Wednesday, November 24, 2010

some smiles

hard to believe it’s thanksgiving tomorrow…we’re on our own this year, but i still plan to make a big, delicious meal.  not a ton going on here. 

1. a fresh pumpkin pie.  i made a pumpkin pie today for tomorrow’s dessert…from scratch (as in from the actual pumpkin).  it smells really good. 


2. also today, i made playdoh for the girls.  purple for liberty, pink for leila.  it turned out great.  i think it’s better than store-bought.  unfortunately, liberty decided to play with her water and dumped it all over her playdoh.  now it’s ruined (which makes for an unhappy mama after all that work…plus the attitude from libbs isn’t helping).

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3. the girls tried to put on a music show for me this morning.  i wanted to get video of it, but realized my camera doesn’t take video. lame.  each of the girls tried out my flute, but got frustrated when they couldn’t make sounds come from it.  they also tried out my irish whistle (that i got in ireland!).

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4. lately if leila is “missing,” you can often find her in her toy box chattering away with the toys :).


5. liberty’s hair.  she keeps trying to do her own hair to make herself look stylish (her own words)…check out one of her creations:


6. hand print turkeys….always fun!

7. soaking feet.  after jonathan runs (for work) he sometimes soaks his feet…this particular time the girls wanted to try it out too.  cuteness!

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8. playing in the snow!!! the girls actually stayed out for an hour that day!

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9. and of course there has to be hot cocoa when the snow fun is done!

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10. finishing my winter scarf.  i really like how it turned out.  i have more projects on my needles now :)

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Friday, November 19, 2010

6 months

today it has been six months since my dad passed away.  i’m always amazed at how quickly time passes these days.  i miss him immensely.  he was far from perfect…but then so are we all.  over all, he was a great dad.  he was a fun dad.  he used to play out in the snow with my sister and i, helping us build a snowman and make snow angels.  he used to take us on bike rides and have water gun fights with us.  my dad was always the one who took care of us if we were sick.  he would get up in the middle of the night to clean up our messes get us settled again.  if we couldn’t sleep, we could almost always find our dad in the living room watching one movie or another…and he would let us stay out there with him until we fell asleep.  he was very opinionated…and once he had an opinion or idea about something, you better not argue with him.  i got in many an argument with my dad when i was growing up b/c we were both so stubborn.  he always let me know he was proud of me…always supported any decision i made. 

he was the best poppo (grandpa) to my girls (& my sister’s boys).  he loved those kids with all his might.  and they adored him.  i always knew he would be a good grandfather…and he truly was.  it makes my heart ache to know he can’t see them grow up and get older…and especially that they don’t get to have him around anymore.  they are so young…i’m so afraid they will forget him.  i know liberty will probably have some memories…but leila and nadia?  oh how sad it makes me.  when we lived in michigan, the girls spent a lot of time with him.  he would have them over to spend the night often (well, not nadia).  they could do no wrong in his eyes.  he was always laughing at their crazy antics or naughty behavior.  to this day, when leila sees a package of oreos, she smiles and says, “poppo’s cookies!”  when we lived away, my dad called all the time…at least every other day.  we would talk on the phone for hours some times (i remember getting annoyed by how long the conversations would last sometimes)…and of course he would talk to each of the girls.  he used to sing them made up songs…he had a horrible voice, but the love and joy when he sang shone through.  this last time we moved away we both had skype accounts.  boy did my dad love to get on skype and talk to his grandgirls.  and the girls loved it, too. 

after his heart attack when he was on the hospital, he was always trying to make sure i wasn’t worried about him.  he always talked cheerfully and  reassured me that everything was fine.  i still cannot believe he is gone.  i miss him calling all the time (he did that even when we lived in michigan).  the girls miss him.  

i wanted to share some pictures of my dad, but couldn’t get my scanner to work.  i do have a few pics on my computer already, so i will post those.

gma&dad my grandma & my dad

dad&i my dad holding me as a baby


dad&iplaying dad&me doesn’t nadia look a lot like me?  do you see it??

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my wedding day Dad & Grandgirls my dad & my girls nov 2009…that’s the last one i got of him with all 3 of the girls.

Dad & I this is the last picture i have with my dad.  it was taken on my birthday this year a couple days before we moved to california.  my dad took everyone out to dinner to celebrate (and by everyone, i mean my family, my sister’s family, my mom & her now husband & his brother, and my aunt).  he was always generous like that.  i’ll always be thankful i made sure to get a picture with my dad that day.  i love you daddio!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

8 smiles

a few smiles from the week…

1. gear for the winter.  the girls now have everything they need for playing out in the snow…or just going out in the cold.  just got their mittens and liberty’s boots in the mail this past week.  they were so happy.  now we’re just waiting for some snow to pile up :).

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2. new boots for mama!  it’s been a while since i’ve had a new pair of shoes…and this pair of boots was needed since they only shoes i had that would be ok out in the cold and snow were my running shoes.  these boots are so warm and comfy!  oh, and then there’s leila wearing my boots…can you get any cuter?!

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3. getting our christmas cards ordered…already!  i found a great deal and saved 50% on my order!

4. this pic of the girls and i.  they were vying to sit on my lap that evening, so i had to have jonathan take a pic of my girls and i :).  i look really tired, but the girls look adorable!


5. liberty has been very into getting her picture taken…especially those self-portrait ones…so here are a couple of the two of us :)

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6. two more projects off my needles.  a baby bonnet (knit in less than two hours…seriously!) and a new hat for nadia.  it’s a little big on her, but the last one i made her is too small.  now all three girls have matching hats in different colors.  next on my needles is a winter scarf for myself.  liberty has requested a purple scarf.  and once i get the yarn and needles i need to furiously knit on some christmas gifts!

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7. my human yarn swift & ball winders.  i needed to wind the yarn for my scarf into a ball so i could knit with it, so jonathan became my human yarn swift, and i did the ball winding. :)  some day i’ll get a real yarn swift and ball winder!!

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8. new soup recipes.  i made a delicious beef stew in the crockpot this week…yum!!!  and yesterday i made a creamy chicken & vegetable soup that was scrumptious (not in the crockpot)!!  only got a pic of the beef stew, though.


and now i’m off to clean house, do laundry, get a workout in, and maybe some knitting (and of course playing with the girlies!).