Tuesday, June 4, 2013

More Fun with Sophia

Sophia with Sleeping Beauty
Sophia in Cinderella's bed, hanging out.
I cannot believe she, like Molly, was a rescue dog.  She is perfect and lets the girls carry her around, dress her, play fetch with her, put bows in her hair, etc.  She lets them do anything.  It is like we have always had her.
She is a two year old Lhasa Apso.  Pure love and sweetness.  Love her.

Last Day of School

The girls have been out three weeks.  Here are pictures from their last days:

Last day of 2nd grade
 Last day of Pre K

New Pet

About a month ago I saw a picture of a Lhasa Apso that I fell in love with.  I asked Tim for a week and every time the answer was no.  Until he said, "Go ahead.  You will anyway."  Haha  And Sophia is part of our family.  We love her.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pre K Graduate

Sleeping Beauty is on her way to Kindergarten in August!!  I am in disbelief.
 This was during the ceremony.  Priceless!

Friday, May 17, 2013


I love to take pictures, especially at the beach.  From left to right: Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, me and Tim.  :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


We lost a beloved friend and family member yesterday.  Yes, he was a newt but he was OUR newt.  Tim bought Professor Klump shortly after moving here 13 years ago.  He went through two moves with him, our marriage, adding a cat then getting rid of the cat (Tim was allergic) and getting the dog.  He also was with us when we became parents.  Twice.   Ultimately he went into Cinderella's big girl room before Sleeping Beauty was born.  Cinderella took it the hardest.  He was her roommate, after all.  Prayers for a little girl and her broken heart.  "I'm sad he's gone."

I know he can't read and have thoughts like you and I do but I wanted to share this anyway.

Professor Klump,

Thank you for always being there for Tim and being so sweet to the girls and the neighborhood kids.  Everyone loved you.  You would always allow them to play with you and get you out of your abode.

Your People Family

And yes, I cried too.


Since my last post I have been able to keep up on most aspects of the house.  I am both shocked and amazed. It will all go downhill soon as I will be out of commission and it will turn into a wasteland here.  I have to laugh so I won't cry.  Thoughts and prayers are appreciated for tomorrow.  <3

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Post In Which You See the Real Me and Possibly Lose Respect for Me

I hate cleaning.  I am the polar opposite of my loves-to-clean sister.

I hate cooking.  I am the polar opposite of my brother the chef.

I hate doing laundry and folding and putting away clothes.


I don't let me girls use the word "hate" and yet that is the only word I can use to accurately describe how I feel about such chores.

I rarely make our bed properly.  It's a good day if I pull the sheets and blankets up over the pillows.

I know I am a terrible housekeeper and cook.  I can see and I can taste.

I constantly feel like I am in a sinking boat with only a thimble to get the extra water out.  I am sinking faster than I can get myself out.  The housework and house responsibilities are always piling up no matter how much I try to keep up.

The good news is I rarely hear about my lack of skills from my family.  We do joke about my cooking sometimes but they know I do the best I can.  Some days I am just in survival mode.

I wrote all of this after doing laundry and cleaning most of the day.  I feel accomplished but also know that come tomorrow, with Spring Break in full swing, it will look like I did nothing of the sort.

Here's to all the moms (and dads) out there who are sinking in their boats with me, with only a thimble to use to bail yourself out.

Time Flies

I registered Sleeping Beauty (AKA "Bebe") for Kindergarten last week.  I am so sad and happy at the same time.  She hugged me when I told her she was signed up.  She has been waiting for "Big Kid School" for three years.  :)  She promised to "remain a baby"  and then to "remain a toddler" and now look!  She is five and will be in school every day in August.  How does this happen??

Saturday, March 30, 2013


The past several months I have had to upload pictures through a third party site to post them here since I ran out of room here.  I really think it has a lot to do with my posting going down the tubes.  This blog was supposed to be more about writing and less about my pictures yet I find that I want to do both.  I am fighting to find the balance with this.  Stay with me please.  :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Some images I am glad I have.  Others, I wish I did not have.

I am not talking about pictures or videos.

I am talking about memories.

Locked away in the corners of my mind...with the cobwebs.  ;)

I have so many happy images though.  More good and happy than bad and sad.

Most of the bad or sad involve grandparents' funerals.  Or the times shortly before the funerals.  So, I won't focus on those here.  Or anywhere, really.

The good and the happy?

Playing with my sister as a child.

Being with my cousins...

When my baby brother was born.  I was the only eight year I knew with a real live doll baby.

Going to Disney.

Living in Italy.

High school.

Times with best friends.

Times with family.

Treasured memories with grandparents.

Falling in love...


Getting married and having babies.

First smiles, teeth and steps.

With the girls, I have more happy memories now than ever before.  I just hope I do as good a job as my mom and dad did in trying to make sure we had a worry-free childhood.

I am off to burn dinner and make more happy images.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Does anyone even read here anymore?  I have some ideas but don't want to write to wall, so to speak.  :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


I had a bengin tumor - No cancer.  It was all removed when I had my surgery and they did the biopsy. Please pray for my recovery.  :)

Friday, February 1, 2013


I came through the surgery fine yesterday but won't have the biopsy results for about a week.  I am in a lot of pain and very bruised but am just glad the lump is out.  Tim has been taking great care of me.  :)  I am a blessed girl.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Tomorrow is the day.  I am having a lumpectomy and biopsy of my right breast.  I have what they think is a lobular mass.  Where it is, the size of it and the fact that it hurts me to touch it make me want it gone and gone yesterday, not to mention that it could be a bad mass.  (I do not think it is).   The doctor said it needed to come out as soon as possible which would be next Wednesday.  I said, "How about ASAP as in TOMORROW?"  He smiled and said, "O.K."  :)  I was prepared not to leave his office without the answer I wanted.  Those who know me at all know this to be true.  :)  Please remember me in prayer.  Pray for the doctors and the nurses and for my friends and family.   I'll see you on the other side of this.  :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It Really Can Happen to Anyone

Tomorrow I go for a consult with a surgeon.  I found a mass in my breast and called my doctor the next day.  From there they sent me straight to the hospital.  There they did the mammogram and the ultrasound and I was advised to have it removed and biopsied ASAP.  I am praying surgery will be Thursday.  I will be OK.  I have my family and friends and God.  :)  Please pray.  <3

Monday, January 14, 2013


As much as I hate to say it I just don't have the time to blog.  My home business (Thirty-One Gifts) and being a wife, mom, cook, taxi driver, pet sitter, etc....it leaves little to no time any more.  I am not sure what I should do anymore.  A week flies by and I forget to do another post.  Any suggestions?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Last year I made the resolution to change my eating habits and get healthier.  I did and I lost some extra weight.  Anyone have any resolutions for this year?  Want to share them?