Friday, December 31, 2010

Quote of the day

“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

— Napoleon

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dentist Drama

Took Sammy to the dentist for the 100th time (well, it feels like the 100th time) this month to get cavities filled. The first time was a regular checkup, the second was to fill the cavities but Sam had a meltdown and had to reschedule. Then he only did one that time cause he didn't want to traumatize him. I mean, I do agree with his rationalization but going every week is a pain in the ass for me! Now, after yesterday's trip, he has an abscess on one of his tooth's that is loose and a baby tooth to boot, and we have to go see an oral surgeon to have it pulled. This is the same surgeon that pulled another one and we had to "knock" Sam out and I do have to admit the outcome was funny...he was my little drunken midget!!! Hopefully the tooth will come out on its own in the meantime......

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Eve with Santa....

We went over to Donna's for Christmas eve and as you can imagine there was plenty of

and even a surprise visit from Santa

I just love that Santa!!!!!!  :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The elves are busy....

There is neverending wrapping to be done, cookies to be baked, clothes to be ironed...there are not enough hours in the day. Especially if you are a 46 year old woman going thru menopause and like to be in bed at 8:30.........

Friday, December 17, 2010

Another article....

This is an article that was in The Berkshire Eagle.

Mount Greylock

Coach: Ray Miro (20th year)

Key returnees: Zach Larabee, Sr. (140), Jay Krutiak, Sr. (145), Josh Hadley, Jr. (130), Colin Dezess, Sr. (215), Zach Bantle, Jr. (171), Dylan Hilchey, Jr. (125), Sean O'Connor, Jr. (140), Dylan Walker, Jr. (152), Anthony Carvalho, Jr. (189), Travis Hilchey, eighth grade (103), Ross Jackson, So. (160), Mitch Graves, So. (145)

Key newcomers: Tom Dezess, Fr. (285), C.J. Lillie, Fr. (119), Ian Shaw, Fr. (125), Connor Hadley, eighth grade (152), Jose Alvarez, Sr. (189), Allison Crews, So. (112)

Three things you should know:

 Five of the returnees -- Bantle, Hadley, Dylan Hilchey, Larabee and Walker -- were state qualifiers a year ago. Senior Nicole Clement, Hadley, Krutiak and Larabee will serve as team captains, though Clement will likely miss the season due to a knee injury.

Hadley, Dylan Hilchey and Larabee were second-place finishers at last year's Western Mass. meet. They, along with some newcomers, will be looked upon to pick up where graduation losses Sean Derby-Kilfoyle, Eli Coniglio and John Carvalho left off.

"We knew we had to replace some of them, and one of them was going to be Ross Jackson," Miro said. "He's pretty good. He needs to get battle-tested, because he's been staying behind. He's got tremendous length and leverage."

 Though Travis Hilchey is just an eighth grader, he's already a second-year varsity starter at 103. He went 16-10 last season for the Mounties.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Greylock vs. Mt. Everett

Greylock wrestlers top Everett

Updated: 12/16/2010 12:11:23 AM EST
Thursday December 16, 2010
Berkshire Eagle Staff

SHEFFIELD -- Mount Greylock improved to 4-0 in duals this season, winning their first county dual 60-15 over a young Mount Everett squad.
Travis Hilchey (103 pounds), Sean O’Connor (135), Zach Larabee (140), Ross Jackson (160) and Jose Alvarez (215) earned pinfall victories in the dual.

"We got our feet wet and got everybody a chance to wrestle," Greylock coach Ray Miro said. "We came in and had our feet on the ground."

Bradley Lupiani (112) and Kyle Legeyt (189) had the Eagles’ (0-1) non-forfeit wins. Lupiani pinned Allison Crews in 3 minutes, 12 seconds, while Legeyt beat Anthony Carvalho in a 6-3 decision.

"They hung tough," Everett assistant coach Dan Lanoue said. "Bradley wrestled well. We bumped him up; he’s normally 103. Seamus and [Dylan] Hilchey, that was a good match. Hilchey just controlled him the whole match.
"Good win for Kyle, coming down a weight class from last year. [In the] first match of the year, he got a little winded."

The Mounties wrestle eight duals at the two-day Cohoes, N.Y. Duals on Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2011 Golden Globe Nominations

Best Picture, Drama:

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Social Network

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical:

Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

Best Actress, Drama:

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Actor, Drama:

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Director:

David Fincher, The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale, The Fighter
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Best Actress, Comedy:

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Emma Stone, Easy A
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

 Best Actor, Comedy:

Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version

TV Series, Drama:

Mad Men
Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead

Best Actor, TV Drama:

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Best Actress, TV Comedy:

Toni Collette, The United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee

Best Actor, TV Comedy:

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress, TV Drama:

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs

Best Screenplay

Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Christopher Nolan, Inception
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler, The King's Speech
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours

Best Original Song:

"You Haven't Seen The Last of Me," by Diane Warren, Burlesque
"Bound to you," Burlesque
“Coming Home”, Country Strong
"I See The Light," by Alan Menken, Tangled
"There’s a Place For Us," Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Best Supporting Actor, TV:

Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Scott Caan, Hawaii- 5-0
David Strathairn, Temple Grandin
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress, TV:

Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Animated Film:

Toy Story 3
How To Train Your Dragon
Despicable Me
The Illusionist

TV Series, Comedy:

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Best Foreign-Language Film:

I Am Love
The Concert
The Edge
In a Better World

Best Miniseries

The Pacific
Temple Grandin
You Don’t Know Jack
Pillars of the Earth

Monday, December 13, 2010


The announcement for admissions at Wesleyan are coming out today at 3:00. I woke up all jittery, like Christmas morning. Well, I was deflated quickly. Coach Black called at 7:30. My palms got sweaty and there was a squeak in my voice.....he didn't make early decision. All because of a fucking "C" he got in AP History. How do you keep telling a kid that he has to make this senior year count, too?? He just won't listen to us! Maybe this will be a wake up call for him. Coach Black said he set him up for Early Decision 2 and all he has to do is get his c up to a b and he is in.....the ball is in your court Zak......

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


Monday we went to the reception for Zak's scholarship award (almost cried LOL!). Tonight we have a dinner at the high school for the National Honor Society and tomorrow I have to go to a financial aid meeting at the school. Still stalking the mailbox for a letter from Weslyen University....fingers crossed!!!!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Feeling sentimental....

With my hormones all over the place lately it is hard to wonder why my family hasn't kicked me out of the house yet! But the one thing that is happening is I cry. I cry alot. I think about life in general, I cry. I think about my dog and his health (which by the way he is doing great), I cry. But the biggest thing I cry over these days is Zak. He is my first born and he is all grown up now. I'm crying as I type this.....I remember a time when he needed me. When he wanted to spend time with us, when I couldn't wait for the day he would grow up and be independent. Well, that day is here and I can't take it.......

                                                       I want life to be like this again....

I want my baby back.............

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

So proud....

Zak won the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship along with about 20 other students with top placing SAT scores!! I am so proud! So what does this mean you ask? He can go to any Massachusetts State school for 4 Yes, you heard me correctly. Free. And your second question may be what school?  Well, we are waiting for Wesleyan's "acceptance" letter. Wesleyan is in Conneticut and is ranked the 6th most expensive school and that my friends is Zak's first choice. So, here presents my dilema. Am I going to be happy if he gets into Wesleyan? Of course and I may even be thinner because we will be living on rice and beans! Will I be happy if he doesn't get accepted to Wesleyan? Yes, because my diet will not change because he will attend a state school!! Now the waiting begins, please pass a cookie......

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Five things I am Thankful for....

1.  I am thankful for the health of my family...everyone is healthy!
2.  I am thankful for my parents who have been married 50 years!
3.  I am thankful for the roof over my head and the love throughout the house.
4.  I am thankful for my good friends, who "get" me.
5.  I am thankful for my camera. I love making memories stand still!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy 50th!!

Wow! I cannot believe that my parents have been married for 50 years! It has been a happy 50, too! I couldn't be more blessed.

Here is the happy couple...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jason Aldean - Dirt Road Anthem


There is nothing like family. You love them unconditionally, you can ignore them without to many feelings getting hurt and you can disagree with them all together, and then get together for a family function and act like nothing is wrong. Gotta love it.......

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's day.

Thank you all for what you have done , what you are doing and all that will be achieved.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

17 year old hormones!

Oh my! And I thought I was bad being 46 and going thru menapause.....

This child.... going to be the death of me......

Monday, November 08, 2010

Quote of the day

“We cannot control the cards we are dealt, but we can control how we play them.”
—  Dr. Oz

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Big Dilema

This sucks......our youth football banquet is Sunday at 5 o'clock. Christopher is getting a big award, big trophy, big deal. Zak's soccer team just made it to Western Mass and the 1st game is Sunday at 6 o'clock in EastHampton. You do the math....I'm leaning towards the football banquet but this is Zak's senior year and last fall sport......Grrrrr......

Time to toss a coin!

Friday, November 05, 2010

HOLY HOTFLASH Batman!!!!!!!!

What the hell!!!! The past week the hotflashes are coming fast and strong!!! I am ready for this part of my life (menopause, getting old, etc...) but please, I am begging more hotflashes!!!!

So obviously my Thanks today will be....

I WILL be Thankful if I don't have a hotflash today!!!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Thankful for....

I am Thankful today for my son's soccer team. They kicked butt yesterday and made it to Western Mass!!!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


I am Thankful for my long underwear keeping me warm on our walk this morning. :)

Monday, November 01, 2010

Thankful November....

Today, I am Thankful for the love of my family....

Quote of the day

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
—  Buddha

Friday, October 29, 2010

He's my rock star

OMG! The wrestling coach from Wesleyan University just called. He said he was taking a walk over to the Dean's office and just wanted to see if Zak's new SAT scores came in yet, He said it is looking good and can't wait to be his wrestling coach OMG!!!!! I am over the moon!!!!!!! I'm like a schoolgirl fawning over a rock star!!! I'm sure my voice was cracking to. I was so excited and nervous!!!!  SCREAMMMMMMMM!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy 13!!

13 years of wedded bliss! Happy Anniversary Chris, I love you!!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My small tribute to June Cleaver

I have a New England Pot Roast in my crockpot and Pumpkin Gingerbread in my oven.

RIP Barabara

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Quite a workout!

Zak definately gets a workout during his soccer games!

Friday, October 15, 2010


yup, that is me....a slacker. I haven't posted in awhile and alot is going on. I'd like to crawl in my bed and disappear for awhile....Nothing major but, Sam severly sprained his ankle during his football game on Sunday, spent 2 hours in the er and he has been on crutches for the week. Do I need to say anything else (I have become his slave...), My BFF had her first chemo treatment, got sick over the weekend but she is holding her own. It is just tiring worrying, you now what I mean? Zak has a new girlfriend, who I kinda know, but I think I am getting formally introduced tonight. Oh joy. Many soccer games have been attended and I am back to volunteering at the school library. I'm tired. So hopefully, thhis week wiil be less busy.....

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

emotional, busy week

One of my best friends has breast cancer. I have accepted that. Now we need to get thru this "treatment" quickly. We went to the "wig" shop saturday and after many trials of brunettes, darks and even blondes, we settled on one that is most like her hair now....that process done. Monday was her first Chemo treatment. She had a long day, trouble getting her iv in her but she finally made it home. Tuesday, she walked with me, cleaned her bathroom, mopped floors, did her typing for work and got up this morning and walked again!!! We are going to call her A-Rod, cause she is like him on steroids!!! But I have a feeling she is going to crash and burn, either today, tomorrow or Friday. She is positive though and I think that may help her. So 1 treatment down, 3 to go.........

Friday, October 01, 2010


Entertainment tonight.."which celebrity said Justin Beiber looks like their niece?"
                                    Joy Behar
                                    Regis Philban
                                    Al Roker

Sam..."Well, it's not Al Roker".

5th place winner, Baby!!

I entered a photo contest on the Breast cancer website just for fun, and I like seeing my pictures out in cyberspace.....well, low and behold, I won 5th place! How cool is that! I won a $25 gift certificate to their online store...I think I am going shopping! Oh and in case you are curious.....

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I'm beginning to like it...

The jumps.....

The speed....

The dance...

this picture just shouts, "PYT" pretty young thing.......oh, MJ, you would be proud.....

Friday, September 17, 2010

Why Oprah, Why??

I just thought for sure that you were going to pick The Help, for your book of choice this month. You let me down. I thought I could enjoy one, just one, of the book picks, but picked this:

While I have nothing against this book, I know how you operate Miss O. It will probably be long, drawn out, looking into the human spirit kind of crap. But guess what? You sucked in as usual and I will be buying this book this weekend. Thanks, Oprah. Thanks.

Okay. I just watched the show, I take it back. You did have a couple of books on the list that I have read and loved. Where the heart is...Wally Lamb books...Pillars of the Earth (although I haven't read this one, I'm watching it right now on Netflix and it is fabulous!!). So Oprah, my friend, my love/hate relationship does continue with you..happy reading!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Trying to get back into being creative........

It has been so long since I scrapbooked or created I thought if I started with a Quick page that was premade, it will help me find my mojo.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Today's Horoscope

It's vital for you to share your feelings today -- even if you're not sure yourself how certain you are of them. That very uncertainty can be quite appealing to the right kind of person, and honesty is always a plus!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Labor Day/Football Games

No picnics or rides on the boat here for Labor Day....We had our first football game of the season, so you know that means, practice alllll weekend!! And then Monday hit the field at 10 a.m. and come home at 5.....I am pooped today! All 3 teams, Peewees, Juniors and seniors lost. But they all looked good doing it :)

Friday, September 03, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dad!!

I have the best dad in the world.... I hope you have a great day at the U.S. Open!!!! What a great way to spend your day!!!

A true love........

I found this on a blog that I like to read, So, so sweet.................

Danny & Annie from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Quote of the day

“Finding your beauty isn't about looking exactly like everyone else. It's about accepting yourself—the parts you love and the parts you don't—and then working with all of it.”

— Scott Barnes

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It's official.....

I am a soccer mom!

Who would have ever thought??? Zak had tryouts yesterday and made the Varsity team. He was tired of all the politics that the High school football coaches were dishing out so he decided he was going to have fun his senior year. I guess soccer was on that list of fun. I won't lie, I'm going to miss the football games, the sound of the hitting pads, the smell of the boys after a hard game, but I am starting to look at it from another viewpoint....all my football pictures are the same. Touchdown here, tackle there... and I think soccer will be fun trying to get that perfect photograph. A kick here and a GOAAAAAAAAALLLLL there!!!!!

Wish me luck! :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Quote of the day

You know what they say, "Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Word for the month....


This has been such a busy month. Our trip to Disney World was a success!! We drove down to Florida in a rented Town & Country ( I LOVED it!) and there were no fights! It absolutely amazed was probably the hottest weather we have ever experienced but we managed to keep it together. Then on the way home we stopped in South Carolina to spend the night at Mary's house. We had such a good time....then off the next day for another 14 hour drive home. It was sooo worth it!!!!

Then, one day of rest and my sister and her family were here for two weeks! They also drove, must be the year of the car LOL, so it has been crazy! Football has also started , the Jamboree is next Sunday and school starts that week as well! I have to get on the ball for school supply shopping!! It was a short, hot, fun summer!!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

This weeks challenge....

Over at, the challenge this week is :GOT TO WEAR SHADES"

This is my 17 yr old. We were just at DisneyWorld and had dinner at Epcot. We had a moment to decide what to do next and he just reminded me so much of "Jersey Shore" LOL!!!

Head over there to check out more!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010


Zak just called. He is driving home from work and a lightening bolt hit the ground in front of him. He is scared and excited all at once. But the thing that bothers me is that he said "I think I shit my pants" He is driving my car. "nuff said.......

Thursday, August 12, 2010

DisneyWorld 2010

Happy 5th Birthday Jackson!!!

With Jackson's heart condition, we always said, "I'll just be happy if he makes it to 5"! He made it!!!!! I love this dog with all my heart!!!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Quote of the day

“To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.”
— Lao Tzu

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!

I am 46 years old today and for whatever reason, an emotional wreck.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I Heart Faces Contest

This is my entry for contest this week. The challenge is "OVER MY HEAD". I took the boys to Balance Rock for a hike in the woods. We had such a fun time!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

For Today: July 15,2010

Outside my window… The fog is lifting and the sun is coming out.

I am thinking… That I need to go grocery shopping....

I am thankful for… my dog, he walked with us this morning and made it another day...

I am wearing… a hat.

I am remembering… To be kind today.

I am going… grocery shopping, at some point today.

I am currently reading… The Prize winner of Defiance, Ohio

I am hoping… to win the lottery.

On my mind… The other Larabees, they are in Jamaica for Kayli's wedding.

From the learning rooms… Nothing. It's sweet summertime!

Noticing that… my legs are getting in shape from all my walking.

From the kitchen… just made a cup of tea...

Around the house.. needs to be cleaned.

One of my favorite things~ Reading.

From my picture journal…

Zak, my 17 year old, placing 4th at The Bay Stae Games 7/2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I Heart Faces Contest: I Heart My Country

I Heart Faces Contest: I Heart My Country

"Lulu On the Lake" A snack bar they use in the summer when they have summer Jazz concerts.

My favorite abandoned building.....

The Bike Trail here in Cheshire. I walk on it every day! I love it!
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