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It's amazing when my 5-year-old comes home talking about the history behind MLK day. When I was in Kindergarten, we learned our color...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Still in love...

This week my husband and I celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary. Who knew 9 years could fly by so fast? And it's gonna be 10 before I can blink an eye!

Wednesday, we ate a romantic meal by the lake, at of our favorite spots. We enjoyed every bite as we enjoyed eachother's company. I was good and had one perfect margarita...and then was bad and had a huge dessert!

Afterwards we walked down by the lake, sat on a bench and relaxed while the sun went down. Sigh! This was the best anniversary yet! And that's something considering last year we spent our 8th in Maui...but that was for someone else's wedding and we were surrounded by people the whole time. This year it was just US.

On our ten I'm thinking romantic weekend trip somewhere. So I'm open for suggestions. Can you think of somewhere romantic but not over the top expensive? I'd like to go to Hershey, PA and get a chocolate bath. So please leave me comments on your suggestions for next year.



Tuesday, July 14, 2009


So you have to know my mother to truly appreciate this one.  She's a God fearing lady who everyone perceives as very prim and proper.  She is very proper but also has a fun personality with a quick wit.  She always has a gem of wisdom to drop on you whenever a subject pops up.   She's an all around homemaker, who is an expert in all things home - raising children, baking, cooking, gardening, decorating etc.  She's also a true artist and is a very talented one too!

This woman has one of the biggest hearts and doesn't have a perverse bone in her body.  That being said she's not one to use foul language.  I think THE ONLY time I've heard her curse was when I started driving, and I pulled out in front of a fast oncoming car.  Something big popped out of her mouth, to both of our surprise and it sent me into laughing fits.

A couple of weeks ago, I dropped my son off so I could work for a few hours.  As I sit in her perfectly arranged and pristine home, I noticed that some water had fled one of her plants.  This water had spread out on half her glass top dining room table, and was threatening to spill over it's ridge onto the very expensive dining room chairs, which have silk cushions.  

"Hey Mom ... what's that water doing?"
"What?  What water?"
(pointing to her table, as my son sat in my lap)
"That water."
"Oh my goodness...I must have over watered my plant."
(She lifts the bottom of her plant to inspect - then sets it down into the plate below again.)

My mother then promptly lifted the whole small planter, with the bottom plate held firm under the pot.  Water promptly came pouring from the plate below and onto everything below (except - thank goodness - the dining room chairs), and my mother again surprised me with her knowledge of the human language.

"Oh Shi*!!"

Keep in mind my 6 year old has never heard many bad words, as our family isn't one that curses...and certainly not from his Nana.  So I came up with a quick cover.

"Did you hear that baby?  Nana said, 'O'Cean!' because that water was like an ocean pouring out of that plant."

He started laughing hard b/c Nana is always funny.   Now everything he sees with water he yells, "Hey Nana!  Look -  OOO'Cean!"  She looks at me with disdain and I start laughing.

"Hey Mom...if you don't want to be teased - you shouldn't have said it!"  And I giggle again.  

My mother is not amused!  But I am!  

So to all you out there - when you're having a rough day - just remember:


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

A healthy home = A healthy mind?

How many times in life do we need to perge? What about make something right?

It seems even the simplest of things can make our minds and bodies feel so much better. I don't know about you but I'm lazy about certain things in life.

I will work hard at my job and my family, and when the rest comes to the plate - I feel worn thin. So my house will be cleaned sporadically and my yard goes in spurts. I can't balance it all.

They say a sign of a healthy mind is when you're able to get up and make your bed every day. Do you notice when you do get your bed made, how good and refreshed you feel?

 If you are anything like me - I'll cheat a little. I pull up the covers but won't completely make it every day. BUT when I do, making it feels good.  And I find that I have energy to do more around my home.

Is anyone else like this or just me?

Today I finally perged my back garden of all the daunting monstrous weeds and tilled the 'hard as clay' dirt. I've neglected that back flower bed for way too long. 

I tried a few times to get it going. I've wanted to make sure it's as pretty as the one in my front yard (again - a balance issue ... or maybe time management, I'm not sure).  Somehow, though I've never ever committed or intended to make it happen.

Today is the first step in making my bad flower bed a success. My son helped in the process by getting his little garden tools and pulling up the little weeds. 

After we were done, we planted Okra and Tomato seeds that should germinate in about a week. We're going to our local garden center to get some mesh netting to protect them as they grow, from our new puppies dig happy claws.

It is so inspiring to watch something grow, that you've planted and matured with your own two hands. My son is so excited to see his baby okra grow too.  In fact, he was so inspired by our hard work - he came inside and made my bed as a thank you!

Hmmmm.... my six year old - completely making and outfitting my King bed with overstuffed pillows. Maybe I should make that one of his routine chores around the house. Or is that cheating again?