Saturday, December 31, 2005

Our Christmas present



A Boxer weathervane!!! It is from Mom and Dad, isn't it cool!!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

My Baby

Christmas Day 2005

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Merry Christmas!



It has been so busy but it has been a nice Christmas. Ned, Lily and the girls are here, saw the aunts on Christmas day and got some great gifts. When they came over for dinner, Mariana slept thru the whole night. But Santa came to Meme's and they were all so cute with him!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Monday, December 05, 2005

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Gotta love Winter

The water pipe is frozen, thus we have no water. Well at least it happened early in the season and hopefully won't happen again. Zak and Chris are down over the banking fixing it now. UGH.....

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Bathroom redone...finally!!!











The ugly yellow bathroom is the before...and the beautiful green is the After!!! I love it!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

3:30

Waiting for the bus,
wind blowing cool breezes.
Leaves floating to the ground,
cars cruising by.

Bus arrives, Christopher appears,
runs across the street,

BIG KISS!!



this is my day Monday thru Friday. Isn't life great!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Happy Birthday, Michael!


It is my Uncle Michael's b-day! Happy Birthday to my favorite Uncle!!!

Mom and Dad left for San Francisco today to celebrate their anniversary! Hope you have a great time!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Peaceful


I took this coming down from Mt. Greylock after we took pics of the kids. It is just so peaceful looking.....

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Christmas photo shoot

This is one we are not going to use.....but it is still cute!






We took the kids up to Mt. Greylock to try and get shots for our Christmas card this year. I always take a picture of the monument because I think it is so majestic looking.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Happy Birthday, Sam!!!


Sorry Buddy, with all the excitement of the dog and Halloween, I forgot to shout out to you! I love you, man!!! LOL!!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Welcome to our Family!


Introducing Mr. Jackson Larabee !!

We got him on Sat. Oct.29th for Sam's birthday and for me of course! Zak told me last night that I was a "dog hogger" cause I kept playing with him and kissing him! He is a doll. He loves to cuddle, play and I think he is going to get huge! So I will be posting more of my little charmer, he is soooo photogenic!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Went to Mohegan Sun Last night



Chris and I got free tickets to see Trace and Terri. We lost money, came home with a hangover but had a great time!!! He is really good live but Terri was a little loud and hard to understand. Then I waited in line for an hour to get his autograph. It was fun!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Just found out

that Uncle Michael is in the hospital. I guess he collapsed outside of a CVS yesterday and they brought him to the hospital. No word yet but he was having a stressed test done when Betsy was talking to him. Hey Michael...I love you...now lay off the smokes, too. Kisses and hugs!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

It's Over...


The Red Sox lost.

On the upside, The White Sox haven't been to the World series since like 1917, I think, so it is time to spread the wealth. Good luck Chicago! I'll be rooting for you!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

What the.....#%?!?%#

Red Sox 2
Chicago 14

c'mon boys, Mama didn't teach you to play like that!

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Happy birthday Mariana and My newest crushes...





























C'mon guys...you can DO IT!!!! 2 games left until the playoffs and they beat the Yankees last night. You would make Chris soooooo happy!! LOL!!

And Happy Birthday to another of my sweet girls!

Friday, September 30, 2005

Welcome to the world!

Hi, John Charles! I cannot wait to meet you!!
I love you already, sweet baby!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Another Tag...and a belated b-day

I am doing this in response to a friend's post in a blog. Here are the instructions:
1. Delve into your blog archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five people to do the same.


"There are going to be some sore bones this season"

hmmmmm.............



And Happy Birthday to My over the ocean friend Carol! Hope you had a great day!!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Happy Birthday, Christopher!


My sweet boy!
You turn 7 today!
I love you cuddlebug!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Happy Birthday Daisy!


Happy birthday to my beautiful Daisy Grace!

I love you!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Friday, September 09, 2005

Are you ready for some fooootball?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



















#28 is Zak and #90 is Christopher.

There are going to be some sore bones this season!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

It's been a long week.

This Katrina thing really hit me hard. I couldn't pull myself away from the tv and my face was puffy from all the crying. You would not believe all the heartbreaking stories and I'm sure it is going to continue for some time. We had to go to Thom and Sarah's wedding and I think that helped me get out of my funk. At the beginning, however, I had a hard time trying to eat because I truly think I had a mild case of survivor guilt. I could not imagine this happening to me. Oh it has been a long week...........

Thursday, September 01, 2005

CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and so forth.....

I cannot pull myself away from the television and the coverage of the hurricane and the aftermath. It is so devastating I cannot wrap my brain around this one. People are dying, people are starving, people are shooting at each other! Oh my God! What happened in this life that is so bad that we are being punnished in this way.

Is the counrty moving forward to fast? Have we all sinned that much? Is this is what is supposed to happen? Are my children not going to have a world to live in and raise their children?

Who can answer these questions? What are we going to do?

Monday, August 29, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

What a nightmare! It hit New Orleans this morning and I've been glued to the tv all morning. They have 9,000 people in the SuperDome and part of the roof is falling in! I hope this doesn't turn out to be a horrible disaster.

They say that because New Orleans is below sea level that it could get contaminated water, caskets floating by and massive, massive flooding. My fingers are crossed.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The countdown begins...


7 days until school starts and these 3 little "angels" will be OUT OF MY HAIR!!!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Busy, busy, busy


Well baseball is over and we are on to the next sport! Football! And even my cuddlebug is playing! They have practice every night for 2 hours and he hasn't complained...yet! I think he likes it!
The end of the summer is near (yeah)!! and we did a little school shopping and I just have to get the supplies now. I cannot wait until Sept. 1st! Is that wrong? ha!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Sad news









Peter Jennings has died. He announced he had lung cancer in April. It seems like it happened so fast. This disease is incredible. Please let there be a cure soon.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Our mini vacation...

We stayed at The Plymouth Sands and our room had a balcony that overlooked the ocean.

We had a good time. The houses in Plymouth are beautiful. I have always liked the look of the little beach cottages but these were Beach Mansions! The weather cooperated with us and we spent alot of time at the beach and pool.
Only two accidents. Sam fell out of bed the first night, oops. And Christopher dropped a huge rock on his toe at the beach so Chris had to go get the lifeguard cause we neede tweezers to get out a tiny piece of stone that got into his foot. Fun for everybody.

On the way home, we stopped at a service area to get lunch and bathroom breaks and who did we see? Michael and Barbara! What a small world. They were on their way home from Maine. It amazes me that things like this happen. It's a crazy world.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Off to Plymouth

Well after I have successfully turned 41, we are off for our annual getaway for a few days.We hope to see The Mayflower, and some cranberry bogs and eat some lobster. And hopefully will come home with some great pictures!

Monday, July 25, 2005

Tagged

I have a friend http://momoshadow_1.tripod.com/snarkdog/ who did this questionaire so now it is my turn.

WHAT I WAS DOING........

10 YEARS AGO...
I was living in Charleston, S.C. with my 2 year old Zak trying to figure out a way to leave my ex- husband. I finally did it in Sept. and haven't looked back since! Although I would love to return to Charleston cause it is the most beautiful city.

5 YEARS AGO...
I was very pregnant with Sam! I had him in October.

1 YEAR AGO...
We were just hanging around for the summer. Went to Danvers for a little getaway. We went on a whale watch, went to see the witch musuems in Salem and swam in the ocean!

YESTERDAY...
Zak had an Allstar game...they finally won! Cleaned out my car inside and out and did a little shopping at T.J.Maxx.

5 SNACKS I ENJOY...
ice cream
cheese and crackers
chocolate
chips and salsa
tootsie rolls

5 THINGS I WOULD DO WITH $100 MILLION...
Donate some to Breast cancer research
pay off my Dad's house
buy a house somewhere in the middle of nowhere
travel
save some of it!

5 LOCATIONS I WOULD LIKE TO RUNAWAY TO...
Ireland
Nantucket
Alaska
Any Island
Paris

5 BAD HABITS I HAVE...
No will power
Drink a little to much
swear
Hold a grudge
Drive to fast

5 THINGS I LIKE DOING...
read
watch movies
play games with the kids
hanging out with my hubby
take pictures

5 THINGS I WOULD NEVER WEAR...
thongs
sleeveless shirt
bikini
horizontal stripes
low ride jeans

5 TV SHOWS I LIKE...
ER
Will and Grace
Desperate Housewives
30 Days
National Geographic specials

5 BIGGEST JOYS OF THE MOMENT...
My kids and husband
The comfort of my home
Knowing Fall is right around the corner
No stress in my life
My Mom only being 30 minutes away from me

5 FAVORITE TOYS...
My camera
my computer
my cell phone
my scrapbooking "stuff"
my little dvd player so I can watch movies in my bed

Your turn my friends...
Jennelynne
nesa
Jedi
Marissa
texasgirl

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Happy Birthday, Ned!

I know you are on a plane to Brazil right now but I just wanted to say it was really nice to see you last night. You looked great and when you came home from the store with gifts for the girls you were so cute! Who would have ever thought that you would have 2 beautiful little girls and the look of pure love on your face, not me...but I'm glad it happened for you. I do love you and enjoy your family tonight!

Happy birthday!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Cousins




















Sam and Daisy...


A favorite picture of mine!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Moose Crossing 2005


In Memory of Bill....




Big Man, Big Heart: The Legacy of William “Moose” RobertsBy Susan Bush - July, 17 2005
View Slide ShowNorth Adams – Throughout his life, William “Moose” Roberts was known as a giver, and those who knew him best are finding ways to maintain generosity in his memory. On July 17, four hallmarks of Roberts’ life – community service, athletics, family, and motorcycles - came together to support a high school scholarship established in his name. The third yearly Moose Crossing motorcycle run thundered off at 11 a.m. despite a downpour of rain. When the riders returned to the Greylock Community Club on State Road, a family fun day kicked off, and later in the afternoon, a “Law Dogs” vs. “Outlaws” softball game commenced. The good-natured challenge brought numerous Northern Berkshire law enforcement officers and “civilians” to a baseball diamond for lively version of the game. “Law Dog” team members used a siren-equipped bullhorn to sporadically taunt the opposition; “Outlaw” pitcher Patrick Ryan pitched a doughnut over home plate to “Law Dog” batters from time to time. The "Outlaws" proved victorious over the "Law Dogs," winning the game 18-15.
.The Sunday event and a July 16 ziti supper held at the Frank R. Stiles American Legion Post 125 raised money for the William “Moose” Roberts Scholarship fund. Established in 2004, the scholarship is awarded to Drury, Hoosac Valley, and Charles H. McCann Technical high school students. A Driving Force “Moose” and Donna Roberts had been married for 26 years at the time of his death in January 2004. Donna Roberts talked about her husband and his commitment to youth during the family day event. “He believed so much in things for kids,” she said. “And he was an unbelievable father. Our children were student athletes and that’s where Bill put so much energy.” Roberts was deeply involved in youth activities, Donna Roberts said. During the late 1980s, he was the driving force behind resurrecting a concession stand at Kemp Park, and he worked tirelessly as a volunteer in support of organizations such as Little League baseball, Babe Ruth league, high school athletics, and additional youth sports leagues. Dan Calnan of North Adams participated in the nearly 60-mile ride through parts of Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. He remembered his good friend moments before the motorcycles left the parking lot. “We used to call him the gentle giant,” Calnan said. “A big man of few words, but when he spoke, people listened. If he was your friend, then you had a true friend.” Roberts was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and died eight months after battling the illness, Donna Roberts said. He loved the fun and freedom of motorcycle riding and losing the ability to ride was a cruel cut to a kind and generous man, she said. The first ride honoring Roberts was organized before his death. “The very first ride was after he was diagnosed,” Donna Roberts said. “He was a motorcycle lover and our friends knew how much
Roberts was a graduate of the McCann school machine technology curriculum and worked as a machinist for area companies including Parker Machine and Steinerfilm. McCann recipients of the Roberts scholarship must be enrolled in the machine technology program; the Drury and HVHS scholarship recipients must be involved in athletics. “We need to keep this [the scholarship] going and we want the Moose Crossing ride to be part of it,” said Donna Roberts. “And we really want to focus on the family day. That was Bill’s strongest point. He was a family man.” Family day activities included face-painting, a bouncy-bounce for children, a dunking booth, several horseshoe pits, and the softball game. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and beverages were sold and long tables set up inside a pavilion were covered with containers filled with a variety of salads. Home-baked dessert treats rounded out the menu. Special events included a 50/50 raffle and the raffling of a moose-themed quilt made by Donna Roberts. DJ Brian Flagg of Bronco Entertainment provided music. A Fitting Thing
Thomas Roberts on the dunking booth during a Family Fun Day fundraiser for the William "Moose" Roberts Scholarship fund.Donna and “Moose” Roberts' son Thomas Roberts spent time on the dunking booth and after being drenched several times, talked about the scholarship and the fund-raising event. “It’s great,” he said. “The best thing is that he would have done this for any one of his friends and it’s fitting that they all come together for him.” The ziti supper raised about $1,600 for the scholarship, he said, and added that about 400 people attended the supper. The meal was prepared by Joe Mazza, the executive chef at a Logan Airport-based Legal Seafood’s restaurant. Another son, Nicholas Roberts, lives out of the area. Her husband was a devoted father with a desire to better the community and community members rarely disappointed him, Donna Roberts said. “Bill was the catalyst for our generation of parents, and I have to say that the people in our community are amazing,” she said. “Most times, when a young person dies, the widow and children go through so many changes and losses. But our friends have stuck by, and that is a testament to the kind of man he was. To have this outpouring from friends and family; there are no words to express my appreciation. I had concerns that my grandchildren wouldn’t know him or the kind of man he was.” “But I see a day like this and I know that Bill will always be remembered. His memory will always go on.” A multi-photograph Moose Crossing/Family Fun Day slideshow will be posted at www.iberkshires.com during the upcoming week.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The War really pissed me off today.

I was ok with the war until this. This really makes my heart hurt and there is nothing I can do.

This is an article from MSN.COM......

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A man wearing an explosives belt and a suicide car bomb both detonated Thursday seconds apart near a police station in central Baghdad, wounding at least nine, police and hospital officials said.
Police said they shot dead a third attacker wearing an explosive belt at the same location, just outside the Green Zone where the U.S. Embassy and government offices are located.The near simultaneous attacks occurred a day after a suicide car bomb exploded next to U.S. troops handing out candy and toys, killing 18 children and teenagers. Parents heard the shattering explosion and raced out to the discover the worst — children’s mangled, bloodied bodies strewn on the street.
Slaughter of Shiite childrenUp to 27 people were killed by the blast in the Shiite Muslim neighborhood, including an American soldier. At least 70 people were injured, a newborn and three U.S. soldiers among them.
Ali al-Saadi / AFP - Getty Images
An Iraqi woman mourns outside the Baghdad morgue where the bodies of her son and other Iraqis killed Wednesday were taken.
Children’s slippers lay piled near the blast crater not far from a crumbled child’s bicycle as blood pooled in the street.
Twelve of the dead were 13 or younger and six were between 14 and 17, said police Lt. Mohammed Jassim Jabr. Among the wounded was 4-day-old Miriam Jabber, cut slightly by flying glass and debris.
“There were some American troops blocking the highway when a U.S. Humvee came near a gathering of children,” said Karim Shukir, 42. The troops began handing out candy and smiley-face key chains.
“Suddenly, a speeding car bomb...struck both the Humvee and the children,” Shukir said.
The slaughter of so many Shiite children is likely to raise tensions further between the majority Shiites — who dominate the government — and the minority Sunni Arabs, the foundation of the insurgency.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Samism.....

Sam wanted a banana that i bought at the grocery store, this is the conversation...

Sam..can I have a banana?
Mom.. no honey, they aren't ready.
Sam.. I want a banana.
Mom..They are not ripe, you have to wait.
Sam..oh.
Sam..Mom, will you ripe it for me?

Monday, July 11, 2005

Happy Birthday Mom!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MEME....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

The girls are gone....


My sister and her family went back to Chicago after visiting for a week. Those girls are so cute...

We went over yesterday to say goodbye and Daisy said,"Mom, I don't want to leave today, I'll leave next Wednesday." And Meme said she had a hard time at the airport, she loves MASSACHUSETTS! LOL!

I asked Chris to give me airplane tickets for my birthday so I can go out after the baby is born. Seeing them once a year is just not enough!

Friday, July 08, 2005

This is the Beginning.....




For some reason my other blog died a slow death, so I will continue it here. This is my online diary of my thoughts, musings, and pictures of Camp Chaos in progress. I will attempt to add to it everyday but as my title suggests...it might not always be possible.Sit back and enjoy the day.

The Day After.....



Here are some happenings in the world today....

This is the day after the bombings.


LONDON - Rescue workers inched through dangerous rail tunnels deep under London on Friday to hunt for clues and retrieve bodies after suspected al Qaeda bombers killed more than 50 people in rush-hour blasts. Fears of more attacks and false alarms kept commuters and financial markets jittery, while authorities worldwide went on alert following threats to countries which, like Britain, have troops in Iraq. A day after four bombs tore through three underground trains and a double-decker bus, the capital slowly got back to work. Many people took the day off, but others ventured back onto London's creaking transport network, some fearful, many defiant.