Sunday, December 2, 2012


Olivia and I have been quite busy since my last post.  Mostly driving places.

In October we got Olivia's 2 year pictures taken with Cara.

I had a Pinterest party with my girls.  We each brought food and a craft to do and we had to find it on Pinterest.  We had a great time and stayed up way too late!
Food, wine and crafts

Magnets we made


I've started painting my house, with the help of my parents.  I still have a lot left, but I can do a little at a time.  Hoping to get a lot done during Christmas break.

Olivia had fun on her first "real" Trick or Treating.

Here are some pictures of Olivia's party.  This year we only had close family there.  It was still a lot of people, but nothing like the 60+ that were there last year.

Laughing at the Mickey card Grandma MC got her


Grandma made the cake

 On November 9th, Olivia turned 2!  I can't believe how fast time has gone.  Here is a video I made of her first 2 years.

In the past two weeks, we have been on the road.  It started with Ripon. I finally got to see my 3rd movie in 3 years, Twilight.  Had a great time with the girls.  Then I went up to Appleton and met some girls that I had met on Facebook.  Many of them went to High School with Patrick.  It was so great getting to know them and love their support.  Then while on Thanksgiving break, my mom and I went to Chicago to go to IKEA.  Got some Christmas shopping done. Then I went back to Ripon and had dinner with some friends that were going back to Australia.  Next day I went to have lunch with some great friends in Historic Cedarburg.  Then Olivia and I had lunch with the Blessings in Oshkosh the next day.  This past Friday I went to Appleton and had a wine party with some girls.  Thanks to all the people (Mom, Shauna, Donnie and day care) for allowing me to have some fun here and there.  I really appreciate it. 

Well, hoping to get some cleaning done while Olivia is down for a nap.  It's the only time I don't have a tornado following me while trying to clean.

Looking forward to Christmas this year!

Friday, October 12, 2012


I know, I's been 2 months since my last post.  I've been super busy and didn't have much to write home about.  Here is a list of things that has been going on in our lives lately.  Enjoy.

Made an offer on the house and was accepted 2 days later (on Patrick's birthday)!!!  We had a nice birthday party for my mom and remembered Patrick with a lantern in the sky.  Our tradition.

The next week, Rachel, Eli, Olivia and I had a fun day!  We went to a few parks, Dairy Queen and then out for supper.  We had so much fun and they were such good kids.
Eli, Olivia and Rachel at the Lighthouse

Eating at DQ

Sharing a Blizzard with mommy

Just hanging around!

I then got to take my first "vacation" this year.  I took my parents and Olivia to the Dells for 2 nights.  It was such a nice time.  Great weather, food, drinks, swimming and even a little relaxing.


Looking at the ducks with Grandma

Hugging her new Minnie Mouse from Grandpa


I then started packing.  I knew I had to be ready to go in 2 weeks...ugh.  I hate packing.  I hate moving and I hate the whole process.  Especially by yourself and without your husband there.  I was lucky enough to have my family there to help pack, move and unpack.  Especially  my parents.  They did most of it and way more than I did.  It was hard working full time and then doing all of this at the same time.  There wasn't enough time in the day.  BUT, it got done and we are almost there.  Just need to get a few rooms painted before Olivia's party.

We closed on the 10th and I was able to start moving some things.  Later that day, I had 12 men from Patrick's fraternity show up and help me move.  They got so much done!!  I was so thankful for all the help they gave us.  Thank you Merriman boys!
On the 15th we had movers take care of all the heavy/big stuff.  It was still a lot.  Thankful I didn't have to do it. 
That Monday, there was a nice article in the paper about the Merriman helping us move.  I talked with the reporter for quite some time and wasn't sure why she was asking all the questions she did.  I just thought that she wanted to know about Patrick and what kind of man he was.  The article ended up being on the front page and continued onto the back and a very long one, too.  I really didn't expect that.  She did a nice job on the article and it gave the fraternity props, too.
Here is the link to the article.

Since then, Olivia and I got sick and are now recovered.  We are settling into our new home and making new memories.  We are getting ready now for her birthday party in less than a month.  Minnie Mouse it is!  Same for Halloween.  She loves Minnie.

Olivia is growing like a weed.  She has a HUGE vocabulary and talks all the time.  Payback, right?  Wonder where she gets her verbal skills from...hmmmm....
She loves playing with her cousins and the kids at school.  She loves her teachers and will soon be moving up to the next class room.  She loves playing outside and helping Grandma and Grandpa in the yard.  Loves going for walks.  She can recognize Eddie Vedder on the radio.  She asks for "Daddy's Song" all the time.  Given to fly and Just breathe.  She loves Sesame Street and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  She loves her babies and playing house.  She loves snuggling with her mommy at night before she goes to bed.  She still loves her NaNa (nuk), but hopefully not for long.  She loves to sing her songs and all the time.  Favorite one is the Alphabet.  Isn't that everyone's favorite?

Getting taller!

Feeding the goat

Smelling the pumpkins

My best friend

Monday, August 6, 2012


Yes...I know...I'm WAY behind on my posts this summer.  I have a lot to catch you up on.

Walleye Weekend.  I "ran" the 2 mile.  Was 269 out of 321.  22 minutes.  Was nice to have my friend Katie jog along side of me and keep me motivated. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have ran at all.  I'll say it again.  I'm not a runner and I'll never be a runner.  Olivia "ran" the 1/3 mile.  I carried her 2/3 of the way while she screamed and then made her run the rest of the way.  She was tired.  It was nap time.  It was HOT.  I think it was in the 90's already.  She did fine once she saw Bampa cheering her on and saying it's ok.  We were 2nd to last.  But not last:)
Fell asleep in 4.5 seconds

Olivia ready for her race


Tammy and her family stayed for the weekend and we had a great time hanging out.  We also got to meet up with Katie on Sunday.  So nice to see my girls.  We've know each other since 1990.  Crazy.

Katie, Me, Tammy all with strollers!

The next weekend Shawn had a party after him and the boys did the High Cliff Tri.  It was hot.  Again.  I don't mind it, as long as others don't mind me sweating.  I normally sweat a lot.  Then add on chasing a toddler for 3 hours.  I was done.  It was great to see everyone and have the kids get together.

Watch out Jahner!

Then the following weekend we went to see the bike races and go to the beach at Terre Andre State Park.  Olivia loved the beach.  Another hot day, so we welcomed the cold water.  The next day we went to VandeHei's cottage and swam for a bit.  Had a blast! Olivia is my little fish:)

loves the sand!
watching the bikes.

My bathing beauty!

I had off the day after the 4th, so it was like I had a little vacation that week.  Kind of.  We spent the 4th at Roblee's cottage and had a great time with friends and fireworks.  I finished moving out of my house.  Went to a few open houses in Fondy.  Saw the Wounded Warriors softball team play.  Very inspiring.  Made a trip to the pool.
Bampa and Olivia eating corn

Closed on my house and lost everything on the 11th.  Whew.

2 days later had lunch with a great friend, Megan, and visited my friends at Kohl's.  They hadn't seen Olivia since she was 5 weeks old!

Jerry (Tammy's husband) was in town for work, so we had a date night out at Backyard Grill.  It was nice!  We had a great dinner, conversation and drink.  Thanks, Jerry!

Another trip to the pool.

Fond du Lac County Fair.  Just Olivia, the carnies and I.  It was fun.  She loved seeing all the animals.  
Olivia playing in the corn


Then the next night, while we were about to start dinner...BAM!  Olivia was screaming and I ran to her.  Quickly picked her up and she was upset.   She finally calmed down and I sat her on my lap.  Then I heard, "I think she's bleeding."  Sure enough.  She cut her head.  Not sure how or on what.  So I dabbed it with a kleenex.  It was cut enough, but not sure if we needed stitches or not.  Thought we should go just in case.  The nurse checked her out before we even checked in, which was nice.  So Shauna, Olivia and I sat there for well over 2 hours.  Mostly laughing at the Fondy clientele in the ER.  Pretty amusing.  She ended up getting her cut glued and we were out of there.  Thank you Shauna for leaving your party to come sit with me:)  So we ate dinner after 9 and then went home to bed.  Not that fun spending the night in the ER, when we were in the hospital 12+ hours every day for 3 weeks this time 2 years ago.  Oh well.

Shauna and Olivia in the ER
Olivia's cut

July 22nd.  2 years that Patrick left us.  I was more anxious on the days leading up to it than I was the actual day.  Ended up going to the Mount Calvary parade with my brother and his family and my mom.  Kids loved it and had a blast.  Then Olivia and I went to an open house and the brought Gilles (one of Patrick's favorite) to him at the cemetery.  We then had dinner at my parents house for my brother's birthday.  It was a nice day... considering.

Eating her cheeseburger with Daddy
Flowers left for Patrick.  (Not shown, R2D2 from Shawn)

Olivia and Daddy
The girls at Grandma and Grandpa's
On our walk

Then the next week I got to see an old friend of mine after many years.  Tracie or "mom" as we called her in high school.  It was so great catching up.  Thanks Tracie for a great lunch!

Then...Finally....I had some alone time with my girls.  We went to a Brewer game.  Amy, Kristeen, Christine, Kelly (our pregnant DD) and me.  It was so fun.   Started out at Kelly's Bleachers, caught a bus to the stadium, had a beer or two with a hot dog, ran into old HS friends, came back to our seats and I think the Brewers lost.  So we went back and had drinks at Kelly's again.  Then drove back to Fondy.  Decided to stop in at the Shack, as it is literally on my way home.  We pull in and see that it is busy!  Excited to see what's going on.  Wonder if it was a cool band?  Nope.  We were the only girls like us when we entered.  It was a Quinceanera.   So, we quickly drank our drink and headed home.  We are old and we were tired.  Chatted some more and then went to bed.  Woke up and made a nice big breakfast and chatted some more.  I could have used 5 more days like that.  I love hanging out with my girls and I don't get alone time very much.  Well, unless I'm at work.

Christine, Me, Kristeen, Kelly, Amy

This leads us into the most recent weekend. Friday was Relay For Life.  Again, we had a good time, but really missed Patrick.

Zimmerman Cousins:Eli-5, Alayna-22 mos, Kate-2, Olivia-21 mos, Mia-6, Rachel-7, Will-22 mos
Olivia and Grandpa taking a lap
Olivia got her face painted for the first time.  A purple heart for Patrick

Saturday I did some "school" shopping and saved a ton of money.  Obviously.  I had coupons.

My Diva shopper
Sunday I went to the Madison Zoo with Mike, Shauna and the kids.  It was a beautiful day outside and we had fun.  It was also my parents 40th wedding anniversary!  Congrats!  Unfortunately, I'll never celebrate that many.  Lucky to know someone who will.
Olivia, Rachel, Nate, Kate, Eli
My little O.

This weekend we'll celebrate Patrick's birthday.  This is the 3rd one without him.  He would have been 37.  We'll light a lantern into the sky in his honor, 3 years in a row.
Work is going really well.  Love my job and the people I work with.  I actually look forward to going to work again, which doesn't happen to often.

Still on the hunt for that perfect home.  I've had to lower what I'm looking for since my buyers of my old house took all my money.  Along with my horrible realtor from Coldwell Banker.  Note to self, don't use Coldwell Banker in Milwaukee...especially Jackie B.  I'm lucky to have a great realtor right now that actually looks out for my best interests.  Not like the last two.  Pretty lucky!

I'd like to say thank you again for all of my friends and family that have been here for me these past two years.  I wouldn't have been able to do anything without them.  Thank you.


Getting ready for football.(Appleton West Terrors)


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