Tuesday, March 30, 2010

From newborn, toddler, child, young lady, woman

One day old
"When a daughter first meets her father, she makes room in her heart for the first significant man in her life; she becomes Daddy’s little girl."
~Carmen Renee Berry~

First Birthday
"A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart."
~ Author Unknown~

Two years old

"A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future."
~Author unknown~

Big smile with braces
"It’s her beauty that captures your attention. It’s her personality that captures your heart."
~Author unknown~

High School Graduation
A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous...full of beauty and forever beautiful...loving and caring and truly amazing
~ Deanna Beisser~

Wedding day
"Daughters understand as they grow older, they become good friends."
~ Catherine Pulsifer~

Happy Birthday Kimmy!
"We look at our daughters everyday and think about how much they’ve grown. We still see little a girl sometimes, even as they are walking down the path to the school bus on their first day or walking down the isle for their wedding. While we don’t need pictures or special words to remember all the precious moments we keep in our hearts, it is special to reflect on all the experiences."
On March 31st our lives changed for ever.
Love Ya, MOM

Monday, March 29, 2010

Birthday Week!

"It's somebody's birthday I wonder for who...

It's somebody's birthday that's right in this room...

So look all around you for somebody who, is laughing and smiling...

My goodness it's YOU!"

This is the song we sing on every birthday.
It's been a family tradition, started when I was very young.
Kimmy and her little family are coming over for dinner, Monday evening, to celebrate her birthday.
So, I set the table just for her!
No cake.
We will enjoy a special dessert with Kimmy. She took the challenge, along with me, to give up sugar for a full year!

Professionally decorated cakes always seem to have a molten, silky look. To get that same appearance in your homemade cakes, frost the sides and top of the cake and smooth out with a spatula as usual. Use a hair dryer to "blow-dry" the frosted surfaces of the cake. The slight melting of the frosting gives it that smooth, lustrous appearance.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Housekeeping...catching up on things

Easter Hat by Google Images

When I say housekeeping, for me it means that I need to "show and tell" some odds and ends. Things that I have been working on these past few weeks that I'd like to share.
I have been adding to my life resume, a few more "hats" . The past few years I have become a Doula, an Officiant, and Master of Ceremonies.
Now I can add two new hats; a Notary Public, and a new CPR card. My school principal asked me to become the Notary for the high school. If any staff member needed the service of a notary, they can walk on over and see me.

And the CPR card needed to be renewed.


A few of you have asked for my recipe for Banana Bread. The kind that I take to my son, Todd, every time I visit him.
It is an old recipe and is so very easy. Remember, I don't cook or bake much so it has to be easy! This recipe came from my Great Aunt Dorothy, my grandpa's younger sister. I have used this recipe for about 30 years. It has never failed me, except when I have left out an ingredient or two.

Great Aunt Dorothy's Banana Bread

3 bananas - smashed

3T. buttermilk - I use regular milk and add about 1T. vinegar

1t. soda - heaping

1 egg - not beaten

1T. butter or oil - I use oil

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour


Mix, pour (greased loaf pan), bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.

Use only dry potholders. a damp pot holder transmits heat. Also, avoid using dish towels. they're not thick enough to protect you.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

First Day of Spring....

If it's banana bread, I must being visiting Tacoma!
Saturday morning, I drove down to see our son, who lives in Tacoma.
I always take him homemade banana bread.

This is Todd.
He is our first born and is married to Stephanie.
(Most people call her Steph. I call her Funny because she is so funny. Together it's Steph - Funny.)
Todd is a Biologist and is working on his Masters Degree, plus working full time.
In fact, after I left today, he was going to take a huge test for one of his three classes that he is taking (online).
Steph was out camping this weekend with some girlfriends.

The first day of Spring, and we planted a variety of vegetables, in starter pots.
We also cleaned and prepared their vegetable garden.
Todd and I spent the morning enjoying the wonderful sunshine.
We talked and worked, talked and worked.
Todd & Stephanie expanded their garden to the parking strip.
They are the envy of their neighborhood.
Ahhh... looking good!
So long.... Todd (and dogs!)
I had a great time.
This was the best way to start Spring.
Now go and take that test and make me proud!

Weed when the sun is on its way up. Prune when there is no drying wind.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Time To Plant My Garden

Today I went over to Grandma & Papa's house.
I raked and planted Sugar Snap Peas.

I also helped Papa plant Blueberry plants.
Papa says they are really good for me!

Then I saw my swing!

I really like it when Grandma pushes me high.
It was just me over for dinner tonight.

I read a lot of books before I went home.

If seeds you are planting should be set in rows, you can use a broom handle to form the trenches. Press the broom handle into the dirt- about one-quarter inch deep-with your foot. You'll have a perfect row at the right depth.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Charles Schultz Philosophy

I have a busy week so I won't be posting much. But I found this to share.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip.

You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read it straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. They are not second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz.
See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special..
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are NOT the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who care.


Laugh at yourself each and every day. If you can make the problems you face funny, or at least see them in a different light, they will probably cease being a problem.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Meet My Husband, Tom

Tom is his name.
Coffee is his game.
I find his cups all over the house.
He has a "story" about his coffee.
One day he poured himself a cup of coffee.
And the story goes like this:
He heats it up, adds more, leaves it out,
heats it up, adds more, leaves it out. This is repeated several times a day.
Sometime he changes the cup. He likes it this way!
Weird, I know but you don't know Tom, like his family does.

Tom is the funniest man I know.
He makes me laugh all day long.
He can be serious but not for long.

Several years ago he went into alcohol treatment.
We, his family, had an intervention done on him.
It was one of the hardest things I have ever done.
But we all came through to the other side and are so much better for it.

Today, Tom is a different man!
We laugh, we play and we have fun.
God is first in our lives.
Everyday we start out spending time in prayer together.
He has started a blog.
He saw how much fun Kimmy (our daughter) and I were having.
It is not like any other blog I have ever read.
But his personality does come through.
If you are a daring person, stop by and read some of his thoughts.


It is weird!

Click here.

To give nails a longer, more streamlined look. leave a bit of each side of each nail free from polish.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

31 Years Ago Today.....

Happy Anniversary to my parents!!
This is their daughter Kimmy writing. One of the fun things about being such great friends with my mom is that she shares everything with me, including her password for her blog!!!!! So......I stole their wedding album, scanned some photos and loaded them onto the blog.
Bridesmaids : Erika (my cousin, their niece), Kate ( friend), my mom, Didi (maid of honor and moms best friend), Jeane (sister in-law married to my mom's brother)
Groomsmen: Bill (friend), Wayne (friend), my dad, Dale (friend), Bob (dad's brother)
Oscar & Lynn (dad's parents), Tom & Chris, Pat & Jack (mom's parents)So after the wedding my parents took off for their honeymoon........no, not Hawaii, guess again........Whitefish Montana!! They went skiing!!

They took the Amtrak from Seattle over to Montana. The day they arrived it was pouring rain, not the kind of weather anyone wants on their honeymoon. The next morning they woke up to BEAUTIFUL blue skies and sun, perfect skiing weather!

I want to wish my parents a Happy Anniversary. Thank you for being such a great example to Todd, Stephanie, Mark and I. Your marriage has been a great testimony to what the Lord can do when you put Him first. We love you very much!
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