Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Break

While we're watching it snow here yet again (it's pretty much on an almost-daily basis here), Keaton is soaking up some sun in Florida.  We're totally jealous and should have crashed his spring break getaway.

Matt took Keaton to the airport and they found a pinball machine to help pass the time before Keaton boarded his plane.
(Of course they did.)

Keaton sent this as they were getting ready to land at LaGuardia.
I'm glad he got to see the sun.  It was snowing here (again) when I got his text.

He found a way to help pass the time until his flight to Florida.

Ahhhhh...he finally made it to Florida and headed right to the beach.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Mother Nature, please turn the page on your calendar.  It's MARCH 25...not February 25!  Thank you.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Last night, we celebrated Keaton's spring break, the end of basketball, and our last college tuition payment with a seafood feast I made.  We enjoyed some crab legs, shrimp cocktail, coconut shrimp with a pineapple dipping sauce, salad, twice-baked sweet potatoes, and cheddar/garlic biscuits. The best part was we didn't even have to change out of our sweats or Keaton didn't have to comb his hair to go out to a restaurant.  ;-)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Be Nice

I found this sign while out shopping in South Haven one day.  Anyone who knows me understands why this is PERFECT for me!  I now have it hanging by my back door. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Thank you, Sex and the City slot machine! You are fabulous!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Outlet Mall Shopping Trip

Whoo hoo...outlet mall shopping!  This is only a fraction of what we could have done if only we had more time. 

Keaton got some stuff for his spring break trip to Florida.
I couldn't resist some new shoes and lotion.  I don't think I've ever gone shopping without getting new shoes.  I may have a slight shoe problem.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Cyrus brought me home some souvenirs from his walk with Matt this morning...little pine tree sprigs stuck in his beard.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome back!  Holy cow...I think I forgot I even had a blog.  I won't go into too much detail as to how we've spent the past few months because I don't want to cause the site to crash by posting a gazillion pages.  So, here's a quick and simple overview of some fun we've had:
November:  Thanksgiving and the beginning of basketball season.

First bball game of the 2013-2014 season.

Cute little peanut butter pumpkins I made for Thanksgiving dinner with the families...and got left behind at our house.  I think Matt finally finished eating them last week.  ;-)

December:  More basketball, Christmas, shoveling snow, & pinball.

We enjoyed Christmas day in our jammies and didn't feel like getting dressed, so we ordered Chinese food for dinner and watched Christmas movies.  It was AWESOME!
Matt added two more pinball machines to his collection:  Dr. Who & Demolition Man.
They're now spilling out into the family room.

January:  Even more basketball, even more snow to shovel, and a trip to the E.R.

The pile of snow along our driveway was up over Matt's head at nearly 7 feet back in January.  I stopped measuring after it was at 12 feet.  That's a lot of snow we've shoveled...and by 'we' I mean I've personally shoveled 80% of it, including the neighbor's driveway. Whew!

No, Matt didn't dislocate and fracture his pinky shoveling as most would suspect with all our snowfall so far. His trip to the E.R. was a result of playing basketball.

February:  More shoveling of (insert expletive of your choice here) snow, and the last days of basketball.

Keaton received a Senior Leadership Award from his college.

Senior Day

First basket of the game!

They had big heads of the three seniors on the team that the student section waved during the game.
We put them in his bedroom windows when we got home. ;-)

Pre-game dunking at the final game.
March:  Snowshoeing, basketball banquet, and more shoveling of snow.  If I have to do any shoveling in April or May, I'm moving to the southern hemisphere...or Matt will have to buy a snow blower to keep me in Michigan.  Our seasonal total (so far) is over 112" at this point, so I'm seriously done shoveling for the rest of the year!

South Haven, MI

We visited Lake Michigan via the Saugatuck State Park with some friends.
The beach looks much different in the winter than it does in the summer!
So, we ended our last days of basketball with a banquet on Sunday.  I made: 3 jersey frames and 3 scrapbooks for the seniors, 1 photo book for the coach's son, 23 photo collages and 23 slide show DVDs for the players and coaches, 9 centerpieces, and 2 balloon bouquets (well, Matt made them).   

I'm going to miss basketball and taking all my pictures of the team.  I'm even going to miss making protein bars.  I made 896 of them this year.  That's a lot of mixing, pressing into the pans, and cutting.  You should see my right bicep!

About 45 jars of peanut butter + 45 canisters of oatmeal + 68 bags of chocolate chips + 16 jars of honey + 12 protein powder canisters + 6 bags of flax seed = 896 protein bars!!