Monday, September 25, 2006

Good Weekend...

Mark and I had a fun weekend! We (of course) worked our little booties off! But after that we chilled with Malachy, hit a couple of parks, watched some TV, and drove around in our new car! Yep, I said new (used) car... This week we bought a 1997 Grand Jeep Cherokee from a friend at work! It's got a ton of miles on it but it runs great and we are loving it! We have heard from many people that Jeep Cherokees are great cars. I can't wait to take it on a trip to Iowa, it's definietly an upgrade! I'm loving the leather seats, CD player, and Sun roof! (I know I will also love the heated seats in the winter!) We still have the Malibu too...kind's been in the shop for like 3 weeks now with no end in sight...but some day we hope it will be back with us. And who knows maybe I will start driving it?!

Kim, Crystal and I got to do some scrap-booking on Friday night and I got a ton done!! So I feel very pleased with that! Yea! I hung out with my friend Ginger today and that was a ton of fun! We have known eachother forever so it's always "chill" when we get together. She is a great photographer and scrapbooker and I love being around her and soaking up her creativity. I feel so blessed to have people like Ginger, Crystal, Corey, KC, Sara, and Nicci in my life. I have known all of these gals for 12 years or more and they really are like family to me. How many people are that freaking lucky!

And it's worth mentioning that Mark and I caught the end of the "instant classic" Notre Dame game on Saturday! Wow what an exciting 15 minutes that was!


Mark won't let me get this for Malachy so if any of you want to get it for Malachy's Birthday!! I would love it! =) Wink Wink! You may want to chip in!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Kim if you are reading this...

then you are on the computer now and possibly at home with some free time! If that is the case can you do me a favor please. As you know... I stink at all things computer and only know as much as I have to to get by. Well...maybe more then that but ignorance is bliss. So I need your help in updating my links!

Can you please remove Kelly because he no longer posts...shame on Kelly!
Please remove Joel because he has converted to face book and took down his xanga! Double shame on Joel!
Sandy...if you do not start posting soon you will reach the same sad fate as the fore mentioned! Beware! I know you have materiel to post about. You have plenty of useless information to share...I mean usefull USEFULL!!

Then Kimmy...please update Noah's link so I don't have to think about clown parts every time I visist his blog. Next, update Laurens link per her request dated June 27th.

After that PLEASE add Mom, it's wrong not to link to your own mother! Then add Valerie too! Yea! Finaly could you please add a link to Steve's blog. Oh and why your at it =) can you throw in a link to my Myspace!

Thanks Kim! You rock!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Crystal tagged me!

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be? Hmmm...that's hard. I would never want to live too far fro my family and friends...but...when we were vacationing in Michigan I was thinking it would be super nice to have a home on the lakefront there! Union Pier, South Haven, or New Buffalo would all work...

2. What's your favorite article of clothing? A super pair of jeans and a comfy sweater!

3. Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex? thats personal...

4. What's the last CD that you bought? It's been awhile...I have been using Itunes alot... but it would probably have to be how to dismantle an atomic bomb by U2

5. Where's your favorite place to be? On the couch with Mark, Chinese takeout, and a good movie!

6. Where is your least favorite place to be? When I worked retail it was work...but I really love my job now. Hmmmm...maybe Malachy's closet because we found mold and dampness! We had to scrub and clean and it's not fixed!

7. What's your favorite place to be massaged? My feet! When Mark and I started dating he would rub my feet every date!

8. Strong in mind or strong in body? mind! But strength in body comes in handy sometimes too...

9. What time do you wake up in the morning? Before Malachy it was normally 10 or 11am but now Malachy gets me up by 7!

10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance? Microwave

11. What makes you really angry? Petty crap.

12. If you could play any instrument, what would it be? I think the piano because it's a good base.

13. Favorite color? Blue...It always has been but it has new meaning now because Malachy has the prettiest blue eyes!

14. Which do you prefer...Sports car or SUV? Hmmmm...I used to want a kelly green mustang, I also wanted a black BMW but I think I would prefer an SUV to a sports car it seems to be more travel and family friendly.

15. Do you believe in an afterlife? I believe in Heaven and Hell.

16. Favorite children's book? Ohhh sheesh I don't know. I read so many. Malachy was really enjoying a book called Milk and Cookies and My Nose is a Hose.

17. What is your favorite season? I love Summer but I have been enjoying Fall too !!!

18. What is your least favorite household chore? Cleaning the bathroom.

19. If you could have one super power, what would it be? patience

20. If you have a tattoo, what is it? I don't have one. I used to want a little heart on my hip but I don't care so much anymore.

21. Can you juggle? No

22. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to? That sort of thing always gets me in trouble....I do wish I was still more in touch with Carolyn.

23. What's your favorite day? Monday...It's like my Saturday and Mark and I both have it off.

24. What's in the trunk of your car?... Car? That would be nice.

25. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger? Cheeseburger of course!

Uhhhh...I tag Lauren, Kim, Mom, and Val...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Saturday, September 09, 2006


These are old pictures...but you know me I can't have a post with out pictures! =)
Mark is in Russia for the next week! He went as a volunteer with the WCA to help prepare for the first ever Global Leadership Summit in Russia! He is going as a volunteer, not as staff, but they are paying all his expenses...WE feel so blessed about that because it was really important for Mark to be a part of this! I was afraid we were going to have to take a second loan out on the house in order for him to go! =) He also gets to go back for the Summit in October. He couldn't be more excited! I know he's really glad to bring a part of his "new ministry" to his "old ministry" that has remained a huge part of his heart. And he gets to see old friends! Funny thing is his Mom's in Russia right now as well! Unfortunately she is on a trip to a remote area this week so they won't cross paths but it is still pretty neat! Mark if you are reading this we miss and love you! Malachy says,"you did it Daddy, yah!"

Friday, September 08, 2006

Kickin Summer

So I was just thinking about this past summer and I have to admitt it's been pretty GREAT!! The Highlight (of course) was the last couple weeks. Getting to see Noah and Lauren, visiting with Jason, Dee, Joey, and seeing the extended family! Having our superb family vacation in Michigan!! Then Kim let Mark and I have a fun night of alone time and prison break at the Hyatt! I feel soo lucky!

Today Mark and I had a work retreat in Lake Delevan. Mark and I got to chill on the boat, go tubing, and take turns driving the jet skis. We got to hang out with our work friends, soak up the sun, and eat food we didn't have to buy or cook! What a great day. (Mark was also really close to being named champion in the Corn hole tournament, his team took second.)

Some other summer highlights were: The Schaumburg flyers game, a couple days at the kiddie pool here in Elgin, 4th of July at Lou's, going to the Art Musem, Brookfield AND Lincoln Park Zoo! Hanging at the park with Malachy and chilling in the back yard. The only thing that would have made this summer better would have been some Cubs tickets!

Now I'm ready to start looking forward to the fall...Malachy's birthday, warm sweaters, Pumpkin Spice lattes, Thanksigiving and Christmas here we come! Oh and I should throw Saturday Notre Dame football games in there for Dad! =)

Monday, September 04, 2006

Noah promised me the "wave" picture would be the coolest picture on the roll....was he right? You decide...

Noah has began his journey back to Afghanistan. Please remember Noah and Lauren in your prayers as they begin another 6 months apart. Pray for Noahs safety in Afghanistan and that he can find a community of people that he can realte to in a positive way.

I can not tell you how much we all enjoyed seeing Noah while he was home. He is a really great guy and we respect and love him soooo much! He means the world to our family and their will definietly be a huge hole with him overseas this holiday season.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Last vacation pictures

Ok so here are the last of our vacation pics Im going to post. It was a super time. I'm bummed it's over but really glad things went so well. Kim watched Malachy last night so Mark and I could escape for some alone time! =) We went to the Ameri Suites in Hoffman which are being converted to a Hyatt Home. It was super nice. No hot tub or anything swanky like that...but the had a huge L shaped couch and a huge plazma TV. Which was perfect for us because our plan was to watch the remaining episodes of Prison Break season 1 and sleep in. Throw in some Chillis and it was a perfect night! =) Anyhow with no further adou here are the pictures...
Kim being cute!

Mark, Malachy, and I walking around downtown South Haven with the family!

Malachy is king of the castle.

relaxing with aunt Kim

Mark and Steph...awwww aren't we cute

Saturday, September 02, 2006


Ok, So I have a bunch more pictures to add but after I got these up Blogger started being itself and wouldn't let me post anymore. =( Despite numerous attempts! So I will try again later.

WE had a GREAT time on Vacation! It was a little chilly and rainy most days but we didn't let that spoil our time. We read books, made cards with my stamps, watched sunsets, rode bikes, played B-ball, swam in the pool, played at the beach, collected rocks, went shopping in cute towns, ate out, barbecued, made smores, went to movies, watched prison break, had chess training games, connect four tournaments, and really enjoyed eachothers company! The only thing that would have made this vacation better would have been if Noah, Lauren, Jason, Dee and Joey could have joined us for a day!...There is always next year! =)

This is Malachy and Dad enjoying the Sun in front of our Cottage

Mark, Malachy, and I went to St. Josephs one chilly-ish day to check out the children's museum then we hit up the butterfly garden. Malachy liked the fish pond.

I just thought this one was pretty. We went to see the sunset a couple nights so Malachy could say good bye to the sun.

This is our family in front of the pretty tall grasses planted near our cottage. As you can see by Poppos face it was hard to know when to smile because the lady taking our picture kept asking us to say things like"I love South Haven" instead of "cheese". So we did the best we could. =)