Wednesday, March 4, 2015

12 Years Ago

"A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous...
full of beauty and forever beautiful...
loving and caring and truly amazing."
Dianna Beisser

March is one of my favorite months!  
Besides the fact that March ushers in spring,
 daylight hangs around longer, birds are chirping
and the grass is greening up finally,
there is another reason I love March.

12 years ago today in a conference room in the faraway city 
of Guangdong in the Peoples Republic of China, 
we met our daughter, sweet Maddy, from the town of Wuchuan, 
 for the very first time.

Two months before, we received some photos of her 
looking very serious with those beautiful
piercing dark eyes, sweet little nose and rosebud lips.
And that hair -- that gorgeous black hair!
It was love at first sight!

She's an amazing, sweet, vibrant, thoughtful, loving, 
funny and fun-loving 
13 year old now.
How did we ever get so lucky?!

We are blessed beyond measure to be able to raise her
and call her our daughter!

A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present,
 and the hope and promise of the future." 

-- Author Unknown

Sunday, March 1, 2015

So Long February - Hello March

Hello Friends!
Are you ready for the month of March?
I'm thinking praying that it will be better
weather-wise than February!
Come on Mother Nature - play nice and
bring us some warm weather please!

February ended with my son, Philip's, birthday!
He turned 30 years old!
Holy cow -- how can he be 30?!
He loved that Sesame Street riding toy!

He was born on a record-high warm day -- 68 degrees!
So lovely!
I recall Mr. Tennis hitting every single pothole on the
way to the hospital!
Ouch!  :(
Philip was a healthy 9 pounder!
Such an adorable baby!
And he's been a joy ever since!

Philip at 7 years old and Connor at 5.

This past year he finished his pediatric residency and
moved with his family to Lincoln!

We are so delighted to have them here and
 celebrated at a dinner out last week.

Philip with his 2 boys, Walt and Harry
Such a great time and celebration!
Happy Birthday Philip!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Some Days You Need a Treat!

There are those days when you just really 
need a treat, aren't there!?!

Like a fabulous Vanilla Bean Frappuccino!
Wow -- that is quite the drink!

My selection at Starbuck*s is generally
the skinny vanilla latte . . . with a birthday cake pop!
We had a recent early out day from school and
so we celebrated.

We like to celebrate the big and the little occasions!
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hello Monday Again!

Well, hello Monday again!
Somehow Mondays sneak up on me 
and I'm never quite ready to
give up the weekend, are you?

It's been extremely chilly lately -- 
where are our normal halfway warm February temps?

Maddy in my alma mater sweatshirt - Bradley University!
Maddy and I spent the weekend running errands,
shopping at Target,
walking the pup, 
and throwing out clutter.

Plus -- I cooked! 
 Yes, I made an incredibly delish
slow cooker bbq chicken!
While the bbq chicken is probably easy-peasy for
most of you, I'm the first to admit
that cooking is not my strong suit - 
I need easy, very easy,
and it was that and very yummy!
Yay me!

Speaking of cooking, 
last weekend when I was with the littles,
I introduced them to the Pioneer Woman shows
on Netflix.  Janie and I oohed and aaahed
over the dishes she made.
How does Ree make it look so easy?
Aha, Janie reportedly was taking notes!
The other day she made herself a little snack - 
some chocolate hearts layered on tostitos!
She told her Dad she learned about it on Pioneer Woman!
Smart girl -- always pay attention when chocolate is involved
 (though I do not recall that specific recipe).

Marble cheesecake!

This week we are hoping for warmer temps,
looking forward to celebrating a birthday
and a day and half off school for Mads due
to school conferences.
Love a day off, don't you! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Scottie Spa Day!

In honor of the Westminster Dog show, I thought a post about our
incredible Scottie lass would be in order.
Miss Muffy rules the house.
She puts up with us only because she
can nudge that big Scottie nose and get treats rather easily!

Recently, she had a day at the spa and believe me, she needed it!

"Before" grooming
Justin, our favorite groomer, loves Muffy.  
He worked in puppy and doggie daycare
when she attended those programs and
then Justin moved on to grooming.
Muffy is the best Scottie he's ever met he says!

Here she is after her day of grooming.
She looked so pretty and smelled lovely!

And, did you know that February is Doggie Dental Month?

Yep it is -- so Muffy had her teeth cleaned last week!
That was a bit of an ordeal and took her a couple days
to recuperate from the procedure and the meds.
But now, her teeth are sparkling and
no cavities!

Doggie teeth brushing is commencing to keep those canine chompers
bright and clean!
Wish me luck! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Weekend!

Happy Valentine's Day Weekend!

Who doesn't love a holiday that celebrates with chocolate??
Perfect for me!!

We are spending the weekend with the Littles tomorrow!
Can't wait to see those cute little faces with their
chocolate milk moustaches!
Yes, there will be chocolate milk!
No rules when Mimi's there, right?!

And we may even have this for dessert or breakfast -
I haven't decided yet!  :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hello Monday!

Hello Monday!

Sometimes we refer to Monday as Manic Monday or Miserable Monday
or just Monday, Monday -- don't like that day!
You know, Mondays can be tough after the weekend.
But am trying to be more positive about Mondays!
So . . . . this week we are looking forward to:

Warmer temps -- loved the snow,
 love it more when its gone!

A haircut for Miss M -- think she is long overdue
as her hair is tangling on its own overnight 
and driving her a little cray-cray!

Janie at 3 months!!!
Little Miss Janie-boo turns 5 this week!
How can she be 5 already?!! :)

Also looking forward to some relief
from a terrible, horrible, very bad backache.
Have no idea what caused it, but please
pray for it to be gone.

And looking forward to 
spending some time with the Littles next weekend
while Philip and Catherine have a break
and attend a Marriage Encounter weekend.
It's going to be a busy week!