Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hello SUMMER!!!!

TODAY, officially 9 minutes ago, SUMMER arrived.  With that, I revisited my 2012 Summer Manifesto. The only item I deleted was swimming more in my daughter's pool. Not that I don't want to, but I'm at the office everyday and our weekends are filling up fast.  Otherwise, everything else on the list is perfect for 2014 (no, I never did do #21 or 23, but HEY! it's a new year!!)


1.             Go to the Drive-In
2.             Read the books on my Summer Reading List
3.             Cook with seasonal foods (and eat healthy)
4.             Grow a garden
5.             Walk the neighborhood in the evenings
6.             Have more picnics
7.             Clean out the cellar (again)
8.             Spa weekend once a month (with the girls)
9.             Go thrifting
10.          Make something wearable
11.           Camp-out in the LR with the kiddies (make smores)
12.           Make ice-cream
13.           Take a trip to the zoo
14.          On a rainy day, go to the museum
15.          Wear a summer dress every day (even on the weekends)
16.          Go miniature golfing
17.          Take all the kiddies to Idlewild Park
18.          Enjoy my front porch
19.          Make iced tea
20.          Donate
21.          Make a Financial Vision Board 
22.          Take more photos
23.          Learn to sew
24.          HAVE FUN!

 Cheers to Healthy, Happy Summer!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Missing You

Thinking of you is easy, I do it every day.
Missing you is the heartache that never goes away.
- Anonymous

In Memory of Cathy Lynn Drake O'Leary, 4 years ago today.  
We all miss you so!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Happy Birthday My Sweetest Girl!

Today, you are 16.
I am a pitiful, teary sap today.  You are loved so very much.  You are still my little grandest baby girl.
Be happy.
Live, Love, Laugh.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekend Recap

Another lovely weekend.  Saturday, the girls spent the day at Sandcastle.  Mom, Elliot and I went shopping (what else??).  We drove out to 380 Auction and then to Rose's where they had a car shopping cart and Elliot loved it!  Until he got his arm caught in one of the steering wheels. And I panicked as I do with him and wanted to call the Fire Department. Good thing my Mom was there...once again!
Sunday, we went to Church and then celebrated the Church's birthday.  I drove the kiddies out to Elliot's Grandma Bailey's for the day and I spent a quiet afternoon cleaning the downstairs and washing loads of laundry.  

Friday, June 6, 2014

Favorite Photo Friday

Sometimes, it's a bit hard picking just one favorite photo from the week.  Elliot is at such an adorable, busy, enchanting age.  Here he is "driving" the car.

Getting ready for a fabulous, fun-filled (and, ummm, lots of housework) weekend. 


Monday, June 2, 2014

Weekend Recap

Fabulous weekend! Amanda picked up Elliot on Thursday and kept him through Sunday. Missed the little guy but we sure got stuff done. Friday night, took K to Macy's so she could get a new outfit for Kennywood.

Saturday, we work up bright and early and rode out to Plum so I could pick up my script sunglasses. Perfect, sunny day, too! Quick stop at Pat Cataans where K chose some pretty yarn for a poncho/shawl. Next, was a leisurely breakfast at E&P, B&N for a look around and Ultas for K. Trader Joe's for organic grapes and molasses cookies. Last on the list was Tuesday Morning where I bought this reversible, indoor/outdoor rug for the front porch.
Back home, we washed down the porch furniture, swept the porch, laid down the new rug, hung curtains and took down the Christmas lights that have been hanging for years. Then we poured some soda and enjoyed our ready for summer porch.
Towards evening, we picked up cousin Chloe and had a game night. Today, after Church, I dropped the girls at Kennywood. Elliot and I had a relaxing afternoon and dinner at E&P before we picked up the girls. 
And how did our fab weekend end?? Happy, yet exhausted!