Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Hoping all of you had a nice Christmas! We sure did as Santa came once again to visit our house. The kids must have been really good to both get guitars and just about everything on their list +++! The kids love how I wrap the doorway to get into the living room, they can run through it to get their glimpse of what santa brought.
They act like they really love each other as they hug after exchanging their own gifts to each other! :)
They are sporting their new robes that mom & dad got for them and staying very warm on this COLD winter's day!
We got to spend time with my side of the family the night before at Grandma Betty's and the kids exchange gifts and we do a white elephant that is always tons of fun! Here's a picture of all of Grandma Betty and her grandkids. They are all getting so big!!!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
|Make a Smilebox postcard|
With the hard economic times going on, we hope this finds you all healthy & happy! We are holding our own and trying to stay afloat and this year I will be emailing most of my cards in this format to save on postage! We are still living in Noblesville, IN and Mark is still with Rockwell Automation and going on 10 years now!
Tracey had a great year but it ended on a sad note that her local scrapbook store closed! Since being on the Design Team since the opening in 2004, she will surely miss the store, the people and all the crafting! She still plans to keep up with her paper arts & scrapbooking with some local designers. They have leased a space in Logan Village Mall in Noblesville to sell some of their paper arts! They call it “Our Creative Outlet”.
Check it out online to see what goodies are in store!
Our kids Zac & Rachel continue to keep amazing us with their growth! Zac is 13 now, but already 5-9 in 8th grade at NMS. Rachel is 11 & almost 5ft and in 5th grade at NIS. They participated in Baseball and Softball which kept us at the ball field a lot this Spring-Fall. We got to go to Chicago for Spring Break this year and had a great time sight-seeing!
Keep up to date with our family at http://traceyscreativecorner.blogspot.com/ to see photos & what we have done this past year & in the future. PEACE is our hope for all in the coming year!
– The Bish Family –
Mark, Tracey, Zac & Rachel (Oh, & Simon too...Ruff, Ruff!)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Here is a photo of Tim creating with tags using his inks and paints! He has new clear stamps and MASKS available that he did demos on and they are magnificent! I am sure to buy these masks that are re-useable, just like stamps almost...but you place a thin piece of transparency where you want to mask your ink. It's like stampingin reverse! "It's ingenius"... like one of his many women-admirers said as he showed us how to use them! I wanted to get a sample, but the other ladies grabbed them so quickly...I couldn't get one :(
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
John really can play the blues on that guitar, he's cute in a geeky kind of way, and love his sound!...He must have sang the blues in his past life to be so good at it. We had great weather and great seats, VIP is the way to go!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Well, it's hard to believe these boys almost made it to the Championship after only winning one game during the regular season near the end. Then going into the loser's bracket and winning TWO MORE GAMES...brought them close to the championship game last night -leading the game against Logan Street Signs & Banner TEAM then only loosing by two points was amazing season and something they can be very proud of!
Rock on LAW!!!
Friday, June 13, 2008
The kids once again had a blast and probably would have stayed another week if they could. The week was one less day with a 24 hour delay because of all the rain down in Southern Indiana. They did end up having pretty good weather Tuesday & Wednesday. They got all their activities in! Check out Rancho Framasa's CYO Camp.
Here's Rachel's Group:
Rachel was happy to be with the big girls who were 11yrs. old, not like last year she had to be with the little girls!
Here's Zac's Group:
When Zac got there they asked if he was "16 years old!" because of how tall he is. Here you can't tell his height because he is at the bottom of the pyramid! He's the one with the black hat and Ryan, his cousin is in the red hat! Zac is about 5-7 now and GROWING like crazy!!!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
My kids will start out the Summer with CYO Camp, which is something that they love! I fall into the trap too of letting them do what they want...which could mean lazing around-thank goodness for our neighborhood pool that gets them out and gets them exercise! It opens this weekend! We will spend alot of time there for sure...Here's a photo of me and my kids a couple Summer's ago...Love Ya! XO
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Well it was opening day at Logan Field! Zac had his first game and he made a good hit...but the rain came in and the score ending in a 14-9 loss. I am sure their next game will be better tomorrow. I didn't get to see it, but saw that there had been many improvements to the field and I am anxious to go see the game, but drove up to see a nice new rod iron gate today, so I may have to skip out of my meeting early tomorrow and see him play!
Rachel's team "The Storm" won, something like 12-6! They played their former coaches team and Rachel kept razzing him that "they were going down!"...and they did! Rach got to play catcher, and third base for an inning, which was cool and she did a great job! They are a pretty good team!
Thanks Linda for the pics!
After the game we took a DQ cake over to my mom's and celebrated her 76th Birthday! It was a great day to be alive in America!!! There's nothing better than Baseball and ice cream cake!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Rainy day in high 40s
We set off around 8:30am to head to Chicago. We got to check in early at Best Western River North Hotel. We all walked over to American Girl and Rachel and mom had lunch and shopped at American Girl.
Lunch was a very special experience with Cinnamon Roll Appetizer, Fruit Tic-Tack-Toe Pepperoni Pizza. There were probably about 10 girls celebrating their birthdays and we had to hear the staff sing many times. Dessert was fun getting a special sugar flower cookie, an angel food cake with icing and a flower pot of chocolate mouse and a cute daisy sticking out of the top of it. Marisol, Rachel’s doll got to have a seat with us and a cup & saucer as if she was part of our group!
Rachel decided upon the Hawaii Outfit for her and her doll. Mark and the kids went swimming at Best Western Hotel Pool-it was too cold for Mom! Our room was ok, except for the fitted sheets would not stay on the beds! HAAA We gave it a C. We took cab to Gino’s East, there was one around the corner from us but we went to another one. The pizza is awsome! It was not really the one that we wanted to go to, so we spent $13 each way to take a cab… but I guess you learn!
When we got back to the hotel we watched “I Am Legend Movie”…very good movie!
Sunny day in the 50s
We ate lunch at The Rainforest Café – VERY COOL PLACE!
The Rainforest Café was right across from our hotel and just like the name says-it’s like a Rainforest! There was a shop, two-story waterfall and salt-water aquariums everywhere, along with Jungle Animals everywhere! Went to Shedd Aquarium and I think we saw every fish known to man. We all liked the saw mouth-looking shark! The very unique sea horses were so fancy; I have never seen anything like them! We checked into Essex Hotel that is right next to Grant Park. It was ok, except for the short beds!
Walked over to Sears Tower and went up to sky deck and we were glad we did we could see for miles-no fog! Ate at the restaurant at Essex Hotel called the Savoy and everyone had different types of food: Mark-Greek, Zac-Chicago-Style Footlong, Rachel-Italian Chicken Parmesan, Tracey-Mexican Chicken Fahita. Went back to our room and Tracey took the kids swimming while Mark went to sleep. The pool was neat with flags hanging from the window-top roof! It was already dark so we couldn’t really see a view. We watched a program on unique McDonald’s in North America on the Travel Channel before bed.
Rainy low 50s
Today we checked out of the hotel and went to the big McDonald’s next to Best Western River North. This McDonald’s is two stories and glass all around, next to the Hard Rock and The Rainforest Café. They had windows back into the past like 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s… it was neat to look into the past. Went to the Museum of Science & Industry. This was a nice place to see how Industry has grown, automation, learned about refining petroleum, farming, electricity, the U505 German Submarine we captured in 1944 WWII. Our feet were so tired, so we left around 3:30 and went on the Skyway back to Indiana. We attempted to stop at a BP Gas station and get drinks but you could not even go into the store. You had to go to a window and ask for what you wanted. Of course there was a guy ordering all kind of snacks ahead of Mark so we just left. –He didn’t get the right Doritos that he asked for LOL HAAAA!
We headed “Back Home Again in Indiana!” - It’s good to be home. We like Chicago and it’s a great place to visit, but it’s expensive having to pay to park everywhere you go! We sure couldn’t live with so many people…we like our more relaxed home in the suburbs of Indiana!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
NIPPER SCOUT BISH 8/2/94-3/18/08
Visit: Nipper's Memorial Page on Adopt-A-Dal.org
Monday, March 17, 2008
Zac has officially turned 13 - OMG!
3/3/08 Zac turned 13
He is officially a teenager!
He chose to have a shopping spree
& buy clothes at Castleton Square.
Aeropostale, Hollister, American Eagle
Is the style now!
He is growing up so fast…
He is taller than his mom now @ 5-7
We then had Grandma Betty over
& she brought a Dairy Queen
Ice cream cake!
Rachel placed 13 candles on top!
He made a wish & blew them all out!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
On anther day the kids got to do activities such as making candles and ornaments out of tin, square dancing and I helped the fourth graders make funnel cakes. They loved those with all the sugar!!! Here is a photo of Rachel & I on that day:
You can view more photos on my Walgreen's Site.