Monthly Archives: December 2015

Kissing 2015 Goodbye!



Pre Christmas Fun

The weather has been GREAT! I hate the cold, so a December full of 70 degree weather is a good month 🙂

My six year old was bummed when he couldn’t go swimming.  He simply didn’t believe that it would be an unpleasant and  cold experience. Although, later in the day, I did allow him to get in the pool – you know, to prove my point; )  He wasn’t in very long before realizing that while the air was warm, the water was not.


We had a contest to see who could best pull off a brown wig.  Some members don’t want to be pictured, so here’s a few of us:


Baby took her first bites of food from her dear grandfather ♡♡♡


And finally, my sister dug up an old picture of my now eight year old daughter in her Christmas dress many years ago. She had a runny nose that winter, and the camera caught her in mid wipe at just the right moment….


Blogger Recognition Award


Thank you, Simon, for this awesome award!  I am happy to know that you enjoy my blog as much as I always enjoy yours!  We have, what my dad would call, a mutual admiration society 🙂

There are rules for this award and they go a little something like this:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  3. Write a post to show your award.
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  7. Attach the award badge to the post (right click and save, then upload.)
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.
  9. Provide a link to the original post.

I first began this blog to accomplish two things:  First, I have always loved writing.  I used to write little books before I could spell, then try to sell them in garage sales or door to door.  I thank my mother for her undying patience as she helped me spell every.single.word.  My love for writing grew to poetry and short stories.  But after mommyhood, I found little time to write.  And I really couldn’t think of what I wanted to write!  Short poems came to me here and there, and I would jot them down.  But I wanted something more…  It was a blogging friend of mine who pointed out that I had plenty of material just in my daily life.  As it turns out, there are a few people who seem to enjoy reading my crazy snip-its! 

Secondly, my blog (which has now expanded to poetry, homeschooling, and religion) served as stress relief.  What happened in the day that may have actually been very upsetting, I learned to look at it from another angle.  I blogged about it and realized that kids are kids and they keep us young.  Sanity, however, is debatable 😉

I don’t usually consider myself as anyone worthy of giving advice.  My writing is unpolished.  I’m not a professional, by any means!  I simply enjoy doing it.  For those who love to write, write.  Don’t find reasons why you can’t.  The reasons and the muse will always be there!

My nominees are:





Universe of Possibilities


No I’m Not Okay

Beyond the Books Homeschooling


A World of Horror

Handmade Christmas Gifts


We love coloring, if that’s not already obvious ♡ We found a very neat etsy shop by the talented Maike Geller. Her prints are reasonably priced and available for immediate download, printing and coloring fun!


She has letters, floral designs, Christmas pieces and more.  Check her out!


We decided to download a few letters for some family members, as well as a bouquet for my parents. We purchased simple, white frames from Michael’s craft store. These gifts were inexpensive, enjoyable to create, and, of course, personal!




Real Neat Blogger Award

Real Neat Blogger Award

Thank you, Simon, for nominating me for this award.  As always, I enjoy your posts.  They are full of diversity!  From sci-fi stories to funny Mondays, music links and pictures from your side of the pond, your blog is always NEAT!

The rules of this award are:

1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the seven questions your nominator provided.

3. Nominate seven other bloggers.

4. Create seven questions for your nominees.

My 7 Questions for you are:

1. What is your favourite word? I’ve never thought of that before.  But strangely, the word “irrevocably” instantly came to mind.  It’s powerful.  I like it.  And since it just popped in without a second thought, I’m going to run with that word 🙂

2. If you could go on holiday anywhere on earth or somewhere in space where would you choose?  Santorini, Greece.  Oh my goodness… the world does not get more beautiful!

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Photo Source


3. What is your favourite type of cake? (a tough one I know) Cake… I honestly am at a loss here! Maybe something with a little tang in it.  Raspberries with chocolate.  If there is such a thing?

4. Tea or Coffee? Explain your choice. I know Simon lives in the UK where tea is more common than coffee, and I in the States where it seems I’m a freak of nature for not waking up to coffee.  But that’s my choice – tea.  There are so many varieties for all times of the year, ailments, moods, smells, etc.  Coffee to me is always the same.  

5. What is the last film you saw in the cinema and did you enjoy it? Sheesh… how bad is it that I cannot even remember? But I’m sure I enjoyed it, as it is usually a rare treat to get out for a movie!

6. Do you write in your books?  I have always loved journals.  They are something I have a very hard time passing up in the bookstores.  Some of them are blank, waiting for inspiration.  Some have poetry in them, or other bits of prose.  And others have stories, unfinished.  Mostly now, I write in my blogs.

7. What do you love most in the world besides your friends and family? The ancient Orthodox Christian Church.

My nominees:

The Lonely Author

The World of Horror

Mrs. Twinkle





My seven questions:

  1. What is under your bed?
  2. What is something you want to write about, but find it outside your comfort zone?
  3. What’s the craziest food you have tried?
  4. Would you travel around in space if it were possible?
  5. Do you keep a journal?  If so, is it more like a dear diary, or just random thoughts here and there?
  6. What’s your favorite musical instrument and why?
  7. What is your passion?


Homemade Christmas Cards





After coloring our icons of the Mother of God and Christ and the Nativity scene, we scanned the images and had them printed as photos. We bought gold, calligraphy pens to write Christmas greetings on the back of each card.

Random Ponderings

Ever wonder why kids act like a deer in the headlights when you ask them something in an urgent voice?  For example’s sake, I’ll use a recent event:

Baby barfed all over me.  I asked my very competent 8 year old daughter to please get me the baby wipes.  I got a stare that said, “Baby wipes?  What are baby wipes?”

“Where are the baby wipes?” she asked as she sat next to a heap of diapers AND wipes.  I have three diaper babies, so I keep packages of them and wipes upstairs and downstairs.  It’s been this way since she can remember.  I don’t hide things like that. I change poop for a living… kind of need to have things like diapers on hand!


“These?” she asked, picking them up slowly.  She was being completely serious (as opposed to outright taunting me).

“Yes!”  She scoots her little bottom s-l-o-w-l-y toward me.  “By all means, take your time.  I’m only covered in vomit.”

“Ugh!  Well, I didn’t know what you were talking about!”  Yeah.  I believe that.

I am convinced that in situations like these, they are retaliating for all the nights I made them eat broccoli.  Or wouldn’t buy them Cheetos.