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Full Time Mom, Wife, Work, Life - Mom to three children (adults), two are college graduates and now own their own homes, and the youngest is in college in NC; wife to Thomas; Work - one full time and multiple part time jobs; Life - whatever you can throw at me....

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Zumba Fundraiser

We are having a Zumba Fundraiser to raise money for Breast and Lung Cancer.

Friday, May 6th
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Derby Veteran's Community Center
35 Fifth Street
Derby, CT

Five/Six Instructors
Zumba T-Shirts
Door Prizes

Tickets are $20.00.  If you can't make the event and would like to make a donation, you can make out a check to either the Griffin Hospital Breast Wellness Fund or the Father McGivney Cancer Center at St. Raphael's.  Email me or comment here.

All Donations are appreciated and welcome!

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket so far!  We really would like to sell out!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Prom #2

 With her grandparents!

 With her aunt and cousins!

 With me!

 With her brothers!

 With My mother-in-law.

 With Hubby and I!

 With Auntie and Danielle!

 With Loni and Donna!

 With her date!

 So cute together!

 But he is just a friend!

 With brother and Cyrus the pup!

 with Cristina!

 With the Dates!

 Old friends from school!

My daughter attended her second prom of the season a couple of weeks ago.....She wore purple and looked  quite beautiful, if I do say so myself.  She did her own hair and she is getting very good at it!!!!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happy Belated Easter!

I never had the opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Easter!  It was a crazy yet beautiful day here in CT.

My dad was in the hospital (which is actually one block away from my brothers house, where we were having dinner), so we were back and forth from the hospital to dinner.  Needless to say, I didn't get any pictures this year!

I hope you all had a beautiful day!

Ring Ceremony

At my daughter's high school, they have a ring ceremony for juniors.  The ring is the SAME ring that has been given to juniors for the last 50 years ( or so!).  If some of the girls don't buy a ring, they get to borrow one from an alumnae (which is what my daughter did - Thank you Catie!).

They dress up (very nicely), have Mass at their chapel and then a reception for the girls and their parents.  It is a very nice evening!
 The RING!

 Hope and I!

 Some of her friends!

Friday, April 22, 2011

CSA 2011....

CSA, 2011 starts in 6 weeks......I can't wait! 


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Behind the 8 Ball

I am behind on a lot of posts.  I have just downloaded the Ring Ceremony and the Prom #2 Pictures from the camera to the computer.  As soon as I can write a post and download the pictures to the blog, I will.   I'm hoping, I'll get to it tomorrow.

Then maybe....I'll get to some of the Naples pictures!??

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Price of Gas

Is anyone else totally annoyed at the price of gasoline?  It was $3.99 at the cheapest place in town last night - BJ's. 

Why does the price keep going up?  I'm not sure because I don't think there is a shortage anywhere!?

I won't be going out much for lunch from now on and will be combining trips whenever possible.  I am fortunate to live only six miles from my full time regular job!  But, I have a Dodge Durango.......I need to think on this dilemma a little! 

A blog link

I am linking to one of the blogs that I read everyday.
Click on the link below to see my deoderant recipe from Abbi in Minnesota. 


As many of you know, I make my own deodorant and it works like a charm.  I've been doing this for about 1-1/2 years now and I recommend it wholeheartedly!  It works just as well (if not better) as over the counter deodorants/antiperspirants with NO aluminum, nothing artificial, nothing clogging your pores. 

I teach Zumba four times a week and I can vouch for it! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A beautiful song

Has a song ever made you cry?   Since I listen to country music, a lot have made me cry in the  past.  There are some that I still can't listen to.

But anyway, my sister sang this song the other day.  I never heard all the words before, but I had heard the chorus, and it never really did anything for me.  Then when I heard all the words, it all fit together.  Yes, it made me cry.

In The Garden
By: Charles Austin Miles, 1913
I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am his own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

He speaks and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

I’d stay in the garden with Him
‘Tho the night around me be falling
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fashion Show

I am finally getting around to posting some pictures of the Fashion Show.  It was a beautiful evening.  Lots of nice clothes and the girls from SHA did a great job modeling!

 Walking through the crowd!
On the runway!

The above two pictures are of her hair do - They have professionals come in to do all the girls hair!

Hope and I!

Some of the girls on the runway.  The girl to her right is our relative, Olivia and the girl to her left is one of her best friends, Kaitlyn. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Back to Reality

We had a wonderful five days in Florida!  The weather was gorgeous, the beaches were beautiful and everything went great!!  I couldn't ask for more!

Yesterday, we were up at 5:00 am in Naples, FL, packed up the car, got the condo organized, got to the airport by 6:45, got through security and onto the plane by 7:45.  The plane left at 8:00 (terrible turbulence, the worse that I have ever been through!).  We landed 20 minutes early.  The car was waiting for us at Newark, the luggage came right away and I was back at work  at my desk at 12:30 pm.   I worked until 5:00, finally got back home, but had just enough time to change and get to my Zumba class.  Came back home and unpacked and passed out about 10:00 pm.

My reality (CT) is 43 degrees and rainy....my non-reality (FL) is 90 degrees and sunny!

But, it's all good!!!!

I will post pictures of the Fashion Show from last week and Naples from this week when I have a few minutes!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


We met my parents at the condo in Naples.......

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Update on Nonni

I haven't talked about hubby's grandmother in awhile.

She is doing very well.  99 years young.  She loves watching Dancing with the Stars, but American Idol doesn't do it for her.  She loves basketball (watches Uconn men) and of course, her beloved, Yankees.  Thank God, baseball season just started.  She was getting antsy waiting for her boys in pin stripes!!!

She came to church for the first time this Sunday.  It was a long winter for her.  Almost every week, she would ask if it was time for her to go back to church.  With the winter we had here in CT, it was almost impossible for us to get her down the stairs and into the car.  She is always cold....even when its 75 degrees in the house.  But she was happy to be back to church.  It took two of us to do it, but it can be done, so thats what I'll be doing each Sunday from now on......Thank Goodness.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

More Freebies

This is what I got for free in the last two weeks:

Cat Food
Stevia Sweetner
Dog Treats (perfect timing)
MORE cat food (hah!)
Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner Sample
Makeup bag (fromTarget) filled with:
Neutragena Lip Balm
Shampoo and Conditioner samples
small bottle of Pantene conditioner
Nivea Lotion

I hope to get a lot more stuff in the future.  I have signed back on to Facebook, so I am getting those free things also.  Usually it takes four to six weeks for your freebies to come in, so I should be getting a lot of things soon!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

You know it's spring when.....

New mulch gets put down.  

(This whole area was a disaster last year!  I was not letting it get overgrown and ugly again, especially when you have to walk right by it to get into the front door!)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What's for dinner? Beef

I picked up my 1/6 of a cow this weekend.  Lots and lots and lots of grassfed beef now fill the freezer!

I got so much stuff:

Porterhouse steaks
Rib steaks
London Broils
Hamburg meat

Soup shanks
Lots of Bones
Roast Beef

And then some of it, I will have to figure out what to do with it......

Namely, three packages of liver.

Tonight, Rib steaks and hamburgs for the kids.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Just a shout out...

.....to the MAN upstairs....HE really listens and answers prayers.....

Let Go and Let God!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Allow me the honor of bragging....


Please click on the link above.

It is a great news release on the St. Joseph Medal that was awarded to over 200 Catholics in our Archdiocese two weeks ago.  Read the article and then  scroll down to the pictures.  My dad is there from St. Mary Parish.  We are very proud of him! 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Prom no. 1

My daughter attended a prom last night.  It wasn't her school's prom, but the local boys' Catholic High School.  (the brother school to her sister school).  (Do they have brother and sister schools anywhere else in this country?)

Anyway, she went with a friend.  They took pictures at Anthony's Oceanview which put out a wonderful spread for all the couples and then they took off to the Prom in one of those bus/limousines for 12 couples.

 Before the prom...
 With her friend Cristina....
 With mom....
 With her three brothers....HAHA!
 With Rita.....
 With her date.............