Saturday, May 02, 2015
Keeping everyone safe and satisfied
Yeah! Our family's visiting! BUT we have numerous dietary needs to consider to the strictest of degrees:
Friday, May 01, 2015
Wizard of Oz
Wizard of Oz at the Library
Active Seniors and Israel
Ever thought about going to Israel? Over 55 and active? Then my latest story in AZ Jewish Life magazine might be just the story for you!
From Sublime to Ridiculous
Last week I knew we were in for rain by Monday
afternoon. Everything hurt. Sure enough, Thursday morning the sky was
overcast and it was a very unseasonable temperature of a mere 72.
Friday, after dropping off the boys at school, I was headed
toward my PT appointment when I got caught in a downpour. It lasted until about 10 minutes into my
session. The sun peeked out and all was
just wet smelling until (of course) I started my drive home.
Yep, another downpour that lasted until I got home.
As you know from last week, we planned our annual “adult
children” birthday dinner. Saturday we
had everything from a peek of sun to downright thundering rainstorms. I began to feel a tad bit worried when I took
Lucky out for her final “potty” break at 10 p.m. and found that it was still
Sunday morning-still drizzling and we had “puddles”
everywhere. It was also rather cool-only
As the day wore on and the rain continued on and off, I
realized that I was going to have to make some adjustments. The grilling of the ham? Nope, texted Steve and said, “I need to know
RIGHT NOW-grill in the rain or put it in the oven?”
Being Steve, (he just can’t answer the question that was
posed, EVER!) he responded with-“Y do u need 2 knw now-it’s 4?”
“B/C it takes 90 min 2 heat.”
“ARRGGGHHH! I’ll expln ltr. Putting in oven now.”
For those out there who are also curious-yes, the ham is
fully cooked, but it takes 10 minutes a pound to heat it up to the recommended
temperature. The ham was slightly over 9
Then came the realization that our S’more dessert was also
going to be a tad bit tricky if the rain continued.
Thankfully by 8 o’clock the rain stopped, the log was put
into the fire pit and lit and although the air temp was 65-we all had a lot of
fun with the various marshmallows getting a bit charred. I had pastels in vanilla and banana flavoring
and coconut covered ones as well.
Jackson had no idea what was up with the fire, but he loved
the way it looked. However he had no
problem forgetting all about it once Sam gave him his first marshmallow to
try. He also loved the Hershey segment. The graham cracker? Not so much.
I referred to Jackson’s version as the “gourmet
re-construction”, since he ate it in stages.
Now its Sarah’s turn to turn a year older-our eldest “child”
is now 33.
So there you have it-wind, rain and cold to triple digits in
24 hours, kids turning older and grandkids loving the part of starting new
Life truly is like a roller coaster ride-some parts are slow
and easy and some parts are fast and furious.
Happy Birthday to our daughter Sarah! So hard to believe that our little preemie is
33 years old.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Time for a Nap
Lucky had a long morning playing with her friends and Jackson. Since they 're napping Lucky is too.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Even here in the middle of the desert-weather makes it necessary to change plans:
Friday, April 24, 2015
Time to Celebrate!
Time to Celebrate
It’s that amazingly busy time of year! At least it is for us. Adam is turning 31 as you are reading this
entry. So hard to imagine that the
little preemie I brought home from the hospital is a very healthy married man
Of course next week our Sarah turns 33. It’s also hard to believe that our first born
(also a preemie) is a mom of two.
But wait, that’s just not all there is besides our family
having about 6 other birthdays, Sam and Adam’s 5th anniversary, my
sister-in-law’s anniversary (#30), Mother’s Day and our niece is graduating
from Brooks Institute this weekend. Yes that little girl I diapered and fed is
We won’t make the ceremony but she’ll be out with my sister
and parents in a couple of weeks and I’m sure we will be doing a lot of “make
shift” celebrating for all of the family’s important events at that time.
Especially since my dad will be here and about to be 86-I’m
sure we’ll all do something special for both him and my mom for Mother’s Day. Albeit a few days ahead of schedule-but why
should that matter.
That information shared-I bid you all a quick hello and
good-bye this week. I have a birthday
dinner to start preparing and lots of lists to create on what it is I’ll be
needing in the next few weeks.
One more piece of HAPPY, HAPPY NEWS!!!!! I’m so glad I’m allowed to share this because
I’m practically bursting with JOY!!!!
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Birthday Bar Dinners
It's almost the start of birthday season around here!
This year-it's all about the bar:
Friday, April 17, 2015
Dylan's bugging out
Aidan's 1st Big Jigsaw
As a former teacher it has always been my belief that we
should learn SOMETHING (no matter how small) every day.
Not only does it serve to keep our egos in check (who wants
to be around a “know-it-all”, really?) but it makes life interesting.
I don’t really care if it’s something as mundane as
realizing that your local library has a couple of different areas to stash your
favorite genre-or something as vast as realizing you won’t be the same person
at 60 that you were at 20.
That’s the reason when I decide to do something with the
grandkids I try to make it as fun as it is educational. Hence taking them to the local Science Center
for their birthdays. They had a blast
and learned about building dams, weather changes, how to build a house so that
it won’t be destroyed in various harsh weather formations and all the things
their bodies can do!
It’s also the reason I have them help in the kitchen with
food preparation. I must admit-I did the
older boys’ mom absolutely no good by not letting her try her hands (literally)
with using safety scissors, kid knives and yes, I wouldn’t let her consider
using a veggie peeler at age 6!
Why? I was so afraid
that she’d get hurt I just wouldn’t let her do it. I swear that even today at nearly 33 our
daughter still isn’t up to Mario Batali’s knife skills in the kitchen. It’s definitely my fault.
Lesson learned-I insist that the boys help me! Dylan is quite capable with the said veggie
peeler and loves to do carrots for me.
Aidan is fantastic at measuring items for whatever dish it is that we’re
This is also a great way to teach kids about the importance
of measuring correctly when baking and discussing that it is a science where
cooking is creative.
Another thing I’ve gotten them involved with thanks to the
lovely lady (Teacher Pam) who was in charge of the craft class that I had been
taking them too-is a game called BLOKUS.
It’s basically a logic skill game.
The boys have to decide what goes where on the board and think about the
other 3 people they’re playing with or they will wind up with “bloks” that will go against their score at the end of the
Dylan is in heaven-as he loves puzzles. Aidan told me that “I won when I played this
game on my own grandma. Now I lost.”
I let him know that it was just the first week and that no
one was keeping score. Plus, “the game is meant to be played with 3 other kids
so that you all have a good time and learn how to fit the pieces in to the best
of your ability.”
That was what the boys learned this week.
Steve learned that when you “catch” a stomach virus you
shouldn’t keep eating. I’m sure that
this is more than enough said on that this subject.
Me? I learned that
when you have an hour to wander in the library that you find out that for
whatever reason the mystery section is NOT altogether. Nope, not at all.
I’ve been reading all of Sue Grafton’s letter mysteries
(Kinsey Millhone, I love your spunk) and for whatever reason the area I was
finding most of them in had several missing.
So I went and ordered 3 from the main library. They’re sitting in the great room now.
However, while I was waiting for the boys I did wander
around the non-fiction area and realized that the mystery section had an
entirely different stack a couple of rows back!
I found letter B and started reading it right then and
All in all, we all learned a few things-none major, but
enough to fill my “learn 1 thing daily” quota!