Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hockey Game / Date Night

Friends of our gave us tickets to the Flyers game.  Sweeeet seats 13 rows from the ice!
Game day came after a huge ice storm the night before.  Luckily it was a warm, sunny day (if you consider 35 degrees warm) and the ice began to melt on the roads. The parking lot is a considerable distance from the rink. We had to walk in a lot of slush and my feet were wet and cold by the time we made it to the rink.  Wet and cold feet are not a good thing to have when you are sitting in a cold, ice rink.
 There is something about a hockey game that makes me feel alive.
The smell of the ice, when the team comes on the ice, the cheers from the crowd, the red light and horn blare when my team scores a goal, Pepsi, soft pretzels and greasy pizza.
 The view is practically the same as when I watch Brandon play, 
but we were a lot closer than the pictures depict.
most importantly -
 Flyers won!!
 It was a good day in Philadelphia!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hockey All-Star

This year has been a great hockey season for Brandon.
As it winds down to the end the 2 Leagues in our area hosts an All Star game.  
Brandon was chosen to play.  
This will be his last hockey game before hanging up his skates.  Even though I am excited and looking forward to the All Star game, I am also very sad that hockey is coming to an end.  
He is off to college in the fall and most likely won't play.
I'm still crossing my fingers he does.


Friday, March 6, 2015

A little fan with a big heart... and big mouth!

I don't think Brandon expected to see this little fan (who adores him) attend one of his hockey games.
I thought it was cool when he came up to the glass to acknowledge her 
and waved to her from the bench!
This little one has the loudest set of lungs I've ever heard.
She would scream "Bran-DON!" and (I kid you not) everyone in the rink heard her!!
She was the hit of the game with all the players and fans.
  Brandon, you are her favorite fan ON and OFF the ice.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hockey High School Senior Night

Brandon is a high school senior.  His ice hockey club recognized each senior who has played hockey for Daniel Boone HS.  What a wonderful memory for the boys, coaches and parents.

It was nice that the parents were included in the ceremony. 
The icing on the cake was winning the game that night beating their top rival team!!
 I'm so proud of Brandon and his team.  They are headed to the championship next week!!


Happy Birthday Zachary!!

Zachary is 20!
but 10 years ago....
Zachary asked for TWO things for his birthday.
 A baseball glove............
 ..... and MONEY!
 He was polite about it and ready every single birthday card.
 Then counted the MONEY!
 Oh Yeah Baby!  I'm rich!
Happy Birthday Zachary.

February 28, 2005.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Spinach Pasta Salad

1/2 16oz Box Cavatappi Pasta
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
3 slices of cooked bacon
1/2 bunch of fresh spinach
3-4oz crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup garlic olive oil
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Start by cooking your pasta until it's just al dente.  You want it cooked but still with a little bite to it. 
Refrigerate until cool.

While you pasta is chilling', chop your back, spinach and cherry tomatoes.

Once your pasta is cooled, mix in your veggies, bacon and add the tsp of Italian seasoning.

Add in the garlic olive oil (I tend to use more than the recipe calls for), red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste.

Fold in your feta cheese gently.

You can serve immediately or you can pop it back in the fridge until you're ready to eat!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Got the basement back!

Isn't it a good feeling when something is clean and there is no clutter?!?!

Well, for this gal... it's a HUGE sigh of relief.  I am the type of person who has a place for everything.  Clutter give me panic attacks.  Okay, maybe not that severe of a reaction, but pretty darn close. When the boys were young I think my husband was ready to have me committed because I had to have all the dishes done, laundry folded and toys put away before we went to bed.  

It's been almost one year since Zachary left for college. Our basement was the place he and his friends hung out... you know.. where the big screen TV is...

All I can say is thank goodness it was in the basement and I didn't have to look at it everyday.  
The basement was my worst nightmare!

2 teenage boys + friends = Are you freaking kidding me!
 After he left, Todd and I cleaned it up, painted the walls with a fresh coat, shampooed the carpets and a whole lot more!
 The dinning table was one my grandfather refinished and gave to us as a wedding gift.  
We can actually sit and play card games with our friends!
Ahhhh.... the simple things in life.
 This was Zach's room.  It literally took me two weeks to gut it!
Now he has a nice, clean room to come home to.