Saturday, October 10, 2015

To The Boy, And To The Man . . .

Happy, Happy Birthday 

To the Boy I fell in Love with, 
and to the Man I Admire.

To my Best Friend,
and my Partner in Crime.

To the Worlds Best Father,
and Most Talented Musician.

To the Man who can always make me Laugh,
and the one who's always there when I cry.

To the Love of My Life
and the Man of My Dreams.

I Love You Now,
and for Always.

Happy, Happy Birthday

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Happy 18th!!

 Guess who's now old enough to Vote?! 
That's right, my baby girls turned 18 today!

 Erica Starr
Smart, Talented, Beautiful and Brave
Who never lets her sister forget she's 4 minuets older!

 Alexia Jewell
Talented, Smart, Beautiful and Fun
Who will always try to hug her sister in public and embarrass her!

We had a Family Birthday Lunch at The Cheesecake Factory
I just Love being their Mom!

And they are still my little Princesses!
And I found just the right wrapping paper to prove it! :)

Cheese Cake Birthday Cake!
Lexi chose Pumpkin & Erica Red Velvet

Then we went to see the Broadway Musical Wicked!
It is so good! The girls just Loved it! 

Defying Gravity;
"Because Everyone Deserves A Chance To Fly!"

Happy 18th Birthday Erica & Lexi
Just Keep On Dancing Through Life!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Are Twins As Smart As Other Children?

 Because the best part of going back to school is
Back To School Shopping!

Senior Year times Two!! It's true, my Baby Girls have started their Senior Year of High School. And I may, or may not, have shed actual tears the night before school started! I just don't understand; why do they have to grow up? I tried to ground them from Senior Year, but it didn't really work.

 Erica on the first day of Senior Year, 
With the first day of Kindergarten for comparison! 

And Lexi on her last First Day of School! 
And her first First Day of School!! 

 And what an insanely crazy year this is going to be. Lexi has a before school class that starts at 6:30am, Erica starts at 7:30am. Both girls get out of school at 11:30am, then Lexi goes straight to Cosmetology School, which starts at noon, then 2 nights a week goes back to the High School for Marching Band practice, with Performances at Football Games on Friday Nights! She then has some practices and/or Band Competitions on Saturdays. And she works every Sunday Morning doing daycare for a Church! Erica has a job as a key holder at a little Boutique in the mall, she works about 3 nights a week & on weekends as well. Yes, I have very ambitious Daughters! They also are involved in my Book Club when they can be! 

And on top of it all they get really Good Grades! Lexi is in the top 18% of her Class! (And this would be much higher, but she got her first C last year in an Online class she took) With Erica being ranked #17 out of 488 Graduating Seniors! Putting her in the top 3%! They might look like me, but these brains, I don't think they got from me! :0 And to think that when I was pregnant with them, reading all the information I could find regarding Twins, a lot of it said Twins are not as smart as Single Born Children, usually falling behind physically, emotionally & intellectually. I think we have proved them wrong! When they were little my girls were a little behind it their Speech, taking Speech Therapy from Pre-School through about 5th Grade! Then they graduated out! They have had no other difficulties! I am very Thankful to our Public School System here, who always let me decide weather or not to separate them or keep them in the same class. Which I did both at different times. At first one of them tended to fall behind when they weren't together, but with teachers that would work with them, that changed as well! I've never had to sit with them to make sure they did their homework, they just always did it! And even when they were little babies & everyone would fuss over them & say how Beautiful they were (which they were & still are!) I would whisper in their little ears "Yes, you are Beautiful, but you are Smart, and you are Funny!" I believe all girls are Beautiful, but they are also so much more than that! So, I guess to answer the question; Are Twins As Smart As Other Children? As the Mother of Twins, I would have to say a definite Yes!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Desert Oasis

This was us the last time we went to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and as you can tell it was a few years ago. :) My husband's Sister and her family live there. So we decided it was about time to go back!

Lake Havasu is the home to the London Bridge. Yes, THE London Bridge. It used to stand over the River Thames in London England, it was dismantled in 1967 & brought over here to stand over Lake Havasu, a reservoir of The Colorado River.

Here John & I are with His Sister Marti & her Husband Ricky. They were Great Host's for our little Get Away! Showing us around town, keeping us well fed & entertained! :)

And this is their back patio! Where we got to watch the Women's World Cup in style! 

And of course the back patio leads to the back yard . . . 

Where there are No Bad Days allowed! And who could have a bad day in a place like this?

Ricky is a real handy man, who built all this himself! He is a Wizard with Wood! It is really like a Mirage in the middle of the desert. 

And with temps like this, we spent a lot of time in the water!

And behind this bamboo door lies an adventure in itself;

It's An Outdoor Shower! Don't knock it till you try it. I'm just saying, It really is pretty cool! (And when I got back from vacation, I started reading a new Book which was set on Nantucket, where they had & used an Outdoor Shower as well!) ;)

We saw The London Bridge. (Compare this photo with the first one at the top of the page to see how long it's really been since we'd been there!)

We walked down my the lake and enjoyed the Beautiful Scenery!

And I just had to put my feet in the water!

And we loved all the cool Lighthouses!

And one of the highlights of the trip was that we got to reenact this precious picture of my girls when they were little, under The London Bridge!

 They've changed a little!

I love it!

Marti's little Grandson kept announcing "I need All my Cousins to come over here & Play!" :) My girls were his only cousins there, but it was easier than trying to remember their names!

Our Niece Jamie & her Fiance' Rick took us out on their Boat for a day on the Lake & River!

Pictured is Rick, driving the boat, Jamie, Our Nephew T.J. and Rick's Daughters Ali & Maddie.

We had a blast & played in the water!

Until John got attacked by Mermaids! :)

Just waiting for my ship to come in! :) (I picked up this lovely hat at a little shop by the bridge!)

T.J. took a slow motion video of Erica's water hair flip, and got this cool pic! Told you they are Mermaids!

This is the Bridge Henry Fonda rides across from California into Arizona in the Movie Easy Rider!

 We found a Rope Swing hanging under the Bridge, so naturally the kids had to give it a try. 

They are Brave! I was excited they got to try a lot of new things on this trip!

Including Tubing!

They bounced around, flew up in the air, capsized, and did it all over again. And T.J. & Rick taught Erica how to Wake Board as well!

Ali & Maddie are 17 & 15, and got along great with my girls. They all had a great time hanging out & getting to know each other. And Jamie took us all Thrifting & Antiquing in their cute little town!

And when the ride home looks like this, you know it was a successful Vacation! :) We had such a great time! It will not be as long until our next visit! Thanks to Marti, Ricky, Jamie, Rick, T.J., Ali, Maddie & Kaden for giving us so many great Memories!

Monday, July 13, 2015

"Summer Reading, Had Me A Blast!"

 I Love Reading in the Summer Time! And I so Love a Good Summer Read! For me, what makes a Book a good Summer Read is that it is set in the Summer Time, Somewhere I'd love to be, usually the Beach, and has a griping story line! That can be Suspenseful, Adventurous, or Relational. So with that formula in mind; Here's what I'm Reading this Year . . . . .

 If you enjoy a Who Done It, and liked Gone Girl, The Girl On The Train by: Paula Hawkins, might be for you. It's not set on the Beach, but a City in England. And Everyone is talking about this Book! I did find that having an unreliable Narrator can be a little frustrating. But it will keep you guessing!

 My Book Club read Paper Towns by: John Green (who also wrote The Fault In Our Stars) and to be honest with you, I didn't think I would really like it. It seemed to me it would be just another YA Book. But, being honest again, I REALLY Liked it! This one is set mostly in Orlando, Florida, at the end of the School Year. It has mystery, adventure, and it really gives you a lot to think about! The Movie comes out this month as well, and my Book Club will be going together to see it!

Ann Brashares' The Last Summer (of You & Me) Is my new Favorite Summer Read! I Loved This Book! It's everything I Love in a Book! It's about Sisters & Friends, Set on New York's Fire Island. There is Romance, and it will pull at your Heart Strings! Now, Ann Brashares wrote The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Book Series, which are good Summer Reads in themselves, and are written for Teen Girls, this one is not! So be advised. ;) I literally felt like I just wanted to cry when I got to the end of this Book. I was so sad it was over.

 The Summer Read my Church Book Club picked to read is Sisterchicks do the Hula! by: Robin Jones Gunn. About Girlfriends who travel together to Hawaii. Now, if you know me, you know I Love All Things Hawaiian! And the number 1 item on my Bucket List is to someday Hula in Hawaii! So this one should be a fun read right up my alley!

Beautiful Day by: Elin Hilderbrand (The Queen of the Summer Reads, Barefoot is one of my favorites of hers!) is what I'm reading now for the BookFinks BookClub. The setting is a Wedding on Nantucket. And with my son getting married this fall, I thought this one would be apropos. And so far I am enjoying it.

So, I'm gonna ask a favor of you, would you please put your Book down just long enough to let us know what good Books you are Reading this Summer? Cause we're all always looking for new suggestions when it comes to Good Books, right?! Thanks so much. 
Happy Summer
Happy Reading!