Sunday, February 28, 2010

Post Script

I put up my St. Patrick's Day flag today.

the skies turned blue and the sunshine appeared.

It's the luck of the Irish. I swear.

In Our Neck of the Woods

Concensus is...

no matter how cute the little doggie walkways are...

or how much the little doggie enjoys them...

or the big doggie enjoys them...

this snow is for the birds...

We're going to the conservatory this afternoon and enjoying some flowers.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Enjoying the Warmth and Beauty of Africa

My daughter spent this past fall studying in Senegal. It was an honor and privilege. It was also WARM!!! And given the fact that I think we could all use some warmth right now, I am sharing these photos with you. Let's go - the boat is leaving.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

I know that these pictures somehow make the more than two feet of snow outside my door a little bit more bearable. I hope they have the same effect on you. Thank you Alexandra for allowing me the opportunity to share your photos.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Who's the Birthday Girl

Yesterday was, of course, the Birthday Girl's day.
We met up with her at Red Lobster and showered her with presents...


She kissed a frog...

Oh my gosh, he turned into Mike...


Never lose that wonderment Alexandra. It is one of your greatest gifts.

We hope you had a wonderful time. We love you.

My Day With Grayce

What a wonderful day I spent with Grayce. We were so busy. I picked her up at my brother's place of work, went to my favorite quilt shop (Grayce's now too), went to Walmart and Aldi's, and then we came home. Grayce played with a friend's son who was also visiting, we wrapped the Birthday Girl's presents, cooked, played ping pong, ate, picked DJ up from Bristol Mountain, watched the Olympics, and then we hit the hay.

Here are some snapshots of our day...

It was alot of fun. Next time she comes, we feed the birds, count the money in the change jar, and pull out the sewing machine:) Can't wait Grayce.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Alexandra

God truly blessed me when He gave me you.

You are happy...




and lovely (inside and out)...

And I love you with my whole heart :)
Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!! You are my sunshine.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Indians Are Coming

I am the oldest of three children (Brenda and John are my younger siblings). My sister always liked my brother better than me. I don't understand why.

Well, maybe I do. When I was five and Brenda was three, cowboy and indian movies were the thing to watch. Everybody was afraid of indians. My sister was no exception and I took full advantage of that knowledge (even at that very young age, I was a keen observer of the human psyche).

We lived in a big old house with woods behind it. The woods eventually lead to a farm that had horses. I would lure my little sister to that area by saying, "Brenda, let's go see the horses."

Excitedly, she followed me (her older, loving sister) into the woods, up the hill to the fence (well, I made it there-she did not). You see, right as she was about to get to the fence to see the horses, I would start yelling, "The indians are coming. The indians are coming." and proceed to run as fast as my little five year old feet would take me back towards the house (laughing all the way) with Brenda hot behind me screaming, "Wait for me!!! Wait for me!!!"

God I love that kid :)

Speaking of kids I love and indians, this little indian is here for the night. Yeah, she gets to sleep in Alexandra's room, have stew, watch movies, and help me bake a carrot cake for my soon to be 20 year old daughter.

I am glad that my brother (who I never did anything mischievous to;) has allowed Grayce to come over.

And, don't worry John, I promise I won't give her any creative, mischievous ideas. She reminds me of me enough already :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Line Dried Sheets

I ask you, "Is there anything better than that?"

I think not :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

to all you little lovebirds out there.

I received a nice box of chocolates from my Valentine and tonight we will be preparing and enjoying a wonderful dinner of top serloin steak, garlic smashed potatoes, green beans, and fruit cobbler. Of course, we will also be having a nice glass (or two) of red to complement the meal.

Make sure you call those you love and tell them Happy Valentine's Day. It may be something small, but it will mean the world to them:)


Thursday, February 11, 2010

And the Academy Award Goes To

OK, so it's not an Academy Award, but we are very proud to display them in our house...

Most improved bowler and singles and doubles trophy winner.
Congratulations DJ!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

W is Her Favorite Letter

Like in Water and Walk.

Two of her favorite things :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

We're Going Retro

for Superbowl 44 this year...

Chex Mix, Pepsi Throwback, pizza, wings, cheese whiz, and a whole lot of fun.
Dave may even wear one of his shirts from the 70s :)
Who Dat Saints gonna beat :)
Enjoy the game.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Happy Friday

Does this picture not scream HAPPY!!!

It is Alexandra circa 1990.

Throw caution to the wind (or flour in the air), laugh, and have a great weekend :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What a Big Lug

My brother is over 6' 2" tall.
He has tattoos, shaves his head, and...

wears his heart on his sleeve. He is teaching his daughters the same (to wear their heart on their sleeve:). I am proud to be his sister and my nieces' aunt :)

Sometimes It Pays

to force the issue...
Now, if I could only get a warm breeze to blow through my hair :)
Have a good day!!!


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