Easter Baskets and Chocolate Bunnies

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It’s that time again! The time when we start seeing Easter everywhere. The time when we start thinking about the Easter Bunny coming to fill up those baskets. We still have a visit from that bunny every year.

When they were little, filling the basket was easy. They liked candy and lots of it. I would find a chocolate bunny that fit the age they were. I could put in cute toys, coloring books, crayons of course a stuffed bunny. That is how both my kids got their favorite stuffed animals that became their bedtime buddies. And we did an egg hunt with eggs filled candy and stickers and little toys.

When they got a little older, it became a little harder to fill those baskets. Their tastes got more specific. They started to like certain kinds of candy. Filling their baskets consisted of stuff like pens, colored markers and pencils, drawing pads, card games and of course the chocolate bunny! The eggs they hunted were filled with M & M’s and loose change.

Then they became teenagers. Now they have very specific tastes. They were barely looking at most of the stuff in the baskets. They ate the candy which is carefully chosen just for them. They would watch the DVD that was in their basket. But most of the stuff I painstakingly picked out just for them sat in the basket until I put it away or got rid of it. The egg hunt, which was mostly because I wasn’t ready to give it up, was filled with a few M & M’s, loose change and paper money. The chocolate bunny didn’t get looked at. Last year we ended the egg hunt all together and I put cash in eggs in their baskets.

This year, I decided I not complete ready to give up the Bunny’s visit all together. I am not going to worry about filling the baskets with stuff just to fill the baskets. But what do I get my teenagers? I went and bought them stuff that I knew they wanted or needed (ok they picked out the stuff) so I know it’s exactly what they wanted. No more chocolate bunnies or egg hunts! It’s gift cards, makeup and video game chargers and of course an egg with cash! I still had to continue at least one tradition! Oh and M & M’s so I guess that’s two traditions!

And maybe a chocolate bunny just for me!


Sweet Sixteen

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Happy Sweet 16th Birthday Abby!

My sweet baby is all grown up! She is sixteen today!

Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday she was my new little baby girl? Born a week before Easter with a full head of dark curly hair. She won us over immediately and has been winning us over ever since.

She was so excited to turn 16 and not because she was getting her driver’s license. Because of her busy dance schedule, she will not be getting her license for a couple of months. She was excited to just be 16! It was like she was a little girl again. She has been dancing around the house for two days and telling everyone she was turning 16! She has been all smiles and laughter for days with anticipation of today!

Yesterday, she celebrated with her dance friends. They decorated cupcakes and played music and laughed and ate pizza? She just had fun, just like when she was little.

Today, she woke up and immediately wanted to open presents! We made a her cake together and decorated too! We had the whole family over for spaghetti dinner and cake. Pasta is one of her favorite things.

And now she is with her boyfriend on a walk! So I guess she is not a little girl after all. She is all grown up and 16. Sweet Sixteen!


Saint Patrick’s Day

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

The day for the lucky! The day of leprechauns and pots of gold. The day of corned beef and cabbage and let’s not forget green beer!

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This day is celebrated for the Catholic Saint Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland and on of the world’s most popular saints. He was born in the year 387 and died on March 17, 461. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

Saint Patrick’s day is a day for traditions and fun! People do many different things to make this holiday one of the funnest days of the year.

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Every year, the city of Chicago turns its river green as part of their festivities to celebrate. This year was the 51st year of doing this tradition and the recipe for the dye is a big secret!

Wearing green is a big tradition! It is a must if you don’t want to get pinched.

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All over there are parades and parties. Salt Lake City held their parade yesterday and it has lots of families, schools and businesses participate every year. And we can’t forget food traditions! Green beer is a big tradition around the world. There are people who brew a special green beer just for the day. Corned beef and cabbage is one of the biggest traditional foods that is made. And people turn their food green. Green milk, eggs, pancakes, etc. could been seen all over Facebook this morning. Even I made green chocolate chip waffles!

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And what about those pesky leprechauns? They show up making a mess of things all over. They have been know turn over furniture, leave green foot prints all around, green glitter can be found in the wake, among other things. But if your lucky enough to catch one, you will be lead to the end of the rainbow and to a pot of gold.

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So enjoy your Saint Patrick’s Day and be safe no matter how you celebrate. We are going to have homemade Pizza ~ that’s how Italian’s celebrate Saint Patty’s Day


Wisdom Teeth

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My son has his wisdom teeth out yesterday!

When people find out they have to have their wisdom teeth out, most immediately dread it. And why not, everyone you talk to has had a bad experience or knows someone who had one. I myself got a dry socket when I had mine out. My son surprisingly did not dread it. He was optimistic and went in pretty relaxed. (I must note that it was the first day of his Spring Break and sunny so he was mad that we scheduled it was back 6 weeks ago for a day with good weather!)

It is also funny to hear all the advice people have for what to do when you get them out; don’t drink soda, no dairy products, no straws, stay down for 3 days, lots of drugs! His doctor gave him ice cream to take home!

He is doing amazing. Not much swelling, no noticeable bruising and just moderate pain. I think he was determined to feel better so he could enjoy some of this beautiful weather Utah is having! I also think that technology has come so much farther since I had mine out. Even the one that was lying on a nerve came out smoothly! Thank you to all who shared advice! We are following most of it and I think that is also a big reason why he is doing so well!

Wisdom Teeth are just another way we are all different! And Korbin, way to go and tackle wisdom teeth so fabulously!


Little Pops of Spring

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It looks like it is officially here! SPRING!

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It started here a week ago with the group of ducks that pop up and spend the Spring here in my neighborhood. They flew in one night and we woke up to them all over the place. In years past, we have had a family of ducks nest in our bushes and lay eggs. But just like how fast they came in, they had packed their nest, babies and all, and moved out. No goodbye. We didn’t even get to see the babies!

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What about the little bursts of color we are seeing popping out of the ground. The spring bulbs are starting to bloom. The crocuses in the picture above are from my garden. Their happy little blooms are popping up all over the place.  Soon we will have daffodils, tulips and hyacinths popping up too! It is a beautiful time of year!

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Daylight Savings seems to pop up almost unexpected every year. I know that it comes every year the same time but it always seems to throw people off with losing an hour! For a few days, we walk around in a daze but then it seems like magically it’s Spring. Longer daylight hours makes for happier days!

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Bunnies! They pop up all over this time of year. They are a sure sign Spring is here and of course Easter! My kids both loved bunnies when they were little. Both of them had their favorite stuffed bunny which kept them company every night. One was named Mister Bunny Whiskers and the other was named Floppy. When you look at them, they are both very loved. They both still have a special spot in our home! A highlight one Spring was having my kids picture taken with live bunnies. My daughter was so excited and even my son had fun. Of course, we cannot forget the main bunny that pops up around this time: The Easter Bunny! He still stops by the house every year and leaves his goodies here!

So I guess you can say that there are lots of Little Pops of Spring to notice this time of year!


Periwinkle Daisy

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Why did I decide to name my blog “Periwinkle Daisy”?

I love the color blue but my very favorite shade is Periwinkle. I would paint everything I could that color. I would even drive a car that color if my husband would let me! It’s just not a cool color for him to drive. I’m painting my craft room that color when we get it ready to paint. It is a color that makes me HAPPY!!!

Daisies are my favorite flowers. Especially Gerbera Daisies! I usually buy bright pink ones to plant in my yard because I have yet to find blue or better yet periwinkle ones to plant. My cat, Max, likes them too! Every time I try to grow them in the house, Max pops the heads off the stem as soon as they grow. They look a lot better when they have blooms on them!

So it just made sense to combine my two favorite things… Periwinkle Daisy!

I hope you enjoy my blog. It will be my place to share some of my favorite things. Some will be old favorites and some will be new favorites.  Maybe some of them will become your favorites too.