Sunday, August 30, 2009

Making Smore's

We went out today and got a firepit and made smore's as soon as we put it together! LOL Maddie and Sydney were more interested in the Hershey's chocolate(smart girls) than the smore's all put together but Maddie loved toasting the marshmallows! What a gorgeous weekend of weather here in Cincy. I had my girlfriends over for dinner Friday night and went out to eat at a place on the Ohio River Saturday night. And while I was driving around town today, I seen some trees already changing color. It seems a bit early. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and if you are in the Cincy area, drop by my house and I'll make you some smore's! :-)

I had to add this photo of Sydney and her cute little pony tail on top of her head! Have a great week!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Beast

There's a theme park near Cincinnati that is called King's Island. I haven't been there in years but they had a roller coaster there that was called The Beast, I am not sure if it is still there or if it has been replaced by something bigger. I was thinking of The Beast the other day when I was talking to my counselor about everything I have been through this Summer, he told me it was like I was forced to go on this roller coaster(and I don't like roller coasters LOL) and someone took my head and put it out the side and my head was hitting things the whole way. I thought it was a good way of describing it all. Things have settled down a bit for now and for that I am so grateful. It has given me a chance to actually breathe and stop holding my breath as I waited for my head to hit another obstacle. Now as I write this I understand that there are people who are going through so much more than I have. People who are fighting battles against death and disease and have lost loved ones way too soon so I know in the grand scheme of things my problem is not on that scale but it is a loss and one that hurt me deeply. But God has been so good to me and for that I praise Him and for now I am grateful that the Beast is not banging my head around.
So let's move on to more fun topics, like my grandbabies!!! LOL Do you really think I can do one post without a mention of them? A few weeks ago we took the younger ones to get their silhouettes done. Maddie had one done when she turned one and I wanted one of Sydney and Cameron around the same age so here they are. I love how they turned out!
So since this a catch up post I also wanted to mention that I am also doing a few walks here in Cincy next month. I am doing the Race for a Cure on September 12th with all of my sisters and am also doing one called Sophie's Angel Run on September 27th which benefits brain tumor research at our Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Go here to read all about Sophie, it is a special story. Neither one is a long walk/run but I better start training. :-) And come join me if you are in the Cincinnati area, would love to have alot of people walk for these two great benefits.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, I am having a few girlfriends over for dinner tomorrow night so it should be fun!


And Maddie

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Birthdays, Babies and Bees...........

Hi Everybody!! Where have I been? Well celebrating Maddie's 3rd birthday of course...........LOL I've been a bad blogging friend and have been spending more time over on Facebook because it's fast and easy so I am sorry for the ignoring my blog these days.

Maddie's party was a lady bug theme party and she loved every minute of it. She came over Gommy's house afterwards and told me "my birthday party is oder(over) Gommy" and she also said "thanks for coming to my birthday party Gommy" What a sweetheart she is...............

Here's a photo of my daughter Melissa and the birthday girl and my Dad and I at the party.

The party was held at a local park around here and Cameron came. I just love his little hat.

And I LOVE this photo of Sydney eating ice cream. Haha.........Does it look like she is enjoying herself?

And this bee photo has nothing to do with the big birthday party. I just took it the other day and liked the photo, colors and rain on the flowers. Hope everyone is doing well and I hope to be a better blogging friend soon. Take care.............

Monday, August 10, 2009

Weekend Party!!

This weekend my brother in law Jim had a party at his house. Not everyone could make it but those who could had alot of fun. That's me in the middle holding the glass of wine.......:-)

Here's my niece Stephanie and my daughter Christina.

Here they are with Grams(my mother in law).

We took Maddie for a spin in the golf cart.

Sydney and Christina took a ride. Maddie would have rode this thing all day and night if she could........LOL

Pretty girls!!

Time to take your purse and head home..............

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ice Cream Babies and Truth

Hi everyone! I know it's been awhile since I did a post and alot has happened in that time. First I can't have a post without my sweet grandbabies in it. LOL We all went to get ice cream at a soft serve place on Sunday. Nothing says Summertime than eating soft serve ice cream with sprinkles on top. Love these little guys.
Okay, where do I start? Let's start with God. I don't know where any of you are with your belief in God but last week I seen the awesome power of God in play. Last Tuesday night I asked God for truths and answers and I have learned that when you ask God for that you had better be prepared for what he shows you. As I was falling asleep my truths and answers were starting to come(I just didn't know it till the next day). Not only did He show me truth once but He showed it to me three times and they were not subtle truths, they were hit you in the face truths. I am still in shock and processing what happen. So I had my truth and on Thursday as I was falling asleep again I asked God for wisdom and guidance on how to deal with the truths that He showed me. I ask Him that one everyday now and He is guiding me as I process all of this.
I am not getting into details here but needed to tell you all of this awesome power I was shown and I've taken off those rose colored glasses and probably will never look at life through that lens again.
I had an email from Chuck Swindoll from Insight for Living delivered to my mailbox the other day that kind of sums everything up perfectly:
God often delivers His best gifts to us in unexpected ways......with surprises inside the wrappings.
About the time we think we've got the whole picture in finite focus, an infinite hand quickly grabs the camera, changes lenses on us, points in another direction, and has us take an entirely different picture. Yet to our amazement, when everything is developed, we get the one thing we wanted all along through a process we never would have chosen.
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;
I was made weak, that I might learn to humbly obey.
I asked God for health, that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked God for riches, that I might be happy;
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked God for power, that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked God for things, that I might enjoy life;
I was given life, that I might enjoy things.
I got nothing I asked for.
But everything I had hoped for.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.