Friday, November 29, 2013


Made our annual trek down to Walsh, Colorado for Thanksgiving. The drive was long but it's a great time to talk. It was just the girls and I in one car as Zeb had to work and would follow later.  I found myself thinking of Merle along the way. We sure do miss him.

Phyllis cooked up another great meal. Lieu fixed spring rolls for us in the evening. As usual, way too much food.

Lots of games were played.  Lieu tends to beat us all.  She is very competitive.  Alvi and Janie came later in the evening for a visit and shared in the spring rolls.  

Zeb and girls stayed through Saturday and I came back Friday to hit the stores and get my shopping done.  Christmas will be here before you know it. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kailei's Choir Concert

When you get to fourth grade at Pine Grove elementary school you can finally join choir. This is the year that Kailei's been waiting for. She's been practicing all fall semester and tonight was her choir concert. She did a great job. She is born to be on stage. She had a lot if fun and we have fun watching her. At the end of her concert we thought it was so sweet when she said that she always wanted to be able to sing in the choir with her sister. Love that girl! Ended the night with some pie and hot chocolate at Village Inn.



Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Me: "Can you please go get your sister and bring her here?"
Keara: "OK."
Me: "Kailei, we need to talk about cleaning the basement."
Kailei: "I knew I shouldn't have come in here."


"Something in this kitchen smells. I'm not sure if it's the trash or some of the fruit or..."
"Or me since I tooted over there.", pipes in Kailei.


Keara: "I think we should go to the South America."
Kailei: "We are already in North America. That is enough traveling for one day."


Kailei wanted to buy a hardback book at the bookstore tonight. I told her it was too expensive. She told me that it "wasn't too bad and we should be happy we don't live in Canada." 


"Do you like my boots Kailei?"
"Sure, they are cool....ish."


"We need to save the insides of the pumpkin for mom. She wants to make a pumpkin gut pie or somethin'."  


Kailei: Spiders are evil...
Zeb: <raised eyebrow>
Kailei: ...because they bite people! But sometimes it's for a good cause.
Zeb: Really?
Kailei: If they bite bad people.


Kailei, playing candy crush: "this game is hair-pulling, hair-pulling I tell ya!"  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Kailei "boxed" in

Saturday, November 16, 2013

MWCC Dinner

Double date tonight...or a quadruple date as Kailei said. Went out with three other couples to The Melting Pot tonight. So enjoyed our dinner and conversation. Three hours flew by in no time then we headed to the movies. Saw Enders Game and enjoyed it. Much needed adult time. 

Date with Kailei

Kailei and I had a little mommy daughter date today. Headed out for tea and enjoyed cookies for breakfast. Then we went to Kohl's and got a Christmas outfit - complete with lip gloss.   We went to target and shopped around but I was basically trying to get ideas from her for Christmas. Really had a good time just being together.  xoxoxox

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Surprised the girls tonight with "So You Think You Can Dance tickets. So excited!!! They had no idea. We just told him we had a family date planned. To have a date on a Tuesday night found them a bit skeptical but we went out to dinner and then headed up north. It was a lot of fun. Loved, loved, loved the dancing.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Zeb's Birthday

Last week was Zeb's birthday and since I knew I was giong to be out of town we celebrated the week before with dinner and a movie.  We ate at the Fresh Fish Company which was yummy.

While I was gone, I sent a fortune cookie his way.  Apparently it was a 12 pound fortune cookie but the girls helped him eat it.  

The girls and I are so lucky to have this man in our lives.


Just had to share these pictures of 1290 Chromebooks that I need to set up for the school.  Bet you are wishing you were me?!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Nana Banana and I

Saturday, November 9, 2013

NY - Day 4

This morning headed up to Sharon's via subway. From there went to Jack and Bernice's for brunch. As usual, Jack made a great spread... french toast, pancakes, sausage and bacon. Great to see the kids and family.

We took beautiful walk afterwards with the kids. I think Jack enjoyed himself the most as he and Tighe lingered around the lake.

Naturally I couldn't be in New York without visiting Nana banana. So Sharon took me up there for a visit. It was short but very sweet.  

After I said my goodbyes, I took the train to meet Judith and we saw a comedy show. 

We made it an early evening. Got some burgers from Lucky's to go and watched the end of the Miss Universe Pageant. 

All in all it was a great trip!

Now I have 1290 chromebooks waiting for me to set up when I get back to school tomorrow. Fun, fun. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

NY - Day 3

Twelve years ago I visited ground zero after 9/11. Certainly a life changing experience. Today we headed downtown once again to visit the area. This time we went to the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. Beautiful tribute. Community is amazing. Still life-changing.

Met cousin Sharon downtown for dinner. We had pizza at John's Pizzeria and then we headed over to see Pippin. I knew nothing about it and was pleasantly surprised. It's different but enjoyable.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

NY - Day 2

Well it wouldn't be New York if it didn't rain.  So with umbrellas in hand we headed to the International Center of Photography and took a look at some great pictures. Still raining, we went to the New York Public Library. Quite the place. I've never seen anything like it.

We ate at Juniors tonight. I had a great hotdog. The show tonight was Kinky Boots. This show was the highlight of my trip. Loved it, loved it, loved it!!! Headed back to Juniors for chocolate mousse cheesecake after the show. Not a bad day. :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NY - Day 1

Arrived in New York and Aunt Bernice picked us up. That made traveling to our home away from home easy. We stayed in an Airbnb off of 52nd. Arrived in town just in time to go to Carmine's for dinner. We ate at the bar which was fun because you get so much food that everybody decided to share with each other.  Got to have salad, calimari, pomodora, veal parmigian and some bread.  Lucky us!

Saw our first show tonight which was Newsies. Amazing choreography! Off to a good start.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Broadway Bound

Needed a Broadway fix so decided to head east.  Convinced (not that I had to try that hard) my friend Judith to go to New York with me. Four days, three Broadway shows. I'm so excited!