Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Anti-Bucket List

Bucket Lists are everywhere.  Here is a list of things I'll never do.    There are some things I DO want to do but here is what comes to mind of things I DON'T want to do. 

  • I Will Never Go On A Cruise.    It's not a vacation when I am stuck with 3,000 people in a small space where I can't see land.  Ick.
  • I Will Never Run a Marathon.   I am happy for my daughter and my husband who have both completed many marathons.  I am good at taking pictures at the start line, and again at the finish line.  I feel great, while they are throwing up.
  • I Will Never Donate Blood.   The needle is too big.  And I have a weak stomach.  But I am glad others donate.
  • I Will Never Own a Bird.   Birds are too unpredictable with ugly pointed beaks.  They flap around and scare me.  If I ring your doorbell, and see a bird sitting on the back of your chair, I will run in the opposite direction.
  • I Will Never Wear Pointed High Heels.   Been there, done that, and my feet still hurt.
  • I Will Never Jump Out of  Plane.    My brother-in-law died in a skydiving accident.  Enough said.
  • I Will Never Get a Tattoo.   I think tattoos are very artful, beautiful, and expressive BUT how I feel today about a quote, flower, or dragon may not be the same as I feel in 10 years.  I wore neon green earrings with matching socks in the 80's, and thankfully, have donated those years ago, and they are NOT a permanent part of my life now. 
I could add more later to this Anti-Bucket List as age related wisdom takes over my brain.   I am not afraid to share this and I have no fear that I won't be a whole person by making this declaration!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Popsicles and Squirt Guns

There is nothing better on a hot summer day to get the squirt guns out of the toy bucket, fill 'em up and go after each other in the shade!  I also have a freezer full of popsicles that most of the kids in the neighborhood know about so I have frequent visitors under the age of 10.   Every neighborhood needs a popsicle lady and on my block, I'm it.

The kids were running and playing, and took a break to fill the squirt guns.  I looked at their cute faces, and thought to myself, I sure these kids remember each other in 20 years, 30 years, 40 years down the road.  I grabbed my camera hoping to get a snapshot of the kids, so they would remember coming to the house to cool down with popsicles and squirt guns.

Can you tell it was nearly 105' on the day I snapped this picture? I asked the kids to pretend they were getting stung by a bee, and I had one chance to get a picture of their reactions.  It is priceless!

Giovani, Anastaysia, Mia, Aliyah, Jackson, Mason

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Happy Birthday Allee!

Where, oh where, has the last 3 years gone?  Our little sunshine, Allee Maree, turns 3 today!  As I walked out of the hospital last night after work,  I remembered 3 years ago to the day as I walked in to wait for her birth.  She is a blessing, and I love this little squirt so much!

This is Allee on her 3rd birthday.....she likes the color pink...she has her first dance recital on May 18th...she goes to swimming lessons twice a week....she has thick, curly blond hair...she calls her blanket her "blanklet"....her favorite food is sausage pizza....she is a leader, but gentle......she likes chocolate ice cream and chocolate milk....she can draw a complete circle and count to 12....she wears a size 8 shoe....she likes to read at least 2 books at bed time....she rides her Balance bike with ease and enjoys the wind in her hair....she took gymnastic lessons this year and learned to tumble, jump, and giggle...Allee is left handed and left footed....she loves her dogs Tulo and Mattie, and Rocco too.....Nannie spends the night with Allee when Mommy has school and Daddy travels for work and we play, dance, eat treats, and stay up late....Allee's only living great-grandmother Betty Wood turns 88 years old this June...Allee is loved very much by her mom Suzanne, dad Jeff, brothers Rem and Griffin and all of her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Happy Birthday Allee ~ we know you will rule the world, all with a big smile and a wave!
Allee - Carl Miller Park Fireplace in Mountain Home

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Kiely and Jenna are expecting a baby....boy!

Long time and cherished friends of Kiely, Leanna and Carolyn, hosted a beautiful baby shower for Jenna and Kiely to welcome baby Emerson, who is due to join the family around the first of June.  Baby Emerson will be swaddled and loved by so many of us, and we can't wait to meet him!

Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Emerson's namesake
 Heather and Kiely
Carolyn and Gin
Carolyn taking care of each and every guest
 A little mimosa
Katie, Jamie, Kiely and Harper
 Sweet.  A rainbow mobile!
 Who doesn't but LOVE Dr. Seuss?
Hurry, tell us what it says!
Leanna and her precious Lucy
 Jenna and Sara
 Andrea and Harper
Kiely, Jenna and Grandma Gin

 Spring flowers in Leanna's beautiful home

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter 2013. Egg Hunt on the Blue Turf & at Nannie and Papa's in MoHo

Springtime.  Grass.  Eggs . Egg Scramble.  Peeps.  Cute kids.  And, Jesus.   
It's what Easter is all about.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Florida Beaches

I see so many pictures all over the web of fabulous beaches, seasides, sunsets....and thought, wait, I have my OWN fabulous beach pictures that I want to share with the world!   Kick off your flip flops, grab a cold beverage, and enjoy my view!

As the tide rolls away after another beautiful Florida day
Sunset looking toward Caladesi Island
Clearwater Beach Sunset
Another view...Clearwater Beach Sunset

Hibiscus and Shell at Sunset

Sunset Sail
Beach paradise in a love bench for two
Beautiful Pink Ladies
Shelly and Starfish
Pinky at Night
Sunset on the Gulf of Mexico in Dunedin
Ooops...our long walk sunk our chairs!
Pier 60 Clearwater Beach
Downtown Skyline at John's Pass
 A perfect way to end a beach day on bikes
Please leave me alone while I come out for some sun!!!
Sunset on Victoria Drive Dunedin FL
Sunset at Clearwater Beach
My own parking sign
This customized woody is cute as a bug!
Dinner at the diner in the middle of the Gulf - Rod and Reel Pier
A couple of 'mingos
Sail on..sail on...sailors
Fire Pit at the Sand Pearl, Clearwater Beach
Sand Pearl Resort shell display . . . Clearwater Beach 
I Second That
Love me a colorful beach umbrella

Sunset with the Sisters