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Madeline was my grandmother on my mother's side. She was an amazing little Irish woman. How blessed we were to have her. Not a day goes by that I don't miss her. I am the wife of my bestfriend, the mother of four amazing kids ages 25, 22, 17 and 4. I am a grandma to 2 beautiful little boys and the mom-in-law to a terrific man. I come from a big wonderful family. My parents are my idols. My dad was always the silent one and my mom was the "tough" one. I have so much admiration for them and love being their daughter. I have 4 sisters and one brother, but I only have 3 surviving sisters now. My sister Michele passed away suddenly in 1989. I married into an amazing Italian family. I believe in God and Angels, and Ghosts. Not bad ones, but ones that just can't decide if they should stay or go. I believe that if you want something bad enough, you just need to believe and it will be yours. I believe that everyone means something to someone and this life without you would be miserable.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Murrieta's Birthday Bash...and Stevie Nicks

Well, the birthday bash was a big success. The city of Murrieta put on another great bash this year. I did manage to be a little more like Martha Stewart(with some Rachel thrown in) by making hummus dip, cut up veggies, cupcakes (which I did not decorate like the flag, but did buy little flag picks to put in them....but didn't) and then bought fried chicken, pasta salad and pea salad. I also brought pears and brie and a case of water. We had a great time and it wasn't quite as hot this year as it has been in the past soooooo...that was even better.
The Fireworks, as always, were spectacular especially when you sit right underneath them!!

The very BEST part of the day was when the main band was playing and was about 3/4 into their set...the lead singer started talking about how he and this woman were friends and how she had come and sang with him in the past. We were all half listening when the next thing out of his mouth was "Please welcome Miss Stevie Nicks!" What? What did he just say? Stevie Nicks? In Murrieta? Needless to say I and my hubby made a beeline for the stage, camera in hand and with eyes wide and singing along to "Stop Draggin my Heart Around" I got these pics (my camera is a little slow so I got her back a lot)

I am sorry I didn't take any pics of the food, my kids or the people there. I don't know what I was thinking....but I think these were the biggest things that day.
I hope you all have a great week and I will see on Pink Saturday

Saturday, June 26, 2010

No Pink Saturday.....

Well, I have once again missed pink Saturday. I feel like I am always chasing my tail trying to keep up.
Ohhhh welllll....
Today we are going to the park to celebrate the 19th Birthday of our town becoming a city. (I guess that is one of the perks of living in a small town).
It is going to be fun, fun, fun. There is going to be food boothes, rides for the kids, music and in the end a HUGE fireworks display.
I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what to "make" for food (you know how pricey those boothes can be). One of my friends is going and she is the next Martha Stewart...soooo I need to bring my A game!! (if you know me, well you know I don't have an A game). I will be buying fried chicken and pea salad, sushi rolls and bottled water!! I did manage to make some homemade hummus with veggies and some strawberry cupcakes that I "plan" to decorate like the American flag...we shall see!!
I also plan on bringing Brie and pears....hhhhmmmm. I am more Rachel Rey rather than good old Martha.
Here are a few shots of the fireworks from last years celebration.
Happy Birthday Murrieta!!!
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend

Tuesday, June 15, 2010



I live in Southern California and I absolutely love it here....except for Earthquakes. I know they happen all over the world, but we have had sooooo many recently that I am getting really nervous. I work out of the home 3 days a week, not too far, but far enough and I am on the 3rd floor of a really old building. I don't want to be away from my children if and when the big one hits!!! I know I cannot live in hiding, but man oh man....I have to just not think about it or I will go nuts!
My hunny and I were grocery shopping last night when we had another one.....I couldn't feel the ground moving, but all of the shelves were swaying and rocking. I was trying to debate, do I stay put? Or run like a crazy woman out of the building? Needless to say, I stayed, just made sure I was in the center of the isle in case anything jumped off of the shelves!! Whew, nothing fell.
Of course my hunny had taken the little one to wash his hands in the bathroom and didn't even know that we had just had an earthquake......MEN!!!!
Today is my day off and since my daughter is out of school this week (summer school starts next week) we are going to the beach. I really need some sunshine and just to "chill". I just hope the "Big One" doesn't hit and cause a sunami!!! EEEKKKK. I hope you all have a wonderful week and wish me luck!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Little Pink Saturday

Happy Pink Saturday to Everyone

I was so busy yesterday with having my little grandson for the day, that I didn't really get to concentrate on what I was going to post for today.

Since it is late spring and summer is fast approaching, I decided to do a search for butterflies.....and pink ones. I just love butterflies. They are so graceful and they make me happy when I see them.

While searching for them I found this cute, cute apron. I have got to find out where to buy it....isn't it sweet???

Then while wearing my "new pink apron" I would maybe bake a pink butterfly cake (baahahahahaha) anyways....

Or....I could just stop and smell the roses

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your Pink Saturday too.
Thank you Beverly

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My little family

I just adore my family, they bring me so much joy. I can't imagine life without a single one of them.

Daddy and Giovani relaxing in the sunshine

Me, my crazy kids and my sister, Marcia at our niece's wedding

Our oldest daughter, Aarika with our grandson Aidin

Our son-in-law Andrew with Aidin

Sweet Lil, Aidin.....couldn't you just eat him up?

Our son Vinnie with his girlfriend Jenna

Our daughter Emily with her boyfriend, Gabe...they are only in high school...eeekkk

Our sweet little baby boy, Giovani.....our gift from heaven

My favorite photo of daddy and Gio walking along the beach

You now have all seen what brings joy to my life and why I am on this earth....I count my blessings every single day and thank God above for giving me such love and happiness.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Summertime Pink Saturday

Ok, let me begin by saying.....I LOOOOVVVEEE SUMMER!!

I live in Southern California and our weather is just beautiful for about 10 months of the year (even when it is "bad" it is better than most places in the world), but summertime is the best. It gets really hot here (115 degrees in August), but I don't care.
It is nothing that a little swimming or cool drink can't relieve.

Thank you once again Beverly for being so sweet and hosting this wonderful weekly event. Be sure to visit her @