Monday, March 31, 2014


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Sunday, March 30, 2014


Yesterday you prayed for Terry here
Last night I got an update 
from Kris on Terry's condition.

I just got home from the hospital and Terry is so much better tonight.  He showered, shaved and was able to eat a little bit today.  We took a nice romantic stroll around the halls tonight. LOL!  I think the collapsed bile duct was the problem since he is starting to do really well today after them opening that back up with the stent.  They said he may even come home tomorrow.  So that is encouraging.  He looked really good tonight.  Had lots of color in his face and has not had to take any pain meds all day.  It is amazing what havoc a bile duct closing can do to you.  Too crazy.  Just glad it is not turning out to be something worse.  The doctors are still cautiously optimistic but his surgeon acted pretty happy how he was doing today.

Now, we have another
and it is all YOUR fault.

Since so many of you commented on 
his head has swollen so much that Kris is afraid
he will not be able to fit in the car 
for the drive home.
I think a couple of you even prayed that 
if you ever have a fire that
Too bad he is TAKEN girls
and I don't think 
I would want to tangle with 
that Kris if I were you!
just sayin......
(and you DID notice they took a romantic
stroll around the hospital hallway-
hope he had his gown tied up the back-
you know how those hall oglers are!;>)

Thanks so much for your prayers.
I know it gave Kris a lot of peace of mind
and I do believe in the power of prayer.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
I am feeling a bit better and headed
back to Mimi's house to help
with our little 
BrightEyes and the boys.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

KRIS @ JUNK CHIC COTTAGE is asking for PRAYERS for her hubby!

I don't usually do two posts in
one day but this is a special request.
has asked for prayer for 
her handsome husband, Terry.
This is the only picture I could find 
of him on her blog.
He is a fire chief 
somewhere in greater Chicagoland.
(forgive me if I got that wrong Kris)
Anyway, he went into the hospital on Thursday
in terrible pain and they cannot figure out what is wrong with him.
Kris, understandably, is beside herself.
She is a nurse so knows more than most people
and she is WORRIED SICK!
Please pray that they can figure out 
what is wrong with him 
very soon and that there is a quick cure
for whatever it is.
Please pray for some peace of  mind for Kris, too,
AND strength for her to get through this.

I will do an update as soon as I know anything.
Thank you so much.
You are all so awesome!

I might be off a bit in the next
couple of days.
yes-I know I am a bit "off" most of the time
I came home to try to get some
rest and get rid of this
terrible cold.
I will be headed back to help
Mimi with the baby on Sunday.
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A Bit Of Easter At Mimi's House

Are these the cutest 
The salad plate is oval shaped and is sitting on
a 12" dinner plate.
Mimi got a whole set on close out last year.
They were originally $16.00 EACH.
Sitting down, are you?
She got them for 79 CENTS each.
Yes!  You read that right!

Aren't they cute?
Look at the different colors.
Our Lulu has been here for the week 
on her school's Spring break.
She went home yesterday.
Much of her time was spent loving on her 
new baby cousin, Bright Eyes.
She is a good little "mom".
AND she likes to craft.
So, while baby was being Mama-ized,
Lulu took it upon herself to try those 
I showed the tutorial on here

Mimi did not have any solid colored napkins handy
so Lulu used some paper napkins she had.
She whipped up 8 of these in about 20 minutes flat.
I think she did a great job.
While she was doing that I was laying low.
I caught a cold from CharlesInCharge
So NOT GOOD that I am headed home 
today for the weekend.
Daddy to Bright Eyes will be home 
for the weekend
to help Mimi and I will be back on 
Sunday night.
I need to get a couple good days rest
because I have not held that sweet baby girl
since Monday.
I hope I can sleep like that tonight...
well, maybe NOT in a footed sleeper!
Imagine THAT in MY SIZE!
Yes!  They DO make them in my size...
You can buy one here.
Hmmmm...I don't think that is what 
MyHero meant when he said he
had a DREAM of me 
 dressed in pink nightwear.
Me in THAT nightwear would be a

I will try to make it around to visit 
if I can manage to 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

How To Have A Beautiful Living Room With A Busy Active Family

You want to see this, right?
Here it is for your viewing pleasure.
Isn't it gorgeous?
This is the living room that belongs to 
a busy, active family.
source/Lawrence Reaves

Well, at least that is how it is advertised.
You can follow the link if you don't believe me.

Here is the reality at my daughter's 
busy, happy family home
when the cousins are visiting.
Here you will find the two year old 
with a bowl on his head.
And you will find a mini-trampoline 
at the end of the sofa
with Cousin SweetCheeks jumping on it
and the 4 year with his soccer ball pjs on.
The pjs have to be peeled off 
to throw them in the washer
when he is not paying attention..
And...We have piggy-back relays 
over the block obstacles.
(while SweetCheeks continues to bounce)
And THAT my friends is the REALITY behind a

Oh..and then there's this!
The perfect decoration!!!!
I am happy to say little Bright Eyes
got a tad jaundiced but is now
pretty and pink again!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PICK YOUR FAVORITE-Easter Table Winner

Wow!  You did yourselves proud
with all the votes.
Not a single table sat empty
and you would ALL have others
at your table..
It was so close I had my Lulu
count the votes again...
 including all the late votes.

The WINNER by ONE vote?
NONE! Because after a Re-Count
There was a FIRST PLACE TIE!
             source                                                                      source
Okay- I will admit that surprised me.
I knew there were a lot of blue lovers
but I didn't think it would tie for first place
which just goes to show...
what do I know?

Coming In Second-
 With TWO LESS VOTES Than First Place
Eggs In A Row (with bunny napkin tutorial)
And third place goes to:
  TipToe Through The Tulips

It's funny how well I know some of you.
I can predict just which table I think you will pick.
I would guess I am right about 75% of the time
but sometimes you fool me.
Like picking Blue Plate Special As #1!

I love doing this.
It is fun to find things I think will appeal to everyone.
I already have an idea for the next
I see that I am almost up to 
How the heck did that happen?
Who in the world signed up to follow
The Crazy Lady from the Midwest?
Well...when I get to 700 (still can't believe it)
I will have a special giveaway.
Hmmm...have to think of something 
to do for all my wonderful followers!
I'm thinking-I'm thinking

Have a great day everyone!
I am still in Babyland!
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Face Of Innocence

The Innocence of Childhood


I'll be back tomorrow with the results for the
Easter Table.
Have a great Tuesday!
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Monday, March 24, 2014

PICK YOUR FAVORITE-Easter Tablescape

Well, you all did so nicely on the last
that I thought I would try it again with an 

You know the drill.
You get ONE vote...
and I won't even mention Martina @ Northern Nestings this time
who can usually never choose just ONE.

So- Here we go.:
Tiptoe Thru Pastel Tulips

The Blue Plate Special

Transfer(ware) Me There

Eggs Take A Bow

A Tisket A Tasket A Green Growing Basket

Wisteriaful Thinking
And last but not least~

Eggs In A Row With A Bonus
The bonus...
See the BUNNY NAPKINS on the table?
Here is how you make them.
Is that cute, or what?
Here-thanks to Vee- is the Youtube
short clip showing how to do it.

Okay- I know this is going to be
hard choosing just one table
but I KNOW you can DO IT!

So, place your vote
and we'll see who else is sitting
at your table!
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Seven Ways To NOwhere

Don't you love a Two Year Old?
....Especially at MEALTIME...
Charlie-Can you eat some lunch?
Charlie~~ Come on~~
Ok-Want some milk with your lunch?
I'll give you some anyway, okay?
You're doing a good job, you know that?
Are you almost finished?
OH- Good Boy-Looks like you are ALL DONE!
Are you ALL DONE?
What's This?
Do you want to get down now?
Whew- I finally got a YES!
Can you believe it?
What do you mean NO?
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Sleepy Saturday

Well, You all know it has been a
busy few days around here with new little 

Today, it is catching up with us.
So-tomorrow morning- Saturday-
I think we might all have a 
Pajama Day!
What do you think?

That beautiful blanket was a gift from a
Sister By Another Mother.
Her Aunt (in her 80's) crocheted it.
It is a marvelous, beautiful piece of work.
Mimi (and baby) love it.

I'll be around to visit as I can.
Bear with me!
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Spring Arrives On The Bay-Oh BABY!

Here is what 
What do you mean it doesn't look like SPRING?
How do I KNOW it is Spring?
LAST MONTH it looked like THIS:
See?  I told you it was Spring!
Wait till you see what SUMMER looks like.
It is one big DRIP...
and then it freezes again.

Welcome To Wisconsin
where royalty resides!

Royalty- I say!
You will notice the little fingers
held out?
(She hasn't decided if she is lefty or a righty yet)
Yes- we train them early around here.
Bright Eyes is practicing for
tea with Queen Nana!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fast And Easy Coffee Cake And A BIG FAT FLOP

You know how it is when you start out 
with high hopes for a quick little treat?
My daughter belongs to a MOPS
(Moms Of PreSchoolers) 
and even though she won't go to the 
meeting this week she needs to supply
a simple little coffee cake.
So, we hauled out the recipe book
and made a wonderful coffee cake.
Well....We THOUGHT it was going to be wonderful.
It was in a BUNDT PAN and SOMEONE me
failed to prepare the pan properly 
(didn't flour it after greasing it-duh)
So it came out kind of a FLOP.

Hmmmm.....maybe with some icing?
Ummmm...NOPE!  That didn't work....
Do YOU ever have FLOPS?
No?  Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire
It seems like everyone in Blogland is SO perfect.
Guess what?  All those PERFECT PEOPLE?
Yeah- Ummm.....That's not real.
REAL PEOPLE have REAL FLOPS sometimes.

So.-After OUR flop~ 
I used OUR because I like to share
the credit where I can~
it was back to the drawing board.
We I found a different recipe this time.
Ah-  A perfect recipe with few ingredients.
A good thing 
being as I had used all the "good stuff" on 
We I ditched the BUNDT PAN and used an 
8x8 pan this time
thanks for asking.)
SOOO much better!
Oh, yeah, baby....
AND speaking of baby...
notice how cleverly I worked the word 
BABY in there?
I will leave you with a peek at 
for all the baby lovers out there.
Oh My Chubby Goodness!!!!

Have a good day-
I will be serving up THE FLOP here today
and flopping around doing nothing...
Yeah, right- FAT chance of THAT happening
with a 2 year old, a 4 year old, 
a new baby and a C-Sectioned Mom!

Here's The EASY Coffee Cake Recipe...

Coffee Cake

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup  butter + 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/3 cup milk
2    eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium (1 cup) tart cooking apple, peeled, cored, chopped


1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup Butter  + 2 Tablespoons  Cinnamon

Heat oven to 375°F. Combine all coffee cake ingredients except apple in bowl; stir just until moistened. Stir in apple.
Spread batter into greased and floured  8- or 9-inch square baking pan.
Combine 1/3 cup flour and brown sugar in bowl; cut in 1/4 cup  butter and cinnamon until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over coffee cake batter. Bake 28-32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Hope YOU have a wonderful day!
I will visit when and as I can.
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