Friday, April 6, 2018

Made by Maria

 Maria is so creative. She made these adorable butterfly place cards for our Easter table. They are made out of paper. The intricate cut out on the left of the wing is so beautiful. I was careful to make sure we could use them again next year. She also made the wooden bunny hanging on the wall. The flowers on the bunnies ear are made out of paper. She can make these big and small and has made them for the top many gifts and even framed some.  She’s always making something!.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

This is how we tailgate! (I created this post last fall after a cold football game but apparently never put it on here until April!)


We had a wonderful Easter weekend.  My parents arrived on Friday. We shared meals with Bob's parents and then expanded our fun with the girls and their boyfriends on Saturday and Sunday.

Jenn, Maria and Leah

My parents

Bob's parents



I love my whimsical centerpiece! But someone took a bite out of a bunny!! Maria made the place cards out of paper butterflies.


I worked very hard to make my grandmother's stolen.  It was perfect!!!  I even made one in the shape of a bunny.

 Before dinner we had a deviled egg bar.  The toppings made the eggs really yummy!
Mary and Leah are holding the lettuce picked from our "basement" garden.  Bob started his seedlings for the garden a little too early.  The plants are ready to go in the ground but the weather is just too cold.  So our lettuce just keeps growing in our makeshift greenhouse.  It was so big we cut it and had it with our Easter meal.  We already have radishes and beans too!  The salad was delicious!!  We had ham, of course, and asparagus, rolls, twice baked potatoes, jello, cookies and pound cake.  No one went away hungry.
(Happy Easter Aunt Ruth!!)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I tried to make homemade tamales. The filling was excellent. I could have just eaten that stuff all day.  I had a terrible time making the corn casing. This process took all day and it was so disappointing when it didn't work out. I later found out my cousin Michael is a pro at making these!!! He has promised to give me his secrets. I'm not giving up!

I'm a very good cook. I'm not bragging but I really can make just about anything. Bob is a good cook too so together we make a great team. The one thing I can't cook is rice. I'm getting better at making it and practice makes perfect! 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The master bathroom and bedroom are under construction! (Still) The twins' bathroom is being remodeled too. These pictures are from September 1 so we are much further along right now. I'm tired of the process but I know it will be beautiful . Bob is doing a lot of the work himself.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The wedding we attended in my previous post was barely an hour away from the very first house we ever owned so we had to take a small detour and drive by. But first we stopped at our favorite Chinese restaurant. The Plum Garden brings back such fond memories for us. Going out to eat was big deal back then! Our Christmas plans our first year of marriage were not traditional and we ended up eating dinner at Plum Garden. They gave each of the patrons that night a little box of tea wrapped in a gold box. It is a memory I won't ever forget. To this day we still eat Chinese food on Christmas Eve. The girls love our tradition too. I hope they do the same thing with their own families. 

We were so happy to see Plum Garden is still in business. They have great food. It is in McHenry, Illinois. 

We sat at that table many times. 

This is our first house. The landscaping is just beautiful now and the tree we planted is enormous! The house was the same color when we lived there. Not much has changed!! 

Those bushes in the front hide a large water pump. When we owned the house we had a raised flower  bed surrounding the pump. 

We were so happy to see the house after so many years. We bought the house on July 1, 1987 and to see it in such good shape made us even happier. We visited our very first home (of 6 houses) on August 27 and we celebrated our 30th anniversary on September 5. ❤️

Monday, September 4, 2017

Last weekend we went to a lovely and very personal wedding. Each detail was planned specifically for the bride and groom. We had so much fun celebrating the future of Dave and Jena. The wedding was in a town in Wisconsin that calls itself the Chocolate City. Bob has been to this town many times because they are the home of a huge Nestle chocolate factory. He use to make the wrappers for the candy bars they produce. The entire town smells like a big cup of hot chocolate. It was heavenly!!!

Bob, Pam, Bill and Mike
The guys have been friends since elementary school which means roughly 50 years of friendship!!! Pam is Bill's wife. 

It was a great party. We will be with Pam and Bill (and the guy in the back) for the next two weekends. Pictures will be posted as the events unfold. 

This is Bob dancing!

Mike, Liz (Mike's wife) me and Bob

Bill eating ice cream. No cake at this party. The bride and groom love ice cream!

Bob and his 5th grade teacher. He had a crush on her when he was a little guy. She is a great lady and so fun to be around. 

We had a great time!

Made by Maria

 Maria is so creative. She made these adorable butterfly place cards for our Easter table. They are made out of paper. The intricate cut o...