Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Photos 5: February 15

This edition of Friday Photos is once again dedicated to a special birthday--not just the birthday of one, but two of my favorite people. I've known my friend Erin since we were 6 and I always thought it was cool that she and my Grandpa Jack had the same birthday. 

Though he is no longer with us, I know my Grandpa is partying in Heaven, probably playing a mean game of Euchre.
Grandpa was a loyal Cardinal fan,

a sharp dresser,

a loving father,

and an amazing grandfather.

I know that every time I see a cardinal bird, his spirit is near. 

Happy birthday, Grandpa Jack! We miss you everyday.

We've seen each other through grade school, high school, college, and 26 years of birthdays to date. I feel so blessed to call you my lifelong friend, Erin! 
Whether we're digging for marshmallows,


listening to the classics,

gettin' diplomas,

cheering for fillies,

feeling the love at White Castle,

coordinating our outfits,

seeing the sights,

wiggin' out,

or rocking babies...we always have fun. 

Here's to many, many more years of celebrating together! 
Happy birthday, dear Erin! 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Photos 4: Sparkle Sister

This week's installment of Friday Photos is dedicated to my dear friend, Jenny, on the day of her birth. 

I thank my lucky stars that we both chose to attend Bellarmine University 14 years ago, Sparkle Sister! Here are a few images that remind me of your smiling face (especially since some of them actually contain your smiling face)...

February is a good month for birthdays!

Obviously Snow White & Belle are the best Disney Princesses ever.

Bobbsey Twins!

There's no greater sight than a palm tree!

Straight No Chaser makes us happy.

If you hadn't bought me this card last year, I'd be giving it to you today. Best. Card. Ever.

I hope your birthday is as lovely as you are, my friend! Happy birthday!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Photos 3: Warm Weather

In this final week of January we've experienced temperatures of 70 degrees & below zero, torrential rain & snow showers, wind advisories & tornado warnings. 

To this craziness, I say, ENOUGH. I'm officially over you, Winter. I need some Summer in my life, like now. I want to see the sun past 5:00. I want to put my wool coats & sweaters way back in the closet and forget about them. I want tan lines. And I want to ride around with my car windows down & my music cranked up. 

Yet as I look out the window, a blanket of snow covers the world around me, which means Summer  is still too far away for my liking. So I guess the best thing I can do is make this week's edition of Friday Photos chock full of warm weather pics--each one taken by yours truly.

I can almost hear Jimmy Buffet...

My parents' pool: oh, how I wish I was there.

Take me out to the ballgame, please.

I could never have enough pontoon cruisin' on Lake of the Woods at sunset.

I would give anything to be swimming in Magens Bay again.

I'm dreaming of the painted toes, palm trees, pineapples, and peace of Charleston.

...all I need now is a margarita & my flip flops. 

Stay warm, friends, wherever you may be. Here's hoping that groundhog does NOT see his shadow tomorrow.