Monday, December 28, 2009

Sixteen Years Ago Today

I cannot believe 16 years have flown by as quickly as they have! After having spent 8 1/2 months pretty much as sick as a dog, the day finally arrived on 12/28/1993 at 2:44 PM.  Fast forward 16 years.... and I see that little guy who seemed to be perpetually in a grumpy mood turning into a fun young man with a wonderful sense of humor, an annoying habit of correcting my grammatical and factual errors, and a heart full of love and loyalty to his family and friends.





Happy Birthday my young man....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Realizing A Dream - PW Comes to West Chester PA

Okay, so maybe my actual dream was to go to The Lodge for a weekend and hang out with Ree and follow her on photo shoots and watch her cook and maybe kick off our shoes and watch some great old movies and just chat... but this was certainly the next best thing!

It all began with a lonely chair....

And then the chair, desk, podium, and microphone....


And then there was the crowd eagerly awaiting Ree's arrival. And now presenting, Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond!!!!

Wait a minute, that's just the guy who works at the bookstore announcing Ree's entrance...sorry... (he actually was perty darn funny).

And now, we'd like to welcome Pioneer Woman!!! (And her frappucino).

She welcomed our many questions and here describes choosing the proper fitting Spanx.

She then showed us this really cool trick where she can make her hand see-through! Cool isn't it?

Ree then belted out Journey's classic hit, With Open Arms, and she then happily obliged the 300 or so people there by signing her cookbook!

Everyone was so friendly.

These two lovely girls told me that we were permitted to save seats. Thanks to them, we sat in the second row!!

I met up with a blogging friend, Sarah Stump Streett and her sister-in-law. They were both very, very nice.

My friend, Vicki, also got to meet Ree and have her book signed.

Finally, I had my turn meeting Pioneer Woman, whose blog I have been following since 2007. It was so worth getting to the book store at 9 AM for the 2:30 signing. I got to spend hours looking at books and chatting with people.

Ree was so much fun and turned a really crummy weather day into something that was so enjoyable. Ours was her last stop before returning home. I'd like to think she saved the best for last....

Thanks to PW for sharing her life and her talents with us and for inspiring the cook/photographer/home schooler in so many of her fans!

Monday, December 7, 2009

I Heart Faces, Sweet Dreams

When I saw this week's theme, I knew I had no entry - my kids are teens and I don't photograph them sleeping or they'd kill me! However, I then remembered a photo taken two years ago in Water Country USA in Williamsburg. This is a photo of my son after spending about 5 hours running from one water attraction to another, and then spending countless hours heading down Hubba Hubba Highway!

Be sure to check out I Heart Faces for other Sweet Dreams entries..