Sunday, May 12, 2013

She's Pregnant!!!

Hello Hello Hello!!!

I have missed all of you!  What have I been up to?  I will tell you what I have been up too....in photos!  A big surprise at the end!



Our house is still for sale.  :(
Our new kitty Maya! A European Burmese all the way from Seattle Washington!
My Birthday Celebration!








Poor Short was in the hospital with a Kidney Stone!!  Too young for that!!





Our new house!


I'm going to be a Nonni!!!  December 14, 2013!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Not a trace!!!

There is not a trace of Christmas left in my house!!  The tree was put away this morning right along with all the decorations around the house.  I know some of you think that is terrible but for me it is a relief!  I like when things are back to normal and it seems like so much clutter is around with all the decorations!  I went through the 10 bins of decorations in the basement too and I have 5 huge bags of donations to get rid of.  Whew!!

We had a really great Christmas! 


 
Grande, Short and Tall coming down to see what Santa left!




Grande and Tall with their new hats to keep them warm at college!


This was Tall's favorite gift!  He was always complaining how cold he is at school and he said he can't wait to wear them at college!  lol...only Tall!!


Dinner at my parents house...3 of my boys with 3 of my nephews!


Venti and Mocha with their Christmas pants!!


This is my whole family!  My parents are on the couch in the middle (Mom has a green shirt on and Dad is in Maroon)....My older sister is beside my Mom with her hubby and my younger sister is in the black shirt and her hubby is on the end of the couch.  Joe and I are on the right side of the couh with Venti and Mocha behind us. My boys are in front of us and then all my nephews and 1 niece!


Short, Venti, Tall and Grande!!


I have 4 days off which I am thoroughly enjoying!  We got 5 inches of snow today so it was a good day to stay home and undecorate!  I'm not sure what we are doing New Year's Eve as we were invited to a party by a friend of ours a couple of weeks ago but she hasn't mentioned it since!  Hummmm....if so then we will just go out to eat and then spend a quiet night at home!

I am hoping that once the holidays are over that our house will sell!  We had several showings in December and all of them loved the house but for some reason or another they didn't buy it.  One of them had a boat and needed a flat driveway which ours isn't.  The right one will come along soon I hope!!

If I don't have a chance to post again before New Year's I want to wish everyone a safe and happy one and here's to 2013!!!


Sunday, December 23, 2012

We have a winner!!

I am happy to announce the winner of the "This is 40"  contest is Mary from Life In a Small Town!!!!   Congratulations!!  The promotional company will be in touch with you shortly to ship you your prizes!  Enjoy!!!!

Here we are 2 days before Christmas!  I am getting there little by little!  Joe helped me wrap the other night which was a huge help!  I just have a little more to do today.  I wasn't going to do any baking because I didn't think that I had time but Joe got called into work today so I have the day to myself and I decided to do some baking!  I'm going to make my Grandma's soft sugar cookies and everyone's favorite peanut butter cookies!!

Tomorrow we will be going to Christmas Eve mass at 5pm and then we have dinner reservations at The Melting Pot.  Then we are going to Venti's in-laws for a Christmas Eve party!

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Thank you all for being a friend, follower, or both as that is the best Christmas present I could ask for! 



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holiday Cheer and a Giveaway! This is 40!!

I have no idea where December 1 - December 16th went because all of a sudden half the month of December is gone! All in a flash it seems! I have been so busy working over-time that I haven't even had a chance to enjoy all the hustle and bustle although from what I have seen it appears to be everyone is either in a hurry or they are just down right rude!

It seems like no one takes the time to truly realize the important things around us....like family. I am so sadden by the events that happened in Newtown, CT as I'm sure all of us are and I cannot even imagine what it would be like to be in that situation.

Family is what it is all about no matter what time of the year. My boys are home and my house is once again filled with extra noise, laundry, snacks and food and I couldn't be happier. Gone are the days where our kitchen table has empty chairs and the washer only ran every other day. Gone are the days where a small dinner for 3 turned into a large dinner for 5+. Having them home give me a sense of contentment.

I had to quickly grab them and get them under the tree so that I could snap a picture for our Christmas card! They weren't even home 10 minutes! But they didn't complain, quickly changed, grabbed a cat and this is what I got!!

 
Ozzie and Woody looked less than thrilled:
 

I don't have any Cookies made, my Christmas cards are sitting waiting to be addressed, no packages are wrapped, a list still to buy for and an empty checking account......but I couldn't be happier.....it's all about family.

Joe and I were watching TV the other night and I saw previews for the movie, "This is 40!" and I instantly said that I wanted to see it! It looks hilarious! Two days later I was asked to do a giveaway for the movie and was I ever thrilled about that! I cannot wait to see it and wish I could win the giveaway but I'm even happier that one of you gets to win it! If you haven't seen the previews, click on the trailer:



THIS IS 40 – in theaters December 21.

Five years after writer/director Judd Apatow introduced us to Pete and Debbie in Knocked Up, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their roles as a husband and wife both approaching a milestone meltdown in This Is 40, an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family.

After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house of all females: wife Debbie and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and 13-year-old Sadie (Maude Apatow). As he struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives.

One (1) winner will receive

· $10 Fandango Bucks
· Plush Robe
· Personal Fitness Kit (ankle weights, hand grips, exercise band & jump rope)
· T-shirt
Prizing value, $80!!
Courtesy of Universal Pictures
THIS IS 40
In Theaters December 21 Rated R

To enter to win the prize package: Leave a comment telling me in one sentence your words of wisdom on being 40+.

Please be sure to leave your email address in the comment.

On December 21, 2012, the magic of random.org will select the lucky commenter. That means you have until 11:59 p.m. on December 20, 2012 to enter.

Happy Holiday Cheer to you and I hope everyone has a great week and hug someone close to you!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Midway!!

I couldn't think of an appropriate title for this post so I decided on midway because it is almost "midway" between Thanksgiving and Christmas! The time where some of us are not evening thinking about Christmas while others are all ready done and wrapped! I am somewhere in between where as I have some gifts purchase (not wrapped) and still have many more to get! Which one are you? I'm curious how many of you are prepared...or not prepared! December 25th will be here whether we like it or not. Its funny how some people absolutely love Christmas and can't wait for it to get here and other people cringe at the "C" word. I tend to be a cringer probably because of the cost and the how much work it is. I wish our world didn't become so commercialized and turned our Christmas into a day that is all about gift giving instead of enjoying the day for what it really is. Speaking of Thankgiving, I had a very nice day spent with all my family! It was Venti and Mocha's turn to eat at my Mom's so it great having them there all day! Here is a picture of the boys and Mocha.

Grande, Tall, Short, Venti & Mocha
 

We haven't had any luck yet with our house! We had one showing so far and the lady loved it but couldn't afford it. We probably won't get much action now until after the first of the year. We did find another place that we like and put a deposit down but if someone else comes along that wants it and doesn't have a contingency to sell their home then we will lose that one. We are so hoping that doesn't happen!


Venti like to wear bowties. I think he gets a kick out of everyone's reaction. He has worn them since he was little!

Some things never change! Hehe!
 

Work is going good....busy but good. I will be working over-time from now until Christmas which is good for the wallet but bad because I already don't have enough hours in the day! The boys will be home from college for Christmas break from December 15 - January 22nd! Yikes! I'll be cooking and doing laundry non-stop! I do like them home but its funny how we get use to them not being here! Short loves when they are home! What a full house it will be again!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dorothy I'm Not!

Sandy blew threw here and did quite some damage but nothing compared to those in New Jersey and New York and for that I am thankful! I was off of work for 2 days which was nice but that was the only bonus when it came to the storm. We only lost power for a little while and all the food/batteries/ice/flashlights were purchased just in case as you never know when it comes to a hurricane!

We have not had any bites on our house yet which is a little discouraging. I guess I is just a bad time of the year. We did lower the price a little hoping that would get some showings but it didn't. I have a feeling that something just isn't right because my Dad is our realtor and we live next door to my parents. Last Saturday we were at a friends 50th birthday party and my Dad had a couple of glasses of wine and I asked him if he has had any calls about the house and he said, "well I did have one call but they wanted to see it right away and I said no!".....I was like "what!!??"....he said that he didn't "have time"....I said, "Dad, if you don't have time then just let us know and we can show it!"...he then changed the subject....hmmm...I know they don't want us to move but we have to financially and we are in a hard situation since he is our realtor. Sigh....I told my Mom and she said she didn't know anything about it. Either she doesn't or she is just going along with him! We already have a contract on another house but it is contingent on us selling ours. Someone could come along and purchase that one before we end up selling ours! :(

I was approached by a great company to let my readers know if a really great giveaway that they are doing and all you have to do to enter is to like the facebook page by clicking on the image below!!

Make sure you check it out the Blue Duck Shearling!!

Happy Veteran's Day and I have the day off tomorrow which I am really looking forward to because I will be the only one home!  Hehe....the kids all have school and Joe works!  Yippee!  I won't know how to act!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Auntie Em!!

I need a pair of ruby slippers so I can click my heels 3 times and make this storm disappear!  Sandy is fast approaching and they are saying the worst of it will start in about 4 hours from now!  Right now the wind is howling and it is raining!

It doesn't look too bad yet!


I live in the direct path of the hurricane which is very scary as you really don't know what to expect no matter what the newscasters say.  Schools are cancelled today and tomorrow and work was closed today and will probably be tomorrow as well.  Joe left for work this morning and gets off work right when it is supposed to be really bad out!  Grande and Tall where home for the weekend and left last night and right as they were getting in the car they got the call that their University cancelled classes today.  They decided to go back anyhow since they thought if they stayed that they wouldn't be able to get back until after the storm!

See the eye of the hurricane at 2am?  That is exactly where I live!


They are calling for winds up to 50mph and wind gusts up to 80mph!  Yikes!  I'm just praying that everything will be okay!

Venti's sister-in-law got married on Saturday and it was a really get wedding! It was extra special because the bride was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma 2 years ago and has since received a bone marrow transplant and is now doing extremely well!


It was the first wedding that I have been to since Venti & Mocha's!  I found this plain black dress that I loved but it needed some bling added to it!


I found just what I needed at the fabric store!  A couple of buttons and some rhinestone rope which I sewed until my plain black dress was all blinged out!!



Then I decided to do my own hair and thought it turned out fabulous!


And here we are all ready to go!


I had to laugh at Joe in this picture!


Venti, Joe and I at the reception.


Don't you just love Venti's bow tie??  The reception was at an Antique Automobile Museum!  Very unique!

Thank goodness trick or treat in our neighborhood was last Thursday or it would probably be cancelled with the storm!

Short all ready to go!


Joe dressed up to scare the big kids!

I wanted to make sure my post was completed before we are supposed to lose power!  They say we could lose it up to a week!  I sure hope they are wrong!

Hope everyone has a great week and Happy Halloween!!  I hope everyone keeps safe during this storm!