Logan is 22 years old today. How did this happen??!!
Happy Birthday to my Loggie Bear!!!
22 years ago today my dad took me to North Towne Mall Theatres to see the movie Fresh Horses. All I remember is that it starred Molly Ringwald, was pretty horrible, and I was uncomfortable the whole time. I kept having to get up and walk around. I was 9 days past my due date at that point, but it didn’t occur to me that I may be in labor. It did occur to my mom. She “had a feeling” that something was wrong. This was in the days before cell phones, so she couldn’t call to check up on me.
I passed a somewhat uncomfortable night and was awakened round about 5:00 am with the beginnings of labor.
Read more tomorrow…
We moved Logan to the dorm at NIU yesterday. It’s all exciting and different, and my boy is feeling a little homesick. It’s perfectly natural for him to feel this way, but it’s awfully overwhelming right now. I decided to stitch him up something last night that he can hang by his bed to be reminded that his momma loves him.
I’m so proud of my son Logan! Today he finished the last of his classes at
Rock Valley College, and he is now the holder of an Associate of Arts Degree! Hooray!
This fall will bring him closer to Naperville as he starts classes towards a
BA in Business Communications at Northern Illinois University.
My little boy is growing up, and I couldn’t be more proud!
My son Logan and his best friend Justin are going to be STARS. Justin wrote in to MTV’s program True Life with an idea for the show based on his life. I cannot reveal what it’s all about, but I’m very proud of him for doing this. Justin has been like a member of our family since he and Logan met back in 7th grade.
The first phase of in person interviewing happened yesterday. Justin was interviewed for several hours at his home. Then Logan came over, and Justin, Logan, and the two producers hopped in Logan’s car to go to Pearl Bistro in Rockford. Logan was pretty amazed by their star treatment. Pearl is packed on Saturdays, but there was a big table all set up and ready for them, and Logan was impressed that they got their food within 10 minutes of ordering it.
Logan and Justin talked about his situation while one camera was trained on Justin the whole time and the other on Logan. Apparently this had the crowd at Pearl thinking that these must be two big stars in their midst, because all sorts of strangers were snapping pictures of them, and Logan was tickled when “cougars” were coming over to talk with them!
After finishing at Pearl, they drove back to Justin’s house where some more filming was done. Both boys had a great time and can’t wait for additional filming in January. They got great tips for their futures from the producers, who sounded pretty cool.
I cannot wait for Justin’s episode to be aired, and I’ll keep you posted as to when it will be showing!
P.S. Logan and Justin are the second and third real-life people I know who have a connection with MTV. The first? Todd, who was a Production Assistant for a day when he was in college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).
Ripley has got to be the best cat that my family has ever had. We got him in 1992 from Winnebago County Animal Control, and he was estimated to already be a couple of years old. We had discovered that we had a field mouse problem in our new house, and we needed a mouser. In the spring and summer he’d go out in the morning and come home at night. We did that for a few years until Ripley became too good of a “provider” for our family. Every day we’d open the door and there’d be a dead and decapitated animal on our door step. He was just trying to take care of us by providing meals for us. This became too much for my mom when my dad was traveling a lot, so he then became an indoor cat. He seemed to be okay with being indoors all day so long as he had a comfy spot to look outside.
I think it was in November of 2006 that he had to be put down. He was very sick and couldn’t keep his food down anymore. He had spent 14 great years with my family, and probably lived about 16 years total. It was a sad, sad day when he wasn’t in our lives anymore.
I made this Remembrance Shrine to Ripley for my son Logan, who had a special bond with Rippers, as he was sometimes known. I kept it somewhat simple, considering he IS a 20 year old boy, but I couldn’t stay completely away from the glitter.
Materials used: cigar box, wooden balls for feet, paint, Melody Ross paper, glittered black card stock, blue rick rack, Crafty Chica glue and blue glitter, black chunky glitter, Jim Holtz idea-ology token, and Me & My Big Ideas embellishments.
Today was craftily productive for me. I can tell not only by my finished projects, but also because I’m covered in glitter from head to toe, and my hands have bits of glue all over them.
The first project was inspired by mine and Todd’s initials. We jokingly call ourselves “T-n-A.” I bought the styrofoam letters at Michael’s months ago (they were $1 each). Two weeks ago we went to IKEA and found small shadow boxes for only $2.99 each. I covered all three letters in blue paint, then slathered them in glue. I added Crafty Chica Bollywood Blue glitter to Todd’s “T”, tiny stars to the “N”, and Crafty Chica Glamour Queen Green glitter to my “A.” I then added some stars to the T and the A, too. Todd found some cool black glittered paper at Michael’s, which I cut to fit the shadow box. I mounted each letter off of the glitter paper by hot gluing tiny spools to the backs of the letters and placing them in the middle of each square of paper.
My next project today was a Remembrance Shrine to Annabelle. You may remember that we had to put our family pet, Annabelle, down on January 18, 2010. She was 15 1/2 years old, and had given my family all those years of love and loyalty. I wanted to create a visual reminder of how special she was and still is in our hearts. I created this shrine as a surprise for my parents and Logan for when they get back from their cruise this Friday.
The last thing I created today was a Good Luck Shrine. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it…if I’ll keep it for myself or give it to someone. We can all use a little good luck!