Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hello Summer!

Yay!  It's Officially Summer!
Time for swimsuits and pool parties and 
ice cream and lazy days!

But, our weather is not cooperating!
We had extremely hot conditions in May and earlier in June - 
like 98+ degree temps for days and days and days in a row.
We were roasting!!

So, we did get some pool time in then,
but now that its officially summer -- it's 70 and raining -
raining cats and dogs this week!
Oy! Hoping for better weather by the weekend!

Jodee and Kamree joined us for some pool time too!
It was a lovely hot night and the girls loved cooling
off in donut floaties!
Kamree had some mad/rad skills in flips off the diving board!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sewing 101!

One of the classes Maddie had last semester was a
Design/Sewing Class.  I think I was just as excited as
she was to learn new things and improve on sewing skills.
But, oh my -- that class had a lot more requirements than anticipated!

The class started out with hand-sewing -- which is harder than one would
think, but Maddie did very well.  They sewed pin cushions, a little
doggie and something else that neither she nor I could actually identify -- 
something shaped like a strawberry, but unknown as to its actual purpose - 
if it had a purpose, that is.

Janie's Apron- a little small for M
Then they went on to real sewing projects.  The instructor had a long list of
potential projects with points associated with each item.  The goal was to
work up to 500 points by the end of the semester!
That may not sound like a lot, but making a pillow or pillow cover
only amounted to 20 points, so that left another 480 to go.
She learned early on, that searching on Google for "easy to sew 
beginner projects" is a better method than buying an old-fashioned pattern.

One of the sewing projects Maddie made was an apron for 
Janie B (her niece).  It turned out so adorable and it is reversible, so
I made a smaller version for Dorothy and also aprons
for Walt and Harry - also reversible!

Aprons for Walt and Harry -- "What's Shakin' Bacon?
Other items Maddie made included drawstring bags, envelope pillow covers,
a skirt (knit fabric is no one's friend), aprons and pajama pants!
She did manage to accumulate over 500 points with all her projects
and a A for the course!

For some unknown reason, the teacher would not allow Maddie to
sew any dog bandanas or bath wraps [both my suggestions]!
  What the heck!!! 
 It takes a bit of
skill to make those too!

Friday, June 8, 2018

First Communion

As you may (or not) have noticed from my last post,
my Granddaughter, Jane, recently made her
First Communion.

It was such a special day and so beautiful!
We were so happy to be able to be there and share in
such a wonderful day and celebration!

She was quite lovely and has the sweetest spirit.
We love her so!

The whole adorable family!!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Brunch for Mother's Day!

One of my favorite ways to celebrate 
Mother's Day is to have brunch 
with the family!
No cooking for this Momma!
This year, we ended up having two brunches . . . 
am I lucky or what!

Connor, moi and Maddie

Philip and his family couldn't make it to the first
one, so we went to brunch again the next
weekend to celebrate with them.

Mr. Tennis, aka The Rickster, Maddie, me and Connor -
doesn't my hair look good - even with that tree growing out of my head!

I know I'm not the best cook -- but really -- doesn't
brunch prepared by someone else always taste fabulous!

And don't even get me started on Mimosas!
Love, Love, Love!
Why yes, I do believe I had 3 Mimosas at Mother's Day Brunch.
One to celebrate each child, of course!

And later, another favorite way to celebrate
a visit to the zoo with Maddie and a wee little nap!
Could it be that the 3 Mimosas made me a little sleepy???

Philip, Jane, Harry, Walt, Catherine and Dorothy

It was a fabulous Mother's Day and
wonderful celebrations.
I am blessed to have such a wonderful

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bye Bye Sophomore Year!

Soooo, sophomore year in high school is finito -- finished, all done, bye bye!
Her big smile says it all - doesn't it!
She's ready for summer!

And What a Year it's Been!
A few of the highlights . . . 

Cheering at all the Reserve and JV Games!
Doing tons and tons of homework.
Figuring out Quizlet and how to use it to help
prepare for tests!
Using the MathElf app!
Getting a driver's license!
Driving to School!
Celebrating at Scooters!
Easter at DisneyWorld!
Being my No. 1 Sweet Daughter!

Here she was in 2010 after finishing 2nd grade!


Sleepy mornings, summer schedules, pool time
here she comes!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Another Milestone - Driving!!

We hit another milestone recently!
Maddie got her driver's license and is driving back
and forth to school . . .
all by herself!!

Her first car - handed down from her brothers.
Oh my word - that first day she left home to 
drive to school, I wanted to jump in the car
and follow her to make sure she got there ok.
Actually, I wanted Mr. Tennis to drive in front of her 
and me behind her to provide a somewhat
protective bubble of safety!
Every day, I say a prayer to keep her safe as she drives away.

After school on that first day (well, every day to tell the truth),
I wait outside in front of the house to see her driving 
up our street. 
 The first day it seemed that her
drive home was taking longer than I thought it would.
I was checking my watch and iPhone for any messages and
then I saw the Big Red Jeep headed down our street.
She had stopped at Scooter's to buy a celebratory Frap!  :)

2015 Jeep Patriot
Yes, she is driving the Big Red Jeep (we love that car)
and I'm driving a new/used Jeep Patriot.
Love the Jeep brand.  I tried a few others,
but felt most comfortable in a jeep!
She's doing great!
Happy Driving!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Fun Fotos on a Friday!

Happy Friday!!

I'm interrupting my own series of posts about WDW to
post a couple of FUN FRIDAY FOTOS!

Yesterday when the weather was perfect, 
Maddie and I headed out to a fave foto location.
Sometimes we just like to take pictures!
So, I had her imitate Gaston 
(from Beauty and the Beast, you know)
so we could compare it with the one we took at WDW!

We got some funny looks when we took that one at WDW!
But, I guess it was a sort of a clever idea as other park visitors
immediately started imitating us and doing the exact same photo!

And a laughing photo  because . . . obviously, we crack ourselves up!  :)

Happy Mother's Day friends!