Sunday, December 18, 2011

One Week until Christmas....

I can't believe I have one week until Christmas and I'm not really into it as much as I'd like to be.  I've been so worried about my dogs these days.  They are both old and aren't doing so well. Our Trixie will be 15 in a couple of months and our Dexter will be 14 soon.  They both have issues and the future isn't looking so bright.  We've had them both longer then our kids.  We got Trixie when she was just a pup from a shelter.  She has been the BEST dog (besides eating and rolling in some very unpleasant things now and then...I think that's the terrier in her.)   Trixie isn't using one of her front legs  anymore and her back legs aren't going to last much longer.  She takes three different for her heart, one for wetting the bed and the other for her arthritis.  I'm worried that we will have to put her down because her body won't work but her mind his still good.  How do you it?  This is eating me up.  I know we still have time but I'm guessing months.

Our other dog Dexter we saved when he was around 8 months old.  Our Dexter has a massive tumor hanging off his chest...bigger than a grapefruit.  When I took him to the vet the other day his doctor mentioned that there's a 30%  chance that it could rupture and that it's pretty bad when that happens or it could just keep doing what it's been doing for the past 3 or 4 years...slowly continue to grow and not bother him.  i have a feeling it will rupture...its huge and I can see that it just grew more this past month. So, now I'm worried we won't be home , it will rupture and he will bleed to death.  His mind is good, the rest of his body fine too I try not to worry but as much as I try not to the thoughts keep popping back into my head.

You can see the tumor under his arm.  

I know they've both had a great life and pretty long but it still is hard.  I think what's the hardest for me right now is knowing we will have to make that awful, awful decision in the near future.  I wish for a peaceful not waking one morning.  I need to pray more!

 I did manage to get my Christmas cards sent, which takes a load off.  I got them in November and planned to send them out early but then they got pushed to the side. I love getting cards in the mail, I figure most people do so I really  like sending them. Every year I put my cards in this box with a Christmas-e air freshener and let them sit for a week or so.  I love how good they smell.  It makes it more festive when I'm filling them out and for those receiving them.  I always hand write the addresses and our return address on them to make it more personal.  

We also managed to see a play...."A Christmas Story".  It was great.  The kids really enjoyed it.
It was perfect for our Ethan (10 years old) who is begging for a airsoft gun for Christmas.  What is it with boys and guns?!?!?!

Audrey and I went to see the Nutcracker last night.   She loved it and so did I!!! We went five years ago when she was 3 but she doesn't remember any of it.  

And, of course we had to get a Nutcracker so that we would remember this special night.   

Now, I just need to finish my shopping, wrapping and hopefully squeeze in some baking.  I'm also hoping for a little snow. I love a white Christmas.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Simple Things Sunday

Our First Sign of Winter came this past week.
I was not ready...........mentally anyways. 
We had snow on the ground for Trick or Treating but it didn't seem to matter.
The Pumpkins,  they didn't let it get them down either.........
they kept a smile on there face the whole time! 

Happy Sunday!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Christmas Cards

I'm so excited.......I've ordered my Christmas Cards and it's only November 6th.  
And, the best part about it is that I got 25 cards with pictures on them for $17.00 (shipping was $8.)! 
  I'd joined Living Social  a few months back to get some great deals.  was offering a $15.00 for $40.00 worth of product.  I had $10.00 in Living Social bucks (not sure how I got them) so I paid $5 bucks for $40.00 worth of product.  SCORE! 

This is my card:

I normally send out 50 cards but that would be too costly since each card is around $2 bucks,
so I decided I would send these cards to close family and regular cards to others.
 I got my regular cards after Christmas last year when they were %75 off at Target.
However, if I come across another great deal on photo cards I may order 25 more!

 I can't wait to see them up close and address them to be sent out after Thanksgiving!
 Is that too soon?  When do you send your cards out?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Friday Favorite Things

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Happy Friday EVERYONE!  
Here a few of my Friday Favorites:

This is a drawing by my Audrey. 

I love it! And, I love my little artist!
  I thought she did a wonderful job for this being her first attempt drawing the famous Peanuts.
 This is where she got the inspiration to draw them....Starbucks.
 Oh, how I love a Cafe Mocha made with soy milk from Starbucks.  If you haven't tried it with soy milk, you should!  I don't use soy any other time but with a latte,  it adds a much better taste.  Seriously try it!  I could drink one every day but I don't and I'm sure you all know why.....yup...too much $.  $5.00 a pop adds up quick.  I usually get one a week, or two.... occasionally three but that usually means I've ended up at Target to do some shopping.  More than one a week and I start to feel guilty.  I wish I could make them myself!

Since I'm on the subject of Starbucks....I found this mug a few weeks ago and had to have it.  Why? Because of the year 1971...the year I was born.  I use it all of the time.
  Brewing Since 1971 Mug, 12 fl oz

These TWO are always a favorite of mine. 
 I'm sure you can all relate! 
 We had pictures done at the apple orchard that we've been going to since Ethan was born.   
The smirks on their faces is so them when their together.  Ethan's face is saying "I'd  shove this in your face if this photographer wasn't taking our picture!" and Audrey is saying " Ha Ha, you can't do it cuz you'd get in trouble! "  True Love!

One last favorite thing of the week:
This wreath I made last year is all over Pinterest
 I thought that was pretty exciting for a little crafter like me.
 Click here for the original post on this wreath.  
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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and don't forget to follow along at Finding Joy.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween 2011

Another year of Trick or Treating.......well just lots of Treating really.  
Ethan is at the age were he wasn't sure if he wanted to dress up but after a little convincing he decided to be a "ZOMBIE".  I think most 10 year old boys go as something gruesome.  My Audrey was a "SPIDER LADY".  We found the hat and glasses this summer and worked off them.  She wanted to make her own outfit which I thought was awesome....she's so creative at 8!  She decorated her shirt and wore some webbing for a spidery look along with a few spiders hanging off of her .  I think she looked pretty cute!

Love those BLUE eyes!

I had a bit of fun with the first three pictures using
 You could spend hours messing with your pictures using this site!

After an hour of walking the streets we made a quick stop to Stephen Kings house for a picture. It was very dark so you can't see much . He only spends summer in his 
Maine house but I think he should stick around for Halloween and pass out candy
 ....wouldn't that be cool and most likely very scary!

After we got home the kids checked out their loot......
.......lots of ExCitMenT and trading of course! 
I think this is their favorite part of the night!

At the end the kids put most of their candy in one big 
container to share with eachother (and mom & dad ;) 

Well, the decorations are put away and the Thanksgiving ones are out. 
 I'm looking forward to, good food and Macy's Parade (on TV)!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

a few favorite quotes

Like many of you, I've joined Pinterest and LOVE IT!  
I love that I can get my fill of inspiration, ideas or of colorful and wonderful things all in one place. I use the search button often when looking for something specific.  Check it out if you haven't joined's a little addicting.

One thing I've found on Pinterest are many wonderful quotes....these are a few of my favorites:

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How true...


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and my absolute favorite....



Thursday, September 29, 2011

Turning 8

My baby turned EIGHT last week.  Time is moving way to seems like yesterday when we were working on this.......
(she would kill me if she knew I posted this pic....but I couldn't resist!) here she is growing up.  At her eight year well check I was informed that she will be developing early and that I should start talking to her.....say what?!?!?! She's EIGHT!!!!  The thought of talking about boobies is not really something an eight year wants talk about, in fact it's not what Mom wants to talk about either, well at least not yet.  I know I have a little time but I'm wanting my baby back more then ever.

 Celebration ONE:
A Roller Skating Party with a few classmates.  Lots of fun except that Audrey didn't like being sung "Happy Birthday" too.  She hates a lot attention.  After a little down time she was happy again.

Celebration TWO:
My dad came for a visit the day before her birthday to bring gifts since they would be leaving on a trip the day of her birthday. Audrey didn't mind since it meant she got to open gifts a day early. 

 Celebration THREE:
Her BirthDay. 
 We celebrated at her Nannie Wizza's with gifts and cake.  She was so happy to get Julie (an American Girl)....Molly needed a friend you know.
She also got Hello Kitty earrings from her Nannie and Papa which she's been wanting since she got her ears pierced.  

Celebration Four:
A trip to the Humane Society
We asked that Audrey's classmates bring donations to the Humane Society in lieu of Birthday gifts. She truly wanted to give and of course make a trip to the Humane Society.  Her friends gave great gifts for the animals and some friends and family gave blankets and towels to give.  She also used $25.00 of her birthday money to buy toys for the animals.   We took a trip to bring the donations on Saturday.  Audrey couldn't stop smiling!  We went with no intentions of getting an animal since we already have two dogs and three cats. But.....we ended up bringing home 15 year old Ziggy.  We have a senior center for pets here what's one more!?!?  All of our pets are 13 and up! She is a good kitty and we are happy to have her.

Oh...... to be EIGHT again!
  Dolls and Animals seem to be what life revolves around right now!
  I love it! 

Cheers to my Miss Audrey for being so sweet!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Holl-oween Pup-kin' Biscuits

Healthy Howl-oween treats for your Pups!

My dogs love food!!!! (what dog doesn't!)
  Our Trixie especially use to be that I couldn't even move in my bed after 5am because she would think it was time to get up and eat.  I actually think she would lay in her bed and wait for my husband or myself to move. Once we moved she would start bugging us to get up. Now that she is almost 15, she can't hear as good and goes into a much deeper sleep so it's not so much of an issue anymore. 

I enjoy making healthy treats for my dogs and they love them too!  
Especially warm out of the oven.

Rachel Ray has Doggy recipes every month in her magazine and I often try them.

This month it was these...Pup-kin Biscuits.
Super easy!  

All you will need is:

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 tbsp. dry milk powder
2 1/2 cups of whole wheat or white flour
and a little time.

 Preheat oven to 350.

In a bowl mix together the above ingredients; add 2 tbls. water, or enough so that the dough just comes togehter.

Roll dough on slightly floured surface (1/2 inch thick).
cut into shapes.

Place biscuits 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20 mins, then flip over and bake another 20 mins
(I only did about 12 mins on each side, it seems that, that's all they needed ).

*I basted mine with egg for a shinny look.

I doubled the batch and they've held up well without spoiling for two weeks and counting.    

I hope you pups like them as much as mine did!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

This is why I love Target......

WOW, right? I eyed these lamps in the Spring but when I saw the original price I kept going.  A few days ago while strolling the isles, I saw these two on the bottom shelf of an end cap.....I almost fell over when I looked at the price.  I couldn't get them in my cart fast enough ( I did examine them first, thinking something must have be wrong with them but nothing.  Now that I think of it, I haven't plugged them in yet ?!?!?!?!)  I do need to get lamp shades for them...which I'm guessing will cost more then the lamps. I can't wait to rearrange my living room and swap out my old lamps with the new.  This project will have to wait until the kids go back to school in September.  Oh, and I also love Target because it gives me an excuse to visit Starbucks to get a Cafe Mocha with Soy Milk.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Favorite Things

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Piercing of the Ears

I always said that Audrey would have to beg me to get her ears pierced. I wanted her to be ready and really, really want them.  Well, she didn't have to beg but she did really want them.  We have been talking about it here and there over the past year.  Most of the girls in her class have them, cousins have them and I have them.  She was shocked when she heard her younger cousin Jenna got them before her; I think she thought there was some kind of rule on  oldest to youngest.  Anyway, a few days ago when we had plans to go see Mr. Popper's Penguin (cute movie),  I decided to ask her if she would like to go have her ears pierced before the movie.....

her reaction:

Yes, I'm serious Audrey. 
 Do you want them?

 Will it hurt? 
 What will if feel like? 
Will hurt badly? 
 How long will it hurt?  
Will I bleed?  

It won't hurt for long, it's quick, no blood. 
 Are you sure you want to do it, we can wait. 


The Big Day
She choose her birthstone for her first pair of earrings.....sapphires.

I wish I could had captured her face as we walked into the mall.  She had that nervous but happy face that she tried to hold in.  When we walked into Claire's she didn't say a word and when I talked.....she gave me a face that said "MOM, STOP, I'M FINE!"   A face that I should be use to by now but don't think ever will be.  

She was very quite from start to finish, it was fast, she didn't cry and I was exploding with questions....



I should have stopped but instead I tell her that it's a BIG deal for me too and I just want to know what she's thinking and of course snap a few pics.  She finally relaxes and tells me she's happy and lets me get a picture or two.

She's only 7 (almost 8) and I'm filled with emotions just with a simple ear piercing.....can you imagine what I'll be like when she goes on her first date, gets married, has babies...Lord help me! 



The weather as been perfect for lots of swimming this summer. 
 The kids go at least 3 times a day...and, what I love about this time is that they actually get along during this time (well,for the most part) which makes for a happy momma!

We also go to the nearest lake (30 miles away) to have fun in the water too.

Ethan chillin'

 Eric teaching Audrey how to do a hand stand

 Audrey's hand it!

Happy Friday!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


From picking Strawberries
to making Strawberry Jam, 
to picking more Strawberries,
to freezing Strawberries
to eating Strawberries........
is what I've been up to lately! 
I'm surprised I haven't turned RED yet! 

  first trip, 21 quarts

  My helpers.
  Audrey inspected every strawberry before it made it into her had to be BIG and juicy!  Of course, she would eat every other one so you can imagine how long it took her to fill a box.  As for Ethan, when he picked he did it in good time but when ever any of our boxes were filled, he insisted he'd be the one to run the box to the car.  Since the car was a bit away, I didn't object.  Even though they did some complaining, I loved having them with me.  I'm sure when they get older they will look back on these days and have good memories attached.

 An Audrey Sized Strawberry

75 jars of jam

The day after we picked our strawberries, the kids and I  headed to my mother-in-laws house to make jam.  When making 8 batches of jam, I highly recommend doing it with's much funner!  Last year we made a 112 jars   together that we split, this year we decided to make less strawberry and make blueberry, raspberry and black raspberry for a variety.  We actually were down to our last jar when we went strawberry picking!!!

Next.....Blueberry Jam!