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Shelley says….

Well, last week I turned 44. I feel OK about that - I'm not really one that thinks about it too much or HATES getting older- where I am concerned. It mostly makes me melancholy when I think about Caroline. I was filling out the many forms and summer reading lists, etc. yesterday (I have so much respect for moms who have to do what I did yesterday for THREE kids…or even two for that matter) and it was so weird to click on "5th Grade". What the heck??

I remember thinking when we started Kindergarten at St.Paul, "I'm so glad I don't have to think about another school until the 7th grade." And now that's only two years away. I love our school so much, I told someone the other day I might have to get a job there when Caroline leaves so I won't be so sad…hahaha!

Caroline has been on a "Cat Kick" lately.Begging us for a kitten, and checking out books like this….

Puh- lease….I'm SO not a cat person- but Caroline insists it would be "Purr-fect"….everyone that knows us just laughs and can't even believe we are considering it. I mean, not that we are…

So I had a good birthday week. I decided this year that I honestly don't like big parties or big gatherings. I'm such a worrier and people pleaser, that I always feel stressed and responsible that I talk to everyone equally and that everyone is having fun - it seriously stresses me out. So I just decided that whoever called me asking to do something, I would go! But not in a big group. It was SO AWESOME. First of all, it stretched my bday out over a week or so, (I still have a birthday "breakfast" with my friend Julie tomorrow) and I had genuine conversation with everyone.

The girls and our husbands and Michael (our piano player who is also all of our husband, hahaha) celebrated Leigh and I jointly the week after her birthday and the week before mine at a new Nashville restaurant that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine - Rolf and Daughters. If you come to Nashville, you must go!

I won't bore you with all the little lunches and dinners I had - but it was such a great excuse to catch up with friends I hadn't seen in awhile. Michael did get me a new dessert cookbook that I love. This was the first recipe I tried.

Cherry Pie Bars

They were so yumz….

After a birthday lunch with some girlfriends, I met Michael for a little sweet treat before I went to pick up Caroline. Foodfest 2013.

But this was the real crown jewel. David knows the way to heart. White cake, white icing. Isn't that a pretty cake?? We had that after he and I and Caroline ate dinner at my standby, Bricktops…that's sorta our place like "Cheers", where everybody knows your name cause you're there so much…

So this was one of my favorite presents - I've been toying with getting a new watch for awhile - I've worn the same one for ten years, it's a nice one- but I was getting bored. I never told Jill that, but since we are somewhat the same person - she probably just got it cause she liked it. So I loved it. Ain't it perty!!

My hipster friend Keely (hates when call her that) went all local on me…cause that's what hipsters do. I'm most excited about this herb vinegar from a local garden. But the bottle is so pretty I don't want to open it…but I will. Soon.

So I stink at taking pictures when I should - so when I went to write this blog, I just took off what I had on my phone. So sorry for the randomness.

Oh, one other funny thing….when my neighbor Kirsten asked David what she should get me for my birthday he told her a gift card to the Minute Clinic. If you know me, you are laughing right now. If you don't - I'll just put it in a nutshell - I'm somewhat of a hypochondriac with a google obsession to self diagnose . i.e. anxiety central. But now I have a little pill for that. (But I would still probably use a Minute Clinic gift card.)

So she got me this instead…which always makes me feel better…..as well as the rest of the women in America….

Love to everyone - and sorry I just talked about myself….but when I woke up today to write I kept thinking "I got nuthin"….so that's what nuthin' gets you…

Shelley

Hanging Out With Jamie Grace

We had a tremendous time last weekend in Dallas, Tx at our GOG event. Darby was so excited to meet (for the first time with GOG) Jamie Grace - ALL of us were so excited to meet her for that matter. Jamie and her sister were so gracious and the GOG girls LOVED em'. We hope she will join us for more events in the future!!!! (hint, hint).

Darby was star struck - Jamie, thanks for spending so much time with our kids - they haven't stop talking about you and are ready to go on the road with ya!!

POG heads out in a few days to Holton, In. We would love to see you, so come on out!!! http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Main_Street_in_downtown_Hobart.jpg

Hope you have a great day AND enjoy these last few days of school. Oh, and here is an Andy update by photo.

Many blessings, leigh cappillino

Shelley Says...

Hi there everyone-

Hope your weekend was great! We had a show in California on Saturday night, so we flew out Saturday morning SUPER early. We had a great time in Jackson, California - and met some really nice people who took great care of us! We were pretty tired last night - I told the girls my body is getting a little too old for doing close to 24 hours with no sleep!! I used to bounce right back from that - but not anymore!

Friday night our school had a "Father Daughter" sock hop. Below are a couple of pictures. Caroline looked so cute and they had so much fun. I love hearing all of her stories when she gets home. (David said he was sweating to death in that "faux" leather jacket I got him…hahaha)

I hope you have a blessed and productive Monday - I've unpacked my bag from the weekend, so that's a good start I guess!

Love to you all,
Shelley

Spring Is Here

Good morning!! It finally feels like Spring. Thank you Lord!!!! We've enjoyed a weekend of warm weather. I have needed it so much. There have been a lot of things that have gone on since I last blogged. Spring break, the start of baseball season, track season, Easter, the Opry. Not sure where to start.

Spring Break. We went to Florida. Although while we were there it didn't feel much like Florida. We had a good time with friends. I spent my birthday there which is always fun. There were tons of people from the boy's school and they loved hanging out. I enjoyed being under a blanket in the condo reading a book:)

Easter - We came back to spend Easter weekend at home. It was a great one, even though it was rather cold that weekend as well. On Saturday we did our traditional trip to my friend Kelley's Mom's farm. I love this day so much. We spend time sharing the true meaning of Easter with friends and family.

This is Kelley and I. I love her so much. She prays for me about anything I need her to and I do the same for her. I'm so grateful for her in my life.

At the end of the day we always take a picture by the cross of our family. This year, my family was the four of us plus my niece Melodie and our sweet and dear friend Alex. We were so glad they were able to join us this year.

So Easter Sunday was one of the first times that I have actually hosted Easter lunch at my house. I was a little stressed, but it actually turned out wonderful. The Cappillino's joined us along with some of our other dear friends. We had LOTS of food and I was thrilled that nothing burned. We only had one hiccup. My niece was walking out of her condo carrying the deviled eggs at the same time her roommate was coming in. One of them tripped and the eggs ended up in the bushes. Oh well

We ended the awesome meal with an Easter game instead of a hunt. The Cappillino's were in charge of this part of the day. We had 3 teams. Pink, Yellow, and Green (with mascots)

Denise