February 26, 2011

The Road to State………

This is the weekend the boys have been working toward…Boys High School State!  I can’t tell you what an exciting week it has been for these boys.  I love each and every one of them! 














February 21, 2011

Wow…what a week!

DSC_0119Big Ten’s…wow!  There are some FAST swimmers in the Big Ten.  BUT…none as wonderful as the Illini ladies! These girls are just wonderful….funny…smart…pretty….and just a great group of girls.  Caitlin swam the 50 free on Thursday in her lifetime best of 24.21.  On Friday she swam the 200 free in her lifetime best of 152.13!  This was just a great race…and I’m just so happy for her. On Saturday she swam the 100 free in 51.83 which was right at her best time of 51.81.  AND…she was in the 400 free DSC_0684relay that evening which posted the 6th fastest relay time in Illini history. (She was also on the relay that was the 5th fastest in Illini history)   So all in all…and EXCELLENT year!   P.S…..bags were a hit with the girls and the cake balls were a hit with the parents! 

Conner swam at his H.S. sectional prelims on Thursday and qualified for the finals in the 200 free and 100 fly.  He was determined to make it to the state meet next weekend. To do so, you need to win the event at finals or swim the state cut at finals.  The first event, the 200 medley relay, in which he swam the DSC_0041fly leg came in 2nd…but got the state cut and sealed their spot at the state meet.  The very next event was the 200 free, and I’m happy and proud to say that he won it and will be swimming that at state as well!  The team did a FANOMINAL job and they have 6 boys going in 7 events!  It has been a loooonnnnngggggg time since CNHS has sent that many boys in that many events to state!  They are just a great group of young men and I’m thrilled for DSC_0085each of them. 


February 16, 2011


It is that time of the year again where we are running from one swimming pool to the next.  Making food for pasta parties, bleaching hair, dDSC_0444ying hair, shaving hair.  Rushing to get all the crafty crap I started for the girls done in time.  All for these next few days.  Big Ten’s Swimming and Diving  and high school boys Sectionals!  And as of RIGHT NOW…45 minutes before I leave for the girls meet…I’m done!


Conner spent the last week or so with different shades of hair. First he bleaches it….then comes home and wonders why his head is on FIRE!   Then for girls state they dye it…..this year he chose a blue and green “half-n-half”…sorta like a Steak-n-Shake milk shake.


This year I made the girls draw string bags made from up-cycled tee shirts.  I think they turned out cute.  Last year I made these ugly dolls…they were a big hit…I hope they like the bags just as much.


And this year for the parent party room I made these cake balls! Love ‘em….love making them….love eating them…..just love, love, love ‘em!


February 5, 2011

Bunco at my place~

DSC_0681Last night I hosted bunco at my home.  As usual, it was loud and crazy….just the way I like it!  We had 15 bunco’s all around last night.  There was even two bunco’s during the same round when one table had a bunco and the other table was still in play when someone had a bunco again!  So poor Julie, who got her first bunco EVER could only wear the crown for one split second before Isabelle came to claim her crown. 


DSC_0459I made some cake pops and cake balls for the evening.  I’m addicted!  The cake balls turned out nice…the dice pops were a little lacking, but were still cute.  I used almond bark on the dice and I found that it did not coat the cake as evenly DSC_0678as the candy coating. 


Well….off to cheer the LADY FROG’s onto Sectional VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!