More For 39!

It's my birthday you guys! Today I'm 39 and am a little startled that I'm beginning the last year of this decade. I just don't know how the last years have gone so quickly. I want to make sure I make the most of the year before I begin a new decade. I want more this year. More. More Words. I want to write more words this year. In the last year, I’ve barely written here (did you notice?), and … [Read more...]

Birthday Party Fun: Superhero Edition


Tobin is obsessed with all things Superhero. He loves Hulk, Spider Man, Super Man, Ninja Turtles, all of them. So, for his third birthday in early March, a Superhero theme was sure to be a hit. Luckily, there are a lot of really creative people who have done Superhero parties, so I had a lot of inspiration to draw on. If you Google "superhero party" you will end up with many, many helpful … [Read more...]

Baking: Prune Cake

Mini Prune Cakes cooling!

The first time I had Prune Cake was in the early 1990s. I had never heard of it, but my late Mother-in-law, Sondra, made it for some holiday or birthday and I fell in love. Prune Cake is a favorite in Mark's family and I have so many fond memories of birthdays and holidays with this cake served. My senior year of high school, I took a Home Ec class and had to enter a food item in the local 4H … [Read more...]

Nicholas at Seven


My Sweetest Nicholas, I can't believe you turned 7 this month. SEVEN! I know I say it every year, but I don't know how the time passes so quickly. Seven was a big year for you. You grew so much, both in height and maturity. This year's school year was tougher than Kindergarten, but you kept at it and it got a lot better. And the light bulb lit up for you when it came to reading. I was so … [Read more...]

Eighty-Five Amazing Years

Grandma and Grandpa

My Grandmother turned 85 in May. She is smart, funny, kind, honest and beautiful. The woman is the strongest person I've ever met and her grandkids would do just about anything to make her proud. My Grandma married the love of her life as a teenager, lived as a war-time Navy Wife, raised her children in what we would now call solo parenting because my Grandfather's ship was out so much of their … [Read more...]