Sunday, May 31, 2009

Happy Birthday to Christina!

Happy Birthday, sweets! #17 was one of my favorite birthdays :)

Here's a beautiful cake for you to celebrate! (Can you see it has your name on it?! LOL)

We wish you a wonderful day full of love and lotsa presents! You're a very special young lady and we are so proud of you.

xoxo from BaumgardnersFour plus Tokyo

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Woo-hoo! 103-90! Orlando Magic are the NBA Eastern Conference Champions!

Going to the Finals! Yesssssssssssss!

Happy Birthday, Val!

Now you know I whipped this up for you this morning, and doesn't it look just delicious? Even us old gals still like a great piece of cake! Wishing you a very special day because you are a very special person. Much love to you! xoxo

Friday, May 29, 2009

Magic need one more game

Didn't want anyone thinking I didn't hear the Magic lost the game last night. Boo-hoo! Better for them to take the series on our home court, though, so I'm washing all the Magic shirts tonight and we'll wear them again tomorrow.

Uploading 101

We'll see if this works tonight; last night apparently it "wasn't meant to be..." ;0

This is Caroline's kindergarten class. Superstars, every one of them!

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Sending good luck wishes to the Orlando Magic as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. Let's wrap this series up with a 4-1 record and take it to the NBA Finals! John Sam and Caroline both wore their new Magic t-shirts to school because this is Spirit Week, and today was sports day.

Tonight we went to an awards ceremony called "Evening of Excellence." Caroline was honored as a Ravenous Reader!! When her teacher mentioned that she was reading on a third grade level, the crowd gasped in amazement. It was very cool! They also had a singing program at lunch time, and the class sang and did all the signs (American Sign Language) for the song "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. I don't think there was a dry eye in the room.

Going to bed after uploading, so hope to hear about a big Magic win. It's taken me over an hour to get all this posted because my stupid DSL keeps going off & on. Grr!

TGIF tomorrow and I mean that as sincerely as I've ever meant it. :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I can't believe

it's raining again. The sun was out for a little while today after it rained the first time. It's been sorely missed.

How about a little more sun tomorrow?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Magic Lead Series 3-1

After their nail-biting victory 116-114 over the Cleveland Cavaliers! GO MAGIC!

*Our Orlando Magic*

The last time the Orlando Magic was in the Eastern Conference Finals, the year was 1995. I worked at Shutts and one of my coworkers saw a little tag that said "Go Magic" at Central Florida Stamp & Sign. She bought it, and we all loved it. The whole town was in a frenzy with Magic Fever, so my friend suggested to the stamp guy that he make a few more tags. Most of us at the office bought one, and everybody was jazzed about rooting for the home team. I think more than 50 people ended up getting one to wear to work and to the games. Whether it was a client in the hallway or a colleague passing on the street, the greeting wasn't "Hello" or "Hey," it was "GO MAGIC!"

We had a good run that year, and the Magic is in the middle of another great one right now. Since it's going around again, catch the fever and say it with me!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Veggies of his labor

"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dinner on 5/25/09

Proof that our Christmas pressssssents are being put to good use:

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Just got home from our day trip to Sebring; had a great time.

Uncle Sonny's birthday--#72!!

We are tired and I am hoping to sleep in. This is one of those times I should have used "auto-post" on the blog, ha!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Happy Birthday, Grandma/Great-Grandma!!

Happy Birthday to Nana Shuman! Here is a beautiful cake for you to enjoy.... don't forget to make a wish! We all love you! BaumgardnersFour plus Tokyo Jones

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Trivia: view #3526 was me when I added the umbrella entry.

Sign of the Times for Tuesday 5.19.09

Repeat after me: We need the rain!

BTW, isn't this a great umbrella? Tar-zhay, amigos.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday 5.18.09

A quickie nothing post to let everyone know I'm still around, but just haven't made the time to blog. No good reason, really.

Also, a gentle reminder: All comments are moderated on this blog. If you don't know me IRL but try to post strange or inappropriate anonymous comments, they'll not be appearing here or anywhere except wherever my "reject" button takes them.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Tax Dollars at Work

Got this in the mail via certified mail today. Seems that my rare traffic infraction was photographed, and I will soon have the pleasure of paying $125 to the City of Orlando for my hapless civil disobedience. Not only that, the event is memorialized for all time with this very special only-one-of-its-kind souvenir.

I'm such a rebel, and a lucky one at that. I don't know how anyone lives with me!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Here are the cards I made for Mother's Day:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jewelry Box

Did your mother have a jewelry box? Did you ever snoop in it? What did you find in there, and do you know the reasons why it held what it did?

My mom had a black jewelry box that was lined with red velvet. It had a lot of attached trays that folded out with the silver accordion-looking metal bars. I knew there was no tooth fairy after I found some of my baby teeth in one of the tiny compartments. I loved looking at all the trinkets and little tiny pieces of my mom's stuff. One of my friends got the ballerina jewelry box, then I had one of my own. I've owned quite a lot of jewelry boxes. I love boxes of all kinds, including the little hinged ones and the ones that have a lid and a separate piece.

Recently I realized that Caroline (and probably John Sam) had been looking in my jewelry box. This cherry looking one was given to me by my friend Colleen ("Colleenie Bobeenie Banana-fana Fo-fina") as a weddding present. It holds my charm bracelet and the few good necklaces I have: the opal heart, John Sam's birthstone; the red ruby heart trio from Granny; the ruby and diamond heart with 2000 on it from Sam. Also in there is the tennis bracelet Sam gave me for our first Christmas, my Photo Memory Bracelet, and a pin with John Sam's picture on it that he made me when he was in Mrs. Henley's pre-K class. I have a St. Christopher medal that my Aunt Jeannie gave me when I was a kid and two academic keys I won in my senior year of high school. I keep Caroline's baby jewelry (bracelets from Janice, Granny, and the ID bracelet we gave her for her first birthday). The photos on the lid of the box display my black & white profile photos of the kids. You can see my other little boxes too.

Most of what's in there is in there because of where I got it or who gave it to me. Priceless treasures with precious memories.

Monday, May 11, 2009

May 11, 2009

Pretty ordinary day. Felt a little tired most of the day, like somebody switched the real coffee for decaf. Hope I feel more energy tomorrow!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Sissy!

Happy Birthday! Hope you're having a great day being 41 and all -

Hope this pic of your "cake" comes out!!


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tokyo's Birthday (observed)

Happy Birthday to Tokyo Jones! We estimate that she is 4 this year, and she's been with us for 2 years now! Her Cinco de Mayo treat was Tostitos and a couple of Milkbones. She is a funny member of our family.

I got my writing package ready to send to Dodie, and will mail it tomorrow on my sister's birthday for good luck. Sending the light out there so it can find its way back. With a lot of green~

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Posting Delay

There will be a delay on posting some of the cute things I've recently made due to some nosy, I mean faithful, followers of the blog. ;-) But you will love them when they go up!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

A whole day devoted to scrapbooking! Woo-hoo! I'm working it in between the chores. Nothing like the smell of lemon Pine-Sol to inspire my creativity :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

May Day 2009

Happy May Day to all. Weather was very cooperative today; a nice mix of clouds and sun. After work and school, we went to our friend Christian's birthday party. We got to hang out and visit with kids and grownups, eat barbecue, swim and eat Spongebob birthday cake with mint chocolate chip ice cream. There was also a pinata and lots of candy. It was a good day. :)

Tomorrow there WILL be housework. The kids also have reading practice and a little homework, and we will finish some other projects together. If we really put the pedal to the metal, we can knock it out in 3/4 day and have the rest of the weekend to free roam, so to speak.

Sounds like a plan!