Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I Have Some EXCITING News...

 I forgot to tell ya....I'm going to be a grandma! I've known for awhile but my daughter and her husband needed to tell some people before I blogged about it. Then I just didn't get around to it. We've had such a busy and fun summer!

The only thing Fern and I asked of her was not to have a winter baby because our winters are unpredictable (they live 3 1/2 hours away). Sometimes they are fairly mild while others bring lots of snow or ice. Guess what? She's due December 22. Don't ya just hate it when your kids don't listen! 
They aren't going to find out what it is. My daughter wants to do it the old fashioned way and be surprised. Boys run in her husband's family as his dad doesn't have any sisters, Brad has only brothers and his brother has 2 boys. I also think she's having a boy because of the heartbeat and the way she is carrying. We just want a healthy baby. So, I'll have to go to my daughters this Christmas to get my Christmas present.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Housewives of NJ wrap

Another season of the Housewives Of New Jersey comes to an end. A boring season at that. It started out with Danielle thinking she needed body guards and an ex con applied for the job. She's a nut job but my biggest concern is how she uses her children as her personal therapists. It is so wrong and has to fall under mental child abuse. Why would a loving mother do that to her children?

Teresa and Joe are a piece of work. I like Teresa but I don't care for what they did and their attitude that it's not a big deal. Eleven million dollars in debt and they file bankruptcy because as Teresa put it "We want a fresh start." Spend, spend, spend and then file for bankruptcy and let the tax payers absorb the debt because we can still keep our mcmansion and all we purchased before filing and then we'll wait to release our book so the government can't have any of that money and what are we out? NOTHING...Hmmm, maybe they're on to something. I'm going to ask hubby when we should start building our 10,000 square foot dream home. I'll call him while I'm shopping and maxing out the credit cards. We'll need some new furniture to fill up the rooms in that house...

Jacqueline is sweet enough but her daughter, Ashley is so disrespectful. Now what is your take on the hair pulling incident? Ashley claims she only pulled Danielle's hair because she thought she had hurt her mother.  If you were with someone you thought was hurt, what is the first thing you would do? Find that person and see if they are alright or look for the person that may have hurt them? Ashley did some fast thinking after she pulled Danielle's hair to cover up the truth and not one adult thinks she's lying?  Yes, family sticks together and in this case covers for one another. Not the best example for a child.

Caroline tried to stay out of the drama. She is a very loving mom and close to her children. Unlike Teresa and Jacqueline, she doesn't seem to over indulge her kids. They all work and have respect for their parents. I don't think she should have confronted Danielle last night as she received her information all second hand. She went with the sole purpose of getting Danielle to drop the charges against Ashley, not caring enough to listen to anything Danielle had to say. Family sticking together or family cleaning up and covering up for one another? Children need to have consequences and this was a good lesson for Ashley. Danielle did exaggerate the situation. You'd think the poor woman was scalped!

Another case of cover up was Joe's accident. Who really believes they all met in N.Y. for dinner and Joe didn't belt back a few? He claims he drank after the accident but before the police arrived. Does no one in this family take responsibility for their actions? I also feel Jacqueline's husband, Chris and especially Joe are a bit controlling of their wives. 

What it all boils down to is a high school clique and as hard as she tried and in all the wrong ways, Danielle was never going to be a part of it. As much of a wackadoo Danielle may be, I do feel sorry for her. She just wants to be a part of a family and she is so envious of those women. That family is as thick as thieves and there is no room for Danielle. It makes me wonder, which is better, to be a Danielle who says yes, this is who I am. You either love me, or hate me, there is no in between. Or to be one of the others, who make excuses for bad behavior, lie and cover for each other, spend money they don't have and leave the tax payer picking up the tab?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Purple Flowering Tree

I got this flowering tree at Walmart last year. It didn't come with any information and it was the last one they had, so I don't know the name of it. Instead of planting it in the ground, I potted it so I could bring it in during the winter. I was afraid it may not survive outside, as our winters can sometimes be brutal.
It has a ton of beautiful purple flowers all summer long. In a few weeks I will be bring it back in side so I can enjoy it again next year!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hydrangea Tree

In all the years we have lived here we never knew what kind of tree this was until this year. We have actually had people stop and asked us what kind it is.
We now know this is a Hydrangea tree. Perhaps most of you already knew that.

Starts to bloom in July. I don't think they are too popular where we live. Isn't she a beauty? 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Summer Bucket List


No, twin and I aren't considering another business venture. This is just part of my youngest daughter and her friends, Summer Bucket List. Don't they look great? Each one beautiful and unique, just like they are.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Is it just me, or was this rude?

My son will be attending our local college and will be on the tennis team in the spring. After signing to play tennis the coach told all players they needed a physical done by the same doctor. On the way to the appointment today I asked my son if he minded if I came in with him to speak to the doctor about an on going, unsolved problem my son has in the winter. I've mentioned before on our blog that for the last 3 winters a few of my son's fingers and even a toe or two become swollen. The first time his middle finger was so swollen he couldn't open his hand. Our doctor did blood work and x rays and everything came back normal. The next winter and this last winter it came back but not as bad as before. The last time I took him to our family doctor I told him this and he then said he may have a virus that becomes active at that time...I think he just doesn't have a clue and neither do we. Other than that he is a healthy boy.

So, getting back to the story, I thought I would go in with my son so I could ask this new doctor his opinion and see what he thought. Well, he comes into the room and says to my son "All the other guys came without their mothers. Are you a mama's boy?" I was close to livid. I said "Actually, I came with him because I'd like to ask you a question when you're done." I went from considering switching doctors if he seem friendly and had a good bedside manner to wanting to punch him. What a jerk. Needless to say, we won't be switching doctors any time soon.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Yard Work and Tan Lines HA!

Hubby has been busy trying to get some yard work done.
We are putting in retaining walls in the front of our house and will be doing the same to the back yard.
We think it just adds a finishing look.
We still need to add the caps to finish it off. It was a big job and it is about 4 times as much in the back yard! We love it. We are going to paint our front door, add a new screen door and a few more little things and the front will be done.
I think I either need a new camera or perhaps I should read the manual that came with it!! I take terrible pictures. Fran and I each got these bikes from my boss a couple summers ago and I just LOVE it!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. Goes way too fast for me. Taking a couple days off this week for some fun in the pool with twin and a girlfriend!! Have to work on our tan lines. HA!