Friday, August 28, 2009


This is my newest layout of the grandprincess and her cousins. The picture was taken when we went to see the ducks 2 weeks ago over at the park. I really love the picture, it reminds me of our kids when they were little. My cousin and I are very close. There were times in our teenage years where we were inseperable. We have done everything together. She has 2 kids, a girl and a boy and I have the one son. When they were little I made it a point to stay connected to my cousin and her family, beause someday it would be just my son, without us, his parents. Since he didn't have brothers and sisters, I wanted to make sure that he had a bond with his cousins. I think I have accomplished that goal. Now, it is the next generation of cousins. My Grandprincess is in the middle and my cousins grandprince and princess are on either side of her, kids of my cousin's daughter. (Her son hasn't had kids yet, but I've been assured they are working on it, LOL) I love seeing all these babies in the family. My other cousin also has a little girl, almost 18 months, and their sister is going to be induced tomorrow. She's having a girl. Christmas this year is gonna be GREAT!!! Of course, I wish my Mom was here to see all the babies, especially the grandprincess, but I keep reminding myself that she is our special guardian angel up in Heaven and is keeping tabs on all of us.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

only the names have been changed...

It has been brought to my attention that I should not be using my granddaughter's real name on my blog, that it could set her up for some kind of miscreant or bad episode. In all honesty, that thought had never occured to me. It really boggles my mind the world we live in sometimes, but I got the point, thank you very much...henceforth she will be known as the grandprincess.

Thanks to all my sparkfriends who stopped by my blog to look at my challenge layout, it means a lot. There are such talented people out there, sometimes I think my attempts are so sophmoric.

Today has gone by in kinda a blur...I had to get up VERY early to take hubby to work, and could not go back to sleep when I got home. Right now I'm fighting a headache, si I think I will going to bed very soon, LOL.

Monday, August 24, 2009


This is my little princess at 5 months old. I can't believe that she is that old now. Imagine how I will feel when she is 5 years an old woman, lol. We've been trying to take a picture of her on every month "birthday" because at the end of the year I am going to do a scrapbook of her first year. I didn't get into scrapbooking till a couple of years ago, so I never did all the cute baby layouts for my son. This makes up for it!!
This layout if my hubby and the princess on Father's Day. We had a little impromtu BBQ out in the backyard that day. Just some carne asada and grilled chicken and some potato salad. I just really lov this picture of the two of them. Hubby loves this little girl so much. For such a "man's man' he is such a pushover for little kids, especially cute ones like the princess. I did this layout for the spark challenge to "use an owl" in your layout. The paper is "Forest Friends" by colorbok and I LOVE it!!!
Today was pretty uneventful, I was supposed to go to the doctor, but the appointment got cancelled. I have to set up a new one. I've been thinking about re-arranging my room, so maybe I'll do that tomorrow...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

feeding the ducks

This is my little daring, the grandprincess. We went out to see the ducks at Fairmount Park today. We went with my cousin and her daughter and 2 grankids. Her granddaughter is the oldest at 18 months and a beauty. She really got a kick out of seeing the ducks, feeding the ducks, and running after the ducks, LOL. To see more pics, click on my facebook badge.
This is the grandprincess and her Mommy getting a little too close...those ducks were hungry!!! Now this is probably gonna sound stupid, but we weren't really sure if these were ducks or geese. I am pretty sure that geese are white, but they seemed awfully big to be ducks. All in all we had a good time. As a bonus I got in some major walking, which is good.
This week is shaping up to be pretty the park, tomorrow we are going to see my Dad. (My son, the baby and me.) Then on Thursday I am going to a craft show with my cousin...more walking, and a chance to find something cute and one-of-a-kind.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

shopping, shopping, shopping...

So today I did a little shopping, both at the store and online. I love to go out and see things, pick them up, feel them, in this case, smell them. I bought this little beauty at cvs. It is essence of beauty citrus coconut mist spray. I also got the lotion. Can I tell you it smells like heaven!!! It reminds me of the smell of suntan oil I used to use as a kid trying to get a tan. (All I ever did was burn, peel, repeat, LOL) I LOVE it. When I first put it on, I expected to feel oily, that's how good it smells, LOL. Very fresh and clean. It is hard for me to but new fragrances because a lot of scents give me a headache, so I was very happy that this one didn't. It will be my new summer fragrance, even though summer is almost over.

I also bought a pad of paper. The learning-to write-cursive writing paper. I think it will look sooo cute on a scrapbook page. I must really be starting to think like a scrapbooker, LOL...also in my cart were a teether for the little grand-princess, Vanity Fair...they have a gorgeous picture of Farrah on the cover,a sunflower picture frame with a ladybug, and last, but not least, what I went there for, bandages for my leg. That's why I love cvs...they have a little bit of everything.

I saw this on Etsy and LOVED it. It is called "Catch a Falling Star" and I think it is beautiful. I love everything about it. The colors, the stars, the simplicity. The artist had paintings and prints. I love Etsy. So many cool things that people put their heart and soul into to make this world a little more beautiful. I love to shop online cause you can find the world out there...I also like eBay a lot, same concept...and you can find one-of-a-kind items there too.
Tomorrow I go to the DR. Hopefull there will be some good news...keep your fingers crossed...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

One year

It is so hard for me to believe that it has been a year since my Mom passed. In fact, right about now, at 8:30 pm, I got the call. I don't think that is something I will ever forget. The feeling of helplessness, the fear, the lonliness. The questions. Did she suffer? Did she know it was time? Was she ready?

The big one I can answer. She was ready. She knew that she had done her job here on earth and that it was time for her to go. I try not to think of her as leaving me, more like she had so many things she wanted to take care of, and it is easier as a guardian angel.

I went to Redondo Beach today. She loved the beach. She had moved here from Michigan in the early 1960's and one of her first stops was Huntington Beach. Later, when my Uncle lived out there, we would go a lot in the summer. A few years ago I took her to Redondo Beach and she loved it too. I hadn't realized that she didn't really like the sand, but had put up with it all those years cause she loved the water and she thought we liked the sand. I had to confess that I wasn't big on sand either. That was why I liked Redondo. It has a beautiful pier but also access to the beach if you want to get into the water.

So my son took me out there today. It was a little overcast, but a mild temp. and a nice breeze. We walked to the end of the pier and I had a nice little conversation with her. I immediately felt at peace and knew she was OK. We watched a couple of sailboats off in the distance and some of the people fishing. I wanted to get a picture of the cutest little Asian woman fishing, but she didn't really want to get her picture taken, and I wanted to respect her wishes. (But she was really cute!!)