Posted by: Lauren | February 6, 2010


As I type this, we are driving through Oklahoma! We left for our trip to Dallas last night at 6:30. I drove the first leg, 5 hours, until St. Louis, which was snowy the whole way, but not too bad. As soon as Joe took over, the roads cleared! I loved having Joe as my personal DJ, changing up the music whenever I wanted. Our musical sampling: Regina Spektor, Dave Matthews, Corinne Bailey Rae, Guster, Keane, Howie Day, John Mayer (blast from the past with the last 3!), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson and Jars of Clay. Oh and Larry (Joe’s Dad) sang along to some Regina Spektor, which was AWESOME. 😀 I just suggested that once we hit Texas it’s David Crowder Band time-their homeland!

Now at 8:23 a.m. we are listening to Johnny Cash as we drive through Oklahoma, which makes me think of the wonderful Pioneer Woman-I wonder if we’re close to her ranch? I get excited when we pass by a really dirty pick up truck or stop at the gas station and see an older man with weathered skin, a denim shirt, muddy jeans and cowboy boots. Love it.

*edited to add: Joe and Larry are now dancing to Moby. You guys, there should be a video camera in this van!

I’m thinking this will get published at some point today when I have internet. I can’t wait to see everyone and meet our sweet baby nephew!


Birthday Party!

Last weekend we celebrated the winter birthdays (mine, Dad, Steve-my brudder, and Uncle Gary’s). Here are some pictures from another wonderful night with family!

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Uncle Vito going blind wearing Steve’s glasses 🙂

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(Dad and Gma dancing to Dean Martin, or was it Frank? I can’t remember. So cute!!!)


Grandma playing Deal or No Deal on Ashlyn’s Nintendo. hahah


I loved these 5 layer bars my mom made! With coconut, semi sweet chips, and craisins!

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Chocolate cake with homemade whipped cream frosting!



My uncle Vito made these Italian pastries! They were delicious! They had a creamy filling but I totally forget what they’re called.

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I am so blessed with an amazing family!


“Follow God’s example in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him.” Ephesians 5:1,2





  1. You have the jolliest looking family ever!! So much laughter, fun and good times.

    I love layered bars!!!! I made 7 layer ones and they were oh so scrumptious….what were your Momma’s 5 layers!?

    • I do have such an amazing family! My mom made a graham cracker crust and then I guess it wasn’t “layers” but mixed together: sweetened condensed milk, Craisins, semi sweet chips, and shredded coconut. Soooo goood!

  2. Those layered bars look amazing, yum! Have a safe trip!

    • Thank you, Sarah!

  3. Mmm I want to some more of those layer bars. Today for the superbow I made hot chocolate fudge cakes in ramekins! Hopefully they are yum-oh. Oh post some pics of baby Sam I can’t wait to see them!!

    • Oooh save one for meeeee!!!! I will post pics soon! He is absolutely adorable! Love you!

  4. Hi Lauren,
    Have a wonderful trip!!! Those layered bars look amaaaazing! Tell Katie I love making those little choc cakes in ramekins too. Love you guys!.

    • Aunt Sharon, they were seriously one of my favorite desserts ever-Mom needs to make them again and again! I wish I could have tried one of those cakes 😉 Love you!

  5. wish i could have seen you guys… i waved as you would have driven by 🙂 haha
    glad you all are safe and back home. miss you!

    • Meals, I so wish we could have seen you and your dwelling! If you’re still down there and we go when for a longer weekend sans crazy weather, we are there for sure!

  6. You guys all look so happy! I LOVE family. Dean Martin is one of my favorites! Those 5 layer bars and Italian pastries look AMAZING? Where the pastries lemon or anise flavored?

    • Lemon! I’m pretty sure… Now I can’t remember hah!

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