Saturday, October 31, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Fun!

Here are some pictures of the activities in October...

Aidan's 9th birthday at MagiQuest...

Soccer & Baseball...

Goulash... (still to come)

Pumpkin Patch...

Place holder...

Wow... I haven't updated this in a LONG time. This is about to change!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Aidan's First Communion

As promised, here are the pictures from Aidan's special day...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Oh... It's Magic!

We had a fantastic day... Both sets of grandparents arrived last night to Aidan and Regan's excited delight. They came for two very important events:

Regan's dance recital and Aidan's First Communion!

This morning, we enjoyed watching Regan perform her tap and ballet routines at her recital in the Carolina Theatre downtown.

Here are pics:

The pics are great but our day was much busier than these pictures can show... We also 1) went to Aidan's baseball game, 2) ate lunch at Poblano's 3) cut down a 50 foot tree in our back yard (yes... I'm serious! and, no, it didn't fall on the house! After watching an on-line video, Doug and his dad are now "certified" lumberjacks!), 4) went swimming and 5) had a fabulous filet mignon dinner.

I'm looking forward to Aidan's special day tomorrow. So, stay tuned for more pics soon to come! =)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

My cousin's wedding in Philly...

We had a great time in Philadelphia for Steve & Khanh's wedding... On Saturday, we toured Philadelphia. On Sunday, we got to witness two ceremonies... Very cool. See the pics below:

Monday, April 13, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I took 3rd Place in the limerick contest and won two barstools...

Of course, here is the revised version that I recited last night... Happy St. Patrick's Day!

M'Coul's Irish Kiss
- Written by Lara Heberle

St. Patty's day, my friends, you shan't miss,
There’s no better time to drink than this
Raise a pint of green beer
And sing songs of good cheer
Every pub should be full of drunk bliss!

If “Luck of the Irish” you have, though
There's only one place to be, you know
In the best pub around
Irish flirting abound
Is M'Coul's, below the Green Burro!

Before I finish, I'd be remiss
If I didn't remind you guys of this
Each girl will surely say
"Kiss me I'm IRISH" today
But, we Irish girls want a FRENCH kiss!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Limerick Contest

Last year, I won the limerick contest at M'Coul's Pub... (You can find the limerick posted on this blog... go back to last March.) This year, time was passing and I thought I didn't have time to write and submit another one. BUT, last night, Doug found out we could still submit a limerick today. Doug also found out that one of the prizes is a Guinness keg-o-rator. (I really don't know how to spell or write that!)

Last year, I really wanted Doug to enter the contest. He's really creative. So, when he decided not to, I decided I would do it. The grand prize was a two nights stay at the beach... How could I pass up that opportunity? Apparently, the prize this year is good enough to get Doug to write. So, in response, I wrote THIS limerick... I just couldn't help myself! Wish me luck!

Ode to my Irish, Guinness Drinking Husband!

My husband, his name is Douglas
Last year he didn't enter this contest
He quivered in fear
And ordered a beer
So, I left him alone with his Guinness.

A prize I wanted for our family
I wondered how hard this all could be
So, a limerick I wrote
Turned it in for a vote
And, first place was the judges decree.

Alas, this year my husband caved in
When he found out the prize he could win
A limerick he made
Pandering he played
Then, I turned in a limerick again!

(M'Coul's, let me have the last grin!)

This morning, I wrote this one... Both have been submitted, so hopefully, I can at least be a finalist again with one of these...

M'Coul's Irish Kiss

St. Patty's day, my friends, you shan't miss,
There’s no better time to drink than this
Raise a pint of green beer
And sing songs of good cheer
Every pub should be full of drunk bliss!

If "Luck of the Irish" you have, oh...
There's only one place you'd be, you know
For the best pub around
For Irish drinking abound
Is M'Coul's in the town Greensboro

Before I finish I'd be remiss
If I didn't remind you all of this
Each girl will surely claim
Irish Isle, she whence came
So, grant every girl here a sweet kiss!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Super Bowl, My trip to NYC & Regan Lost her First Tooth

So far, February has been very exciting... Doug went to the Super Bowl to watch the Steelers win in Tampa, Florida. The Super Bowl was on February 1st, my birthday. However, I decided not to go to the game. Instead, the following weekend, I went to NYC to meet my sister, Greta, and Laurent. We enjoyed walking around Central Park, going to the top of the Empire State building and going to see "In the Heights" on the night they won a Grammy for Best Musical.

Luckily, I got back before Regan's first tooth fell out. On Feb 10th, her bottom middle left tooth fell out at school and I was able to help her find the perfect tooth fairy bag to put her tooth in! The tooth right next to it is also extremely loose. So, I wouldn't be surprised if she lost her second one today!

I'll post pics of the Super Bowl, NYC and Regan's lost tooth soon!

Next up is going to the the Valentine's Dance with the kids this Friday...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

25 Random Things about Me

I wrote these "25 Things" yesterday (for posting in Facebook) and thought I would post them here as well.

RULES: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

1. I finally figured out how to write a note in FB!!
2. I grew up in Dayton, Ohio with my parents, two younger sisters, and Polish grandmother.
3. My grandmother, Babcia, spoke little English and couldn't walk. My sisters and I learned to be care-takers at a young age. Loving and taking care of Babcia taught us a lot... and, made us appreciate what a special gift she was to us.
4. I watched my Babcia take her last breathes... I still cry when I think of that moment.
5. After I graduated from High School, I went to Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
6. A year later, I went through freshman orientation at Ohio University and thought that the orientation was very babyish. I didn't have anything like that when I lived in Krakow... It seemed like a step backwards...
7. My 8-year old son reads faster than I do... He's read all the Harry Potter books... Several times.
8. I love photography. My Dad does, too. So, he gave me everything I needed to have an amazing dark room in my house... I spent many hours taking pictures, developing and printing film.
9. I convinced my high school (with the help of my mom) to start a school newspaper. They wouldn't let me start a paper on my own. Instead, they made the project into a class... I believe the school newspaper is still going today.
10. At one time, I wanted to be a photo journalist... taking pictures, writing stories and travelling around the world.
11. I was also pretty serious about becoming a chiropractor. I took organic chemistry for nothing!
12. I am on the board of the Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross. On the Greensboro Historical Museum's Board of Trustees. And, am the president of the Piedmont Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club.
13. I wish my family wasn't so far away... My parents live outside of Chicago (can't drive that!) and BOTH my sisters and their families live across the ocean... in Paris, France. I think that is too far and miss them often. Thank God for phones, computers and airplanes! If it weren't for the 6 hour time difference, it wouldn't be so bad.
14. I loved visiting Istanbul, Turkey. It is an amazing city with amazing people and history.
15. I grew up going to the opera... And, I loved going. (My husband doesn't like operas so much.)
16. My favorite after school snack was a big bowl of chocolate ice cream with peanut butter mixed in... Of course, I ate it while watching Oprah...
17. I didn't know anything about football when I married Doug. I had to pass his "basic football knowledge" test before we got married. I don't know how I passed! lol. =)
18. I took piano lessons at 6 years old. But, can barely play anymore... I want to buy a piano. I also played the flute... (and tried the clarinet, french horn, violin... anything else? hmmm..)
19. My daughter has just ONE dimple when she smiles... Just like I do... On the same side as mine!
20. I have fond memories of dancing around the house with my sisters as a little girl... while my Dad played the piano...
21. The story of The Little Match Girl makes me cry.
22. My mom was the coolest mom ever... She threw the best birthday parties... And, let my sister and me invite an amazing amount of kids... She could whip up a party in a heart beat. I wouldn't know what I would do without my well thought out and organized plan of activities!
23. I met my husband in Warsaw, Poland. (Although, he isn't Polish at all.) We were married exactly 1 year and 1 day from our first date!
24. I love to dance. I love dancing to ABBA!
25. I can't cook. Doug is stuck cooking most dinners we eat together. (Although, I'm pretty good at making side dishes!)
26. I love to read my sister Liza's stories. I wish she would write more.
27. My sister Greta and I have the same birthday. We still call each other on our birthday, Feb 1st, and sing, "Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah... You say it's your birthday... It's my birthday, too. Yah!"
28. The Super Bowl is on my birthday AGAIN this year. Doug was BORN on Super Bowl Sunday. I think the football game should always be played on his birthday... not mine.
29. Despite this, I'm glad he is going to go to the "Steelers Bowl". He is super excited.
30. Oops... I wrote more than 25 but I'm not going to take any out!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Snow Day... and A New President... President Barack Obama!

We had a light dusting of snow that cancelled school for the entire day... The kids had fun trying to gather enough snow for a snow ball fight, drinking hot cocoa, and painting. But, the best part was watching history in the making... the inauguration of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the US.

I must say that the opportunity to stay at home to watch the inauguration with the kids was wonderful.

Here is the "snow ball" fight from this morning... =)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hollywood Birthday Party...

Regan and Doug's birthdays were yesterday... Regan is now 6 and Doug is 39! Wow... Here are the pics from the glamorous Hollywood birthday party...

Autograph Session, Red Carpet Interviews, Making Glamour Necklaces, Awards Ceremony, Dance Party, Champagne (sprite) toast, Red Carpet Movie Premier on the big screen, Cake & Tea Party, Gifts for the stars... We had it all!