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2012~~Day 49

Well my goodness…where was I now? It’s been awhile. First thing I need to do is to apologize to my sweet nephew Little D. Turns out that the little germ factory was NOT responsible for my state of ill health a few weeks back. I had something completely different going on. Something that landed me in the ER and ran up a nice bill with lots of tests. I am feeling much much better now though.

Little Miss Sassy Pants celebrated her 8th birthday last week and had a little party at the bowling alley. Not much in the way of pictures as it was very crowded.

Happy Birthday to you!!


Little D. subsequently had his first bowling experience….

A little help from Sissy!


Valentines Day came and went. The day is bittersweet for me, as I lost the greatest love of my life last year on Valentines Day.

My Sweet TuffyBear!


But I made up my mind not to let the day get me down. I put together some treats for the little sweeties in my life and was so happy that I did. They loved them and it made me feel so much better.  Mr  W loved the firefly flashing toothbrush the most (and his Mickey and Donald cup.  Little D. loved that he got a special treat. When I took out his Mater cup with his treats in it, his face lit up with a big smile and he said…It Mine? So cute.

You can either left life hold you down or move you forward. The choice is yours. Sometimes all it takes is a tiny step to get it going to.  A day I could have spent feeling sorry for myself and wallowing in pity and depression became a day of smiles I will never forget.


2012~~Day 28

I’ve been a little under the weather lately so that is why there have not been any posts. Woke up this morning feeling much better. My brother called this morning and wanted to know if Little D. could come over and spend an hour or so with me while he took Little Miss Sassy Pants to the library to show her how a card catalog worked.  Considering the little germ factory was probably the one who gave me the ‘flu’ to begin with…I didn’t see any harm in it.  I chalk that thought up to delirium.  Even feeling under the weather this kid is  whirlwind.  He has a …lets call it a passion…for moving furniture around.  Oh sure, he’s only 18 month old…what damage could possibly be done.  Let me just tell you…the boy is strong for his size and age.  I tried getting him to sit and play but his attention span for toys is 5 seconds.

I brought Story Time Elmo out for him. He bashed him on the head with a block and kicked him across the room. Sorry Elmo!

Take that Memo!

He’s pretty good with the Mega Blocks…but even these did not hold his attention for long.

building a tower

Then I thought I would get a portrait of him done while he was here.  I have one of his sister at the same age in a little white wicker chair in the corner of the room. I brought out the chair and put it on the corner. He was very happy.  I told him to sit in the chair. I turned my back for 3 seconds and he was standing in the chair.  This kid is going to give me a heat attack one of these days.  As soon as the picture was done…he picked up the chair and carried it into the kitchen and put it in front of the refrigerator.  Well….every refrigerator needs a chair in front of it I guess. Late night snacks and what not. Right?  Then finally my brother called to tell me he was on his way to pick Little D up.  I tell ya…that was certainly the longest 55 minutes of my life.


2012~~Day 23

I’ve been feeling pretty nostalgic lately.  Missing some loved ones, missing some little ones that grew up way to fast.   Decided to share an oldie with you today. This ones is from way back in 1996.  The Original Sassy Pants’ first day of  pre-school.  This was taken outside of the school and the poor thing was having an allergic reaction to some weed or pollinator there.  It runs in the family.  She loved school, but there isn’t a soul that knew her that didn’t believe she would.  She was already reading by this point and was quite the knowledge seeker. Again…it runs in the family. =)  Don’t you just love the Blossom hat. She sure did love her floppy hats.


First day of pre-school 1996

2012~~Day 21

Today’s pictures are a few from Mr. W’s 2nd birthday party. He doesn’t have big parties yet so just a few kids and some of the grownups that love him.   He had an awesome cake though. We have the most amazing cake artist in our family.  She does such an incredible job of making cake dreams come true for all the kids and today she made Mr. W’s dream cake.  He loves Po from Kung Fu Panda and make him the most awesome cake.  You can check out her work on Facebook through this link… https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sugar-Celebrations

Birthday Boy loves his cake.

Po and a bamboo 2

Happy 2nd Birthday!!

opening presents

Best buddies!!

every little boy needs a race track!

2012~~Day 20

Happy Birthday Little Mr. W!!!!  You are a special light in my world. I hope its the best day you could ever hope for.


Last year….1st birthday…no his Mommy did not let him eat that whole thing. The bakery neglected to add his personal cake to the order so instead of stressing it…she cut a big piece from his sheet cake and let him demolish that. Fun times.

Now THAT is how you eat cake!!!

2012~~Day 19

Little Mr. W is going to be 2 tomorrow.  On the day that he was born…I spent the morning running back and forth from the nursery to his mommy’s room showing her pictures of him on the back of the camera because she couldn’t walk yet and he couldn’t be released from the nursery until his respiratory rate was closer to normal. What a morning it was.  I can’t believe two years have passed since this little (if you call 10lbs little) miracle was born.  He was never supposed to be at all…according to the doctors. His mommy waited 18 years for him.  He was supposed to be born premature. They did all the precautions for a premie…only someone forgot to tell W. that. He was taken by c-section 2 weeks early because he was getting so big.  He’s been breaking hearts with those beautiful eyes ever since.   His birthday party is Saturday so I’m sure you know what Saturday’s picture is going to be. I have it on good authority there will be an awesome cake  too. 😉


What a sweetie!


Fall and Football!!!


Go deep Dad!!!


But deep down...he's really a packer fan like Old Friend.

2012~~Day 10

Another beautiful day in Northern Illinois. Rumor has it though that Winter will be making it’s arrival here this week.  Hard to believe this sunny 50 degree weather will very quickly be replaced by arctic winds and that dreaded white stuff.  Makes me want to cry just thinking about it.   I’ll try and think of something much more pleasant and positive. That is what this project is all about after all.   I’m thinking summer,, and friends, and helping people.   I’m thinking about my yearly charity portrait project for the American Cancer Society. Project Kick Cancer.  Once the weather starts getting nice, I offer mini-portrait sessions in exchange for a $25 check made out to the ACS. It’s a wonderful cause and I love that I can help in a way that best uses my talents.  That makes me happy.


Today’s portrait was taken May of 2010. Little Man Z had an awesome session, but I think the best portrait came when his mom and I were talking and he was just kind of hanging out and waiting.