Sunday, November 21, 2010

Never Thought

I never thought I would see the day….


Jake is in a class in school called DECA which is a business and marketing class. They had a competition/ presentation to give on Saturday and he needed to dress in business attire. And he actually asked if we would buy him a suit!!



My middle boy is wearing a suit!!! And doesn’t he look good!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Favorite Birthday

Thursday I celebrated my 42nd birthday. It was a great day doing some of my favorite things... going to the gym, lunch, shopping, fitting into a favorite pair of old jeans, a favorite birthday cake from Wuolette Bakery and even a middle school band concert! :) Friday evening some of my favorite guys took me out to dinner to Melting Pot! Love that place! It was a great birthday and I truly feel so blessed!



Serious stuff here!! :) This picture totally makes me laugh!


My mom shared with me a conversation that she and my Dad were having that just made me smile. My Dad asked my mom how old I was going to be on my birthday. She told him 42. His response, "How did she get so old?" Ha, ha!! Love that! :) I do remember when I was younger thinking that 42 sounded old! But now I have to say that 42 doesn't feel old at all!! :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

let it snow

Yesterday morning we woke up to a glorious sight.



Our first snowfall of the winter season.


Simply beautiful and breathtaking.


There is something so magical about waking up to all that fresh snow that has fallen over night while the world is sleeping.

When the snow finally stopped falling last evening, we had a good 8 to 9 inches of powder fluff.


Drew went out with his dog to play in the snow for a bit.





These pictures have me chuckling, because I think that only in Minnesota would you find kids in shorts, a hoodie and boots…playing in the snow.

And today, with a bit warmer temps, the snow is slowly melting. Which is ok, because soon enough we will have another magical, winter morning.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

a birthday weekend

This past weekend we celebrated two birthdays.
Tyler, my oldest, turned 19 on Saturday!!!
Drew, my youngest, turned 13 on Sunday!!!

All three of my boys are teenagers now, which is SO completely hard for me to believe! It really, really does not feel that long ago that we were celebrating each of their first birthdays!


(Drew at one year old.)


(Tyler at one year old.)

As much as I miss those days, I am so extremely proud of the young men they are becoming! They each have so much character, intelligence, humor, and caring hearts!

The weekend started Friday afternoon, with me driving to go pick Tyler up from college so he could come home for the weekend. I love that time when we are driving home and we have that time to chat and catch up on everything- with no distractions. Love it!

That evening Tyler and I headed to a MN Wild game. Which gave us more time to visit. :)

Saturday was Ty’s birthday. Did I mention he turned 19?!?! :)


In the afternoon, we had some family over to celebrate the November birthdays: Ty’s, Drew’s, and mine.



My mom surprised me with my favorite homemade birthday cake, a Cannoli Torte. I will have to share this recipe soon- it is so good!


Saturday night I started making cinnamon rolls for Drew's requested birthday breakfast.



Sunday was Drew’s birthday. Did I mention he is 13?!?! :)


Drew had 6am hockey on his birthday which he thought was unfair.
We turned the clocks back on Sunday, which resulted in Drew having a 25 hour birthday. This he thought was very fair!

That evening we went out to Osaka Japanese Steakhouse. This place is so fun, the food is SO good, and there is a ton of entertainment. Plus, you get to wear a cool mask when they sing happy birthday!! :)




The weekend was fun, busy and blessed! And we were so happy to have Tyler home for a few days!! How many days until Thanksgiving break??

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

wordless wednesday

I was driving in my car the other day and noticed this up in the sky. I just had to stop and take a picture with my phone! To me it looked like a cross in the sky. Beautiful!

Monday, November 1, 2010

apple orchard memories

Last week I wrote a post on our recent trip to an apple orchard that we have been going to for the past 18 years. This year when Drew and I made our annual visit it really made me start thinking of all the fun family memories we have had here over the years. We started going to this orchard when Tyler was almost 1. Here are some of my favorite pictures from over the years.









I love family traditions that create such precious memories!