Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2015

Green Salad with Roasted Veggies

Good Morning and Happy New Year to you!  I have been reflecting on my year and making my resolutions to make 2015 better and brighter, and especially healthy!  I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season, filled with those you love.  I am so blessed and thankful, and even though Kyle did not come home for the festivities, I spoke to him often and I know that he is happy (even though homesick).  Mackenzie and Finnegan came home for Christmas {Read More}

Merry Christmas 2014

Christmas with Mom

      My hope is that YOU..all of my friends and family have a Christmas full of blessings and warm memories that bring joy into your world today and in the coming New Year! From my family to yours…Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

Happy Christmas Eve

The ornament I picked..a Disco Ball!

It’s been awhile.  I’ve done a lot since Thanksgiving.  For starters..I have a new addition to our family to share.  Kyle just adopted a 7 week old little boy named GOOSE!  He is a Shepard Husky mix and a beautiful boy..we love him and we haven’t even met him yet! We cut down our Christmas tree early..right after Thanksgiving and it is a beauty..long, soft needles and HUGE! Jim and I went to the North Syracuse Christmas Parade.  It is {Read More}

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}