Category Archives: Family

Kevin Smith – Greetings from Glendale Adventist Hospital!



New Obama Foundation Video


Back in, wow, May of 2015, I posted of the near heart attack that I had when I discovered that my Big Kid was featured the Obama Foundation’s Library Announcement Video.

Imagine my surprise when, as I scrolled through Twitter a couple of weeks ago, I discovered another video had been posted and, once again, my Big Kid was featured. She’s in the screenshot of the video in the tweet and in a close-up later on.


That wasn’t a chocolate chip cookie…


I volunteer at a hospital. Sometimes we’re given a boxed meal because the cafeteria is closed. This past shift, instead of packaged cookies, there were baked cookies that were wrapped in pairs. I thought they were chocolate chip so saved them for my Large Fry. When I got home, I told her there were cookies for her.

Fast forward 2 days. This child, who never uses Facebook or Messenger had messaged me while I was at a meeting.

“Okay I realize it is early in the day but I got those cookies that were meant for me.

They were not chocolate chip.

They were raisin cookies.

I have fallen for a trick I thought only existed in fiction.”

I messaged an apology because I would not have shared Oatmeal Raisin cookies with her, I would have kept them all for me. (Obviously.)

When I got home she handed me the leftover cookie and said

“I bit into the cookie. I tasted betrayal, not chocolate.”

I love my Large Fry.

Giant Spiders, Touching Hearts since 2002


We have an unusual yard decorating tradition. Every October 1st, we put out spider inflatables that stay out the entire month. The first time was 2002 – we had a single 8′ purple spider. Spidey moved with us to another house and went up every year, until dry rot called her to that big cobweb in the sky. I quickly found a replacement and then stocked up so I’d never be without a giant purple spider on my lawn.


In 2009, we moved to Maryland and ended up on a somewhat well traveled road. A year or so later, we added Terry Tarantula, a large black spider, so that Spidey 2 wouldn’t be alone. That was the year that we made it to Google Earth.


It’s now 2017. The Spiders made it Google Streetview last year.


We’re on Terry 2 and Spidey 4. Something happened on Wednesday that hadn’t happened before. My husband brought in the mail and opened an envelope and then began making “ooooh” sounds. He handed it to me and I was immediately verklempt (look for a video of Mike Myers doing a Linda Richman skit on SNL).

How nice is this?


I decided to show our appreciation in the best way possible.

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I hope I made Allison and Andrew’s day like they made mine!