24 May 2009
19 May 2009
and, i couldn't leave out my portie, so here are a few of him as well. he is now sitting up like a champ.
18 May 2009
some highlights of the weekend
~when the journey gets dark
~finding our own personal relationship with our heavenly parents
~the squishy toilet
~yummy food and snacks
~a handsome priest
~rooming with sarah
~good sex with jennifer
~sitting by the lake with a good friend
~singing in the choir
~did i mention awesome friends???
~a safe enviroment
for those that attended, i am interested to know what you have gained. feel free to add to the list. and for those of you who would like to know more, feel free to ask-i encourage everyone to be involved in an experience like this. i know i have emerged a better saint, a better person, a better friend, a better wife, a better mother. thank you again benji. and thanks to all you amazing women who put so much time and effort into making this retreat possible.
14 May 2009
12 May 2009
11 May 2009
i am amazed at the joys that motherhood brings- and the sorrows, too. i do feel extremely blessed in my life to have these 3 little guys that absolutely adore me and whom i adore. but honestly, i am the mother i am because of my hubby. he completely rocks- in multiple ways! motherhood is difficult at times, but when partnered with a spouse that is so willing to help and take an active role, it makes it so much more enjoyable. i love that ben and i have such a full partnership in raising our children. i love looking at these little boys, seeing them smile, and giggle, and dance, and sing. i can not imagine how my life would be different if these boys were not in my life. i am grateful. happy mother's day!
07 May 2009
gryffie is cute- he lost his sweatshirt at ross park mall this past week, so if you are there and see it, let me know!
ben is very talented at balancing port stuff.
jonas is flat out crazy...
port is beginning to understand this whole "sitting up" thing. my baby is lazy...or just so voluptuous that he has a difficult time holding all of himself up. you decide.
and as way of a small announcement, care and steve had their baby. grayson michael gardner was born on tuesday morning, weighing in at 7 pounds 15 oz. i spent a couple hours with care, steve, and little grayson tuesday. he is absolutely wonderful! congrats to care, steve, and lochlan!
04 May 2009
03 May 2009
today was the pittsburgh marathon. it was the first time in 6 years that the marathon has come back to pittsburgh. ben of course wanted to participate. he has been in numerous 5ks and even a mini-triathalon, but this was his first marathon. my day was lovely. ben woke up at 6:00 am and headed down to the strip. the boys slept in until 8:30 am. woo hoo, and port didn't wake up until 10:30 am!!! ben completed the half-marathon! i am SO proud of him. (and gosh, you have to know i am proud because i used caps!) here is a picture of my awesome man with his shirt and medal.
after ben came home, we headed over to gma and gpa kelly's for lunch. delicious. this evening we had many of our friends over for a bbq. it was quite fun. there was only 1 bloody nose- poor lochlan. thanks everyone for coming over. we used our new grill and picnic table. ben bought quite a fancy grill cover. and in the spirit of pittsburgh and the marathon, i thought i would include a picture.
02 May 2009
here are a bunch of photos of argyll's revenge playing at the rex last friday and shootz this past wednesday. the rex was a benefit concert for the lymphoma and leukemia society. the boys were awesome! then, at shootz, the band had their first gig in which they were headliners- and got some money! woo-hoo! 55 people came and the band sold all of their cds as well. (side note, they have 2 cds, each with 6 songs each, and sell for $5 a piece. if you are interested, let me know.) anyway, we had so much fun at both the rex and shootz. here is a video clip of "third floor window," played live at the rex. if you can, please join us on friday may 29th at the bloomfield bridge tavern. the show starts at 8:30- 2 bands will be opening and then the boys will take the stage. cost is $5 to get in the door and have your ears did- you won't regret it!