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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Irish Rules

Irish Rules:

1. The Irish always make the rules.

2. The Irish may change the rules at any time without so much as a "top o' the mornin" to you.

3. The luck of the Irish applies only to the Irish and is non-transferable.

4. If you mess with the Irish, you will be haunted by Murphy's Law for the rest of your life.

5. Kissing the Blarney Stone and eating "Lucky Charms" will not make you Irish.

6. All "wanna-be" Irish should stay out of all the good pubs on St. Patrick's Day.

7. If you don't know the words to "Danny Boy", you should stay home on St Pat's.

8. If you bear a resemblance to "Patty's Pig", you may gain honorary Irish status.

9. Only the Irish may live the life of Reilly, given his express written consent.

10. Faliure to comply with the Irish rules may cause you to develop a painful shamrock-shaped rash on your shillelagh.

Friday, January 29, 2010


I am in the process of booking my trip to North Carolina! I am going in July! I can't wait! I love STL, but NC is my home! I am gonna fly into Raleigh and then my best friend Abby and I are gonna drive down to the beach and meet up with our friends Becca and Julie (High School pals)! How I miss them! I have been friends with all of them since the 6th grade! Abby and Becca were bridesmaids in my wedding (Abby was maid of honor)! Julie and I have always shared the bond of the same name! LOL! I am soooo excited! I can't wait!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


I was recently reading a book that said that 74.1% of America is overweight. We are one of the top 10 fattest countries on the planet! Our childrens generation is the first one ever that is not expected to outlive the previous one. I think we have a epedimic! I really have a burden for this! I admit I have not always been the healthiest person and have made some poor choices reguarding eating and exercise. However in the past year or so I have really gotten into health. I exercise a 3-5 days a week and have gotten myself of a healthy eating lifestyle. I do occaisoanlly have bad stuff. I do like McDonalds fries! However, I am trying to keep that from being the norm. The past few months I have really been feeling lead to do something in the area of health and fitness. As some of you know, I am no longer leading in the Childrens Ministry at church. Since leaving that ministry, I have been praying about what God wants me to do now and I think this may be it. I am not exaclty sure what kind of minstry this will be yet, got some more praying to do. However, I want to help people get healthy! Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit! I just remember the story in the bible where Jesus was so upset about how the people were abusing the temple. Well, if our bodies are his temple now, can you imagine that he also gets upset when we abuse them? I think so.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Every family has secrets. You never know what is going on behind closed doors. There is a family at our church who seemed like a good Christian family. Husband, Wife, and young daughter. The daugther worked with me in the Children's Ministry. Well, this morning the wife shot her husband 5 times in the chest. He is still alive, but not in great shape. We are praying for his recovery. The wife is in jail, of course. I am so shocked. I have known this family for like 10 years. We don't know the details and what the motivate was for this, but it reminds me that no family is perfect and the devil wants to sneak his way in no matter what. My heart breaks for their daugther. I can't even imagine what she is going through. Her life will forever be changed.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

10 things you may not know about me

1. I can sew! Really, I can! Kinda surprising since I am not very domestic!
2. I was on the Deans List in College
3. I love trivia. Jeopardy is one of my favorite shows! I know a lot of useless information!
4. I hate camping.
5. I once met Hee Haw star, Roy Clark. I went to Roy Clark Elementary in Tulsa, OK. The school donated money to a children's home he worked with and I was the one who got to hand him the big check, on stage, in front of the entire school!
6. I studied dance from age 3-17. I did ballet, tap, jazz, and the rockett dancing.
7. My all time favorite actress is Audrey Hepburn! Love her!
8. I LOVE Romie and Michelle's High School Reunion!
9. I had 10 Cabbage Patch Dolls as a kid!
10. I went to 5 different Elementary schools.

Confessions of a Shopaholic!

Have you read the books or seen the movie, Confessions of a Shopaholic? Very funny and the story of my life! The girl could be me! I confess, I am a Shopaholic! My New Years Resolution is to be more frugal and it is a hard one! I think it would be easier for me to loose 50 pounds! I LOVE shopping! You know how a drug addict talks about the high they get when they are using? Well, that is me when I am spending. I get a high! Like all other rational thinking is drowned out by the rush I get from shopping! I can seriously find something to buy anywhere I go. As much as I hate the outdoors, I bet I could find something at Bass Pro Shop! This is the only thing that has ever caused friction in my marriage. Jake is Mr. Frugal. Maybe that is why God sent him to me, to control my craziness! He keeps me conscious of what I am spending! So, anyway, I am trying to be frugal, I am clipping coupons, I am trying to stay on budget....we will see how it goes!

My sick house

So as some of you know Wesley had the stomach flu last week, then Patrick had a small spell of it on Sunday and then again yesterday. Also yesterday, Mom got it! Jake and I still haven't gotten anything yet and I am praying we don't. Jake is busy at work and I am busy here, neither one of us have time to be sick! I wish we could have a warm day so I could open windows are air out this house! Where is a Indian Summer day when you need one!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Feeling helpless

There was a 6.1 Aftershock in Haiti this morning. Every since the earthquake, I have felt so useless. I mean I sent $20. to the Red Cross, but I wish I could do more. Here I am sitting in my comfy house, flipping through a fashion magazine and these people are in so much heart ache! Doesn't hardly seem right. But what else can I do? I so wish I could go there and do something more real. My heart breaks for these people. I so wish I could take away at least a ounce of their pain. I am just praying for Jesus, the only one who actually can take away their pain, to lay his hand on that nation in a major way.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Top 10

Top 10 Favs

1. The Princess Bride
2. The Godfather (first one)
3. Goodfellas
4. Wizard of Oz
5. Avatar
6. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
7. Little Women
8. Sound of Music
9. Angelas Ashes
10. Dirty Dancing

1. The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
2. Angelas Ashes, Frank McCourt
3. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
4. Narna series, C.S. Lewis
5. Left Behind Series
6. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
7. Twilight series
9. Sookie Stackhouse series
10. Harry Potter series

1. Awesome God, Rich Mullins
2. Shout to the Lord, Darlene Zchec
3. Friends, Micheal W Smith
4. Friend of God, Phillips, Craig, and Dean
5. Flout, Flogging Molly
6. Angel, Aerosmith
7. Mustang Sally, Wilson Picket
8. Please Don't go Girl, New Kids on the Block
9. The Way you make me Feel, Micheal Jackson
10. Come away with me, Norah Jones

1. Aerosmith
2. Flogging Molly
3. Phillips, Craig, and Dean
4. Micheal W Smith
5. Amy Grant
6. Hillsong
7. Dropkick Murphey
8. Newsboys
9. Third Day
10. Toby Mac

1. Venice, Italy
2. Rome, Italy
3. Lake Como, Italy
4. Florence, Italy
5. Cancun, Mexico
6. Las Vegas
7. New York City
8. Boston
9. Washington DC
10. Disney World

1. Weight Traning
2. Running
3. Reading
4. Twitter
5. Facebook
6. Blogging
7. Traveling
8. Moms groups
9. Wine
10. Shopping

1. Pasta
2. Seafood
3. Mexican
4. Southern American
5. Eastern Indian
6. Thai
7. Sushi
8. Steak
9. Irish
10. Sports food

1. www.facebook.com
2. www.twitter.com
3. www.blogspot.com
4. www.cafemom.com
5. www.yahoo.com
6. www.mustlovewine.com
7. www.weightwatchersonline.com
8. www.shapemagazine.com
9. www.irishabroad.com
10. www.marykayintouch.com

1. Macy's
2. Target
3. The Childrens Place
4.Victoria Secret
5. Bananna Republic
5. Gymboree
6. Old Navy
7. Womens Closet Exchange (a resale shop by my house)
8. Crown Valley Wine Outlet
9. Walgreens
10. Pier 1

Monday, January 18, 2010

More questions

1. Hair color..Au naturale..or not?
Haven't seen my natural hair color since I was 15!

2. If somebody has food in their teeth or lipstick on their teeth do you tell them?

3. Would you rather have a million dollars or your vision of the perfect body?
If I had a million dollars, I could buy a perfect body!

4. Favorite magazine?

5. Bra style..lacey or plain?
sports bra at the moment.

6. If you walked into Victoria's Secret..would you most likely come out with something sexy or comfy?
A bra, which can be sexy and comfy! VS is the only place I will buy my bras!

7. Do you fake and bake?
Not much anymore, unless I have something coming up like a vacation.

8. What's your favorite body part on a man?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Another sick one

So my mother in law called me this morning to tell me Patrick was puking! Great! Wesley had it on Wednesday and had to miss school. I am praying that this will be a short lived, 12 hour bug, like Wesley's was. They are supposed to go to a friends for the morning tomorrow and I would hate for Patrick not to be able to go. He loves it there and I look forward to the break to run errands and such.

Staying home from church this morning. I should go, but I am kinda enjoying the slow paced morning. Especially since I may be taking care of a sick kid later.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Saw Avatar tonight and it was amazing! The special affects were great, especially in 3D! I have never seen a movie so beautiful before! The story was amazing too. I would say this was in my top 10 of best movies of all time!

Random stuff

Random facts about me.

1. I used to be a flight attendant
2. I have a serious addiction to coffee, designer handbags, and vampires!
3. I love to travel
4. I love fashion!
5. I am fitness bumb, I love to workout!
6. I have been to 27 of the US states, plus Canada, Mexico, and Italy
7. I am Irish
8. I am a huge fan of the History Channel
9. My first job was Pizza Hut
10. I am a huge bookworm
11. Jeopardy is one of my favorite shows
12. I am a dog lover
13. My favorite city on the planet is Las Vegas!
14. I love Wine and am a learning conisseour!
15. I would like to retire in Italy

Friday, January 15, 2010

My favorite time of day!

Its 9pm. Jake is out with some friends from work, the kids are in bed, moms asleep, even the dogs are sleeping. I love from 9-midnight. It is the only time of day were no one is bothering me. Even when Jake is home, he goes to bed about 10 or so. I should go to bed early since my kids are up early, but I can't. I need this time. I can sit on the computer, read a book, or watch my shows tapes on the DVR!


Here's this weeks questions:

1. If you were stranded on a desert island and could pick one person to be stranded with you?

2. Do you read celebrity gossip?

A little

3. Favorite show you're waching this season?
The Vampire Diaries

4. How tall are you?

5. What was the last book you read?
A Good Year by Peter Mayle

6. Flats or heels?
Heels, they make me taller!

7. If you had to choose one natural disaser to go through, what would you choose..Earthquake, Tornado, or Hurricane?
None, they are all terrible!

8. Thong, panties, or (gasp) granny panties?

5 Questions

Got this from a friends blog.

The Questions:

1. Worst trouble you ever got into as a teenager?
Sneaking off with some boys when were supposed to be at the movies.

2. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Night Owl, but my kids are morning people.....

3. Are you a one-handed or a two-handed Texter?

4. Democrat, Republican, or Independent..or maybe even Green Party (whatever that is).

5. Are you a pet person?
Yep! Have 2 dogs.


There is a little girl who I have been following on Caringbridge for about a year who has a brain tumor. Her parents are actually friends of some people I went to HS with, which is how I heard about her. She is the same age as Wesley, 5 years old. After a long year of chemo and all kinds of things, they have come to a crossroads where they need to make some decisions on what to do. Please follow her page, http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mcraekate.

When I read these updates posted by her parents, my heart brakes. I can't even imagine being there shoes. To have a child with cancer. I know there are millions of families all over the world who deal with this daily. Thinking about this makes me not want to take a day with my children for granted. This family went from deciding preschools and getting ready for Kindergarten, to hospitals and treatments. I so wish we lived in a world were children didn't have cancer. I wish no one had cancer, but especially children.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


In the mist of taking care of everyone in this house, I can sometimes forget the dreams that I have. There is more to me than just a wife, mother, and daughter. I still have desires and dreams. There is a website called Bucket List. I guess they got the name from that movie (which is really good, by the way). You can list things you would like to do before you die or places you would like to see or whatever. So, here is my top 10's.

To do:
1. Finish a full marathon (26 miles)
2. Pilot a plane
3. Have a glass of $500+ bottle of wine.
4. See Paul McCartney in concert
5. See a Broadway show
6. See a game in Yankees Stadium
7. Go to the NCAA Final Four when UNC is in it.
8. Go to a World Series Game
9. Do a Missions Trip in another country
10. See a service in the Brooklyn Tabernacle

To go:
1. Ireland
2. Provance, France
3. England
4. Australia
5. Egypt
7. Prague
8. India
9. Germany
10. Spain

I have done some great things in my life and been to some great places. Here are the ones I can check off my bucket list. Just the top 10.

1. Ridden a Elephant
2. Held a aligator in my lap
3. Did the Susan G Komen Race for the cure! Amazing!
4. Game at Fenway Park, Boston
5. Sat in on a meeting of the House of Representatives
6. Had a glass of wine on a piazza in Rome
7. Ridden on a Gondola in Venice
8. Seen Cher, Tina Turner, and Elton John in concert
9. Met Roy Clark (Hee Haw)
10.Been in The White House

1. Italy
2. Boston
3. San Diego
4. Cancun
5. Toronto
6. New York City
7. Disney World
8. Washington DC
9. Las Vegas
10. Chicago


I am so sad to hear of the earthquake in Haiti this week. I can't even imagine what these people are dealing with. So much devastation in a country that is already so poor anyway. When these kind of things happen I am tired of just sitting around so I am going to be donating to the Red Cross. I can't give blood (anemic), but I can give a little money. My prayers go out for these people. May Jesus lay his aw some and powerful hand on them.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mrs. Frugal

So, I don't really make New Years Resolutions, however one thing I would like to do better this year, is being more frugal. I am a bit of a Shopaholic and a spender. We had a speaker at Moms Club last night (who is a fellow member) who had some great tips for saving money. I guess I am gonna be a coupon cliper! I hate coupons, but maybe I should give them a try. I am also trying not to be such a impulse buyer. I am sucker for the gossip magazine in the checkout at the grocery store! I want to be a good steward of the finances that God has blessed our family with. We will see how it all goes.....

New Blog

So, I have moved my blog from wordpress, to blogspot. Blogspot seems more user friendly. This is a continued blog of all my the joys my life as a child of God, wife, mother, daugther, friend, and women! Hope everyone can keep up!