How does a person do it all? That is the question I keep asking myself.

I love my job but it can be a bit much as I’m constantly thinking of new story ideas or things that I should write about. I often work late then I have to pick up Paisley, usually from my (wonderful) parents house. Then most nights I go home and by the time supper is made the time has flown by. Before I know it we’re all in bed and there’s still so much to get done. So how, just how does a person do it all?

I’m sure I’m not alone to ask that question and struggling with the day-to-day duties of every day life. But one thing I do know is that Paisley is now officially ONE! She’s just starting to walk, still waves and says “hi” and has a personality that you wouldn’t believe.

Ashlyn and Layla are both counting down the days until school gets out. We’re officially under 40 now I believe. Can’t believe it’s almost summer time once again but I’m so excited because Paisley loves the outdoors!

Today the high is set above 60 degrees so maybe we’ll get to take a walk and she can swing for the first time at the park. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures!

For some things going on around town this weekend, the Alliance VFW Club will once again feature a variety of crafters and vendors from around the area, many not seen at our location before. Head over to the VFW at 424 Flack Ave. today between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., there are sure to be lots of great gift ideas to fill those Easter basket needs. Plus it's also never too early to start thinking about those Graduation and Mother's Day gifts as well.

There’s a Kid Cup Painting Party today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gallery 3 downtown. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

There are a couple things going on over at the Carnegie Arts Center at 204 W. Fourth St. The Box Butte Art Society Spring Show Reception and an Artist Reception for the "Grace" project will also be happening from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Spring Show is an annually judged show put together by the Box Butte Art Society. It is held at the Carnegie Arts Center at the same time as the Alliance Arts Council's featured exhibit. Any and all members of the art society can enter the show.

“We have members in age range from their 70s to 5 years old. The show is judged with a separate adult category and a youth category. The show includes a broad range of media. If Box Butte Art Society Spring Show entrants are members of the state wide Association of Nebraska Art Clubs, then their work can be selected by the judge to go into the state competition level at the annual ANAC conference. There the work will compete for one of the top spots against hundreds of other artists and works,” stated BBAS president Kyren Conley.

The “Grace” project is a documentary that tells the story of Erika's (the artist) grandparents Carl and Grace Kucera of rural Sherman County, Neb., from 2014-2016, as Grace cares for Carl, whose dementia continues to worsen. The documentary began as a way to give credit to Grace for her strength, character and leadership; however, it has developed into a story of a couple's love and devotion in the last stage of their lives.

If you didn’t have a chance to make it to the last wine tasting event at the Korner Grill don’t worry because they are having another one due to popular demand tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. What a fun way to spend a ladies night, date night, or whatever occasion you can think of. You’ll be treated to a delicious four-course meal with a different wine paired for each course. If possible call ahead and make your reservations as spots are limited but walk-ins are welcome.

Sunday the Carnegie Arts Center will be offering two sessions for Easter Egg Decorating. From 1 to 2 p.m. or from 3 to 4 p.m. kids will have the chance to dye eggs plus decorate them with stickers, cut outs, and whatever their little hearts desire. Let them decorate some eggs and leave them mess behind.

Celebrate the beginning of Holy Week with the Alliance Community Choir as they perform Pepper Choplin’s Easter Cantata, “Upon This Rock,” the Passion, the Question, the Call. The Cantata will be presented tomorrow, Palm Sunday, at the United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. with a free will offering.

Sounds like a fun filled weekend to me! Get out there and do something fun, maybe something that you’ve done for the first time? Whatever it is you decide to do give someone you love a hug and tell them that you appreciate them. 

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