Thursday, July 11, 2019

Catching Up a Little!

It's about time for me to attempt to do 
some catch up! 

So . . . . . ..
I figured I better start back at the beginning of
summer vacation and our trip to Disney World.
Our trip was over Memorial Day - so I'm only about six weeks behind!
Better late than never, right! :)
Time lapse photo above - if you look carefully, you can see
me and Maddie in the big photo above and close-up below!
The view of the castle never gets old!

And here we were again after Connor joined us!
Can you see us in the lower right-hand area?

Although they say it never happens, Disney screwed up
our reservations that I made a year in advance and
informed me a week before departure that our
room was no longer available!!
GRRRR -- it's a long story and so annoying,
but we didn't let it ruin our trip!

As you all know, we LOVE Disney World,
so I'll be updating our trip and photos in the next couple posts.
It was beastly hot there with temps in the high 90s and heat index 106!
In an attempt to feel cooler and be cooler, I opted for dresses
 -- how do you like my polka dots???

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

KaBoom - Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day!
The forecast is for hot, sunny and LOUD!
Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating
our Nation's independence.

This flower - the famous Bee Balm or is it Bee Bomb (?)
always blooms around this time and no wonder -- it kind
of looks like an explosion of color!

Taking a quick look back at some prior 4th of July photo ops!
From 2011!

Jumping into the 4th!
Try as I might, I have never been
able to come even close to a jump like this!

Happy 4th Y'all!
Be safe and kind to your dogs  -- 
Muffy just got her doggie valium prescription refilled!!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Hello Summer!

Hello Summer!
Bye Bye endless Spring -
in true Nebraska form, it's poured rain on the first day, first weekend of summer
and entire first week of summer!
We've had enough rain already!

But, no matter - we're welcoming summer!

Splash pool teapot at Disney GF
Looking forward to more pool time!

I was super-adventurous [for me] at Disney, got in line with the 4-12 year olds
and went down a slide that went thru this amazing rock configuration!
I didn't even care [much] about my hair or wear a life jacket!
Go Me!

Looking forward to more summer favorites  --
not sure about more water slides -- but definitely
Root Beer Floats!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Quick Update

Greetings all!
How in the world did it already get to be the middle of June???
I want the summer to slow down already and
let me get some blog posts done!
Yes, I am always behind lately  :)

So, when I last left you . . . Maddie had just
finished school for the summer!
Since the upcoming seniors have to complete
36 hours of volunteer/senior hours  - she's been
focused on getting those completed during the summer!
Yay Maddie!

She's working at the uniform shop at school!
Oh my word, it's a huge undertaking and I have
no idea how the woman doing it gets it done
every year!
Try folding and fitting 5,000 polo shirts in a very small space!!
That doesn't even include the sweatshirts, shorts, pants or skirts.

In other news, we took a quick trip to our favorite place . . .
the happiest place on earth!
We were greeted there with 98 degree temps
and the heat index of 106 nearly every day!
Oh my Lord - that is hot!
BUT . . . it didn't stop us from
getting to the parks, going on rides,
meeting characters and even some swim time.
It was fabulous. 
I will try to update with some photos!

So, that's my short update.
What's happening with you?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Last day of school!

Maddie's last day of finals was May 23!
Yay -- junior year is in the books and it was a good year!
The Landscaping Club was fun for her and as she said,
a very chill club - no drama at all - gotta like that!

Last final is over and done!

Her classes were good and she especially enjoyed
U.S. History with Sister Jacquelyn.
Sister J is an amazing teacher and all the students
love her!  So happy that M had her for history
and worked hard every day to do a good job!

And on to summer break!
A little trip is planned and lots of volunteer work and
even working in the Rickster's office sometimes.

She and I have a big, long "summer bucket list!"
Happy summer!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Photography Final and Last Day of Junior Year . . .

Today is Maddie's last final of her
junior year of high school!!!
On to senior year! 
Woot Woot!

I'm sure some ice cream and probably brownie
deliciousness will be had today
or maybe a Mickey Ice Cream Bar!?!

Recently, for her photography final, Maddie
had to prepare a 10-photo portfolio
of a subject of her choosing.
She chose food items!
Let me say first, this photography
course has been challenging in more
ways than one as most of the assignments
were either outside or better results from outdoor photos!
And we had the worst winter on record and
a very, very thundery and rainy spring.
She was constantly running outside with her camera to try and catch
the best light for a photo.

Anyway, one of the photos she submitted was a bowl of neapolitan ice cream!
I just love it!
It reminds me of my Dad who used to always buy neapolitan ice cream as he figured
there was something there for everyone.
However, he later came to realize that
the chocolate portion went first, the strawberry next and the vanilla last! 
He thought we all would scoop across and have a little of each! 
So wrong!
I remember him laughing so hard when he realized what was happening!
Dear Al - we miss you so!
And we gobbled up the ice cream in the correct order -
chocolate, strawberry and vanilla last again!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hippity Hoppity - The Easter Report

I'm just a tad bit behind on my blogging --
sooooo, let's jump back to Easter!

We had an Easter celebration at my son's house.
I made two yummy quiches and supplied
the chocolate milk. 
Chocolate milk always makes the littles happy!
We had such a wonderful time with a fun 
Easter egg hunt in the backyard.
Walt was the big victor in the egg hunt
with 28 eggs!

Maddie and I found these fun eggs ahead of time
for the hunt.
They were made of good old regular eggs, but filled 
with confetti!
You smacked them on the ground or on some poor
unsuspecting person's head (yes, that happened)
and confetti went everywhere!
They were a bit hit (pun intended)!
Philip later used his leaf blower to blow
the confetti out of the kids' hair before they went inside
(he thinks of everything!).

The eggs were so colorful that Maddie later used 
a few for photos for her photography class!

Somehow, I  managed to convince the kids and the Rickster
to get into a photo with me!
Yay - -thanks to Catherine for getting a picture.

After brunch and much egg smashing,
 we headed in a food coma for naps!
What a great Easter celebration!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Happy Golden Birthday - #9!

Today, May 9, our Scottish Terrier turns 9!

Muffy and her siblings - 2010
She's the sweetest dog . . . most of the time.
She loves treats and belly rubs.
She still follows Rickster around  like - well --  like a puppy!

Maddie, Muffy and Muffy's parents, Wallace and Logan
She likes a few other neighbor dogs like the
two Corgis across the street and the pups
on either side of our house.
But, she hates the Schnauzer Sisters  (Mildred and Gertrude - mini schnauzers)
from down the block.
No worries -- they don't like her either.
I think it's a terrier thing!

She's not a fan of thunderstorms or fireworks!
We keep a supply of doggie valium for stormy days/nights
and the 4th of July!

She's really one of the best dogs ever!
She's getting a little gray now and really enjoys
her naps -- hmmmm- I guess she's taking after me!
Happy Birthday Muffles!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Cinco De Mayo - A Marathon and a Tornado!

This past Sunday was quite a day in Lincoln!
It was Marathon Day and Cinco de Mayo!

The marathon route runs along on a street a block from home,
so I trekked over at 7:15 am to watch the runners.
I'd never seen the first runners before -- guess I slept a little later
in the past!

First, two police cars start the race, then police on motorcycles followed by 
bicycles and the runners are just behind.
There is always a crowd cheering the racers on!
It was so fun to see the start of it and the first racers.
I think one of them won the marathon!
And, bonus, it was a lovely Cinco de Mayo race day . . . 
almost all day long!

Maddie and I spent the day looking for props for a 
school project and were so happy to be outside for
a nice sunny day. 
But clouds were forming late in the afternoon!

And just like that  -- Cinco de Mayo 
turned in to CINCO de MY-OH-NO!!
We had wild weather and a tornado in Lincoln!
A sweet small ice cream/burger shop was destroyed.
Luckily, the workers escaped just before it hit the business.
At our house, we lost power around 5:30 pm  -
electricity finally returned about 11 pm.
That was a dark evening.
We are all so thankful that there were no injuries caused 
by the storm.
It was a Cinco de Mayo that will not soon be forgotten!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Junior Prom!

Junior/Senior Prom was held a couple of weeks ago!
Maddie has had her dress since fall 2018.
We found it on a clearance rack and it's so beautiful
and was so reasonable that we both figured it
would be good idea to buy it then and there.
Gorgeous dress and it was featured
in a Seventeen magazine prom issue.
It needed a few alterations as it was a bit too
long and a little too revealing to meet
her school dress restrictions!
It turned out lovely!
I curled M's hair for her and did a really good
job if I may say so myself! ;)

Maddie and two of her friends went to prom
together.  Dinner and the prom were held together
at a downtown hotel,
and then the post-prom was back at 
their high school!

Since the girls didn't want to drive in their big 
dresses, I was their driver!
 It was loads of fun to see the students
going in and out of the prom venue,
even though it
was kind of a late night for me!

After I got them to post prom around 11:30 PM,
I headed home and picked Maddie up at 2:30 AM.
She said they all had a great time
and it was so much fun!
Naps were necessary the next day!
Checking that event off the high school bucket list! 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Mike and Amanda's Wedding

My nephew Mike married his beautiful bride, Amanda,
on the same Saturday as First Communion and Baptism!
We were unable to attend the wedding, but 
were at their wedding reception
and it was fabulous!
Warning - a little photo heavy on this post!

Such a beautiful couple!  
Mike came down with the flu a day or two earlier and
was not really feeling his best.

Here he is with his Mom (my twin) having a dance!

The reception was so much fun!  
The photo booth was a blast - and no one was
participating until we started!
Don't you love Rickster in his bow tie
while the rest of us are goofing off!

We had the best time. 
 It's been ages since we've had
a wedding to attend. 
Seems like most family gatherings
in the last few years have sadly been funerals.
We were delighted to have a happy occasion.

There was dancing!!
Philip and his 4 oldest kiddos attended and had a blast!

They had a huge variety of Bundt Cakes instead
of a traditional wedding cake!
More cake sounds right to me!

Rickster and the boys - Philip and Connor
with little Dorothy as photobomber,

The happy couple spent their honeymoon in Hawaii!
Congrats to Mike and Amanda!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Special Events for the Littles

Oh my word -- we had such a busy 
day last Saturday!

The whole family!
It was Walt's First Communion and
Gloria's baptism!
Later that day, we attended my nephew's wedding reception!
Three holy sacraments in one day - that's a record!

We started the morning at Walt's First Communion.
So special and wonderful to see so many
2nd graders and their parents celebrating!

Harry and Dorothy - buddies forever!
Shortly after First Communion was finished,
Father Meysensburg (one of the priests/administrators from Pius X)
 conducted Gloria's baptism!
She slept through the entire event!
Good job Gloria!
Philip, Catherine, Gloria and Father Meysenburg
Philip and Catherine had a wonderful lunch
afterwards celebrating both big events!

Cookies -- YUM!
Stay tuned for the wedding reception details coming soon!