Monday, November 24, 2014


My girls made an apple pie from scratch!

I know, not their sort of thing, usually.

 Even they thought the idea was ludicrous.

 They even made the crust from scratch.

 Rolled it out themselves.

 Pondered the implications of knowing how to cook something that I might now require them to make on a regular basis because now I know they can.

 Peeled, cored, and sliced a whole lotta apples.  I helped with that part.

 Added cinnamon.

 Added sugar.

And voila!  

It was absolutely the best pie ever!  Making it from scratch really makes a difference!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Get Smart

Katie was in the play "Get Smart" this past weekend.  She played "Princess Ingrid", a Scandinavian princess.  We had to put her in a blond wig and high, high heels to make her look a little more Scandinavian.

Everyone said she looked like she was going on an episode of "Toddlers and Tiaras".

 Princess Ingrid was being guarded by Agent 86 and Agent 99.

 No she did not sing or dance in the play, despite what this photo is telling you.

 Princess Ingrid is brainwashed by "Mr Big" and winds up holding her guards hostage.

Katie loved that she got to play a sweet beautiful princess and an evil kidnapper all in one play.

The princess' brain was restored, she released the good guys, and they saved the world.

All in a good days work!

Thursday, November 20, 2014


My best good friend Mary popped up and surprised me this week!

I was at a play rehearsal and turned around to find her sitting in one of the seats!

Talk about a shock!  She lives in Alabama and I certainly wasn't expecting to find her here!  Turns out she and Kerry had been in cahoots and cooked up this plan.

 So, do I post the photo that a good one of me, but Mary's eyes are closed?

Or do I post the one that's better of Mary, but the rainbow glow shining off her face pretty much obscures me?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


One morning this past week I woke up early and headed downstairs.

At the bottom of the stairs, on the wall facing me, was a poster which had not been there the night before.

 I was looking at it sleepily, thinking, "E 2?"  Obviously the girls made a poster after I went to bed.  I assumed the "E" was for "Emily" but how did the "2" stand for "Katie"?  I started looking at the other things written on the poster and suddenly it hit me:  Emily had gotten her ACT scores back and she had made a 32!!

 We knew the scores could be posted as early as the 11th but they also could take up to two weeks to post them.  Emily had clearly stayed up until midnight to see if her scores were posted, and yes, they were (one of the benefits of having a last name that starts with a letter close to the beginning of the alphabet)!

Emily was still in bed but she said she heard me come out of my room, she heard me walking down the stairs, then she heard a long pause.  Then she heard thump!, thump!, thump!, thump! as I ran back up the stairs, BLAM! as her door slammed open, and WHUMP! as I dived on to her bed screaming, "You made a 32!?!?  You made a 32, really?!?!?!?!?"

 Yes, yes, she did!

Then she stayed up even later making the poster.  I told her about how I had figured out that the "E" was for Emily but I thought the "2" must be for Katie.  She looked at me in bafflement, then went to look at the poster and started laughing hysterically.  

"I can't believe I drew the "3" as an "E"!  I didn't even notice I did that!  I was so tired!"

Yeah, she's super smart, that girl.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Moment of Levity

Katie and Emily were sitting at the dining room table discussing "Iron Man 3":

Katie:  I always get Robert Downey Jr and Martin Luther King Jr mixed up.

Emily:  Umm.....HOW can you mix them up?  They are nothing alike!

Katie:  Well, their names are similar.

Emily:  Not really...

Katie:  Martin Luther King Jr was the one with the peanuts, right?

Emily:  That was George Washington Carver!

Katie: Oh. Which one was Martin Luther King Jr?

Emily: He fought for black rights, he was assassinated...

Katie: He was assassinated??

Emily: Yes, Katie!

Katie:  Well, sorry.  I'm only studying ancient history about Jesus, like, five billion years ago.

Emily:  Jesus was only two thousand years ago!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....