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Family Poker Night

Mike had his poker buddies over the other night so we happened to be talking about it in front of the kids. Burke asked to learn…and since I’ve never actually played before, I thought it might be fun too!

We’ve had a few Family Poker Nights and they are fun! We’ve had to stop allowing the kids to raise their bids though … holy long games when they’re allowed to just plop penny after penny (out of Daddy’s penny jar!) into the pot.

The Little Guy is Winning

Way Back When-esday

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go on over to see who else is playing – and join in too!

This is from Easter 1981. I was 7 years old 🙂

Grandma, Sharon, Mom, Nancy, Cathy

Grandma, Sharon, Mom, Nancy, Cathy

Photo Shoot – Inside

I still can’t get over how well Saturday’s photos turned out!! And it’s worth another plug for Anelise from {anelise} tupinis photography who did SUCH a wonderful job (and was completely affordable).

I posted the outside shots yesterday; here are some of my favorites from the inside shots (Still very hard to choose!!).


Photo Shoot – Outside

I am *SO* happy with how Saturday’s photos turned out!! Anelise from {anelise} tupinis photography did SUCH a wonderful job (and was completely affordable).

I was going to put up all 108 photos, but I won’t do that to you…here are some of my favorites from the outside shots (SO hard to choose!!). I’ll put up some from the inside shots tomorrow.

Happy National Ballerina Day!

Originally posted on February 2, 2009 (and 2010)

What? It’s Ground Hog Day?? Not in my family 🙂

For as long as I can remember, it’s been National Ballerina Day… 2/2 (tutu). You can imagine the celebrations on 2/2/02!

An example of an email from my Dad in 2001:

This is an automated response from your father.

Although most of the masses think today is “Ground Hog” day, we in the O’Daniel clan have been aware for years that this is really

“National Ballerina Day”

Those of us “in the know” can hardly contain our enthusiasm each year with the approach of 02/02.  Break out the noise makers and the rum punch.  Let your hair down and Twist Again with Chubby Checker!  Today is TuTu!

Those of you truly dedicated to the perpetuation of this sacred holiday should ALREADY be planning for next years MILLENNIUM Celebration.  Yes.. it only happens once every 1000 years.  You guessed it… TuTuTu!  Get ready NOW!  Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime… we will only see it once  02/02/02.  Or in the newest jargon  02.02.02!

Tu dot Tu dot Tu !!!!!!!

It’s coming……………….

Be Ready!

I can’t wait for 2/2/22

I’m Going to Disney!

Well…we all are 🙂

I just booked our very first REAL family vacation!! (Sorry folks, weeks/weekends in Vermont don’t really count. I mean…it’s a vacation, but … you know!) We’re headed to Disney in January. I’m SO EXCITED!!!!! Mike’s never been there – so he has no clue as to how excited he really should be. LOL

And we haven’t told the kids, so…shhhhh!!!!! I believe – if we can wait that long – the vacation plans will be reveled as a Christmas present.

Have I mentioned that I’m excited?

Makes My Monday: Family Play Time

I took today off because it’s Mike’s last Monday with the kids. (His new job starts next week!!) We took the kids back to Chuck E. Cheese and had a great time.

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes people’s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)

Maybe There IS Something…

Burke and Maggie attended Bible School last week…where they learned new songs and sang them the whole week (at home too). I recognized some of it, and they were so excited about it…so I bought the CD of songs. I surprised them by playing it on the drive up to Vermont…they sang along to all the songs – it was really cute!

On the way to watch the Vermont Lake Monsters (Baseball) last night, I popped in the CD in again so they could sing to Nana and Grandpa.

Grandpa was driving my car – thank God – because a car going the opposite direction lost control and was careening directly at us. Grandpa was able to swerve and miss the other car – without hitting anything or rolling the car. (I’m not sure I would have handled things as well…which is why I’m so glad he was driving!!) The near-miss with Bible School songs blaring on the radio gave us all a slight pause.

On the way home, (after listening to other things for a bit), I popped the CD back in …and we were presented with a breathtaking sunset.

(Note the rain off to the right)

I think we’ll be listening to this CD more often…

Way Back When-esday

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go on over to see who else is playing – and join in too!

I’ve been doing some more scanning…

Clockwise from the left:
Cathy, Mom (Granny Frani), Jim, Baby Nancy

I can’t be too old here…so this is perhaps late October, early November of 1974.

One of Those Days

I woke up this morning not feeling well. I had thought I’d be able to pull myself together to get to church and then the festivities after – I even geared the kids up for the water fun day at church, but I just couldn’t do it. Mike wasn’t feeling well either…and when Burke mentioned his tummy hurt, that was the icing. I went back to bed while my savior of a husband watched the kids.

After a couple-hour nap, I woke up feeling much better and Mike went to work. Burke perked up and we played with bubbles outside for a while. I weeded the 1st garden while the kids played with the Gigaball and the clubhouse…until it started to rain.

At first, the kids were fine in their various toys because they were “inside” … so I went under the canopy and figured we’d all be set. The rain had other ideas…so we ran inside and dried off.

Mike got home and we decided that no one felt like cooking – and since the Red Sox won yesterday, our local 99 restaurant has free kids meals (1 per each adult). We pulled in to the parking lot and discovered that Burke had neglected to put his shoes on. Crap. Okay – back home without even getting out of the car. Maggie and Logan were beside themselves and immediately broke down…which, of course, put us in wonderful moods. Fine – if this is the way everyone is going to act – we’re coming home and staying there!

Luckily, the kids can’t really tell time yet, so we started a bath an hour early, which meant the bed time routine started an hour early…and there are 3 kids in bed! (And 2 adults heading there soon.)

I suppose that’s the price you pay for holding a back yard BBQ that goes a bit past the kids’ typical bed time. It’s worth it at the time, but the following days are killers!