This is my last week at work. I've been training a new gal who is picking up the business very quickly. I have been very busy and haven't had much time to be on the computer. I thought I would be anxious about giving up control of the work I have done for so many years. I find that I am excited about not coming to the office anymore, dealing with the stress! YaHOO! Next week Todd and I are going to New York to visit a girl named Pia. Pia is a german student who stayed with us two years ago. She is bringing her Mom to see New York and to meet us. I can't wait to see Pia again! I loved having Pia stay with us and showing her all the sites around us. We even shopped and cooked together. It was like having a daughter. Since I only have boys, having a girl in the house was very cool! After Easter is when I start watch Zoey. I also have two more children in the works. I will be talking to the mother in the upcoming days. Everything seems to be coming together. I am smiling inside and out!! Have a great day!
Did you really believe me when I said I was done posting hockey pictures????? ummmm.... sorry! Brandon attended a checking hockey clinic with two friends, Jack and Zak. It was really cool to watch the boys learn something, but also have a lot of fun. At the end of the night the coach ran a drill called the gauntlet. Other hockey moms will know what I mean. All the boys line up against the wall and one boy tries to make it through one end to the other, while being checked! Brandon was one of the few who made it through without falling down. It was cool to hear the parents cheer "MOOSE!" as he passed by! I am such a proud Mom!
When my sisters and I were kids my mom had these ceramic chocolate bunnies with our names on it. I found on Hershey Chocolate website that you can order real chocolate bunnies with names on them. How cool is that??
I did a Sunday School lesson on Jesus washing the disciples feet. We had a baby doll that I put chalk on the toes and the kids had to wash the babies feet. They loved it. Then we sang a song with our own foot cut outs.
This is my neighbor Denise. She helps me at the church nursery and does such a wonderful job!
Easter at Aunt Shirleys and Uncle Kents house. They had an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. Brandon was 3 1/2, Zach was 6 and Ahren was 11. Other children in the picture are my nephews: Kyle and Billy ~ nieces: Kari, Katie and Kara.
While I was waiting for Brandon and Zachary's lacrosse practice to be over, Ellie waited patiently in the van. I was outside of the van talking to another parent.
Everyone knows Grover from Sesame Street, right? He is my favorite character and I had a small stuffed version of him on my dash board. When I opened the van to check on my beloved dog, I had found she decided to play with Grover. Grover was in between Ellies paws, stuffing hanging from her mouth. Grover had a hole where one eye used to be. "Oh No!" I shouted at Ellie, who looked up at me with beautiful brown eyes. If she could talk she would be saying "But I was just playing Mommy."
Grover now sports a fancy eye patch made out of a candy wrapper and rubber band.
Saturday was a beautiful day. We wanted to cook on the grill, but over the winter we had a very bad wind storm and our grill blew off our deck and down the steps! Yes this really happened! So, we went out shopping for a new grill and found a great deal. This one was discounted down to $325 because it has a bent piece around the wheel cover. It is an awesome grill and I could care less if there is a dent in it! So we brought it home proud of our new purchase. Todd wanted a card rematch since the girls were up 3 games to 1. The Feltenbergers came over and we grilled steaks and corn. I also made baked potatoes, broccoli and bread. The night was starting out so good.... I lit a fire in the pit to enhance the mood! I love the smell of a fire. Ellie was barking at the birds.... Todd and Chad went to check on the steaks and the grill had melted our siding! The guys didn't pull the grill out far enough. Apparently our new grill gets MUCH hotter than our old one!
And to top it off ~ poor Todd ~ the girls won at cards AGAIN! WAHOO!
Last night we played cards and Trivial Pursuit. How fun was it that the girls WON again! YaHoo! Although I must admit Chad F. had a great hand. I never saw it happen before. He had a double run AND double pinochle! Even with that awesome hand the girls prevailed!! ;-) Today the boys have lacrosse practice. Not much else going on. It will be a nice quiet weekend! Have a good one!
Hockey season has ended and so has those endless picture I was posting! However; lacrosse season has begun and you will have to put up with more pictures, just a different sport. Sorry gang, but I love to show off my boys!Have a wonderful day! Cody and Brandon having a catch. Cody is a former neighbor from our old neighborhood. Also a boy I used to watch when he was 1 years old until he entered Kindergarten. Zachary
Brandon doing push ups.
Brandons hockey buddy: Zak, joined the lacrosse team this year. My Moose!Not as funny as Ina's Moose in her back yard, but just as cute!
My name is being circulated around. My sister and friends are helping me find children to watch. I made up some flyers for my sister to pass out at her church. She also knows a teacher who has two little children who doesn't like the day care her kids are at. Joette's sister knows someone who needs childcare and promptly gave my number. I feel like this is going to work out. I can't wait for Spring and I can't wait for my house to be filled with pitter patter or litte feet again!
Happy St. Patricks Day to all my Irish friends! Todd and I went to Ireland when some friends of our were getting married. It was a great 10 day vacation. We got to kiss the Blarney Stone, see a lot of castles, dancers, eat new foods, drink beer and enjoy some irish tunes. I have a funny story: we stopped for lunch and I asked the waitress for "iced-tea". She looked at me like (you dumb American) and said "we don't have ice here but I can give you tea." So I said okay. The dumb American that I am got served hot tea! I hope everyone has a lucky day!
I have been tagged by Preppy Player to name 7 things I love and then tag 7 bloggers to do the same.
Here are my 7 things:
1. I love to watch Brandon play ice hockey. The smell of the ice, the heart pounding checks into the boards, the excitment of the crowd, the thrill of the victory, even the dirty stink hockey equipment!
2. I love to watch Zachary in our front yard playing lacrosse, baketball, or football. He likes to be outdoors and if no other friend is available, he will still play way past dark.
3. I love Ahren's sense of humor. Very dry and sarcastic. He will take you by surprise with his wit and comments.
4. I love my husband. Todd is my soul mate, my best friend, my lover and my partner. I love living life with him.
5. I love my dogs. How can you not look into their eyes and feel nothing but your heart swell with love!
6. I love children. Toddlers and preschoolers are my favorite ages. This is my passion and the reason why I want to watch children in my home.
7. I love my friends. I am blessed to have so many friends who surround me and support me in all I do. I am so grateful for all my friends.
It was nice to be able to have some "big people" time away from the kids! Saturday night we played Pinochle with the Feltenbergers and Orendorffs. The girls against the guys. Guess What! The GIRLS WON!Wa-hoo! Todd wanted a rematch. Sunday evening we played again with the Feltenbergers. AND the GIRLS WON AGAIN! BRING IT ON BOYS!
I used to be a hockey mom. A role that defined me for many years. However, I am much more than that. I am a wife to a great guy. A mom to 3 amazing boys. I am a Scrapbook Junkie. Photography novice. Diet Pepsi addict. Neat freak. Perpetual texter. Childcare provider. Animal lover. And a proud Philadelphia Flyers Fan!