Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Day 365

We woke up to snow, reflections and dozens of geese on the 
lake.  It was beautiful.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Day 361

54 degrees on December 26 took me right out to Lake Michigan for a lovely walk with my hubby.  It was perfect!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Day 360

I'm not sure who had more fun with Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, Jack or Uncle Myles?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Day 357

I know I'm probably in the minority, but this is what I would love to wake up to on Christmas morning.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Day 355

I borrowed my picture today from my daughter Katie.  This is our sweet Haley sitting in her mommy's old rocker listening to poppa read the story of the Night Before Christmas.  This picture melts my heart on so many levels.  Old memories, new memories!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day 351

I love Chicago.  You couldn't get me to live there in a million years, but I do love to visit.  
p.s.  I wonder what it takes to be able to go to the top of Trump Tower?  Maybe I can figure that out for my 61st birthday.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Day 350

Here I am.  25 floors up over the city of Chicago taking a picture of my feet.  Maybe I'm getting a little weird in my advanced age.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 349

Our daughter Sarah meeting us at the train yesterday. 
She's so silly.  Can you read that her sign says Collins?

Saturday, December 13, 2014


The view from our hotel room last night.

Day 347

Heading into Chicago today for a fun overnight.  It's a birthday gift from some of the best friends ever.  Theatre tickets, a nice hotel and dinner at one of our favorite places and if the fog holds off, we are heading up to the Sky Deck.  We're excited.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day 344

Look who's coming to school tomorrow.  I was taking a half day off and leaving at lunch.  Now, I'm not leaving till 1:00.  I am not missing the big guy!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Day 343

I saw this guy on my walk the other day.  This picture doesn't do him justice.  He was huge and his wing span was at least three feet.  Not something you see around town every day.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Day 342

With the help of the grandkids and a couple daughters, the Christmas tree is back up and beautiful.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Day 340

God blessed me beyond measure when he gave me the honor and privilege of being the mother of these four beautiful ladies.  They are taking me on a 60th birthday adventure today.  No idea what it is, but I can't wait to find out.  I love my girls!!  

Friday, December 5, 2014

Day 339

As I begin the countdown to turning 60 next week, I can't help but think about how it all started with this little girl with the chubby thighs.  I still have those thighs, but boy have I come a long way.  I honestly don't think I have ever been as excited for a birthday as I am for this one.  It has been an amazing year and I have loved it.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Day 338

One week from today I turn 60 and this is exactly how I am feeling about it!  I couldn't be happier.  What a gift!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Day 337

Do you think that if I wish really hard, a little Christmas magic will put this back in my living room for me?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Day 335

Once again, he has beaten me to the punch and decorated outside before I could decorate on the inside. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Day 333

It is a beautiful day for November 29 in northwest Indiana.  If I could have one wish, it would be that Notre Dame was playing at home, I had a ticket with this same seat and they'd win.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Day 332

This picture was taken two years ago on Black Friday morning.  This morning, I'll be meeting some of these same people and some others from my class for our annual Thanksgiving breakfast.  I'd much rather catch up with them than shop any day!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Day 331

Could there possibly be a better prayer on this Thanksgiving day?
I think not.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Day 329

Our Jack just melts my heart.  You can't help but smile when he is around.  I love him so much.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Day 328

My little town is getting ready for Santa to come to town in the parade on Saturday evening.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Day 327

Even the world's cutest cheerleader couldn't get a win for Notre Dame yesterday.  It's been a very disappointing second half of the season for we Irish fans.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Day 326

Proud grandma alert!!!
This is Natalie waiting her turn to do her poetry reading with her class at Barnes and Noble last night.  She was awesome!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Day 325

I'm none too happy that they have changed the Santa parade to next Saturday instead of Friday night.  Please don't mess with my long standing traditions.  Some things shouldn't change.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Day 323

I was thinking about the upcoming holidays and looking at old pictures.  I came across this one of the girls with Santa.  They look so little, but so adorable.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Day 322

The very happiest of birthdays to the best friend a girl could ever ask for.  Love you, my dear!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Day 319

A cold, wet and windy week has left me with little time and effort to go out and take new pictures.  I'm pulling from the archives today from a trip to the Shedd Aquarium in October of 2011 when the jellyfish exhibit was there.  They are so cool.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Day 318

Looking up at the inside of the Golden Dome at 
The University of Notre Dame.  Man, I love that place!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014