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Saturday, March 20, 2010


Found this at Target today while sifting through the dollar deals!

It is a really cute, girly, reusable bag. I am trying to wrap gifts now in bags that can be reused rather than spending all of that money on things that just get thrown out eventually. So this handy little bag holds a gift for an upcoming Baby Shower...I will share the gift with you post to not give it away to the recipient just yet!

Friday, March 19, 2010


The weather broke yesterday and we had a wonderful sunny day here in KC...Matt, Sydney and I fired up the chiminea and hung out on the deck most of the evening. I am ready for this weather to stay...however we are getting reports of snow over the weekend :( and I am not happy about that at all. SPRING needs to stay ALREADY! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend...

Thursday, March 18, 2010


YOUcapture - [REACHING]

My husband and I are not religious.
Not in the sense of what society deems [religious].

We do not attend church,
our [sanctuary] is whatever and where ever we make it.

We do not read the [bible],
our religion is not set in type.

We do not believe in a [god],
but in the goodness of
everyday people who surround us.

We do not call this anything...
Our [religion] does not have a label.

Our [faith] is trusting each other,
this world, being positive about the challenges
and experiences that we face together.
In our hearts knowing that we are here now,
should live this life to its fullest,
however we see fit, with the short time we are here.

We do this daily by
loving those we know how to love,
giving back and helping those we can,
sharing the world with our children,
respecting our family and friends,
[even when it is hard]
seeking adventure,
and just living in the here and now.

SOOOO...for those close to us, who know and understand this about us it is extremely [REACHING] that Matt and I chose to do what we did last week. I had been told recently by a friend about St. Joseph, and that you should bury a statue of him in your yard if you want to sell your house. Well, Matt and I, by all means WANT TO SELL OUR HOUSE! The irony is that Matt's mother, our real estate agent, not knowing I had mentioned this St. Joseph thing in conversation to Matt, bought one of these St. Joseph kits for us which Matt brought home last week. And though we don't 'believe' in society's typical religion ... we decided to go ahead and believe in the power of positive energy [and frankly not to be rude] went through with this process, as strange as it felt. And for us it really felt strange!!!

In the [sanctuary] of our front yard, Matt and I stood holding the St. Joseph statue together and recited the [prayer] enclosed in the NON-COMMERCIALized [yes, that is sarcasm shining through - see picture above] enclosure he came in. And then we lowered the plastic statue into the ground [don't worry my environmentalist friends and family members - it will be removed and taken with us when we sell the house!] and buried him in the one place it seemed most appropriate...under the rock we received as a wedding gift just months before moving into this house, which we have now made our home the last 7 years.

I apologize if I come across apathetic ... I truly do believe that if you put your positive energy out there into the world, create a happy place, you can and will reap the rewards in the end. I just don't agree nor believe in all the [religious] bullshit that I have found out there.

So...I am not [REACHING] to believe in the idea that good things do happen to people, when the timing is right and the planets align accordingly..but yes I am [REACHING] in the belief that a plastic statue that did come in a very commercialized box [ once again see image above cause it says it all ] which made us both laugh, will in the end be the reason we sell our house.

For those of you jumping at the bit to leave comments...please read the following DISCLOSURE...

We respect the world for allowing us all to be DIFFERENT! We respect those around us for believing in whatever makes them a better person, or makes this world a better place for them...BUT WE RESPECT people even more for RESPECTING us and our thoughts and opinions the same way. We are not here to tell you how to do anything a certain way or what you should believe or have faith in, we are only sharing our own thoughts and ideas through this BLOG as our personal outlet to this vas space we live in together. By all means share your thoughts with us if you can be objective and RESPECT us for ours.
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By the way...the punchline is that we got an offer on the house last night.
The buyer was a 3x repeat showing...
Were countering...there's some negotiating getting ready to take place.
But we'll see if we can come to an agreement...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

poor HIPPO

This little leprechaun is trouble with a CAPITAL 'T' today and wouldn't take her nap ... seems to be her new thing this week ... I think she's only taken a few in the last 7 days ... who knows what pain this Hippo was in before I finally decided to take it out of the misery of being stomped on for 90 be a fly on the wall when all she does is laugh and talk to herself ... too funny.


To the Irish Blood I have in my veins...
And friends to drink GREEN beers with!


The Trip we took to Chicago over St. Patty's weekend in 2007

The COAT I found Sydney for a Steal @ Old Navy this year...

My favorite Kansas Jayhawk Hat...Irish Style

The Green Turtle that Nana brought back from Mexico

And my favorite Green Shirt

Hope you enjoy this day!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


It's official...Big Brother is taking their tally...we mailed ours in today.

bag TAG bag

I've been tagged by DORI and I am supposed to tell you what's inside my bag...this is my "Purple is the New Fall" trend going on last October...I picked this one up for $5 at Target! Inside is:

Vera Bradley Wallet
Day Planner
Car Keys
Pens / Pencil
Antibacterial Spray
Wrapper from Sydney's Sucker
Bills going to the Mailbox
Roll of Stamps
Lips Moisturizer
Top to the Wine Bottle from our V-Day
Dinner at the Hereford House
Ticket Stub to Avatar...same night.
Straw Wrapper
Sydney's Fork
Business Cards
Syd's little Turtle Toy
Syd's Bracelet Nana bought in Mexico

Lucky for all of you I had emptied the contents of this bag out onto my kitchen table earlier today...there was way too much in there before...I guess I got tagged just in time.

SO lets tag some others...we'll see who gets around to doing this.
Melissa G, Sister Sue, Some Whine & Cheese, Stop Drop & Blog, Silver Pencils, Horn Family, You've Got to Be Kidding Me, One Crafty Mama, Samantha B., 101 Things, Smiley Eyes

Monday, March 15, 2010


So I was laying in bed last night thinking of things I wanted to photograph...and I realized that I hadn't taken any pictures of our wedding rings. So bear with...I went a little overboard because I was having fun with it and I just couldn't decide on one, or two, or even just a few.

The top picture is my favorite...and in the background is our daughter.

The next series of shots was taken with the Wine Bottle Matt opened on our first Valentine's Day together...what's funny is that we didn't have a wine opener at my he shoved the cork down into the bottle...needless to say that was fun to clean up! But I'll never forget it.

And these last two were taken in the sunlight of our daughters bedroom...

suic [I] de

I found out this morning that an old acquaintance of mine, who I had just reconnected with on Facebook in the last few weeks decided to leave the world on her own. I still do not know all of the details of what took place, it will trickle in through others...but I find my mind drifting today...asking why...wondering what pain she was in that drove her to make such a decision.

I do think we all struggle with low points in our lives, that is part of being human...some are much worse than others...most of us can pull ourselves back out of the darkness, regain our consciousness, and move on. But there are some of us who are incapable of that, or have tried, and still find themselves in the same place, or in their minds worse. I think that Suicide is the most selfish act we are given as is the one thing you can completely do on your own for and to yourself. However, as selfish as the concept is to me, I of course cannot speak for the person experiencing these feelings in this process. The hurt comes from knowing that this person was feeling this way, something that no one but them truly feels or understands, that leads them to this point and decision. It is what in turn leaves everyone so confused and broken by the loss...because we all wish we could have helped stop it, even if it was out of our hands.

My heart goes out to her, her family, and to anyone who has personally experienced a loved one or acquaintance leaving this world on their own...I am sorry that this pain [ for both parties involved ] even exists in this world...but I hope that through the confusion/pain you all find peace, and that those who left us have found their own peace...even if we did not understand their path to reach it.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Kazek Family

Our wonderful German Family...
Unsere wunderbare deutsche Familie ...

We miss you! Looking forward to your visit!
Wir vermissen Dich! Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Besuch!