Friday, November 30, 2012

Appetizers - Show us Your Life

I am linking up with Kelly Show us Your Life  today we are sharing Appetizers.  I am sharing Buffalo Chicken Dip I also like meatballs in the crock pot that my mom always makes.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
3 chicken breast - cooked and diced
15 oz. jar bleu cheese dressing
1 8 oz. package cream cheese - softened
12.oz  bottle hot pepper sauce
12 oz package shredded cheddar cheese
Celery sticks
Tortilla chips
Combine chicken, cream cheese, bleu cheese dressing, and hot pepper sauce in a large bowl until mixed well.  Spread into a lightly greased 3 quart casserole dish.  Top with the shredded cheddar.  Bake until bubbly and heated through - about 20 minutes.  Serve with celery sticks and tortilla chips.
I have also made this in the crock pot.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

    This Thanksgiving we left on Wednesday for Indianapolis for
Caribbean Cover Indoor Waterpark.  It was a great time. We went to the Park Wed night when we arrived. We also spent all day Thursday there.  The water park is in the hotel.
   We just stayed at the hotel the entire time.  They had many different restaurants. Except they were not serving Turkey :(.  With the package deal everyone received a free breakfast.  It was just so relaxing.  I can not wait to go back. 

    Kyle and Sebastian enjoying the lazy river.  Sebastian just was   42" so he went down the big slides.  We could not get Ashley to go down the slides.  She told us before we got there she would not be going down any big slides. She kept to her word.

Ashley loved the water! She got her money worth at the Water Park. On Thursday she stayed at the park from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

                             Sebastian also said he would come back.

     This is Raphael trying to hide that he brought his game system along.  I told him that was good thinking.  He told me Grandpa gave him the idea....  Raphael could be found in the arcade or up in the room playing his PS3.  Raphael and Grandpa hung together.

This is my favorite picture of the trip.  The grand kids with Grandma playing on her nook.  Grandma loves them to death!!  We are so lucky to have her in our lives.

There was one thing that happened on the trip that was not the best. Thursday morning the lifeguards were drinking lots of "water" in cups when they first opened..  My mom saw the supervisor going around collecting their cups and drinking from them.  Then  the supervisor getting on them.  They had alcohol in their drinks.  I guess they were planning on having a good Thanksgiving working.

Then Friday morning before we left - I was able to get these - I am always reading that my blog friends love them.  I would have to agree!!!!!

I guess I am lucky that we do not have a Chick-fil-A store.  We have one at our Union on U of I campus but its hard to get to.  I would love one with a playground!!!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!  I am so blessed!!!  I just hope that my heart is thankful all year round. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Mingle

Saturday was the last home football game we tailgated.  It was lots of fun had our taco in a bag..  We can not wait for next year.  It can only go up from this season!!!   I am not the best blogger - I did not get any pictures!!!

Sunday - Church and then I went to Rantoul to the Gifford Craft fair.  I love going with my mom.  All I bought has chocalate for my secret santa...  Except on the way to Rantoul I hit the sign at Macdondals......  Not a good day - I get a rental car tomorrow... YES I teach drivers education.........

 Then in the evening we went to our church soup supper.  I was nervous going with Ashley she does not sit very good.  She did great - she loved the Chicken Noodle Soup.  They had wonderful pies...

                                        My Sunday School class - Love them!

                                          This age loves to color!

                                           Love the girls from our Life Group

                                             Ashley loves TY and JD......

Monday - was back to work.  Ashley was so excited she asked grandpa to pick her up at Chesterbrook at 10:00 to go to open gym at I- Power.  He did and Ashley was so excited.  I think we have found a job for Dad on Mondays.  He says next week he won't be able to leave Chesterbrook without Seabastian next week...

Monday night we went to see Danville play Centennial in boys basketball.  Let me tell you high school varsity games go much faster then middle school games!!!

Sarah and Addison our cousins were cheering for Danville.  We got to sit next to my counsin Stacey ( Addison mom) during the game.  Also my mom went with us.  Dave and Karen Stimac were there.  Their son Troy is a coach at Danville.  The Stimac parents were best friends of my grandparents.  I have many memories of Christmas Eve at the Stimac's.

                                                        Sarah and Ashley!

                                            Sarah and Addison and Ashley

                                            Ashley loved Stacey!!!!

I can't wait to see them cheer some more this season.  I can't wait for Champaign to go to Danville and watch the game with the entire family!!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Loving Wednesday

I am Loving - that it is almost Thanksgiving....  We are going to a indoor water park in Indy....

I am Loving - that girls high school basketball games start this week...

I am Loving - that Saturday is the last last home Illini football game.  We are tailgating.  We are having tacos in a bag......

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week and weekend!!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tailgating Weekend

Monday's are so hard after a fun weekend.  The weather was wonderful  70's.....  Today was 40's..........  Ashley daycare was closed but I had school.  So my brother and dad watched Ashley along with Sebastian.  They did have afternoon school but no bus ride today..  I think Ashley had a full day she was in bed before 7:00 p.m.  All day I was having mommy guilt wishing I was home with her.....

Friday night - we ran errands...  Ashley loves looking in Michael's.  She picked out a Christmas tree ornament it is red with A for Ashley....  I just wish I could buy everything I see in there :)

Saturday -  ILLINI  back home again - with a full day of tailgating. It was so much fun...Whitney and Ken and I arrived before 9:00 a.m. and staked out our spot.  The tip off for the game was 2:30 p.m.

Our Illini are having a rough season.....  Except we are not fair weather fans..  .... from Coach Beckman
A little recap on the football game: you know, again, (in) the game of football, you have to make plays and Minnesota made more plays then we did in that football game, and they ended up winning the football game on us. I thought our kids played with good effort. They did exactly what we asked them to do but when the time comes to make a play, we either didn't make it, overthrew it, didn't make the catch, didn't make the interception or missed a tackle. But that's the way the game of football is made up. So you have to give credit to Minnesota. They made the plays we didn't make them."  We lost 17-3.

We had a great time tailgating - here  are some pictures......

My mom trying to tell my Dad where we are at!!!  He wants to know what he should bring???????

                             Dan and Liz........ In deep thought

                                   The guys making sure that we are bringing
                                             our A game.


                                             Sisters enjoying the day!!
                              Before the kids attack them....
                     Nolan came all the way from Virgina Beach...
                     Hope he keeps wearing his ILLINI outfits....

                     Hope these two have tons of memories              
                     growing up together tailgating.

                        I am not sure if this is a new dance??
                         I  need to figure this out!!!!

                           This is my Tom Boy!!!!!!

                                         Sebastian looks like he is ready to
                           Play some football!!!!

                                           Dad and Raphael - they are a pair!!!

This is my girl in the middle of tailgate

I am blessed to have such a wonderful family.......

Deuteronomy 7:13 He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock, in the land that he swore to your fathers to give you.

Have a great week!!!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


    Thursday November 8th - I am thankful this is my 200 blog post!!!!  I would never of dreamed that I would have 200 posts.  I love the blog world!!!!

   Where did the week go??  It has really gone fast we had two boys basketball games this week.  Ashley had dance tonight - she was not the best listener at class.  She tells me she trying but her brain just has crazies in them.  Where does she get this stuff?

Going to catch up with my Thankfulness.....

 Sunday November 4 -  I am thankful for my small group from church.  We meet on Sunday nights.  We take turns bringing a meal for the group.  We are going to Destin for Spring Break!!!  ( I need to go back and read everyone blogs about their trips to Destin).

Monday November 5 - Thankful that I am able to go to Ashley Class and be a book mentor.  I get to read to her class once a month.  I also go early and read to a class before hers.  I read a book to the class and then we do activity together.  The class gets to take home the book that I have read.

This was the book we did this month.  So much fun....


Tuesday November 6th - I am thankful that we have the right to vote.  I stayed up way to late waiting for the presidents speech.

Wednesday Nov 7th - I am thankful that I have a job.  I love teaching.  We have really great children and some days it does not seem like work...  Some days I feel like I am still in middle school.

At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. Ephesians 5: 20

Have a great weekend!!!


Saturday, November 3, 2012


Keeping up with my Thankfulness...
Friday Nov 2nd -  I am Thankful for my parents.  I am so lucky to have them close.  I am spoiled.....  I would not be where I am at without them....  We don't take lots of family pictures...  Someday I am going to wish I had more pictures.  Or I was better at organizing them.
Saturday Nov 3rd - I am Thankful for my job as Athletic Director.  I love seeing the kids play and mature.  The main goal is that they make it on a varsity sport team in high school.  That does not happen for everyone.  It was so cute today to watch Ashley wanting to work in the concession stand.  She was going and trying to get drinks they would tell her what the person wanted and she would bring back what ever she wanted to bring back.
This is with two of my cross country runners at our bowling celebration party......

Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the LORD.”

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hawaiian Wedding Cake

    Today I am linking up with Kelly with show us your favorite dessert.  It so hard to pick.  I can not wait to try new desserts.

   Hawaiian Wedding Cake
1 yellow cake mix with pudding - Bake and cool
Mix together:  1 Large instant vanilla pudding - 2 Cups of Milk
8 oz Cream Cheese.  Beat the pudding and Milk on low.  Add
Cream Cheese a little at a time mix slowly until smooth.  Spread
this mixture on cake.  Drain 2-lb cans of crushed pineapple and
spread over top of cream cheese mixture.  Spread a carton of cool
whip on top.  Sprinkle coconut on top and decorate with cherries
and pecans.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Follow Me, Maybe?

A Happy Wife in New Orleans
Ashley loves this song.  They play it at her dance class. When ever she hears it she starts to dance..
These lovely ladies are having a weekly blog hop with Follow Me, Maybe.....
Here is how it works .........
Hi lovely readers!!!!
Welcome to the new and very fun...
weekly "Follow Me Maybe" Link Up Party!!!!

Who loves to mingle? Meet new friends? Find awesome new blogs to follow? That's what we thought :)
So MARY @ A Happy Wife in NOLA and ANNA @ Geek Can Be Chic are here to help you do so!
No matter if you are a new blogger or have been around for a while, blog hops are a great way to meet new blogging friends and discover some real incredible blogs. We hope you are as excited about this as we are!


What am I Thankful for

I know we should not just think about what we are thankful for in the month of November.  We should think about it everyday.  So today I saw lots of posts of what people are thankful for.  So I figure it would be good if I focus also this month with what I am thankful for.
I know I say this over and over - I am thankful that I am a mom.  I love being a mom.  Ashley just turned 5 and she is so much fun to be around.  I never thought I could love some one so much! 
Psalm 100:4 (RSV) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name!