Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

Since my Dad was in the Navy, I thought this was an appropriate vintage post card for the day. Wishing everyone a safe Memorial Day Weekend honoring those who have gone on before us. Remember all those who have lost their lives protecting us and allowing us our freedoms.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Today despite or in spite of the heat we gathered to BBQ and celebrate our families birthdays and Mothers day and about anything else we could think of. We meaning TJ and Sadera and Anthony braved the heat and did hamburgers and hot dogs and turkey burgers on the grill. They all looked like little lobsters when they came in.
TJ and I had made his famous mac and cheese, and there was potato salad, cole slaw, wings, corn on the cob, lemon pie and fresh strawberry short cake. Enough food to fill us all up and then some.

Following our big meal it was game on. Anthony wanted to play Take a Trip so bad so we started with that one. Now I have said before we are competitive especially the guys. Well Anthony plotted and plotted but alas although he had long lines of his trains it was Daddy John who finally won the game and the longest train trip. From there we moved on to Catch Phrase and finally Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader ah no we are not!

It was a great day and Jen, John and the kids made it even better with "Green" pans for both TJ and I. I think TJ had a good birthday!!

The Birthday Guy

Getting the burgers on the grill

John concentrating on his train line

Anthony and his mis buttoned shirt that we all gave him a bad time about




The game

It was such a wonderful day filled to the brim with family, food, laughter, teasing and joking. This is what Sundays are all about. What a way to start a new week!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Happy Birthday TJ

Happy Birthday TJ to a loving, easy going, fun loving son, brother and uncle. We all love you

It is hard to believe that 34 years ago today my middle child TJ was born. He was the easiest pregnancy, easiest delivery and the calmest laid back baby.
Tomorrow is our family celebration for TJ's birthday. We decided on a good old fashioned BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, corn on the cob and a few desserts. It should be a fun day.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to my Mom and my sister Jo and to all the deserving, hard working, wonderful Moms who I call family and friends. Hoping you all have a wonderful day spent exactly like you wish!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Winding Down The Dreaded Week

Another birthday come and gone. Just one birthday left to celebrate this month and that is TJ's next Saturday. Whew 3 birthdays and Mother's Day all in 3 weeks has kept us all hopping.
My dreaded another year older big milestone birthday was Wednesday. I was not looking forward to it at all. In fact to say I was dreading it was an understatement. But Wednesday came and was a wonderful day and not as depressing as I had anticipated. I answered the phone to Colleen singing Happy Birthday and got to talk to her for a few minutes before I left for work. Claudia and Peggy had decorated my office with a banner and flowers and chocolate cake. What a wonderful surprise when I arrived at work. TJ had delivered a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers to brighten my day and Eleanor brought in beautiful roses and brownies. It was a great day. My folks sent me Kindil gift card and yeap I have two more books loaded. My list is growing. Thanks Mom and Dad.

After work I headed to Jan's for our monthly Stampin Up club class. We completed 2 cards and a cute gift container and Jan demonstrated a new technique using reinkers. A good way to end the day.

Last night I joined Kim, Mike and Leslie, at Mystic Paper for an art
get together (AKA LAASING Late Afternoon Altered Art Social Intimate Network Gathering). Lots of laughter and ghost stories. I didn't accomplish anything art wise but Mike demo'd UTTE. A fun laughter filled night.

So today it is the usual household stuff and maybe a bit of creating. Just a quiet restful weekend.
Projects from Wednesday nite's class

Beautiful huge Sunflower Bouquet from TJ

Sweet Ms Kim gave me a beautiful Star Orange plant, a decadent German Chocolate cake (that we all enjoyed) and treated me to Chick Fillet dinner yum. Now keep your fingers crossed I can keep it alive. It is a beautiful fragrant plant.

And of course I bought a couple of things to add to the birthday festivities
I have been wanting the Home decor Cricut Cartridge and lo and behold what shows up on my email a packaged deal for the near impossible to obtain said cartridge. Ya I caved and sent for it. Included was the free Juke box another cartridge and the ink pens for the cricut. So that arrived yesterday

Then after using the Epson Picture Mate at Jen's house last weekend I had to have this. I love the quality of these pics so yeap that arrived yesterday Good week of deliveries with lots of goodies at my house.
So there ya have it in a nut shell my week. Ended on a wonderful positive note thanks to family and friends

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Party! Party! Party!

Happy Birthday Sadera!!!!
After Anthony's game it was time to get it into full gear for Sadera's scrap booking Birthday Party. We had put together goody bags filled with fun scrap booking and craft things for the girls to work on. Our goal was to give them projects and let them go all out in their own directions. The girls had so much fun and their creations were unique and awesome. I had made them baseball caps and aprons and they loved those. Jen had baskets that we filled with glue, tape runners, stickers, rubons, the cricut was ready, paints, stamps and the girls absolute favorites decorative scissors. They loved them and I think every pic was cut out using them:)
We used the little Epson Picture Mate to print group pics and individual pics for the girls while they were there.
It was a fun, loud, scrapping party and how appropriate we did it on NSD too.

The Group in their aprons

Their caps

The birthday girl. Note how they all put their aprons so low. Too funny

The complete group

Scrapping away

The completed first project photo / note holders out of decorated clothespins. Each one was unique and oh so cute and fit their personalities

The door hanger

Sadera working on hers

Apparently after I left they continued on and were able to utilize a ton of paper and supplies I had taken over. Great way to destash. Fun afternoon and evening
Happy Birthday Sweetie

Baseball, Baseball, Baseball

Saturday was the 1st game that I attended for Anthony. He has found a good fit in sports for him. Anthony has tried soccer, swimming and other sports but this seems to be the right fit. He loves baseball. So bright and early I headed to Jennifer's to join the family for a morning of baseball. We got all set up in the SUN and found out the game was postponed till 10.00. Jen and I needed to finish up last minute preps for Sadera's party at 4 so we watched them practice for a bit and then headed out to Michaels. Jen went back with my camera to capture some pics with my new zoom lens. So of course here you go presenting Mr A playing ball. Oh ya his team is the Reds. And the white blur on the phots is the fence.

The hit

Running the bases

Sliding in to home. Don't all little boys slide in to home??

Friday, May 01, 2009

Happy Birthday Sweet Sadera

Today is my Granddaughter's Birthday. She was so close to being born on my birthday or her Uncle TJ's birthday. But she decided to show up early. Happy Birthday Sadera. You are growing in to such a beautiful young lady. I'm looking forward to your party tomorrow!
Love ya