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Current Location: The Cuckoo's Nest
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: Air conditioner humming
29 June 2009 @ 12:51 am
Today is Sipman's birthday. Happy birthday Mama. Hope you have a great day & many happy returns. Wish I could be there to give you a birthday hug. At least know that I'm with you in spirit. Love ya!!!!!
Current Location: In front of the TV
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: L&O CI
20 June 2009 @ 10:59 pm

 Any Man can be Father...But it takes a very special man to be a Daddy. I just happen to think that my son Joe is the most special daddy in the world. His son Brayden thinks so too.  Since my dad is not around anymore. I celebrate this day with my favorite boys. This is what love is for me.......

  My very own hero...Happy Father's Day..You Rock!!
Current Location: The Cuckoo's Nest
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Sleepy Cam Crying
07 June 2009 @ 02:04 pm
 My Great-niece Amanda graduated from high school this past Thursday. I've had somewhat of a hand in raising Amanda so this was a pretty emotional night for me. From the moment Amanda was born she marched to the tune of her own drummer. She is very much her own person in every way. She's a pretty good athlete, a good student, & just an all around good kid. I am very proud of her &  it has been an honor to watch her grow into the lovely person she has become.

 Before the transformation. Amanda in May '05 at her sister's sweet 16 b-day party. Jeans & jerseys were the wardrobe of choice........

                                                                                  .....  From the time she was 5 there was always a basketball close by..

.....She shares my love of spending time in Happy Valley......

                                                                    All of a sudden she's the Homecoming Princess......

Now my little tomboy is wearing satin & lace.... With her prom date & good friend Justin........

                                                                  Even their sunglasses matched......

 But the #1 Man in her life will always be her nephew Camden.........

Took this right before she left the house. She was a bundle of nerves over the speech she had to give.......

Walking to the stage....Getting her diploma.....

Celebrating with her amazing group of friends......

.......................... And with her brother & sister......

                                                  ................... Now it's on to Penn State...Class of 2013.

Congratulations Amanda! I'm so Proud of you!!
Current Location: The Cuckoo's Nest
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: Whatever is on the radio playing upstairs
02 June 2009 @ 12:21 am
Happy Birthday to my good buddy Gator!  Here's wishing you many, many more. Wish we could celebrate together. But since we can't.. know that I'm with you in spirit! Enjoy your day & we will get together again sometime...soon rather than later I hope!
 Love you!!

Current Location: The Cuckoo's Nest
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Total Silence
25 May 2009 @ 10:50 pm
It's Memorial Day in the States, a time to remember those who have died while in military service. Who would you like to remember today?
My Dad, Ted Carnes. He served in the Army Air Corps in WWII. He was injured but survived the war. He raised his children to appreciate the sacrifices of those that gave their all & those that continue to serve. So Thank you "Pop" & thank you to everyone that ever put on a United States Military uniform.
Current Location: The Cuckoo's Nest
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: Amanda typing her graduation speech.
10 May 2009 @ 03:48 pm


 Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day. The pictures above show why mine will be so happy. I love my boys!!!!
Current Location: The Cuckoo's Nest
Current Mood: lovedloved
Current Music: Whatever Amanda is watching on MTV
It's the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. What season do you want it to be where you live?
Football season!
Current Location: The Cuckoo's Nest
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Amanda's Video Game
23 January 2009 @ 10:00 pm

I was going to post this last night. But I was just way too exhausted. I had a really rough day at work yesterday. Nothing too serious or really all that bad. Just a really tough phone call that pretty much broke my heart. These types of calls will happen on my job. But this was the first call of this type that I had to take and it was pretty rough. The only thing that changed my mood was looking at these pics when I got home. They'd put a smile on my face at any time under any circumstance. So I'll share them tonight..

 My 2 favorite men in the whole wide world. I just think this is such an awesome father/son moment.

 Another daddy/son moment. Brayden loves going to the fire house with Joe.

 This was a special moment from our trip to the beach last September. The entire week was memorable. But seeing my boys together in the surf was extra special.

 Gotta include mommy in this. I couldn't have hand picked a better wife for Joe or a better mommy for Brayden.

These pictures made me feel better. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I do.
Current Location: The cuckoo's nest
Current Mood: lovedloved
Current Music: CAmden throwing a major temper tantrum
26 December 2008 @ 09:55 pm
 Grammie Ida's favorite present. A digital picture frame preloaded with pix of my boy from the delivery room to his last b-day party.
 Amanda helping Joe put songs on his ipod

   My 3 nephews, Ryan, Joey & Camden Nittany looking for another present in her bag.

 Camden on his Spiderman Bike


 My little blue-eyed angel with his stash. He wasn't feeling very well but we still had a lot of fun while he was here.

 Brandi & Camden...Cam was all dressed up in Penn State basketball uniform. his Aunt "Duh" loved it.

 Val had a long day and was ready to go home.

Current Location: The Cuckoo's Nest
Current Music: Matt Nathanson Come on Get Higher