Sunday, October 19, 2014

reunited and it felt so good....


I'm waaaaay behind on this post, but it is too important to just blow off...

On August 9, 2014, after months of hard work, the Girls of '94 pulled off one hell of a 20th Class Reunion.  It was F.U.N. 

Let me start by saying that planning a class reunion is a huge pain in the ass.  Even if you get to plan it with your best friends.  Impossible to please everyone and although social media made it so much easier to locate classmates, it also opened the floor to attention-seeking nimrods who wasted our time by complaining about the venue, cost, and not sending invitations to people who did not graduate with us.  Bleh.  But the GO'94 are strong women and after a few Facebook "screw you"s, and one "kiss my ass", the weekend was planned!


I was super excited about the reunion and never had second thoughts about going...which is totally unlike me because I try and talk myself out of most events.  At our 10-yr reunions, I was 8 months pregnant and had literally driven straight-through from Florida the day of, so even though I had a great time, the exhausted prego thing overshadowed most of the event.  This year, however, I planned to go all out and even enjoy my first adult beverage in over 10 years.  Buh-Bam!
 FUN DEBBIE IN DA HOUSE!

On Friday night, we had a mixer at Bindy's Bar.  Very low key and stress free.  We had lots of people in attendance and it was great to see so many familiar faces from the good 'ol days!

Working the welcome table.  Won't be long before that hooch is all up in my face....
Awwww yeah...keep em' cold and keep em' comin'
Oh there she is.  My close-talking~in my face~friend Angela :)

Welcome! Great to see you again! Who are you? You look great! Damn, you've aged.  Take a name tag! So we can finally figure out who you are.


BFF's 4-EVA




A couple CO '95 Girls crashing the party



 Friday night was great and left everyone super excited for Saturday! (I find it funny that the only pictures I have are ones with friends that I see all of the time!!!)
 





Thursday, September 25, 2014

my extra kids...

Tuesdays are TOO much fun around here :-)
 

 







 







 Are my extra babies the cutest ever, or what?!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

cate pictures

Over the summer, a friend of mine took some pictures of Cate at the Old Six Mile Museum.  I absolutely love them and finally got around to having them printed.  I can not wait to get a few of these framed shots on our walls!
 
My favorite picture...sitting in my dad's rocking chair on the back porch of the museum.  Love.

 



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Sunday, August 24, 2014

the beach!

The Coop Troop (Bennett, Brady, Conor and Macie +Cate) were back at it again for a fieldtrip to the beach.  Carlyle style. 1 hour drive, plenty of sand and sun...perfect day trip for this crew!
 
 
We had never been to Carlyle to swim so Scott plugged the address in to our GPS.  In true S.S. fashion, he simply entered "Carlyle IL" and it dumped us onto a back road in the middle of a corn field.  After a half hour of "everyone look out your window for a big lake", we finally made it. 


COOP TROOP 2k14








 It was a great "beach" with calm water and plenty of room to play.  The surrounding parks and pavilions were super nice and it's probably a trip we'll take every summer. Any day in the water is a good day :)

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Friday, August 22, 2014

blog

I blame this new blog layout on Angela.  She was pressuring me to post something new and then I started messing around with the layout and next thing you know, everything is messed up.  I do like the option to enlarge my pictures, but I need to work on the extra crap.  I'll get around to it...eventually.  And Ang...this counts at post #2 for tonight!


fieldtrip friday

We created a summer bucket list and somehow it got labeled "Field Trip Friday" and somehow Macie and Conor were on the guest list ;-) Trevor too!  For our first FTF, we headed to Alton to see the Locks and Dam, Bird Sanctuary and the Robert Wadlow statue. Weather was great and the kids all had a fun time.
 
lunch by the river!




Bennett realized he could hear his echo.  Like what this world needs is twice the screaming from him...


found our house on the huge map
"look guys, I'm Kanye and Kim's daughter North West!"  Conor watches way too much E!
we made it in time to see a barge come through



There's a cool water feature in front of the building and before we could stop him, Trevor went all in

 

 
After the L&D, we headed to the bird sanctuary to burn off some energy. The shoreline was filled with fish skeletons which everyone thought was pretty cool


 


 
Our final stop was at the Robert Wadlow statue...aka "Alton Giant"...aka cousin Robert.  That's right, we are related to the tallest man in the world ----> my Grandma, Dorothy Wadlow, and Robert were cousins.  Pretty awesome, right?! Brady had been asking to see this statue for months.  Once he found out there was a family connection, he researched R.W. and asked a zillion questions about his life, etc... he was still shocked to see how tall he really was...and how big his shoes were!
 
Cate: "I love that he has this pole to dance with".  Oh boy.


 Our final final stop was to Dairy Queen for ice cream and with that, our first FTF was complete!


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