Monday, January 17, 2011

The Invisible Woman

This video speak to all women who are asking "Am I invisible?". Truly a good answer.

Well, did this change who you are?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Great Give-a-Way

Go check out the cool give-a-way at Harmony in Motion. It's a $55 gift card from CSN Stores. I found some really cool outdoor rugs and garden planters that I would like to buy if I win. There are more than 200 different stores, with all different categories of merchandise! She'll be accepting entries through January 22, 2011.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Things We Do For Love by Kristin Hannah

The youngest of three daughters, Angela DeSaria Malone was always "the princess" of the family, a girl who thought she knew how her life would unfold. High School. College. Marriage. Motherhood. That was how it had gone for her sisters, her cousins, her friends. But it didn't work out that way for Angie. She and her husband tried desperately to have a child; year after year, their perfectly decorated nursery remained empty. Finally, their marriage collapsed under the weight of lost dreams.

After the divorce, Angie moved back to her hometown and rejoined her loud, loving, slightly crazy family. In West End, a place where life rises and falls in time with the tides, she will find the man who once again will open her heart to love…and meet the girl who will change Angie's life.

Lauren Ribido lives in a rundown apartment in a bad part of town with a mother who cares more about her next drink than about her daughter. At seventeen, Lauren knows that her aspirations in life may never come to pass.

From the moment they meet, Angie sees something special in Lauren. They form a quick connection, this woman who is desperate for a daughter and the girl who has never known a mother's love. When Lauren is abandoned by her mother, Angie doesn't hesitate to offer the girl a place to stay.

But nothing could have prepared Angie for the far-reaching repercussions of this act of kindness. In a dramatic turn of events, she and Lauren will be tested in a way that mothers and daughters seldom are. Together they will embark on an intensely moving, deeply emotional journey to the very heart of what it means to be a family.

Don't know how she does it, but Kristin Hannah has another really big hit in my opinion. I can't imagine writing about something unless you can pull from your experience... that's the difference between myself and a true writer, Kristin Hannah. She expands on all of the dynamics of a very involved family, throw in a family member that is the exact opposite of the others and you have fireworks at every occasion.

She really brings out the fact that I've come to believe in strongly... you always want what you don't have. The sister that has never left town and is raising a house full of children vs the sister that has the life, the job and the husband with all the travel and perks that go with it.... except the children. Both think that the other has it all. Great read and thanks Tammy - you always get me great gifts.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Great Way to Start A New Year!

After spending a fun evening with my sister and her husband on New Years Eve we spent the rest of the weekend with our immediate family. Saturday we went to our son and daughter in law's place. We had so much fun with the girls. I'll let the pictures tell the story.

This first one is of Punkin crawling around. She's only 5 months old.

Talk about arresting eyes. And I love the little curl on the top of her head.

Here's Muffin enjoying her new house :)

She thought it would be fun if I came inside with her. I love playing with her.

We'd done a little 'horsing' around on Christmas Eve and she remembered ;)

Her new 'M' needed a ride too lol.

We had lots of fun coloring, reading and playing with all of her new toys... trust me she has a LOT!!

On Sunday our daughter invited us over for dinner and more play time. While the adults played with the racing games we girls had fun dressing up in all the new costumes Peanut got for Christmas. When we started playing she whispered to her Mom "Hey, I have an idea. Why don't you and Daddy go out for dinner and I'll stay here with Mimi and Papa." She is such a stitch!!

With each new outfit she changed her shoes and we redid her hair. Think we have a modeling beauty in our future. She is adorable!!

She got this 'Belle' costume from Uncle and Auntie. Yup, she's stylin..

When we finished with her costumes she wasn't done posin so she did this get up with a nightgown, Hawaiian necklace and she was doing a hula dance lol

We had a lot of fun dressing up and then set up her table for some Play Doh time. She is such an imaginative child... just like her mommy was.

Grandpa T takes some amazing photos and shares them on Facebook. I nabbed a few for my own use :)

Punkin in her Christmas finery. Love that smile!

Muffin in her matching dress. She's so photogenic!

This beautiful dress I call the "rose dress" because she looks like she's enveloped in rose petals. Just beautiful!

And finally our smiling beauties.

If this is how our year is going to play out then I'm ready for the year to begin!! I love spending time with our kids and grandkids. They are all so lively and fun and there is never a dull moment. How's your year going so far?