Coconut Macaroons


Hi Guys!  I hope you had an awesome weekend.  Jim and I got a lot accomplished here!  Garage cleaned, outside deck furniture put away for the winter, mums cut down and the house clean and organized!  Yesterday my niece made her Confirmation so we all went to church as a family to celebrate her and her relationship with God.  I am such a proud aunt! Then came the celebratory party and cake..lots of cake… and for me..cake is my favorite {Read More}

Working Out At Home

November workout

Good Morning and happy Saturday! Last night, Jim and I went to a local winery for dinner and it was fabulous!  My girlfriends and I went there for lunch on Halloween  because we had a half day of school.  I couldn’t wait to take Jim there to experience their dinner service and it did not disappoint! Greenwood Winery is a beautiful place with a farm to table approach to fresh dining.  It was wonderful and we even enjoyed a glass {Read More}

Dear Kyle and Kenzie

my son and daughter having fun on the NY slopes!

Today we had our first real snowfall where it stuck to the ground.  Big, fluffy, beautiful snowflakes that actually stuck to the ground and for a moment, I thought about when you both were little and would run off the school bus and throw the backpacks on the floor and go outside to play in the snow.  Kyle, you were so excited and would make Mackenzie go outside to play with you! Do you remember?  I thought about that today {Read More}

Thinking Out Loud

My favorite and bestest girlfriends!

OK Friends, LIFE has been kicking my butt lately, and I sincerely want to apologize for being MIA lately on the blog.  I have missed you!  I have had a lot going on here in my little corner of the world.   I have had a little bit of fun … Jim and I took a drive to Aurora, NY and stopped at a few wineries and gift shoppes along the was a fun day to spend with the {Read More}

The blessings of the weekend

creating a scary mask?

My weekend was filled with blessings!  My brother is so much better.  Thank You for all of your prayers, THEY WORKED!  I will never underestimate the power of prayer and I am so grateful for all of the support of so many of our family and friends.  Randy went home today to finish his recovery.  I love him so much, I can’t even tell you all how overjoyed I am that he is back where he belongs My best friend {Read More}

The never ending battle

My brother Randy, niece Mackayla and sister in law Kristen

Hi brother is sick.  Really sick and in the hospital.  I wrote about him back in June when I had to choose 1 person who inspires me.  He was easy to choose and you can read all about it here. He has a really horrible infection and because he has a disease called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, it will take much longer for his body to fight the infection.  This never ending battle affects his lungs and he has a really hard {Read More}

The new Marquart baby


Hi Friends!  I have been busy around here lately.  We celebrated Jim’s birthday last weekend with a trip to Southern Tier brewery and then went to dinner at the Bonefish Grill was a great day! Then, this past weekend, I flew to Charlotte to visit Mackenzie!! It is super cheap to fly from Syracuse to Charlotte as long as you time it right and I happened to find a steal of a deal on airline tickets!  It was really important {Read More}

Change is the only constant..

last night together for awhile

It has taken me awhile to post on my blog..I just couldn’t get myself to write.  It feels like my whole world has shifted and I’m really trying hard to adjust to the change and roll with it.  I wish I could say that I was doing well.  The only one thing I know for sure is that I am sure that Change is CONSTANT in my life.  I used to love change..thrive on it and think it was exciting. {Read More}

Having everyone back home..and Blueberry Muffins!


Good Morning from Syracuse.  I am back home and the great news is…Kyle is home from Oregon for a 2 week vacation.  I flew back from Tulsa last Wednesday night, and he came home the next night on Thursday.  I have been very selfish with my family since getting home.  We have been holed up here and I don’t feel one bit bad about it.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read all about it here and {Read More}

When your heart is in two places….

Mr. Pua

Right now I am sitting in Chicago at O’Hare International Airport and my heart is literally in two places.  I said goodbye to my parents this morning after spending almost every minute with them for the past two weeks.  The only time I was away from them was my daily workout time.  My heart aches because I miss them already.  The good news..I’m going back home to the place I love most.  To the people that I love most because {Read More}