Thursday, December 27, 2007

Here's yer sign ......

well, yes Christmas is come and gone, and so many things to say, or remember, or just things on the horizon in 2008, but so hard to write it all down, that is, until my son opens his mouth and pours it all out in sentence.

Let me set it up :) My sister is engaged to be married in 3 MONTHS :o, My big Brother is in a war, My husband is most likely getting a promotion that will relocate us to the west coast, in the desert, my Nana, and only surviving Grandparent will most likely not live to see another Christmas.
Tonight i went to visit with my inlaws, and eat fab pizza, and let my sister in law drool on the kiddos. See, she moved out to Boulder Colorado this summer, hasn't seen them since, and it kills her, so she is drinking in every minute with them this week.

As we leave, they give bg hugs and kisses, saying how much they love her, how they miss her, she hugs and clings and wonders why little people grow so fast, and Grant suggests that she just comes home to mama's house, every time we visit, she shoud too! ( like every other week) *lol*
Then he says to Mrs D.

"Mama, You make a sign, a sign that tells her how to get back to her home, so she can read it, ( at this point Andrea has left the room laughing choking and crying ) ...... and put it in front of the house, so she will always know how to get back to us."

Yeah, so, there ya go, thats all that needs saying :)

Monday, December 24, 2007

"Oh by Gosh by Golly......."

It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees.......

well i have no river to sail away on, but, if it hadn't gotten below 30 degrees last night, I'd have a lake in my driveway. :) That reminds me, i should spread some salt :P

It's Christmas Eve! Truly my favorite day of the year. Somehow, on this night, it is easy to imagine the babe, the manger, the steam from warmth rising into the crisp cool evening. The smell of warm straw, and horses, and cows, and new life. The look on Mary's face, the thoughts running through Joeseph's head. The crazy looking shepheards running like mad to find a barn, and worship a baby. The angels overhead, singing, and God, looking down on it.
Then add in today, the children anxious for Christmas morning, the familes all congregating together for meals, and laughs and memories. The twinkle lights in every house, the trees making it smell like the woods in our living rooms. The candles, the food, the feeling of belinging.
No other day compares to this one in my opinion.
So, tonight, i am hosting Christmas eve for the first time. So fun! We are having as many Atkin's as we can get here, knowing we are missing a large chunk still. We will eat manacotti, salad, bread, and end the evening with chocolate fondue! SO fun! Then of course gifts, so fun, and a couple for my kiddos, they must have their new jammies!

I do hope everyone will have as nice a Christmas Eve as we will. After all......
"There's only one more sleep till Christmas!"

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Lest it go unsaid ......

There are too many things in life that go unsaid. Maybe we "just know" that the other person knows we love them. Maybe we don't get into the "mushy stuff" Maybe, there is nothing to say, or too much sadness or anger piled on top of it that you forgot what those words were.

I have been sitting here crocheting, watching "Clash of the Choirs" (ya ya, boo hiss, cheesy whatever) .... anywho .... i heard these songs love, and family, and christmas, and wishing someone had said something to that loved one.

Lest it go unsaid,
I Love my Mom, I love my Dad, I love every one of my siblings more fiercely then any other people on this planet, (except my kids of course)
I Love my Husband, he is my one and only always soul mate. I want my kids to always KNOW that Mommy LOVES them.
I love my sister's in law like my very flesh and blood. My entire family is my most important relationship, next to God. :)
I want my family to know that, call it an early Christmas present, I want to live from here on out with the knowledge that you can never say I LOVE YOU too many times. You can NEVER hug too many times.
I Have always known love, I have never felt lacking for attention or love and i ache for anyone who has.

okay, now i must go finish a penguin. :) and et gum drops, and hope they don't sing anymore sappy songs, i hate crying LOL.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


One nice thing about having a cliff for a front walk, it makes a great sledding hill, complete with warm bathrooms, warm observation deck, first aid, oh yeah, and Hot Coffee. :)

Matt planning Isaac's descent

I can't get over the perpetual state of discombobulation of Aiden.

Sammy seems to be bummed about watching and not being in the snow.

He likes to lead, or dictate, or whine? It's cute though.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Ho Ho Ho LOTS of snow!

Yes yes we are buried! And even more so since Mike broke his second shovel SCHEEEECH! BUT, the snow and ice make for a lovely lazt sunday when we can decorate the tree, eat cookies, and crochet.
Aren't they cute!?
They may find thier way into stockings or gifts bags, depending on how many i can crank out in a week, along with Sewing PJ's and baking cookie *lol* im tired!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Cause it's funny?

Copied from Madame Blueberry.....

Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band's name.

Click random article again; that is your album name.
Click random article 10-15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.

Band Name :
Austin F. Pike
Album Title:
Sangokushi Battlefield

  1. Open Space Technology

  2. Baudline

  3. Gondia District
  4. Arthur Rudolf Hantzsch

  5. Medicine Hat
  6. Czechoslovak Socialist Republic

  7. 1590 in music
  8. Outro-solo

  9. Verenium Corporation
  10. Sound recording copyright symbol

I feel like i should be shouting against social injustice, or perhaps put into an institution for thunking a glunk!

The things you make me do blueberry!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

eek! 151!!

This would be my 151st post! W00t. :)
Anywho, just letting y'all know there is a new memory on My other blog. :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"Oh be Kind to Your Fine Feathered Friend..."

Uhoh! Looks like SOMEONE is getting on the naughty list this year!

Heehee Yuh, so i found something new and fun to make with yarn, and oh my goodness im having SO MUCH fun with it :)
Life here has been pretty busy. We have been gearing up for Christmas, looking into a possible relocation (more on THAT later) and trying to keep up with everything else. I have been rehearsing for a drama on Sunday, with My dad as my Dad and my brother as my hubby EWW! I do have to say though, having half of the cast being of Atkins' origin, it certainly adds alot of joviality to the skit! **is that a word?** my spell checker didn't hit it heehee
Mike is loving his job, we have lots of lovely snow, Grant can finally walk up and down the sledding hill, (aka our front walk) himself, and so gets to go play outside alone, which he loves. He is doing very well in Pre-school, loving the learning, and meeting new friends.
So thats a very short overview of life here, i gotta go clean off the counter so we can make sugar cookies when Grant gets home.
This is one of those things that tests my parental abilities. I like to make them methodically. All the bells are one color, the people a different color, and they are neat, and orderly, and Oh My Gosh, that is NOT how 4 year olds do it! I'm sure ill have pictures and stories for THAT tomorrow.:)
Oh! One more thing *Lol* I was dropping off Grant, and one of the little girls came over to me. SHe is maybe 4, tiny little thing with long blonde hair. She said, "Hey, Grant's mommy, WHy did you get a haircut?"
( i recently chopped my locks if you haven't seen, and it's Fab) :)
So i said, "I wanted a new haircut, so i just cut it, so i could have it different."
She says to me, "Oh i know what you mean! I am ALWAYS trying to cut mine, and i cut it, and get it all nice and cut, and it just grows and grows and grows no matter WHAT I do!"

*ROFL*! I thought his teacher was gonna faint, the look on her face was priceless!

so thats life for today. Cookie making pics to come soon :)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Snowstorm cookies, and Samantha's day

So, monday we woke to the first big snowstorm of the season. Looks like we could get a bunch! For once i planned ahead! We have hats gloves coats AND even sleds for the kiddos. Yay me :)

Of course, per Atkins' tradition, with the first snowstorm comes the first Christmas cookies. :) Now i have to tell you! Last year i tried to make these things with Mom Doenges' OLD cookie press. It had been passed down a few times, with the recipie, through her family, and no one likes to make them, because the press nearly breaks your hand. WELL! This year, i cracked open the Pampered Chef one my muddah gave me, and OH my GOODness! These were the easiest cookies i ever made! *lol*

and last but certainly not least, A day in the life of Samantha, as told in pictures. Tempermental? Moody? Adorable? You decide!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Hometown Heros

Growing up, in Walpole NH there was a grocery store called IGA. On the paper bags for years was printed the Phrase, "Hometown Hero's"
I can't remember why, but it sticks with me today. I have been thinking alot about Hero's about our hero's mostly, those in the military.
I usually muster up extra patriotism whenever i have a loved one deployed to the warzone. I wear RW&B on Friday's i wear a pin, i cry over all the soldier songs. I am Vocal about praying for our troops and remembering their sacrifices.
But it occurs to me. Do they know that? Do my deployed loved ones KNOW that? Do they KNOW that i cry over the news? Do they KNOW i pray for them?
Have i written them? Have i sent them emails, sail mails, care packages, anything?
To my shame, i have not. In fact i just barely started a small campaign of my own, I have adopted an Army Wife, whose husband is deployed, and i try to send her an e-card of encouragement once a week. Not to brag, just to say out loud that
I Do support our troops, and this is how im showing it in a small way.
So i ask you, what are you doing? Have YOU called your soldier? Sent them a card? Did you tell them happy Thanksgiving? Are you sending them a care package for Christmas?
What about the family they left behind, are we holding them up? Not just in prayers, but in phone calls, in cards, visits, snail mail, anything?

I have felt somewhat guilty about it for sometime, but you know, feeling guilty, or even simply FEELING patriotic, won't get a soldier through a year long deployment in the sands of hell. It won't get his wife and kids through the long year without daddy or hubby.

So, I don't mean it as a guilt trip.
Well okay I do, *LOL* but for all of us, me included. If we are patriotic, and proud and scared and love them more than anything. (Which i KNOW we all do) What are we doing to show them?

I put this challenge to you. Look around, for the closest soldier (ahem, or sailor :) ) you can find. Find YOUR Hometown Hero. and TELL them how you feel about them. KEEP telling them. STAY in touch, Lets hold up the families and friends left behind, lets SHOW them how Proud we are, how much we love them, how much we want them HOME and SAFE.

and BTW, if someone needs a Hero to cheer, I have a couple names for you, but the top of my list is ERIC ATKINS. My big brother of whom i am SO proud. and his Wife JULIE, kids, Jonathan, Katelyn, Lauren, and Bryan. She is the one i send cards to. My small start :)
Start this Christmas season with a mission!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

"...Some terrific, radiant humble, thingamajingama PIG!..."

So, today i figured out the reason i like Pigs so much *lol* I bought two movies at walmart yesterday, The REAL "Land Before Time" and the original "Charlotte's Web"

The very one i watched in school one year when i was very little, in the old yellow Hooper Institute Building in Walpole N.H. :)

As i watched the movie today, Sammy walked in the room, and saw the baby piglet in the baby carriage, and exclaimed....
" Mooomy! Wook! A wittle baby piggy! awwww, He's sooo cUUte!"

It clicked, this movie started my love of pigs. So now you know. :)
and on a nother note, could Wilbur GET more sentimental? Good greif, he cries more then me over extreme home makeover! *lol*

Oh, and on another not so small note. I got a NEW CAMERA!! WooHoo! So, here is how my son christened it *rofl* he looks very old to me suddenly.

Monday, November 26, 2007


COMING SOON ....... to a christmas Card near you!!

You only THINK you have seen this picture already ........ pay close attention to details! :)
I LOVE photobucket. :)

Anywho, on another note, i went to the doctor this weekend, got an XRay, and it seems i have a bad sprain, not a break. SO YAY! I am trying to move it more, and i think i will be able to make christmas cookies, AND all the little handmade crafts i was gonna
tackle scheeech :P I did feel better after proper splinting, and hearing about the poor woman who was cleaning the cuisenart and hit the switch before unplugging it. OUCH! Now THAT is gonna hurt :P

Onto other issues. :) This weekend i met my sister's new friend Rick. I suppose now we are calling him the Boyfriend. Oi vey! I must say, he passed the sibling test with flying colors. He even seemed to enjoy himself, Amy was red in the face alot of the time, i wonder if she is allergic to him? heeheheheee He is sticking around. Even after Two big dinners with the Atkins' clan, hanging out at the house for four days, getting roughed up by Grant, braving the mass LOUDNESS and chaos that is Matt and Dave on guitars while small children run and rant and frolic, oh yeah, and after hearing Matt, Yubby, Dave and Jake preform the "Big Mac Rap" over the phone for Dave's crush Manders. :) Never mind the fun stories :)

Other than that, not a whole lot. We rearranged the living room to fit the tree we will get this coming weekend. AN interesting note for those who care. :) We borrowed "dogie tape" from the DOenges' (aka "lady and the Tramp")
and Grant LOVES it of course. As i was watching and trying very hard NOT to quote the ENTIRE movie from memory. The funniest thing happened. At one point in the movie, where the tramp is bringing Lady
to the italian restaurant, something in his voice made me think of AMY's boy. How odd is that?
Now please understand, this movie has much meaning. For a LONG time, every weekday morning, Amy would wake up with Dad, Dad would put "Doggie Tape" (her fave movie) in the VCR for her to watch as he got ready, and we woke every morning halfway through the movie.

So, you see it's Amy movie! I wasn't even thinking of any of this at the time, just about how cute the movie was, how i knew it so well, and then, "wow, Rick reminds me of the Tramp ....making Amy Lady?" awwww! Now THAT IS CUTE!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

"Lawsuit in Isle 5!"

Not to trump my sis in law with her HILARIOUS treadmill story, but it runs in the family, and we all like doing things together, so it's fitting i get to tell a whopper to :)

So, like i said, we went to super bowl this weekend, but before that, i made a pit stop to get junk food, caffeine, pull ups and hat and gloves for grant. ( you can't send them to Mamaw's house with no hat and gloves *lol* )
so. i went in, got my stuff, went to check out, and as im finally getting to the checkout, i start to chat with the normal seeming guy behind the register, as my children begin a high pitched terror induced scream.
I prepare myself not to scream back at them and turn to see the cart.... the empty shopping cart with Sammy strapped in the seat, careening over onto it's side, on top of my 4 year old who is clutched to the edge with a "I'm gonna die" look on his face.
I leap, leaving my wallet and card for anyone to swipe on the counter, and i grab the side of the cart just before it hits the boy on the floor, but he won't let go, convinced he is going to die, he stays firmly gripped to the side, and poor Sammy, is hanging nearly upside down, petrified, wailing, and I'm trying to hug her with my left arm while futilely trying to pick up the cart with my right hand.
I know what you are thinking, "was there ANYONE else in the store? Did NONE see this predicament?" thats what i started to think, as the clerk stood rooted to the spot, watching, the couple behind me watched like it was a circus. Finally, some good Samaritan from 3 isles over, ran to my aid, picked the cart up with both hands, and set it back upright.
i was soo flustered, and thanked the guy multiple times as he glared down the clerk, who was nervously asking if my kids were ok, did i think they were hurt? He even called a "CSM to ISLE 5" ..... he was afraid i would sue! I was worried for Sam's sides, for Grants head, and ankles, and he was worried about a lawsuit!
soo, anyway, i got the kids to mamaw's house, got myself back into character for the teens and the event ahead, and didn't give it another thought.
Until, half way to Albany, while watching Shrek the third on the bus, my finger was throbbing, and swelling. The more i tried to pop it, or crack it, the worse it got, and it hit me ..... did i hurt it? Did i do something to it?
By the end of the evening, after a hockey game, 3 hour rally, 3 hours of bounce world, dodge ball and soccer, (all of which i only watched!) then 3 hours of pizza and roller blading, it was determined that it's broken. yup, my right index finger, broken at the top knuckle. :(
I imobilzed it with my first aid kit at home, and it throbs if i try picking up kids, or typing too much, or anything normal, needed, regular household stuff. NOT helpful :P I will look into a doc visit maybe just to find out what i should do.
So, there is the finger owie story :)


Friday, November 16, 2007

Black Friday, one week away!

No matter how prepared i am, the first snowfall always makes me feel a tad under the gun to get the Christmas chopping done *lol* Even though this year, i almost have all the kids gifts, and Mike and i are taking whatever is left from the christmas money to buy a camera :)
So, i don't feel too stressed. Of course when you wake up to the first snow, it's very calming really, until the oldest child calls out "daddy! Mommy! wake up! It's awesome! Its SNOW!! I need clothes! I need to go outside!"

Oi! I need coffee :P heeheeehee

so today, we drop the kids off with Mamaw and Poppa and head off to Ny for some God Only knows reason :) It's actually for Superbowl we chaperone it every year, i think I have been to every one for the last ........ oh ..... 7-9 years? WOW, i am a glutton for punishment. LOL It is alot of fun, and this year, we have 80 kids .....yes EIGHTY!! Thats like, one stuffed premiere bus, plus numerous church vans and mini vans, an lots of crazy adults too! :) I am very excited, ths year we could have one of the biggest groups in albany, its the biggest group we have ever brought anyway. Also, we got too big for our normal bowling alley stop, and then for the next thing they set us up for, so, now we are hitting a mini-golf, arcade place. That's between the 4 hour Hockey game/ rally, and the post-midnight rollerderby/ lazertag madness. i am tired thinking about it. :) OH and I also get to meet the Infamous MANDERS! She is Dave's current female object of affection. I hear she is a doll, and a crazy kid, and a very strong christian taboot, can't wait to meet the chick. heehehehheee! I think i will save her a seat next to ME! :)

One more note of interest, last night was my first ever parent teacher conference (which of course was fine, since Prek has no grades or anything LOL) but as i waited for my turn, i found this sign outside the door. Precious! :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Your father... was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force.

As hard as i try, the Force is strong, and they keep trying to pull over the innocent to the dark side.

(we left the kids alone with thier Grandparents for 30 minutes, and this is what i come back to! You just can't trust anyone! )

"Remember, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Luke... Luke... do not... do not underestimate the powers of the Emperor or suffer your father's fate you will. Luke, when gone am I... the last of the Jedi will you be. Luke, the Force runs strong in your family."

**sigh**, they ARE cute, maybe we could superimpose a Yankees symbol over her shirt? Then i could use it for Christmas pictures! :)

"Then the Emperor has already won. You were our only hope."

"Yoda spoke of another. "
"The other he spoke of is your twin sister.........."

Friday, November 09, 2007


just an FYI post on memory blog ... :)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

59 things My Mother taught me.

My Mum is having a birthday soon. On Sunday in fact, (along with my twin nieces out west).I would like to commemorate the occasion by listing some of the unique things i learned from her over the years. For no specific reason *giggle* I chose 59 as the magic number.

  • #59 --- Closets! The first thing to look for in a house is ample CLOSETS!(we lived in a salbox style farmhouse for 9+ years, three bedroom, and 2 closets. TWO, one little one in Mom's room, one little on in the hall Ghastly!)
  • #58 --- For goodness sake, learn to laugh at yourself. Life has too many potholes, must have some smiles!
  • #57 --- A clean home is a quiet home, pleasant, and calm. ( that's the theory anyway, we constantly strive to reach that goal!) :)
  • #56 --- Nothin' says lovin' like somthing from the oven!
  • #55 --- Embrace Your femininity. Embrace your Masculinity. In this time of fuzzy gender lines, and the breakdown of marraige, Mom has always been very good at showing us how to become Godly, feminine, Women, and helping the boys become strong, godly, Manly men. :)
  • #54 --- God doesn't make mistakes, He uses everything possible to teach us what we need to learn, to mold us into the people He wants us to be.
  • #53 --- On that note, "Semper Gumby"! ( Always Flexible)
  • #52 --- How to Crochet
  • #51 --- How to Crosstitch
  • #50 --- How to hand sew and machine sew
  • #49 --- How to Knit ... (that one didn't stick so well)
  • #48 --- How to clean a bathroom right! (never got around to LIKING it though ) :)
  • #47 --- How to care for babies, and rambunctious boy toddlers. DAVE AND JAKE
  • #46 --- How to cook, fried chicken, pancakes, brownies, pizza, yeast rolls, and christmas cookies are the top faves.
  • #45 --- Shopping in Bulk! AND reading the unit prices! :)
  • #44 --- "He who walks with the wise grows wise,
  • but a companion of fools suffers harm" (Proverbs 13:20)
  • #43 --- We do NOT leave the house in our PJ's ....usually :P
  • #42 --- You cannot feel ready for the day until your bed is made!
  • #41 --- How to type properly ...(that didn't stick so well either)
  • #40 --- Honor your Husband
  • #39 --- The way to a man's heart is through his stomach. :) A well fed hubby is a happy hubby. :)
  • #38 --- A love for plants. Mom loves to plant flowers and to bring them inside. She used to have a garden every year almost. Her favorite plants for flower boxes are impatients geraniums and petunias.
  • #37 --- How to decorate for the season. Mom always has, summer and spring towels, mugs, wreaths, and signs, and then the same for fall, and of course plenty of snowy stuffs for winter and Christmas!
  • #36 --- Christmas Trees must be done deeeelicately. LOL. Just the right amount of wifely input, then we SHUSH, and get the coffee and cookies ready for when it's over. :)
  • #35 --- Curtains are a necessity!
  • #34 --- Cookies are medicinal
  • #33 --- March Mental Illness Week. ( every spring we got a week of from homeschooling for this. ) heehee
  • #32 --- How to utilize every piece of furniture to its full potential. ( we lived in a small house for 8 people for a long time, and no closets, and not alot of room, she had a bookshelf made from boxes and duct tape, old, broken dishwasher = extra counter space and ample Tupperware storage, plastic bins galore in the attic, a desk made of file cabinets and an old door, a Piano seconds as shelving, the top of the dryer, with a foam pad with a quilted cover, makes and excellent baby changing table. The heat from the dryer kept the wipes and pad warm in the winter! We even tried to refill the baby wipes with homemade ones! *some things are better store bought!* lol
  • #31 --- Never speak badly of your hubby in front of the children. My mom is not a saint, and i know she got mad and wanted to spout and vent, but we NEVER heard it. I do not ever remember hearing a bad word about my Father spoken behind his back by my Mom.
  • #30 --- How to get Pen out of dress clothes. ( one year AFTER she finished washing AND drying the Easter clothes, she found out the there was a pen in someone's pocket, and man, i found out EVERY method for taking out ink!
  • #29 --- Love Languages, find them and use them.
  • #28 --- Family First, always, (Your friends come and go, your family you are stuck with forever, so you better learn to get along!) :)
  • #27 --- Birthdays are very important and should ALWAYS be celebrated. We always got our favorite dinner and desert for our birthdays. Spaghetti and meatballs, and strawberry shortcake!
  • #26 --- Yahtzee
  • #25 --- Scrabble
  • #24 --- solitaire, gin rummy, and many other various card games. She and Aunt Christine played these games and taught Kate and i to play and we have spent MANY hours, as a foursome, or twosome playing very competitively!
  • #23 --- Coffee, spice rounds and music make Christmas morning worth the 6am wake up call from the youngest sibling. :)
  • #22 --- REAL maple syrup is the only maple syrup. *i think this has slipped some lately, very sad, very sad indeed*
  • #21 --- "It takes alot of loving to make a house a home" (From a sampler that hung on the living room for many many moons.) :)
  • #20 --- Thank You cards are Proper etiquette, dumping sugar into your water goblet and stirring it with the soup spoon however, is NOT. heehee
  • #19 --- How to have a party. We didn't host alot of "parties" but when we had lots of people "gettin' together" we always had plenty of food, there were decorations, flowers, room for people to sit and visit, games outside, and not alot of leftovers! lol.
  • #18 --- How to manage 4 overly creative, energetic children while Dad was gone for a month or more while in the national guard. (she got it down to a tea, i still don't know how she did it! Except i do remember alot of play dates with the Marden's, and LOTS of playing outside. Smart woman LOL I used to wonder what on earth they could do in the house for 2 hours straight that we couldn't join in on. NOW i know! Coffee, adult type snacks, and ADULT talk! Talking to another person who is at your eyelevel, and understand 3 syllable words, and doesn't whine. yuh, makes more sense now. :)
  • #17 --- Cardinals are Mom's favorite of the winter birds. Then the tiny chickadees. I wonder if Eric remembers that? heehee
  • Eric's Chickadee tail
  • #16 --- Spit on a napkin, instant washcloth! :P
  • #15 --- Mice are NOT good pets! (especially when they live iin the walls already) heehee
  • #13 --- How to convince a lost Cow it does NOT want to be in our yard, the pasture is much better. :)
  • #12 --- A woman's Highest and most important calling is to Mother. Be it her biological children, adopted children, siblings, grandchildren, friends, wherever the children come from, Women were born to Mother them. We are also commanded and created to be Keepers of the Home. If you work At home, FROM home, or out of the Home. If your kids school in or out of home, your home is your domain to keep, to maintain, to create into a soft place for the family to land. A safe place for children to be children. For teenagers to be themselves, for a family to learn how to Love, serve, and find Jesus.
  • #11 --- Boys, when your sister bursts out into tears for no good reason, just walk away! And so starts the "time of the month" talks :P GAH!
  • #10 --- Creative ways to hide Christmas gifts! VERY hard to find, and never in the same spot. Sneaky mommy :P
  • #9 --- "Children are a Heritage from the Lord, Blessed is the man who's quiver is full."
  • #8 --- Only God can know how big each family's quiver is. ;)
  • #7 --- Things are things, and can be replaced. Like brand new cars with scratched paint, or special peter rabbit books with puff paint on them, lost sand dollar charms, broken snow globes, like Barbie corvettes that have been sat upon, or like cars that die, and run into things, and chase deer.
  • #6 --- Watch for attack telephone poles!
  • #5 --- Never forget the price of our freedom. Pray for our troops, love them, love their families, pray for them, support them. Show your American pride.
  • #4 --- Be ready to help, willing to serve, attentive to the needs of others. This is how Jesus Loves us, and we must love each other, and the only way to find real fulfillment.
  • #3 --- How to spell caffine..Cafiene?..Cafeen..Caf?..Caffeine!!
  • #2 --- How to laugh, how to make the best of a situation. How to enjoy the little things, how to be a real person, while making such a huge impact on so many lives.and the number one thing I learned from my mom?
  • #1 --- Cherish LIFE. From the cranky old lady down the street, to the tiniest unborn child, all LIFE is created in God's image, and must be honored, cherished and treated with care. We must stand up for the children with no voice, be fathers and mothers to the fatherless. Be a voice against the killing of the next generation. Also, we MUST cling tight to our families. We MUST uphold the institute of marriage, we must teach our children to love family, to hold on tight to siblings, and grandparents, honor our parents, treat our families with loyalty, honor and respect.

And those are some of the things i have learned from my Mom. not that i'm good at them LOL, but she did pass it on, and i wanted everyone to know .

So, Happy Birthday Mom, hope it's a fabulous day, and many more, i think, how old are you? Are there many left? *lol*
(now i am going to hide so she can't kill me heehehheheee)

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Just to say, NEW layout! :) I found this at this site here,
Gisele's Bloggy Things

So yeah, thats my news of the day :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

You've come a long way babaay...

oh the days of cowering in the back of the house and ignoring all the little knocks at the door....yes those days are gone ....WAY WAY gone! LOL
No, we don't "celebrate" halloween, but, we DO love an excuse to dress up, so for now, it's cute and pretty costumes, candy giving and getting, and the beloved sugar rush.
So, tonight we visited Nana at work, AUnty Amy at work, and went Trick or treating with Uncle Jacob and "uncle Ben"
(who is our brother by proxy and was dubbed 'uncle' just this evening to his great delight!)
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at Nana's work
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Nana is having fun showing off the babies and taking pics
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Aunty Amy at work
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All done harvesting TIME to EAT!
Sammy said "I got Yots and YOTS of candy mom!" :)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

You can cut the cute with a knife

I was hurrying around the house trying to get dressed and ready to head out, and wondering why in the world i can't keep a neat house, and i walk into the living room to this scene, twice the size, (there were piggys and kitties on the couch with bigger blankies, and one on daddy's chair, and Sammy was wandering amongst them singing some song that sounded a bit like Jesus loves me ABC Rock the baby. LOL
So, i stopped what i was doing and took a picture.
I need a real camera :P I only have a cell phone currently, perhaps santa has one with my name on it :D

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Thursday, October 11, 2007


First, dorky i know, but it IS kinda fun that I'm the only single word LINKAGE on Muddah's blog :)

Secondly, fall is finally here, and I am happy with the cool weather VERY happy!

Third, i may be addicted to popcorn, and now i know how to make it in a pan on the stove (much quieter) bad news dude!

Lastly, but the more important of things i've been musing over lately. Lots of soul searching, looking back, looking forward, checking my brain waves and all that fun stuff. Last night i went to pick up my hubby from our local airport. Nothing to brag about, but great fun for the little ones. As they frolicked about in the cold clear air of a fall night, they laid in the grass at the base of the gi-normic spotlite and looked up, ooohing and aweing at the size and coolness of it, and i was struck suddenly.
By a memory, one i hadn't visited for a long while, a cool night, unlike this one, it was foggy VERY foggy. My mom and i were on the way to the local airport, to meet my dad's plane after a long trip. She has informed me we may need to wait a while due to the weather, and not to worry, she knew one of the other Mom's would be there waiting, and may have some of her boys with her. Boys!? You want me to wait in the tiny airport with no tv and a bunch of boys? UGH!
I remember what i had on, i wore a pink and white sweater with a ballerina on it, my favorite at the time. I remember "the boys" my word, they were the craziest, loudest, and nearly the funniest kids i had ever met. There were three of them, and all they did was Army, they talked Army jargin, played Army guys, i was thinking they most likely dreamt it as well. What a drag! :P
their Mom was a peach, just loved her to death, how in the world did she survive? I remember she wore a brown coat. Their grandfather was there too. He was the one who decided we should all go to Wendy's for dinner, maybe it would "calm the natives" Thinking about it now, thats probably the first time i realized what that phrase really meant.
Well, we waited, HOURS, and played various games, had a blast really. I never remember actually seeing them with their dad, as i was caught up in my own reunion, but i DO remember HEARING them meet him. LOL seriously, I felt like a frontier lass who had barely survived Indian captivity. heehehe I told my brother about them, and of course he wanted to meet them.
At the Christmas party that year, i saw them, pointed them out to Matt.
"There they are! Those crazy Indian boys!"
Heehee, Later, while sitting down and eating, Matt put his plate down for a minute, and before he could pick it up off the floor again, the youngest Indian sat SPLAT in his plate .. the middle one gave him a tongue lashing, and the older one tried to pretend he wasn't related. Matt was now convinced he didn't really NEED to meet these hoodlums. :)
Eventually, we all became the best of buds. We played ALL the time, we were inseparable. We consider each other siblings really. I call their parents mom and dad just like my own.
Yes I'm talking about the Mardens. They have been on my mind muchly I'm sure they have been yours.
It's amazing to look back, to see where your path has gone, how it crosses with others, runs parallel with them, even joins with some. It's a good lesson, every single step back there, contributes to where you stand now. I pray every step i take from here on out leaves me standing in a most excellent place!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The Solid Rock

I have much to say, i have few words, i am somewhat lost.
My Mom let me borrow a great CD. It is AVALON "Faith: A Hymns Collection"
I highly recommends it! Although our childhoods in a certain odd church comes with tons of hair raising, eyebrow lifting, snicker snicker ha ha, stories, one thing remains. We were brought up with Hymns, and they stick! And thank goodness. Read these words and I hope they Encourage some weary hearts. :)

1. My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
* Refrain:
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
2. When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
3. His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
4. When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Grow Cube!

Oh my goonis, you HAVE to try this!! It's soo crazy addicting!!
There are more "grow" games here,

Good luck! :)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Rag Dolls

You know, life is funny. God never promises we will be beautiful, or age gracefully, or even age at all in some cases, BUT He does promise to hold us every step of the way, if we let Him.
Sometimes, kinda feels like we are rag dolls. No less beautiful, just older, wiser, and softer.
Just a thought i wanted to share, to anyone feeling beaten up, forgotten, alone, or just plumb tuckered out, God Loves his little Rag Dolls with a LOVE that passes all understanding.
Yay GOD! :)

Friday, September 21, 2007

odd n ends

So, here we are, as hazzie likes to say. It's friday, the last day of a nutty week, quite unlike LAST friday where i was all excited about getting out without kiddos, this week im gearing up for boy's birthday party. :) I'm actually kinda excited, it's the first one I've planned with 'structure'. Usually it's just everyone coming over, munching on food, and then we get around to gifts and cake before the kids start to beat each other up LOL.
So, this time, i have two games and a little simple craft project, so that should be fun.

Our little trip to Boston was awesome! We had a very nice hotel for a nice 'price-line' price :) we got to shop at IKEA, which i have never seen in person, and now I am addicted!! :) We went clothes shopping for mommy and Daddy. I got SUCH a cute dress, oh and shoes, yes shoes to die for LOL. My sis in aw may be jealous :D and THATS not easy to do

Aren't they adorable? Heehehee!

oh, and i can't forget, the GRANTISM of the month heeheee
So, Mike'e brother Calls Grant on his birthday, says to him

"So Grant, how old are you? Are you older than me now?"
"I don't knw Uncle daniel"
"Grant, are older than ME now?
"I don't know!"
"Grant, how old am I? old right? So, are YOU older then me now?"
wait for it.....
"I don't know UNcle DANIEL, WHO is Menow?!!"


Friday, September 14, 2007

Ahh yes, Iremember this day well ........

Not much more needs to be said :)
We are on our way to Boston for the weekend to celebrate our 5 years of bliss *ROFL* Bliss what a funny word :)
but yes, looking forward to a weekend of no kids, GLAD i'm not a fly on the wall in Matt's house tomorrow!

:) Thanks Bro ...*heeheheheee*

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Keys to success in Life ....

Rule #1
Be Confident in your abilities .....
know what you can do and know you do those things well..... case in point ...
i LOVE to make things with my hands, crochet is something i picked up again and I am just havng a ball with it!
Here is My rag doll ..(formerly known as "Sara Doll" recently re-named "Mommy Doll") well she was in need of some new clothes that sammy could dress her in easily, so i went to work, aaand maybe went a bit overboard, LOL but it's fun, and I'm good at it!

Here is the afghan i recently finished for Grant's bed, he will get it next weekend at his birthday party, and it coordinates well with the new **cough** NASCAR bedding he is getting. heehee

I am also trying to make new stocking for Mike Sammy and Grant, copying the one my Memaww made for me many years ago.

How To Become a Wilton Method Instructor

Another thing im looking at recently is Teaching "the Wilton Method" Woohhoo! :) Yup, i got an interiew at the local party store, they want me to start at the end of November by finishing up Course #2 , then starting up Course #1 in January. :)So yay, i could be a cake decorator/teacher. Woot! another thing i'm pretty good at :)

So yes, embrace your talents, revel in them, be confident in them!
and stick to them LOL

Rule #2 ..
KNOW your limitations!
yes i can make many things.... but ... it seems ...

Hairdressing is NOT one of my talents .... :o EEK!
I guess we BOTH need a hairdresser now :) Good thing im pretty friendly with this lady named Rose. She's my friend! She will fix it LOL.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Where were you then? ....... Where are you now?

I was at work, just like any other day, The strange stories that i heard from customers, co-workers, and finally my mom. You know, in crisis, call MOM! The things i heard were NOT adding up, did NOT make sense. it could NOT BE HAPPENING!!
Well, it did. We are not as safe as we think. We are not invincible. We are human, and frail.
In a moment, in the twinkling, our life can change. Mine did, suddenly, all my cool Army guys, were now going to war. Everyone i loved feel too far away. Everything i LOVE about the USA was even more precious.
So without going on and on and on about the terror, the horror, the moments we all remember like they were yesterday, I want to ask a Question.
Where are you now? What did you learn? What do you see 6 years later?
I see a cloudy tuesday, so unlike the one we all remember, almost seems fitting.
I see my faith as SO vey nessasry to survive in these times.
I see my freedom as precious, and not something we will always enjoy, unless we are willing to fight or it.
What about our families? Do you remember how much you just wanted to callsomeone? Hear a voice you love? Just to get a hug from your dad? Do you still feel that way? Don't you think you should?
What about how much we all wanted to help? To fill a firetruck with stuffed animals for the 911 orphans in NYC. What about the candlelight vigils on friday nights, standing on the side of the road waving flags like crazy people and singing good old fashioned USA HOOAH songs with people you have never met before. Don't you wish it lasted? Could we do it again?
What about the soldiers? Yes, i do preach alot about the soldiers, but that's because i feel it EVERY SINGLE DAY. I have more family members and close friends associated now and back when to the Military i can't even count. Now as I type, my brother prepares for his second tour in Iraq. Do you know what that does to a family?
We don't sleep well, we don't eat well, we don't overlook the latest casualties in the war. We stand very tall, we wear red white and blue on fridays, we wear yellow ribbons always. we pray constantly. for our brother, son, uncle, father, husband, for his wife and 4 children who wait bravely for his return. I wake at all hours of the night with the sudden urge PRAY! PRAY NOW! and then i lie awake and wonder... those thought we are not allowed to say out loud. it hurts hurts till he is home where we can touch him and hold him, and know he is safe.
This is where i am now. I am aware of the different nation we live in, and how it is the same still in that, We get back up, we fight back, we defend our people, we are FREE. We are HERE. We are ALIVE. We are FREE.
We were free then, we are still FREE.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Kids, you gotta love'em

So, you know how it goes, you start winding down close to payday, and the cabinets are gettin' low, and you start to get creative. Kinda like when we were young and Mom used to shop at Ft. Devens down in Mass, 14billion hours away *heeheehehee*
we came up with a smart ditty once.
Twas the day before Devens
and all through the house,
The children were starving,
Matt's EATING a mouse!!

anywho, today we are out of sandwich bread, so i got creative, wondering how long it would work when my bright young son says,

"Mommy, where did we get ALL this food?"
"um, we bought it, with money, money that daddy made from work."
to which he says..
"Awww, isn't he just a great, super daddy?"

ROFL, yes son, yes he is LOL. To be a child again life WAS more simple back then LOL.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


quick update before i expire :)
Grant started Preschool today, WOW. I didn't think it would be too tough, or that he would fuss too much. Apparently i was fooling myself *lol*
I dropped him off, and when i was leaving, i knelt down with sammy gave him a hug and said,
"okay Grant, we are gonna leave...." at this point he starts to get all sad looking
mommy's heart is warming awww... he doesn't want to leave me :)
"nono, mommy and sammy are going home, you will stay here and......."
"OH! Okay, cool! Bye mom!"

and that was it, i sat there crouched on the ground in the hallway next to sammy looking at a closed door. the dad behind me chuckles, "well, THAT sucks!"

I was a bit out of my element i mean im glad he is doing well and all, but he could have clung a leeetle bit just for effect...scheech!

ahh well, twas a nice quiet morning, sammy very much enjoyed mommy time, we made a new dress for "dolly" who is actually MY dolly from many many years ago, making me feel even older than i already did. LOL

So, there is an update, i am going to eat dinner now. lol TTFN!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Well, i've had this video banging around in my head for a while now, since i started that other blog of mine. These are the songs that inspired the blog,
(that and the fact that David didn't know we went to Florida once LOL)
So here is my Generations video, tissues may be needed for anyone who knows the people involved. *lol*

Oh, and i put the first story up on the new blog, also, anyone who has a story to share with the rest of us, send me an email with your blogger-email-addy, and i will add you on to the list so you can post :)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Every time Iget a good pity party going, . . . . . . .

I get a swift kick in tha patootie! :P My dear frined Sandra sent me this Link and i think this woman is awesome! What a story teller! You will surely get a kick out of this, and look at how much her auction sold for!


i am adding her blog to my links :) I would like to get to know her!

Monday, August 20, 2007

The Great sunflower Massacre of '07 and the shopping therapy thereafter.

Hee heehehee

Well geez, this is our second storm with "damaging winds" (as matt calls it) well the second one to hit my street, there have been several in our state this year, but i have just never seen SUCH damaging winds here in our nook. Major trees got taken out this time, just random trees snapped, or knocked over, our landlords almost lost their house to one big pine.
We were out of power overnight, no big deal, but mike's grill got picked up and thrown across the yard we found marble sized hail in a little pile, and the whole side of our house was plastered with debree. No one got hurt no serious monetary damage, but pretty cool to look at the aftermath. Here is a pic of what the garden behind our house looked like afterwards .... sad sad sunflowers :(

Oh, and this is Sammy in Clarie's, LOL she LOVES that store, could be expensive :)

Thursday, August 02, 2007

How DO they do that?!

You ever wonder that?you look at something cool and wonder, How does that work?
Well i guess most people with any kind of imagination do, and some of the smart ones just 'know' how it's done. Then there are the "tinkerers". The ones who are pretty sure they know, but they just have to SEE it. Does ANYONE know ANYONE like that?
My son, my son is similar to a tornado, in that he is calm quiet and quite pleasant most of the time, however, when his energy hits a certain level, he leaves massive destruction and waste in his wake. Leave him alone in a room too long, and wallpaper disappears, blinds become new amazingly aggravating sculptures, curtains are removed from windows and turned into a "SUUUuuuuuuuuPERMAN" costume.
The most recent victim was the hamper. Just a cheap hamper, a fold able one, you know, the type with mesh and a wire frame, perfect for boys to throw things in, sit on, walk into, move, pretty indestructible, until, the child decides he WILL see how it's made.
And thats his motive, just to see how it's done. He knows he shouldn't, but, WHAT is behind the wallpaper anyway? Do blinds still work after being redesigned? How big are the curtains really? How does this hamper stay up, but stay bendy? So he proceeded to removes the wire, and is now doing chores to replace the thing. My immediate response is to be angry, and yell, and wonder WHY he is soo bad, but then i remember, he is not bad deep down, e just can't control the curiosity enough to avoid destroying things. For some reason this seems a familiar situation to me. Who do i know like that?
Well, besides my Big Brother ERIC of course, he couldn't hold onto a piece of electronic equipment very long before it was taken apart, examined, then redesigned into some odd new invention. Every piece of old electronics was dismantled and studied for days.
Well, I sat down that evening and tried to relax and not think about what Grant may be destroying as he falls asleep, and i look at my hubby. He is trying to fix the camera i took to Cape Cod, Got sand in, and BROKE. He shakes his head, declares it dead, and then,,,,,,,,, He TOOK IT APART ... yuh, ok, well that explains alot. Sometimes i forget that i married McGyver Heehehehheeee

Saturday, July 28, 2007

New Blog

So, im starting a new blog, cause i dont have enough ya know *lol* It's going to be a family blog, where we can all post pictures and memories of "the old days" to help the younger siblings, and even the grandchildren, see and soak up new memories or days and even family members they missed out on seeing.
So i will try to get all the bloggers invited so we can all start posting. :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Several years ago i pegged that as my life verse, my chief ambition. My lifelong goal is to stand before my Saviour in Heaven and hear the words, "Well done, my good and FAITHFUL servant."
So, my trip to blue field West Virginia with 16 teenagers, was in fact life changing. In very small ways, but very cool.
I now have Fan girls LOL! and i love them dearly, a gaggle of jr high gigglers have claimed me as their own. They run up to me in church and hug me and say good morning and are really happpy to see me, they even went to the Sunday school director and suggested he "fix it" so Mrs Doenges is the Jr High teacher in the fall. Heeheehee so cute :)
I learned new ways to be a servant. I also liked that we took upon ourselves as a team to be the servants of the week. We were last in line to eat first in line to help, my little team was the fastest dinner crew of the week!
I learned that most of the time teenagers are LOUD for NO GOOD Reason, and can get on nerves almost as fast as toddlers, BUT, i also learned that if you keep listening through all the noise, they are VERY wise when plugged into God. The problem is, you have to be Humble enough to hear it. If you are truly a servant, then no matter who speaks the truth, even a gangly kid15 years younger than you, you will hear it, and recognize it as a memo from God, and take it to heart.
I still Love teenage boys, always have always will, LOL they are so fun, and goofy, and dorky, and they make me laugh! I had a van full of boys, most of whom i hadn't spoken a full sentence to in the past year, all in my van, as we drive the winding roads of West Virginia, they were all singing "Next time he cheats" by carrie underwood,.....word for word ..... I nearly wrecked the car laughing so hard.
I have eyes to see clearly now, with no bias, who is who, who is plugged into God, who is playing at religion, who needs help, and also, i have more compassion. Never been a huge mushy person, emotional YES, but mushy, naaw. I spent a week with 5 teen girls at my side *LOL* I spent a week in the trenches of poverty in america. Its so hard to imagine that this country can have such poverty, but i saw it, in the shadow of the beautiful smokey mountains. In places it looked much like Rutland, which made me shiver, and realize how much my hometown needs us.
I have been re-evaluating my friendships, and have made some interesting discoveries, I have implemented this new *compassion* of mine, and have slowly let an old friend back in knowing she "Isn't entirely stable" *lol* but, as long as we can talk and "don't get stubborn with each other" i think we will be okay.
i could go on and on and on, but my muffin is nearly gone, and my coffee IS :o oh nuu! I hope this wasnt too boring, i just needed to say some of it out loud, errm, type it out loud? heehee
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wordless Wednesday #28 (Im Baaaack!) "Happy Birthday Princess! "

Yes Samantha is 2 years old today, seems like yesterday, but i think i will be saying that for many many more years :) Also Happy Birthday to her cousin Aiden who is 4 today. :)

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Oh yuh ...and one more thing


i love you :)

A couple of bug-bites and several S'mores later.....

Okay ..... so my summer is now supposed to wind down :) with my mission trip done, and im still mullling over the details, so i will post on it again later. We have just completed our annual "Family Campout" Our entire church camps all together on one section of emerald lake state campground every year. Its really alot of fun. We have a Lobster cook on thursday night, pig roast on saturday and worship under the trees on sunday morning.
This year had new organizers, so we saw some nice upgrades, 24hour coffee bar built by one of our resident wood work wizards, and supplied by Green mountain coffee. We also had a raffle on Friday night. LOTS of nice gifts given out (the lady in charge spent months going around and rounding up TONS of donations for our weekend). and a lovely couple even donated free fire wood for the entire church all weekend WOW!
Here are some higlights caught on my camera, i have many more, i'll post more lata. Signs on every site so you knew where everyone was ... even if their names were MISspelled :PBucket o' chalk on our site turned out lean to into a work of art, along with some others, and much of the newly paved camp road :)
Grant and Aiden playing at my site
THE bathing beauty known as Gianna Catherine ..... isnt she a peach?
Mommy wanted to get a picture of the entire suit, how cute is that??!!
LOBSTER!! weehee!
Gianna again ....sideways LOL ,,,,, still a doll however :)
Dork and princess :)

Lobster? hehe ...ahh memories :)