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I Pulled Off The Birthday!!

OH MY GOSH EVERYONE!

I did it!!  I can barely believe it.  We worked SO hard.  Not only did people call to say what a great time they had,  but also to tell me how beautiful the house was.  After they commented on Val being so great, and her two “dad’s” being so great.

Yeah, I’m drinking in those pics..lol.  Jason, Val’s dad (you can totally see which one he is) went on a “beer run”.  Mark is the tall one.

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Jason is standing on a chair..lol.  They did that together.

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Here’s Val and her zombie pencil toppers.  Gotta have zombies.

I can’t believe she is 15 already.

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That’s my mom on the right, my sister Nichole, my nephew (her and Mike’s son) Quentin and Mike on the end.  It was awesome to have everyone!Image

Closest to you in the pic is Val’s “Poppop”( Jason’s dad), Helen (Poppop’s girl), Mark’s mom Marylin and Mark’s dad Don.  Yep!  All two of her families!  Mark’s dad, Don, is the one that works on our house with Mark EVERY day and weekend.  I thank God for him.  Poppop has a special bond with Val that began literally in the delivery room.  Yeah, EVERYONE was in the room.  I was pretty sure I was going to die, so I wanted to see everyone.  That’s why I only have one kid..lol.Image

Had to get my dad Tom in there! As I’m reaching for my drink..lol.  Mark is behind me.

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This is a PIECE of art Valarie’s friend Aja drew.  Her mom and I are so close.  Her daughter is 14.  This made us all tear up.  I cried more than once.  I am still getting phone calls about this.  She said “Everyone should have a picture of what they really look like.”  It has become one of Val’s most prized possessions.  It is really incredible.  Yes, her mother is totally all over this talent!  I look at it every day.  It also helped Val in the self-esteem issue she has been having.  Yes Val.  You are beautiful, and smart and …well the picture says it all.

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Finally, the most important.  Valarie, me and her father.  I picked a great dad.  She knows she is first and we put our differences aside for HER.  It makes us better parents and better people.  We laughed so hard.  Jason was making us make faces. 

I am so proud of my daughter, my family. 

I love everyone so much.

Here’s to a rich life full of love and family.

MJ, wish you were here. 
Em

I’M HOME!

Hello All!

After spending about 6 months at my sister’s house I am finally home.  Well, now I feel like I have two homes.

I was there to take care of our kids, three of her’s one of mine, two dogs, the house and the yard.  I didn’t do so hot with the yard..that’s a whole ‘nother post.

Anyways, my brother-in-law was getting tandem stem cell transplants to fight a particularly nasty form of lymphoma.  Mike and my sister, Nichole had to live in Seattle at an apartment in the Pete Gross House.  While Mike was getting the treatments, my sister was his caregiver. 

Without her being there, I don’t think this would have been as successful as it was.  Mike looks and feels great. 

They are so happy to be home!

I learned that no
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MJ’s Jewelry Pieces

I have to say that I am beyond proud of MJ.  Her jewelry is wonderfully done.  It is truly “her”, whimsy, faerie, woodsy, delicate, creative, not ordinary, and endlessly feminine, which is kind of funny because you wouldn’t catch her in a dress unless she’s forced to wear one.

 Everything she IS she has worked into her pieces.

One summer while I was visiting we just made jewelry like crazy.  We learned from each other, collaborated on stuff, and I taught her a few things. 

What I can’t teach her is what she already has inside of her.  She brought that out all by her DANG self and took off with it!  Here we now have beautiful one of a kind pieces of art.  All I really showed her was how to wrap a head pin..lol!  She has such a creative mind.  I love her style.

Growing up, both of us thought we had issues with “finding” our style.  Looking back I can see it was always there, I would say more for her than me, but I think she would say the same about me. 

Now that we are older and fearless, we aren’t scared to run with the faeries, chase the butterflies and believe in magic!  MJ clearly shows that in her jewelry. 

MJ, you are creating magic!  Keep going!  I’ll get on track one of these days, but for now I just love to see what you are doing. 

Someone asked me if I was jealous!  NOPE!  I am proud!   I love that you call me and ask me what I think.  You sometimes think you are bothering me, but NEVER!  I am always excited to see what you have come up with. 

Are you giving that necklace to you know who?  I think you should… sorry I’m a tad biased 🙂

I Love you to the moon MJ!  You are my inspiration, since we were FIVE!  (did you know that?)

Here’s to lifetime friendships! 

Sprinkled with some faerie dust…

Yes MJ, I know it’s Saturday, I just couldn’t help myself, had to write about you!

The pic is a ring that MJ bought me …oh IDK.. Maybe 15 or more years ago??  Let’s just say forever ago.  I wear it on my left thumb, and I’ve even replaced a stone.  I will NOT take it off, they even let me wear it during surgery.
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