movie-- and we both loved it!

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:: We celebrated Pete's birthday. He wanted to try a restaurant that he had seen on Guy Fieri's 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' Food Network TV show called 'Smalley's Caribbean BBQ' in Stillwater, MN. It was a little drive for us, but very worth it.

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It was a great new find for us and we absolutely loved all the food and drinks we ordered.  All of the food that we tried was great and highly recommended: conch fritters, the jerk pork tacos, mac 'n cheddar with chili's and bacon, braised brisket and the Dark and Stormy Ginger beer.... so good!

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:: February 10th was our 24th anniversary! We were going to go out and celebrate on Saturday, so we kept this day simple but special- flowers, drinks at our local wine bar & fondue dinner at home.

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:: Drew had his last JV hockey game of the season. I can't believe it is over already!!

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:: Valentine's Day brought us to the Gopher Hockey game. Some friends offered us tickets for this game and I jumped at the chance because I haven't been to a Gopher Hockey game forever and it is always a fun time at Mariucci!

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We took the shuttle bus to and from the game from Blarney Pub and Grill and enjoyed some great country music after the game.

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:: Saturday Pete and I headed to St. Paul for a little getaway for our anniversary. We stayed at the gorgeous St. Paul Hotel.

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:: And enjoyed an amazing dinner at Kincaid's-- which has always been a favorite of mine!

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:: Sunday morning, we had a leisurely breakfast in our room before checking out from our little getaway.

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It has been an awesome February so far!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Super Bowl {cupcakes}

I have been making these cupcakes every Super Bowl for years and years. For whatever reason, I tend to make them only this one time of year and this must be the reason that my family calls them 'Super Bowl cupcakes.' :)

This has always been one of Jake's favorite treats and so this year I thought I would make a batch a few days early and mail him a little care package filled with these cupcakes to enjoy on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Jake texted me this morning: "The cupcakes have arrived!! Ohhhh. Thank you!!!!!"

Priceless!


Click {here} for the simple but so delicious recipe.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

'snow' days

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Today was our 5th snow 'polar vortex no school day'... in just 3 weeks!! This weather has been crazy, even for Minnesota and we very rarely get days off from school for snow let alone cold weather.

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These are a few screenshots I took of some of the temps the past few weeks. So, yes with -23 temp and -49 windchill it has been pretty cold around here!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

proud

Congratulations!
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Over a 4.0!! So proud of you DrewDrew!!

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

hockey perseverance

The day after Christmas, Drew played in his first high school JV hockey game.
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Some great lessons learned these past couple of months is that hard work and perseverance do pay off. Drew is very excited to be part of the high school team!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was a family day. Just the five of us. And it was awesome! We spent the day at The Depot Ice Rink and had a blast just skating around.

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We attended Christmas Eve service at our church which is always so special with the live animals.

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We had our newer traditional Christmas Eve dinner of take-out Chinese food, 
which is the boys absolute favorite!

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We all bundled up in blankets and had a family movie night watching 'It's a Wonderful Life.'

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And we finished the day off with the tradition of me reading
 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' to the boys. :)

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And to all a good night.