Saturday, April 28, 2012

Counting Down

I had a sad moment today.  I realized that on this day two months from now, Rodger and I will be home…alone.  Our girls will be leaving us soon and just the thought makes me want to cry. 

I do not know who all reads this blog, if it is just family and friends, or if there are other people out there in the blogosphere that have happened to wonder in.  But I want to announce it loud and clear to everyone:  Hosting a foreign exchange student has been an absolutely, positively, wonderful experience.   I do not know if it is because we happened to get two exceptional girls or if it is because the girls got such an exceptional family (just kidding) but I do know, we will do it again. 

To the families I would like to say you have raised astonishing daughters.  They are smart, funny, kind, friendly, honest, trustworthy, personable and brave.  They both have faced this challenge head on and have done so extraordinarily. Yes there have been times (few and far between) when they have been home sick, but they both overcame it quickly and came back from it better than before and ready and rearing to go.  You must be great parents to have raised them so well.  Kudos to you all!

Rodger and I will miss them terribly when they are gone but I know that we will keep in touch. I hope to dance at both of their weddings.  We love them dearly.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Amusement Park Fun!

We just got home from our “Disney” vacation.  We really didn’t do Disney, we went to Universal Studios and Adventure Island…it was a BLAST!  Here are just a couple of pictures so you can see the girls.  Also there is a video of the roller coaster.  It was wild!
Yasmina, Nanna, Nicole, Amy & SPIDERMAN!!!


Riding "The Hulk" roller coster....too fun!

I took this while we were riding the coster...and let me tell you, it was not easy!

They all got soaked! I did NOT ride this one!

We rode the rocket! If you look close, you can see me in the back taking a video.

The X-Men showed up for photos.

I think they were all trying to lazer me!

Pretty as a princess.
Much fun was had by all. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Yasmina getting her nails painted.

Nanna getting her toes painted.

Yasmina getter her toes done.

Nanna getting ready to get her nails done.

Pretty toes!

Amy came over to help with our hair emergency!  Whew!  Thank you Amy!

Jessica came over to help with Yasmina's hair!  Thank you Jess!

Beautiful Nanna!
Beautiful Yasmina!

She's a knockout!

She's a head turner!

What beautiful girls!

Pretty as a picture!

Say cheese!

Nanna, Yasmina & Nicole

Cheers! at the Olive Garden

At the prom.

Nanna, Mrs Drake, the principal & Yasmina at the prom.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Typical Night

Here is the family just hanging out watching TV like we do most nights.
She says her feet hurt from softball.
Somehow Nanna can convince Rodger to give her a foot rub!  I have been married to him for 25 years and I don’t get foot rubs!  I need to figure out what kind of magic she is using!
Queen of the remote.
Notice that Yasmina has the remote!  LOL  I think the DVR (Digital Video Recorder) is what she is going to miss the most when she goes back to Austria.  She love being able to pause, rewind and fast forward!!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Life's a Beach

Spring Break at Aunt Janet & Uncle Hugh's House

March 31st – April 2nd

Aunt Janet and Uncle Hugh took the girls to the beach because I hate the beach!

They built a sand castle…
Went boogie boarding…

And played in the waves!

They had lots of fun!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Making Cupcakes!

Making cupcakes for “Cupcake Friday!” 



Tomorrow we will take them to the MAG and give them to the Marines.
And let me tell you, the Marines love “Cupcake Fridays!”

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sleep Over at Amy's

During spring break from school, the girls got to spend the night at one of their friend’s homes.  She lives in the same neighborhood as we do.  How convenient!

Nanna & Amy

Yasmina & Amy


Yasmina, Amy & Nanna
They made, what I think is Nanna’s favorite treat, Rice Crispy Treats!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hoppy Easter

The Easter Bunny came!  He left buckets instead of baskets? 
Oh well, it is still full of goodies!!!

He brought a gift certificate for Yasmina to get her nails done!

He gave one to Nanna too!
Nanna got a pretty pink watch.

Yasmina got a watch too.
What else is in here?
Dangle heart earrrings for Yas...

Big drop heart earrings for Nanna.
Each got a big drop heart necklace.  So cute!
And both girls got a bunch of nail polish and fun nail decals!

Hope everyone had a very blessed
and Happy Easter!