Winter Formal

Over the weekend, Sissy got all dressed up in her formal dress, styled her hair, and even put on some make-up. This is an extraordinary thing for her, as she's not really "into" that sort of thing.  After all, it's the Winter Formal.  

Her boyfriend came to pick her up, tie in hand.  It was cute.

If only you could have seen his reaction when she walked out to greet him...
it made me smile.
He looked at her, and then he looked at her again and said, "Whoa!"
Now, ladies, when you can make a guy stop everything he's doing and say Whoa!
That's when you know you look Gooood!

NO one makes it out of MY house without having some pictures taken.
Awwww!  Sweet.

Hey, check out the dancin' shoes!

Once we were done taking pictures:
Sis went into the kitchen, draped a napkin over the front of her,
and started tearing into some barbecued ribs.

THAT's my girl!

We bent the rules for one night and let Boyfriend drive her to the dance.
Besides, the school isn't even a quarter of a mile away from the house.

From what I understand, they had a pretty great time.



Flashback Friday {retro christmas}

Christmas is a great time to reminisce.

Part of the wonder of Christmas comes in the sights, sounds and smells of the season.  They carry a certain nostalgia, giving us the chance to relive the magical moments of our favorite Christmas memories:  waking up to a blanket of freshly fallen snow ....baking homemade cookies ....driving through neighborhoods in search of the brightest Christmas lights ....midnight mass.

Of all the holiday's Christmas was the most special of all.  I remember the Sears and Penny's catalog WISH editions.  I remember sitting on my bed dreaming of all the great stuff inside.

Cookies.  I remember lots and lots of cookies!  The Christmas cookies my mom made were many, and so SO yummy!  I remember the sugar cut out cookies and a few other varieties that involved icing, sprinkles, and a big mess.  All.  Totally.  Worth it.

There were only a few TV stations to watch, so when the Christmas specials such as Rudolph or Frosty the Snowman came on, everyone stopped what they were doing to watch.
I don't know who sent it, but every year we would get a tin of Topsy's Popcorn. 
It. was. my. Favorite!  Carmel, Cheese & Cinnamon.  Yummm!

Whether or not I got what I really wished for ....I mostly recall the anticipation of Christmas most of all.  And I think that is what's so special about it for our kids ...it's the season and what you do within the season.

Happy Holidays! 



Small Town ~ Big Heart

I am thrilled beyond thrilled that I live in a small town where pride still runs deep and people pull together when the need arises. Baldwin has come together in an all-out support effort for Molly Joyce and her family. 
Molly was very excited to see her dog Reagan after over a month apart. NOTICE the BIG smile.

 The support has now worked its way to Facebook, blogs, businesses, churches, and homes everywhere.

Graham, Molly's brother, riding on her horse Kate in the Lawrence Downtown Christmas Parade. Riders wearing Molly Shirts.
 Even KU basketball coach Bill Self is showing his support by wearing his Molly bracelet.

The kids at Molly's school love and miss her very much.
They're holding fundraisers and showing their support as much as they passably can.


Even the kids at Lawrence High School support Molly.

Sometimes living in a small town gets a bit ... well, small townish.  If ya know what I mean.  It may be old fashioned, but it makes me proud to know in times of need, this small town sticks by one of its own.



My Teen Baby Mama

Yeah, I'll bet that title caught your attention, hugh!

No, I'm NOT a grandma, and I don't plan on being one for a loooong time.

Sissy’s high school class was given a two-day project: Raise a fake infant to simulate what it would be like to raise a baby; mostly to discourage kids from having real babies. Each student was given a  RealCare baby of their own, which contains multiple sensors to detect any abuses. It cries and you have to figure out what it needs; diaper change, feeding, burping, rocking, etc. The students were graded based on the amount of abuses the baby detects. The neck of the baby is extremely delicate.

Sis took full responsibility for her baby.  The first day went perfect, that evening was a different story. The responsibilities got to be overwhelming. But, she pulled herself together and did a great job. Sick of the crying, exhausted from tending to the baby’s’ needs around the clock, and frustrated from not knowing exactly what to do.  Remember that baby manual we wish we all had?

I’m sure she was more than happy to turn in her baby. Sis received a 90% on the project.  Evidently she broke the kids neck once or twice.  *lol!*  I've wanted to break my kids neck once or twice, know the feeling?

I personally think she deserved a 100%, as she gave it her all and did a fantastic job! All except for the broken neck, Mom gives you an A+!  

This picture cracks me up!

"For two days I had to take care of a RealCare Baby (it is a doll). It is almost lifelike and it cries and makes feeding noises like a real baby would. It cries when it is hungry, when it needs a diaper change, and when it needs to be burped. This project taught me what it is like to have a real baby and i realized how difficult it is and how to take care of a baby. The baby can start crying at anytime and it will cry if its head goes back (that is to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome). I had it for two whole days and at woke up many times in the middle of the night. It cried at 3:00am until 4:00. It also cried from 6:00 until 6:30. This project taught me how difficult it is to take care of a child and how much responsibility it takes. I received 90% on this assignment therefore i am awesome at taking care of a real baby. It was a great and educational experience for me. I don’t want to do it again but i recommend others to try it."

I think this was an eye opening experience for her.  I find it an effective way to reach today's youth.  There are no childcare questions on the SAT or ACT's, but the the kids learn from these babies might be some of the most important information of their lives.  At some point, most will care for a child.

Until the day babies can care for themselves, the need for appropriate childcare will always remain. 

Allrighty then... I've got my own kids to take care of.  I outta here!
Enjoy your week!



Thursday Thoughts {all heart}

"It's the thought that counts" ... right!?  However, it's only true when you actually {act} on that thought.

Our friend Molly has made her way to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Nebraska.   This is absolutely THRILLING news!

Yes, she's really in there.

 She is doing well... she took a shower for the first time, ate a vanilla wafer, and she laughed.
(I'm sure that laugh had to be the very best sound to her parents)
All wonderful signs of anticipated improvement.
You can read her dad's most recent post here

This got me thinking... the hospital is now their home.
For how long?  Nobody knows.
What can we do to make it more home-like for all of them?

I should send them a card.  I could make them some cinnamon rolls. 
I ought to take them something.
That's me sometimes, ok a-lot-a-times, Mrs. Shoulda Coulda Woulda who waits until it's too late.
It's never too late by the way.

So I Googled, asked friends and co-workers.
I asked my kids.
I even asked some nurse friends of mine.
"What are some good gift ideas to make the hospital more comfy?"

Here's what I came up with:

A Lap Desk with a squishy bottom if comfortable and fun to use in a hospital bed.
Image by: Google

A Pocket Activity Book goes well with the lap desk.

Pretty hair bands or clips may help counteract the drabness of that hospital gown.

Fuzzy Slippers or Socks with Non-Skid Bottoms.  Hospital floors are cold, hard, and gross!

Image by: Google

A fun blanket or snuggie makes the room feel less sterile.

Image by: Google

A journal, notebook, and bright colored pens are great for writing. 

Lip balm and lotion.  The tubes, medications, and dietary meals can cause dryness.  

Stuffed animals for physical comfort and emotional comfort.  (these items must be new, not used: hospital rules)

KU Basketball Coach, Bill Self is a Molly Fan!  

Alrighty then ~ Let's Do This!
I'm thinking
 Hospital Hospitality Box 

Yeah, that's what I'll do.
You in?

I think I've pretty much got ideas for Molly covered.
But what would give her folks some much needed comfort?
If you have any ideas, or you'd like to participate,
even if it's just a card letting them know you care...

Molly's brother Graham riding his sister's horse in the Christmas Parade, with friends Wendy & Caleb.

Side Note:  This post is mostly me, putting my thoughts together.  However, as I've said, the Ogden Family needs us.  We've just been through the season of being Thankful, now is the season of giving. Even if you don't give to their family, like Molly's dad said, there are other kids in the hospital that need us as well.  Only you can make that thought really count.



Oh, What Fun It Is

One of the things I love about the holiday season is getting
the Christmas tree with the family.

Kinda strange going tree hunting in 70 degree weather.

I love how serious everyone gets looking for "the one."

Big Daddy takes it very seriously, it's cute!
Hey, look who runs this place!
It's one of my teachers from High School, long long ago.
Mr. Crawford.
...and these two handsome tree helpers are his grandsons.
Merry Christmas Everyone!



This is how we do it!

Since returning to work after the "never ending Thanksgiving", I've been swamped!
Hence, the lazy man's blog post.
Here are some more photos from Thanksgiving with my family.

We had great fun and food with family.

My brother.
I've named him The Meat Master, he's a great cooker of meat. Any kind!
He usually smokes a turkey, my fav!
This year he deep fried a regular turkey, and a Cajun turkey.
My initial thought was, "Cajun turkey? Gross."

It. Was. FAB-U-lous!

The weather was wonderful for visiting old friends and neighbors too.

Now it's time to start planning Christmas!



I'm Full

Grateful, Joyful & Thankful.

I hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving!

We did!  It was full of yummy food, friends, and family.

I’m thankful for each and every one of you that stops by reads my nonsense, tries my food, and shares the love. You guys really make this a cool place to be.

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