Sunday, September 27, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009



Daddy missed her tap (which included a Train Dance...and absolutely adorable) but he made it in time for some of her Ballet! This is the first time she has "performed" in front of everyone! I am soo proud of her!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Hannah loves dance, absolutely loves it! Here are a few sneak peaks at what she has been doing, including playing around with Ms. Kaylee! She adores her teacher :) This coming Saturday I will be adding a video of Hannah doing some of her dance moves to share!

She will do all the dance steps while the parents aren't in the room (did I mention that we are not allowed in there?). I know it helps Hannah who acts all shy once the parents do come back in). So I plan to "sneak" a video through the window while Hannah is not paying attention.

For now enjoy these!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I am currently missing three toothbrushes. Yes, thats right. Three. Two of which are the girls and my unfortunate one. Sigh. The girls have a habit of taking their toothbrushes and walking around with them after they are done spitting and rinsing. Really, who is watching these kids??

So Hannah tells me that after she lost her toothbrush and since Kylie's is nowhere to be seen she just went ahead and used mine. Gee, thanks. I used Danny's toothbrush. Yes, yes I can hear ya'll saying "eww" and "gross", but honestly I kiss the boy so really its not that different. Kinda.

But anyway, I need to find the girls' toothbrushes and probably buy myself another one. Because you just don't know where or what mine has been through or on or put into.....ewww..........I'm not going to think about that right now. Neither should you!

Friday, September 18, 2009


Just a couple of pictures to sweeten your day.......

well, they sweeten mine up!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Hello my dear faithful readers  ;)

Just as I got back into the swing of things here on my blog I might be taking a haitus from it.  I know, I know...BOOOO!! 

Times are tough, baby, times are tough!

We are trying to eliminate our debt and reduce some of our costs of living and internet right now is not a priority.  And it has become quite expensive so we are cutting back to basic cable and no inernet.  However, we will be checking our hotmail and facebook regularly so keep in contact with us through that.  And there is a chance we will be able to pick up wifi so who knows!  But for now this might be my last official blog for awhile.  I know I will miss it and will miss updating ya'll on our lives.  

So until next time...............

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


A sneak peak at whats to come.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


This is my attempt to share with my handful of readers a yummy recipe each week, cleverly (sarcastic) named Tasty Tuesdays. Enjoy! If you try it or will try it let me know how it turns out! Thx :)

Some of these will be my own creation, some will be passed down from close friends and Rachael Ray!

Southwest Chicken Salad with Basil

a bunch of shredded chicken

the corn off two corn on the cobs

1 can of Ro-Tel with cilantro and lime

1 can of black beans

the juice of 1/2 lime


lots of torn, fresh basil

1/4 cup sour cream, plus an extra dollop

Mix all ingredients together, except the dollop of sour cream. Chill. Serve with more torn basil and the sour cream dollop on top.
Fight your children or significant other off, because they will want some and you will not want to share.


For the past fourish maybe five days, I have lost count, it has been raining. Thundering. Lightning. Pouring. Pool overflowing. Kids going crazy. Mama going crazy. Raining. So I have had to pull a few tricks out of my sleeve to keep myself and the kids from going stir crazy. One of these things is making our own fingerpaint. Fingerpaint that smells grapelicios!! So we have literally been up to our elbows in paint projects which we all love!! Without these gray, gloomy, rain-filled days we would have never had experienced the grape-tastic days.

Since we have been inside so much these past few days we have had the chance to explore our "once old now new" toys. Welcome Barbie!! Wow, who knew a 3 1/2 year old could get so wrapped up into Barbie??!! I certaintly would not have put any money on my daughter to play with any said toy for a solid two hours. Thats right. I said TWO HOURS!!! Thats amazing!! And did I mention for a good part of that two hours she was playng by herself?? To me, that is mind blowing! We have been dressing and undressing barbies. Taking them to the "beach" in their barbie car. Giving them baths, washing their hair, and taking them to "parties"! Its great fun really. Kinda weird since I never played barbies as a kid. She must get it from her Aunty Auty!!

We have also been paying more close attention to the garbage can. We have noticed that Kylie has been throwing away quite a few things. Just for the fun of it. Yesterday I alone found her wipe box, the t.v. remote, a necklace, a spoon, her sippy cup, and a shirt just to name a few all in the trash. Fun times picking through the trash! Really breaks up the rainy day.

Well,I am off to go play playdough (another activity that has saved our sanity, listen to a children's book on tape with Hannah, and probably dress some barbies and do some garbage picking. I know you are so jealous!! Peace Out!

Friday, September 11, 2009






Sunday, September 6, 2009


"You are my witness," declares the Lord, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I use to be a great runner. I ran track and cross country in high school and college. I even received medals. Which I proudly put on display via my leather letterman's jacket. Yes, I was that awesome. Nowadays? Me and running don't really go hand-in-hand like we use to. But I am going to change that. Thanks to my sister-in-law Autumn who has lit a fire under my booty! The girl despises running. But she has challenged herself to give it a try. And she is doing great. I couldn't be prouder of my little sis! heehee So now I have to show her who's the boss when it comes to running. And hopefully that will be me! JK But seriously I do feel like I need to get back into it. I am really looking forward to two different marathons coming up in October. I plan to walk the one 5K with my one friend who will be 37 weeks pregnant~~heck, if she can walk it than I can too. And then I plan to run a 5K after that. Its called the Autumn Equinox.....I love that name!! I hope Texas delivers a beautiful autumn day that day! So wish me luck! Tonight I hit the high school stomach is already doing flips just thinking about it. I have so many memories associated with a track that it will be exciting to see if I can even run one lap around! I am sure Hannah will help me if I need it. She is always up for a game of Monsters and Princesses!!!

So cheers!! I am drinking my last Mt. Dew for a very long time. Here on out its crystal light and pasta!!! Which doesn't sound that bad after all..........

Monday, August 31, 2009

Its Been Awhile.........

Life has been so busy lately (well, all summer) that I am have neglecting my blog...that and I have felt tapped for ideas, inspiration, motivation...etc, etc, etc. So I am not sure where this is leading I just knew that I needed to get on and try to get back into the swing of things!

Well, it has been over a year since we moved to TX and things are going pretty much the way I figured....or at least I am telling myself that! I knew that first year would be so exciting and fun and adventurous. And now as we are heading into our second year here I can't help but think about all the "what ifs". Oh the torture of the whatifs. Why do we even allow ourselves to ponder such incredulous situations that have not and will not happen? Torture, pure torture. A sample of just a couple (yes, I will spare you) : what if we had looked/bought this or that house? What if we had sold our house? What if we had bypassed TX for Indiana (or insert some other place we prayed about). But then I step back and realize: Amy! You are questioning God's plans that HE himself has laid out for you. You are here in this exact house, in this exact neighborhood, this exact city and state that God wants you to be in. And then I step back away from the situation and realize with a humble heart all the blessings God has put in my life. Danny has achieved his lifelong goal. I have made lifelong friends. My girls have made (and possibly have met their future husbands...heehee Boys w/ the last name Dudek!). I have found God and made my life more about Him than what it ever was. That alone is amazing to me. I know life with God would be great. I didn't realize it could be this good. And I am just touching the tip of the iceburg here. I have an incredible amount of areas that I need to grow on and learn and discover but I realize that my life is nothing short of a miracle. I still can't believe how lucky I am to have that urge, that feeling to want to be like Jesus, to want have a servants heart (and NO I am not talking just about wanting to stack chairs after church....heehee).


I am just grateful for the time I have here in TX to know God better, understand those around me better and just stop the whatifs and start looking toward the future. Bettering myself, enjoying my kids, loving my husband and of course! The holidays and creating our own memories and "kodak moments"!

Speaking of "kokak moments' camera is still on the fritz. The money I thought was coming in has not (in January I will be seeing it). Yes, thats right. After ALL the major holidays (okay, Christmas)....but at least we will get it. And I will be purchasing a brand new camera!!!!!! Yes, I am giddy!!!!

This is just a rambling blog........but here are some updates on the girls~~minus pics. Sorry!

Hannah is WAY into Monsters and Princesses......yes, we have entered that stage. So we go around the house (usually I am the monster and not the princess who gets to wear the crown) and we (ahem, I) chase my sweet Princess around and around and around making loud monster noises while the Princess (Hannah) giggles, shrieks, falls (you know she's not that graceful) and jumps continuosly. Really. There is no end in sight once we start that game. If any of you know the "No Catch Me Game" this is about a 1,000 times longer and way more active! So ya, I guess eating some M&Ms is now acceptable with all the calories I am burning while chasing Hannah.
And Kylie? Well....she is not a fan of that game for very long. In fact, after about 5 minutes she is crying so therefore I end up holding her while chasing Hannah all the while making funny monster noises. Yes, M&Ms are very much needed after that game!! heehee

Aside from that Kylie is great. Getting too big for me. She says some words that Dora has taught her: Backpack, Dora, Diego......oh yes! And Please, and of course Mama (over and over and over and over) Dada, and 'annah. She is literally running all over place, loves to wear shoes, and is starting to want to wear Hannah's panties over her diapers.

So ya, there you go. A rambling blog. Its better than nothing. OR not! heehee

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Today is the day I would move back North. Perhaps not Michigan, but maybe Indiana or one of the East Coast States. Yes, definitely one of the East Coasts. Maybe.

I am so sick of spotting beetles the size of golf balls climbing over over its their road or something. Up and over. Up and over huge strands of grass, leaves, sticks, etc. I'm over it.

I am so tired of "non-agreesive" wasps flying around me and my children. Sure, they are only there because they want the water we so willinging supply via our pool. But come on!! They do sting and I for one, am not going to get in their way. However, they do make it pretty impossibe to not come across one when they hide in the grass. Gggrrrr

And don't get me started on "cute, little dragonflies". Those things are HUGE!!! And fly all over my yard in a pack. Its like they started their own "Dragonfly Gang" right in my front yard. The way they whip around and back and forth has me doing so many bends and hops its about to drive me crazy!! I can't even roll down my windows until I am down the road for fear they will whiz right into the car.....yuck, yuck, yuck!!!!!!

I found a massive, huge, horrible, sick-to-my-stomach size BEE in my pool today. Which made me realize they are flying over my head. That is just too real for me. If you know me at all, I despise and freak out over the tiniest, smallest, little bug. So that just put me over the edge. I am over it!!!

I am just tired of bugs, bettles, bees, wasps, etc. Texas might not be the home for me. Things are definetley bigger in Texas and maybe thats not for me.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

some things to make ya smile!

This is just a gorgeous scene....a bit blurry darn it. The steps were so beautiful and so was Hannah!!!

This one is for my Dad: The USS Lexington in Corpus Christi

Make Love Not War!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


To keep all my numerous readers (aren't I hilarious!!).....entertained while my camera is getting fixed, or perhaps purchasing a new one...whatev, I will post some videos of the girls. Please do NOT look at the Mama who is featured in some of them......really, you will be doing yourself a HUGE favor!!

To start things out, here is a video right before we left for Sea World: Enjoy!

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Feeding the dolphins, watching Shamu do tricks, swimming in the ocean, riding on a riverboat....I ♥ vacation!!!!

Here are a few ALOT of pics from our Holiday (thats right, I'm European!). I loved every minute of it: even when we were stuck in construction for TWO WHOLE HOURS!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness for snacks (for the kids, that is!).


♥ Hannah and Kylie adopted two dolphins: Splash and (respectively) Shamu
♥ Iced Lemonaide on a hundred degree day= pure bliss
♥ Amazing mammals, amazing shows
♥ Thx to our Special Tour Guide Hannah and her Trusty Map we were never lost

THE OCEAN~~♥ ♥ ♥

♥ Went to a small ocean city, Rockport. A teeny tiny bit ghetto, but the ocean was beautiful
♥ Had the pleasure of "exploring" a hole-in-the-wall family dollar. WOW. I don't think I will ever forget the sand toys again

♥ It was Danny's first time to experience the ocean and we now call it "our home away from home".

♥ To make it memorable a seagull thought it might be a good idea to almost take a bite out of his hand when diving for his PB&J sandwich. Yikes


♥ Beautiful, romantic city! Next time I'll leave the kids and Danny's sister at the hotel. heehee

♥ Horrible tour guide, but beautiful history.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009


It has been a while between posts and I want to reassure you I have TONS to report, talk about, gossip, rattle on. You get the idea. HOWEVER, my camera cord is not working properly so I am w/o pictures........bummer! IDK what is up with it, but I am sure to get it working or I'll be buying a new one.....cord that is! I wish I could afford a better camera......this one keeps falling apart on me and its so frustrating because it is my passion to photograph my sad.

But anyhoo, here is a little bit of what is going on with us........with no pics. Again, terribly sorry and sad that I cannot share my beautiful babes with ya'll.

Well, God has really been testing my faith this month. Some things have happened that have put my own judgement to a test. I am so thankful for the friends God has blessed me with in that I was able to go to them and feel comfortable talking to them about what has been going on. I fully know and understand that God is working in me and through my friends and has once again confirmed that I am in the right place in my life and that I will indeed come across stumbling blocks that will test my integrity and my faith but through it all I have leaned on Christ and have searched my own heart and the scriptures to find the answers. I have been very thankful that God has given me the knowledge to know when things are not "quite right", when "blurring the lines" between what WE want, what we think is RIGHT to what really MATTERS and what GOD himself wants from us has really gotten me thinking this month. To all that, I am thankful and continue to learn and grow each day.

As for the girlies, well, they are getting cuter and wiser, and funnier, and cuter (yes...I know, I know). But its all true! I love them and I love the way they give multiple hugs to each other throughout the day, even when Hannah tries to put Kylie into timeout they still hug it out!! They are such sweet, compassionate little girls.......when they want to be. We are still working on listening and behaving and manners and being gentle.........oh, wait...that will never end!! heehee Hannah is so full of information these days and it just amazes me. Her new favorite thing is snuggling with her Daddy while the two of them watch "How Its Made". Yes, yes, they are both true dorks! heehee And Kylie's new thing is to give kisses and HUGE hugs to me!!!! She will come running across the room and just wrap her little arms tightly around me. Best Feeling in the Whole World!!!!!!!!

Well, thats about all that is new with us. My cousin Eric came and had dinner with us! Loved it!!! We haven't seen him in about 3 years and it was so good to see him all grown up (the military was good to him) and just hearing his plans for his life and I can't wait until his wife Rachel and him move down to OK so we can get together more often. I am truly a "Family" girl. My Mom comes in this Friday and I am beyond excited!!!!!!!! And then after that Autumn comes in and off to Sea World we go! Super, duper excited. Fun plans for this summer already starting.

Hopefully my camera starts behaving and I will be able to post pics of our wonderful vacations!!!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Lets Hear it For The Girls'!!!!!!!!!!!! wouldn't believe the hassle it was to try to post.......or I should say transfer pictures to blog about...............silly computers! Anyway, here they are: pictures of some sweet way-too-cute-for-their-own-good girls!

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all who served: especially our loved ones!!!!

Fruit Salad, Yummy! Yummy!

Ready for some Sunbabing~~~watch out boys!!!

And yes, we have been gardening! I have a real passion for it this summer so I hope to make my Mama proud!!! heeheee I am little by little tidying up the flower beds that have all sorts of bugs (which Hannah routinely points out to me by screaming and running away) and tons of leaves, rocks, weeds, and overgrown ivy in them. BUT its a great workout and Hannah loves to help so I am teaching her as well. And trust me, those plants do NOT go a day without being watered. Hannah reminds me all the time! Next up: the area in front of the pool and the area in front of the front windows. Wish me luck!

Nothing says "Serious Gardner" than a pair of Dora Gardner Gloves!

My Little Digger

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