Posts tagged ‘kids’

Madness of the Big Dance…..

tis the time of year where madness rules –
when a ball and net turn some into fools.
where a seed is not a plant,
a bracket rules the office
a grown man (or woman) cry
because their favorite team is offed.
there are kids of all ages wearing their fave team jersey
alumni digging in closets for old college mementos ~
there are school pennants flying high – on public display
with echos of fight songs being prepared for game day.
the whole process is quite sophisticated,
beginning with a group of 64
whittled down
to a Sweet 16,
Elite 8
The Final 4.
by the time the Big Championship game arrives,
almost 3 weeks will have passed…
when all is done,
the trophy is won – what’s next???

Major League Baseball will have just BEGUN!
Peyton is home tonight…through the weekend.
One guess where he will be camping in front of…..

March 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm 14 comments

Weekly Pet Challenge – the observant Pee



dropping Peyton off at work –

Sydnee Pee doing what she does –

observing the conversation


pee looking at peyt

Peyton: “Ok mom, I will see you at 9:30pm. Love you.”


pee looking at mom

Mom: “I love you too, honey. Have fun selling the weenies!”


Pee watches and listens to everything.  We can never get a thing passed her.

By the way, the restaurant where Peyton works is a popular institution in the Chicagoland area.  They are known for their Italian Beef, Chicago style hot dogs (thus the weenie remark) and a Maxwell Street Polish sandwich – sausage thing.  Yes, I do not eat this stuff. I prefer the grilled tuna:)


Sydnee Pee’s response to the conversation is:  “I will see you soon Peeton.  I love you and cannot wait to pick you up and your yummy smell of beef!”



August 19, 2014 at 12:14 pm 23 comments

words4jp from your mom

you may be

a young man

on the cusp of being an adult,


in my heart,

you will



the baby

i held in my arms

in the beginning

not much has really changed…he still cooks

Jordy sleeping on his books

somethings never change…he still surrounds himself with bunches of magazines, newspapers, books…lots of stuff…

June 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm 12 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Between


Wizards Waving Wands!


Movie Wizards



This photo was taken the night we saw Harry Potter – The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011).  Both Peyton and Jordan wore their black capes (Peyton’s is an actual Harry Potter costume and Jordan’s is part of a Darth Vader costume).  Each one brought their wands and before we left the theatre, they needed a moment…to do what it is they do…

The obvious ‘between’ here is two ‘magic’ wands.  What may not be obvious is the strong brotherly love my two son’s have each other.  They are very, very close and the very best of friends.



June 20, 2014 at 5:05 pm 20 comments

Wordless Wednesday: my little sluggers





April 2, 2014 at 2:28 pm 11 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life


A street in NW Burbs of Illinois…


walking gitchy

last walk before heading to school

This is ‘the street’.  Syd’s street.  We spend a lot of time walking, talking, sniffing and barking along this street.  On the north side is a farm and on the south side are houses and a pond.  I took this photo last autumn because this was Sydnee Pee and Jordan’s last walk before Jordan left for college.  I remember thinking that my Pnut has grown up and life would never be the same again…

March 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm 35 comments

“I have to make a movie…”

little man with Lego’s

dreaming his magical stories

bigger man with camera

filming his magical dreams

A future Spielberg?

A future Spielberg?

back in 2008 – leaning against Barney, scouring Entertainment Weekly magazines, with his 6′ Oscar behind him

big camera

2014 – using the grown up ‘stuff’

when Jordan was little, he would say ” I gotta make a movie” and then run away… to his toys and Legos…


when he goes away to school, he tells his crying mom

“I have to make a movie”

March 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm 6 comments

words for J & P’s


heart is

full of love

for my children.

life would not exist

without them here

by my side



yes, J & P are my sons

P’s is my girl

February 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm 2 comments

nightly consessions

as we succumb to sleep each night,

she gets 1/3rd


i get 2/3rd.

all is comfy and cozy…copacetic


she shakes,










a few hours later,

i am lying awake –

unable to sleep a wink…

exhausted from the nightly battle –

for mattress domination.

as i roll over and look into

the big brown eyes of my opponent,

it seems the tables have turned…

a victor has been proclaimed –


she has 2/3rd,





New Image

yes, you may think she is cute
try sleeping with her…

she usually sleeps on her own bed – oops – i meant her brother’s bed, but the below zero nights have made for a chilly puppy.  i have made an exception and allowed her to go running – oops – i mean sleep with me.  it is nice to know that one of us is keeping up with their exercise in this very cold weather and getting a good night’s sleep.  🙂

February 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm 6 comments

puppy dreams……

all throughout the day…

a yipe here and a twitch there…

dreams of running free…

sleeping on the couch

This is Sydnee Pee…sleeping…

sleeping on the couch 2

This is Sydnee Pee …
still sleeping….

post script:  Sydnee Pee has a choice of 4 sleeping spots.  #1 the couch (a habit that her daddy enabled years ago) #2 an actual ‘dog’ bed by a sliding glass door, which overlooks the pond (we do not use the dog word in the house).  #3  the boys’ bed.  We placed the two twin mattresses together to make one big bed, so when her little (big) brother is home, the two Pee’s sleep in their pod.  And lately – yes , lately – #4 my bed.  #4 has come as a result of the very cold weather and me feeling terrible having her sleep by herself in the ‘pod’.  I have only one thing to say – I am a ‘sleep deprived’ sucker:)

February 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm 10 comments

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