Monday, November 30, 2009


I am so very Thankful for many things, but mostly I am thankful for a large family. I love my parents, brother's, sisters, nieces and nephews. I am Thankful for my husband and two boys. I am even Thankful for having to peel 20 pounds of potatoes, so everyone can have a scoop of mashed potatoes with their Turkey!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Sunday is such a great day to go to the museum. Will and Jack got all gussied up and we picked up Nicole and headed down to Minneapolis.

Suessical the Musical

Don't you just love the Cat in the Hat? The Buffalo High School Theater department presented us with "Suessical the Musical". Boy are these kids talented. The music and costumes were amazing! I really enjoyed the closing eggs and ham, which was written using only 50 words.

I do not like green eggs and ham
I do not like them, Sam-I-am
Do not like them here or there
I do not like them anywhere.
Not in a house, not with a mouse
Not here or there, not anywhere
I do not like green eggs and ham
I do not like them, Sam-I-am
Could you? Would you? With a goat?
Could you? Would you? On a boat?
Could you? Would you? In the rain?
Could you? Would you? On a train?
Not with a goat. Not on a boat.
Not in the rain. Not on a train.
Not in a house. Not with a mouse.
Oh, no!Not in a box. Not with a fox.
Not in a tree. You let me be!
I do not like green eggs and ham!
I do not like them, Sam-I-am!
I do not like green eggs and ham!

Halloween 09

This Halloween we had a few trick or treaters... Jack went with some friends out in the neighbor hood as a Pirate and Will went to a party as "Where's Waldo".

Famous Dave

Dave's License Plate!

Dawn, Dave, Wanda, Kimberly, Michele
Today I had the lucky chance to go to the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting with the girls from MAJIRS! advertising and Design. Our keynote speaker was "Famous Dave" know the guy who has all the rib restraunts. He was an amazing, motivating and inspirational speaker! He is all about positive thinking, good hard work ethic and not giving up in adversity. This guy is a native american indian and has an inspirational story about how he became so successful.  Here are a few notes from the day:
  • Be a part of your community
  • Set a goal to be the best
  • Anything is possible
  • Be a lifelong learner
  • Take your weaknesses and turn into positive assests
  • Work hard and make a difference
  • Live with passion
  • Embrace technology
An interesting note on the technology piece is a series of videos on youtube by Karl Fisch... very interesting!

No Ocean here, but you can't beat the sunsets!

A shower for Baby Nevi!

Cousin Shawna Moriarty Richards had a baby girl named Nevi, so we gathered at Sal's house for a little welcome party. She is a beautiful baby and Shawna is a beautiful mother. We got a little time in with Nick and Kirstin's baby boy Braeden too.

Baby Nevina Richard

Auntie LaVonne with Baby Brady

Sweet Mama Shawna with sleeping Nevi

Brady, Kirstin, Sal and Nevi

Bonnie, LaVonne, Auntie Ann, Amy, Sal and Jess
Mary Francis, Shawna & Nevi, Kirstin & Brady, Auntie Barb

Bonnie, LaVonne, Auntie Ann, Amy, Dawn and Jess
Mary Francis, Shawna & Nevi, Kirstin & Brady, Auntie Barb