Friday, February 22, 2008


Here she is!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tagged with a different version of meme!

I was tagged by Brynne!

These are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence.
4. Post the next 3 sentences.
5. Tag 5 more people.

Hmmm....looking around for the nearest book here in the dining room...most of them are packed in storage.
O.K. on my nightstand I have "Optimal Thinking: how to be your best self" by Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D.

Page 123, sentences 6-8 are:
"Below are some Optimal questions to assist you in the process of reverse planning. Take some time to write down your responses.
What Do You Most Want to Be, Do, Have, and Contribute?"

Five people to tag??? I just tagged three recently, so I don't know how many I can get this time!!
1. Kelly
2. Lisa
3. Angela
4. Volunteer?
5. Another?!!

Monday, February 18, 2008

What's new...

Miss Alena is as funny as ever. Every time we put her coat on we count along with the snaps. This morning while getting ready, we counted the four snaps and then she kept right on going to 7!! I was so proud of her. I clapped so she counted all day. :)
Saturday, while not thinking before speaking (!), I said "What the hell...?". Alena was within earshot and paraded around the house saying "hell"!! Nice.
Her favorite thing is to say "Ready, set, go...". It is the cutest! She gets so excited, so she stretches out R-E-A-D-Y in a high pitched voice, with a big smile and her little eyes practically shut! That is going to be my next video of her. I love it.
She is still obsessed with Ariel and Sponge Bob is becoming a fast second. If you've ever heard the Sea Hag in the Little Mermaid do her wicked cackle, you should hear Alena's impression. With her deep raspy little voice, it's hilarious and always right on cue.
Sophia is doing great in school. We are always so proud of her. She is also doing excellent with her tennis lessons. She is getting ready to start her third round this weekend. I am beginning to enjoy the lesson time as well. Alena stays home to nap and I get an hour in of reading time while she plays. She has also been working really hard with her Odyssey of the Mind team staying at school each day until 6PM. Their event is this Saturday!
We got another Sugar Glider to join "Chico" a few weeks ago. His name is "Linguine" and he is so sweet. (pictured above!) Chico is a little skittish and attached to Fred, but Linguine is really friendly.
It looks like our house is SOLD! We have an accepted offer and passed inspection. It's just subject to the appraisal at this point. We got our first set of rough plans from the architect and they needed some changing!! A lot with mom & George's house and just a few changes with ours. They redesigned our upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms and that I really love! Now we wait for the revised plans to come back and to get mom & George's house on the market.
If all goes well with our appraisal, the buyers would like us out by April 30th. We will move in to mom & George's house for the remainder of the time. I am going to miss this house. It's so cozy and inviting, but I am also looking forward to what's new! The development is beautiful and we already have a handful of ideas for the property.
Fred has been sick for almost a week with an URI and flu symptoms. He is definitely on the mend. Thank GOD!!! LOL He is gearing up for a week and a half long trip to Daytona for bike week with our neighbor, Dan.
Fred's mom had surgery this past weekend to remove a shunt that she had in place that had become infected and is recovering nicely. Once all of the infection clears and she regains some strength, they will place a new one. She has been through so much over the last few months.
I think that about covers it! So, I will be watching my language and Alena will continue to make us laugh. :)
With love,

Sunday, February 10, 2008

So darn cute!!

I took this video of Alena last month. I love it!!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Oh, the panic!

"Baew" is a special little guy to Miss Alena. He's a little panda Beanie Baby that we call "Bear". He's had to have "stitches" a couple of times now and he's Alena's buddy. We rock with him at night, she sleeps with him and then takes him out of her crib in the morning to bring him to Nannie's or Aunt Denise's house.
While getting ready for bed Wed. night, he was no where to be found. Asked Fred if he remembered her coming home from my mom's with him and he said he thought he saw her playing with him, but maybe it was the day before??
Called mom's to see if "Bear" was left there and sadly he wasn't. She checked her van as well and then remembered that while shopping at Lowe's, Alena kept stuffing him down the side of the cart. He must have been left there. Poor bear. Alone, possibly outside in the cold dark parking lot or.....(shudders at the thought) with a new owner?!!
Nannie called Lowes and no one had turned in our precious "Baew".
On to ebay I go! Great! 8 Manchu Beanie Baby pandas available! I wasn't wasting anytime bidding one, so I picked a "Buy it Now" that was the closest to home to save on shipping time!! I then e-mailed the poor person and pleaded for them to ship "him" to us ASAP.
She looked so confused when I put her to bed without him. Kept turning her head side to side to see if he was in his place next to her and there was only "Guy", her (shhhh.....second best buddy!!) stuffed reindeer.
Yesterday morning I was straightening the pillows on our love seat in front of our living room windows and I glanced up. Perched on the window sill next to a candle, looking peacefully out the window, was BEAR!!
I smiled so big and said to Fred, "Hey, look who it is!"!! She did bring him home and when my mom brought Sophia home from her Odyssey meeting, she and Bear watched out the window. :)
So, nine dollars later and only a "little panicked", Bear is safe and sound and he should have a new friend soon.
Love to all,

No Hands But Ours

No Hands But Ours

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."

- Helen Keller

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