Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

Ok, So I am a day late. Spending some much needed time with family and away from the computer for the day!

Christmas was WONDERFUL!!!! Spending time with family was just what I needed. It was such a relaxing day!

Jocelynn made my day! She was so into the entire Christmas feeling. It is just amazing to see Christmas through a child's eyes.

As far as the no binkie, that is going surprisingly smooth. Santa took Jocelynn's Binkies to the North Pole for all the babies who don't have one. She has been attached to her binkie since she was born. It is a comfort to her. I hated the idea of it being taken away, but I knew it was time. I didn't want it to start effecting her teeth!

So far we have had a nap and a bedtime without the binkie and both have been, so i dare say, easy. Both times she has asked for it back and I have explained that Santa took them all to the North Pole for the babies. That seems to work and she roles over and goes to sleep. Of course it has taken her twice as long to fall asleep, but that is fine with me. She didn't even have me up last night with crying fits asking for it. I really thought that I would have a long sleep deprived night. She went to sleep about 9:30 and slept to 7:30. Not bad at all!

Of course, Santa was very good to her for sharing her binkies with the babies. She received a Power Wheel. She was so excited to see it sitting "under" the tree when she got up in the morning. She was even able to "drive" it down to Auntie Bobbies when we went for our visit. This summer should be a blast with it!

I am hoping that all my friends and family had a wonderful Christmas and God bless each and every one of you!!!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A busy day.....

So yesterday (12/23/08) I spent bringing my girl friend to the ER. She was having severe abdominal pain. After blood work, pain meds, and a CT scan, they determined it was her appendix and she had to have it removed. About 10:30 last night was her surgery and after talking to her this morning, she seems to be doing better. Still in pain, but that is expected after surgery.

Thank Goodness she is ok!


Today is Christmas Eve! Lots of baking with a house full of kiddos! FUN!

So far I have managed to finish the no bake cookies and banana breads. I still need to bake Sugar cookies, Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie, Coconut Cream pie, Mince Meat Pie (for my grandparents...yuck), Lemon meringue pie and Chocolate pumpkin cheesecake. Plus cut up veggies and fruit to snack on tomorrow. I guess I should get my rear in gear....LMAO

We do this wonderful thing on Christmas that makes the day so relaxing! When we wake up, Mom and I start the cinnamon rolls that we have every year for breakfast. Then we open our stockings from Santa and Mittens from grammie. We eat breakfast. Then We have our Christmas tree (John, Jocelynn and me). Then my brothers arrive and we have the family presents. We have all kinds of snackie food to munch on all day. Fruit, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers and banana bread. When you are hungry for a meal, you help yourself to the pulled pork....YUMMY. So we never actually sit down and eat together, kinda just eat when we are hungry, but there is no stress.

Of course throughout the day we have family stop by, but we really don't have to go anywhere else. We may venture down to my SIL, but that is 2 houses down the street.

I am looking forward to the pulled pork this year, in fact John started last night and it smells WONDERFUL!!!!!

From my Family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Let it Snow!!!!!!

SO after being hit with back to back snow storms (and more still to come) this is what my world looks like. Talk about a winter wonderland!

What is supposed to be a sidewalk in front of the house
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The back porch. (The grill to the right and the railing in the background!
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The mail boxes....LOL
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The front of the house. There are steps leading to the front door!
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Needless to say, we are all set with the snow until next year. But I know we will be getting more. It's only December and January and February are our snowiest months! We are in the path of another storm scheduled for Wednesday. They say now that it is supposed to be around 40*, so that means it will be all rain.....lovely! It will make everything wet and slushy and then it will go into freezing temps again and makes things slick! I love New England but I really hate the weather sometimes!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Time to enjoy the Holidays!

So, I have finished! All of my Christmas shopping is done! And all but 4 presents are wrapped!!! WOOHOO!!!

Now I can concentrate on baking. Lots of Sugar Cookies and No Baked Cookies! Hoping to spend allot of Christmas Eve baking! Especially since it seems we are going to be snowed in!

The weather is driving me crazy! Not so much now that my shopping is done! We have been having back to back snow storms. First the Ice storm on Friday (12/12) which left us without power for most of the day (21 hours). Then a snow storm on Tuesday (12/16) and Friday (12/19 and in fact it is still lightly dusting snow!). The weather forecast is calling for snow the next 2 days, with 1 day break and then a wintry mix on Christmas Eve! Thankfully they are predicting the sun to shine on Christmas day!

I love snow! But I also know when enough is enough. All I want is a white Christmas and then it can disappear until next year! I always end up having a Hugh snow storm hit on my birthday in Feb. The joy of living in New England I guess!

Every day i am getting more and more excited for Christmas! I feel like a kid who still believes in Santa and I think that is because of Jocelynn. She is so excited this year! She asks me every day "how many days until Santa comes?" It is so cute. When she is misbehaving she knows Santa is watching because I will ask her what happens when she is bad and she say "Santa will know and I will be on naughty list." LMAO! Seeing Christmas through a child's eyes is the best! Makes even the Scrooges enjoy the holidays!!!

PS Happy Birthday to my Brother Jeremy! He is 24 today!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Jocelynn's Annual Check-up!

All I have to say is WOW! I didn't realize kids grew so big so fast....LOL

Jocelynn had her annual check-up at the Dr. She is 42.6 pounds (100th percentile) and 40 inches tall (97th percentile). She is as big as a 5 year old. How the hell did this happen? I know John and I are not small people (6 foot and 5 foot 6 inches) but to have a child that is so much bigger then her peers. I am now worried about what will happen in school. I don't want her to be picked on and ridiculed for her size. I am hoping she will slow down a bit. Growing 5 inches and gaining 5 pounds in a year is a lot! I guess only time will tell!

Other then that she is, and I quote, "PERFECT!" She sis have her Hepatitis A Vaccine, which is new for 3 year old, and she will have to go back for another in 6 months. She didn't get her flu shot because they were out of the shot, but I will call in a few weeks to see if they are available! She cried during the shot. I always hate that part, but as soon as I said we were ready to leave and get stickers, she was fine. She handles her shots very well. She always has, so in that aspect I feel I am lucky!

She does have a few more visits coming up over the next year. I must call and make an appointment (her first) for the dentist,call for the Flu shot, a checkup with the orthopedic specialist for her feet in June, her second Hep A shot in June and the her annual in December. I am hoping that is all we have to do and that this year is a healthy year for her!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby!

Today Jocelynn turned 3! I can't believe how fast the time has flown by. I can still remember very vividly her delivery and the 82 hours of labor. None of that matter once that sweet little angel was laid on my chest.

Happy Birthday Jocelynn!!!!


The weather today SUCKED!!!! No power for almost 24 hours! Damn wind, rain and ice! Luckily the roads stayed clear and we were able to have a small gathering to celebrate Jocelynn's birthday!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Beautiful Poem

A Love Poem Written By John David Miller, Sr. (8-19-1916 * 11-27-08) in 1994 To His Wife Who passed in 1992 (Written by John's Poppop to him Mommom)



Two years have passed and gone

Since the one I loved so well

was taken from our home on earth

with our Lord Jesus Christ to dwell

When our family gets together

and there is one we fail to see

It fills my heart with sadness

Thinking how it used to be

A thousand times I've needed you

A thousand times I've cried

I still love and miss you

You were always by my side

The flowers i place upon your grave

may wither and decay

but my love love and memories of you

shall never fade away

the many precious years together

you made all my dreams come true

and as the days and years go by

I'll be content with my memories of you!

Not much new...

So, it has been a few days since my last entry. Not to much has been going on. Getting ready for Christmas! I can't wait this year. Jocelynn is so excited this year. It makes the holidays fun!

Celebrating allot of Birthdays this month! My Dad's was 12/9, My SIL Robin is 12/10, Jocelynn is 12/12 (can you believe she is going to be 3, where does the time go?) and My Brothers birthday is 12/20. I think the next few days are going to be busy.

I am working on my "treat" baskets. Finishing up the baking and freezing the goods for shipment. I will be spending the Friday morning shipping them out. Should be interesting, but I will be glad to have that part of Christmas done!!!

Other then that, like I said not too much going on. Look for a nice Christmas BFP. but, not getting so hopeful that I am crushed Christmas morning.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

R.I.P.

Too many death this year. First my Aunt Kathy in July, The a close family friend in October. Now John's Grandfather and one of my best friends from High School. I really can't handle much more and I am more then ready for 2009. I hope and pray that 2009 is a better year. I can't handle anything more!

Rest In Peace. I Love you all!

Jennifer Ann Place (July 6, 1978 ~ December 1, 2008)
Jennifer Ann Place (7-6-78 ~ 12-1-08)

Jenn you will be truly missed. Word can not even express how deeply saddened I am by your passing. I will see you again! Love and Hugs!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Delaware..

We made it safely from home to MIL in Delaware. The services for Poppop are Friday and we will be heading home late that evening or early Saturday morning. It is nice being here with Family, but I really wish it was for a different reason!

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