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soccer season

a year older

a bit taller

new team

new faces

new uniform

new coach

new field

new goals

new excitement in the air

a new season has begun…

photo 3

second game of the season
not the greatest picture – there will be more to come:)

Oh – by the way – they won.  2-0!

August 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm 6 comments

my film guy

Hello my bloggerbuddies!

I hope y’all are having a nice weekend.  I am home with my boys and Sydnee Pee.  It has been a long week of working, driving, cooking (that would be Peyton), working, driving…..and my son – the recent graduate and new member of the working force. This was also his first full week of employment – media technician (one of only two) for Six Flags Amusement Park.

Due to his work schedule and mine, I finally had the opportunity to sit down and watch his video assignments from school.  I must say – yes, I am biased – that he is very talented.  He has an eye and a way of seeing things, matching things – editing.  He had the opportunity this year to take a film editing class at school and was able to work with incredible equipment and editing programs.  It was a really awesome experience and one that I believe will serve him well when he goes away to school in the fall.  {A little background – double majoring in business and movie production – wants to make movies when he is ‘grown up’}.

A few months ago I posted his movie trailer assignment – to make an anti-genre movie trailer.  Take a movie and change the genre of the movie  – such as drama to comedy.


Today I am introducing my son’s music video.  A few items – he began this project back in January and finished it just as school was ending a few weeks ago.  (A little Terrence Malick going on, maybe….).  He has his own film production company intro (recognize the music and the name of his company?).  Also, he recommends watching this in wide-screen.

Without further adieu –


Curtains rise….

Please see the URL below – I am unable to get this link to work  (my techhie inability).  You can copy and paste the below URL:

June 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm 27 comments

a duet for …

for pnut


feelings deep within my heart

so proud of my son

a heart with passion

a mind beyond creative

young man shows promise

post script:  yes, i know….. no longer a pnut. 

June 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm 11 comments

to my son, with love…

There will come a time

when you branch out on your own,

away from this world –

the only one you have ever called home.


You will be independent and free

to follow your dreams,

become the brilliant young man

I always knew you would be.


At first it may be rough,

somewhat lonely and strange


there are many like you –

on this path to finding their way.


I promise it will not take long

to carve your own little niche



I am always here –

to give you a

mom’s encouraging pinch!



there is so much

to see –

so much life

to explore –

hold on tight to your spirit


never, ever close the door.

Endless possibilities await,

there is no end in sight


spread your wings




let your brilliance shine!

pnut graduate

Class of 2013

my boys and little girl

my boys
and little girl

The college freshman and the high school sophomore

The college freshman
the high school sophomore

June 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm 35 comments

a what?

When you look at me, what do you see?


a stick?

a stick with two pieces of duct tape?

an old worn out stick being held together by two pieces of duct tape?



Let me enlighten you…


I am my master’s Excalibur.

I have fought gallantly alongside the doers of good

in a kingdom littered with ruthless knights


fire-breathing dragons.


I have channeled my master’s life force

to insure the safety of the Republic


to all whom reside in our galaxy




I have brought life to my master’s magic –

igniting the spells needed to battle

the Dark Wizard


his followers.


I have traveled back in time

when dinosaurs roamed the earth


a large gorilla terrorized

the jungle


when the good guys had to fight the bad guys –

I was

(still is)

my master’s

constant companion



I may have begun my life as part of a tree


the day my master discovered me on the ground

was the day

my true destiny

was born!

stick 2

remnants of bark

stick 3

who nibbled on me?

stick 4

the deadly blade!

A few tidbits of interest – Peyton is the master and his sword/saber/wand/machete has been a part of the family for over 8 years.  It has suffered two major life threatening injuries.

May 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm 30 comments

the derby cars

2005 Most CreativeThe Hershey Car

2005 Most Creative
The Hershey Car

this is the time of year

when cub scouts begin to plan,

what to do with a block of pine wood

sitting in the palm of their hands.

2nd Place 2007Bear Cub Scout

2nd Place 2007
Bear Cub Scout
M&M Car

it’s all so very exciting

as their little imaginations begin to run wild,

the possibilities never seem to end

nor do their giggling and wide-eyed smiles!

2nd Place 2007Bear Cub ScoutKildeer Police Car

2nd Place 2007
Webelo II Cub Scout
Kildeer Police Car

on the other hand,

the parents are trying to hide

their nervous twitches

while doing their best –

not to collapse under the pressure


their little one’s high expectations.

mandm car with trophy   kildeer car and trophy

the scouts work along side their adult

trying to create what it is they have envisioned,

while keeping in mind

the guidelines

that have been set forth

to accomplish this mission.

building the police car

building the police car with Bill

much goes in to planning

a pinewood derby car –

the size,

the weight,

the theme –

but what’s most important

to the cub scout

– you see –

is how cool it looks when



April 4, 2013 at 2:36 am 4 comments

cookies… yum… yum

It is a Friday evening here in the NW Burbs of Chicago, IL and I am home with Sydnee Pee.  The boys are with their dad for Spring Break and will leave for Whistler in Canada tomorrow.  They will be hitting the slopes – skiing their little hearts out.  Needless to say, Syd and I are forlorn.  No boys to entertain us 😦

Instead of watching brainless television, I decided to post a poem written by one of the boys – Jordan, the one with a talent for words and movie making.  He wrote this for a school assignment back in February, 2010.  He was a Freshman in high school.  (The poem has been typed exactly as the authored intended it to be presented)

A little back story:

 Last year, I read this poem at our friend’s funeral.  Let me just say that Oreo cookies were a favorite of the ‘three boys’.   There were many years – 13 to be exact – of cookies devoured.  Our friend loved cookies – a lot.  So much so, that he would have approved of a poem about Oreo cookies being recited at his funeral.  He also would have wanted cookies served, along with a few to take ‘on the road’.  Incidently, he did not take any Oreos, but we did send him off with a few Milk Bones, compliments of Pee.


A Comforting Thought


The world is an Oreo®.

Outside, and I am in; pulling

warm, gooey cookies from the oven.

Quite the opposite of the

marshmallow wonderland out

my window.  Mother Nature

dropped puffs of cotton on

the world, frosting it like

a cake.  Glazing it like

a donut from my childhood.

A whipped layer covers the

lawn, think, if it was

yellow the land would

be margarine.  But it is

layered white with icing, or

pie topping, and I play in my yard

in the cream of an Oreo® with no cookies.

the boys

the 3 boys – 2007

March 23, 2013 at 2:56 am 18 comments

my 2 P’s

Today I have decided to post a project that is near and dear to my heart. Yes, it involves my two children – Peyton and Sydnee Pee.

I have always loved my children’s art work – I have posted many of Peyton’s projects – even dedicated a post to three of my favorites, two of which can be recognized as my gravatars –

Unfortunately, Peyton is not producing much art these days. His curriculum in school is all academic based, so art is not a consideration for at least another year, or so……. BUT, I came up with a plan. Why not commission a piece of art? I may not be a Rockefeller or a Carnegie, but I am a mom and I love art and he is my favorite artiste, other than his big bro Jordan.

Peyton and I have discussed for quite sometime that we need a portrait of his sister to hang on the wall. Sydnee is very beautiful – her mix of German Shepard and Akita has gifted her an unusual mix of colors – oranges, tans, browns, ivories, a splotch of black and pink here and there. She has orange eyelashes, brown eyes, which depending on the natural light, look dark brown or light amber. She has unusually large ears, three paws and an upturned tail.

There is one photo in particular, which we agree to be the perfect likeness – eyes open, upright ears, a big smile – the kind of photo you always try to capture but somehow ‘just miss’. Thanks to my I-phone I got it snapped! Here it is –

Sydnee Pee

Sydnee Pee

So without further adieu, I present to you Peyton’s talent from start to finish –

step one

step one

step 2

step 2

step 3

step 3

step 4

step 4

step 5

step 5

step 6

step 6

step 7

step 7



As one can see, Peyton loves color. He has always had a way of seeing beauty and bright color in just about everything, which is a trait I absolutely adore and admire (and one that brightens his mom’s life).

I am currently in the hunt for the perfect frame and Peyton is trying to decide on his next project. (Chances are it will be Pee, again) By the way, in case you were wondering what sort of payment was agreed upon for Peyton’s commission – all I can say is we are still deciding upon the terms, though I do believe there was “some mention” of international exposure:)

March 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm 22 comments

a quote

I was going through my book of inspirational things and such, when I found what could be the most profound quote ever

“Convert my love into a soothing pain eraser”

by JTR

This quote was told to me by a very young gentleman one day when I was having a particularly bad moment – the kind that you never want your child to see, but unfortunately they witness – this was that moment.   As I was trying so hard to keep it together, a small voice in the back seat of the car said to me –  “Mommy, it will be okay.  Convert my love into a soothing pain eraser.”

My son Jordan has always had an amazing way with words.  Sometimes Peyton and I look at each other wondering exactly what planet did he come from? Well, I am pleased and very proud to say that this young man is my son and Peyton & Sydnee Pee’s big brother. 

I will say, however, that even the keeper of the soothing pain eraser needs one himself……………

a long drive home after saying goodbye

a long drive home after saying a final goodbye to our friend March 24, 2012

March 13, 2013 at 1:51 am 11 comments

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