Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
This is courtesy of my good friend LadyStyx, who email this one to me. Thank you so much!!
Posted by The Wife O Riley at 2:08 AM
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I woke up this morning to laughter. When I went into the living room, Matt was sitting at the computer laughing hysterically. He was looking at pictures of himself at yearbookyourself.com
After laughing at his post on his blog, I decided to see what I would look like. So, here are some yearbook pictures starring yours truly.
I’m really liking the glasses!
That is a can and a half of Aqua Net!
“When the moon is in the seventh house…”
It’s the Farrah “do!!!
Eat your heart out, Madonna!!
This actually the year I graduated and I was sure we were more fashionable than this!!!
“[Now wait a minute, y'all
This dance ain't for everybody
Only the sexy people
So all you fly mothers, get on out there and dance
Dance, I said!]
Salt and Pepa's here, and we're in effect
Want you to push it, babe…”
I was HOT in 2000!
I don’t know, I think a trip to the wig shop might be in order. I wonder if they have one like 1964?
Posted by The Wife O Riley at 1:22 PM
Saturday, July 25, 2009
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We’re back from yet another family road trip, (if you’re keeping score, that makes 3 road trip weekends in a row!).
This time we headed north to St Paul, Minnesota.
The main reason for this trip was to attend a family reunion for Matt’s side of the family.
We were going to leave after Matt got off work on Friday, but with the weather being cooler than normal, Matt got the day off so we were able to leave earlier, which was nice for Matt because, #1: He wasn’t as tired as he would have been from working all day, and #2: We were able to spend more time with his Sister, brother-in-law and his niece.
We headed out around noon and got to St Paul around 7:00 pm. The temp outside was only 62 degrees F, but that didn’t stop Emerson from asking, “Can we go swimming?” the very moment we got there. Luckily, the pool was heated, so she got to swim from about 30 mins.
Emerson and Vivienne made very quick friends with their cousins, Frannie and Sophie, and the four were inseparable the entire weekend.
On Saturday, the family reunion was great. Matt got to see relatives he hasn’t seen in years and I have to say, I even enjoyed myself talking with my relative-in-laws, (that’s the correct term, right?).
On Sunday, we all took a quick trip to the Mall of America.
I thought I was going to spend a lot more money than I did, but instead, we spent most of the time in the indoor amusement park there with the kids.
The children’s television channel Nickelodeon has taken over the Mall of America’s theme park, so we got to meet all of the BIG stars, like SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora the Explorer and Kai-Lan.
Matt and Emerson even went on the absolutely most insane rollercoaster that made me sick even looking at it. The “Rock Bottom Plunge”.
Meanwhile, Vivienne and I stuck to the smaller rides like SpongeBob's Pineapple bounce house and the Wonder Pet's Sky Ship.
After a fun day at the Mall, we went back to my sister-in-law’s house, packed our bags, said our always sad goodbyes, and took the 6-1/2 hour drive back home.
We had a really great time, but I think we are going stick a little closer to home next weekend… But then again, we have a whole week to change our minds.
Posted by The Wife O Riley at 9:29 AM
Monday, July 20, 2009
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Monday, July 13, 2009
So, with it being my birthday, I was feeling quite blue. I hate that day more than ANY other day of the year! But Matt was in no mood for the “Becky Blues” and was going to have no part of it.
He woke me up to breakfast in bed, which consisted of Egg in the Bread, Bacon, fresh doughnuts and coffee. Okay, so far so good.
Then Matt told Emerson to go get a bag out of the kitchen. This was the gift from just “The Girls”. Inside was a CUBS shirt, a CUBS umbrella, an Electronic Hand Held Word Search Game, two of my favorite chocolate and caramel candy bars and a $25 gift card to Old Navy. Alright… This is getting pretty good!
After opening my gifts and eating breakfast, Matt told everyone, “Get dressed, we’re going on a road trip!”.
We got into the car and Matt told us all that we’d all be going to Dyersville, Iowa to where they filmed the movie, “Field of Dreams”
Now, I have to tell you, I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed as hard as I did on this trip! Everything was cracking us up!
It all started with a bag of Combo’s that Emerson got at a rest area we stopped at.
Emerson had been eating them and Matt asked her, “Hey Em, do you have any Combo’s left that I can have?” She looked in the half eaten bag, put on this “thinking about it” face, looked at Matt and said, “No!”
Without missing a beat, Matt said, “Thanks a lot ya little ass!”
Now, Matt doesn’t swear a lot, especially around the kids. So I can’t tell you which was funnier, Matt saying it or the complete look of shock on Emerson’s face! I don’t know why, but I couldn’t stop laughing and it just made everyone else laugh even harder.
Our first stop on this trip was in a town called Freeport, IL. We were going to see something called “Little Cubs Field”. It’s a little league park built as a miniature Wrigley Field.
Well, our next bought of laughter came when we saw that the Freeport High School’s mascot was “The Freeport Pretzels”.
We all looked at each other with a “What the #$%@???” look. Who are their rivals??? The Dubuque Doritos?
When we made it to “Little Cubs Field” it was really cute! The game of the day was the Mini Cubs vs. the Mini Cardinals.
Our next fit of laughter came when we were almost to Galena, IL. Everyone refers to IL as the great flatlands. Anything larger than a mole hill and we think we have to downshift our cars to get over it.
Well, The Northwest corner of IL, had us all saying, “Flatlands our butt!” I’m NOT a heights kind of person! All of the hills and corners had me hanging on for dear life! Even the girls would scream every once in a while from the backseat as we’d crest a hill and go down the other side.
This time it was Matt that was laughing so hard he was crying as I said, “EVERYONE SMILE!” “Why?” Matt asked. I said, “Because our picture is going to be taken as we go down this hill, just like they do at Disney World when you ride the roller coasters!… There’s a kiosk at the bottom where we can buy it!”
After our roller coater trip, we finally made it to the Mississippi river. This is where Matt had to quote a line from one of his favorite movies, “Vacation”. “Look kids”, he said, “The Mississippi river! The mighty Mississip… The old man… The ‘ol Miss… Oooold man riverrrrrrrrr!”
The more I think about it, the more I’ve come to realize the fact that I think I DID marry Clark Griswold! LOL!
After crossing the Mississippi it wasn’t long before we were in Dyersville, IA. We followed the signs all the way to the “Field of Dreams”
Here are a few pictures from there.
Of course, Matt has to recreate the ghosts coming out of the corn field with the kids.
After playing on the field and looking at the farm for a while, we bought some T-shirts, hats and a refrigerator magnet and it was on the road back home.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had Prime Rib as my special birthday dinner. Matt made sure this would not change. We crossed back over the Mississippi once again back into IL and we stopped in the town of Galena.
There we stopped at the “Log Cabin Restaurant” And I have to say, it was one of the BEST Prime Rib dinners I have EVER had!
After dinner, with our belly’s full, Matt downed an energy drink ,while the girls fell asleep on the ride home.
After we got back home, I sat back on the sofa and thought to myself. What a great birthday! I got to spend it with my family, had a LOT of laughs, had a great dinner and a lot of fun!
Posted by The Wife O Riley at 9:34 PM