For Gigi … A Letter to Heaven


Today there is a happy celebration in Heaven as it would be my beautiful grandmother Gigi’s birthday.  Gigi was definitely the most important influence on my life and it became crystal clear to me how deeply when I was asked to write the eulogy for her memorial service a few years back.  I decided to send a letter directly to God explaining what amazing treasure was on it’s way.  It is a letter meant to bring smiles and giggles.  Thanks in advance for allowing me to share that special letter with you today as we honor her memory:)

Dear God,
On the day I was born, you bestowed upon me a truly precious gift…my grandmother.  Gigi, Mimi, Gram, Grandma…she had many names, but one heart overflowing with love for her family. There’s not a day that goes by that Gigi doesn’t influence me in some way. 
PhotobucketSometimes it’s the crocheted potholders I use when getting Catherine’s pizza out of the oven.  Some days, it’s watching Catherine put on her lip gloss and earrings to start her day because Gigi always told her that’s what ladies do…(sorry, Gigi…I haven’t been able to convince her about the bed making thing yet! I’ll keep working on it!) Or it could be Connor wanting to take us all down in a game of Monopoly…Gigi turned Connor into a total Monopoly addict!  Not to mention, she turned the entire family into a bunch of card sharks!
Sometimes, it’s playing “Riddly Riddly I Dee Dee” with the kids or finding pictures in the clouds…Steph and I have learned the value of a good Word Find puzzle or a game of Solitaire from Gigi…You could always count on Gigi to have a great Word Find book laying around!
Every morning I see Gigi when I fold the pink and white blanket she made for Catherine as a gift on the day she was born. That is an heirloom that Catherine will treasure forever. And there hasn’t been a single Christmas in my adult life that my Christmas tree hasn’t been covered in crocheted snowflakes compliments of Gigi.  
Every time I drive my car, I have Gigi to thank.  She took me out for driving lessons in her green Maverick when I was 16.  We had some good times in that green machine even if she did pull a few Starsky and Hutch moves across route 23 on more than one occasion!  
And of course, there is the infamous Poptart incident….I can thank Gigi for making sure that I will never eat a piece of bologna EVER…I walked in the kitchen one sunny day to find Gigi enjoying a strawberry Poptart and bologna sandwich!  Gross!  But put a lima bean in her face or a glass of water with ice and you’d have thought you were trying to torture her!  
I can’t count the times we dressed her up and she patiently donned whatever costume or hat was requested…she always did it with good humor…even if it required wearing fake boobs with tattoos!  Which leads me to a few things you need to know, God…
Although Gigi seemed to be very sweet and innocent, she could be quite ornery on occasion!  Like the time I spent the night with her and she woke up at 2 am giggling like crazy!  She fell asleep with her dentures in and they fell out into the bed.  After searching around the covers, we discovered the wayward dentures…attached to my leg!  She had a bad case of the giggles for the rest of the night and I slept on the couch after that!
Or how about that time when she paid a stripper to dance for me! What in the world!!! Hello! I’m the modest grand-daughter! Oh, and let’s not forget, tossing back a few shots of Jack Daniels with Clay and Stephanie!  And I cannot even count the times she put “bunny ears” behind me when the kids were around.  There was also that game of late night Ring Around the Rosie out in my parent’s front yard that still remains legendary to this day.  Good times are coming to Heaven, God!
PhotobucketBut the most important thing for you to know about Gigi is how much she loved children. When she worked at the hospital, she used to hold the newborns up to the windows so Steph and I could see them.  When Connor was born, I called her the Baby Whisperer because she could calm his marathon crying episodes in a matter of minutes. She had no problem playing GI Joe with the boys, dolls and dress up with the girls or board games with both.  She even ate a heart-shaped cookie made out of Playdoh because Catherine “baked” it for her!  No joke…took a bite and told her it was delicious!  She is truly the best grandmother in all of your creation.
        I can’t imagine what my life will be without her…she has been my confidant and my sweet best friend…and I will miss her every day for the rest of my life.  I noticed recently that I can see the shape of her hands in my own…Thank you, God for giving me her hands…may they give the same deep love to my family that hers gave to me…I will honor her memory by using my hands to bring happiness to those I love just like Gigi did…Her hands were busy hands…holding those she loved, helping with chores, making good food, a healing touch when a loved one wasn’t well, writing cards for all occasions, making beautiful things, and of course, putting on the lipstick and earrings.  She was a class act and you’re really lucky to be welcoming her home.   
Treasure her, God….she touched so many lives here on this Earth with her generous heart and her smile.  Make sure she has her “shows” up there…I know All My Children might be cancelled down here, but I’m sure you’ve got some pull on that side, right?  Give her some Poptarts and bologna, some baby angels to love on, and she’ll spread the love up there as well. Thank you for loving me so much, Lord, that you gave Effie Eunice Lauerman to me as my grandmother.  I will wrap myself in her memories for the rest of my life…that is the blanket that she made for me….

Fun Facts about Gigi

She liked to shake her booty

She loved babies (she was a baby nurse!)

                                                                   (Gigi , Connor and Cat)
When Gigi was born, she was so tiny she could fit inside a teacup!
She made cool stuff like blankies, snowflakes and awesome noodles (that are illegal in many states!)

She liked to play with us, get her groove on to some funky music and dress up in fancy costumes

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Is this lady cool or what????

Gigi was always good for a fit of giggles!
(my awesome nephew, gigi and pre-tween caveboy) (gigi and pre-tween caveboy)

She was always a snappy dresser!

(Check out her fabulous polka dots!)

If you asked her nicely, she’d wear all kinds of hats
She LOVEd to be a goofball!

She’s a true Princess in my book
(Gigi with Catherine on her 1st birthday)

We miss you so much, Gigi each and every day!

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday in Heaven, Gigi!  Love you!

Do You Like Bald Guys? (and Frankenbang Photos!)

I would like to welcome Catherine back as a guest poster today. She requested that I share photos of the “haircut” with you on “her” blog. (Apparently, she has hijacked my blog.) Before we get to that, be sure to read about the very special hot bald guy we’d like to share with you! Catherine says so!



There you have it! She wants to share a photo of the new “do” she’s going to be sporting over the next few days while performing at Irish festivals all around town.

The new look….Yep, it’s a bit “pageant” hair looking and her forehead looks like a watermelon, but she’s still gorgeous!

Thank you, Catherine for your awesome guest post! All of this talk the last few days about hair cuts got me thinking about bald guys…

So, do you like bald guys? There are some pretty hot baldies out there these days. Well, there’s about to be a new hot baldy on the block! Not only will he be a hot baldy, he will be a generous baldy! And what is better than a hot, generous bald guy?!

You may already know this rockstar. Allow me to make the introductions, if you haven’t already had the pleasure…

Jay over at Halftime Lessons will be shaving his head on March 21 to support children’s cancer research. He has teamed up with a wonderful organization, St. Baldricks to raise money for this most important cause.

In order to raise loads of money for this most amazing organization, Jay is hosting an amazing contest! Here are a few tantalizing tidbits about the contest!

*Grand Prize Winner #1 gets their blog name written by Jay’s wife on his beautiful bald head! A button will be made out of that photo and placed on Jay’s blog for 3 months! That’s three months of fabulous advertising for your blog, people! He’s also throwing in an in-depth review of the winner’s blog too!

*Grand Prize Winner #2 will be awarded a gorgeous custom Mommy or Grandma necklace from Kristen over at Kristen’s Custom Creations!
And that’s just the beginning of the prize booty he’s offering over there!!! Clickety on over and check it out! Not only will you have the chance to meet a great guy (I know, lots of you know him!) and win fabulous prizes, but you will be supporting a most important cause. Our children need us to win this fight. We can do great and powerful things when we all come together.

Go give this bald hottie to be some linky love!

p.s. If you missed the tale of the Frankenbangs, just scroll down to the post below…oh yeah…good times…

Warm Fuzzy Friday Frankenblog

It’s Warm Fuzzy Friday! I’m feeling a bit random today. (I think I caught it from other bloggers…) I’ve got a ramble, a warning, a rant, and experiment for you today! (I’ll try to keep it under 30 minutes of your time….hee hee hee…)

The Ramble…

I found a wolf spider creeping around in my bathroom last night! A freakin’ wolf spider! Chilly almost had another heart attack! He doused it with window cleaner to stun it, but it kept crawling! He tried to drown it so we wouldn’t have gross spider guts all over the tub. That thing would not give up! He finally resorted to the shoe stomp dismemberment. AND THE TWO HALVES CRAWLED BACK TO EACH OTHER! Finally, I swooped in with a tissue, grabbed the halves and flushed that sucker!

Wolf spider bites are dangerous business that can make you very ill and require hospitalization. So yes, I am glad Chilly murdered the wolf spider!

(Just so you know how much I love you all…I removed the picture of the spider because it was very scary. I want you to hang in for the whole post and not run away scared!)

The Warning

If you live in southern AZ, the local fire departments will not come and rescue you from rattlesnakes (unless you’ve been attacked…) So if you see one crawling around, you’re kind of screwed until it decides to leave (or you are brave enough to kill it…yes, I would kill it…actually, I would send my Dad out to kill it, but it would die.) It’s snake season here now (lovely) and we have to watch for these evil creatures under our cars, on our porches, everywhere!

The Rant (for the ladies at the grocery store…)

When you see a family out in mid-week during the middle of the day, DO NOT approach the children of the family and ask why they are not in school. First of all, IT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. Second, our school day is done. Third, ASK ME..THE PARENT, you ass! Do NOT put my children in that position because you think you are gonna “bust” me as a negligent parent. Trust me, you don’t want to do this dance with me. I’ll go all “my kid is smarter than you” on you in a New York minute and I can prove it! Just smile, wave and move on your merry way. It is not your job to police the world. My kids are smart, have tons of friends and are fantastic human beings. Stop hatin’ the homeschoolers, old ladies in grocery stores!

The Experiment

Being the annoying blogger that I am, I wanted to try something fun with comments! Now, I love comments as much as most bloggers. I want to play a game with the comments today. I want to create a story with the comments. I will start our story and you pick it up from the comment listed above you. For example, “Once upon a time, there was a blogger….” You just continue the story with your comment. The next commenter will take a cue from the comment above and add to the story. We’ll create our own Frankenblog! We will piece together a blogpost story from our comments! What say you? Are you in? I know you’re all fabulous writers! (and anytime you want to wrap up one story line and head in a new direction, feel free to do so! It’s Frankenblog!)

Here we go….”Once upon a time, in the land of Blog…”

p.s. Please do not feel obligated to play the Frankenblog game! Only if you really want to! I promise I won’t hunt you down or anything weird! lol! Please feel free to just say hello, or this post is dumb, or I hate spiders…whatever floats your boat!

p.s.s. I realize this blog makes me sound like a stone cold killer. I only murder venomous creatures that threaten to destroy my family.

The Glamorous…The Flouncy Flouncy

I fear my daughter is heading down this road…

Yesterday she came in my room telling me she was ready to go to Irish dance class. I did a double take because she was no longer wearing a shirt and leggings. She had changed into a long sleeve pink leotard and black boots. Oh, and she was wearing her black and white cat ears as a headband. Are ya feelin’ me? No pants, skirt, skort, shorts…just the pink leotard, headband…and boots…these boots…with the skull, crown and heart charms…

Trying to stifle a scream bubbling up from my “why is my daughter dressing that way” place, I cheerfully say, “Where’s your guitar and the Pussycats, Josie? Well, look at you! Aren’t you delightful?” “Yes, I am!” she says twirling around. “I want to show everyone my black boots!” I choke back a giggle and say, “Oh, they’ll see your boots all right! You’ll get chilly in just a leotard! How about a shirt and leggings?” “Mom, I want to wear my boots!” she insists. Hmmm…how to change her mind? I am just about to scoop her up and swing her around in a dastardly plan to disorient her. In her confusion, I will do a quick change of clothes and all will be well. Before I can begin, she says, “FINE!” and storms off to change. She returns wearing a t-shirt (from the dirty laundry), leggings (from the dirty laundry), a shiny gold threaded crocheted shrug(?), black boots….and LOTS of lipgloss. What’s with the glitzy showgirl vibe today? She gives me her “Cher” hair toss and stares at me. “Where are my ghillies?” she hisses at me.

I decide it’s time to grab hold of this bus before it goes through the bad part of town. “Oh looky what I found!” I lavishly present her with a pink princess thermal and skort. “This would look so cute with your ghillies! You can leap and twirl like an Irish princess in this!” She gives me a glare. I fear I may have just invoked a visit from Miss Hi-Yah (Cat’s sinister alter ego) {shudder}…But to my surprise, she blinks and says, “That’s a great idea!” She does a Clark Kent quick change behind the recliner and voila! Pink princess! Whew!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a big believer in expressing yourself and if you want to do that through your wardrobe…fabulous! Cat expresses herself all the time! See? I’ll prove it….

She even has a few of these hanging around for special occasions….

The wardrobe decisions of a 6 year old girl are not to be taken lightly! We have tiaras, boas, accessories galore! The kid has more shoes than Jimmy Choo! (Sigh….) The blessing in all of this is that costumes get more than your typical one time wearing at Halloween around here!

I try to let her dress herself most days (with a few gentle hints from me). I love to see what she chooses to show her style for the day. One of my most proud moments was this day….

She jumped right out of bed, brushed teeth, combed hair, got herself dressed to shoes all before I even realized she was awake! (and had no help from me in the wardrobe choice!) What a happy morning that was!

Being the fabulous girly girl that she is, most days find her wearing some sort of bling, her fingernails painted in a variety of colors and lips covered in gloss. (I should have named her Lola…) But what do you expect with parents like these?


Have a Fantastic Friday!

Warm Fuzzy Friday is Back! (aka Because I’m the Mom)

Another warning…this post may be filled with rambling….the rambling of an exhausted woman…the coyotes had a rock concert outside my bedroom window for about 2 solid hours last night…I am not responsible for my rambling…

Because I was up all night “enjoying the coyote concert”, my restless mind led me back to my “early” days of blogging. Back then I did a post called Warm Fuzzy Friday all about my beloved grandmother, Gigi. Gigi loves us so much that when Catherine presented her with a play-doh heart shaped “cookie” last Valentine’s Day, she took a bite, grimaced a bit, smiled and told Catherine how delicious it was! Now Gigi didn’t know it was play-doh…she just loves Cat so much that when Cat told her it was a cookie she took her at her word and took a bite! (Auntie G, I know you are laughing hysterically at the memory of this…)

Anyhoo, once again, I was filled with warm fuzzies remembering this and decided that today is another Warm Fuzzy Friday! Here are some things that give me warm fuzzies…

*Hanging out with my kids – This gives me the warmest of all fuzzies!

*”Love Actually” – I cannot watch this movie enough! It always makes me smile and the music is fab too! LOVE IT!

*Love You More – This adorable necklace is made by Kristin over at La Dolce Vita..she has an Etsy shop… (go check out her awesome Rock Star Dad guitar picks too! Love those!)

(oops…it seems I’ve gotten off track…that was actually a Valentine’s day hint for the hubby…I was just thinking about that and my fingers just began typing like crazy….moving on…)

*Sony Digital Cameras

(oh..looky what I did again…dropped another hint for hubby….what’ wrong with me today???)

*Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-in-1 Shower Gel/Shampoo/Bodywash and the fabulous Amazing Grace Perfume

(oh my gracious! I just can’t stop myself ! More helpful hints for the hubster…)

This apparently gives my mother the giggly warm fuzzies….

“The Mom Song”

(it’s a bit long, but you might get some giggles…)

hmmmm…I think she’s still trying to tell me something….

What gives you the warm fuzzies on this fabulous Friday??

p.s. As I am not responsible for my blogging while exhausted…please note that I’ve never tried the whole video upload before…hopefully it’s working! I apologize in advance for any irritation you may develop if it’s not:) Off to bed now…I mean school….zzzz…zzzz….

Warm Fuzzy Friday

I know, I know…I am late getting my blog up! The phone calls, the sheriff’s posse at my door aren’t gonna make me do it any faster, family members! I’ve got kids to raise and educate!!!

Now, as the Mayor of this little piece of blog heaven, I proclaim today to be Warm Fuzzy Friday! I know most of you out there are freezing off your little tushies off across blogland. I, however, am in the desert and am getting some nice warm sun. I am sending it out across the land to all of you to help you feel a bit more toasty…there…did ya get some? Ah…that feels good, huh?

Back to my WFF proclamation…What, may you ask, prompted such warm fuzzy feelings in me today? Glad you asked! That would be my Poptart & Baloney Sandwich blog from yesterday! I received lots of love for that bloggy and it made me think alot about Gigi. Then I started missing her and then I had to go look at pictures of her and then I had to cry a bunch cause I missed her. I even thought (and I stress the word thought) about trying a Poptart /bologna sandwich in her honor. Then I snapped out of it and went “Ah Ha!” A Warm Fuzzy in her honor would be lovely (and wouldn’t make me puke…)

These are the reasons my Gigi gives me the warm fuzzies

***She’s pretty***

***She likes to shake her booty***

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***She loves babies (she was a baby nurse!)***

Top: Gigi & Ooooo (my sister) Middle: Gigi & me


Gigi & Miss Kitty

***She makes cool stuff like blankies, snowflakes and awesome noodles (that are probably illegal in many states..)

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***She likes to play, get her groove on and dress up in costumes***

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Is this lady cool or what???? ****WARM FUZZIES****

***She loves to giggle…(and she giggles at the weirdest times…like when I stayed over and fell asleep in her bed…I woke up cause she was giggling…”what’s so funny?” I mumbled. “I lost my teeth in the bed”…more giggling…I shot out of bed and yep, found ’em…attached to my leg!!!***

***If you ask her nicely, she’ll wear all kinds of hats***
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***She’s a true Princess in my book***


Gigi…you are 90 years of awesome!

I love you!

See??? Warm Fuzzies all around!

Go find someone to hug…go on….right now…big hug…a nice big bear hug…warm fuzzy guaranteed….

P.S. Check out the cool snowman picture I added to my Moon Sand & Marshmallows blog…it’s down at the bottom…lots of scrolling involved, but that guy is cool….literally….he would have to be…he’s made of snow….