Thursday, December 5, 2019

Stock Market Challenge

A couple weeks ago, Maddie and her classmates
from The Career Academy (TCA) 
participated in The Stock Market Challenge
where they try to make a bunch of money
on the stock market -- definitely
sounds like a challenge!
Maddie attends the dual high school/college credit classes (known as TCA)
 in the afternoons
after spending her mornings in classes at Pius.
She said it was a wild time just like on the real stock market exchange!

Maddie's group from TCA came in 5th Place out of
60 teams!  
Add to that,  they came in 1st Place as Best Dressed!
What an outstanding performance!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Our Early Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Feast

Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

We had an early celebration last weekend since my son, 
Philip, and his family are busy on Thanksgiving.
We don't really care for turkey -- I know -- sacrilege on Thanksgiving, right?!
But . . . we love the sides like stuffing, mashed potatoes
 (thanks Lisa K for the recipe many years ago), 
fruit salad, jello, dinner rolls, pie and fudge.
Yes, fudge is Thanksgiving food!!!
So, I called it our Non-Traditional Thanksgiving feast!
We had chicken strips, mashed potatoes, salad (fruit and green)
strawberry jello, pie and a first for us on Thanksgiving --
chicken enchiladas!
Oh my word, those enchiladas were SOOOOO delish!
I patted myself on the back for days about how good they were!

The original Boucher clan
Since we also have Miss Frannie Doodle now, the kids
ate fast and ran outside to play with her!
Bingo -- kept the pup and the kids busy!
I also baked some carrot cake muffins (from scratch, no less)
and they were not good - awful -- blech!
 In fact, I tore the recipe up
and threw it away. 
Definitely should have stuck with brownies!

Pappa Rickster and the youngest -- Gloria
I'm not sure what the Rickster, Connor, Maddie and I
will have on the real Thanksgiving, but again,
it won't be turkey!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

More on Frannie!

Of course, we have more to say 
about Frannie and more photos
to post!

She's a bit of a clothes horse and with it getting cold 
out so so fast this year (2 degrees this morning) 
she's almost always in a sweater!

She wears her favorite llama sweater to puppy daycare almost every day.
Yes, she goes to daycare!
I go to work, Maddie goes to school, Frannie goes to daycare.

If she didn't, I'm sure the house would be an even larger
disaster than it already is!
I'm kind of one of those messy people and Frannie is contributing
a lot to the messiness!

My excuse lately is that Frannie is keeping me busy and
that is true!  Maddie and I take her on long weeks
when the temp is above 5 degrees.  Frannie refused to go on
a walk last night -- way too chilly even with her sweater!

Being a puppy and a model is tiring!
Asleep on her feet!

Last weekend, she made it her mission to devour
and try to carry home every large stick she could find.
When will those sharp puppy teeth fall out???

We're also doing puppy training classes! 
Oh my word, those are a hoot!
Frannie is very smart and a quick learner, but . . . 
she gets distracted by the other pups
and the rubber mats on the floor,
the door opening, the other 2 puppies, 
and everything else.
She's 14 weeks old now.
Final exam Thursday -- let's hope she passes!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Hello Frannie!

As I'm always saying, I can't believe this month
zipped by so fast!
Seriously -- it really did.
And I kind of hate for it to be over.
Trees are turning color here in Nebraska and are stunning!

Breeder Little Paws of Iowa Photo (probably 6 weeks old)
 It's been a busy month as we welcomed a puppy this month.
I really didn't think we would  welcome another dog so soon, but our hearts were
broken and we were so sad when Muffy died.
The house felt empty and lonely without her.

Our new pup, Miss Frannie, is a Mini-Goldendoodle.
She's a little bundle of energy and is working
overtime healing our broken hearts.
She's almost 12 weeks old now
and probably around 10 pounds.
The breeder estimates she will be 25 pounds full grown.
She's a fast learner and puppy classes are helping her learn new tricks
and how to behave herself.
Stay tuned!  The Adventures of Miss Frannie Doodle will continue!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Part 2 -- The Photographer

Part 2 and some more senior photos -
bear with me please and/or jump to some other
blog if you like!

One of Maddie's pastimes this past summer was working
on honing her photography skills.
In order to improve her people photo-taking 
[she already had worked extensively on dog and bandana photos], 
she recruited friends and volunteered to do photo shoots for them!
As everyone knows, a girl can never have too many new photos 
for social media accounts, right!
She had a load of fun, improved her 
photography and her editing skills!

So, when Meg asked her what props she'd like to
bring for senior photos, she grabbed her camera!

Some weekends Mads was booked both Fridays and
Saturdays and Sundays!  At least 3 or 4 girls used photos Maddie took
for their senior yearbook photos.
She took one girl's senior photos for her - spending
3+ hours doing photos in 3 different locations all over Lincoln!
Then she spent another 3+ hours editing and sending 
the photos out!

It was a fun time for her and she really enjoyed it!
I was her assistant -- somebody needs to
hold gear and the light reflector thingy.
Since it's getting cold and dark out earlier now, there are
not too many photo shoots scheduled.
However, she hopes to keep improving and may have it as a part-time gig
in the future.
Smile pretty for the camera now!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Senior Photos - Part 1

Attempting to jump back into the blog scene 
and planning/hoping to get some updates done one of these days!
Once again, I am wayyyyyy behind!

Last month, I teased you all with a sneak peek
at Maddie's senior photo shoot.
I have more to share now that we received
the photos from Meg Slattery.

Maddie opted to do one hour of photos in one outfit
at one location.
Most seniors are doing 3 hours in 3 different outfits
at 3 different locations.
Oy -- that's a lot of picture-taking!

So, I was delighted that my girl was more
rational and restrained for her senior photos!

We met at a great outdoor park and Meg and Maddie 
had loads of fun.  They both laughed so much!
Ahhh - that's the low-key, no stress way to
do senior photos!

 Isn't she adorable?!

Will share more in a Part 2 as Meg got some of 
Maddie with her uke and her camera - her two favorite things from
high school.  I wanted to bring along her sewing machine, but
that might just be a little weird in an outside photo!
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Hello October!

Hello October!
Hoping it is a better month than September.
Definitely starting out on the extremely rainy side -
yesterday we had nearly 3 inches of rain.
Raining buckets as I was driving and I could barely see -
you know I'm not a confident driver in bad weather!
That was scary -- but saying Hail Mary's out loud
always helps me and I made it through the deluge.
I think cooler temps and lovely days are in the forecast
in a day or two -- more rain today.

Looking back at the life of our sweet pup - Muffy Mei!

Adorable little pup in 2010!

She loved chewy sticks and treats!

Brave girl went down the slide!

Modeling for the bandana business!

Maddie and Muffy featured in our neighborhood magazine!

Yes, we were those people -- we got her a pet
stroller and were able to use it a couple times when
she was too worn out to walk.
Muffy died a week after her cancer diagnosis on September 20, 2019.
We loved that sweet dog so much.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

What a Week!

Last week!  It was one that I don't want to repeat
any time soon!

First, Maddie woke up with a bat in her room on Saturday!
She and I both hyperventilated!  We were able to 
throw a box over it so that -- you know -- Animal Control
could pick it up to test for rabies!  Since it had been in a room
of a sleeping person for who knows how long --Animal Control
will provide that service!  Then a long wait as the bat person
was out on Monday.  It wasn't until late Wednesday that
we were informed "no rabies."  
Did we google bats and rabies?  Oh yes, you bet we did and
that made us all more nervous.  No one wants to have rabies
shots - happy we were able to avoid those.
I'd insert a cute photo of a bat here - but no such thing exists --
there are no cute bats!
New dishwasher - 2019
That same day, Mr. Tennis informed me that my dishwasher
was leaking!  Why is that appliances belong to me when they break?
Anywhooo - I've  had my dishwasher since 1995!  Wow-- they
made them to last back then.  No parts available so it was
off to dishwasher shopping. It's arriving today - fingers
crossed for easy installation.

Muffy puppy - July 2010
The bat issues and broken dishwasher were nothing 
compared to the news we received on Thursday.
Our darling Scottish terrier, Miss Muffy, is very ill.
She has cancer in her spleen and liver.  Her pancreas is
inflamed and her poor belly is extended and very tender.
As you would guess, the prognosis is not good.
The cancer is a fast-growing one. 
 She is severely anemic which is the answer to why she has been so incredibly tired 
the last couple of months.

We are keeping her comfortable,
taking her on short walks (she really can only walk very short distances), 
and giving her treats and love.
We are simply heartbroken.
Best. Dog. Ever. 

We love our sweet Muffy!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Recent Happenings!

This happened recently!
Senior Picture time!

It was such a fun evening!
Meg Slattery took Maddie's senior photos a couple weeks ago at Pioneers Park. 
They had so much fun together.
I think Maddie and Meg laughed the whole time!
What a blast!

We waited somewhat impatiently and just received photos yesterday.
Some photos have been shared already on FB and IG,
but more will be coming here soon!

Stay tuned!

P.S. How Can She Possibly Be a Senior in High School?!!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

More Summer Wrap-Up

Ahhhh - I did not mean to go so long without posting on the blog, but time got away from me again!
I have all these posts floating around in my brain,
 but haven't taken the time to put pen to paper --
really I mean, fingers to keyboard to blog (!!) and post something!
It's time for me to put on my granny panties and buckle down!

 Hotter in Lincoln than at my sister's in Florida in July!
That is just not right!  

Maddie had a couple of adorable swimsuits this summer with . . . 
bigger bottoms -- you guessed it . . .  kind of granny panties!  
She looked adorable and asked if I wanted her to order me a "granny panty swimsuit! 
Ummm, no thanks on that. 
The granny panties I need are the spanx ones 
and I'm not showing you those!

So, a little more on summer!
Weather-wise - it was an odd summer with some very hot days and tons of rain!
Good for the lawn and water bill, but
not so good for pool time, but we hit the pool 
when we could and especially on the last day!

And now it's really hot and humid again and
the pool is closed!

So, saying goodbye to summer and the pool!

Fall temps we are ready and waiting for you!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Yes or No on Monograms?

Now that school is in full swing,
August is nearly over and
cooler temps will be here soon (hope),
we're in the hunt for long sleeve t-shirts.
Long sleeves work great for M to wear
with jeans or whatever and she can wear under 
her school uniform polo shirt for extra warmth!
Because, you know, high schoolers don't
wear coats! 

We LOVE Monograms and all of these items can be personalized
with a monogram -- who doesn't love a monogram?
We've bought these long sleeve t's
in the past and they are good quality.
I always wait for a sale and they have sales often.
In case you would think I'm becoming an "influencer blogger"
[I wish!]
who gets paid for posts -- nope -- we just like these and so 
I wanted to share!

Here are a few favorites!

This one is so Maddie -- she LOVES the Hallmark
movies and has me addicted as well!
This sweatshirt and sweat shorts look perfect too.
I kind of want this myself!
The curlicue monograms are adorable, are they not???

Miss M was thrilled that PSL is back at Star*bucks and
this t-shirt would get worn a lot, I'm sure!

Maddie has this t-shirt and actually  needs a new one as it has been 
worn so many times.  Star*bucks and Chick-fil-A* are her 
favorite places!
In case you or someone you know needs a monogrammed
t-shirt, here's the website for United Monograms
Fall sale going on currently!

Have a wonderful long weekend.
Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Summer Wrap-Up

Since summer activities are winding down 
with the opening of school books, 
here's some of what Maddie did during the summer.

She completed all of her senior service hours!
Pius X (Maddie's school) requires seniors to perform 36 hours of
volunteer service work at school and/or in the community.
While 36 hours may not sound like a lot, when you're 
only getting a couple hours here and there, it takes a while to get to 36!
Maddie did all of her hours working in the Pius uniform shop!
It takes a lot of unpacking and organization to sort and have polos, shorts,
shirts, pants and sweatshirts ready to sell and package up for over 1,200 students!

After working mornings Mondays through Thursdays at the
uniform store, she spent Friday mornings playing and reading
with the Littles!  They had so much fun together and
it was great for her to spend time with them
and to give Philip and Catherine an extra pair 
of hands!
She also got some fabulous photos of the kids!
They are growing up fast!

Jane - 9 years old (4th grade)

Walt - 8 years old (3rd grade)

Harry - 6 years old (kindergarten)

Dorothy - 3 years old (preschool)


Gloria - 5 months old 

Aren't they just adorable! 
 Maddie had so 
much fun with them during the summer!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

First Day of School - Senior Year!

Maddie enjoyed two First Days of School
this year for her senior year!

Pius X First Day - In Uniform
She started her senior year at Pius X High School
where she has attended all years of high school.
Their first day was a little later than her other first day!

TCA First Day - civilian clothes
She's also attending our local public school 
dual enrollment program with Southeast Community College - called
The Career Academy (TCA) program.
Maddie is taking two college-credit business classes and one
high school English class through TCA.
She takes her other high school classes at Pius.

Basically, she's at Pius every morning (in uniform)
and then off to TCA for the afternoon (no uniform).
It's a busy schedule and
she's enjoying it so far!
How can she possibly be a senior in high school?!!?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Well, Hello August!

Oh dear -- it's August already?
I'm not really prepared for August, are you?

Miss M starts her SENIOR YEAR of high school on Monday!

So, since I am in denial about all things related to the "S" [school]
word, here are some random photos to distract myself.

National Lighthouse Day -
here's my favorite lighthouse from the Happiest Place on Earth,
of course!  Wishing we had another trip planned!

At Hollywood studios!

I forgot to finish my vacation update,
here are a few more photos!
As you may or may not be able to tell,
it was super hot -- 98 degrees every day
plus humid so heat index was 108!
I was melting!
On this particular day - we started at dawn
and went to all 4 of the parks!

On Seven Dwarf Mine Train - LOVE that ride!

At Epcot -- do you see the Eiffel Tower in the background?
Such a fun trip - even with the extreme heat.
Can't wait for the next one!