Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A bittersweet Monday

Well, after 16 consecutive years, I officially retired from the minivan Monday.  I no longer need the room, as Jesse is driving,and Claire is low maintenance and literally takes up a little space in a seat!  So we decided to downsize and Lance did his negotiating magic! We ended up getting it from Little Rock, but it proved to be a fun day trip and Jesse had his official first college tour! While the school was not on his radar, it was still fun to partake in the tour!!

Can't wait to see what the future holds!!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Proud Parents Today.....

Well, Jesse was inducted into the National Honor Society yesterday.  The ceremony was lovely, with a mass that included, Grandparents Day, Veterans Day, and Honor Society inductions.  Jesse has worked hard, and we a so very proud...Can't wait to see what the future holds for this one!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Bubble Gum Fun!

 Well, I have one trick-or-treater left in the house.....she made her own costume this year, and I was most proud of that! We had a bit of rain, but we had fun nonetheless with our neighbors The Beattys!  Jesse had friends over, so they had their own tub of treats and passed out candy for us while we were out with Claire! Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Flying through Fall!

Well, Jesse took time from studying this weekend to carve a pumpkin...I don't think that boy will ever be too big for it!  He carved his school logo....pretty cool I must say!

 Claire and her love for all thing pandas continues.....this pumpkin is as big as she is! But oh so cute!!

 A little preview of Claire's Halloween costume...she made it! 
Claire's cheer season is over, and these girls are just so sweet together.  They span from 5-8th grade, but just do so well together as a team.  We are proud of how well they performed their routine at the final pep rally...I'm going to try to post the video here soon....

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Rolling right along....

 Well, the weather is still super pleasant around here, so if Claire gets time after school and homework, this is where we will find her...... We are so proud of her effort in this super difficult sport!
 And of course, Claire finds that wearing these pretend glasses help somehow when she does her homework.....
 And of course cheer is coming to an end this season, but I would be remiss if I didn't post some pics of her in action!

Jesse's Junior Golf Season is over, but we are so proud he was awarded the Lowest Average Award for the team...go Jesse!


Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Football Games and Fun!

Sweet Claire cheered her last home game of the season and was give a little rose by a member of the 7/8th grade football team...I was in NYC for this one, so that explains the lack of pictures for this.....

Jesse and friend Chloe hanging our at the MUS vs SBA game.....I pray the theme that night was preppy...otherwise I think Jesse went a tad overboard!!!

NYC here we come!!!

 My mom and I, my Aunt Nancy and cousin Amy, my Aunt Hilda and Uncle Danny boarded a plane for NYC for 5 days this week! We had a wonderful quick flights, and just the most perfect NYC weather ever!

 We dropped our luggage off at the hotel, and literally booked it to our NBC tour!Boy did we have a blast!

 Amy and I scored 4 tickets to the Seth Meyers monologue rehearsal! We sat feet from seth meyers and laughed our butts off....such amazing memories!
 Claire's fav Jimmy Fallon word!
 My view just as the sun set on top of the Empire State Building

 Our next day was spent at The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island....just amazing!

 My view from the pedalstool!

 Amy, Uncle Danny, and & I made it to the top of the crown!  Boy was the trek up the stair worth the view!
 Our view straight down......
 Ellis Island did not dissapoint.....

 We were rewarded after a day of busy busy, with the most wonderful Italian meal of all! Patsy's!

 We all headed out to explore Central Park before lunch, and boy we walked and walked and still on explored a sliver of the amazing Central Park!

 But our reward for all that walking was great....we had reservations at Tavern on the Green and it was lovely in every way!!

 We then ventured out to Grand Central Terminal and marveled at the architecture at every turn....and the vast size was awesome!

 We then ventured to Little Italy and Chinatown!!  Little Italy is getting smaller and smaller, and overtaken with Chinese shops! But we enjoyed walking up and down the streets nonetheless!

Sunday am, mom and I ventured out to mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and it did NOT disappoint! I thought it was one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen! It happened to be National Poland Day, so the mass was concelebrated by a cardinal from Poland and a cardinal of NYC....truly a blessing to have been at that mass!

 We got our second wind after mass and went to see Chiacago on Broadway...we had 2nd row seats and mom was in heaven!  We loved every second!!!

 The 9/11 Memorial and museum was amazing and heartbreaking all in one....

 A lovely random park in the Financial District
 Amy and I walked the Brooklyn Bridge on a lovely day! No sleep...til Brooklyn!

And yes, this was my 3rd trip to NYC and that naked cowboy is still there after some 16 years.....surely it's not the same guy!!! WOW! I am so blessed to have been able to take this trip with my mom and her sisters and cousin and uncle.  Memories for a lifetime!  But boy did I miss my other 3 back coming soon of them!!!