Tuesday, May 27, 2008

ABC Wednesday S is for Santa's

I have decided to stick with the Santa theme for ABC Wednesday. Drop over to Mrs. Nesbitt's place to see what others have come up with.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Driving School

I had to spend 4 hours in driving safety school this week. Why- you might ask? Well, according to the policeman who pulled me over, I went through a red light (I assured him it was yellow). The comment he made was "you can either admit your guilt ($65 and goes on your insurance record), go to traffic school ($115 no black mark on your record) or go to court and plead "not guilty" (and hope the judge agrees with you...otherwise...you incur court costs....over $130.)

The police officer assured me that he would be at court and "lady, you can tell them it was yellow and I am going to tell him it was red and who do you think he will believe?"

"you, apparently", was my answer.

(For all you that know me....I REALLY don't argue with policemen since my dad was one so if you think this was out of character for me....you'd be right.)
Hence, my afternoon in traffic school.
I won't bore you with how the whole four hours went but this is how it started.....
"I know you don't want to be here" says the instructor, " I am only here because they pay me but we are going to spend 4 hours together. Think of the worst thing you have ever done while driving a vehicle and consider yourself caught and now we are going to break into groups and have a fun afternoon."

Thank heavens he had a sense of humor, huh?

So, 40 of us spent 4 hours together bonding over the driving booklet that we had to finish and yes, we did break into groups, yes, we did read out loud, yes, we did answer all the questions and no, I will not be getting a ticket again anywhere in the near future or so I hope!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

ABC Wednesday R is for Restroom

When we were at Shannon's graduation, we took her out for breakfast. The woman's restroom got a big thumbs up for cleanliness and creativity!It is the pink and even the men's looked fabulous-it is the black with all the photos of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy as many of the ABC participants as you can over at Mrs. Nesbitt's!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A fund raising evening

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Paprocki, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, President Chicago Legal clinic (A family friend I might add)

We went to a fund raiser on Friday night for a legal clinic that does pro bono work. All I can say is, good thing Eric was paying attention or they would be out $100.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A college graduation

We had a college graduation from the University of Illinois this weekend...yesterday to be exact....Ms. Shannon graduated with honors as well as earning the James Scholar Award-an honors program award you need to be invited to do with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and you have to complete certain requirements each year ...31 of her fellow College of Aces graduates also earned this award--it is the medal on the orange and blue ribbon-.....Here are a few pictures of the event.
Here is our little hugger -Tina- notice your bracelet on her wrist!(you will need to click on the photo to see it!)-

The Happy Parents!

a brother patiently waiting to go and eat SOMETHING

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

ABC Wednesday P is for Pool and Presents

I am so glad I took a picture of the beautiful pool and presents when I was at my nephew's engagement party a few weeks ago! Make sure you stop and see as many participants as you can over at Mrs. Nesbitt's place!

Friday, May 02, 2008

my Lightning Tree-as in "Struck by"

Getting struck by lightning or getting eaten by the Emerald Ash borer.....either way, this tree is not long for this world....and too bad as I really like it. In the last picture, notice the dirt blown out on either side of the tree....it exited on both sides......