How I Spent My Summer Vacation – Prequel


You know how you plan a quick and easy project and it snowballs into something not so quick or easy? Yeah. That.   It all started when I noticed the flooring in front of the dishwasher was curling up. We discovered that the dishwasher was leaking underneath the flooring. So…

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The Anniversary Picnic


Saturday morning most of us descended en masse on Mom & Dad’s house to get ready for the picnic. By “us” I mean Uncle Ike, Aunt Elle and their boys, Uncle Jay, College Boy, Irish Girl and their kids, Cowboy, Princess and their girls yes I have news to share,…

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Well, That Didn’t Work


We don’t have an office, and since I spend most of the day in the kitchen, dining room and play room, the kitchen counter ends up being a mini-office. A very messy mini-office. I’ve tried a couple of things to contain the clutter – keeping most of my To Do…

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DIY Plant Markers with Shrinky Dinks


Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky Dinks! When I was a kid we never did Shrinky Dinks. I have no idea why; it’s just one of those things we never did. Of course that means that ever since I was a kid I’ve thought that Shrinky Dinks were one of the…

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Anniversary Picnic Invitations


Obviously the first thing you need to do when you’re planning a party is send out invitations. Otherwise no one would come, and a party without guests is just sad. Since early June is prime graduation and wedding season Mom was worried that people might commit to another event before…

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An Anniversary Picnic


My parents’ 50th wedding anniversary is this June. My Mom started planning their party about a month ago, but being a middle child who wants to make everyone happy, she kept changing her mind and driving my poor dad crazy. Yes Teacher, this is where I get it from. I…

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For the Rest of My Life – Redux


This post was first published on June 23, 2010 and is being reposted because my parents are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary this year. I was a young teen when my grandparents celebrated their 50th, and thought that 50 years was such a loooooooong time. But now that I’m all…

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Meeting Gordon Korman


When Angel Face was a kid Teacher and I took her to see one of her favorite authors, Kate DiCamillo. I’d never met a “real live” author so I was as excited as Angel Face was. During the presentation Ms. DiCamillo talked about her newest book, The Tale of Desperaux,…

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A Baby Shower for Princess


Princess never got a baby shower when she was expecting Peanut because she decided to arrive early probably the only time she’s hurried in her whole life, then with all of the holiday craziness it just never got rescheduled. So this time around Auntie Elle was determined to throw Princess…

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