Fall Friday!

Ahem…

It’s FRIDAY!!!

I love this day and I love the 80’s.

 

Honestly I think this is like the best day of the week.  THE. BEST.  It’s the kickoff to the weekend.  The time that Banjo is off school, Audi is off work, and we can just have family time.  And… it’s fall so that makes it doubly dandy.

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I mean seriously?  How can you not love the hue of that red?

Tell me.  How can you not LOVE it?!  It’s super, duper dandy.

I think I might be just a tag gaga over fall Friday.

Too much?

Okay.  Moving on.

Putting the season of fall aside… Why do I like this day so very much.  Well, this day reminds me that I get to have an entire dandy weekend.  A dandy start to weekend that culminates with church on Sunday.  That’s what we do on the weekends around here.  We spend time with family and then attend worship services on Sunday.  Then we work all week until the next Friday.  Yay for Fridays!

What do you love about Friday and what do you do on the weekend?

A dandy Friday to all!!!

For The Love Of Blog Flash Back {May 1, 2008}

Another blast from the past with a sharing of my family blog. Way back when… Before the Dandy blog was even thought of!  Do you like that I’m sharing these?  Should I continue?  It’s all for the love of blog!  The way things used to be.  Life before the Dandy was still dandy. 

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

We Miss Gran & Boompa Already!
Banjo had such a fun time with his grandparents and he loves them so much! My parents came into town the weekend before Banjo  was born and they were such a great help to us. They were a support to us at the hospital, got us all settled back in at home and even made our neglected backyard beautiful…just to name a few!! My dad was able to stay for a week and my mom stayed to help for an additional week and a half. She just left yesterday and ever since Banjo has been wondering where she is! We can hardly wait until June to see them again. Thanks again Mom and Dad! We couldn’t have done it without you!!!

So sad to leave Gran at the airport!

Introducing Baby Banjo {For The Love Of Blog}

Another blast from the past?  Okay.  :)

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Introducing Baby Banjo!!!

He is finally here!  Banjo was born on April 14th at 5:32 pm.

For a 37-weeker he was a BIG baby! Our little heavy weight weighed in at 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 and 3/4 inches long!

What a proud Papa!

Of course my Audi had to get a picture of the hearing screening being done…by someone else!  Now why should insurance have to pay for something that daddy could have done himself???  It’s only a matter of time before Banjo makes the trip to the office and just for kicks gets a full work up done by his daddy. Guess that will be their male bonding time!
I’m awake!

I’m asleep!

I’m really awake!
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 Well, that was a fun jog down memory lane!  Stay tuned for more posts from the past.  A glimpse into my life before the Dandy.  :)

It’s on and it’s dandy!

The Silent Auction is on!  Sooooo many dandy items to bid on.

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All of the items can be found in the Dandy Giveaway Silent Auction album on Facebook and you can place your bids in the comments below each item.  If you happen to not be on Facebook and still want to participate then feel free to message me with your bid and I’m happy to place it for you.  You can email me at:  dandygiveaway (at) gmail (dot) com.  Here are all of the items currently up for auction:

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Thank you for supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night!   YOU make a difference and I think YOU are just dandy.  :)

Dandy Giveaway Silent Auction!

Watch for it on Facebook, because it starts on Saturday! All proceeds will go to the LLS Light The Night Team Walking For Gran.

Mark you calendars.  Join us on Facebook.  Help us fundraise.

AUCTION

Items will be located in a photo album on the Dandy Facebook page and you can place your bids there.

These items will include…

Virgin Mobile Android cell phone

Initials, Inc.

Scentsy

Thirty-One Gifts

Jamberry Nails

Baby Banz

And… much more!

“See” you at the auction.

Please share with your friends.

It’s going to be a dandy good time and for a great cause!

Prior To Parenthood {For The Love Of Blog}

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008

More of us prior to parenthood!

Most of these pictures show our love for travel…hopefully baby will feel the same way!!
Dinner in Ambergris Caye
Yellowstone
Chatsworth House (Derbyshire, England)
Manchester, England
The City of Light
Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri Botanical Garden
Zion National Park
Antelope Canyon
Nashville
It’s Dr. Audi! (Philadelphia)
New York City

St. Louis for my brother’s wedding

Disney World

Lake Powell
And now…

It’s MODERN DAY!

As in September 6, 2014.

Keep in mind that we were living in San Antonio when that blog post was written.  Hence the reason for our visiting St. Louis for my brother’s wedding and then traveling to the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  At that point in time we weren’t yet St. Louisans!  Weren’t we such babies in those pictures???  I don’t quite know where the time has gone.  I guess 12 years tends to age a person. *wink*

Have you been to any of the places we traveled?

Not Challenge Worthy?

The Ice Bucket Challenge has come and gone.  This was an AMAZING way to raise awareness for the horribleness that is ALS.  I’ve never been personally touched by this disease, but my heart aches for those families who have and are currently going through it.  And the sufferers.  I’m so very sorry.  Such a very debilitating problem that needs to be solved.   Prior to the challenge I didn’t realize just how many people are dealt this tragic card.  Honestly?  I only knew of TWO people and one wasn’t even technically in my circle.  I knew about Lou Gehrig, because I’ve seen the movie about his life too many times to count.  (My dad had it taped on VHS from the television and would constantly have us watch it in the 1980’s.)  Then as a teenager I had an acquaintance who’s father died of the disease.  But even then I associated it with the baseball player.  That’s all I knew.  I’m so grateful to have learned about ALS over the last month and have it placed in the forefront of my mind.  I hope that the momentum of awareness continues.

Now for my observations on the challenge itself…  No one challenged me to participate.  Not a soul.  I started to develop a complex with each passing day.  A paranoia of sorts.  Wondering when would be MY fateful day.  The day I would be dumping a bucket of ice cold water on my head.  I shiver at the thought.  Only it never happened.  Not once.  Not a single challenge came across to me on the Facebook.  Meaning that I was unable to challenge another.  The devastation of not being able to participate.  I have 1,063 “friends” on Facebook.  As the weeks went by I watched many of them participating in the challenge.   They created these funny videos.  I laughed.  They donated.  I applauded.  All the while plotting out what I would do in my own video.  But my chance never came.  Was I a total after thought?  Not worthy of the challenge?  My insecurities started to tug from a deep place.  Everyone was leaving me behind.  How was I to catch up with the rest?  Get in the game?  I was almost to the point of making my own video that  said something like, “No one challenged me, so I’ve elected to challenge myself.  So there.” and then over my head with the bucket.  Almost.  Why didn’t I?  There’s no reason why I couldn’t have.  Maybe the fear of desperation?  At any rate I missed my chance to be a part of something big.  Something life changing for someone else.  I should have just participated and not waited for someone to send out my challenge.  For that I will forever be wondering, “What if?”

That all being said, I’ve decided to put myself out there this month.  The month of September 2014.  My family started a tradition just last year of participating in the Light the Night walk here in St. Louis.  My mom has Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  We have a team.  We will be walking the night of September 27th.  So here’s my challenge to you…  I’m not going to challenge any dumping of ice buckets.  That would be  riding on the coattails of another great cause.  So my challenge has nothing to do with ice buckets.

All that I ask is that you do something dandy for someone else.  

We live in a dandy world and there’s no reason why we can’t make sure that it keeps being dandy.  Or make it even more dandy.  The dandiness you provide another can be simple.  You can simply smile at someone who looks like they need one.  You know.  That haggard looking mother who is struggling to get through the grocery store with her young children?  Give her the thumbs up.  Tell her it’s going to be okay.  The janitor at your kid’s school?  When you see him or her while in the hallway after PTO lets out… Smile and say thank you for all that they do.  How about that person needing to change lanes on the roadway?  Let them in front of you and don’t be angry about it.  I guarantee that by doing so you will only arrive to your destination about five seconds later than you originally expected.  It can even be Facebook related.  Someone posts something that you don’t necessarily agree with.  Do you comment knowing full well that it could cause an argument?  Or knowing that it’s not the most dandy way in which you should respond?  Then don’t.  Just stop and think before you act.  If it’s something that could lead down the road less dandy then don’t go down that road.  Now if it’s something dandy then act away!  :)

I’m not going to put a donation requirement on this challenge, but if you so desire…  Please donate just $1 directly to our team fundraising page on the LLS website:  Walking For Gran.  I know that all of our efforts (both big and small) will be dandy!

Thank you for being dandy!

Baby News!! {For The Love Of Blog}

THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2008

Baby News!!

I know the count down to baby says that we have 23 days to go, but it’s wrong! Due to my blood pressure issues we knew that he would be born before 40 weeks, but everything was always still up in the air. Well, I saw the doctor today and we are good to go! Sunday evening I will go into the hospital to have the induction process started. So Monday (April 14th) will be baby day! I’ll post pictures of him as soon as I can…although I may be quite busy next week! And yes he is still nameless!

Tales From The Recliner {For The Love Of Blog}

Tales From The Recliner

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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Well, I’ve been on bed rest since February 6th and I finally decided to try and figure out this blog thing! Why the delay you may ask? Especially since I’ve had plenty of extra time on my hands! For starters alot of my friends use this as a way to post pictures and updates of their kids for family and friends to see, so I was mostly waiting on the baby to actually be here to do that. Of course I’m clueless at creating it and I also delayed because I wasn’t really sure what to blog about. I mean how interesting would my blogs have been? Probably something like “day 32: yet another day spent on the couch” or “there was this really, really, really good show on daytime tv today” (catch the sarcasm?) or the ever popular “it is now day *input any # between 1 and 60* of my house arrest sentence”. There is only so much that a person can say about being stuck at home! And most people wouldn’t understand unless they have been through it. All you have to do is think of the most boring day of your life and multiply it by 2 months! Weeks ago one of my friends asked me if I was about to go insane. I told her that I was so past that!! You lose it pretty early on and then you just get used to it. Kind of reminds me of when our cat had to wear a cone around his neck for a month. At first he tried to get out of it, but after a while he just gave up! Sure it’s what I have my degree in, but I won’t bore you with all the psychology behind it! :)

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For The Love Of Blog

Remember when EVERYONE had a lifestyle blog?  All the friends from college.  Posting away about their families and all the fun adventures detailed in pictures.  It was nice wasn’t it?  I had one.  In fact I was just looking at my old family blog and getting all teary eyed with feelings of nostalgia.  My last post was on May 6, 2012.  The one before that was an entire year prior.  I’m not alone.  Looking at the sidebar roll call I can see that the majority of my friends haven’t posted in years!  So I ask you…  What happened to the world of blog?  What happened to the written word?  I guess Facebook happened.  Then Instagram happened.

Do you have a blog?  Did you used to have a blog?  Do you miss it?

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For the next little while I’m going back to my roots.  My blog roots.  Each week I’m going to be opening up and sharing a part of my life that I’ve never shared with you before.  I’ll be going back old school and sharing posts from family blog.  The one that never sees any action.  I’ll be sharing from start to finish.  With the occasional edit here and there to protect the privacy of others mention in that little ole blog.  *wink*  I’m bringing back the love of blog.  Yes, I am.

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