Tuesday, February 23, 2010


By now, many know the ongoing saga about the grocery store they want to build in my neighborhood, replacing little league fields that have stood on the ground for decades. You also know how much I oppose this project.

This past weekend the store announced it is dropping its plans to build!!! Feels like a victory, but I am cautiously optimistic. I have a feeling this isn't the last we've heard on this, but for now I will do my happy dance! YAY!

For the details click...HERE or HERE.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dear Osto

You are getting old. I know, I know, I am WAAAAYY older than you, but you are OLD! Love ya!


Thursday, February 18, 2010


Beautiful sun shiny day today...makes me feel happy. Almost 40 degrees, which is just down right balmy for February.

I really want to go skiing or figure out something fun to do with the kids. Maybe a little ski trip or trip to Great Wolf soon. Too much work, not enough play!

My birthday is next weekend and Osto and I are going to see Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, and the Lost Trailers in concert. I can't wait! Should be a great time. I've seen Tim before, but Lady A is so hot right now they might steal the show.

Chooch finishes up flag football on Saturday and Bird has tryouts for baseball on the 27th. Other than that...no new news with kids.

Just trying to get beautiful for my 38th birthday, for the summer and maybe my 20 year class reunion! *gasp*

All is well in the world!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cabin Weekend

The whole crew

T-Bird and Papa after a run on perfect trails!

Osto and Cal on the Piper Lake Trail.

Me, Cal and Chooch posing for a shot!

Happy Birthday, Papa! We love you!

Rau boys fryin' walleye (caught by Papa last week)! YUM!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Baby Girl's Poetry

Some of you enjoyed Cal's poetry so much that I decided to "publish" some of her other works. She is quite prolific for a 9 year old, as you will read. Of course, the apple doesn't fall far! =)

Laughing, Loving, Kissing, Hugging
Daughter of Amazing Parents
Lover of Family, Friends and Chocolate
Who Feels Happy, Hyper, and Stress
Who needds Love, X's and O's
Who Gives Cheer, Joy and Gifts
Who fears loss of Family and Friends
Who wants to go to the Bahams and Poland
Resident of MI
My Bedroom is where I feel safe
I feel safe to do anything I want
Like Singing,
Reading Great books,
And listening to all the sounds that fly,
Fly past my door or run through my vent
I wish Maggie was still here
She was an Amazing Dog
I only knew her for four years
Because she had cancer,
Cancer in her chest so
She had to leave and we never even
got to say Goodbye
Although I was only four
I cried and so did my
Family, It was very sad but,
Everyone and Everything has
A time to leave
We LOVE and MISS you
We always will
Friends are Dependable
Friends are nice
Friends are amazing
Friends sometimes fight
Friends go through the ups and downs of life
Friends to everything TOGETHER
Having fun doing whatever
There once was a tree
that stood there
there was another tree next to it
they were like brothers
and in the spring came a
lightening storm
that knocked its borther down,
with a flash of light
there was a CRASH!!!!!
And down on the ground
half a tree, so sad
and that tree stands
all alone
through all seasons
but doesn't she its leaves in fall
winter, leaves are on the ground
looking like flowers across the white
white snow