1. We are mourning the departure of one of the members of our family. My 2001 Volkswagen Jetta that my parents gave me in August of 2000, a couple of months after I finished high school, went to live with another sweet family. I asked TC to take pictures of my precious friend before it left. I was trying to find pictures of me with the car from the day I got it, but I couldn’t find them.
I got my Jetta after months of dreaming about it. I was so proud of that car! It drove me to my first day of college at Louisiana Tech all the way from Indiana. It drove me to South Carolina for graduate school. It drove me to my wedding in 2008 and then to the hospital to have Hudson is 2009. And we had it until Hayes was 5 weeks old.
I’m proud to say that I kept that dear car for 11 years and it only has about 105,000 miles on it. After Hudson was born, TC started driving the Jetta to work every day and I kept the SUV at home because it was easier to drive with a car seat in the SUV.
I’ll miss that car so much, but I’m happy to have moved on. Adios, Jetta aka “Muppet.”
I nicknamed the Jetta “the Muppet” the night I got it after my friend and I drove it for a couple of hours and decided that “the Muppet” was a proper nickname for it.
2. Hudson, Hayes, and I drove up to my parents’ house (with their help) on Sunday after the birthday party on Saturday. TC couldn’t come with us, but I’m so excited to get a quiet week with my folks and am so thankful they rode with us for the 12 hour trip.
The trip should have taken about 9.5-10 hours, but because we had to stop every three hours to feed Hayes, it took a bit longer. And I I am pretty sure I have carpel tunnel syndrome from holding a pacifier in Hayes’s mouth from the third row of the vehicle.
Here we are before we left the driveway!
3. Kelly hosted a Sip and See for Hillary last weekend and used a delicious punch recipe that I passed along to her from my mom. I’ve gotten a few requests to share the recipe, so here it is. It’s a pretty yellow punch and I’ve “borrowed” the picture of the punch from Kelly’s blog.
This punch is perfect for a brunch or a shower. It’s like dessert. I just can’t get enough of it if it’s available.
picture from Kelly’s Korner Blog
- 4 ripe bananas
- 2 cups white sugar
- 3 cups water
- 1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
- 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
- 3 cups water
- 3 liters ginger ale
- In a blender, combine bananas, sugar and 3 cups water. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and stir in pineapple juice. Blend in orange juice concentrate, lemonade concentrate and 3 cups water. Divide into 3 plastic containers and freeze until solid.
- Remove from freezer 3 to 4 hours before serving. Using one portion at a time, place slush in a punch bowl and pour in 1 liter of ginger ale for each.