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Walk complete – great day

In Family on September 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm

What a fabulous day!  Yet again, not feeling the best but you work through it to spend time with the family, Bad Uncle and Auntie Moyer:)

The morning started with some pictures, they both love the sausages from the Brewers so we made sure to get a picture taken with them.

As always there were a ton of people, they estimate 20,000 or so but I think it is much more than that – if you would see the huge crowd, it is truly impressive.

Star Wars characters were on hand to help celebrate so we also made sure that we had a picture taken with Chewbacca – surprisingly Beans didn’t want to have her picture taken with Darth Vader as that is her favorite, but Bad Uncle convinced them to have it taken with him.  The costume here was really awesome – hate to think what it cost!

We don’t always have a ton of family pictures taken but decided today would be as good a day as any, here we are prior to the start of the race, the 3 people I love more than anything<3

What would the day be without some crazy antics from Bad Uncle! There were numerous fountains and we were all pretty warm – they decided to go and have a little water fun and it really did help cool you off.

We finished the walk and RJ and I have discussed trying to get fit enough to run it next year – will take a lot of hard work and dedication but it would sure be worth it. When all was said and done we had to find someplace to eat. I searched Foursquare and came across Sobelman’s – I said it out loud and some people on the street heard and told us we really needed to check it out. I will write a review of it later, but let me just say it was excellent! Here is a pic of the burger that Tim got: The Double Sobelman…he said it was delicious!


Just hanging out

In Family on September 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm

So here we are, in Milwaukee.  Just ordered some food but whatever ailment has been plaguing me for the last few weeks is causing some massive heartburn/chest pain (along with ear pressure and throat tightness at times) which is causing my appetite to be minimal.  I sure could stand to lose more than a few pounds, just wish I didn’t have to feel like this to make it happen.

The girls have already been swimming and in the whirlpool, no big surprise there as they are both little fishes.  I’m sure after we are done eating we will be heading back down again.  Then it’s off to get a good nights sleep before the walk/run tomorrow.  It should be a beautiful day and it always feels so good doing something like that, especially when it benefits Children’s Hospital.  I will make sure to take some pictures to post so that you can see at least the girls – Mini’s shirt will be different due to the fact that she is a patient.

Be back soon!

Being sick is no fun

In Family, Sick on September 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I know what you are thinking – thanks for stating the incredibly obvious.  But, it is so, so, true.  I started with a migraine a few weeks ago and finally had to go to the ER to have them kick the headache out of my system, I was actually suffering with some chest pain at the time as well, but after an EKG and chest x-ray, along with labs, they eliminated anything in that department…whew!  But, I am still having residual symptoms from the headache and the past two nights have woken up with severe chest pain.  I think that is due to the meds that I am on but it has been no fun, let me tell you.

Last night, Beans woke up in the middle of the night crying, and after being up for 3 hours I was able to get her back to sleep again.  But, I knew that I needed to take her to the doctor because we are heading to Milwaukee this weekend for the Briggs and Al’s Walk/Run for Children’s Hospital and have a heart picnic on Sunday.  She was there a few weeks ago and was put on Zithromax because she had an ear infection and guess what?  Yep, you guessed it, the ear infection is still there.  So now she is on another med with ear drops and we have to go and see him again in 12 days to make sure it is gone this time – he said it is very unusual for this to happen.

So, between me and the baby we aren’t doing so hot.  My hope is that once I am off of the prednisone I will start to feel more like myself again.  Here’s hoping!

Rose’s 3rd Birthday Party

In Family on March 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

Yesterday we headed back to our hometown to celebrate Rose’s (my hubby’s granddaughter) 3rd birthday.  It was nice thinking of seeing my mom who we hadn’t seen in a few months and seeing my sister, bro-in-law, nieces, nephew and whoever else might be hanging around.  The one person I certainly was not looking forward to seeing was my hubby’s mother.  And she sure didn’t disappoint me.

There are issues that I won’t go into here, but my hubby has a brother that has done some pretty horrific things.  So horrific that we have nothing to do with him and haven’t for many years.  The girls will NEVER be at a function where he is at.  And, the rest of the family (brothers and his mom) just pretend it didn’t happen, even though something happened to one of them.  It is not an isolated incident and more than one person has come forward but instead of confronting him we will all pretend nothing happened and we will be the outcast because we stand up for it.  For the most part we don’t mind too much but when it is a function like this and she is there it is very hard.  She pretty much ignores us and the girls have no idea who she is.  She can’t separate the fact that we won’t come to functions because of this brother and have a relationship with us and her granddaughters.  At one point she was getting ready to leave and rubbed Mini’s arm, the only contact she had had with her all day.  Mini looked at me confused and said, “Who is that?”  What am I supposed to tell a 7 year old, “That’s the Grandmother that wants nothing to do with us because we are looking out for you and the safety of other kids?”  Instead I told her it was her Dad’s mom and left it at that.  We will be seeing her again on Friday because my stepson is getting married and I am sure she will be there.  Thankfully this time so will my mom and my Nana so the girls will have them to cuddle with.  Pretty sad, not really for them, but she is missing out on so much.  We can’t change it, I just think I won’t be so willing to go to these types of functions if she is going to be there.

Well, off to get supper going but I will be on here more regularly in the future.

Annie Jr. and the circus

In Family on March 6, 2012 at 11:29 am

So, it was another fruitful weekend, busy as usual but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Beans and Mini both had signed up to be in the local production of “Annie Jr.”, a slimmed down version of the full play Annie.  Seeing as how this was their first time in theater they were both cast as orphans which was just fine.  They had been practicing and singing the songs for weeks already and now for the big day.

Living out of our hometown we don’t get to see our family a lot but were thrilled when Nana, Bad Uncle, Ammae, Pam and Auntie Moyer came to see the girls perform.  The play was really cute and after the play they were given flowers.  I am so glad that we get to do things like this for them, it was not cheap but they got such a kick out of it.  We will be signing them up to do the next performance.

We decided that we would head to the Shriner’s Circus today.  Neither one of the girls had ever been to the circus and neither had my hubby.  I had but it had been many years and we thought it would be fun.  And we all had a blast!  The girls got to go on the elephants (I know some people think this is so cruel and I am not even sure how I feel but it was an experience I wanted them to have).  They really put on a great show and even though it was kind of pricey we would certainly do it again.

I leave you with Beans quote of the day: “How come me and my sister can’t eat with pork chops?”  She meant chopsticks, lol!

Off to Baycare

In Family on August 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

So, once again it has been much longer than I wanted in between posts.  I don’t believe that we have ever been this busy, and while that is a good thing it does leave us pressed for time.  Sprinkle in Grace having tonsillitis three times in the past few months and it has been a pretty rough summer for her.  After seeing her doctor last week the decision was made to send us to a ENT doctor in Green Bay to discuss having them removed.  I understand that it is a pretty simple procedure, but with her heart defects my worries increase greatly.  I don’t want her to be put under again, don’t want the stress of worrying about how her heart will react, don’t want her to be in pain, etc…  But, after seeing how sick she has been with this, I also don’t want it to continue.  So off we go.

We went to Packer Family night last week Saturday.  As some of you may know, I am NOT a Packer fan, unlike my hubby.  I can totally appreciate that they are the Super Bowl Champs and that I am fortunate that I live less than 1/2 hour from Titletown.  I think part of the reason I have never been a Packer fan is because the fans are so insane!  We bought jerseys for the girls (Rodgers and Matthews) and headed to Green Bay.  It was 87 degrees but thankfully our seats were in the shade.  The kids were excited to be able to see it from the inside – it is hard to explain how big it is to them until they are actually there.  We grabbed some drinks and popcorn and headed to our seats.  They had some dancing and music playing and the Packers came out and scrimmaged for about 20 minutes or so.  We were then informed that a large storm was making it’s way through and that we would all have to go to the concourse until it passed – about 30-45 minutes.  40 minutes in we realized that there was no way this storm was ending any time soon and decided to head across the street to Kroll’s to grab something to eat.  At this point, Grace had had it.  She is still on meds and just wanted to go home.  Unfortunately our vehicle was parked on the complete opposite side of the stadium and it was still raining.  We didn’t have any choice, so out into the rain we went.  Got SOAKED and saw them light off the fireworks in the rain.  Overall it was a total bust and not something I would do again.  We’ll stick with the Timber Rattlers, something we really enjoy as a family.

So, that’s what’s new in our world.  I’ll keep you updated on the tonsils.

12 years and a whole lot of fun!

In Family on June 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

What a weekend!  We have missed some Timber Rattlers games due to weather and/or the girls being sick so we decided to trade in some of our unused tickets for Friday night’s game.  The girls were excited because the Zooperstars were going to be there.

These “creatures” scare my sister, Hailee.  There is a monkey one that is named Spanky (it doesn’t belong with this group but is very similar) that travels with Reggie, a purple monster that entertains the crowd a few times a year at the games.  It was at a game she attended and she freaked out…it was funny.  It was a fabulous game – they won in the bottom of the 9th and the girls had a blast as always:)

Fireworks were part of the game at the end which the girls always love.  Lately, Mini has been looking for signs of Nana everywhere we go.  She really misses her and looks to see if she can see her…somewhere, anywhere, it doesn’t matter to her.  One of her favorite “signs” is the most beautiful firework – she always says, “Look Mom, that one is from Nana!”  It totally melts my heart, and puts a smile on my face.  I love the fact that Nana was such an important part of their lives that they try to hold on to every memory they have.  Kind of the reason for having this website.

It was a late night when we got home and we didn’t get to bed until after 11.  We knew that Saturday was going to be another busy day but no one really slept in late.  We got up and got going pretty early.  Saturday’s for us usually involve two things.  The Farmer’s Market and rummage sales.  Not sure what hubby and the girls would do without Mai’s Chicken Wings – their favorite thing at the market (click the link to check these out – they really are something).  We bought some nice fresh strawberries and shell peas, and also some dips from Chics N Dip – another great local seller.  Tons of people milling around as always, but that’s ok – we love it!

After that we decided to hit some rummage sales.  The girls always enjoy doing this with us and now that they have their new purses and allowance they love looking for things to buy.  Found some really cute Paul Frank t-shirts for them and they of course got some new “babies”.  Seeing as how it was our 12th wedding anniversary we decided that we would go out to Red Lobster for lunch.  This is a favorite restaurant for us but one we don’t visit too often as it is pretty pricey.  But, we promised each other that we wouldn’t get anything so thought this was a good way to celebrate.  We decided to order whatever we wanted and had a wonderful lunch with our two little peanuts.  Spending time as a family really can’t be beat.

After we ran home to feed Kodiak and make sure he was all set and off to the game we went.  It was Storybook Princess night and the girls were thrilled because they got to have their picture taken with Snow White and Cinderella.  Unfortunately the T-Rats lost by a run but the girls really get into the game.  They have even started learning the players names and hollering for them when they are up.  But, the biggest surprise of the game was when I saw my name on the big screen – wishing me a Happy Anniversary.  So much for not doing anything for each other, lol!  Tim wanted to do something special and he sure did – one more for him…and one less for me.  Looks like I have some making up to do, now it’s just a matter of what to do that is extra special for him.  Hmmmm… The night ended with fireworks again – a wonderful end to a perfect day.

And yesterday, you guessed it, back to the ballpark.  I had a feeling that we wouldn’t make it for this whole game as the girls were getting pretty worn out but it was a Webkinz giveaway so I knew there was no way we weren’t going at least for a little while.  They each got new baseball caps as well, can you say spoiled?  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Why work if you can’t provide for your family like you want to?  Once again, they were thrilled because they were able to get Reggie Keen’s autograph…and Fang’s.  On the 16th of July they actually have a Pizza Party with the team and will be able to get the rest of the signatures, but they think it is so cool to do it.  We didn’t stay for the whole game, they were warm and I was sunburned (I’ll never learn) but we did have a good time.  Poked around the mall after and then headed home to end the night.  We were all pretty beat but it was such a fabulous weekend I don’t think any of us would have changed a thing.

Now – back to reality…and work.  Hope you all are well!

Beans Latest Song

In Family on May 25, 2011 at 11:19 am

I am not sure the exact name of this song but it has something to do with the Army (They say that in the Army the food is mighty fine).  Of course this is Beans rendition and yes…this is what we deal with every day, lol!

They say that in the UP the food is mighty fine
They picked up one of my fry beans
And all I did was whine
Blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
Dreamo I wanna go
Back to the land I know
Dreamo I wanna go home

Life continues…

In Family on May 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

It has been a busy and trying time over the last week or so but I am going to do my best to catch up.  Let me begin by saying that on May 17th my beautiful, wonderful little Beans turned 6.  It was a kind of bittersweet birthday but we did our best to make it fun.  She chose to go to Texas Roadhouse for supper (or the peanut place as her and Mini call it).  We had a good time and she had a blast getting up on the saddle and yelling, “Yeehaw I’m a cowgirl” while the whole place wished her a Happy Birthday.  She got a paper jam drum set and paper jam guitar – I think Dad might have more fun with the drums, lol!

The 19th was the day that I knew was going to be tough for all of us…Nana’s funeral.  But, I am happy to say that as soon as the urn was brought to the church I literally felt my Nana with me and it felt as if a weight was lifted.  I was honored to be able to bring up the gifts at the beginning of the ceremony and when the great-grandchildren brought up the communion gifts it brought a tear to my eye.  I stayed pretty strong during the mass but when my Papa went up and took communion he looked so alone, even though he was surrounded by more love than he had been in his whole life.  As he walked by he grabbed my hand and the tears flowed – not really for the loss of my Nana (although that was certainly part of it) but for the ache I felt in my heart for this wonderful man who now looked all alone.  I know that he is surrounded by so many people that love him but it is not the same as sharing his life, house and love with the woman he devoted his life to for 57 years.  I believe that he will be fine but think it will take some time for him to truly accept what has happened.

We had planned to go to Milwaukee for Beans birthday before all of this happened so we decided to keep our plans.  We had a wonderful weekend!  We drove down Friday, went to the mall and did some shopping, went out to eat and hung out at the pool…we were the only ones down there.  On Saturday our plan was to go to the zoo and we were thrilled that we were able to make it through the zoo before the rain hit.  It was so nice to be able to get through the zoo without a ton of people to fight and to actually be able to get to the exhibits.  We were trying to get tickets to the Brewer game but they were sold out so we decided to go and see the new “Pirates” movie in 3D – the girls love them and get such a kick out of Jack Sparrow.  It was just nice to get away for a little bit and spend time together as a family.

On our way home Sunday we stopped by an old high school friend who I hadn’t seen in about 20 years – it is amazing how much time passes and how fast it goes!  She was having a rummage sale and is around my size so I wanted to stop.  Got TONS of new clothes and some new bedding and got to catch up for a little bit.  You realize how fast time goes, thankfully we have decided not to be strangers:)

Well, off to work I go.  The girls will be home soon and I am making Nana’s BBQ Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf for supper – the girls have been asking for it:)

A New Angel

In Family on May 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

Heaven got a new angel last night – my Nana (Elizabeth Marion Skrepenski) passed away.  To call her my Nana doesn’t even seem like enough because she was so much more.  Being the oldest grandchild I always had a special bond with both my Nana and Papa.  I have an Uncle (their youngest son) who is only 2 years older than I am so we practically lived together.  She was like a second mom to me and my Papa was the only father figure I ever had.

Our closeness continued on as I grew older.  She was the type of person i could always turn to in good times and in bad.  The worst day of my life (when Mini had open heart surgery) she was the one that was there for us, along with my Aunt Cari.  Not even my mom and sister were.

Unfortunately she was riddled with health problems over the last 3 years or so.  It started with COPD about 10 years ago but she fought that for a good long time.  She was probably on oxygen all the time for the past two years or so.  She also has had some major heart issues and breast cancer as recently as this year.  She was only 76 years old but the illnesses had worn her down and even her mind was starting to go.

She will be forever missed, a dear sweet woman who went through so much all for the family that loved her more than anything.  If not for us I believe she would have given up the fight long ago.  Rest in Peace my lovely Nana and know that you are always in my thoughts.  I love you!