She’s A Charmer

I don’t know why but my girl loves, loves, loves her some drag races. 


The boy we never had says Hubs.


Yesterday they were here and Hubs managed to get some tickets from one of his suppliers to go.


(Noodle wanted to know if they were in the suites because like, it is so loud there! IMG!)


Nope. Sorry kid you have to wear earplugs like the rest of um.


I was not there but this is the story I heard.


Hubs and Noodle were in the pit area and saw Tony Schumaker .  Apparently there was a group of people standing around and Tony told them all that he would not be signing any autographs until after his first run.  As they were walking away someone who works for his race team ran up and tapped Noodle on the shoulder. She said “He wants you to come back”.

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He told her “You looked so disappointed walking away, I didn’t want to ruin your day”.

By the looks of it,  he made her day!


(As a side note, they were sitting just feet from the accident  happened.)


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Happy Birthday to my girl. My heart, my soul, my everything.

I am not sure what I ever did to deserve you in my life and love you more than I ever knew I could.

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Thank you for being mine and letting me be yours.

Never Goodbye, Just Until Next Time


February 15th, 1995 I lost my grandpa.


February 15th, 2010 I lost Ryan.


I wouldn’t have missed “The Dance” with either one of them.


“The Dance”
Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared ‘neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you’d ever say goodbye
And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance
Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn’t I a king
But if I’d only known how the king would fall
Hey who’s to say you know I might have changed it all
And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance
Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I’d have had to miss the dance

~Garth Brooks


tiny There once was a boy…. The boy in this picture. Right after we had this picture taken, he had his picture taken with an exchange student from Brazil. He broke my heart. I have never let him forget it. We lost touch for a few years but as soon as we re-connected (behold the magic of Faceb00k) I brought it up again to be funny. 

This boy, the one who used to tap his check with his finger and say “Right here” to get you kiss him and would then turn his head so he could plant a great big sloppy kiss square on your lips, is in ICU and is being kept alive by machines.

Its only a matter of time according to the doctors.

When it happens,  my heart will break again. This time though we won’t be able to laugh about it years later. 

Noodle the Athlete

softball 8 065 Once again it has consumed our lives. I couldn’t wait for the season to be over. Then they went to tournaments and it sucked me right back in. They fought to the very end and gave it their all. It wasn’t quite enough but I couldn’t be more proud of all of them.

softball 8 154 Noodle says she is done with softball for awhile. I am hoping it is only until she hears that her bestie is signing up for summer ball and that she will want to join her.  I think I she will miss it.

We have made our decision about high school for next year. I am trying my hardest not to second guess ourselves, which I am pretty sure I would do with either school we would have picked.

softball 8 117 I can’t believe that my girl is starting high school soon. Or that she will be 14 in two weeks. 


More than anything she wants to go skiing for her birthday. So, Friday night we will head north so we can be up bright and early to get lift tickets and make the most of our day. The forecast is calling for another foot or so of brand new powder and they are claiming this year that conditions are the best they have been in years.


 Skiing 057 Skiing 041 She is so ready to hit the slopes. Its gonna be a good time.