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!


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?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Random Thoughts

TGIF and Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Finally -- we are enjoying some warmer temps and sunny skies!
Love that the grass is greening up, birds are singing and
the furnace isn't running full blast!

My neighbor's daffodils are blooming!
This is the time of year that I love  - so nice to get outside to
walk/run, see the neighbors, find out the neighborhood news, etc.
Hoping that our boulevard that was decimated last fall for
street work gets some much-needed attention and
will not be a mud-pit!

What's on your weekend agenda?
Tidying up around the house and yard is the top of my list!
Beauty and the Beast also on the schedule.
What about you?
Have a fabulous weekend friends!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Keep Calm and Tap Dance!

Do you tap?
After cheerleading and the early morning practices ended 
a couple weeks ago,  Maddy decided to try something totally new!
Tap Dancing!

We found a "Tap for Teens" class at a dance studio she 
went to years ago.  After two "try it out first" classes, she was hooked!  
She said it is very fun, but way harder than it looks!
She wanted me to join in -- but (1) I'm not a teen by a very long shot; and
(2)  I have no sense of rhythm and fell over during a trial
Zumba class.
 Me = No Coordination!!
I can walk and I can run (a little -- not too far)
 -- that's the extent of my athletic abilities!

As luck would have it (for me anyway), parent visitation was
last week and they only have those once per semester.
During the two classes she attended,  I had been peeking through the windows,
 but all I could
see was a lot of legs and feet moving very, very quickly!
I thought there were 15-20 girls in the class, but only 9 --
just lots of feet tapping!
So nice that they are all around the same age -- most are
freshmen or sophomores in high school.

She's learning very quickly and having the best time!
It's totally a nice break from studies on Tuesday evenings.
Our new motto is
"Stay Calm and Tap Dance"
Happy Weekend!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Well Hello March and 14 Years Together!

Hello March!
It feels like thunderstorms are on the way.
Yes, I should be a weather forecaster!
Look what it was like 14 years ago in Hong Kong!

The warm weather today reminds me of what it was like so many years ago
in the People's Republic of China!
It was warm and humid (as you can tell from my curly hair).
Such a special day for our family  ---
we finally met our sweet baby girl Maddy Mei.

Sometimes called Gotcha Day and
also known as Family Day marks the day 
when Maddy joined our family.
We already loved her from the photos we received earlier,
but meeting her in person was so special.
Such chaos going on all around us, but all we could
see was our beautiful girl.

Happy 14th Family Day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Little Snow and a Birthday!

Our winter weather has been a bit strange!
We had 6 days in February with temps in the 70's!
Most of us were very happy with those
warm and sunny days!
Ahhhh-- felt like spring!

Two days after hitting a record high of 76, we had
thunder, rain, hail, sleet and snow all in the time frame of 2-3 hours!
That's the beauty of living in Nebraska -
the weather can change very quickly!

Our little Scottie thinks she is a snowdog -- she absolutely
loves it and spent a lot of time rolling around in the snow and rubbing her 
face in it every single time she went outside!
She has so much fun that I don't mind (too much) the messy towels 
and blankets she uses to dry off when she comes back into the house 
only to want to go out again in a very short amount of time. 

Who knows what the weatherman will bring us in March and April?
I'm ready for the warm-up to hang-around!

Happy last day of February
and Happy Birthday to my firstborn son Philip today!!
[He'll love that he got to share a blog post with the dog!!!]

I didn't make this cookie-cake, but wish I had a bite of it!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

State Cheer Tournament

Last week all of the cheerleaders attended the 
Nebraska State High School Cheer and Dance Championships!

It was an even earlier wake-up call than their usual
6 AM practices as they had to be at school and ready
to  roll out of town at 5:45 AM!

Do you see Maddy?  She's in the back line pretty far to the left.
The Pius X girls came in 3rd in sideline cheer and 5th (out of 10) in tumbling.
So proud of all the girls as they did a great job this year!  
I had no idea how much work and practice goes into 
cheerleading!  And the girls really enjoyed supporting the
team sports at Pius.
A little sad and hard to believe that cheer is over now.  
They have an end-of-the-year
potluck banquet in March, but no more practices until . . . 
tryouts for next year in early April!


Monday, February 13, 2017

The Yellow Balloon!

Red + yellow = fun combination!
Maddy received a red coat for Christmas and she
absolutely loves that coat!
Of course she would -- we live in Nebraska --
everyone loves RED here! :)

On her list of things to do recently was to go out to
our favorite spot near Holmes Lake and
do a photo shoot in that red coat.
For fun, we added a yellow balloon!

Timing was everything as we wanted a warmish day so we wouldn't 
be freezing and it couldn't be too windy!
We had such a day and even though it
didn't seem windy,
even a teensy little breeze
got that balloon a-moving!

It was fun though and it's so sweet that
she is still agreeable (sometimes) to having
me take her picture!

Also, many thanks for your sweet comments
and orders from Maddy's etsy shop!
We have been sewing up a little storm.
Go figure - her favorite shopping outing now
is to a fabric store! :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Little Entrepreneur!

Miss Maddy and Muffy have been big fans of Instagram
dog accounts
and doggie bandanas for quite some time.
They have won many contests and "modeling" gigs -- 
Muffy is the model and paid with many, many doggie treats!
Hmmm -- perhaps that could be contributing to her (Muffy's)
winter weight gain!

Muffy modeling the "Picnic Plaid" bandana
For the past six months, Maddy has been designing 
the perfect doggie bandana in her spare time.  She's tried the tie-on ones,
the snap-on ones, velcro, etc.,
but neither she nor Muffy were fans.
They often came unfastened or caught Muffy's fur.
So, they determined a slide-on over-the-collar
bandana would be the way to go.
Your doggie cannot escape the fashionable bandana look
when it is fastened over the collar!
Sooooooo, she and I developed a pattern of sorts
and hit the fabric stores!

We made quite a few winter/Christmas bandanas, but did not have the 
Etsy store up and running at that time.  
We've really become focused on the spring/summer line!  
Miss M went to work and figured it out and now she has her
own little storefront on Etsy (happyhoundcollection).

Some of the spring collection
My little sewing machine is getting a workout!
If you're wondering about the division of labor in this enterprise,
Maddy is the taskmaster/designer/cutter of fabric/etsy go-to-person,
packaging master and
I am the seamstress.  
One of our favorite fabrics with either pink or purple on the reverse.
We love some of the spring fabrics we've found and the bandanas
are totally reversible!  
We offer two sizes (mini --our Scottie wears a mini) and
standard  size for larger dogs.  By special order, we can do Jumbo
for really big pups!

Easter Peeps and pastel plaid on the reverse side!
If you have time and the inclination, check out 
her Etsy store (happyhoundcollection)!  
Or contact me through the blog and I'll see what I can do.
She's quite the little entrepreneur!

While it is a bit of work when I would normally be lounging
on the sofa watching The Real Housewives or cleaning house (ha),  it's
totally fun to do with Maddy and it reminds me 
of my sweet Mom and how much she loved to sew!
She'd be so proud of us!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Cheer Season is Winding Down

How did it go by so quickly?
Cheer season is winding down.
The freshie girls had their last cheering gig at school last night!
It was a freshman boys basketball game. 
 No doubt due to the
great cheering by the freshie girls, the boys
have had a very successful season!

Freshman squad - 2 girls weren't able to be there
The girls have the state cheer tournament coming up
in a couple weeks, so practices continue
a little longer.

One of the perks that a parent doesn't even
realize until it happens is that by going to the
freshman sporting events to see the girls cheer, we 
were also able to watch and see freshman 
teams in action!
Football season was a blast - even on those chilly days!
Freshman Girls volleyball and softball was so fun!  
Tennis - always a favorite of mine. 
 Love that the girls cheer at more than the main football and 
basketball sporting events. 
Freshman Girls basketball was pretty amazing to watch
and the Freshman Boys Basketball have been on
fire - winning every game!

Their coach brought them each a cookie!
Really going to miss seeing these adorable
cheerleaders and chatting with the other
freshie moms!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Is It Always About Shoes or Shall I say Glass Slippers?

When the story is Cinderella, yes, it is often about the shoes or
really I mean, glass slippers! :)
Last weekend, Maddy and I went to our performing arts center to see the
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway production of Cinderella! 

Cinderella - photo from website.

It was fabulous!  The singing, the dancing, the jokes! It had such a fun way of
looking at the story we all know and love and some very funny parts!
It was really quite an amazing performance with a couple of special hidden messages.

At one point, the Fairy Godmother says to Cinderella, ‘If you have a dream, then very soon thereafter you’re going to have to fight for it. Otherwise, how would you know the dream is yours?’
  Isn't that the truth!  It also had a message of being kind and generous to
others and that more than one point of view is not only acceptable,
but often a very good thing!

We had great seats in the first row. 
It was a perfectly magical way to spend a Sunday afternoon! 
If it comes to your city, run, don't walk and get tickets!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Winter Formal - A Fun Cheer Fundraiser!

Winter Formal 2017 - Hollywood Glam!
Every winter the cheerleaders organize,
decorate and put on a fundraiser, known as the Winter Formal!
Every cheerleader and cheer parent is required to "volunteer" and
attend the fundraiser!

When you attend Catholic school, you get your picture taken with the Pope!
It took place last Saturday and was loads of fun!
The freshie cheerleaders had two morning basketball games
to cheer at and then help with decorating in the afternoon with the dance
starting at 8:30 that evening.
Did high school dances start that late in your day??
They sure didn't in mine, but that starting time gave the students
time to go out to eat before the dance.
Lots of kids go to fast food joints --  not some fancy sit-down
restaurant.  Too funny!

Freshman cheer squad -- love these sweet girls! Aren't they adorable!
Most students go stag or with friends and even those
with dates appeared to ditch their dates after
coming in to hang out with their friends!
I was a ticket taker and then a chaperone! :)
In case you're wondering,
 no, I did not have to send any students to the "re-teaching" room
for inappropriate dancing!
 Probably helped that the school principal
walked through the dancers during every slowish song! :)
The cheerleaders did a great job on decorating and running
the fundraiser and now we freshie parents know what to expect and plan for
next year!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Yippee Skippee TGIT/TGIF! What Happened to My Eyebrows???

Has this felt like a really LONG week
in a really LONG month to you too?

At the beginning of the week, we had that crazy ice storm to contend with 
and if you know me at all, you
know I was awake worrying
about driving at least 2 or 3 nights
in the past week!
Yes, I am that neurotic person who
drives about 10 mph when it's icy out!
Thank heavens the ice has melted . . . for now!

The ice on the trees was sooo pretty as it melted!
With high school back in session for a couple weeks now,
Miss M is deep into homework
and cheerleading as the
cheerleaders are getting ready 
for a state competition in February.
So, if the poor girl isn't doing homework, she's
either getting up early (6 am practices 2x a week)
or staying up late (sometime 8-9:30 pm practices).
The struggle is real people!

Even Muffy has better eyebrows than me!
In other fun(ny) news, I had my eyebrows dyed the other day.
Have you ever done that?
I have done it before and now I remember why I didn't do it more often!
Yes, my eyebrows took on a life of their own!
Looked a bit like someone drew them on with thick brown crayons!!!!!!!
Maddy could hardly keep from laughing as we left the salon!
Mr. Tennis looked at me all night long like I was possessed!
Later, Maddy said they looked fine -- just reminded her of a walrus!
Now, after a couple days, I believe there has been much
improvement and they don't look so brown Crayola-ish or thick!

Hmmm- what maintenance procedure should I try next?
Would love some eyelash extensions (have also tried those), but
they are pricey and take a LOT of maintenance to keep up!
Guess I had a case of the saggy baggy blues and needed a change. 
Maybe next time I'll
book a flight somewhere warm!
Learn from me and just buy a good eyebrow pencil!
Happy weekend!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ice, Rain and More Ice!

Oh my word!
Our area joined the other parts of the country
hammered by icy rain and ice!
I was hoping the weather service would be 
wrong again, but no  . . . this time 
they were correct!
Sleet, rain, icy rain and more ice!

It's such a mess!  I think I would 
rather have a foot of snow
than all this ice!

Maddy is hoping for a day off tomorrow (Tuesday),
we will see -- keep your fingers crossed!

In the meantime, stay safe
and let's all dream about warmer days!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Favorite Gift

Maddy and I were so excited that we found  
 the perfect gift for
Mr. Tennis at Christmas!
It's always tricky to find something that  he
really needs or wants!
Amazon Prime to the rescue!

It's a hat with a light on the front!
Those last-call walks
with our Scottie are late night and pretty dark, but no more!
They are both delighted with this very cool
light-up hat!
It would also be great for those early morning jogs!
And bonus -- Mr. Tennis and his light-up hat
are the talk of the neighborhood and envied by all! :)
Of course, I would have told you all about it earlier, but we didn't 
want to spoil his Christmas surprise!

Hmmm,  looks like I might need to get him a fluorescent shirt 
or jacket -- he's looking a 
bit ninja here all in black!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Ooops - I did it again!

Oh dear -- I did it again!
I slipped and fell going up the stairs, grabbed the
handrail and bumped back down a few stairs
twisting and crunching my foot/toes, not to mention
hitting my knee and elbow! :(
It felt like my toes snapped backwards!
Sadly, I did it again and broke that same toe
that I broke a few years ago!
Deja Vu

So, I am back in the boot!
I tried taping my poor purple swollen toe
to the toe next to it and that seemed to
help a little.  But by the end of the day, my broken toe
was more swollen and sore than before.
So, I've gone back to the big boot -- takes pressure
off my foot and toe and allows it (cross your fingers)
to heal faster. 
It's not a great fashion look, but I've never
been much of a fashion maven anyway.
But, the good news is that it makes me taller!
Always, trying to look on the bright side! :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Fun Design Project

One of Maddy's pre-holiday projects
involved designing a holiday tee-shirt
for the freshman cheer squad.
She just got in her head one day that maybe the other girls would
also like to have a new cheer t-shirt.

She designed this super-cute long-sleeve t-shirt!
There wasn't much time, but we were able 
to get together with the screen printing company
that does the school's t-shirts and they came
through for us with the shirts completed just before Christmas break.

Freshman cheerleader names on back.
Lesson learned - we now know that you need at least two weeks after
submitted your design and order to receive the shirts!
It was such a fun project for her and 
all of the freshie cheerleaders loved the shirts!
She's hoping that she'll get to work on the 
State Cheer tournament shirts too!