Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Miss You....

I got the call late Tuesday night......that my sweet Nonnie passed away. I have been fortunate enough to have her in my life for nearly 40 years, but it still stings to lose a person you love. My Nonnie was a tough cookie who endured much in her 91 years. She never lost sight of who she was or succumb to sadness or anger over the hand that was dealt to her. She was my "fun, cool, and hip" grandma. She was pretty, sophisticated, and strong willed. She once said to me that no matter how sad you may be, if you stay there, the world stops it is best to put a smile on your face and move on. I think my strength and courage have come from her and I try my best to live a happy life everyday. I am a better person for knowing her......and am glad I got to love her for so many years.

Here she is in 1971 with her 4 grandchildren.
And again in 2010 with her 4 grandchildren......

Nonnie........................I love you more.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cricut Birthdays

I have been fortunate enough to have my projects published in several magazines including this one. If you are looking for ways to create birthday cards, favors, decorations using your Cricut machine, this is an incredible magazine for inspiration! I have a few projects in this one....but I will only share one with you today! ; )
It was created for their kids section. Just little treat bags with these cute lil' mice peeking out of their boxes!

Wet noses and all.......: )

If you are interested in purchasing this jam packed magazine you can purchase it HERE!

Thanks soooo very much for popping by for a visit!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Weekend in Chicago

Apparently, my birthday has turned into a birthday month......since it isn't even my birthday yet, and already I've gotten this wonderful gift, a weekend with my sister. It was great to have a weekend away with husbands, no stress. Just girl talk, lots of laughs, way too much eating, drinking, and enjoying each other's company. So here is a little peek into our weekend!

I had so much fun taking photos of this beautiful city I live so close to!
Lisa and I rode the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier....... : ) (And yes, I did take this photo!)

I am not sure why, but a huge sculpture of Marilyn Monroe was there right on Michigan Ave. Had to take a picture of her..... ; )

We visited the famous Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery on Walton has been highlighted on Food Network....and I can see why! Their cupcakes are YUMMY! and yes, being the big dork I am had Lisa take a picture with my $34.00 worth of cupcakes......but worth it!

And here they are........Red Velvet, Carrot Cake (x 2), Black and White, Chocolate Marshmallow, and Chai Latte........

And here is my big sis and I stopping to look at the view at Navy Pier.......

Shall I take more photos of food? Of course! I got a surprise knock on the hotel door for this delicious surprise........

We went to see Million Dollar Quartet and I got my picture taken with Jerry Lee Lewis......okay not the actual Jerry Lee......but as you can see from my lack of eyeballs in this picture I was pretty happy with this Jerry Lee..... ; )

We had a delicious dinner at Catch of my favorite places!

Oh! And did I mention I got cake? ; ) A molten lava type of cake that was warm and gooey!

And here I am just a couple weeks shy of my 40th birthday........I get to enjoy a couple of more weeks in my 30's! LOL!

I seriously think I gained 10lbs eating all the cakes and sweets from this weekend! But in all seriousness, I had a great weekend......and is definitely a part of the many sweet memories I hold near to my heart.

Thanks for letting me share this with you!