Monday, September 19, 2011


We just finished up a wonderful fun filled weekend with family and celebrated with a baby shower so I have a ton of things I should be posting about.  But I was catching up on some blog reading and was reading one that I go to often and she challenged everyone to take a picture of the inside of your fridge, without changing anything and post it.  I went and opened mine up after a long weekend of cooking and it scared me.  But I am being brave and showing it all, untouched.

The Good:
 - Yes there are veggies in there somewhere!
- There is a whole pumpkin pie left
- And real whipped cream!
-Leftovers for lunches
- Eggs are a staple in this house
- Jim's shelf is full of his vitamins/supplements

The Bad:
- I never can decide which dressing to use on salad
- This was cleaned out on Friday morning, with lots of room to spare.
- I need to go to the grocery store for more butter

The Ugly:
- Some things may be expired
- I found some bacon that has a funny color
- I have to go buy more butter
- I can't find the fudge topping for ice cream and I really want some

So I leave you with that.  A challenge to bear the inside of your refrigerator.  Be bold, be confident, be brave and OPEN that door!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Family Wedding

Oh how we love weddings!  Our niece recently was married to a fine young man.  And our whole extended family was able to be there. 
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I didn’t do a good job with picture taking that day so this is about the best I have of the bride and groom.
Joni was the maid of honor.  Here she is with the bride.
This picture shows her cute baby belly and her husband Bob.(Grandbaby #6!)
A picture of all four of our daughters.  Very seldom do they do a picture out of birth order, this is one of them.
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My three fantastic sister-in-laws and my mother-in-law.  These girls can really dance the night away and they did, we all did.  Danced until we couldn’t dance any more. 
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And then this happened.  A hula hoop contest.  This girl can really hula!
And with the assistance of her husband, she won the contest!
Congratulations Samantha & Dylan!  We had a great time.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Grandbaby #5

On July 19, we were blessed with our 5th grandchild,  Andrew James Leischer.  If you want all the details, check out Tabby’s blog post here.

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He weighed in at 9 pounds when he was born. 

When Tabby went into labor, she called me and I headed to the other side of the state to stay with Bella.  Drew was born the next morning so that afternoon I took Bella to the hospital to see her new baby brother.

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Bella had a present for Drew and we stopped to pick up a balloon.  She insisted on carrying everything herself so it was a long walk across the parking lot and through the hospital. 

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Of course a little window shopping along the way.

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Finally, what she has been waiting for.  Snuggling with Mommy and holding Baby Drew.

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Drew at two weeks.  How about those dimples?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Are There Girl Clothes In Heaven?

Hannah just had a birthday.  She is six years old.  It seems like she just turned four, I don’t know how she could possibly be six already. 

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Hannah and her very pink birthday cake. 

So the other day Hannah was sitting at the counter eating her black bean dip and chips (one of her favorite foods)  and asked one of her very serious questions. 

“Gramma do you think there will be girls clothes in heaven because you know Jesus is a boy and maybe he only has clothes for boys.” 

I told her I was sure there would be clothes for girls in heaven and her reply was:

“I sure hope so because I like to wear dresses and not gross boy clothes.” 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Winter That Didn’t Want To End

I just read my sister’s blog and she asks where we all were two years ago today.  Looking back on my blog two years ago, I posted this picture.  Snow is almost gone and spring was definitely here.


Last year during the first week of April I posted this picture.  The grass was even turning green already!


This year is a different story.  We have had lots of snow and the blizzard last week added another foot.  So here it is, the same back yard in 2011.  Not even a bare spot yet in the fields.

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I think God is testing our patience this year. 

I will leave you with a picture of what is to come in just a few short months.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011


We were blessed with girls, all girls in fact.  Four of them if you want to count.  So I had literally no experience in raising boys.  The only exception to that was my nephew Andy who was practically raised with my girls and his sister. 

kids But Andy was raised with five girls and even though he was all boy, he wasn’t the rough playing kind.  This crew of girls just didn’t stand for that.

Now we have a grandson…….

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We also have three nephews about the same age as Tyler.  And when the four of them are together, lets just say there is never a quiet moment.


They do boy stuff.   It must involve running, jumping, rough play to be fun.


This was not a quiet moment.  The noise was indescribable.


They love beach days at the pond. 

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When they play outside their mothers know they laundry piles will increase.  They were hungry and wanted to come inside but they were stopped at the door.

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This is why they weren’t allowed inside.  What is it with boys and the knees of their pants?

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I am sure this was a bodily noise of some sort. 


We work them hard around here.  They are forced to shuck corn for hours in the hot sun.


Only the closest of cousins could share the same cob of corn.

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They play ball together.

So you see we’ve learned that boys and much different to raise than girls. 

They play hard and rough

They are competitive

And they all love their Mamas

We wouldn’t trade them for anything.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Being Two

We spend our days together in this house.  She loves to watch Dora which buys me some time to get a few things done without "help".  Most of the time I can get cooking, cleaning and most household chores finished without having too much "interference".  It's when it comes to doing the bookwork in the office that the problems begin. 

She starts creeping in, trying to hide thinking I won't see her.
Before long she is up on the chair, checking out the printer and anything else she can grab.
It becomes a battle of who can be the fastest to grab something. By this time things are flying everywhere.  I'm grabbing stuff out of her hands and she goes on to the next thing.
Before I can stop her she is on top of the desk.
All she wants is my attention and by now I've totally forgotten what I was working on.
And then she crawls into my lap.  "Gamma pease hode me".
And then she just takes over my chair and finishes all my work so I can go play.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Have you ever wanted to have some prayer time and you just can't think of what to pray or maybe where to start?  Next time try the Five Finger Prayer.  This is also a great thing to teach children when they are learning the practice of prayer.

Start by putting your hands together in front of you as when praying.  Your thumb will be the closest to you.  Since it is the closest the thumb reminds you to pray for those that are closest to you, meaning your family and close friends.

The next finger is your pointer finger.  Let it remind you to pray for those that point you in the right direction.  Teachers in your school, or your childs teacher.  And don't forget your Pastor!

The middle finger is the tallest finger and it reminds us to pray for our leaders.  Whether it is the President of our country, Senators, Congresssmen or your local town leaders, they all need our prayers to make the right decisions.  We may not always agree with the beliefs or decisions of our leaders but they still need our prayers.

The fourth finger is called your ring finger.  This is the weakest of all the fingers.  Let this finger remind you to pray for those who are sick and hurting.

And last the pinkie finger which is the smallest finger which reminds us to also pray for ourselves. 

 I suspect this prayer might have something to do with the Packer playoff game on Saturday. 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

It's been  four months since I last posted?  No way, it can't be.  Somehow I got caught up in the tailwind of everyday life and work.  So I thought I would start out 2011 with a way to "meet" me.  My sister did this post today and so I'm following her instructions. 

Here's the questions:
1.  Do you have any New Year's resolutions?
2.  What food item are you craving right now?
3.  When is your birthday?
4.  What were you doing an hour ago?
5.  Last thing you cooked?

And my answers:

1.  Do you have any New Year's resolutions?
         Wow, talk about starting with the hardest question.  New Years resolutions are something I have never done but I actually was thinking about this the other day.  I think this year I need to get back to doing some of the things I have enjoyed in the past but have given up because of time constraints.  Genealogy is a hobby I started about ten years ago and have neglected for some time now.  I think I will start out by searching for some more family "roots". 

2.  What food item are you craving right now?
              A big piece of Lazy Daisy Cake.  This is my Mom's signature recipe, we grew up eating this cake.  Of course the edges are the best, right my siblings?

3.  When is your birthday?
           May 3   I love my birthday being in the spring because that's when all the nurseries are packed full of flowers and plants so its never hard to buy me a birthday present.  Hint Hint

  Here's Hannah watering my tomato and herb plants.  Did I mention I love springtime?

4.  What were you doing an hour ago? 
          Making breakfast for Chloe.  I made pancakes but when they were finished she wouldn't eat them, only wanted a fried egg. 

 When Chloe comes in the door in the morning she announces her arrival.  "Gamma Gamma I'm here!  Chloe Kapitz is here!"

4.  The last thing I cooked?
             The pancakes Chloe wouldn't eat, but I ate them.  And Otis loves the leftovers. 

This is Otis, my birthday present dog.  I have stories to tell about him but thats for another post. 

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