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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ed's 50th Birthday

August 21, 2009 at George's Restaurant in Haverhill

Ed was suspicious but didn't expect 49 people to celebrate his birthday with him. The food was wonderful! Everyone had a choice from Filet Mignon, Baked Haddock, Chicken Stadler or Pork Tenderloin. The birthday cake was Strawberries and Creme from Tripoli's. After dinner everyone was invited to join us upstairs in Mal's Lounge to continue celebrating. Everyone had such a good time. It is always nice to get together with family and friends. I love watching my children having a good time together. They are all grown up now.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Back in April, my friend Anita encouraged me to join Swap Bot.  Anita and I have been doing swaps amongst ourselves for quite a while and we thought it would be fun to swap with people from all over the world.  I really enjoy finding just the perfect thing to brighten someone's day.  Recently, I met Nichole on Swap-Bot and we decided to do a basket swap which was a lot of fun.  Here's a picture of Nichole's completed basket...

I just got home today from a long working weekend to
 find a package from Nichole waiting for me!!

Enclosed were all kinds of goodies that I just loved -

I love the slippers, flip flops, beach picures, ocean scented candle, Moose Munch, Skittles, Notes paper, pens and especially the Jack T-shirt  and watch.  They are definitely my favorites!

Thanks Nichole!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Back To Reality

Gas to ride to Nashville - $157.00
Tickets to CMA Fest - $312.00
Souveniers - $340.00

Attending our first CMA Festival together - Priceless

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

From My Hometown To Yours Swap

I arrived home from our wonderful trip to Nashville and found a surprise waiting for me from Amy in Arizona.  I love to cook so Amy's selections from Fort Bowie Vineyards and Santa Cruz Chili and Spice are perfect for me to try!  I can't wait to try the Virgin Pecan Oil - It sounds wonderful!  The Pecan Honey Butter and Chardonnay Caramel Sauce are also going to be put to good use.  I have to say the Raspberry Lemonade Candle and Sachet smell so good, right through the box.  Thanks so much Amy!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

CMA Music Fest

We finally received our tickets today!!  Two more weeks and we are off to Tennessee!


I went into Boston to attend a graduation ceremony at Mass College of Art.  Afterward, Anita and I did some shopping at Fanueil Hall.  It's always fun to walk around and look in the stores.  It was a really nice day and we had fun on our own little scavenger hunts for our swap partners.  I am working on a private swap with "Nick" and I am enjoying the private ones more than the group ones.  The "real life statues" were pretty cool.  Looked like statues, fooled lots of people.

Swap From Italy

I received a swap package today from Italy.  I have to say, I've been disappointed with the last few but was pleasantly surprised to get the cutest handmade "Jack" bag and really cute mirror.  They made my day.  

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Simple Things

Life is funny, sometimes you're so busy getting where you're going that you don't notice things you pass by everyday.  I have been doing a swap called "Slice of Life" that forced me to take pictures and keep track of what I thought was the mundane things in my life.  What I found was that there is a lot of beauty and history where I live and work.  Lowell has some really cool historical buildings and factories.  I toured a teen program in Lowell for work this week which is in a old church and the building had so much original charm that is being preserved.  

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Little About Me

I am one of nine children.  Luckily, most of us live close enough to spend a lot of time together.  Our children are also growing up together, which I think is so nice for them.  Being part of a big family has its good points and not so good points.  I'm sure anyone with a large family understands.  Growing up with a single mom made things tough on her but we always managed to get by.  My mother is one of the most beautiful people I know.  She has always been there, no matter what.  I don't know what I would do without her.

As far as siblings go, I have been blessed, for the most part.  I have an older sister, Danielle who I would chose as a friend, even if she wasn't my sister.  Like most families, mine has its share of drama and conflict.  I have gotten to a place in my life, where I have decided that I am going to minimize my contact to preserve my sanity.  Some think it is harsh but I think its been a long time coming.  Sometimes we have to care about ourselves as much as we care about others.

I am finally going back to school.  I was just accepted to Boston University's Graduate Program for the fall.  I will be going back to get my MSW.  I have been wanting to do this for quite some time.  Now that my children are all grown, I have no excuse to continue putting it off.  I am looking forward to it.  I enjoy putting on my thinking cap...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Here Goes

Okay, I am finally starting a blog.  I know they have been around for quite a while and pretty popular.  I just felt that I didn't really have much to say that would be too interesting, but I found that I have a lot to say, interesting or not.

My life has been interesting, full of great joy, great sorrow, great loves, family feuds and self discovery.  I have been described as quiet, reserved, hard to read.  I have never thought of myself in these terms but perception is reality.  I try too hard to make others happy.  I don't think I'm unlike lots of other people out there.

It doesn't take much to make me happy.  It takes a lot to make me mad, I mean a lot.  I've gotten more assertive as I've gotten older.  I've also grown more daring.  I enjoy that I have more time to do things I want to do.  No rushing to daycare by 5:30 to pick up toddlers, no more trying to balance homework, dinner, hockey, dancing, car repairs, PTO meetings.  I miss that too.  

I have tried to be a great mom.  My children have been my life.  Now that they are all young adults, I've had to think more about my identity and where I go from here.  In doing that, I've thought a lot about how I got here.  How my life is probably more than 1/2 way over and I've accomplished a lot but still have more to do.  Life goes by so quickly...