Friday, April 29, 2016

Between May 1st and May 31st

Do you know the feeling when you are in line for a roller coaster and  you start to get butterflies and feel some trepidation? 
You know that as soon as you are buckled into the seat that it will be fun and exciting, but while you are nearing the front of the line, you are a bit worried and thinking of all the "what ifs"

That is what the month of April has been for me.
 I was talking to my mom recently and I was a bit flummoxed as to why I was feeling overwhelmed at the thought of May and all that is scheduled.
 I don't have a child in high school... graduations... baseball games... big parties... confirmations or First Holy Communions. 

But anxious, I am.
I know that each even will be fun and exciting...but I still worry beforehand.
Beginning May 1st, I have...
1 60th annual Chicken Dinner at our elementary school which I will bake treats and serve guests.
1 Celebrating  25 years of marriage
1 Belated Birthday gathering for a certain 19 year old
1 Band concert 
1 Awards Assembly
1 Fair - and all that that entails
1 Celebration of being alive for 5 decades
1 Fair Banquet
1Mother's Day
1Jury Summons
1 Moving home - day for a certain college student
1 4-H Book completed...and begun
1 Mother's Day
2 Field trips
4 Festas

There is also some overlap-age of events...
Is that a word?
It is now.
 June 1st?
I will be at the coast.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Look Back...To American Idol

 I thought with the final American Idol behind us, I would look back and share one of my favorite artists on the show...

While Jason Castro didn't win, his music has stuck with me. 
 There was... and is... just something pure and sincere about his voice. 
 Do you have a favorite singer from the show?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Are You in the Market?

Have you ever wanted to live in a castle? 

Here is a list of humble abodes that are for sale.
The Castle of Carbonara in Umbria, Italy - For sale at 7,500,000 Euros -

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Truism

Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.
~Yogi Berra


Friday, April 22, 2016

A Pretty Perfect Day

While she knew I was coming to take her to lunch, she did not know her Grandparents were joining us.


(And my parents were in their first selfie!)

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Well, today our very own Lollipop Pop (that moniker still brings me joy) turns nineteen. 
Since she is away this year, I thought I'd remember her birthdays of yesteryear this way.
Join me down memory lane if you like.

April 21, 2015
April  22, 2014

April 21, 2013

April 26, 2012

April 21, 2011

April 21, 2010

April 21, 2009
Seeing each of her birthdays like this, I am blown away by several things.
The amazing woman she is. 
She is brave.
She is hilarious and kind.
Her Faith is deep and unashamed.
I am also a bit blown away that our youngest will turn twelve on her next birthday.
Wonder if I should attempt the 12 layer cake again.
Maybe not.
Anyway, Miss are my heart.
I miss you and love you and wish you the happiest of birthdays.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Love for Horses

SPF is still in love with riding.
For now, she is still just taking lessons once a week and does not ride anywhere else.
Like at home.
Hopefully that will change one day.
For now, I will enjoy watching her in her trainers' new arena. 
I must say that on evenings like this, I am thankful for living where I do.
 The views are stunning.
It is quiet and peaceful.
The orange blossoms scent the air and all is right with the world.