Tuesday, April 26, 2011


For today...Tuesday, April 26, 2011

On My Mind..my grandmother died 11 years ago today. I can't believe she never met Tucker ans my cousin's children. I think of her so often and miss her cooking...it's also 11 years since we put the deposit on the house which normally I might not remember except that my mom called me at the realtor's to tell my grandmother had dies so now the two go together in my memory.

Outside My window..our first real Spring-like day! GORGEOUS!

What We're Reading...halfway through Little Women and also finished Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua (in 2 days!!!) I will definitely be writing a post about it because even a week later, I'm still mulling it over!!......Tucker didn't read as much as I would have liked during break; he's now reading Free Baseball with us and BFG in school

What We're Listening to...I finished While I'm Falling by Laura Moriarty and started Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

What We're Watching...DWTS: still thinking Kirstie needs to go and maybe Kendra; still liking Ralph and Hines...Amazing Race: Sad to see the cowboys go; not really sure who I'm rooting for now. I guess anyone but Vyxin and what's-his-name...Survivor: still thinking Phillip needs to go! Liking Steve but don't think he'll make it....American Idol: thinking Haley needs to go and like James and Scotty...also watching Undercover Boss, Glee, Storage Wars, American Pickers, and anything on Nick...Tucker was also treated again to another movie when he was at my mom's: this time they saw Hop.

I am hoping...to catch up on my sleep sometime!

In the Kitchen...chicken pot pie tonight, ham steaks tomorrow, pancakes, not sure what else

Around the House...needs some attention down here in the family room...dishes are done...Easter candy still on the dining room table-there's so much of it!

Coming Up This Week...baseball games tomorrow night and Saturday...baseball practice Thursday night...Easter egg hunt at the Dinosaur park Saturday (it was rained out on Sat)...Tucker's friend Robby is staying over Sat night...YANKEES GAME ON SUNDAY!!!!

A Picture Thought...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

We had a busy Easter! We of course started the day with tucker finding Easter eggs at our house! The "bunny" did a great job of hiding them this year!

He also found his Easter basket (under the table) and Shrek helped him check out all the cool stuff (legos, and matchboxes mostly)

The bunny even brought baskets for Shrek and Fiona with treats and a toy each. tucker shows Shrek his basket

Then we moved on to my mother-in-law's where that sneaky bunny also hides eggs this year- with Tucker getting older, they were a little trickier to find this year! We always take a picture of Tucker with Doreen and Cassandra after the eggs are all found! He opened all his plastic eggs which contained skittles and tootsie rolls, 2 of his favorites!

Eileen and Dorren made a yummy Easter dinner for all of us. Michael takes the cork out of the wine bottle and 2 group shots.

The usual holiday shot of my mom and Eileen enjoying a glass of wine and the cute Easter cake! (Doreen added the jelly beans around the edge-which made it even cuter!)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Project 64 - Magenta

Over at Project 64, this week's color is Magenta.

I really like the way the buds on this tree look against the blue sky.


For today...Tuesday, April 19, 2011

On My Mind..my car is finally fixed and my mom's friend did a GREAT job! I ended up with a new-to-me hood. I haven't taken a picture yet because it was raining this afternoon when I got out of work.

Outside My window...still raining; it held off for most of the day and then started raining when I got out of work.

What We're Reading...still reading Little Women and also read Shiloh Season, at the insistence of Tucker, this weekend...I also started Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua which I had on-hold at the library. I've been curious about it since there was so much controversy. I'm only 40 pages in and already thinking I may need to write a blog post about it because I have so many thoughts already!...Tucker finished A Crazy Day with Cobras and has some iCarly books we also got at the book fair that he will probably read next.

What We're Listening to...I started While I'm Falling by Laura Moriarty about a week ago and then my mom had my car so her friend could work on the hood and her car does not have a CD (it's a 2000 and it must have been the last year or so for cassette players because my car is a 2002 and it has a CD)...I dug out some of my cassettes that I couldn't bear to part with (including some Julie and I made) and so have been transported back in time to the 80s!!!

What We're Watching...DWTS: Sad to see Sugar Ray go, there was something about him I liked! Now I'm thinking Kirstie needs to go...Still liking Ralph and Hines...Amazing Race: Glad to see the Asian dad and daughter go and still rooting for the cowboys...Survivor: still don't have a clear favorite but Phillip needs to go!...American Idol: thinking Haley needs to go and like James and Scotty...also watching Undercover Boss, Glee, Storage Wars, American Pickers, and anything on Nick...Tucker was also treated (is that a word?!?) to Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules by my mom (she wanted to do something special for him because she was away on his birthday!)

I am hoping...to catch up on my sleep sometime!

In the Kitchen...chicken bruschetta, grinders, crunchy onion chicken, not sure what else.

Around the House...

Coming Up This Week...baseball games Thursday and Friday nights...Tucker's on vacation from school this week. He'll be at Angela's tomorrow, with Michael on Thursday and at my mom's on Friday...Tucker's sleeping over my mom's Friday night...spending the day with my friend Joan on Saturday...celebrating Easter (including an Easter Egg Hunt) at my mother-in-law's.

A Picture Thought...
I Never got around to posting the pictures from Tucker's birthday party at Chuck E.Cheese; I may still! Here's one of him and Chuck E!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Just another day in the mud!!!!!

We had a lot of rain overnight which flooded Tucker's construction site! He loves when this happens and has to get right out there to play in it and move it around. He keeps busy building moats, retaining walls, and such. (his words)

We desperately need to replace the boards that go around the edge of the construction site and Tucker discovered a leak by one of the corners...Here he checks it out and determines what needs to be done....

More shots of digging in the mud/water!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


For today...Tuesday, April 12, 2011

On My Mind..I know I haven't been on here in awhile and there's really no reason, although last week was crazy-busier than usual!

Outside My window...rain, rain, and rain but at least it's in the 60s during the day now. So it's a warm rain!

What We're Reading...I can't remember what I was reading the last time I did this but I can tell you that recently I finished Shiloh,The Bluest Eye and Journey to the Center of the Earth and I'm now reading Little Women...Tucker's been reading Encyclopedia Brown the last two weeks and now reading a new Magic Treehouse book A Crazy Day with Cobras that he got at the book fair...in school he finished the second Shiloh book and they are now reading BFG.

What We're Listening to...just finished The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and also Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (combined the two were about 3 hrs long, which is only 2 days of my commute)...tonight I got While I'm Falling by Laura Moriarty from the library.

I am hoping...that my ears stop hurting! My allergies are still in full swing and I go the doctor thrusday to get my ears checked out.

In the Kitchen...I made two big pans of Baked Ziti on Sunday because it's a busy week and that's what we're having as we run in and out!!!

Around the House...most of the laundry is washed and folded (impressive, huh?), one more load in the dryer and one more to be washed!...need to get the rest of the Easter decorations up.

Coming Up This Week...PTO meeting tomorrow night...baseball practice Thurs...Tucker's going to my mom's Friday (it's another 1/2 day and I'm going out with my friends Betty and Charlotte to dinner and the Christmas Tree Shop).

Some Picture Thoughts...I don't think I mentioned this, but on our way home the night before Tucker's birthday, we hit a deer! We're both okay (unfortunately the deer was not). My car had some damage but is drivable. One of my mom's friend's (who is a mechanic) is going
to try to fix it for us on Thursday.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

You Capture - Fun

I was excited when I saw this week's theme was "fun" because I knew we were headed to Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate Tucker's birthday (where it's fun for the kids!)

Project 64 - Spring Green

This week's Project 64 color is Spring Green.....

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tucker is 9!!!!

I'm not sure how it happened, but Tucker is 9 years old today!!!!

Yesterday we made cupcakes for him to bring to daycare on Monday! We haven't baked in a long time and so much fun I think we may start doing it more!!!

Back to this morning--we sang to him and he blew out his candle (on a cupcake of course) and then opened his presents from me and Michael: two DS games and the Bat Castle he's has wanted for awhile!

We headed to Chuck E. Cheese later this morning to celebrate with his friends/family!