Sunday, April 26

look who's 2!!

Happy SECOND Birthday Alex! Can you believe it? I know I can't!! Where has the time gone??? We certainly had a great birthday weekend full of fun and celebration. Yesterday we had a party at our house with family and our closest friends. There were lots of bubbles, some wet 'n wild water fun, and of course cupcakes. Who could ask for more?

Alex & Peyton working the bubble machine.

Addie "working" the splash pad.

water balloons!

not sure who was more into the presents, Alex or Ben?

the fam -- me & Alex, Ben, mom, Mike, Angie & Alan, Scott

Today we got up and met the Browns at a local park that also happens to have a choo-choo. Imagine our surprise when the boys actually went more nuts over the humongous playground. Either way there was lots of fun to be had!

we always knew he was part monkey but future rock climber too??

the boy loves his slides! and this playground had some good ones!

all aboard!!!

Friday, April 24


Last month Ben and I went to Belize with his parents, brother Alex, and sister-in-law Deena and oh was it amazing! It was a bit of an adventure getting there as we bounced from one airliner to another, on to a smaller prop plane to get us out to the island of Ambergris Caye where we were staying, followed by a cramped non-air conditioned van over to the dock and then a short boat ride out to the resort. Whew! It tires me out again just writing all that.

boarding our plane in Belize City. as you can imagine Ben about had a heart attack -- a turbo prop!? in a foreign country!?

just to give you an idea of where we landed -- Alex collecting our luggage

almost there! waiting for the boat to our resort.

We stayed in the cutest little ocean front bungalows and had the soft sand beaches practically to ourselves.

ours was the pink one, second from the end.

and this was the view from our porch.

one of the local residents.

I spent a lot of time lounging (yes, in my bikini thank you!) while Ben was a bit more adventuresome. He and his brother gave the resort's Hobi cat (sail boat) a good workout to say the least. I did tag along for a ride or two as it's a pretty good time.

my idea of a day on the beach.

Ben's idea of a day on the beach, 'Survivor' style (he collected and cracked that cocounut himself).

Ben, Alex, and Deena out for a spin.

We ventured into the town of San Pedro a couple of times to do some shopping and of course eating. Did I mention how good the food was? As you can imagine, the freshest of fresh seafood was abundant. There was also a lot of cajun/creole influence as well as curried dishes which surprised me a bit. I think I expected more of a Latin feel (being that the country borders Mexico) and got a very Carribean experience. This applied to everything, not just the food.

The highlight of the trip by far had to be the snorkeling though. We went twice while there and were just blown away. On our first time out we saw a nurse shark, beautiful giant spotted eagle ray, and a green sea turtle, all within about a minute of entering the water! The reefs were just amazing.

me, snorkeling. yes gramma in my bikini!

just a glimpse at the amazing reef.

green sea turtle we spotted just seconds after jumping in the water.

shark ray alley. it was only about 5 feet deep here. amazing!

I HIGHLY recommend adding Belize to your list of vacation destinations! A huge thanks to Ben's parents for planning such an amazing trip.

P.S. Did I mention it was "amazing"? Someone please get me a thesaurus!

Monday, April 20


I have to say I think this Easter was my favorite holiday with Alex so far. He's reached the age where he's finally "into" all of the activity and excitement that a holiday brings.

The night before we went over to our friends' the Browns house to dye eggs. Unfortunately Alex's buddy Peyton was a bit under the weather and missed out but Alex became quite the little egg master. Who knew dying eggs could be such serious business?!

Later Easter morning we headed over to the Smith's -- in his favorite new set of wheels courtesy of Gramma -- to hunt for eggs with Addie. Again, Alex was a pro and had his basket filled within minutes. I think next year we're going to have to have the bunny step it up to intermediate egg hiding.

Alex had such a great time and wasn't stingy with his Easter love. Isn't he sweet???

Later that day we went out to Gigi and Papa's house for Easter dinner which was absolutely delicious of course. Here are a few pics in honor of baby Alan's first holiday...

Sunday, April 19

Spring for SIDS 2009 -- THIS Friday!!

Those of you who know me know that in February 2006 we lost our first son Spencer to SIDS. He was 11 weeks old. 2 months later I ran my first Spring for SIDS event in his honor at the company I was working for. The following year I was asked to join the National Steering Committee for Spring for SIDS and have been helping teams across the country raise money ever since.

Well, it's that time of year again -- the American SIDS Institute's annual Spring for SIDS fundraiser takes place this Friday April 24th! I apologize for the late notice but I've been so wrapped up in working with my other teams that I have apparently neglected my own efforts this year. Last year we were able to raise over $115,000 nationwide (over $6,000 of which was in Spencer's name) and hope to do even better this year!

For a minimum $5 donation you receive a Spring for SIDS sticker to be worn with a fun "Springy" outfit this Friday April 24th in support of SIDS awareness and research. If you'd like to make a donation, you can either give/send the money to me directly (make checks payable to the American SIDS Institute) or donate online by visiting and clicking on the "Make a Donation" link at the top of the page. If donating online please designate team "Remembering Spencer".

Since this is such late notice and if you won't be seeing me in person before Friday, if you plan to make a donation just let me know and I'll put a sticker(s) in the mail to you ASAP. Remember, any amount helps and all donations are put toward SIDS research and awareness. To learn more about these efforts please visit

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us remember our son in such a wonderful and important way.