Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

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We have been together for one quarter of your life. That seems kind of long. In a great way. Seven birthdays ago I brought you your first present outside Simpson hall before our 8ams. I left presents for you in the library and your 1 oclock class...thinking back on this I wish I would have snuck in to your classes today. That evening we ate starbucks ice cream and smoked cigars in the arb. We hardly knew each other but I had a tiny hope in my heart of spending the rest of my life with you...meeting your family, having babies and being your helpmate for life. Thank you, God, for making my dreams come true. Happy birthday to my best friend, look mighty good in that long underwear!!!!

Seven years ago.

Five years ago.

Four years ago.

2 days ago.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


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Sunday, October 16, 2011


This picture is of my yiayia (greek nickname for grandma) and her three children, Ronald, Kay, and Ernie.  Ronnie is on the left.  My great grandmother, Anna Ring Valutis, would have been 96 years old on October 9.  She was married to my Papooh on October 20, 1935.  She was 20 but didn't tell her 30 year old husband this until after they were married!  20 doesn't seem that young to be married back then so it's interesting to me that she kept it a secret :)

Following their first anniversary on October 16, 1936 my grandfather, Ronnie, was born to Ann and Tony at Irwin San Hospital in the Borough of Queens, Long Island, New York.  I wonder if they imagined that the little blessing in their arms would be one of the most God fearing, hilarious, intelligent, hard working men that ever lived.

50 years later my Papa welcomed his first grandchild in to the world.  She was a little spitfire right from the beginning.  He used to tell me that she started talking at 9 months and never stopped.  If you know her, you probably agree.  As you may have guessed, that spitfire is me.  

Almost 25 years after that my Papa welcomed his first great grandchild in to the world.  She was named in honor of his favorite president and favorite woman (my Nana Rosalie).  Although he was not on earth to meet her, he watches her and chuckles at her from Heaven.  I am SURE of this.  

Happy Birthday Papa.  73 years was way too I am celebrating 75 today.

Friday, October 14, 2011


today, the REAL housewives of minneapolis packed up the babies and ventured to the cider mill.  i love being a stay at home mom.  i love spontaneous adventures.  i love having one of my best friends live less than 10 minutes away.  i love that she is a stay at home mom, too.  i LOVE my little reagan rosalie.  and hudson.  and donuts!!  so today was pretty much bliss.
i really do have the best job.  have a beautiful weekend...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Proverbs 17:6

Children's children are a crown to the aged...

So thankful for these GRAND parents. And their little crowning glory. Amazed that Reagan could see them all during a short two weeks. Praying that she will treasure them, go on fun adventures by their side, respect them, make lovely memories together and squeal with delight when they visit.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Currently joyful about...

White wine at 12:30 pm. Open face egg&cheese. Avocado. Olives. Handsomest husband making it for me. Laying on the couch. Football. Vikings are winning. A very good weekend. Baby sound asleep.

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