Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving!

Tony's work had a Turkey decorating contest and he came in second with Lucy-O. Get it?
Thanks Airfoil!

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Bustin' her hump.

Oh dear, this room is messy

I'd better clean up my clothes

There, now no one can trace the mess back to me.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Doctor Day

Today was my "doctor day," at the radiation clinic
and she said something funny...
"Let's see if you're losing weight and just don't know it."
I wanted to say,
"Lady--if there's a way to lose weight and not know it...
you're onto something big."

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Daddy's Home

Lucy gets excited when Tony comes home. Really excited. See for yourself:

Chalk one up for my team.

Tonight, Lucy ate carrots. She didn't know it,
but they were conveniently hidden in a bit of spaghetti sauce.

Tasty Trickery at it's finest.
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I saw this at Jo-Ann's today...

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Stupid Lamb

Yes, we went to the Midnight showing last night. Honestly, I wasn't expecting it to be that great and it was. I thought it was very true to the book, and a lot of it was just how I'd imagined it to be. So...well done! I recommend it, but only if you've read the'll miss out on a lot if you haven't. We got there at ten to ensure good seats, and really, we couldn't have asked for better. We played Phase 10 and Guitar Hero on the DS while we waited. Emily's excitement was priceless. I want to see every movie with was so fun!

Picking up cards off the floor.

Guitar Hero Wendy

Packed Theater

Excited Emily
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tasty Trickery

Broccoli, cultivar unknownImage via way of parenting mistakes put a tally mark on my side of the score board. I've introduced Lucy to junk food and now have a heck of a time getting her to eat vegetables. When she first started eating solids she would eat anything and everything and I thought, "I'm not going to need that Deceptively Delicious-I have a perfect baby who will eat whatever I put in front of her." her mother, once she had the taste for "carbs," nothing else mattered. I try to give the vegetables first but usually they just end up on the the other day we were having reheated pizza for lunch, I needed her to eat some broccoli with it as well so I "butterflied," the pizza and "buttered" it with pureed broccoli. She had no idea. Today I thought I had a similar idea when I added green beans to her macaroni and cheese. I put some on her tray, went into the kitchen to dish some out for myself, came back and her tray was clean-she had eaten the beans with the noodles...or so I thought. When we were finished eating I took her bib off to find that she had slipped the green beans down her shirt. Can you believe it? What a sneaky-sneak.
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Count your blessings

I have some thing to catch up on but I wanted to post these thoughts I've had that are of a somewhat spiritual nature. This weekend was the opening weekend of deer hunting with a gun. Tony went out in the cold and snow to appreciate nature with his Dad. I went to two sessions of Stake Conference. Elder Clayton M. Christensen was there and his talks were so uplifting. A lot of the focus was on missionary work and testifying of the Savior. I heard a few different people talking about Heavenly Father knowing us individually and I felt a bit like, "whatever," not that I don't believe that, sometimes I just have a difficult time remembering it. At the close of the Sunday session the closing hymn was to be "Count Your Blessings," but at the conclusion of his talk Elder Christensen was so overcome with the Spirit that he asked that we rise and sing "The Spirit of God," instead. It was beautiful. It was in that hymn, flubbing up the words because I didn't have a hymnal, that I really felt God's love for ME. I felt of my responsibility as a mother and the challenges of raising my very special daughter in the last days. It inspired me to think of my Patriarchal Blessing and remember times that I have felt that personal knowledge from Heavenly Father. I went away feeling very uplifted and newly inspired. When we got home Sunday night I had to rush off to get to Young Women in Excellence. At the close of the meeting we sang, "Count your Blessings." As we were singing, the words really struck me and I had another moment of "He really does know and care for me." I felt so blessed to be a part of the Young Women's organization because it has helped me to grow in my testimony and witness what a wonderful generation of Youth we have and to continue to inspire me to fulfill my role as a mother and to make sure Lucy is growing up in the sort of home her warrior spirit deserves.
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Friday, November 14, 2008


SUALogoImage via Wikipedia
1.Did you marry someone from High School? Not legal, even in California
2.Did you carpool to school? YES! With Katy, Monika and Maria---remember listening to Jessica Simpson's, "I think I'm in love," about a MILLION times.
3.What kind of car did you have? a beautiful Chrysler Town and Country that I shared with my sister.
4.What kind of car do you have now? Chevy Cavalier and the storage unit.
5.It's Friday night, where were you ....(then)? Football games, dances, friends houses or babysitting
6.It's Friday night, where are you.....(now) ? Home or in Union City
7.What do you do now? Laundry, dishes, scrub toilets, change diapers--you know, grown up Mom things. I wouldn't trade it for anything!
8.Were you a party animal? Not in the "partying" sense but I like to think I had fun at my "pop-and-chip" parties.
9.Were you considered a flirt? Sometimes
10.Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? No but I always thought I would have liked Choir-I went the artistic route instead.
11.Did you get suspended or expelled? No way!-One detention that I talked my way out of.
12.Can you sing the fight song? Can you call it a fight song?
13.Who were your favorite teachers? That's easy--Mrs. Gray, Miss Bosche, Ms. Holmes, Mrs. Wenzinger, Umm...freshman year history-I don't remember her name, Mrs. Slykhuis (I can't remember how to spell it), Mrs. Martin, Mrs. so many I liked. It would be easier if I said the one I couldn't stand---there was only one---and my blood still boils thinking about her. She was the one responsible for the almost detention. The wet bandit-Mrs. Reeves.

14. Where did you sit during lunch? In the cafeteria, SUA Cafe.
15. What was your schools full name? St. Ursula Academy
16.What was your school mascot? Arrows
17.If you could go back and do it again, would you? I loved it but I wouldn't trade being with Lucy full time for anything.
18.What do you remember most about graduation? How surreal it felt walking into the gym and realizing "this was all for me."
19.Who did you go to prom with your senior year? Nate Matthews.
20.Did you have fun at your senior prom? It rocked!
21.Do you still talk to the person you went to prom with? Nope. I've tried to find him on Facebook but he shall not be found.
22.Are you planning on going to your 20 year reunion? Only if Katy and Mandy are there.
23.Do you still talk to people from High School?
Katy, Mandy and Monika. Emily----where are you????
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Angel Food Cake

One of my very favorite desserts is Angel Food Cake and I have been really wanting to try to make it but we didn't have a pan. On Saturday afternoon Tony and I were watching an episode of "Good Eats," on the Food Network. They showed all the science behind the cake and why it's really foam, etc. It was so interesting. Watching the show and seeing how easy it looked make it so much less intimidating. So, for our date night on Saturday we went and got some cake flour and a pan and took to baking. It turned out great! I should have baked it just a few more minutes but it was great and a lot of fun! If you want the recipe I'm sure you can find it on the Food Network's site.
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Personal Favorites

*~*He's one of my personal favorites too; thanks Kahlida!*~*
I'm not sure why the picture is so grainy.


CNNImage via WikipediaDid you see the hologram interview with Wolf Blitzer and Jessica Yellin? It totally blows my mind. If you haven't seen it, check it out on CNN.
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Civic Duty of Exercising My RightsImage by wednesday181 via Flickr

I am not declaring my political affiliation here, just happy to see democracy at work...and glad it's all over. It is a historical election. I'm glad I took part in voting. I wish people would quit arguing and just hope for happiness and peace.

I voted.

vote for better tapeImage by tom.arthur via FlickrI voted this morning...I was number twelve in my district. I felt good exercising one of my rights as an American woman. The best part was getting up early this morning. I love getting up before the sun...when there's a reason. :) SO GET OUT AND VOTE!
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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Happy Birthday Daddy

Daddy is her favorite pal.
Happy 29th Sweetheart!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Birthday Lucy Dear...

Lucy sure had a wonderful birthday celebration week. What a multitude of people love her.

Last weekend we got together at Grammi and Grandpa's and with Nana and Papa and the Kaniewski clan we had a great party. We had a "farm" theme party and Tony and I constructed a barn for her to play it-I think I liked playing in it more than she did. I was going to post the video of the cake but I figured really only a mother (or an aunt, or a grammi, or a graunti) can put up with 10 minutes of that much cuteness. The cake was a cow, in case you couldn't tell. Uncle Chriso came up with the ear tag with the one one it. We had Hawaiian Haystacks.

Yesterday we went to a parade and Christopher's class party. Jennifer had a birthday party for her, complete with Happy Birthday wishes from a cow, a dog, a cat, Barney, and the Little Einsteins. She's well connected. She made one of Lucy's favorite dishes, homemade macaroni and cheese. Emily made a really yummy chocolate cake. After dinner we went Trick-or-Treating and I was surprised at how "into it," she was. She wanted to walk with the kids and go up to the doors...maybe more to see the owner's dogs than to get candy, but hey...a little candy never hurt anyone. She received so many nice gifts and has been very blessed for her birthday.

I heard or read someone say recently that in motherhood the days are long but the years are short and I have found that to be so true. This whole horrific year of zillions of doctor's appointments and MRIs has just flown by with so many wonderful first experiences. Tony remarked the other day about the joy of having children and how with them, you get a chance to re-experience life. Lucy brings us so much joy, we look so forward to the excitement the next year will bring.