Monday, April 27, 2009

Prom 2009

Senior Prom was Saturday night.  Ben and Kelli went with Cody and Hannah, Kaylie and Tyler, Angela and Connor, Mark and Leslie and Kayla and Paul.  They rented a stretch limo to take them to LaSalle Grill for dinner, the prom at Century Center and the after prom at Strikes and Spares. 

It was a beautiful night as the pictures show:

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday to Alex

Alex is my great nephew and, I'm sure you will agree, is the most adorable baby ever! Well, besides my own of course.

Happy 1st Alex, your Aunt Lisa loves you!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

This one is for Kim....

Not the best picture, but this cardinal and I started our day together this morning. We had a brief conversation, brief because is was a bit one sided :) I thanked him for reminding me of a person I love and miss very much. Hope you had a wonderful day today too!
Your BFF,

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Back to my obsession!

BK (before kids) I read all the time. In fact, I read so much, I remember Mark complaining about it when we were first married. But over the years and with the raising of two children, my book obsession took a back seat to real life.

Over the past couple of weeks and with the help of, I have renewed my love of reading.

With the exception of the Twilight Book series, I really haven't done much reading since I was at the lake in July. But over the last few weeks I have read:

Memoirs of a Geisha which was a great "epic" novel detailing the life of a Geisha during the 1930's and 1940's and covering the period when we were at war with Japan.

I loved entering the mysterious world of the Geisha and about the Japanese culture and people. It's a great read but not when I would call a "light" read.

I just finished:

The Glass Castle. Excellent book! I read it in two days only because I started it at night and fell asleep reading. If I had started it in the morning I promise you nothing would have gotten done around my house that day. The book is that good!

It's the true story of Jeannette Walls childhood with her parents who refused to work and her brother and sister. While living in the most extreme poverty and enduring incredible neglect, Jeannette overcomes it all to be a successful writer for MSNBC. I highly recommend it!

Right now I'm reading:

On The Road. This is the book that inspired the Beat generation. It chronicles the life of the author as he travels North America in search of
self-knowledge and experience.

I've wanted to read this book for many years but for some reason it has just sat on my bookshelf gathering dust. While I wanted to read it just to see what all the fuss is about, it's not one that has gotten my attention like the Bill Bryson books have. The humor that Bryson uses in describing his travels make reading about the adventure more fun than On The Road. To me, On The Road is a more gritty read. But, like I said, I'm only about 1/2 way done. I'll save my final opinion for later.

While I don't normally like to read two books at once, I'm feeling the urge to reread my favorite book from last year:

I usually read my books then pass them on. Or, more recently, repost them on Paperbackswap. But this book is a keeper. It touched something in me.

It's a book about self-discovery and changing the direction of your life.

Maybe because I feel like my life is in transition with my boys growing up and leaving home, but I feel a connection with the author.

Whether you've ever experienced a major change in your life or even have had a desire to try something outside of your comfort zone, Eat, Pray, Love is a book every woman should read.

What about you? What good books have your read lately?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Belated Happy Easter

Yes, we are LOVING Ben's baseball much for taking senior pictures anytime soon. And no holiday photo op is complete without Ben and Mark making an Andy sandwich.
Hope your Easter was as blessed as ours!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009.....Really

I freely admit that the view off my deck has not looked like the photo in my sidebar for a couple of weeks.

Yesterday I meant to replace it with my current view but it was raining. And this morning I woke up to this view.

No really, I'm not kiddding, there is snow on the ground again!

I'm guessing the varsity baseball game is cancelled for tonight........