Bonding with the nieces :-)

Having the pleasure of my 4 year old niece, Esme’, who spent the day and night with me.  God I love this kid.  I wish I could describe her personality to you but my words aren’t colorful enough.  There simply is NO personality like hers.  She’s almost, a little TOO old for her 4 years.  An old soul.  She just KNOWS things that she hasn’t ever been taught.  Like, this morning, she told me, as she was helping me scramble some eggs, “I don’t PRECISELY like when you let the egg get on my hand, Aunt Michele”.  Okay, so she didn’t maybe use the word “precisely” in the correct context BUT she used it and what 4 year old says “precisely”?  She has an imaginary friend named Charlotte, who is a spider and she tells me that once, when Charlotte was just a baby, I stepped on her and killed her but Esme’ brought her back to life.  Charlotte is busy in the kitchen now, and she’s raising a family of her own.  LOT’S of little baby spiders.  lol  I once had an imaginary friend, but it was a boy named Charlie NOT a spider! Oh and Esme’ isn’t allowed to watch TV but somehow she knows ALL about zombies.  She chased me around the house yesterday pretending to be a zombie who wanted to eat me!  I obliged her by falling to the ground so she could take a chunk out of me 🙂


I also had her baby sister, Ireland, who I swear is the reincarnation of my brother, J.  She is the SPITTING image of him.  I started calling her “Uncle J”.  lol  Esme’ LOUDLY explains to me that Ireland is NOT Uncle J!  I wish these girls could REALLY know who their Uncle J is.  They only have pictures though.  Anyway, Ireland is my little lover and wants me to hold and snuggle her all day, and I will.  Sadly, her mommy came to pick her up last night.  My sister in law says she doesn’t share well… and she doesn’t!  Ah well, I’m blessed to have these kids as much as I do and I’m EXTREMELY happy that they have such a good mommy who doesn’t like to be without her girls.  That’s the way it SHOULD be.


Today, I’ll be picking Esme’ and Ireland’s older sister Aubrie up from school.  I don’t get to see Aubrie much because she’s involved in SO many sports and other school activities.  I cherish even these sad times.  I’m taking Esme’ and Aubrie shopping for funeral clothes.  It’s a sad occasion but I’ll try to make it as fun as I can.  Besides, NOBODY does fashion the way Aunt Michelle does fashion!  lol  That’s really the only reason my sister in law asked me to take the girls shopping!  lol


One of the only pictures of me Esme’ and Aubrie 🙂


A more recent pic of me Aubrie and Ireland 🙂

Now…  I’m off to do some serious girl bonding!  Here we come mall !!!

2 awards in one? Beautiful blogger AND Inspiring Blogger :-)

My day started out screaming the news of the deaths of not one, but TWO people.  NOT a cheery way to start the day.  Many tears were shed and WAY too much time spent on the phone.

It ended SO much better than the way it began, proving that behind every cloud, the sun is still shining 🙂  Thanks Shaun for brightening my day!  Shaun is my Scottish friend who writes on a blog named “Praying for one day”.  He’s full of hope and love and the fight of the Scottish!  He loves to debate…  if you’re up for a good debate or up to just be enlightened, like I have been reading his blog, please go check him out!

Here’s what I love about Praying for one day (This is taken straight from his blog):

“We live in an world full of love, but also we are fed violence through the media. A world that is more connected through technology, but less connected than ever as people.

We don’t interact, and the world has become a corporate machine, where money  rules over the heart.

One person at a time, one blog at a time, one conversation at a time, we CAN change our world”


Now you see why I like him, right?  Sooooo, he nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award AND the Most Inspiring Blogger Award.  Wow.  This is JUST the medicine that the doctor ordered after the day I’ve had.  Again and ALWAYS humbled, I feel unworthy but grateful.

I’m going to take this one at a time.


In order to accept these awards, I have to post and follow the rules.

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7-15 bloggers for this award.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

Here are the 7 facts about myself, once again.  lmbo  By now, you know that I ALWAYS try to list 7 things I haven’t already told you.  This is getting difficult but bear with me and I’ll TRY to be as interesting as possible.

1.  My paternal grandfather, who died when my father was 3, was a personal friend of President Harry S. Truman.  A middle-aged Caucasian male wearing a dark business suit and wireframe glasses is depicted smilingly pensively at the camera in a black-and-white photo.

2.  My paternal great grandfather, grandfather and great aunts were all prominent educators and were published.  I’m sad that they were all dead long before I was born.

3.  My oldest daughter is following in their footsteps as she became an educator last year.  She’s working on her masters now.

4.  I LOVE reading and have always taught my children that if you read, it doesn’t matter if you have money because you can pick up a book and travel to worlds you may never see in “real” life.

5.  My favorite author is Taylor Caldwell.

6.  When I was little, I used to pretend that I was a famous singer who everyone loved and adored. lol

7.  I used to show and breed Alaskan Malamutes.  I was VERY successful and made it all the way to #5 breeder in the USA during the 90’s.  I miss it very much.

Now I will nominate 7 lucky bloggers!

1.  Judy (judylesko)  She blogs about everything from HERSELF to the most beautiful photography and will keep you laughing!  She is INDEED beautiful!  lol

2.  Taylor will SHOCK and surprise you.  Did I mention SHOCK?  lol  But SO brutal and honest.

3.  Iliana, my new Romanian friend who gives me a chuckle AND is sweet and beautiful 🙂

4.  Andrew  Another Romanian friend who brings me BEAUTIFUL pictures of his country

5.  My friend from Bolivia.  VERY interesting life and SUCH beautiful photos.

6.  Lola  and again, her food is ALMOST as beautiful as she is!

7.  Sweet Tea and Fried Chicken  she’s lovely and funny.

And now for my Most Inspiring Blogger Award:


Here are the rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7-15 bloggers for this award.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

So once again my 7 not so interesting, at this point, facts about myself:

1.  I’m a very spiritual person.

2.  1 own 2 old cats named Noel and Stewart.

3.  My basement is very cluttered and needs to be cleaned.  Any volunteers?

4.  When I was little, I used to cry when I’d see even a fish die.  VERY sensitive toward animals but I could handle seeing people die on TV.  Does that mean I was ALWAYS a sicko?  lol

5.  My very best friend has been like a sister to me since we were in 5th grade (35 years).

6.  I do most of my very BEST reading in the bath tub.

7.  My maternal grandfather tried to teach me French (his first language) but I couldn’t learn it because I couldn’t understand him.

Now I will nominate 7 more inspiring bloggers!

1.  I keep nominating her because she truly IS probably the most inspiring of all bloggers.  WHAT a lady!

2.  Tammy   She’s a loving person who is also an animal lover.  She’s rescued many pets.

3.  You have GOT to check out this young photographer from Maryland.

4.  Coco  She’s just too cool to put into words

5.  Lady or not   She’ll having so hard you’ll pee!

6.  Dan the man  you want to know about a movie?  this is the place to go.

7.  Eyes wide open  Great reminders and SO insightful and spiritual

Thanks once again for allowing me to share with you some of my favorite people and all about my crazy life!  lol