Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Where Are They Now"

Maddy was selected to participate in a
Junior Achievement Pitch Night -- "Where Are They Now?"
segment this week!
Back in middle school [was that only 1 year ago???],
 the students developed, pitched products and sold
items just like JA did back in the dark ages
when I was in high school. 
But . . . we did JA in high school, didn't you?
And no, I am not telling you
how many years ago that was!


Anyhooo -- due to her little booming etsy business, 
her business/computer
teacher, Mrs. B, called and asked her
to be in the "Where are They Now" portion of
the Pitch Night!

It was so much fun for her to talk about the bandana business and
answer questions from the experts (business leaders from our community)
and to visit with teachers/parents from her middle school days.
Proud Mom moment to be sure!
Since the end of January, she's sold over 200 bandanas!
That's a lot of stylish pups out there! :)
Thanks for the invite Mrs. B!

Friday, April 21, 2017

TGIF/Spring Break Report

Yippee Skippee - it's Friday and the sun is shining!
In honor all things spring and her love for Peeps,
Maddy tried one of the Unicorn frapps at Starbucks*
the other day.
Isn't it so pretty!
Pretty, but loaded with sugar and she took two
sips and deemed it way too much!!
Since it had no chocolate in it, I was not interested! :)


In other spring break-type news,
Maddy's break from school is centered around  the holiest of holidays,Easter,
 so a bit later than most spring breaks this year.
We used to head to Disney for Spring Break
and Loved  that so much -- but it was incredibly
busy and crowded.  So we switched and stay home at Easter/spring break and
head to Disney World after school gets out at the end of May!
The countdown is on and at 39 days!


We had brunch with this lovely group on Easter Sunday!
They all look so spiffy and cute, don't they!
I'm not sure why I didn't force ask Maddy and Connor and Mr. Tennis
 to get into a photo, 
but somehow I missed that opportunity!

Mads and I spent a lot of time over spring break visiting
fabric stores and sewing!
The doggie bandana business is going strong - very strong!
We sewed 16 bandanas over Easter weekend 
and are currently working on 10 more!

Hope you had a wonderful week.  After seemingly endless
storms and rain here, we're crossing our fingers for a full day or two
of sunshine!

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cheer News!




Yay !
My freshie cheerleader made the JV squad!
We had such a busy week last week with cheer practices, tryouts 
plus homework plus tests!
Seriously -- she had practices and tryouts - couldn't we 
suspend homework
and tests for one week??? :)
Tryouts were last Friday and Maddy and I had tickets to the 
Midtown Men concert after tryouts!
If you have the chance - go see them - especially if you are
fans of the oldies!  They were in Jersey Boys on Broadway
and are fabulous!  She even enjoyed the performance.

Instead of home, we headed to Pius to see who
made the team as the list was to be posted on the door at 10 PM!
Kind of a scary way to find out!
But some of the other JV contenders were also there. 
Happy to report, all these girls made JV!
Congrats girls!

Yes, it was a little chilly out at 10 PM that night!

On Sunday, it was time for the cheer potluck dinner to
meet all the squads, new girls and families.
It was so much fun!

JV Squad 2017-18!
Uniform ordering is tonight (take the checkbook!!!)
and practices start up in May.
Looks like another fun year with cheer!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy Birthday - A Mimi Post!

My youngest grandchild, baby Dorothy, celebrated
her first birthday at the end of March!
So, it's time for a Granny post.
 But wait, the word Granny always reminds me of that really
 old Granny on Beverly Hillbillies - 
anybody remember that show?
So let's call this a Mimi post
since that's what the littles call me.


Seems so hard to believe
that she's hit the 1-year old milestone already!
She is simply a delight and 
they had some fabulous 1-year celebration photos taken.  
She has blue eyes and a really sweet disposition just like me!



Couldn't you just smoosh that little face and
cover it in kisses!



Happy Birthday Sweet Dorothy!! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Welcome April!

Hello April!
Hello Rainy Weather!
Boo hoo - missing the sun and warm temps here!
I'm hoping that mentioning our rainy and dreary weather will
make it go away! 
Fingers crossed!


In other random news, I took Mr. Tennis to 
the Amtrak station the other morning at 3:05 AM
to catch a train headed East.
Yes, his train departed at 3:20 AM -- not my 
favorite time of day to be out!
I used to take the very same train (well, probably not the exact same train), 
but similar schedule for the train back and forth to college.
I loved riding the rails!  Visiting the club car and  watching Iowa speed by
in front of my very eyes was so relaxing!
Ahhhh - -those were the days my friend!

The el trains I used to take in Philadelphia were not 
quite so clean and relaxing! :)



In other random news -- cheer tryouts are this week!
It's going to be a busy, busy week for Miss M - with cheer practices,  
tryouts and homework too - plus the bandana business 
is going strong and we are sewing a LOT! :)

Soooooo, that's the way our week looks -
hope you have a wonderful week too!






Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cheer Banquet!

You didn't think that I was done with talking
about cheer and cheerleading, did you?

Freshman Squad with Coach Katy
Now that cheer has been finished for a couple of weeks, 
it was time for the
End of the Cheer Season Banquet last weekend.

Although extremely busy at times with practices and games,
it was a really fun year for my freshman cheerleader!
Besides being active and getting loads of exercise,
she gained a lot of confidence and learned many valuable lessons
from being part of a team.
One of the best things about the whole cheer experience  was having a
"big sister."  All the seniors are big sisters to the younger girls and
her big sis Alyse was a real model of cheer, positive behavior and teamwork!


Finally, a reason for Mads to get out of the yoga pants/leggings
and tee-shirts for the banquet.
Not being much of a "dress" girl, Maddy recycled a 
dress from 7th grade! 
Yes, it still fit though shorter than it was back then 
due to someone getting taller!

Freshie Cheerleaders!
We had such a great time celebrating the Varsity, JV
and Freshman squads and all their hard work.
It was especially touching to hear the seniors talk about
the friends they've made on cheer and their thanks to their parents
and coaches for making it all such a great experience.

Look at the yummy cakepops and cake!
Can you say DELISH!!





Maddy received the Smile Award for the best smile and
attitude in the Freshman squad!
Love that girl's smile!

Next up -- cheer tryouts next week!

GO BOLTS!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hippity Hoppity

It's that time of year -- time to change the
door art to a spring design!


Door art is fairly popular in our neighborhood.
It so much fun to see what the neighbors will come up with next.

One neighbor had a Giant Hershey Kiss for 
Valentine's Day!
When Maddy saw it, she said it would be perfect for me! 
 Oh yes -- the girl knows me well!


Since St. Patrick's Day is over, we just retired our Shamrock and
are so excited to show off our polka-dot bunny!

We love how the change of season and/or celebrations
are displayed on the doors around our area!
My favorites are the new one -- the bunny, of course,
but also love our ice cream cone for summer
and the birthday cake for birthdays!

Do you do door art in your neighborhood?