Thursday, May 24, 2012

Writer's Workshop: Spring Means.......

BIRTHDAY SEASON in our family!!!!

Joseph's 10th birthday (TODAY!!!)

Well, technically, it's Spring AND Summer, but it all starts early, early on in Spring!!

I love birthdays... I love planning dinners and parties and decorating.  And of course I love MY birthday.  So this time of year is one of my favorites.
We have a tradition in our house where we all decorate the kitchen/bar area for the birthday person so they can wake up to it ....  The kids love it, I love it and I think it's something great for the kids to carry on as they get older.

So, back to the BIRTHDAY SEASON....  We've got:
March:    Gamps (my Dad)
April:       Me, Angie and Joe's sister
May:        Joseph
June:        CJ
July:         Joe
Then I get a bit of a break until October/November...

Head over to MamaKat's WW....
Mama’s Losin’ It

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WW: Birthday Party Jumping!!

YAY....It' Wednesday again....  only TWO more days until our mini vacation (well, a vacation is a vacation --- mini or not, right!! )!!  I can already feel the wind in my hair while riding in the boat and feel the sun beat down on my "tan needed" body.

YAY... It's Wednesday again... time for Wordful Wednesday!!

Angie's 7th birthday was one month ago and Joseph's 10th birthday is tomorrow so I decided to do their parties together.... especially since they both wanted to go to Airheads and it would've been PRETTY PRICEY to pay for two different parties (I'm thinking thrifty people ;-) ).

They brought 2 friends each, along with their older brothers and a couple family friends.  They got their helmets and jump shoes on and they JUMPED and JUMPED and JUMPED and ran up the walls (which are also trampolines) and did flips and chased each other and threw balls at each other.  It was great and they had a BLAST!!!!

Ethan doing tricks


Angie and friends

Joseph and friends

After they wore themselves out, it was time for the sugar rush.... cake.... made my mommy (their favorite type)...

Happy Birthday to the "littles" (as their older brothers call them)!  I love you both VERY MUCH!!!

Now, go on over and check out the other WW at Seven Clown Circus....  (and you'll get to see her awesome, make-you-jealous pictures of their mexican vacation)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I Met a Boy and I liked It......

I'm so excited to be back to blogging....  I really truly enjoy it!!  I love to "meet" new people and I need to get my thoughts out!!!
I'm even more excited to back to Writer's Workshop!!! 

Mama’s Losin’ It

When I read the prompt "Describe where you where when you met a boy", I couldn't stop thinking about the Katy Perry song (I kissed a Girl) and have since been singing-- I met a boy and I liked it...... and now I've probably got that song stuck in your heads as well, huh?  Sorry----- or not!!  :-)

Anyway,  I'm going to tell you about where I was (and more of course, because I am a rambler) and what transpired when I met this boy:

I was just separating from my ex-husband and starting my life as a single, working mom (while we were married, I staed at home with the kids).  I had just started working at an Environmental Consulting firm and was meeting all of my new co-workers.......  and there he was---- JOE!!  He was so nice, welcoming and friendly (and handsome to boot) and I was immediately drawn to his smile!
I was going through a break-up AND he was going through a break-up , so we became fast friends.  I always thought he was cute, but NEVER would've elaborated on it because of where I was in my life....... Sooooooo, everyday I would go to work, excited to see him and talk to him; and everyday I would make sure I found a reason to involve him in my work.

As time went by, I started going out with my co-workers on the Fridays that the boys went to their dads.  I had a great time!!   Joe and I started talking on the phone more often and eventually we would go out alone... as friends!!

We had a GREAT friendship; and has the months passed we went from being "just friends" to "more than friends" (wink-wink!!)  I still remember where we were when we had our first kiss.  We had been out downtown and it was late.  Me and my girlfriend were leaving his house to go home and as she walked out the door I closed it, turned around and planted one on him (I still believe that had I not made the first move, we may not be where we are now).

And shall I say, the rest is history....

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WW: Lost TWO..... but now we have a new ONE!!!

Since I have been so bad about blogging this past year (or two...oops!!), there are many things that I haven't chronicled on here; so I'm trying to go back and "catch up" per se.  What better DAY to start, than on "WORDFUL WEDNESDAY"..  where I do feel so guilty about using too many words!!!

Anyway, over this past year, we lost BOTH of our canine babies...  :-(  We lost Eddie in June 2011 to a brain tumor (he was 13) and Daisy in December 2011 to cancer all over her body (she was 18); and  I was with each of them as they took their final breaths and made their way to the "Rainbow Bridge".

We were devestated....  BOTH of them gone within 6 months of each other...  all that we have is their ashes and a ton of pictures!!

After they were both gone I thought I could NEVER have another dog again.  I could NEVER love another dog again and could NEVER handle the heartbreak of losing another dog again.  Well, as time went on....  months and months went by and I started to feel the tugging at my heart.  The kids wanted another dog and I finally felt ready to open my heart to another pup!!!

So, we are now..................

We decided that this time we would adopt a dog that really needed a good home.  We looked for a little bit, but once we "met" Winnie we knew she was the one!!!

She is a 3-year old Black & Tan Coonhound....  unfortunately she came from a BAD situation so she is very timid and skittish!! 

The kids just adore her and we are so happy to have a new "canine companion"!!!