6.28.2015

Sunday Sayings . . .

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The world needs more kindness and it has to start with us.  Whether you agree with people's choices or not, we all deserve to be treated equally.  We need to "be the change we wish to see in this world."


Happy Sunday ~ Wendy

6.19.2015

This Moment . . .

Megan and her pre-school teacher, Mrs. McGovern, at her graduation ceremony.  She is officially a kindergartner!!!

Many blessings for a beautiful weekend ~ Wendy


6.17.2015

Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things on a Wordless Wednesday . . .






This year's little garden.  We kept it small due to the house going on the market. 



It feels so good to be looking at the world thru my lens again!!!  : )


~ Wendy



6.13.2015

Onward and Upward . . .

Miss Megan graduated from her morning pre-school program this week.  Hurray!!!  It was such a wonderful celebration filled with singing, recitation of the Declaration of Independence (no small feat for four and five year olds to memorize!!), God Bless America and a song about some sort of trouble in Paradise after Adam ate the forbidden apple.  Although I'm not a big fan of organized religion, I am so very happy that we decided to enroll her in a Catholic pre-school.  She has flourished and is more then ready for kindergarten in the fall!!!

Waiting to take her graduation walk!!




The theme for graduation was "For God and Country."  I have to admit I cried as the kids sang their montage of patriotic songs.  I love this country of ours and have felt so sad as I've seen people desecrate our flag these last months.  I'll save my thoughts on that for another blog post though.  : )


Singing "God Bless America."  Yes, I cried.  : )

I had to get this photo of her sitting like such a lady.  Usually it's legs wide open without a care in the world!!  LOL!!

Receiving her diploma!!!

Moving her tassel to the other side.


After having to sit up straight and in one place for so long, Megan and her bestie Meghan with an "h" (yes, that's what we call her!!) couldn't wait to celebrate with each other.  These two are two peas in a pod as you can tell by these photos.





The absolute BEST!!!!!

Megan and her teachers.
On Wednesday she graduates from her afternoon class which was thru the Universal Pre-K program held at St. Paul's.  Same building but a different curriculum and different teachers. 


On the home front, we're still plugging along with getting the house on the market.  We started to get too much anxiety over getting it listed by June 1st.  I know it will all work out in the end and we'll eventually sit back in our new home, heave a sigh of relief  and wonder why we ever stressed over it all to begin with.  From my mouth to God's ears!!  : )


Have a beautiful weekend ~ Wendy



6.06.2015

Spook Hollow Pond . . .






About a mile from where I grew up, there is the sweetest little pond called Spook Hollow.  As kids, we would visit there as often as we could during the cold winter months.  This is where my dad taught my sister and I how to ice skate.  This is where I learned to hold on real tight to the last person on the chain of friends while doing "whippits" until I couldn't hold on anymore.





This is where oversized goldfish live since many generations before them were dumped into the pond by neighborhood kids who thought it would be fun to let them go.




This is where I would get lost in thought while skating on the crystal clear ice of the far end of the pond where you had to dodge low hanging limbs and plants.  This is now where my daughter stands with her friend Cybele (who happens to live next to the pond in a little development that was nothing but swamp land and a dirt road back in the day),  trying to catch a glimpse of the elusive gigantic snapping turtle that's lived there since I was a kid.  Now that's one old turtle!!  : )



 And the torch is passed. : )


Many blessings for a beautiful weekend ~ Wendy


6.04.2015

At Last!!! . . .


We had the last of Megan's birthday celebrations this past weekend.  It was a wonderful turnout and the perfect kind of weather with blue skies and low humidity.  We rented a bouncy castle for the kids to jump around in and it was a huge hit with all of them. I was so busy playing hostess that I didn't get any photos of the kids bouncing around but trust me . . .  they had a blast!!!


When they all got tired of bouncing it was onto the sandbox.  Jim made this sandbox when Megan was a baby and I can't tell you how many hours have been spent in that thing!!


We ordered pizzas and the kids all sat on blankets for a "pizza picnic."  I have to say I really love this age.  They don't yet care about what other people think of them and they say whatever is on their mind.  Good or bad!!  : )



 Next it was onto watermelon, ice cream sandwiches and cupcakes that I made in between periods of the Rangers game.  (We'll get 'em next year guys!!!)  I had to take a photo of my friend Kelli's youngest son, Desmond.  He's the youngest of five boys!!!  Isn't he the cutest thing???  He reminds me a lot of my oldest son Connor when he was that age.  He has those big "Fred Flintstone" feet like Connor did.  Lol!!!

Desmond loving his ice cream sandwich!!!

Meghan and Megan!!!  These two are like frick and frack!!!


 Everyone left dirty and tired and full of pizza, ice cream and cupcakes.  The perfect day if you ask me!!!  : )

This is our last full week of pre-k before Megan graduates next Wednesday.  It's so hard to believe the summer is almost here and even harder to believe that my baby girl will be going to kindergarten in September.  Lots of exciting things to look forward to!!!


Have a beautiful day ~ Wendy

5.30.2015

Party Time with a Side Order of Letting Go . . .

It's finally here!!  The day of Meggie's big birthday celebration with her classmates!!!  Hurray!!!  Although we're now going to have to find something else to threaten taking away from her.  LOL!!  We have approximately 20 five year olds headed this way at noon.

Drawing in the window.

The bouncy castle is ready.  The goodie bags are ready.  The cupcakes are baked.  Just need to be frosted.  The outfit she wants to wear today is spinning in the dryer.  I've had a burst of energy this week and have been up until almost 1 am every night.  So unlike me!!!  I'm going with it though.  I get more accomplished at the end of the day then I do in the morning.  This is something that I've always struggled with accepting about me. 


So many of my friends are up and out running errands and getting things done in the morning.  Except for rare occasions, that's not me.  I've been setting my intention for either accepting things about myself that I don't necessarily like or changing those things that I don't necessarily like.  I've thrown in the towel and accepted this about me.  Not fully yet but moving in the right direction and that's good enough for me right now.  : )


There have been lots of thoughts and ideas floating around in my mind lately.  More than usual.  The art of letting go is something that usually comes pretty easily for me but lately it hasn't been.  Our move has been a very large question mark in my mind.  Our house is still not on the market.  The market in Cornwall-on-Hudson really doesn't have anything conducive to our wants/needs.  The house that I fell in love with that was pretty much my dream house is now officially sold.  I knew it was going into contract but in the back of my mind I still had a little glimmer of hope.  In my heart, I know that everything is falling into place for the perfect house for us and for our current home to be the perfect house for the next family that lives here.  : )


I just noticed she has marker on her nose!!  : )


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Many blessings for a beautiful weekend ~ Wendy