Family

I’ve got friends in low places…

Garth. Brooks. Rocks.

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His concert last night at the Consol Center was amazing!

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Me and my hot date, Aunt Trudy, rocked out with my $10 Bud Light.

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My brother-in-law, Kevin, LOVES Garth and we got him (and the rest of us) tickets as a Christmas present. Check out the best t-shirt of the night…

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It was Garth’s birthday & Big Ben and the Steelers surprised him onstage!

And then we made the jumbo-tron…Night Made.

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Family

My brave and beautiful sister

Kelly is my younger sister and I’ve always seen myself as the one who needs to protect her, but now I know she’s stronger than I ever imagined.

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Today’s post isn’t about our house, but about something that happened to Kelly that was heartbreaking for our entire family.

Back in May, Kelly told us she was pregnant. It was a COMPLETE SURPRISE and the whole family was so excited that we didn’t know what to do with ourselves.

It was going to be the FIRST grandchild and my parents were OVER THE MOON.

Kelly and her husband got their first ultrasound and heard the heartbeat. Then, last month, Kelly had a miscarriage.

We all were DEVASTATED…especially Kelly and her husband. She decided to write a blog about what she went through in hopes of helping other women. She is so brave and honest and just the most special woman I know.

Please click here for her story: http://www.kellybrennantv.com/blog

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Family

Cherry Beer Margaritas can fix anything

We have an “open house” policy at the beach. After my friends Tiernan and Rich left, my sister-in-law Trish popped in.

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It was great to have her and her two boys (who weren’t scared of the slightly inebriated and very loud adults) playing Left, Right, Center.

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The next day, Bridget and her friend Ally arrived. Bridgey and I haven’t seen each other in a year, but we still showed up with the same clothes. (We heart H&M)

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Then our long-time beach buddies Moose & Marcy (who said they couldn’t make it) surprised us on the beach!

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The following day my sister, Kelly Belly, showed up (desperate for some sun) and we only had clouds.

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We quickly fixed the no-sun problem with this delicious new drink called Cherry Beer Margaritas.

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All is right with the world. RECIPE HERE!

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Demolition, Family, Heavy lifting

I think the term “better half” specifically applies to my marriage.

A lot of weekends, I get to emcee different events. Last Saturday, my sister and I both got to emcee an awesome memorial run/walk for Trooper Kenton Iwaniec

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That’s us with Kenton’s mom, the most WONDERFUL lady. These events can last 6-7 hours, so Mark is often working at the house by himself.

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One day in a 6-hour span, he built 3 temporary walls on his own…

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For the basement wall, he used the old wood that was part of the original staircase in the house…

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These walls will act as structural support when we cut open the ceiling (again) and add 2 support beams to a current ceiling joist.

I’m pretty sure the phrase “my better half” SPECIFICALLY applies to my marriage…meaning yours truly is the “lesser half.” What a bummer.

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