Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

It's been very quiet at work, so I've been MIA for awhile - my apologies!  With the extra downtime, I've been working on a needlepoint stocking for the little guy.  It's taken forever, but the end is in sight!


Today, I'm thankful for my family.....plain and simple.  I'm thankful that I get to wake up to these wonderful people each and every day.  I'm incredibly blessed.
 


I'll be off next week from work, so I've decided to take the week off from blogging as well.  Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, December 19, 2011

Doin' a Little Baking

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Mine was great! I typically spend the week before Christmas baking Christmas cookies, but this year, I decided to try my hand at something different.....chocolate covered pretzels!!

I put some chocolate chips in the microwave and melted them down. Next, I tossed in some pretzels and used a fork to coat them. After they were done swimming in the chocolate, I moved them to a cookie sheet lined with tinfoil. I added some Christmas-themed sprinkles and let them dry.


The hardest part was not eating them!

Even though my hubby isn't a huge fan of chocolate, he loved the batch of pretzels that were chocolate + peanut butter.


I'm bringing these to my Aunt's house for Christmas if I don't eat them all before Sunday....haha!

Yesterday, the little guy and I heard the sound of firetrucks.  I was telling him to listen to the noise and it got closer and closer and closer.  I started to feel a little bit uneasy until I heard the hubby yell "Santa's on a firetruck!"  We bundled the little guy up and ran outside and sure enough, there was Santa waving and people with Santa hats giving out candy canes.  The little guy kept saying "Santa! Santa!"  It was adorable.  Then it happened.  The tears started coming down my face and I realized that I am just like my mom.  She would often cry at things like school plays, graduations....just about anything that my brothers and I were involved in.  At the time, I thought it was ridiculous, but now I get it.  I called my mom to tell her about my little outburst of tears and she laughed and said "that's what happens when you become a mom!"

We let the little guy enjoy his candy cane from Santa, and enjoy it he did!


Question of the Day:
Do you do any baking around this time of year?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

Well that was interesting - a co-worker just brought in a bacon-topped brownie for me to try.  I was really hesitant, but you know what?  It wasn't half bad!!

Almost everyone I talk to thinks the little guy looks like the hubby, and I tend to agree with them - especially when I saw this picture.

It cracks me up every time!
There are times, though, when I see myself in the little guy. Today, I'm thankful I was able to catch this on video. He may not resemble me to the fullest, but at least he has his mom's taste when it comes to cake. haha




Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Easy Way Out

Happy Wednesday!

If you follow me on facebook, you would've noticed that yesterday was my birthday.  I turned the big 29 and I'm not sure how I feel about it.  On one hand, I don't mind getting older, but on the other hand, I can't believe I'm actually 29.  I remember being a teenager and thinking that 29 seemed so far off.  Where the heck did the time go?   It was rather nuts at work yesterday, and in the middle of the craziness, these came for me from the hubby and little guy.....


I love little surprises like this. It makes me feel super special.

The hubby was working last night (bummer, but it all works out in the end) so I wanted something no fuss.  I had some chicken in the fridge but I wanted something else.....so I took the easy way out and made a pizza with a tortilla, sauce, cheese and spices.


Afterwards, the little guy and I enjoyed some cake. I think he enjoyed it....how about you?

All in all, I would say it was a pretty spectacular birthday!

Question of the Day:
When is your birthday?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Case of the Croup

Happy Monday!

Wondering where I was for the last few days (or not?)  Thursday morning, the little guy woke up and started coughing.  It literally sounded like a seal was in his room.  This was it - one of the "mommy moments" I had been dreading every time he had a cough/cold.  It was croup.  Croup is characterized by a "barking" cough followed by difficulty breathing.  Many times babies with croup go to the hospital and have breathing treatments.  Thank God the little guy wasn't having a huge problem breathing, but I could tell that he was beginning to wheeze. 

I called the doctor's office immediately (at 5:00 a.m., mind you) and received a phone call back within a few minutes.  The on-call doctor said it sounded like the little guy had a mild case of croup and that if it got worse throughout the day to call back and make an appointment.  This psycho crazy momma wasn't taking chances, so when the office opened at 9:00 a.m., I called and scheduled an appointment for him.  Sure enough, he had croup and the doctor gave him medicine.  Typically kids aren't given medicine, but because I trusted my psycho-ness mother's instinct, he was able to get medicine.

Last night was the first night he slept in his crib without coughing.  His cough now sounds congested, but he's doing much better than he was on Thursday!

Being off for two days was a real treat.  I got to spend some quality time with the little guy as well as make some tasty treats. 

I received a coupon through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker's Program and Duncan Hines to try a can of Comstock Filling for free.  Am I the only one who could eat this stuff straight out of the can?


I had a box of Jello No-Bake Cheesecake and thought it would be the perfect complement. After the cheesecake set, I added the Comstock filling on top.


It tasted pretty flipping amazing, if I do say so myself.  Using this filling instead of the prepackaged stuff that you get with the Jello No-Bake mix upped the ante of the cheesecake.

Well, I'm off to catch up on some work since I was off for the last few days.  I hope you all enjoy your day!

Question of the Day:
What's your favorite type of pie?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rainy Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

It's raining today, which makes commuting to work a big mess.

On days like today, I'm thankful that I have a meal waiting for me when I get home. I can't imagine coming home without the slightest idea of what I'm having for dinner. Yes, I'm that ridiculous.

So, what's waiting for me tonight?  Meatballs.  I have been craving meatballs for some time now, and I just so happened to have some lean turkey in the fridge.


Top it off with some hot sauce and I'll be good to go.

Yestertday I received an e-mail from my older brother about setting up a visit from Santa. Every year my younger brother dresses up as Santa for the kids. It's a nice tradition that's been started, but with an almost three year old, a 14 month old and a 7 month old things are going to get interesting!! I'm pretty sure the little guy and my nephew are going to freak out. Sometimes the freak out pictures make the best ones though, right?

Here's last year's picture....it cracks me up!

He looks so tiny, doesn't he?

Question of the Day:
What did you have for dinner last night?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Lovely Cousin Picture

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Mine was great!

I got some Christmas decorating done, spent time with the family and hung out with my cousins. I can't believe how fast the weekends fly by!

On Saturday night, my uncle had everyone over to his house because one of his sons was home from Maine (where he works as a pharmacist with his girlfriend). Almost everyone was there (minus a few people who had other things going on). It was great to see my cousin and his girlfriend, especially since they won't be home for Christmas.

Per tradition, we took a "cousins" picture. On Christmas Day we used to line up in age order up a flight of steps. It was cute when we were younger but now that we're older, it's hard to fit everyone in! We've been taking pictures like this since we were knee high to a grasshopper. It's fun to see how we've all changed over the years, especially with the addition of three kiddos.

Please tell me we're not the only family who does these weird family traditions.

The infamous "step" picture.  Can you find me?
Now that the family has expanded to in-laws, girlfriends and kiddos, we don't really do the step picture anymore and instead crowd around a sofa.


The pictures come out like the one above but typically we've got a lot of outtakes before the really good shot turns out.....


See what I mean?
So, on Saturday, we added a new photo to the "cousins picture" collection.  We were missing my hubby, my cousin's girlfriend and my cousins Chris and Brian but we still managed to plaster on some smiles.


It may be a strange tradition, but you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way!

Question of the Day:
Do you have any weird family traditions?  Share!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

I think it's official - I am in the holiday spirit. I've started listening to Christmas music on the radio and I'm hoping to have up the decorations by the weekend.

Last Christmas (for some reason that post is showing up a little crazy at the moment) was the first Christmas with the little guy, and while it was incredibly special, it's nothing like this year.  The little guy is a little older and while he doesn't quite "get it" yet, seeing his expression whenever we pass by a house with lights or a store with a Christmas tree is amazing.

Today, I'm thankful for the child-like innocence I get to enjoy each and every day.  For a while Christmas had lost its "spark", but having a baby brings it right back and makes it feel like I'm a child myself.

Who in the Sam Hill is this guy, mom?
There was a tradition in my family of watching Christmas Eve on Sesame Street each and every year.  When my mom would break out the Christmas decorations, we would listen to the record on the record player and sing and dance along with our favorite cast of characters.  Please tell me I'm not the only person who remembers this movie?
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A couple of days ago, I saw the movie on Amazon and I just HAD to get it.  It came last night and I was super excited to watch part of it with the little guy.  He LOVES Sesame Street, but when I put it on, he wanted nothing to do with it.  He was more into his walking/running around the house.  Watching part of the movie reminded me of being a kid again, and I hope that the hubby and I can start the same tradition of watching Christmas Eve on Sesame Street year after year.

I mean, you're never to old for Sesame Street, especially if it's old school episodes, right? haha

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Big Batch Cooking

Happy Tuesday!

As of last night, I can officially say I am almost done my Christmas shopping.  I only have two more people to buy for and that's it!  I think this is a first for me.  I used to wait until after my birthday (mid-December) to start my shopping.  Most of the shopping was done online - I'm not sure why I waited until now to jump on the online shopping bandwagon. 

Last week I made a reference to making meals in advance.  If you've been reading the blog for a long time, you know how I constantly make references to how I cook once for the entire week.  Well folks....I've decided to up the ante.  Now, I'm making a few meals weeks in advance and freezing them.  I buy my ground turkey and chicken in bulk, so there's always some semblance of a meal in my freezer.  After my last trip to BJ's, I decided to split the package of ground turkey and make a meatloaf and sloppy joes.

During the same cooking extravaganza, I also made some chicken cutlet and baked ziti.  So, for the last two weeks, I've been grabbing something from the freezer and enjoying it immensely.  How easy is that?  Since I'm cooking for the week anyway I just make some extra meals to stretch us for the rest of the month.  Done and done!




During the craziness that is the holiday season, this is a time saver for sure!

Question of the Day:
Share a time saving tip with me - I need all I can get!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, November 28, 2011

Food Review: Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers

Happy Monday!

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine turned out really well. On Thursday the family headed to my mother-in-law's and on Friday, my mom had a second Thanksgiving dinner. Needless to say, this past weekend was filled with food, food and more food.

Today, I'm back in the saddle with my healthy eating. It feels good to eat veggies, salads and fruits after a few food coma-induced days, doesn't it?

Speaking of healthy eating, I had the opportunity through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker's Program to sample Green Giant Vally Fresh Steamers.

I decided on the Valley Fresh Blend of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower in a light garlic and butter sauce.


I served mine alongside some pasta for some added flavor.

                                             

The result?  The veggies were cooked to perfection, and seriously, how cute are the carrots?  I've never seen them in a "ball" shape before.

The only downside to the veggies was the sauce.  It was extremely garlicky and overpowered the veggies big time. 

I would definitely try the Steamers again, but next time I would try another flavor.  You can't beat the convenience of steamed veggies in a bag!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! 

Question of the Day:
What was the highlight of your weekend?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi everyone!

I'm stopping by for a quick post today to say Happy Thanksgiving (well, tomorrow) to all of my US readers!

See you on Monday!!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Giving

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  Mine was a lot of fun.  On Saturday, the hubby, little guy and I headed down to my former elementary school's Christmas Bazaar.  When I was younger, I used to think the Bazaar was the greatest event ever.  There were tons of tables filled with all things Christmas.  Add in a few game tables and everything seemed perfect.  When I walked through the door this year, I was greeted with complete chaos!  It's funny how your perspective changes as you get older, isn't it?

Our family was there to support my mom, the librarian of the school, who was hosting a book fair.  The little guy loves to read books, so it was a win/win situation.  After making our purchases, we wandered around the halls checking out all of the craft tables.  I stopped at one stared for a moment.  There was a teenage girl (probably no more than 15-16 years old) with a scarf wrapped around her head.  I immediately sensed she had cancer, and when I looked at the woman with her (I assume her mom), she was wearing a shirt that said "All I want for Christmas this year is a cure for cancer." 

The girl was selling hair ties with ribbons, sparkly barrettes and t-shirts that she had made with all of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  I purchased two hair ribbons and immediately placed one in my hair and the other I placed on the little guy's arm.  He loved watching the ribbons move every time he moved his arm.

Seeing this girl reminded me to put things into perspective.  During the holidays, please remember to give.  Give a little or a lot, give your time or money, give a smile......just give. 

Awkward Transition.....

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker's Program, I was selected to receive 2 coupons for one dozen free Land O Lakes eggs.  Our family eats eggs  A LOT and we were excited to put these eggs to the "taste test."

According to their website, Land O Lakes All-Natural eggs are produced by hens who are fed a "premium all vegetable, whole-grain diet, rich in corn and soy protein - with no animal fat or animal by-products."  It makes me feel good to know that I am able to feed a quality product to my son.


Yummy eggs!

 Am I the only one who is impressed that the eggs have a protective covering on top of them?

The hubby whipped up some scrambled eggs. 


The verdict?  I thought they were yummy, and I'm pretty sure the little guy agreed!

"Mom, can you please stop taking a picture and just feed me the eggs?"

Mmmmm!
 The eggs get a "thumbs up" from the New Weigh of Life family.

Question of the Day:
What was the highlight of your weekend?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

Things have been hectic over at the New Weigh of Life househould. (But seriously, when are they NOT hectic?) The little guy is getting into everything now, from the trashcan to the fridge, the steps and even the laundry.

So today, I'm thankful that I have my little laundry helper.



What are the chances that he'll remain that excited about helping mom fold the laundry? Slim to none? Yeah, I think so too!

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Let's Talk: The Holidays

Happy Tuesday!

Has anyone else been inundated with holiday* ads, music and decorations wherever they go?  On Saturday, when I was running some errands, I noticed one radio station playing Christmas music non-stop.  Today, while driving the little guy to the babysitter's house, I noticed another station who is cranking out the Christmas tunes one right after the other from now until Christmas.

It's downright annoying, in my opinion.  Don't get me wrong, I love the Christmas season but isn't this way too early?

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What's the rush?  Why can't we slow down and appreciate one holiday at a time?  By the time Christmas comes around, I feel like I can't stomach one more Christmas carol or look at one more string of lights.  This year, instead of standing in one long line after another, fighting crowds and being a Grinch, I'm choosing to do all of my shopping online. It's easy, it's convenient, and I don't have to worry about over-crowded malls.  Plus, think of all the time I'll save! 

What will I do with all the extra time I'm dreaming of?  Simple - spend time with the family, bake a little more and spend more time relaxing.

Despite the stress of hearing Christmas music on the radio already, my meal last night was anything but stressful.

Penne with Parmesan cheese
This holiday season, do yourself a favor and try not to get sucked into the craziness of it all.  Slow down, take a rest and enjoy and extra cup of hot chocolate.

*For purposes of this post only, when I say "holidays" I'm referring to Christmas - only because that's what I celebrate!

Question of the Day:
Does the holiday season stress you out?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Mine flew by, as usual, but it was really fun. On Saturday, the hubby had to work at night, so the little guy and I headed to my mom's house for some yummy Stromboli's.


Afterwards, I mentioned to my mom that the little guy loves The Lawrence Welk Show. Turns out it was on TV - lucky us!

Sidebar - am I the only person who knows about this show?




It's one of the cheesiest shows I've ever seen, but it holds a special place in my heart.  My grandmom used to watch it with her mother, and I have fond memories of watching it with my grandmom and mom. Needless to say, the little guy enjoys it whenever it's on TV.  I'd like to think it's the music he clings to and not the fashion choices of the cast members.

Yesterday, the family headed over to my mother-in-law's house to celebrate her birthday.  I swear we've had a birthday almost every weekend for the past month.  I'm all birthday-ed out!!  When we came home, I finished up some cooking for the next week or so (more on that in another post) and then took a nap.  I'm not sure what's gotten into me but lately I've been craving naps.  Having a 13 month old really tires you out, I guess!

Question of the Day:
What was the highlight of your weekend?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!
A few months ago, my sister-in-law gave me a ton of clothes for the little guy ranging from 12 months - 4 years old.  While I am extremely thankful for the clothes, the boxes have literally taken up our entire basement.  The hubby and I keep telling ourselves that we are going to clean out the room and sort through the clothes.  It feels like we never have the time, but really, we never make the time.

To put it bluntly, I am one of the most disorganized people I know, and for my own sanity, that has to change!



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 Last night the hubby suggested we take 15 minutes each night after the little guy goes to bed and go through the totes.  Even after 15 minutes, we managed to get through one and half totes.  A little bit goes a long way, right?  Hopefully we can get this taken care of soon!

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Recipe on a Crowd?

Happy Tuesday!! Thank you for all the sweet birthday wishes for my mom yesterday - I know she appreciated them!

Do you have food rules that you live by? One food rule I recently broke was this: never try out a new recipe on a crowd. If it goes wrong, you're pretty much screwed.

I semi-broke this rule over the weekend and boy did it feel good!! As I mentioned yesterday, I was in charge of making the lasagna for my mom's birthday dinner. What I hadn't told you was that I made the lasagna on Friday when the hubby was working and I was alone with the little guy. Along with the lasagna, I also made most of my meals for the week. With all of that cooking going on, I wanted to simplify my lasagna recipe.  Cooking is extremely challenging with only one parent at home!

After chatting with my friend Ron, he told me I didn't have to boil the lasagna noodles before I baked it - even without using the no boil noodles. I know he makes his lasagna this way but I was skeptical. I wasn't sure if I wanted to attempt it because if the dish didn't turn out, we wouldn't have anything else to fall back on.

I carefully weighed each alternative in my head, but in the end I decided to go for it. All I did was add in some extra tomato sauce gravy and increase the baking time from 35 minutes to one hour. (Side bar - it was also recommended to me to add two eggs to my ricotta cheese for extra fluffiness and oh boy was that awesome!)

After about an hour, I uncovered the lasagna and was left with this:


I tested the noodles with the fork and lo and behold they were soft. I continued to bake it uncovered for an additional ten minutes.

The verdict?

Everyone enjoyed it and kept saying how yummy it was. When I told my mom I didn't boil the noodles she was stunned!

I don't think I'll ever boil lasagna noodles again! Thanks so much for the tip, Ron!

Question of the Day:
Do you have any "food rules?"

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Monday!!

Today is my Mom's birthday.

I'm lucky enough to say that my Mom is my very best friend. She's the one I can turn to when times get tough. She's the one who listens when I need to vent or talk incessantly about something.  She's the person who understands me better than I understand myself.  She's the kindest, sweetest person I know. 

She's the one who shows my son a love that only a grandmom can....


We celebrated my Mom's birthday with a dinner on Saturday night.  I was in charge of the lasagna and cake and my brothers were in charge of side dishes.

It was great to get together with my brothers and my niece and nephew.  I'm pretty sure my Mom enjoyed it too!

The picture below is perhaps one of my favorites of the evening.  My brothers and I filled a picture frame with lots of pictures of her grandchildren and children. 


My Mom has always been sentimental at heart, but no gift compares to the gift she gives her children and grandchildren each and every day.

Happy birthday, Mom! I love you!

Question of the Day:
What was the highlight of your weeekend?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

Woo hoo - only one more day until the weekend!  I can't wait!

In keeping up with the Thankful Thursday theme, today, I am thankful for a reality check my mom gave me on Monday night.  Her reality check is what prompted my Let's Talk: Learning to Say No post.  My mom made me realize what's going on around me, the steps I need to take to learn how to say no, and how to make sure I don't miss quality time with the little guy.

Something I've learned about my mom is that she is ALWAYS right.  I sure hope I inherit her wisdom one day. 

My mom and the little guy
So thanks, mom, for calling me out on things and opening my eyes.  I love you!

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Let's Talk: Learning to Say No

Happy Wednesday!

I'm thinking of starting a "Let's Talk" series here on the blog.  This series will be about things that I need to talk about.  I mean really, we all need to vent at one point or another, right? 

Today, I want to talk about learning how to say no.  Am I the only one who struggles with this?

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I say yes when I should say no.  There, I said it.  Between working my full-time job, working at Weight Watchers Saturday mornings, being a mom, a wife and fulfilling other countless roles, my life has become overloaded.  Sometimes it feels as if everyone depends on me to get things done.  The reality of it is that I can be a huge control freak.  At work, when professors need things done at the last minute, I rush around like a maniac to get things completed.  I refuse help because I think it's easier to stress out than to explain to someone else how to do something.  Dishes need to be done?  I'll do it because I think I can get it done faster than the hubby.  Lunches need to be made?  I can do it.  Someone has to get dinners made for the week?  I have a blog, so let me cook.  Ridiculous, right?

The sad part is that all of this "saying yes" has made me exhausted, worn out, and above all, cranky.....and I mean really cranky.  I'm realizing that I'm walking a very thin tightrope and I'm ready to fall off.  I'm taking things out on the people I love because I feel like I can't keep up with all of life's demands.

So starting today, starting now, I'm going to learn to say no.  I'm going to give up the control and allow people to help me.  Saying no to things that won't leave me satisfied.  Saying no to things that cause stress.  Saying no to things that will keep me away from this guy....


Question of the Day:
Do you have a hard time saying no?  How do you keep things balanced?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fuel Before Trick-or-Treating

Happy Tuesday!

My grandmom's 84th birthday was a lot of fun. I think she enjoyed herself!


I was able to leave work a little bit early yesterday so I could get home in enough time to eat dinner and change the little guy into his Halloween costume.  This year the little guy was a clown.  My grandmom made the costume 32 years ago, for my oldest brother.  Pretty much everyone in my family has worn the costume at one time or another (myself included) so it was neat to see the little guy wearing something so special.

We didn't actually take him around trick-or-treating because he can't eat the candy. We put him outside in his coach while we handed out candy and he seemed to be content.



Before we could sit outside, though, we had to fuel up. It was really cold and we needed something to give us enough energy to weather the cold. Wanna know what we chose?


Seriously, did you think it would be something else other than pasta? Haha.

The hubby and I have lived in our house for three years and this was the first year that we didn't get a lot of kids.  We still have some candy left over, which is not good for me!

Question of the Day:
How was your Halloween?  Did you give out a lot of candy?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from this crazy bunch of clowns!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Grandmom!

Happy Friday!

Is anyone else supposed to see snow this weekend? It's only October! What's up with that?

I have an exciting weekend coming up. Tomorrow's my grandmom's 84th birthday! We're all headed to her house on Sunday to celebrate her special day.

In honor of her birthday, today I'm taking this opportunity to tell you all about my fabulous grandom and how wonderul she is.

The first thing I should tell you is that my grandmom is a sewing genius.  Her father was a tailor, her mother was a seamstress and so my grandmom was always making things for me - she even made my junior prom dress in high school.  One of my favorite things she made for me was a Cabbage Patch doll.  When they first came out, Cabbage Patch dolls were super expensive, and my parents really couldn't afford to spend that much money on a doll.  My grandmom made me one - and I was the only kid on the block to have a doll that looked very similar to me.

When I was little, my grandmom used to let me play "hairdresser" and style her hair however I felt fit.  I had endless access to hairbrushes, hair curlers and everything in between.  When I was all finished, my grandmom would be quick to admire her new 'do in the mirror and tell me how beautiful she looked.


I fondly remember grandmom teaching me such songs as "Round ball, round ball" and "See-saw, knock at the door."  I'm not sure if those are the actual titles to the songs, but that's how I remember them.

When my older brother and I would go over for a visit, grandmom always had things to play with....whether it was her jump ropes made from old clothes lines or tennis balls that we could throw against the wall.  In fact, grandmom taught us a game she used to play as a child using tennis balls and a wall.  Essentially, you would throw the ball against the wall and before it came back to you, you had to do something like clap three times, turn around, etc.

Grandmom is an amazing cook.  She makes the best green spaghetti ever.  Every holiday we would eat green spaghetti and meatballs.  I actually have a hand-written recipe for green spaghetti that she wrote for me when I got married, and it remains one of my most treasured items. 

My Grandmom has a beautiful faith in God. Whenever I'm struggling with something, I know I can ask her to say a few prayers for me. I personally think she has an "in" with the Big Guy - He always seems to answer her prayers.

If there's one thing I've learned about my Grandmom it's that she loves spending time with her grandchildren (and now great grandchildren!) And you know what? We love spending time with her too.




Perhaps the neatest thing, however, is seeing my grandom interact with my son.  It's amazing to see the smile that crosses her face when she sees him.  I love watching the two of them in action.

Oh yeah - and one more thing? My grandmom has a silly side. I believe this picture remains my favorite one ever. It's pretty classic!


Happy 84th birthday, grandmom!! May you enjoy another beautiful, blessed year!

Question of the Day:
Anything fun going on for you this weekend?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie