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Friday, October 31, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2014


These are characters are my grandchildren!

Friday, June 27, 2014

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE PATRIOTIC DESIGNS

These colorful patriotic items
 were created 
by 
EtsyKids designers. 
Baby Girl Shoes
by

Hair Bow
by

Appliqued Shirt
by

Nautical Mobile
by

Necklace
by

Please check out the other beautiful creations in my Red, White, and Blue treasury.





Friday, June 13, 2014

SUMMER FUN DAY AT THE POOL

Whenever the weather is nice, I take the 3 grandkids to our community pool for their morning swim and play. Here are some photos from this morning.


Friday, June 6, 2014

END OF ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR

I am so proud of my two youngest granddaughters having a successful and happy year at Cora Spencer Elementary. Way to go girls!

Kirsten with Mr. West
End of 3rd Grade

Ashlyn and Ms. Johnson
End of 1st Grade

Kirsten and Ashlyn 
Enjoying the end of school!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CELEBRATING MY FIRST BREAST CANCER SURVIVAL ANNIVERSARY

On this exact date a year ago I was undergoing a double mastectomy for breast cancer. I thank God for each day that I am still with my family and friends and for His saving grace during my journey. I have a greater appreciation for life, and am so grateful for my family and friends who prayed for and supported me throughout this journey. A heartfelt thank you to everyone!

Monday, May 19, 2014

2014 DIVE-IN MOVIE

Been busy with planning and working our first HOA dive-in movie. We had a pizza party followed by the movie, Frozen. It was fun watching the little ones dance and sing along with the movie. I think everyone enjoyed the food, water, and movie. Great way to start off the pool season!




Friday, May 16, 2014

Welcoming Day Lilies


It is always exciting to wake up 
to see what is blooming
in the flower beds!
May 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY



Happy Mother's Day 
to my mom
in heaven.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY ICE CREAM SANDWICHES


INGREDIENTS:

1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Strawberry Ice-Cream:1 cup whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
2 cups half-and-half
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups diced strawberries
For assembly:6 tablespoons strawberry preserves
Peanut butter chips or chopped peanuts, optional
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet.
In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, the egg, and vanilla, and stir well with a spoon. Roll the dough into balls the size of walnuts. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet. With a fork, dipped in sugar to prevent sticking, press a crisscross design on each cookie. Bake for 12 minutes, remove from the oven, and sprinkle the cookies with some of the remaining sugar. Cool slightly before removing from pan.
Strawberry Ice-Cream:In a small bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients. Puree the strawberries in a food processor and add to cream mixture. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker. After freezing in the ice cream maker, transfer to a container and place in the freezer, to freeze solid, for 6 hours before serving.

For assembly:Spread the strawberry preserves on a peanut butter cookie. Top with a small scoop of strawberry ice cream and cover with another cookie. Roll sides in peanut butter chips or peanuts, if desired.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CRAFT TIP FOR CLEANING SCISSOR BLADES


Prevent lint and adhesive build up on cutting blades by wiping them after every use. For a thorough cleaning, wash them with soap and water and dry before storing or using. For extra sticky messes, fingernail-polish remover works wonders to remove adhesive.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

IRIS BLOOMS FROM THE GARDEN

A few of my iris beauties this year!





Friday, April 25, 2014

FORT WORTH ZOO FIELD TRIP 2014

I was a chaperon for my granddaughter's third grade field trip today to the Ft. Worth Zoo. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed seeing all the animals and mechanical insects and arachnids!





Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CLOSET ORGANIZATION

I am always on the lookout for organization ideas. Here are a few ideas that I found for clothing closets. 



I like this shoe storage idea.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I AM A SURVIVOR!

I attended my first Baylor Sammons Cancer Center's annual breast cancer survivors luncheon on Friday, October 11, 2013. My daughter, Cathy, and friend/survivor, Amy, attended. The medical update was given by Dr. Mabel Mardones, who did her fellowship with my medical oncologist, Dr. Pippen. The keynote speaker was Michelle Berndt, who is also from Mansfield. Small world! She gave a very heartfelt recap of her journey and "finding your purpose in life". You can view a video clip of Meet Michelle Berndt, a Cancer Survivor Profiled in "Dallas Hope" by Good Morning Texas and her story.
I am cancer free! On a yearly basis, I will continue to see my breast cancer surgeon, medical oncologist, and reconstruction surgeon. Since I had the double mastectomy, I won't need yearly mammograms, but I will do monthly self breast exams and take my prescribed medicine. Michelle is correct, I too thank God for each and every day! 

Here are additional links from The Susan G. Komen website:


Monday, April 21, 2014

BREAST RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY

Thursday, September 19th will always be remembered as my "boobie day"! You must have a sense of humor to get through this cancer ordeal!

In this reconstruction phase, Dr. Morales will remove the expanders and insert silicon gel implants. These implants are an improved gelatinous silicon which is better than the old liquid silicon. The out-patient surgery will take about 2 hours. I would have surgery early in the morning and be released by mid-afternoon. My friend and cancer survivor, Amy, said this would be much easier than the mastectomy surgery. I am ready to go and less anxious this time.


Stacy, my neighborhood baker, made her classic cinnamon rolls for me to give to all the surgical staff. Due to surgery, I couldn't taste these delicious goodies!

Overall, the surgical procedure was a "walk in the park" compared to the mastectomy. This time I did not require drains, so the recovery period was much easier. I did have more reaction to the anesthesia. I remember little from the time I left for the OR to waking up at home. Cathy said I was more nauseated this time. Glad I couldn't remember it! I am so thankful and blessed to have Pat and Cathy taking care of everything! My faith has also played a major component in being strong throughout. Every morning and night I thank God for giving me another day.