Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Little Valentine

We had a quiet Valentine's Day. Still not feeling great, but so it goes. I'm bummed that I wasn't able to make valentines. But I must say that having Miss Emma for a valentine pretty much turns even the worst of days into the absolute best day ever. Man, do I love this little girl! Here are the gifts she made for us.
The hearts on the top row are for Giffy, Emma, and Papa. I know~aaaawwwww!!! 
Pretty darn sweet, huh? Here are two cards she made for her mommy.
Brittany had grad school last night, but she stopped by on the way and brought her sweetheart a red rose and a chocolate covered marshmallow and caramel heart. Emma was sooooo thrilled!
It took all of 5 seconds for her to eat the heart. She's my kind of girl!
Then Emma and I made cupcakes, which just happen to be Emma's favorite food on the planet. I must admit that I am pretty fond of them myself. Please don't ask me how many I've eaten. I have a strict "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy when it comes to cupcakes and chocolate. 
My favorite part of the day was catching all of Emma's facial expressions. She makes me giggle!
We let Emma choose the dinner menu. She decided on Papa's "BEST IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD" Belgian waffles covered with strawberries and whipped cream. YUM!!!
Do you remember the "squishy dolls" that I talked about at Christmas? Well, Miss Emma has all of the princesses except for Jasmine. Now what kind of Giffy would I have been if I had not completed her collection?
Emma made a few special cards for mommy...
...and bought a pair of mugs from Starbucks and some Starbucks K-cups for Brittany's Keurig. Emma came up with the idea all by herself. And then she proceeded to instruct her mommy not to buy anything at Starbucks until after Valentine's Day. LOL
Mommy gave Emma a super cool, do-it-yourself Barbie dress-making kit. It has pre-sewn dresses in cardboard pattern sleeves. It came with special fabric markers, stencils, and stickers to decorate the dresses. The cardboard sleeves tear off and voila! I'll post pictures when she finishes them. Do you think she was excited?
Today, a Valentine bag arrived from Aunt Kristin. Kristin has three sons and a grandson. Needless to say, she loves to do girly things for Emma. In fact, Emma saw the box and proclaimed, "This is from Aunt Kristin. It's going to be GOOD!!!!" It contained a box of valentine M&M's, socks, lip gloss, a bubble gum scented bath fizzy, and a slinky. Emma was right~Aunt Kristin IS awesome!
My sweetheart ordered a case of my favorite wine from my favorite vineyard. I am so excited!!! Of course, the best gift is that he still puts up with me after 32 years. I am so thankful that he is my forever valentine.

Wishing you a happy week!

Oh, and mama, I can't wait to see you in a few days! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Odds and Ends

I know you will find this preposterous, but I really don't have much to say even after a week of bloggy silence. Hmm...let me think. Oh, I started a new med and it made me sick. I spent three days on the couch feeling like Dorothy must have felt while her house was spinning in circles. Needless to say, I stopped taking it. Then our plumbing backed up. This happened once before and it cost $500 to have a plumber clear the pipes. So this time Rick decided to do it himself. He bought a long snake for $60 and tried that for awhile. He decided he needed the power snake for $300. It worked, but only after six~yes SIX~hours of working it! And that's not the worst part. The smell wasn't even the worst part. The mucky, BLECHY sewage was the worst part. Suffice it to say that Rick had to throw away his clothes and shoes. Suddenly $500 for a plumber sounded like a bargain. Now I bet you are wishing I just kept quiet, huh? LOL 

I know my mama needs her fix, so her are a few odds-and-ends-photos for her. The first three photos are from New Year's Day. My brother and SIL, Dave and Kristin, gave Emma a 3-D version of Candyland. Emma loves it! Here she is playing it with Uncle Keaton.
Emma asked me to take a photo of her snuggling Tiffany. So this one's for Emma. Of course I think that every photo of Emma is adorable. But doggy eyes in photos totally creep me out.
I can't remember if I already posted this photo or not. I could go back and look at my older posts, but it's early and I'm lazy and I haven't yet had my two cups of coffee. So here it is anyway. The Museum of Science in Boston has a butterfly room. A butterfly tried to hitch a ride on Emma's head. Look right above her ponytail. 
Emma wants me to post this one for Great Grandma Scott. Wylie got a bath and a haircut at Petco, and they sent him home with a Valentine's Day bandana. It lasted a day and then he was so over it, which made Emma sad because she thought it was sooooooo cute.
 Emma and Brittany made these chocolate Rick Krispies treats for the Super Bowl. It cracks me up that Emma put peanut M&Ms on top of them. I like the way that girl thinks!
That's it for this morning. I need to finish a baby book so off I go. Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

One Hot Mama!

I received this e-mail yesterday: "MARK TWAIN'S HOUSE BURNED DOWN!!!!! Can You Guess Who Sent This???????" And yes, I counted the exclamation points and question marks. So, can you guess? Yup, it was from my mama. Apparently a week between blog posts is completely unacceptable. I keep telling her that she should move next door to me. That way, she'd have daily access to Emma and wouldn't need to read my blog. Maybe someday I'll convince her.

In the meantime, here's the deal-io: health issues, enough said. I'll spare you the nitty gritty. It's nothing new, just another twist with something I've had for years. No big deal, but I do tend to get quiet when it strikes. Anyway, I hadn't spoken with my mom all week, so in her defense, she didn't know I've been under the weather when she typed all of those exclamation points. Now that I've told her, I expect to get an e-mail with about a kazillion exclamation points because I hadn't shared the scoop with her. Well, she is my mama, so I suppose I deserve them. 

My sweet mama's birthday was last Friday. I had wanted to wish her a happy birthday on my blog, but in addition to being a medical mystery, I also seem to have a knack for killing computers. If you know me well, you are aware that I am a complete technology geek. If Apple builds it, I will buy it. I am attached to my techie gadgets. I have a relationship with them. My entire life is on them, including my ginormous photo libraries.So having one of them die is akin to having a heart attack. Rick nearly needed a defibrillator to resuscitate me. 

At any rate, I wasn't able to gather all of the photos I had wanted to post here, so this small array will have to do. Since I talk about my mama so much on this blog, I thought I'd share her with you. By the way, her name is Victoria. She was named after her father, Victor (whom I adored). And I was named after her (whom I also adore). If only I could be as glamorous as is she!

She is soooooooo gonna kill me, but this is her in high school. I am pretty sure that the boys who saw her in this little outfit were thinking, "One hot mama" with a million exclamation points! Let me just say that when I wore a skin tight bikini in high school, she was soooooooo not happy. Kinda like the pot calling out the kettle, don't you think? Just sayin'...
These photos are from the mid-1950's. I think she was 20 or 21. Gorgeous, huh? And check out how fashionable she was!
Her she is with my dad, Bill, and his mother, Mary. It was probably in the late 1950's. This was taken at a famous restaurant in CA, I think in Beverly Hills. Hollywood stars had nothin' on my parents, did they?
Here's my mama with my brother Dave. This was taken in the late 1960's, I think. Just a thought: why was she able to walk on grass in heels? White heels no less! Every time I have tried to walk on grass while wearing heels, my heels have sunk all the way down into the dirt. I've even broken heels off of shoes while walking on grass. Apparently I did not inherit her finesse. Boo hoo.
Here are my parents on their 25th anniversary in 1982. Check out her ensemble: 45 and still wearing a skirt with a slit! You go, girl!  
Here I am with my parents in 1983. Still stunning, weren't they?
Mama met Miss Emma in 2007. Here she is with her girls.
Here I am with my mama in 2009.
This was taken on my mama's 75th birthday. Those are my handsome brothers, Mark and Dave. 
Her she is with her boyfriend, Hal (whom we all love) in 2010. 
This is seriously one of my favorite photos of her! She totally rocked out on my brother's guitar. I have video, but I am pretty sure she really would kill me if I posted it!
Now, I want to know how she looks better at 77 than I do at 49! Seriously, I want her secret. I need her secret. Maybe if I threaten to withhold photos of Emma, she'll spill the beans! LOL

And since I'll be getting a boatload of exclamation points from her if I don't include at least one photo of Emma in this post, here's my little sidekick and partner in all things silly.
Emma couldn't resist wearing her mommy's hat on top of hers. I love the fact that she is as goofy as I am!

Happy belated birthday, mama! I love you!