Monday, March 31, 2008

It is more and more....


Yes I do have my deck furniture out!!!!

The sun after the storm. This is out the back of our house looking onto the mountains.

School was cancelled on Friday because of the snow. We got around 5 inches and it is snowing again today. At least we got to go to school!!!


We had Brad's family over for lunch and egg hunt.

Deer and Turkeys

We have had a lot of deer and turkeys around lately. As soon as they see some grass we get visitors. Unfortunately for them we are covered in snow again!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008


Here you go Aunt Susan....

1.MAYBE I SHOULD...relax and enjoy the days more
2. I LOVE...playing tennis
3. PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT I'M...high strung
4. I DON'T UNDERSTAND....why people have to be so critical of others, you aren't in "their shoes"
5. WHEN I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING...I like to drink my coffee and catch up on the news, I am a news junkie
6. I first tennis match but I haven't lost again yet!!!! :) (I play on an adult tennis league)
7. LIFE IS FULL OF...experiences to enjoy
8. MY PAST IS... full of happy memories
9. I GET ANNOYED kids don't listen to me
10. PARTIES I love hosting them and attending parties.
11. I WISH...that I was an exercise 'queen"
12. DOGS...I love, love my dogs and I couldn't live without them
13. CATS...can stay outside
14. TOMORROW...we are having Brad's family for lunch and the kids will do an Easter egg hunt
15. I HAVE A LOW TOLERANCE FOR...people who are inconsiderate
16. I'M TOTALLY TERRIFIED...of speed and height. I'll never voluntarily jump out of an airplane. (diddo to A. Susan!!!)
17. I WONDER...what my life will be like in twenty years
18. NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I...flown more that six hours, the thought scares me (I'm claustrophobic)
19. HIGH SCHOOL but I was ready to graduate
20. WHEN I'M hands sweat
21. ONE TIME AT A FAMILY GATHERING...we had a scavenger hunt---fun, fun-we should do it again
22. TAKE MY ADVICE ABOUT...enjoying your family to the fullest
23. MAKING MY BED...only when I clean my sheets
24. I'M ALMOST ALWAYS...procrastinating about something
25. I'M ADDICTED TO...water and chap stick
26. I WANT SOMEONE me get over my fears, I have many!!!!!


I have soooo many projects that I would like to get done around here. Most of them closets and cabinets cleaned out. I have so much STUFF that I don't use and it is just wasting space. We will see what I am able to clean out!:) I don't really like extra things hanging around. I am pretty good at pitching! So that is the plan for today.:) Just maybe we can put the deck furniture back out!

Unrelated: We were given tickets to see the Celtic Women last night and took the girls. They really loved seeing the show. Ellie said "I thought it might be boring but I really liked all the fog", she enjoyed the stage displays. Brad and I got to go last year so it was neat to see the girls enjoy them performing.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Enough is Enough!!!!

Tamara, I wish I was planting a garden!!!! This is a picture of our weather the day before spring. I am ready for some sunshine!!!! For me, being from the south, I have a had time with the springtime here in New England. Spring is suppose to be pretty and warm. Now I am complaining but if you talk to me any other time of the year it really is pretty here in New England. I LOVE LOVE the fall here, Summertime is pleasant, and the winter is pretty and fun. BUT.....Springtime always gets me in a funk. I just have to remember how green the grass will be and sitting in the sun at 80 degrees is soooo nice. The heat down home is harsh. I do love it here and I must think of all the positives. So have a good day and smile:)!!! There is so much to be thankful for: family, friends, good health, freedom and on and on we could go....

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Ava!!!!

Ava is six today! I can't believe that my youngest is past five! She is so excited about her birthday and can't wait for first grade. I am trying to enjoy these days because next year my time with her will be so different. Today, she had a little party at school and then we came home this afternoon to flowers from Nanny and Pappa. Thanks a bunch she loves them!

What makes Ava special....
*she loves to help
*she is funny
*she is determined
*she smiles a lot
*eager to please

Monday, March 17, 2008

Ava (6th) and Molly's(1st) birthday party...

We had Ava and Molly's birthday parties together at the barn. The kids all had fun painting and playing in the sand.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

This recipe is soooo yummy!!!!

I made this on Sunday and they were so good...easy and quick

Apple Dumplings

2 Granny Smith apples
2 cans crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 small can Mountain Dew (8 oz.)
Peel and core apples. Cut apples into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.
Then go to confession. Quickly.
Love,Pioneer Woman

Saturday, March 8, 2008

They are growing up!!!

I seem to focus on what my girls don't do but... I was just thinking of how much they are helping around the house. It seems that in the last month they are changing in their maturity. Ellie decided this week that she would start to make her lunches for school and pack her bag for school. Wow what a help that was the next morning. She even cleaned up the kitchen when she was done. The other night after supper she asked if she could clean the supper dishes!!! Then the other night when I went to her room to put her to bed she said, "Mom, I have to pick up my room first" and she did get it cleaned up quickly. Ava loves to help with laundry. She puts the clothes into the dryer, takes them out of the dryer, and sorts them into piles. She also helps with loading and unloading the dishwasher. Ava is our dog helper. She sends them outside, calls them back, and feeds them for me. I am thankful for their help. I sent a note in Ellie's lunch bag thanking her for her help. She told me last night, "Mom, thanks for the note and you are welcome". It just warms your heart.:)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Water Park in NY!!!


I got all of my Ga post up!!!! We have been busy and not home for very long. We got home last Thur. night and Fri. morning headed to NY for an indoor water park. This was our second year going to the water park and everyone had tons of fun. My girls will tell you that I was a wimp. It was just to cold walking around in a wet bathing suit. Of course, they weren't cold as they had blue lips!!:) I do think it was warmer last year. Last year we had sun shining thorough the windows but this year it was snowing!!! We met up with six other families and enjoyed our time together as always! Thanks to Sandy for organizing the weekend! I will post pictures later as I have TONS to do today and have spent WAY to much time on the computer this morning. You can see some pictures on Jody and Shelly's blogs.--Have a great Day!!!!

Fun times together!!!:)

Just different pictures from our trip to GA....

Children's Museum in Atlanta...

Together for our....


Georgia---games and food!!!

While I was in Ga we had a get-together with family and friends. I was fun to see everyone again and remember our times together when we were all growing up together. A few have been added!!! Kind of neat to see them all get to know each other.

Addison's 1st Birthday----

Allie turns 2!!!!

Grampa's B-day!!!