Friday, January 31, 2014

Glennis and Jessica
Los Angeles!

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Looking forward to spending the long weekend
with Jessica and seeing LA as I've never seen
it before!
OH?  And, I long for the promised 80 degree temperatures!
I'll see what I can do about posting from there!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I'm not doing as much paper scrapbooking as I am digital
these days, but I still always find Hollo's a delightful trip!
Archivers is gone, they're talking about shutting down
Holly Lobby, Joanne's has cut back on their scrapbook
offerings and Michaels is not close to me!
Digital....the way to go!

This is the room with the solid paper stock!

This is the room of just envelopes!
 And, there's so much more!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

And, yet another Europe Vacation picture.....tired yet? 
I have thousands yet to go!
So, hunker down!

This was taken inside the Roman Pantheon.
I will admit to probably being the only person
that thought "the Pantheon" was THIS specific one,
in Rome.  However, Pantheon just means house
of the Gods and there are many all over Europe.
In the many sacred places we visited the cupolas
had openings where, by design, the sun would shine
in and create a beam of light that highlighted things
 within the church at different times of the day.

Quite extraordinary.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Our group of Olmsted Mother's who have been friends for
more years than I can count....(since my kids started school),
get together on a regular basis (I think we're up to about once
a month now!!!) to catch up, grab something new and different
to eat and have a drink.  Not everyone can go every time which
makes it interesting.  We LOVE to support the local restaurants,
but once in awhile, we stray out to a neighboring community.
Last week, we had dinner at NINO'S.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lude and I were recently at one of our
favorite spots...PJ McIntyre's!

Good food, good friends.
Besides Pat and Rebecca, you can
always count on seeing someone you

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Photo-A-Day #25

So, I (we) are among the many who are helping out and babysitting for Sarah while she is in school this semester.  It's been a lot of fun, but I have to say the first time I was a little nervous.  Lude was traveling that evening and I was by myself, lucky thing my brother stopped over and I could run to the bathroom while he was here!  I wouldn't even take Steven upstairs because I was afraid I would drop him.

I'm totally at ease now....we love having him, he's such a great and good baby.
He IS only 6 months old and as soon as he's moving around?.....well, stay tuned!

I love this picture.....Lude was singing to Steven.
Like he used to do with the girls.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Another Europe vacation favorite
 I think Rome was our favorite part of the trip. 
Although, it is unfair to say that there were was all spectacular!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Meanwhile, back at the wedding.......

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I hosted a SCRAPPY DAY on Saturday and it was so much fun.
It's the most successful one that I've had in a couple years.
I think the timing was right for everyone.....!
Some just came to gab...
Some chatted and caught up with friends...
Some came for the food...
Some did some serious scrapbooking!

And a special shout out to my niece, Laura, who took
my advice and spent time putting her pages together
before she got here.  All she had to do was put them
 together and add some special touches!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Maureen and Ryan posted a few pictures
of their new bundle of joy!

Man, this family has some beautiful babies!!!!!
I just had to share from her facebook page!
(You look good, brother!)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I had a date the other night with another man!
Shhhh, don't tell Lude!, He was out of town!

The cutest guy ever, don't you think!?

I'm also going to be posting some of our
vacation pictures.  I'm working on getting my
scrapbook uploaded, but I'm not quite finished.
In the meantime.....I'll post a few of my favorites!

Like this one!

I think, it's Paris!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I wanted to post an occasional wedding picture from
kClare & Louisa's wedding.
I didn't post many in 2012 and, I know it's over,
but hey, it was a great day!
And, we never want to forget it!
So, sit back while I post yet ANOTHER picture!
("Doesn't she know it's over???")

Friday, January 17, 2014

In my pre-holiday cleaning sweep of the house,
I came across Dad's slippers under the bench in
the laundry room.  It was a little sad!
I might just leave them!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Brother!
Hope it's the best ever!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I mean, seriously!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

From Steven and Sarah at Christmas!

Monday, January 13, 2014

One of our ornaments from the Europe vacation
We had fun selecting things from every country and city we visited!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Last night I went out with some of my peeps from work!
We had a great time even though the restaurant didn't have our
reservation and we had to wait!
We scored some serious food!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Happy 90th Birthday, Dad!
THIS is how I will remember you always!
THIS was you! (OK, minus the beads, that was me!)
 Thanks for all the love you bestowed on me and my family.
You never neglected to tell me how much you appreciated me.
And, now that you are gone, those words keep me going.
It will forever hurt that I was not here at the end
but we shared so much together, you and Lude and I.
For those times together, I will be eternally grateful.
Happy Birthday, Daddio!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Today, I visited Social Security to begin
the next step towards retirement!
 Target Date?  April 5th

Thursday, January 9, 2014

I took this picture on my way to work the other day.
The Schools were all closed but, we were going to work.
We were going to work to take care of all the
little children out of school!
Oh, Boy!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy Ukrainian Christmas to all our Uki family and friends!
Although we celebrate in the Roman Catholic faith, the Ukrainian
Religion, its rites and traditions,
are still very much a part of our life.

I do NOT, however, have one of these very
awesome coats!

I am taking down the last of Christmas today.
Everything else is put away except the tree and
it will remain lighted for all of today.

Schastlivogo Rozhdestva !

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Said goodbye to the Christmas Tree
for one more year!
(Only 320 days until we meet again!)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Congratulations to the homeowners!
kClare and Louisa worked hard this past year to
become homeowners!

Their place is the city...near the beach....a bed for me!  FTW


Sunday, January 5, 2014

One of the two new babies born to our family this year!
How cute is he?


Saturday, January 4, 2014

I guess it's time to start putting all the decorations away for another year!  I want to, but I don't WANT to!  (I KNOW you know what I'm talking about!)  As things get washed they go on the dining room table, like the Christmas sugar bowl relinquishing its spot back to the everyday sugar bowl in the cupboard!  Although I'm certainly NOT ready to bring out the Valentine's Day things, I'm ready to "de-Christmas" the house.  On New Year's Day I said to Lude, "It's funny how today marks a definite feeling to the holiday being over."  It's like Labor Day being the end of summer and St. Patrick's Day and Easter being the promising sign of spring.  And, as much as you don't want it to be over, it is. 

But, Monday is the Epiphany and Tuesday is Russian Christmas and our decorated and lighted tree will remain until then.  And, as I said, the rest of the decorations begin to find their way to their boxes.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Last night, we dropped Jessica Joy off at the airport for a 7:30 PM non-stop flight to Los Angeles.  This year's annual Farmers Almanac predicted this to be a hard winter and every word of it has been true and yesterday was proof of that.  The library closed down early (YAY, snowday!) and I was less than optimistic that she would fly out last night.  I was sure we would get the call to come back to pick her up.  But, thanks to prayers and the wonderfully "Friendly Skies", she was up and out with only about a 15 minute de-icing delay.  I (we've) flown United a lot these past couple years and are thrilled at their record of friendliness and service.
 Needless to say we were sound asleep as she arrived in Los Angeles, but it was nice to see that text when I awoke: 
"I've Landed!"

Thursday, January 2, 2014

I would be remiss if I didn't start my PHOTO A DAY project with a
photo of the people who matter the most to me in my life
It's been a very challenging fall for me(us) but it's a new day and literally 
a new year and it's time for new beginnings.
It was so wonderful to have the girls here for the holidays, it made all the
 difference to Lude and to me, this year especially.   I will try to keep up my
 project, not sure how much I'll write just now, but we'll see.
Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A PHOTO A DAY......can she do it?

Starting us off on day 1 of 2014