Proud to be a Hokie

Today, I’m remembering my alma mater.


We are Virginia Tech.

We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning.

We are Virginia Tech.

We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again.

We are Virginia Tech.

We do not understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS, neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by the rogue army, neither does the baby elephant watching his community being devastated for ivory, neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water, neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy.

We are Virginia Tech.

The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds. We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We are Virginia Tech.

-Nikki Giovanni’s convocation address, April 17, 2007

Please keep Virginia Tech and all those who were affected in your thoughts and prayers today.2012-04-16T152225Z_01_BLK207_RTRIDSP_3_USA-SHOOTING-VIRGINIATECH


**Praying for Boston and the families affected by yesterday’s tragedy.  



Two weeks late, but finally…the Easter post!

We spent Easter in Pittsburgh with Bob’s family.  It was a really special weekend since our niece was baptized AND Bob’s sister shared some exciting news!!

However, it was an exhausting couple of days!!  We stayed with Bob’s sister, Leslie and her husband, Kev and because of traffic issues on Friday night, we didn’t get in until a little after midnight.  Clark slept the whole drive and must have thought it was morning when we finally got there because he refused to go back to sleep until we brought him in to bed with us!  Not fun!

Saturday we woke up pretty early to take care of Bruno and then went to Bob’s parents’ house for breakfast with a bunch of the family.  Which also included our sister-in-law’s family (her sister and brother-in-law and their 2 kids).  Bob got to spend most of the rest of Saturday at a Penguins hockey game while I was on baby duty with a kid too exhausted to take a nap!!  At least I was in good company!

Saturday night, Bob and I got some adult time with some high school friends of his for a couple hours while grandma and grandpa put Clark to bed on the dining room floor.  (not joking, he passed out on a blanket and was more than comfortable there until we brought him back to Leslie and Kev’s house)

Sunday came with so much to celebrate!!

The Julius family has an easter egg hunt tradition.  This was the first year that I’ve experienced it AT the Julius house.  Here’s how it goes:

  • Each kid gets assigned a color egg to look for.  You only collect your color! 
  • Once all the eggs are collected, we open the eggs to find numbers inside.
  • The numbers coincide with our gifts.  For example, if your egg has number 3 inside, you open the gift marked #3!
  • There’s also special multi-colored eggs that have candy or some other kind of treat inside.  Those eggs are anyone’s game!

It’s really a TON of fun!!  Plus, I was lucky to participate after an unfortunate incident of accidentally posting pictures on Facebook of my mother-in-law that she had not pre-approved.  :-/

After the hunt, we all had breakfast, took some pictures and got ready to head to church.  (Bob, Clark, and I headed back to Les and Kev’s to let Bruno out first and Clark took that opportunity to catch some ZZZ’s)DSC03110After the church service, our niece, Taylor Rose, was baptized.  I can’t think of a more perfect day to perform this sacrament than the day we celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice for our salvation!!  And it was so sweet to have so many family members there to witness it.

We headed back to Leslie and Kev’s to pack our things and pick up Bruno, then went to Bob’s parents’ house again for a huge Easter lunch with most of Bob’s extended family.

When the aunts/uncles/cousins/etc. had left, I insisted we get a Julius family picture.  This was the first time all of us were together since Taylor and Clark were born.  There were a few complaints, but I think everyone is glad we did it!  Right?!?

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Back: Kevin, Leslie, Earl, Mary, Brian, Jason, Taylor
Front: Bob (with Clark), Kara, Lauren


We drove home that evening with full bellies, full hearts and REALLY tired eyes!!  It was a wonderful weekend!

…And who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.  Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.  Romans 1:4-5 (NIV)

1-Apr 3, 2013

How to UN-shrink your pants

**Sorry about the absence.  I haven’t had access to my computer for a while because we were out of town for Easter weekend and then we were having issues with our computer power cord.  Luckily, I bought a new one yesterday and we are good to go.  I hope to put up an Easter recap post by the end of next week.

So, right before Thanksgiving, I bought a new pair of jeans.  I literally wore them once before I accidentally shrunk them in the dryer.  (I’m not a pro at doing laundry.)  I tried to rock them anyway, but they were obviously too short on me yet not short enough to look like it was “on purpose”.

DSC03066I was going to toss them in my give-away pile but then I saw this on Pinterest.

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Originally pinned from here

After reading the instructions, I wasn’t sure that they would work on denim, but what did I have to lose?

Following the instructions, I first filled up my sink with lukewarm water and some baby wash.DSC03067 DSC03068

I added my jeans and let them soak for a few minutes.DSC03069After I knew the water and shampoo was worked through, I wrung them out (without rinsing).

DSC03071I laid my jeans out on a big towel and rolled them up.  My goal was for the jeans to be damp, but not too wet.DSC03073 DSC03074After I unrolled the towel, I just started stretching the legs.  I found the easiest way to stretch them was by pulling by the side seams.  I only needed a couple inches, so it didn’t take very much effort.image-3After stretching them as much as I needed, I just let them air dry.  DO NOT DRY IN THE DRYER.  That’s what got me here in the first place! 🙂  When they were good and dry, I tried them on.  Voila!!DSC03120Here’s the side-by-side before and after:


Yay! Now I don’t have to buy another new pair.  AND, I’m sure that I can un-shrink them again if I need to.

In fact, this process would probably work on a lot of clothing items.  Anyone else have some tips on righting laundry wrongs?  I’d love to hear them!