Sunday, July 31, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
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!
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...
cheese and crackers
chips and salsa
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
save some of it!
5 LOCATIONS I WOULD LIKE TO RUNAWAY TO...
5 BAD HABITS I HAVE...
No will power
Drink a little to much
Hold a grudge
Drive to fast
5 THINGS I LIKE DOING...
play games with the kids
hanging out with my hubby
5 THINGS I WOULD NEVER WEAR...
low ride jeans
5 TV SHOWS I LIKE...
Will and Grace
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 cell phone
my scrapbooking "stuff"
my little dvd player so I can watch movies in my bed
Your turn my friends...
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Tuesday, July 19, 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
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
Monday, July 11, 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
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
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.
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.