Thursday, November 26, 2009


Jen and AnnMarie were gracious hosts - and even better chefs! Ever had chantilly with raspberry compote? Well, ya should!
Joelf, Jen wanted you to see what she's done with the place. Oh, and show you that she's using the stuff you left behind (napkins, etc)! :-)

Bella and I at Jen & AnnMarie's.

A feast for kings and queens!

Fun times!


Thankful faces.

Del is SUCH a poser! (if you knew him, you'd know he's so NOT a poser, but he is a good sport and I'm so thankful he's my brother-in-law)

Del's parents and Greg's mom listen intently.

Part of the beautiful centerpiece that was entirely made up of lilies in various shades of orange. Joelf, you would have loved it!

Bella had fun army scooting through the house.

Bella (Miss Fish Face) and her cousin, Beatrix. Soooo fun to have babies around!

Nadine, the hostess with the mostest!

Awwwww, I love these ladies! They're going out for Black Friday. Pray for them.

Gramma Eileen and Bella

Greg and his parents. Has the tryptophin (sp) kicked in?

Bella and Bea

Bella brings so much joy to everyone around her.

And finally, a bonus picture - Bella's new hiding spot.
UNDER HER CRIB! Deet, maybe we shouldn't have gotten rid of all those clothes that were stored under there.
I have so many blessings in my life.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A pre-Thanksgiving Rant (not so thankful)

I'm not so thankful for:
1.) People who answer their phone and then shuffle around and rustle around and then go, "Can you call me back in 5 minutes?" It's like, um WHY did you ANSWER the phone in the first place??

2.) Restaurant coupons that make you think you're getting a deal (for instance: Buy a large pizza and get a kids' meal free) and then come to find out, the large pizza is $23 and the kids' meal was $3.40. That's NOT a deal! I can get 4 pizzas at Dominoe's for $20 and feed my family AND the neighborhood kids!

3.) Women's groups who only support women whose ideals and "platforms" match their own. Can't we just support one another, or at least not cut each other down??

4.) People who have no boundaries. Of course, they don't understand it when YOU establish boundaries. You become the meanie for "laying down the law."

5.) A sense of entitlement. Failure to plan on YOUR part does not constitute an emergency on mine. Here's some advice: if you don't have the money for it, don't buy it. If it breaks, you might have to fix it yourself. If you want something, you might have to work for it. It might take you longer, but you might have to actually do it yourself.

6.) Negative, ranting, ungrateful lists the day before Thanksgiving. I sure hope this blog author redeems herself with something positive tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


My friend, Kell, pointed me to this web site. It's such an easy, quick way to say "thank you" to our service men and women, especially on this day.

Thursday, November 5, 2009