A Perfect Mother’s Day may look like this picture.  Everyone smiling and happy and love all around.  Just wanted to share what a ONE MINUTE photo session really looks like.  It is amazing what goes on in a span of 60 seconds.  I actually get a big kick out of the “real” pictures to get the “perfect” picture.  So here are the rest of the pictures –














I am lucky and blessed to have these monkeys!  Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s out there!!!





My mom took us ziplining for Easter at Big Bear.  Yes, this is the same mom who took me skydiving during Christmas Break.  She is definitely not a pansy!  I actually think she is now considered an adrenaline junkie.


We went to Action Zipline Tours and they were fantastic.  We could not have asked for a better group of people to hook us up and let us zip around.  My mom, sister, 2 nieces, 2 daughters, and myself got to go for 3 hours and we all wanted to keep going when it was over.


Here is our crew right before the first zipline.  Not too sure that helmet would have saved us- I think it was for show.


This picture just sums it up – I am a spaz.zipline 4

Beautiful scenery!!!  zipline 7

My little dare-devil.  She now wants to work at Action Lines when she gets older.  I still can’t believe this used to be my super shy kid.zipline

Here is the Adrenaline Junky!


This picture is a perfect example of how it does not matter your age – your sister will always try to get you.  My dear sister had the zipline guy jump crazy on that very “stable” bridge as I was walking across.  SCARY!!!


We are high up!


My sister could totally work at this place too!

Here comes my sassy niece!

Just Hanging!


This last picture cracks me up.  This is our group sitting on the side of the road 1/2 way down Big Bear Mountain.  Apparently, when driving downhill, you need to coast more so you don’t ride your brakes.  As I was driving down, we started smelling something hot.  I stopped my 2001 mini-van (jealous?) and saw smoke coming out of the 2 front tires.  So of course we put some water in the coolant because that seemed to be the practical thing to do and waited a little bit.  We took off and in about 10 minutes, we could smell a super strong smoking, burning, we are all gonna die, hot smell.  We pulled over and smoke was pumping out of the tires.  Long story short, really nice man stopped, told me about switching gears and not to hit brakes, we let van cool for almost 1 hour and made it down alive!  Thank you Larry!!!  AND it cracks me up that I completely caused this problem.  Lesson learned!

A great day of ziplining, family, and automotive repairs!  Thanks Mom!!!!

Valentine’s Day Fun

Valentine’s Day is so much fun when you have younger kids. Here are a couple of fun ones:

Healthy Valentine!
Healthy Valentine!
Who doesn''t like Pop Rocks?!
Who doesn’t like Pop Rocks?!
GREAT boxes to store your valentines.
GREAT boxes to store your valentines.

valentines findmebook 3On the bottom the card it says – Happy Valentine’s Day for “crayon” out loud!


And of course – make a special personalized Find Me Book for your valentine!!!  All ages LOVE this book!


I recently just turned the big 4 – 0.  My sister mailed me a package with a little collection of things we grew up with and it completely defines the 80’s for me.  No, she is not a hoarder.  She is a master garage saler.  Actually… they sound quite similar.  Hmmm, we might have to talk to her when I get home.  Anyways,  here is the picture of the items she sent minus the R2D2 figurine.  My 5-year-old swiped it and I could not find it again.

All the Judy Blume books were a staple growing up.  I mean seriously, if you were a girl growing up and said you NEVER EVER chanted “We must, we must, we must increase our bust,”  – you, my friend, are a liar!  I LOVED Footloose and yes kids, that is a cassette tape and yes, it would sometimes get all twisted in the player.  I did have a Fonzi comb in my back pocket growing up because I was cool.  I can’t quite remember what fast food place we would go to get the Porky Pig and all the other Looney Tune glasses but I remember how exciting it was to get Porky – my favorite.  St. Elmo’s Fire was such a good movie and how cute was Rob Lowe?!  The shorts really cracked me up.  Our PE teacher would ALWAYS wear these short, tight, Spaulding shorts.  He was a very no-nonsense guy yet he wore these shorts EVERY SINGLE DAY and we were in Northern Minnesota!  I did put the rabbit tail on my key chain and my kids think it is gross.

AND if you can not remember this commercial growing up – I am not sure we can be friends.

     She finished the gift with the biggest bang – 40 dimes!  My great-aunt and uncle would always tape dimes that equaled your age.  So when I was 18, I was able to take the $1.80 in dimes and buy 3 pops and 30 pieces of Pal bubble gum!  Oh my word!  When I went to find a picture of Pal Gum, it actually came up on the Candy Wrapper Museum!  YIKES!

Thanks for such fun present Kel!!!!

Hi Stac.