Monday, May 30, 2016

May is always busy....May will always be busy.

But, it's settling down and I'm finally getting some scrapbook pages done.
We've been visiting the baby a lot, so it's mostly about our visits there.
Not too many of the old pictures.
My cousin, Cathy is coming this week to share some of her old pictures and she hopes I can tell her who some of the people are in the pictures.....I'm never sure myself, but we'll see.
I'll be back with the Feis Photos soon!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Our Maeve loves to sleep on her stomach which of course the law tells us is a no-no! Just today, the news is reporting that "swaddling your baby may not be as good for babies as we thought". All this makes your head spin.  Good today, not good tomorrow. But, you can only deal with what's current today and the girls need to be comfortable and trusting of their doctor and what they learn and determine what is best for our most special baby!!

Thirteen years ago, when we moved from our house on Columbia in Olmsted Falls to the house here in Olmsted Township (yep, we moved 2 miles away!) we debated what to do with the girls' baby furniture. Lude's Mother bought the pieces as a gift at shower time and they are good solid pieces unlike what you might buy at moderate prices today. We couldn't convince the girls to take them with them either to college or when they moved and Lude was unable to bring himself to get rid of them.  So, they remained upstairs in the guest bedroom. When I redecorated that room last year, I anticipated that Kathleen & Louisa might be sharing it with a little someone, and I decided to look for something else for the room and I could not find anything I liked. My desire to not spend a fortune but yet balance it with furniture that was perfect clearly didn't match. I am very serious about reducing my footprint and buying more is painful for me. This spring, I told Lude, "I want you to know that I'm planning to paint the girls furniture.  IF it doesn't go like I want it to, I AM getting rid of the furniture."  I kept the top the wood finish laminate that it was - the dresser is a changing table top and the laminate is very durable. I sanded down the rest, removing years of child fun and got rid of the 1970's colonial hardware. Lude did the "spraying" and he did it while I was on one of my trips to Chicago. I was VERY happy with how it came out and we then did the remaining piece. I think it's fresh; it's today and I suspect it will make it another 30 years. Oh, and, I love you PINTEREST!  And, of course, I made a scrapbook page!  DUH

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers that I know.
And, to all the Mothers that have gone before us.
My own Mother. Lude's Mother. My Grandmothers and those mothers that are loved by all my relatives and friends. It's been almost 30 years since Lude's mother has been gone and 13 years for my own mother. And, I'm thinking of my sister-in-law, Vicki, and my niece, Jill, who's mothers passed away just recently. It's tough, I know.  But, it does get easier. It transforms you. Sometimes you loose friends (and relatives) along the way, but I think that happens in all transformations. I am now surrounded by people who support me and don't blame me for what bothers them, having never really gotten to know how difficult it is. But, enough about that! I don't normally go out to the cemetery on Mother's Day because it's just a little too sad, (although it's not as hard to go out on Father's Day - what's up with that!) but today we went! I got the grave site spruced up for summer and I know Dad would be happy. He always wanted to trim and clean it up.  I'm going to call Holy Cross though, I can't believe he's been gone for 3 years and the grass still looks like crap! 
And, I wish more of my spring flowers were in bloom, but it's a tad bit early.  

I've been doing a little more scrapbooking (that should not surprise you) and
 here's a couple 2-page spreads.  This first one is from my recent trip to Chicago.

These pictures are from the many pictures that the girls send to us.  
We are so grateful for the daily stream of pictures of the girls and our sweetie pie.

And, I recently borrowed an indoor tunnel from the library for a day when 
we had Steven and it was a huge hit!

Monday, May 2, 2016

How exciting......Paula and John purchased a manufactured home in Port St Lucie, Florida and it closed last month.  It will be there winter "home-away-from-home" and I'm looking forward to going down there to visit!  In the meantime, we're still meeting in the Toledo area for a meal and maybe we'll plan an overnight sometime this summer!  (NOT in Toledo!!!  LOL)