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April 7, 2010

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Lori Mc

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Our Year in Review: Part Trois

February 12, 2010

May/June 2009

Hold on to your seats, Kids, this is where it all gets cRaZy!!

May 17, 2009

I throw Brandi a baby shower at her and Michael’s home.  It was small and simple but loads of fun!

Brandi & her super fab cake made by the one and only Momma Logan

Brandi & her super fab cake made by the one and only Momma Logan

B was not to happy about how much everyone over estimated her baby bump

B was not to happy about how much everyone over estimated her baby bump

Michael joined in the fun at the end of the day

Michael joined in the fun at the end of the day

May 24, 2009 (Actual B-Day May 26)

CoCo Noelle turns one year old.  This makes Aunt Lori want to cry.

Baby Chloe McPherson

Baby Chloë McPherson

Ash, Tim, Theresa & one pooped out CoCo

Ash, Tim, Theresa & one pooped out CoCo

At the party Steven tells us that he has made a HUGE decision.  He has enlisted in the US Navy.  He will become a Navy Seal.  He will ship out in July.

Steven & Ben

Steven & Ben

May 25, 2009

I turn the BIG 2-6!  I decide on the 24th at about 8pm to throw myself a party the next day.  It is Memorial Day and My Birthday so, OF COURSE, it rains.  It rains every single year on my birthday. 🙂  On May 25, 2008, as Chloë Noelle made her grand entrance there was a GIANT thunder-storm.  Aunt Lori welcomed little CoCo and told her all about how it would rain every year, from now on, on her Birthday or at least the day before, since she claimed her very own birthday two hours after mine.

Ben cooks the chicken kabobs, hotdogs, & Brats

Ben cooks the chicken kabobs, hamburgers, hot dogs, & brats

CoCo & Ashley

CoCo & Ashley

Ben made sure to burn Brandi's hot dog just right. Pregnant Women and their cravings!

Ben made sure to burn Brandi's hot dog just right. Pregnant Women and their cravings!

Happy B-Day to me!

Happy B-Day to me!

Me & B

Me & B

The B-Day Spread

The B-Day Spread

May 29, 2009

Ben’s cousin, Tim recently won a battle with cancer.  Though, Tim was a very blessed man with a loving family to support him and the blessing of wealth to pay the outrageous bills he understood that not everyone is a lucky as he was.

Tim and his friends and sisters decided to start the Annual Tim Jones Charity Ball.  The proceeds will benefit those who are unable to keep up with their bills while being treated at the Siteman Cancer Center.  This also, was close to my heart since my physicians work at the Heart Care Institute which is located in the Siteman Cancer Center.

Ben & I had a great night out and were able to donate some cash to a great cause.  We will definitely be attending annually.

The red carpet photo wall

The red carpet photo wall

Curly Hair!!

Curly Hair!!

Me & My Ben

Me & My Ben

May 2009

(The Great Poo Flood of 09′)

Sometime in May, (I can not remember the exact day at the moment)  Our home flooded because our toilet blew up.  That’s right folks the toilet blew up!  Somehow a 3/4 inch coil of copper wire ended up in the pluming system and clogged the pipes directly above us.  This caused everything to back up.  The result:  Every time any of the occupants of the TWELVE condos in our complex flushed their toilet, ran water to do dishes, ran their dishwasher, took a shower, etc. etc…  all of the water ended up spewing from OUR toilet.  We had been gone since six a.m. so when we came home at 11 p.m.  the toilet looked like Old Faithful Geyser, and our condo looked like a lake of poo.

Later that week, after fighting with the owner who did not want to replace our sewage soaked carpet, Ben and I decided it was time to start looking for a new place to live.  I believe it was a Wednesday;  Ben was checking out condos/houses and I was trying my best to focus at work.  The phone rang and I answered, “Cardiology Consultation Service, this is Lori”.  Mom responded, “Now don’t get all excited, it is no big deal, you do not need to come but….”  “But, what MOMMA???”  “Your dad was on his way to a job site this morning with Dan when he got pretty dizzy and well, we think he had a heart attack…”  “WHAT????!?!??!” I almost screamed!  “Not my Daddy”, I thought.  “My Daddy, is Superman, he can not have a heart attach”.

I, of course, immediately called Ben while running out of my office.  We got to the hospital and there sat Daddy, on a stretcher in nothing but his jeans, with EKG patches all over his chest.  As we walked in the room he put his finger to his mouth to shush us.  He was “on a business call”  Just like my Daddy!!!  Just had a heart attack and can not even take a break to go to the hospital.  Ben quickly quipped, “No cell phones in the E.R., Mark!”

Luckily it was not really a heart attach.  Just low potassium.  The Dr. prescribed lots of bananas, and NO MORE 14 hour work days followed by working on the rehab house in 100 degree weather.  My daddy, the workaholic!

So, needless to say, that was the week from HELL!  Thankfully the owner finally wised up and realized that he would never get tenants in this place as good as us and agreed to replace all of the floors.  We actually got a great surprise out of the deal and got not only new carpet but also hard wood floors in the entryway and hallways.  YIPPIE!!


June 2009

Ben and I took in a free baseball game!  Bob gave us his AWESOME seats to a Cardinals game because, he loves us!  We packed a lunch and took off for a nice Sunday game.

Me & Ben

Me & Ben

Cheap Sodas!

Cheap Sodas!

It Rained

It Rained

Run Pujols, RUN!!

Run Pujols, RUN!!

A Good Man Died Tonight

January 16, 2010

He was a father, a grandfather, a neighbor, a friend.  There are many people who loved him very much.  He was much too young to die and went much to fast for anyone to understand.  Cancer is a terrible monster and I will never understand it.

We will miss you so much…

Our Year in Review: Part Deux

January 8, 2010

February 6, 2009

Surprise!!  The McKenzies got hitched!

The "Official" Michael & Brandie McKenzie

The "Official" Michael & Brandi McKenzie

The McKenzie Family

The McKenzie Family

March 25, 2009

Our little Booger Jones turned 6!  Six whole years old.  I still have a message of her singing happy Birthday to me, when she was three, saved on my cell phone.  I listen to her when I am sad to make me happy again.  Jeez how time flies!!

Emma & Ben

Emma & Ben

April 2009

The McFamilies kicked back for a night of 8-bit Nintendo and dinner.  It was getting close to time for little Jack to make his debut…

Michael, Ben, Brandi

Michael, Ben, Brandi

April 2009

Ben, Emma & I go to Chuck E. Cheese and Emma has her First Slumber Party

Ben & Emma

Ben & Emma

Stinky McPherson & Booger Jones

Stinky McPherson & Booger Jones

I love this kid!

I love this kid!

I think they were tuckered out!

I think they were all tuckered out!

All rested and ready to RUN!!!

All rested and ready to RUN!!!


BABY JACK

January 8, 2010


Jack 2

Originally uploaded by LB McPherson

This is Baby Jack! I call him Peanut. He is the sweatest little baby boy in town! I just found this picture of him and needed to test out my flickr blog function.  So, I thought I would post this adorable picture of one of my favorite little men. Here he is ladies! The amazing, adorable Jack, Jack!!!

Our Year in Review: Part Un

January 6, 2010

January 2009:

We honeymooned in Orlando & Clear Water Beach Florida.  We were married in November of 2008 however we had to wait until Ben had the time off school to take our honeymoon.  We left New Years Day for a “sorta” relaxing vacation. 🙂  Ben also celebrated his 22nd birthday in Florida, on the 2nd.

Me & My Benjamin

Me & My Benjamin

Me & Ben @ Disney's Hollywood Studios

Me & Ben @ Disney's Hollywood Studios

What a view!

What a view!

Feet, My Favorite!

Feet, My Favorite!

Okay, I'll admit it, I may have a problem...

Okay, I'll admit it, I may have a problem...

Ben & Me @ O'hana

Ben & Me @ O'hana

and I'm freeee, freee fallin!!

and I'm freeee, freee fallin!!

I love this guy

I love this guy

I survived Expedition Everest, and the Yeti didn't even get me!

I survived Expedition Everest, and the Yeti didn't even get me!

The plane ride

The plane ride

So in love

So in love

Our first New Year as a married couple

Our first New Year as a married couple

March 2009:

Ben & I spent St. Patty’s Day in Chicago, with friends.  It was an awesome time seeing the lake died green, again.  Chicago, I miss you!

The Girls

The Girls

The Guys

The Guys

The Irishmen

The Irishmen

Check out ALL the people

Check out ALL the people

KO's poor ears, they do not do well with heights

KO's poor ears, they do not do well with heights

The river is GREEN

The river is GREEN

Matt's condo in the sky made the perfect look out

Matt's condo in the sky made for the perfect look out post

She does not yet know just how strong she really is... My hero, Kari O

She does not yet know just how strong she really is... My hero, Kari O

Me & Ben

Me & Ben

March 23, 2009 @ 2:32 am

I received a text: I need you…

I replied: I will be there… I love you… Just breath…

Friday after the longest week of work EVER I jumped in my little Ford and drove the five hours to Chicago.  It was the most heartbreaking weekend of my year but also the most fabulous.  How can this be?  Well, some really messed up, pardon my French, Shit went down on a cold Sunday night car ride home from the Chicago train station.  However, the strongest woman I know emerged and kicked some major home searching butt!!

I arrived at KO’s new apartment very late that night.  We had McDonald fries and cokes and then watched movies all night.  There were no tears. That freaked me out a bit.

The next morning we went to the downtown condo.  We packed and moved everything faster than anyone has ever moved a home.  There was drama, there were tears, and then there was the most awkward hug I have ever experienced, then there was more moving.

We ate, we laughed, we did not cry.  We moved, we shopped, we acted silly, we ran through rain puddles in converse tennies and hoodies.  We made a very hard trip to the suburbs and there were a few tears, just a few. We shop, shop, shopped till we dropped, literally.  Almost $1,000.00 and TWELVE hours of shopping later we had a home.  A very fabulous home it was! Here are the pics.

The office

The office

Bathroom

Bathroom

Living room

Living room

The bedroom

The bedroom

The Livingroom

The Livingroom

KO's studio

KO's studio

The kitchen

The kitchen

That Sunday night I drove home in a snowstorm.  Yes, you understood that correctly, a snow storm the first week of April.  I arrived home very late to a newly rearranged living room that had cable TV in it!  Whoot!! My husband is the greatest!

To Be Continued:  Much, much more of 2009 to follow…

An Irish Blessing for the New Year

January 6, 2010

May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

As you slide down the bannister of life,
may all the splinters face the  right way.

May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children
chase you so far over the hills of Damnation
that the Lord himself can’t find you with a telescope.

Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those who have stuck by you.

May your dreams come true,
your prayers be answered,
your friends be abundant
and as wonderful as you
When the eagle shall nest in the hollow glen
When mountain and fen shall from mists be free
When the priests shall no longer for gold be seeking


The crow shall be speaking as plain as we

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton,
you may as well dance with it

‘Tis better to buy a small bouquet
And give to your friend this very day,
Than a bushel of roses white and red
To lay on his coffin after he’s dead.

May you always come more than you go.

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.

May there be a generation of children
On the children of your children.

Many times man lives and dies
Between his two eternities,
That of race and that of soul
And ancient Ireland knew it all.

May the Blessings of the Light be on you,
Light Without and Light Within.

Here’s to you, as good as you are.
Here’s to me as bad as I am.
As good as you are and as bad as I am,
I’m as good as you are, as bad as I am.

May the Lord keep you in His hand
And never close His fist too tight.

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and a smooth road all the way to your door.

Ireland, it’s the one place on earth
That heaven has kissed
With melody, mirth,
And meadow and mist.

May the leprechauns dance over your bed
and bring you sweet dreams.

May you live to be a hundred years,
With one extra year to repent!

May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings,
slow to make enemies, quick to make friends.
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
may you know nothing but happiness,
from this day forward.

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all that we will know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you and I sigh.

May God grant you many years to live,
For sure He must be knowing
The earth has angels all too few
And heaven is overflowing.

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.
May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

Here’s to you and here’s to me.
May we never disagree.
But should we start to fight and ‘cuss,
Here’s to me.
Here’s to it and for it and do it again.
For those that get to it
And refuse to do it,
May never get to it
To do it again.

Ever tried? Ever failed?
No matter. Try Again.
Fail again. Fail better

There are good ships and there are wood ships,
the ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships,
and may they always be.

May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you,
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.

To live above with the Saints we love,
Ah, that is the purest glory.
To live below with the Saints we know,
Ah, that is another story.


May the road rise up before you,
and the wind be always at your back,
and the good Lord hold you in the hollow of his hands.

May you have length with your days,
and strength with your step,
and may each season have a reason
to celebrate your faith in mankind!

Always remember that hindsight is the best insight to foresight.
May your troubles be less


And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.
May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.

It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow
than to spend tonight like there’s no money.

Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold beer-and another one!

May your blessings outnumber
The Shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

May the grass grow long on the road to Hell for want of use.

Here’s health to your enemies’ enemies!

May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been,
the foresight to know where you’re going,
and the insight to know when you’re going too far.

May the good saints protect you
And bless you today,
And may troubles ignore you
Each step of the way.

Health and a long life to you.
Land without rent to you.
A child every year to you.
And if you can’t go to heaven,
May you at least die in Ireland.

When Irish eyes are smiling,
You know there is something afoot.

Bless you and yours
As well as the cottage you live in.
May the roof overhead be well thatched
And those inside be well matched.

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.