Happy Birthday Mandy

My daughter, Amanda has her birthday today. She is such an amazing woman and I am proud to be her mother.

Mandy and kids

You see, Mandy is really a self made woman. She had ideas about what she wanted to do in life, and she worked hard to get where she is.
Not only is she a success as a career woman, but most importantly, she is the best mother I have ever seen. She is devoted to her kids, and loves them completely in such a beautiful way.
I am so lucky to have her as my daughter, and on this very special day, I just want her to know, how much she is loved!

Happy Birthday, Mandy!

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Babies & Dackels

My weekend was a bit on the busy side. Little Anneliese woke on Saturday with a UTI. I kept her comfortable until Monday when I brought her in to the Vets and got her a broad spectrum antibiotic. This is not Anneliese’s first infection, and right now we are trying to determine why she is getting them, and do what we can to prevent them.


Arnie, comforting his sister.

So, on Monday morning, Anneliese and I piled into the Highlander, and headed to North Sandwich, NH. We bumped our way over the roads, as currently we are in the middle of frost heave season. If you have never seen a frost heave this is what they look like.

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Thankfully, I am a New England girl and I know all about driving on roads that are heaved and uneven. I would imagine that people in California and Alaska, where they have lots of earthquakes, and of course Alaska also has the snow, would know all about it.

We had a short episode of rain, while temperatures climbed to the upper 40’s. While I was walking the dogs I noted the incredible mud and puddles.

We’re all on baby watch, as Mandy’s last days pregnant play out. I wish I could make it all go quickly for her, as I remember how impatient I got, at the end of my pregnancies.

Hubby has been briefed on how to feed the dogs and medicate Anneliese. There are plenty of frozen meals and he can fix his own breakfast or go to McDonald’s.

The last item I ordered for the baby arrived this morning. I’m so excited. Once I bring it to the hospital, I will put a picture of it here. It sure is adorable!

Weekend Stuff

I woke to a very cold, yet very beautiful day. The lake is once again a hotbed of activity, as it is “The Greater Meredith Ice Fishing Derby”.

Since the big Lake (Winnipesaukee) is not frozen over, and safety must come first, there are not as many anglers out there. Instead, they’ve come over to our Lake (Waukewan) which is much less deep, and does have a fairly good surface of ice.

Still, I know I am really paranoid, and I will not go out on the Lakes at this time of year, seeing that we have had 50+ degree (F) weather recently. And rain…oh my goodness the rain has been incredible!

Yesterday and today Hubby took Lili out in the yard, and she ran and ran and ran and ran, and became one giant, muddy mess. She was formerly a lovely White German Shepherd dog! Today Hubby brought her in through the basement and washed her down. And for that he gets a big hug and kiss!


I have my suitcase packed, as we are now down to the final days of my daughter’s pregnancy. Friday was her last day in the office, although she will work at home until the little guy decides to show up, or March 7th arrives (her C-section date).

I now sleep with my cell phone next to me, and it’s on the shelf in the bathroom when I shower. Yes, I think we can all safely assume that I am excited about my grandson’s birth!

And the bonus is that I get to spend time with Savannah. I have a whole bag full of fun stuff for Savi and Oma to do.

Have a great weekend everyone!

The Shower, In Pictures

My week started out quite happily. After actually pulling off the surprise baby shower with my daughter’s friends and family, I arrived back home on Sunday afternoon. I was still filled with adrenaline from all the plotting and planning, and Lili was a somewhat naughty girl Sunday night, barking and keeping me awake, so when I woke on Monday morning I was feeling really tired.

I made hubby his three meals, and did two loads of laundry, changed the sheets, and about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, while watching it snow, I just hit the exhaustion wall and wanted nothing more than to watch a movie, snuggle the dackels and cuddle under the blanket with them.

The shower was wonderful and Mandy was surprised. She’d been told she was going to a Patriot’s football party!


Matt did his part, which was getting her to Sara’s house, despite the bad weather conditions. And I was so happy because, all but one person made it to the shower! That meant so much to Mandy, and to me as well.


Here we are the mighty conspirators. We sure do love Mandy and wanted more than anything to celebrate her baby boy!


  I loved how we decorated and how it all came together. We’d been planning this, since Mandy found out that her baby was a boy and all was well.   There were many kids at this event and I think they had just as much fun as we did. They watched (and helped) the presents get opened, and they played and ran about, but always in a nice way. What great kids everyone has!

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Now Mandy’s baby boy, has plenty of diapers, real manly sort of onesie baby outfits, and the bassinet and swing to keep him happy.

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The cake was made by my sister, Melodie. Not only did it look adorable, but it was the best, moistest, chocolate cake that I have ever had! She is so skilled as a baker and a designer!



There was not one piece left at the end of the shower! I did manage to save one piece of the cake for Sara’s husband, who had been so wonderful helping us get ready for the shower! My sister also crocheted a beautiful blanket for the baby. She’s made one for Savannah, way back for her crib and now baby boy will have this beauty.


So now we all sit back and wait for the little lad to make his arrival, sometime at the end of February, or beginning of March!

Oh, Baby

Yesterday we had a Sprinkle Baby Shower  for my daughter, Mandy.

The food was planned, cooked, and laid out, despite waking up to ice, rain, ice and then snow, all but one guest made the trip to Nashua for the surprise party.

We played wonderfully silly Baby Shower games, the kids played like crazy and the guys watched the Patriots Football playoff game in the man cave below.

Toward the end of the shower, most of us ladies were also cheering the game on! I love the Patriots, and really enjoy watching the playoffs.

My daughter is a bigger fan than I, and never misses a game!

The shower was so much fun as we were buying little boy things for his first year.

I am spending the night with Mandy and Matt and Savannah, as the roads are just, as we say in New England, “wicked icy”.

I called Hubby to check in and apparently it is worse further north, where I live.

I will add pictures tomorrow after I get home.














TBT: Mandy 3-4 Years Old

Mandy and Savi sent me a text the other night, asking me to scan some pictures of Mandy when she was Savannah’s age.

So I got out the old photo albums and scanned a few I had. Back then, there were no digital cameras, where you keep shooting until you got the picture you wanted. But somehow, I did get a few good ones back then.

So here we go. My daughter, Amanda way back when…

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Exciting News!

My daughter finally gave me the go ahead, so here is the big announcement! Matt, Mandy and their daughter Savannah announce that a new baby is on the way. The due date is in March 2016! And the most exciting news is…

It’s a BOY!


We are all celebrating and so very excited for them, and for all of our family. A new baby to bring more love and sunshine into our family!

Congratulations to Matt, Mandy and Savannah!