Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year & may you be blessed with good fortune & health. Good luck to all of you who have made a New Year's Resolutions. May you achieve what you are reaching for. See you in 2009.

Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, December 6, 2008

And May All Your Christmases Be Bright!

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by Tornado! It is not the 6th file. I'm not exactly sure what picture it would be since I also am disorganized with my pictures. This is one of my favorite pictures of my kids. I've had people as me what studio took the picture. No studio. By me. Just a day at McBride Park. It was taken with a 35 mm camera. He was 4 & she was 2. It doesn't seem that long ago.

Friday, December 5, 2008

My 40 something version of Happy Hour

Friday night dinners are usually pizza & beer. The beer of course is for the 21 & over crowd. Although maybe a beer or two for the kids might not be a bad thing. Just a joke. At least they would crash early. I always looked forward to Friday's when I was in college. My roomies & I would scrape our pockets for quarters & go to Zelda's for Happy Hour for 50 cents drafts & free pizza. How can a poor college student pass up a great deal ? So ever since college, I just can't have pizza without a beer.

Here is my 40 something version of Happy Hour.

Although the beer is not a draft, we always are trying a new beer.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Marley & Me

The kids can't wait to see Marley & Me. Opens Christmas Day. I would rather be here on Christmas than the in laws.

The Annual Christmas Nightmare

Oh how I love the Christmas Season. The beautiful Christmas trees, the smell of cookies baking, the fun shows to watch with the kids, the decorating. You get the idea. The anticipation builds & builds. It doesn't end for us at the end of the day. The balloon pops for all of us when we go to my in-laws. I'm talking a loud bang.

Grandma likes to shower the kids with bunches of presents from "Santa". Good God, Santa would never bring gifts like these. She buys age inappropriate gifts & clothes that never fit. I wouldn't mind if the clothes were way too big however, she buys clothes that are too small.

Two Christmases ago she bought my son a Spiderman toy. At the time he still was into Spiderman but it was a toddler age appropriate toy. He was 7 at the time.

This year around Halloween, she asked my daughter to email her a Christmas list. Yeah, alleluia, finally gifts that they want. Then, just last week that balloon popped again. My hubby called & said that his mother was done with her Christmas shopping. GREAT! I'm happy for her. But she never got the Christams list from my kids. So now, we await the arrival of the Christmas Nightmare.

I could go on but I think my head will explode from anger. So, I ask you all for your advice.
Do I say something to her or do I continue to let her do her thing. HELLLLLP!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Christmas is Coming.

Yes, Christmas is coming. Only 34 days away. I vowed this year that I will not let the season slip away & become total chaos. To help relieve the stress, I created a to do list. Next, I set dates to accomplish my tasks. The chocalate chip cookies are baked. The lady lock dough is rolled & will be cut, wrapped & baked tomorrow. I plan to bake one type of cookie each day of the weekend. Tomorrow my daughter & I will bake peanut butter blossoms. Perhaps Sunday will be biscotti.

I have one gift down for each grandmother. I had mugs made with the kids pictures on them. Costco has a great deal. I ordered on line & the mugs arrive 2 days later. I was able to take the day off & do some shopping for the kids. I picked up some clothes & a toy or two for each of them. Next major task is wrapping. I'll have to find a day when the kids are at their friends house. This is the picture on the grandma's mugs.

Picture on each of the grandma's mugs.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My Birthday Gift

Just celebrated my 41st birthday 2 weeks ago. My wonderful hubby bought me an iPod Touch. I am loving life. I feel like a teenager again. Remember when you first got a walkman. It was the coolest. That's kinda how I feel now.

I've been playing around with it & finally figured out how to add my cd's to it. Life is sweet! :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Diva

Last Saturday I took my daughter to see High School Musical 3. Ever since, my daughter thinks she's Sharpay. Do you see the resemblance ?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Day of Rest

The kids are off tomorrow & I am calling off. Can't wait to sleep in.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Answer To Around The Town

We had lunch at Church. That is the the Chrurch Brew Works in Lawrenceville.
Last Sunday afternoon we spent on a farm. The Spring House in Eighty Four, PA

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Some women can't afford mammograms, so The Breast Cancer Site donates free mammograms to underprivileged women when we click on their site. This is of no cost to you! So go to their website and click to donate a free mammogram.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Around the Town

Can you guess from the pictures were we have been over the weekend?
I will reveal the answers on Friday.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Pittsburgh

Celebrating 250 years!

All I can say is WOW!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pep Talk

October & Fall

It's October. Fall has arrived officially. This is my favorite time of the year. The weather is cooler. I love wearing sweaters & sweats. The trees are absolutely beautiful with there new colors. My birthday is at the end of the month. It's a big deal for the kids. I quit counting last year when I turned 40. Pumpkins & apples are in season. That means hot apple cider & pumpkin cookies. Yum! Hallowwen & candy. Although I could do without some of the candy. I guess I could go on. What are your favorite things about October & Fall ?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

SIDS Awareness Month

Today was an emotional day for a friend & co worker of mine. Today would have been Gavin Thomas' First Birthday. Gavin joined the angels on Dec. 28, 2008. Please remember Amber & her family in your prayers.

If you would like to donate to a SIDS cause, please donate to First Candle. Make the donation in the memory of Gavin Robert Thomas.
First Candle is a national nonprofit health organization uniting parents, caregivers and researchers nationwide with government, business and community service groups to advance infant health and survival.

This was an email from Amber:

October is SIDS awareness month. You may print off and display the attached ribbon in honor of my baby Gavin if you wish. He would havecelebrated his first birthday this week. The ribbon is also attached to the"October" email sent. Please share the ribbon to raiseawareness of SIDS encourage everyone to display it this month, in his memory.



Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes

I made chocolate cupcakes from scratch over the weekend. They turned out very moist. The homemade icing is not the texture that I wanted but not bad. My daughter gave her input for the next time we make them. She wants to add a cream filling.

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Life for the Past Few Days

Don't get me started. Life has been nothing but chaos!

Steel Valley reverses itself, closes school for asbestos
Friday, September 19, 2008
By Mary Niederberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For the second time this week, Steel Valley Superintendent William Kinavey closed Park Elementary School in Munhall after parents expressed outrage that they weren't notified earlier of the asbestos in the roof.
The school will remain closed until the asbestos is removed. Starting Monday, Park's 350 students in grades 1-5 will attend half-day school sessions at the district's other elementary school, Barrett in Homestead.
Dr. Kinavey said Barrett students will attend a morning session at their school and then be dismissed to accommodate Park students who will attend an afternoon session.
Those arrangements will continue until all asbestos is removed from the Park building and tests are taken to make sure there is no asbestos in the air or on any surfaces in the building.
The superintendent's decision was made last night during what was supposed to be an informational meeting for parents and staff with Don Horgan, asbestos supervisor for the Allegheny County Health Department, and Joseph Grad, of the firm Environmental Safety & Training. Mr. Grad's firm tested eight core samples of the roof, six of which tested positive for asbestos.
The meeting quickly turned confrontational after parents found out that Mr. Grad had informed district officials there was asbestos in the roof eight days before the district sent a letter to parents informing them of the situation.
Parents were also enraged that only two rooms and a hallway at Park were tested. Those tests came back negative and the results of those tests are what prompted Dr. Kinavey's previous plan to reopen Park today.
Parents repeatedly asked why they weren't informed earlier.
Dr. Kinavey did not directly answer that question nor did Mark Cherpak, director of operational services.
Mr. Grad said his firm had its test results on the roof's core samples back on Sept. 5 and that he left messages with the district that day. He said he spoke personally with district officials on Sept. 8 and forwarded an e-mail report indicating there was asbestos in the roof. He said he instructed district officials to stop work on the roof and to contact the county Health Department.
The district did not contact the health department until Sept. 11.
In addition, Acting Board President Pam Terrick said she instructed administrators to write a letter to Park parents on Sept. 9 informing them of the asbestos in the roof. She said she gave that directive after Mr. Cherpak informed the board of the situation.
But Dr. Kinavey said he didn't send the letter because he didn't want to "panic" the community.
Health department officials have said the asbestos in the roofing material is not airborne and is highly unlikely to cause health problems.
It's uncertain how long the school will be closed. District officials initially said it would take 18 days to remove the asbestos, but last night Dr. Kinavey said it might only take eight days, now that children will not be in the building and work may be done more quickly.
Mary Niederberger can be reached at or 412-851-1512.
First published on September 19, 2008 at 12:00 am

Sunday, September 14, 2008

His Mojo is Back

Today I woke thinking "What should I make for breakfast today? Do they want sausage & eggs or sausage & pancakes?" I'll make my decision while I drink my needed cup of joe. As I enjoyed my first cup down to the last drop, I heard alot of pots banging in the kitchen. So I got up to investigate who was in my kitchen. It was hubby. He had the eggs out, along with some ham & slices of bread. My first thought was, Ok, I won't have to make breakfast for him. Maybe the kids & I will have cereal. Oh good, less to clean up.

As I was half way done with my second cup of coffee, he brought me a plate with his version of ham & eggs. Wow! He hasn't cooked me breakfast in years. Not even on Mother's Day. It must be an adrenaline high that he has been on since Friday. You see, he has his second interview for the branch manager position at his company. He is flying to Chicago on Tuesday for it, so please keep your fingers crossed for us.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Pink Pyranha

My daughter had her first soccer game yesterday for the fall season. And of course, mom was down for the count. (Yes, I was cursed with the "Crud". Thanks to some of kids at school. )
She had 3 goals! Call it Murphy's Law. Hubby said that she was on fire. Dad's nick name for our soccer star is the Pink Pyranha.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

First Day of School

Our first day of school was Thursday. He is in fourth grade & she is in second grade. The day went great. No complaints about school at this point. However, the homework hasn't started yet.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Over the weekend I found some pictures that are priceless. It seems like yesterday that my husband & I brought them home from the hospital. Now my son is going to 4th grade & my daughter is going to 2nd grade. Life doesn't stand still for anyone. As my blog goes, Don't blink, life goes faster than you think.



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