Thursday, March 25, 2010


Can Aidan really be eight? I remember vividly the day he was born and it just seems like yesterday. Sigh! He is growing up so quickly . . . The night of his birthday we went to an Irish Pub for dinner and were treated to Irish music! The entire restaurant sang "Happy Birthday" to Aidan and then all of the kids received Irish necklaces.
After dinner we went bowling on the Pax River Naval Base. Aidan is ready to roll!
Just look at his form - a future pro bowler, maybe? Maybe not?!?
Aidan didn't mind a few gutter balls! He and his friends had so much fun, especially when they happened to roll a spare or strike!
In the midst of the birthday chaos, little sis, Kari, wishes everyone "Peace!"
Ryan really got his game on! He did very well for being such a newbie at bowling.

In addition to his friends, Aidan's family joined in the celebration. Pap and Nana love birthdays with the kidlets. Dixon was in awe of the strobe lights and the noise!
Aunt Becky and Uncle Barry bowled in the lane next to the kids. They didn't do much better than the kids!
Although Clara and Sasha didn't know any of Aidan's friends, they joined right in and had such fun bowling with "the boys."
Aunt Annisa, Uncle Cory, and little Dixon are all smiles - or maybe just shell shocked!
After an hour on the lanes, it was time for the party - pizza and fabulous chocolate cupcakes. Yum! Then it was time for presents. Bakugan was a hit!
And of course, a birthday would not be complete without Legos. Aidan spends hours and hours and hours putting Legos together. He is amazing. The bigger the kit, the better.
Also on Aidan's wish list were books, the funnier the better. He got a bunch of them to keep him busy when he is not working on his Legos.
This Lego set is almost as big as Aidan! He has been wanting the Power Miners Titanium Command Rig for almost a year.
Birthdays are such special celebrations in our lives. I am just so thankful that we can share in the grandkids' "birth" days. Watching them grow up is such a blessing. Happy Eight Years, Aidan!

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Since I had Friday off for a short spring break, Sasha and Clara stayed with us Thursday night through Saturday. Friday we headed to the mall to look for Easter dresses. We just had to make a stop at Old Navy where the girls posed with the other models! We didn't find Easter dresses there, but we did find a few cute spring outfits.
We had a great day out and decided that since it is pouring buckets - raining - today (Saturday), we would stay inside and do some fun activities. Our first project was making brownie pops! Yes, this is similar to cake balls, but on a stick! I had two great helpers mixing brownie batter.
After the brownies baked halfway in a special brownie pop pan courtesy of Michael's, the girls took turns inserting the sticks. Then back in the oven to finish baking.
Then the fun (and mess!) began. I iced the brownie tops and then Sasha and Clara rolled them in sprinkles, sugar crystals, and non-pareils. They had such a good time!
Of course they had to do a little posing with their creations!
Her are some of their creations . Don't they look gorgeous!
Someone had to do the taste-testing, too!
After all of that work, a story is in order and Pap loves to read books to the girls!
Later, the young artists got serious. Throughout the day, the girls created more than 15 pieces of artwork, which are hanging on my refrigerator, cupboard doors, and basement door. My kitchen is an explosion of beautiful colors!

Look at the concentration of this young artist at work!

Finger painting was a big hit! Sasha looks like a member of the Blue Man Group!
Here are just two of the many amazing works of art! This princess was created by Sasha using pencil and glitter paint.
Clara created this lovely work of art using markers - she said it is her Nana! I am so honored!
I have to give the girls back to their Mom and Dad tonight - Sigh! It was a blast having little princesses in the house - giggly, imaginative, artistic, fun-loving girls! And what a plus it is that they love to shop! Don't know where the shopping gene comes from! (Hee! Hee!) Until next time . . . .

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

2010 Goals-Two Month Update

This year I committed to setting goals versus resolutions for 2010 because goals seem more attainable to me and the word resolution screams "meant to be broken!" It's just a matter of semantics, but it's like I often say: "Whatever floats your boat!" So - goals it is! Okay, let's see how I have done so far.
Goal # 1. Keep a list of books read. Since my last update I finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett and read Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Day After Night by Anita Diament, and started Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs. I have enjoyed every book I have read so far. LOVE LOVE LOVE The Help and Wench! That makes six books in eight weeks.
Goal #2. Lose 25 pounds. I am so excited to report that I am just over halfway there! Thirteen pounds in 8 weeks. I feel much better and can now fit into clothes I haven't worn in a long time.
Goal #3. Update the Upstairs. After living in chaos for over a month, we are almost finished! I painted the hallway and one bedroom and had our bedroom painted by a professional painter because I ran out of time and energy! The floors and stairs are finished and look beautiful. The rooms are back together (pretty much) and the only project left is the stair banister. I am so glad we decided to get it down now versus in the summer. It was definitely messy and dusty, but well worth the mess!
Goal #4. 20th Anniversary plans. Haven't done anything yet - the upstairs project took too much time and focus. I will have to get on this! Any suggestions?
Goal #5. Photography Fun. For the same reasons as Goal #4, I have not made any arrangements to learn anything! I probably should upgrade my camera first, but that might be awhile!
Goal #6. Write. No progress with this goal either! No reasons or excuses.
Goal #7. Trip to the Big Apple. Sigh! I really would like to make a trip to NYC this summer. Anyone interested?!?!?!?!
Goal #8. Raise $7000.00 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We are on our way! Last month we held our Love Crop and raised almost $1000.00 Registrations have been arriving already for our fall crop, so I am on the way to that $7000.00!
Holding myself accountable by reporting in to you regularly helps keep me focused on meeting my goals. It is definitely a bit embarrassing to not see progress, so thanks for being my indirect support system!