Monday, December 31, 2007

Cleaning Poem

This was posted by my friend Orly. Thanks Orly!

Cleaning Poem

I asked the Lord to tell me
Why my house is such a mess.
He asked if I'd been 'computering',
And I had to answer "yes."

He told me to get off my fanny!
And tidy up the house.
And so I started cleaning up...
The smudges off my mouse.

I wiped and shined the topside.
That really did the trick...
I was just admiring my work...
I didn't mean to 'click.'

But click, I did, and oops I found
A real absorbing site
That I got SO way into...
I was into it all night. *sigh*

Nothing's changed except my mouse
It's very, very shiny.
I guess my house will stay a mess...
While I sit here on my hiney.

See ya next time! :o

Friday, December 28, 2007

Rest in Peace (or pieces as the case may be)

You were there for us for 10 years. Before you there was just the cold hard plastic of a molded patio chair. Then you came along....soft and comfortable. You swiveled and rocked. You rolled and shifted to just the right height. You gave it your all and finally you were just too old and frail to go on. One last lean back that was just a little too far back and you snapped. Went right off your rocker, so to speak. Who could blame you? Did we think you'd be around forever? Maybe we did. But, alas, good things can't last forever, can they? So, to our good friend we bid adieu and give our thanks for all the comfortable sitting time in front of the computer. For all the times you were rolled into the dining room for big family gatherings around the table. For all your years of service, we thank you. We have a new friend to take your place but you will always have the distinction of being our very first office chair. Good luck to you, in that great big office in the sky!!! And welcome to our new office chair....may you be as dependable and supportive as your predecessor.
See ya next time! :o)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


This Christmas was different. It wasn't about a ton of gifts. My kids are older and it's no longer about quantity and a mountain of presents under the tree. This year my kids got just four gifts each under the tree and were thrilled with their loot.

This year it wasn't about over spending and trying to find the right gift for the adults. We all agreed to just celebrate the day with each other's company without the stress of buying gifts for each other.

This year wasn't about cooking all day on Christmas. It was about preparation of a great Italian meal before hand and simply popping it in the oven. It wasn't about the good china but served on paper plates so that the family could spend time together chatting and playing games instead of cooking and cleaning.

This year was about finding creative ways to help others, children who would have no Christmas without a little compassion and sharing of the Christmas spirit. It was about remembering our soldiers and their families whose Christmases would be spent apart from the ones they loved.

This year was about attending Christmas Eve mass as a family and singing carols and through song and prayer, praising our Lord, for whom this day is intended to honor.

I hope your Christmas was just as lovely as mine this year, my friends.

See ya next time. :o)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Exhausted...but DONE!

Well it's just a few days before Christmas and I'm FINALLY done!!!

Gift shopping - check!
Grocery shopping - check!
Cleaning - check!
Wrapping - check!
Decorating - check!
Christmas cards - check!

Okay, wait.....tomorrow is for sauce making, Monday is for making the baked ziti and the pies, and somewhere in there I need to do some laundry.....okay, so maybe I'm not actually done BUT I'm mostly done. I'm at least done for TODAY. LOL

Hope you're done too!!

See ya next time! :o)

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Lions Roar and Soar!!

Anthony's Lego Robotics team went to the State Tournament last weekend! It was his first over night trip away from home for the entire weekend other than with family. They stayed in a hotel and competed in the same types of events as the competition that was held here in his school. He did great being away all weekend!

This time there were 76 other teams there from all over the state. Each team brought something to share so they could trade with the other teams. Our Lions brought pins that they made with their team name on them. Anthony came home with pencils, rulers, candy and all kinds of goodies with other teams' names on them. Kinda like the Olympics when each country brings stuff to trade. :)

All of the participants got a State Tournament Medal. Anthony is wearing his in the above picture on a yellow ribbon, but it's behind the trophy. And speaking of the trophy.....our Lions won FIRST place out of 76 other teams in their best event, Teamwork!! They had five minutes to build a working, turning windmill....out of uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows! LOL They did it in three minutes with just a few whispers between them. The judge was amazed! She said, You guys hardly even talked it out. I was trying to hear what you were saying but couldn't! You just all knew how to work together SO efficiently!

Their teacher was so very proud!! When I went to pick Anthony up, Mr. C. brought out the trophy with a grin and a little song like a child would. He said, LOOK! It's made of Legos!! I'd seen pictures of them but never got to see one in person! I said, And you even get to KEEP this one!!! LOL

WTG, HCMS Lions!!! You did your school proud!!!!

See ya next time! :o)

Full Circle

Michael was 11 years old. A sixth grader in his second year of elementary school band, where they were learning how to play and the concerts consisted of songs like, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Three Blind Mice. Kristi was a freshman and, after playing saxophone in elementary and middle school, was in her first year with the high school band. We sat in the balcony for the high school Winter Concert. The band played very well. Some songs we knew, some we didn't.

Then a featured soloist came out in front of the band. His name was Jamie. He was a trumpet player. Michael's eyes were glued. When he started to play, Georgia on My Mind with the rest of the band as his back up, Michael leaned forward in his seat, eyes wide, watching every finger movement, listening to every note. Jamie was good....really good. Michael was fascinated and amazed. When the song was over the crowd applauded. Michael was on his feet. This 11 year old little boy looked at me and said, Mom, that's how I want to play. That's what I want to do. I wanna be in front of the band some day playing like that.

That little boy is 17 now. He's a senior this year. Last night was the Winter Concert and there was my son, standing out in front of the band, his silver trumpet in hand, playing the exact same version of Georgia on My Mind with the rest of the band as his back up. They hadn't played that song since Jamie played it six years ago. He was amazing. His dad and I were near tears. He had come full circle.

Afterwards, it was hard to even get to him with all the people wanting to shake his hand. He was so pleased. We were so proud. Hugs all around. On the way home, I reminded him of that concert six years ago when he was in awe of Jamie. He remembered it. What he did not remember was the song Jamie played that night until I told him. He was floored.

Now I am hearing from another band parent who has a freshmen trumpet player in the band, that her son is in awe of Michael. He wants to play like that....he wants to be in front of the band some day. He wants a silver trumpet.

And the circle continues....

Georgia on My Mind....Enjoy, my friends!

See ya next time! :o)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The original members of Straight No Chaser perform their comedic version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" at the Musical Arts Center, Bloomington, Indiana. December 7th, 1998. There aren't many videos I would consider putting on my blog that aren't of my own family or friends but these guys are just too awesome not to share. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" like you've never heard it before. Thanks to Tink for turning me on to these guys. :) Enjoy!

See ya next time! :o)

Monday, December 10, 2007

No L

When Kristi and Michael were in elementary school, they were in chorus, as well as band. My favorite song that they sang was so cute that I'll never forget it. I thought I'd share it with you. Sing it to the tune of "Noel"

No L

To spell Santa's name is easy to do
You say S - A - N -T and another A too.
But no L, no L. Santa's name has no L
And he won't bring you gifts if you don't learn to spell.

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch water from the well
but when neither could find it Jill started to yell,

Captain Ahab took his crew, his harpoon and set sail
and called out to his ships, "Have you seen a white whale?"
"No whale, no whale, no we ain't seen no whale!
Saw a couple of dolphins and a big yellow tail."

If you listened to this tune, then you probably can tell
that you've heard it before, it's a song you know well.
Know well, know well, it's a song you know well
and we've ruined it completely so we'll all say "Oh well."

Oh well, oh well, so we all say Oh well!
Merry Christmas to you and a Happy Noel!

Hope you're getting into the holiday spirit!!

See ya next time! :o)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Michael -- Live!

Thought you all might to see Michael twirl his trumpet in real time!! Twirl it, Mikey!!!

See ya next time! :o)


My favorite flowers
carnations and baby's breath
delivered by my favorite guy
in the whole world.

See ya next time! :o)