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New Year, New Dog!

January 8, 2010 in Family, Friendship, Pets

Murphy made his life long dream of being a Doggie Daddy come true in 2010. He adopted the sweetest little pup from Spokanimal and named her Penny. She’s about 1 year old and we’re guessing she’s a little hound, a little lab, a little retriever and lot of who knows what-else in her. FreePetProjectsButton But it all adds up to be adorable. She instantly bonded with Murphy and is friendly to all. Murphy is getting used to having a constant shadow. Wherever he is, Penny is at his side smiling from ear to ear. Murphy hasn’t headed back to school yet, so they’ve been camping out in my basement and so far we are incident free! I’m so happy the two of them have found each other.


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Heart of a Hero

December 5, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Current Affairs, Family, Friendship, Quilting, Quotes

ICareWithQuilts Sometimes we don’t think about some of the agony that volunteers and people who serve others can feel. However, a letter I received from the founder of American Hero Quilts reminded me of that. We featured this organization in our newest book “I Care with Quilts” and as a thank you to Sue Nebeker, the founder I sent her a couple autographed copies of the book. Here is an excerpt from the letter she sent to me.

“I wanted to tell you a little bit about the arrival of your unexpected package and what a gift it was on a very difficult day. The day started with a phone call letting me know that a young Marine I had come to know had succumbed during a facial reconstructive surgery. I then sent off three quilts to a family where their daddy had been killed. We packed the car with 100 quilt to go to Madigan (Army Medical Center ) and another 25 to be mailed to our wounded service men and women getting care in other states. In truth I arrived home quite depressed and once again wondering how I could continue this. My friend and volunteer greeted me at the door with a huge smile and your book. This was just the medicine I needed.”

The message was clear – the volunteers who give their heart and soul to look out for others, need us to look out for them too. It really can make a difference.

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Grace your Table

November 24, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Family, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quotes, Scrapbooking TableCard Grace your table with this quote of Thanksgiving to remind us all to express our gratitude on this day of thanks and everyday. We all seem to need little reminders (I know I do). Download this quote and post on a scrapbook paper tent card on the table as a reminder this season.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Love, Debbie


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October 21, 2009 in Creativity, Family, Holidays PumpkinBullet1 Buy Halloween Candy!  (Baby Ruth is hardest to resist for me)

OzPumpkinBullet2  Pick out Costumes (When I was a girl my favorite costume was a Hobo. I put a bag on a stick and coffee grounds on my face for beard stubble)

PumpkinBullet1 Big sale on Candy – better get some more

PumpkinBullet2 Go to the local Harvest festival to select a potpourri of pumpkins

PumpkinBullet1 Send Halloween Postcards – Use  6 ½ x 4 ½  paper Cardstock from our new Harvest & Holiday paper pack.  Just add a message, address & postage to the back and drop in the mailbox- simple as that!

PumpkinBullet2 Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest among your family members

PumpkinBullet1 For Quick Halloween Night Window décor – paint a couple wooden candlesticks black, cover with black glitter and top with a couple of small carved and lit pumpkinsCarmelCorn

PumpkinBullet2 Decorate the Front Porch – gather any of the following: Cornstalks, hay bales, old broom, scarecrow, golden colored mums, autumn leaf garland, luminaries, a basket full of gourds, a door banner and of course an assortment of pumpkins & autumn leaves to cover the steps. 

PumpkinBullet1  Make some Fast Caramel Corn

PumpkinBullet2 No time to make Caramel Corn? – Stock up on more Candy – Don’t want to run out!

PumpkinBullet1 Halloween is Saturday night this year – Invite friends over to celebrate. My new tradition is having my little friends Kate & Lena over to help me answer the front door and pass out candy. They love the princess costumes and scream and run away at the scary ones. It’s always entertaining!

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Grandparent’s Day is Today

September 13, 2009 in Family, Friendship, Weblogs

85 There are countless ways that Grandparents contribute to the raising of our collective kids – by baking cookies together, having overnight slumber parties, taking them on a special trip, lots of babysitting, helping out with expenses, reading stories, tolerating lots of messes, outings to the park, clapping louder than anyone at the recital and sitting through countless animated movies.

Even though they usually don’t require it, any bit of thanks is usually appreciated.

Remember to send your Grandparent a little “Thanks” on this Grandparent’s Day.


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Coloring for Grandparents

September 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Family

WebImage1 I’ve got a great little coloring project perfect for little ones who want to make something special for Grandma and/or Grandpa for Grandparents Day. (It’s next Sunday, September 13!)

Pick up a fresh box of crayons and download as many copies as you need to entertain the kids with a fun afternoon project. Pop them in the mail just to arrive in time for the 13th.

Also, check out our new Grandparent’s Day e-card and pop it in the virtual mail box for instant delivery.


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The World’s Gone MAD

August 8, 2009 in Family, Friendship, Television

 WorldsGoneMad I know I have anyway. The countdown in underway on my calendar for the Premiere of Mad Men’s Season Three and it’s only one week away!  If you’re a Mad Men Fan (like I obviously am), be sure to set your DVR, TiVo, VCR (or whatever) to AMC, Sunday, August 16 at 10:00pm.

Mad-men-season3-hed Murphy, Anna and I have already made plans for our Premiere Party. We’ll make a 60’s meal – I’m thinking a Tuna Casserole dish and maybe I’ll try one of the Old Fashions that Don Draper is always drinking. However, we have all agreed that there will be no chain smoking! If you have Comcast, you can catch up right now on all the Season Two episodes on On Demand.

DebbieAvatar Or, you may need to call in sick on Monday, August 10 to watch the all-day Mad Med Marathon on AMC.

For even more fun go to this link

I did it and turned it into my screensaver while I count down the days to August 16. Go Mad!

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Vacation Getaway Recap

July 23, 2009 in Excercise, Family, Food and Drink, Friendship, Holidays, Well-Being

 IMG_0371   IMG_0375 I grew up in Seattle and making a road trip to vacation at the Ocean was a favorite tradition in my family. We revisited this tradition with a recent trip to a coastal fishing town in Washington called Westport. We spent time doing all the touristy attractions. We climbed 135 steps to the top of the tallest lighthouse in the Northwest and learned about what an enormous job it was to keep a lighthouse operating. (Now replaced by simpler, modern technology) IMG_0372I didn’t realize that every single lighthouse has a different light signal soIMG_0385 sailors know where they are.  We dined at the oldest resort in Washington. (we did our best to ignore the ants that were crawling around on the table – but couldn’t help but laugh about it after) We browsed the gift shops, the Oyster Farm, bought cans of best Tuna you’ll ever taste, toured the Museum, and even spent a few hours tasting and lunching at the Westport Winery.  IMG_0367When we weren’t being tourists, we enjoyed walking the beach looking for whole sand dollars while taking in the wonderful sea air. It’s actually a pretty decent work-out to walk against the wind and trudge through the soft sand. (an excuse to eat more!) When you grow up with certain smells and sounds it is so very nostalgic to experience them again. We happened upon a great driftwood structure that we surmised locals had spent many hours constructing. But mostly we ate – and every meal was seafood.  And it was all great seafood – crab, oysters, clams, tuna and prawns and then we’d do it all over again. Don’t worry though – we ate our veggies too – my sister introduced us to the best Bloody Mary ever!

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Kris Retires

July 12, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Family, Friendship

Kris1No one likes change, unless it’s their idea. But you know what they say about change, it is the one thing you can count on to be constant. After 10 years at Debbie Mumm, Kris decided she was ready to retire and attend to some family priorities. Good for her, bad for me!

The good thing is it gave us an excuse to have a little party and shower her with gifts.Kris3 Because she is going to be spending some of her time caring for her  Mother, our group at the office made her an RX Caregiver’s Kit.  We filled it with all her favorite beverages, lots of scrapbooking supplies, we all scrapbooked a photo of ourselves and filled it with lots of other goodies too. Kris2 As an assistant to me for 10 years, Kris did many things to take care of me in and out of the office. So I guess after looking after me, doing the same for her Mom will be a piece of cake.

I’ll always be grateful to her for the millions of “extras” she did to make my life easier. Because she has such a passion for Scrapbooking, I decided to create a Memory book with photos and captions for her to remember the people, trips and fun parties we shared. Best wishes and many thanks to you Kris.

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Happy Father’s Day and First Day of Summer!

June 21, 2009 in Family, Friendship, Holidays

HomeComingsButton Hope it’s a wonderful day of Sunshine and Backyard BBQ’s.

For your upcoming summer Parties, use our easy to send e-card invitations. Just fill in your details and you’re done!


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Mom’s Weekend

April 9, 2009 in Family

Dorm I’ve been keeping you up to speed on Spring projects, but it’s been a while since a Murphy update. This weekend was all about Murphy and Mom. It was Mom’s weekend on Campus and I’ve been looking forward to this since I tried to make a hotel reservation 6 months ago. The hotels were booked and at first I had some “reservation” when I realized I was going to be sleeping on his little dorm room bed. The more I thought about it, the more I looked forward to camping out on campus. ThaiHis cozy little room for one gave us the close quarters that allowed for some great Mother-Son conversations. We barely even paid attention to the movies I had brought just in case.  We had a few chuckles over the routine we had created of him standing guard in the hall every time I had to use the restroom in his all male dorm.

Shoes On a sunny Saturday morning stroll on our way back from breakfast, I leaned into Murphy and told him that I was having the best time. He leaned back into me and flashed me a Murphy grin and said with perhaps a little surprise in his voice that he was having a great time too. It was “a moment.” I must say every time I saw a Mother-Son duo hauling a sleeping mattress, stocking up on supplies (and new shoes) at the Mall, out for a meal, or just smiling and laughing together it kind of melted my heart. It’s a big birthday week too as Murphy officially said good-bye to his teens……oh, it all makes a Mother proud.

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All About You - Part 2

August 28, 2008 in Family, Quotes, Well-Being



22. FAVORITE SMELLS? The ground after it rains, fresh rosemary and coffee.


24. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Gymnastics (have to admit I'm getting tired of "diving.")

25. HAIR COLOR? Natural or colored?  Oops - "Only my hairdresser knows for sure."

26. EYE COLOR?  Depends on what I'm wearing.  Usually green, but sometimes blue.


28. FAVORITE FOOD? Adams Crunchy Peanut butter

29. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? I'm under the seat at a scary movie. Happy endings, for sure.

30. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (recommend you see this one as a rental only - the first one was much better)

31. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Green with blue and tan owls.

32. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer (I still have 14 things to do before it's over)


34. FAVORITE DESSERT? Homemade Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie

35. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?  "Have your Cake and Kill Him Too" by Nancy Martin

36. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Wireless Mouse - no pad

37. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Guilty of watching "Swingtown" that I DVR'd.


39. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? I'm not sure if it's further to Brazil or Australia.  Both were long, long flights - especially coming home!

40. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?  Some tell me I'm artistically inclined.  I have to work at it though.

41. DO YOU FORWARD CHAIN E-MAILS?  Almost never.  However, in this case.....I suggest you delete my answers, fill in your own and send them to your friends to get to know you better.

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All About You - Part 1

August 22, 2008 in Family, Quotes, Well-Being

Blogphotos1_2 Blogphotos2_2 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Sometimes I tell people that I'm named after Debbie Reynolds, or maybe Deborah Kerr, but I might have made that up.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? When I stepped on the scale.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Not as much as I wish I did. When I write fast, it's pretty sloppy (which is most the time).

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? I always get chicken, but I do have a fondness for roast beef too.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes, my son is Murphy.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I'd like to think so.  I'm not nearly as high maintenance as everyone tells me. HA!

Apparently, I'm not completely "sarcasm-free."




11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? I've eliminated "tie-shoes" from my wardrobe.

I can't decide if I'm getting emotionally stronger or weaker over time.  Physically, I'm no Incredible Hulk, that's for sure.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?  Chocolate, no question.


15. RED OR PINK? Pink.

My memory.  It seems to be diminishing.....I'm sorry, What was the question?

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Murphy, when he is away at college.

18. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Brown.  (I know, how boring)

19. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? 3 strawberries and a Wasa cracker

20. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? I'm listening to a downpour of hail and "Smoky Mountain Hits" is playing on the CD player.

(2nd part of the list to come!)

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Forever Family

August 11, 2008 in Creativity, Family, Quotes

Quoteaugust08 There is very little in our lives and in our world that doesn’t change. And change seems to roll in faster than ever. It seems once you think you have something (or someone) figured out, it changes! When I look back at all the different chapters of my life, it’s surprising to realize how the stories and characters continue to change. Debbiesfam I also recognize how different I am and how I continue to change too. (Although, I’m hoping, for the better ~ opinions may vary on that.) You do start to wonder if there is anything that is constant. For many of us there are certain people that we can always count on to remain a part of our lives at least in spirit and that is family. Kris offers us the following Quote of the Month for August; “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.”

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An Explosive Fourth!

July 9, 2008 in Family, Friendship, Holidays, Well-Being

Well, my holiday weekend plans took a big change of course........

Firework1 So much for the Rooftop party downtown to watch the Fireworks, so much for going up to Green Bluff to pick Strawberries and have a picnic, so much for going to see Steve Carrel's "GET SMART"........

I conducted my own (internal) symphony of Fireworks with an ambulance ride to the hospital with a ruptured Appendix!

Firework2 I'm still home recovering after the surgery - but thought I shouldn't wait any longer to explain my absense. By the way, there will be no photos in this blog! Although, I wish I had my camera when they had to pull over the ambulance so the Newbie Paramedic in training (her 3rd call!) could insert my IV. There was much fumbling - I just looked away. I wouldn't have minded having a photo of my son sitting by my side in the ER and the next couple days attending and comforting me. The McDreamy ER Doc would have been a good shot too. (and we thought that only existed on TV) I would have been pretty glamorous in a shot of me trying to get a spoonful of broth to my lips while every appendage was hooked up to some monitoring device. My whole body was bloated and swollen and I looked 20 pounds heavier too. Yes, that would have been a good one - but I forgot my camera.

A shot of Murphy and Anna accompanying me in my hospital gown with my two day old bedhead while I shuffled around the 4th floor with my IV tree would have been a cute one. I would have loved to have had a photo of my friend Lynn making up batches of soup for me to eat while I recovered and Dan hooking up my DVD player so I could watch movies from the sofa. My friend Jennifer brought me a new (cute!) set of pajamas from Victoria's Secret which was a big lift for me because now I have daytime PJ's that are different from my night time PJ's. Even though I've been home for days now and I know where my camera is, I'm still not going to take any photos. I'm sure you understand. Hope you all had a Happy Fourth!

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Quote of the Month

May 7, 2008 in Creativity, Family, Quotes

It’s May! It’s May!
Quotemay08 I just love May – maybe because it’s Spring, or Mother’s Day or maybe because it’s my Birthday month. I’ve always had such positive associations with May. I love the Quote of the Month that Kris brought us for this month. “Happiness is the art of making a bouquet of those flowers within reach.” Being grateful and happy for all that you have in your life and then making something beautiful with those gifts is really what makes your life a success and is such a joyful way to live with appreciation. I certainly appreciate being reminded of that simple, yet meaningful lesson. Kris also went to her Scrap Bin for all the materials to embellish and decorate her quote which brings a double meaning to these words.  Use what you have! (especially your talents) Flower That’s one of the many reasons why we love Crafting – we use our resources and create something tangible. Happy, Happy May!

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Mother’s Day is Coming (soon!)

April 30, 2008 in Family

May is nearly upon us and it’s time to focus on Mother’s Day. While there’s still time, here are a few ideas to celebrate your Mom:

  1. Jas_product Is she a gardener or just loves Spring? I have a  great new assortment of garden-theme products  available at JoAnn’s to choose from. A garden organizer or watering can along with some gardening gloves and  clogs will get her in the right spirit to enjoy a Sunday in her own backyard. Add a few seeds to plant and if you volunteer to help out for a couple hours you’re sure to make her smile.
  2. There are a lot of Moms out there that are crazy about scrapbooking. Add some new papers and stickers to her collection.
  3. Beadedpot_2Paint a flowerpot in her favorite color, trim the edge with beads and add an easy-to-care-for house plant.
  4. Yarn Knitters can never get enough you know what – YARN! Along with a fresh set of needles and a subscription to a knitting magazine, your gift will inspire her next project.
  5. If you make her a hand-beaded necklace or  bracelet, she’ll be able to say with a proud grin, “Why thank you, my daughter made it for me,” every time she receives a  compliment.
  6. Cpotmchalkboard Impress her with your craftiness by making up one of our projects from the website. Just right for Mom and if you get started now, there’s just enough time to whip up the one you think will please Mom the most. Click on our link for instructions to make a Garden Dangler, a decorative Chalkboard or a simple quilt throw.
  7. The classics always work and are appreciated – Sunday brunch and tickets for two to the theater or an upcoming stage show.
  8. If your Mom is anything like mine, a card that expresses your grateful and loving words that come from your heart is all the gift that she really wants.

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Countdown to College

September 25, 2007 in Family

Img_0461 The last few weeks have been all about lists, prep and planning for Murphy moving into the dorm and starting college. What an interesting combination of managing and letting go - and the tug of war between resisting and embracing both of those concepts.

I did see a new level of mature behavior from Murphy that included making LISTS!!....and then systematically checking off task after task. Don't get me wrong - there were still several moments (okay, days and weeks) of procrastination, but on moving day - he was ready.

I was even ready.  After three major melt-downs (aka crying jags), even I was feeling -- "let's just get on with it!"  It's not just the culmination of weeks of preparation, it's really years of anticipation. Today was the day, Move-in Day. I had grown the biggest canker-sore known to man and my neck was in spasm. So, even though I was ready, I was exhibiting some classic physical signs of stress.

Img_0467 It was a beautiful day and a well orchestrated send-off. I'm not worried at all about my son. He's poised for an incredible opportunity for education and in an environment that is exciting and caring. Honestly, it's me that I'm worried about. Learning a whole new way of living without my son as part of my day-to-day is a little daunting. So, bear with me.....I admit to be suffering a little from the "empty-nest" syndrome.

I had a late flight home that evening....I was spent, I was wiped out, I was the one next to the window curled in a ball with blanket over my head and a wad of Kleenex on the next seat.

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Back to School Preparations

August 1, 2007 in Family

Back to School hasn’t taken on such significance for me since Murphy’s early school days. Bookworm_2This fall it’s off to College for the first time.  We just went to College Orientation and it was so great to get some of the unknowns addressed, especially for Murphy.  He started out the morning nervous and stressed and ended it excited and smiling. 

He spent his first night in the dorm and his roommate for the night was quite the social butterfly. Apparently it was a little hard to sleep with visitors coming and going until the wee hours.  The kids and parents split up to learn about a lot of the same stuff – but addressed from our differing perspectives.  Schoolhouse Drama students acted out some of Booksthe phone conversations that many kids and parents exchange early in the college experience – you know like, “Mom, I’ve made the worst mistake of my life,” or “Dad, send money now unless you want me to starve, “ or “I can’t keep up with my classes– but my social life is great,” or “My roommate and I aren’t speaking,”  or “I’ve made my own plans for Christmas Break – but I need you to make my reservations and pay for it,” etc, etc…. They helped us plan ahead as parents and students for some of the inevitable transitional issues that are just around the corner. 

And of course, we learned about meal plans, dorms, philosophies of a Jesuit education, talked to other parents, and saw a bunch of kids who didn’t look old enough to be going to college. 

All in all, I am SO PROUD and THRILLED that Murphy will have this kind of opportunity.

Oh, and he started his summer job working at a restaurant – it was a banner week!


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Pomp, Circumstance and Bill Gates

June 14, 2007 in Family

Classpic_3 Winding down to Graduation day for my son felt more like amping up to me. Trauma, tests, and fruit trays; plenty of pomp, parties, pushing and being pooped; for "Circumstance" -there was good, gracious and god-awful; and, College - dealing with denial and acceptance!; Spending (whether it was cash or energy) -it was some, lots and endless.......

Debbiemurphy I must admit - the emotions of getting through these last several weeks leading to graduation have been all over the spectrum. As busy and crazy as my life can be -- it all paled in comparison to getting Murphy to and through graduation.

All in all, it truly was wonderful and I feel accomplished myself in surviving it all. 

MurphythegraduateGraduation Day was beautiful and personal and on the school campus. My son was lucky enought to attend the same small private school for the last 12 years. When he transferred from Preschool with an enormous amount of tears and trepidation to St. George's - little 5 year old Murphy begged that he never have to change schools again.

I was never one to regret seeing Murphy move on to the next stage of life and graduation from HS was no different to me in that respect. (but for the record, that may all change when he takes off for college!)

Billgateshandshake Each of the 36 graduating seniors was acknowledged and described in startling accuracy by the Head of School. Parents, family, and special teachers handed off the diplomas, and each graduating senior then shook the hands of Bill and Melinda Gates. Yes, you read that right! They were the Guest speakers at St.  George's graduation. (OK, so Bill's niece has been a classmate of Murphy's for the last 12 years - so that may have had something to do with his appearance) The best quote from his speech was, "...the final measure of your life won't be how well you live - but how well others live, because of you." (I love that!)

Cake It felt like quite an honor to all of us. However, even if he is one of the most famous (not to mention wealthy and powerful) people on the planet - it was still our seniors who were the stars of the day.

I must admit, as wonderful as it all was - I'm so glad it's done. Now, if I can get him to find a summer job - that may be my greatest parental accomplishment ever.


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Prom Night

June 7, 2007 in Family

Murphyannaprom2_2 Since I'm exposing you to most of my Murphy Milestone' was Senior Prom last night. PromgroupWe have a tradition of getting together at one of the parent's homes to take pictures of the group and then individual photos of the "couples." It's been fun to watch them "evolve" in their comfort level with the whole thing over the years. The first few formal dances they were so awkward and uncomfortable and by last night for the Senior prom - it was like "old hat!"  Murphyannaprom1But it was still a milestone - the last High School formal dance. Murphy has dated the same girl for almost a year now - so that also felt comfortable. Not feeling awkward in the company of a "girl."

After photos they were off in the pair of giant LIMOS to dinner and a lake cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene.  Hopefully, today when I hear about it, I'll get more than, "It was fun." Getting details out of a teenage son can sometimes be like "pulling teeth!" I'm sure all you mothers of boys know what I'm talking about.

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Happy Mother's Day!

May 11, 2007 in Family

Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to acknowledge your Mom in a special way for being an important mentor in your life?

I recently had that opportunity. I was interviewed by about how my mother had influenced me in my business. Even though they chose a single quote from the interview – I sent her the whole thing so she knew how I felt. I was very happy to be able to think about and share the meaningful influence she had me.


Rose My best wishes and thanks to all Mother’s on their important and positive influences they have! (even when they don’t realize it or are thanked for it)

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About A Boy

April 13, 2007 in Family

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Murphy (my little boy) turned 18 this week. How can that be?  Seriously, how can that be? Didn't I just pack away his baby clothes? Wasn't it yesterday I followed him around every minute making sure he didn't bang his head on the coffee table or lose his footing on the stairs? Wasn't it just days ago that I witnessed him drum up the courage to get on the school bus for the first time? Didn't I just wake up after a matinee showing of (the original) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie?

Murphy5_2Murphy2_5Murphy3Murphy4Wasn't it just weeks ago that Pokemon cards and Lego parts covered his bedroom floor? Certainly it was just last Halloween that he dressed up in his Turtle costume and was ready to go home after just a half an hour of trick-or-treating? It seems like just yesterday that all he wanted to eat was Macaroni and Cheese and Chicken Nuggets (instead of Sushi and Starbucks). It just doesn't seem that long ago that everything on his birthday wish list could be found at Toys 'r Us instead of his current standard request for Cash and Fuel Cards.

Murphy8_3 Murphy7_2 Murphy6_2 I never thought I'd see the day when he would read literature for fun, play his guitar and sing in public voluntarily. I try not to show my shock when he proclaimed that he would like to teach English to high school students and the first time I heard him call his girlfriend, "babe." And I certainly never believed the day would come this soon that he would be buying Joni Mitchell and Frank Sinatra albums with his own money. 

Murphy9You know, now that I think about it, there are still a few things that haven't changed that much......instead of an hour in the bathtub, it's an hour in the shower. I still pack his lunch and prod him to get ready for school. Come to think of it, he still does like Macaroni and Cheese. And my heart still breaks if I even sense that he is a little sad or disappointed. And my heart still swells every one of the many times he makes me proud.   

After 18 years, it's still all about a boy.   

Pretty soon, today will feel "just like yesterday."


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Murphy's Escapades

December 17, 2006 in Family, Games

My son braved a bitter cold (17degrees) night camped outside Best Buy last night so he could purchase himself the Wii!  A buddy of his had managed to get one in the first shipment and Murphy was hooked after a few intense sessions.  (anything to avoid studying for finals!)  Last night around 9:00 PM we were running around like crazy looking for thermal socks, long underwear, hats, blankets and a thermos that I was willing to part with if it didn't make it back. He, trying to convince me ... "I'll be fine, Mom."  And me throwing extra blankets and coats at him as he was trying to make his escape. Murphy and his two buddies were in good position as 6th in line.  I called him at midnight to make sure he was set up to survive and said goodnight.  I kept stirring all night and looking at the clock just hoping he wasn't freezing his tooshy off. But somehow, I still managed in sleep in (after all, it was Sunday morning!). When I did wake up - I peeked in his room to find him with a down comforter tight around his neck and a space heater turned up full blast.  And luckily, there was the Wii box sitting on t he kitchen coNintendo_wii_007_3unter.

So tonight we got to is fun!  Murphy and his girlfriend and I all took turns.  Yes, even a 50 year old woman can learn to play video games on a Wii.  You make characters that resemble you and then actually simulate playing tennis and bowling and goCharacters2_2lf (you know, games you've actually heard of).

Hopefully, I won't wind up in physical therapy with tennis elbow. I'm not kidding - I had to stop because my arm was sore!


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My Idaho Thanksgiving Adventure

November 26, 2006 in Family, Food and Drink, Friendship, Holidays

For_blog_4 I just have to tell you about my fun Thanksgiving.  I have a very special group of friends that I consider "family."  In fact we call ourselves "Ohana" which means extended family in Hawaiian.  So, as tradition has it, we spent the holiday together.  This year we went to Lynn and Neil's who live on Hoodoo Mountain in Idaho.  Packed with pies and all the ingredients to make a new Cranberry Yam recipe, my son and I drove up right after work on Wednesday.  All 14 of us decided to spend the night (just because it's so much more fun).  Big, huge, silver dollar size snowflakes started to fall just as I was starting to drive up the mountain.  And they never stopped.  It was fun to watch them coat the ground, the trees and the power lines.  You get where I'm going now, don't you?  (Power lines was the clue)  Early (like 4 am) on Thanksgiving we lost power.  The 26 lb turkey was suppose to go in the oven at 6:30 am for dinner at 2:00.

We never feared that we'd starve, but our Turkey dinner was in jeopardy.  (Oh, and the pump that keeps the plumbing working is electric - so, no water or facilities either!)  Of course, being on a mountain in Idaho, they have a wood stove.  So we huddled around that in our jammies for a few hours.  On the stove we heated a ration of water for coffee.  Mary even managed to cook some chicken apple sausage and scrambled eggs on the stove for us.  Much to our relief (and a touch of disappointment) the power was back on by late morning.  And the turkey went in the oven. I managed to stay in my jammies until about 3:00pm when it was my turn to use the shower.  What a great day.  Dinner was about 4 1/2 hours later than planned - and what a feast it was.  Much to all our surprise, my 17 year old son asked if he could cook up the cranberry sauce. My pies were gone long before dinner and the new recipe for Cranberry Yams got rave reviews and we decided it was a keeper. Debbie 

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