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Makes My Monday: Father’s Day Fishing Trip

Our church sponsors a Father/Son fishing trip every Father’s Day. Burke and Mike went last year, but they didn’t get any pictures. This year, one of the guys actually brought a camera…and good thing, because Burke caught a fish!!

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

Makes My Monday: Easter Traditions

After "the Hunt"

Dressing up for Church

(yes, Burke is a little sulky in this…he was mad that Maggie wouldn’t let him put his arm around her…apparently he thought that would make for a great photo. 😉 )

We have a family photo too – but those are all on my camera still (these are from my phone). I’ll put a picture up once they’re off my camera!

Makes My Monday: Feeling Sappy

I’m not one for Valentine’s Day. I think it’s a crappy holiday designed to put undo pressure on a lot of couples and undo sadness on those who aren’t in a couple but want to be.

I like the idea of celebrating your loved one (or loved ones if you include your kids in the celebration); but shouldn’t you be celebrating your loved one every day? I’m not saying go out and get a card or buy candy and flowers for your loved ones every day – but definitely make them feel loved every day!!

Alright, now that I sound like the Scrooge of Valentine’s Day…let me just say, that I can also sit back and reflect on what a wonderful guy I have. And how incredibly lucky I am to have found him! (And even more lucky that I haven’t scared him away yet 😉 )  And I’m glad to have a day to devote to him …and to let him know how I feel. (BUT – I still hope I make him feel like that every day…not just today.)

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mike! I love you – today and every day. 🙂

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

Way Back When-esday

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

The Cards of Christmas Past 🙂




(I think 2007 was actually 2 photos put together, and I’m pretty sure this was one of them, but…)





Merry Christmas! (Again)

I just realized that I never posted our Christmas card picture. (Outtake, sure….actual card, no. Oops!)

We Made Christmas Crack!

Hm. Wonder how many “strange” searches THAT will generate…

Anyway…my friend Lori mentioned Christmas Crack on FB the other day…which of course had me intrigued. A nice link to the recipe and a sample brought to the Kindergarten Holiday concert, and I’m hooked.

And what did I do? I took pictures of the product…not of the kids making the product. (Nice, Nance.)

Sugar and Butter over Saltines

Smothered in Chocolate and Sprinkles

A Tasty Piece


Holiday Concerts

Burke and Maggie had their holiday concerts today! And they were super cute 🙂

They were, of course, at different times…but that meant I got to concentrate on one kid at a time – and worry about photographing only one kid at a time, so it was all good.

Here’s a sample of what I got to see today (video coming soon if I can get my act together).

Maggie in Her Classroom After the Concert

Burke in His Classroom After the Concert

It’s Beginning to Look a Little Like Christmas…

We started decorating!!

Burke, Maggie, and Logan - decorating