Connor Frain

He is our youngest.  What a great guy he is too !!!  He makes me laugh.  He got me so into hockey.  I mean crazy, rabid Blackhawk’s fan.  On game day, any game day I wear just one of many of the shirts/sweaters whatever that has the Indianhead on it.  And if I get into my pj’s during one of the two intermissions during the game, I put on my Blackhawk pj’s.  Really I am so into hockey.  I really miss not being able to watch the games with him.  But no matter, I still watch.  I think I have only missed one game this year.  We went and saw the Annaheim Ducks this past year.  It was so much fun.   Looking forward to the playoffs.  I hope my heart can take it.

He has been a wonderful son to raise.  Healthy, good looking, and even though he was suppose to be the sister for Elizabeth I am so glad he was Connor.  I love that name and he is so Connor, i.e. Connie is what a lot of people call him.  He is a great dancer/performer.  He has been on that stage since he was 4 years old.  So professional.  When he was doing a show, (I think he was in 2nd grade, it was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) he had balllet shoes on for dancing.  One of the dancers smashed his foot with her character heels, but even though his foot was badly injured and bleeding he kept on dancing.  A real professional even way back then.  

It has been an honor to watch him grow into the professional ballet dancer that he has become.  Such hard work.  High school was work.  He got up every morning at 6 am to catch a train at 7am to catch the bus in Chicago at 8 am to get to school The Chicago Academy of the Arts.  From there he would do classes from 9 am/1pm then dance til 5pm.  That was an early day when he would catch the 5:30 pm train to get home by 6:30 pm eat, do homework and then bed.  When it wasn’t the early day, he would be dancing somewhere i.e. Joffrey or getting ready for a show and sometimes (a lot of times) he wasn’t home until 10 pm.  Five days a week and a lot of weekends he had shows.

As a mom, it was hard to watch because I had to let go.  It really just takes on a life of its own and you have to let it go. Let him go.  But I was back stage for a lot of it, and I know.  I saw and some of it was not so great.  But he loves it.  He has to love it because it is just to hard to do without the passion he feels.  I love watching him perform.  So next time you go to a show, I hope you know how hard those performer’s have worked to entertain you.  They love performing, they love the stage, they love you the audience.  It’s now about the money or the fame, because it’s just to hard to do for that.  It’s about the passion they have for their art.  For the love of doing it.  MomImageImage

Some good things to do for Saturday

Well you can plan Sunday’s dinner.  I have an idea that you guys can do.  I think you can leave out the green pepper & cherry tomatoes if you must, (you could add them just for flavor) and just not eat them or you can add a can of tomato sauce (15oz.) in place of the veggies.  So on your grocery list it looks like you will need the chicken, I use purdue, the chicken broth I use College Inn, but any kind will due.  Generic is fine.  Rotini pasta is the curly Q pasta/Barilla.  The cherry tomatoes and green peppers are in the produce section.  You will probably have to get some kraft parmesan cheese in the green shaker can.  It should be in the spaghetti sauce aisle. And there you have your grocery list and dinner for Sunday.  Maybe even some leftovers for Monday.  Get a loaf of crusty french bread to go with it.  

Saturday is also a good day to do some housecleaning.  Laundry/Change Bedding/and Bathroom.  Also start thinking about the week ahead and do some planning.  So try it and let me know how it comes out.  Thanks, Mom

One-Pan Chicken,Tomato and Pepper Pasta
prep:
10 min
total: 35 min
what you need
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1 Tbsp. oil
2 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest
4 cups rotini pasta, uncooked
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 small green pepper, cut into thin strips
2 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
make it

COOK and stir chicken in hot oil in large skillet on medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned.

ADD 3 cups water, chicken broth and lemon peel; mix well. Stir in pasta; cover. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 15 minutes or until pasta is tender.

STIR in tomatoes and pepper strips; cook an additional 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are crisp-tender. Add cheese; toss lightly.

 

Time and how did I get so old so fast…

It really is like they say, as you get older time goes faster.  You know how much faster the toilet paper rolls when it gets to the end, right.  I don’t care.  I love being older.  I love all my wrinkles, I have worked very hard to get them and they are who I am.  They define me.  I love the knowledge that I have gained only by being older.  It’s like you can’t teach what I know, you can only learn it from Father Time.  Lessons from life.  Some have been valuable lessons, others not so much.  But I am better for having learned them.  My faith has grown deeper with everyday of my life.  There is something larger than me and this world.  I only know it is a superior being, really the only name I can give it is God.  A plan for how everything is to work.  I am not going to get into the philosophy of it all, because it really is too large for my brain to think about.  I just love getting up everyday and being a part of the plan.  Because I am, no matter how small a role I play in the larger scheme of things.  

We all are really part of the plan.  I like to think that I am making the world a better place just because I am here.  I am grateful for my children and my husband.  They bring so much beauty into the world.  My Husband is a really talented artist.  He just paints one picture after another.  Each one more beautiful than the last one.  He never took any art classes, he just does it from instinct.  He is really smart too!!!  I think it is because of all of the books he has read.  A very active mind.  He sees so much that he just puts in out in art form.  

Then you have my boys who are amazing artist’s in their own right.  They are ballet dancer’s.  They dance  out in Richmond, VA.  They have worked very long and very hard to get where they are at today.  They started dancing and being onstage at very young ages.  Matthew was in 6th grade and Connor was in 2nd grade.  They have been doing this for a very long time.  They are very disciplined young men.  They love what they do.  I wish I could see them dance more, but they are very far away.  I am just happy that technology has come this far and I can see a lot online.  

My daughter is a nurse.  A really good nurse too!!!  My mom was a nurse, my sister is a nurse and a lot of my friends are nurses. I have been around nursing all my life.  I could not do that.  It takes someone very special to care for the sick.  I am way to sensitive for that.  It has been hard enough just being a mom.  

Being a mom is not an easy job.  It definitely is not for the faint of heart.  It requires a lot of commitment and love.  It is very hard work.  But I have loved being a mom.  There really is no better job than this.  I have learned so much about unconditional love and how to live life, from this job.  When I think about what will I leave here when I go to heaven, I hope I have written my book.  Or that I will have all of my newspapers archived.  That my 10 year journal’s will be completed (a lot of 10 year journals) and my weather journals will tell some kind of story.  But if I don’t have any of that done, I will have left the world with my kids and that is a pretty great thing.  That is how I changed this big old world, how I left my mark.  My kids, and my Gabriella.  The world is a better place because I was here and because they were here.  I love you family…Image  

 

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Apples

Apples

This was my Christmas present from husband/artist. I just love it !!! It is hanging in the hallway right outside of my kitchen. Everytime I walk out of the kitchen I see it and smile. He is so talented. I love you Michael Frain ❤

Grandpapa & Gabriella

Grandpapa & Gabriella

I love my Grandpapa !!!

Who am I and why am I here ??

Well I am a 50 something wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend.  My name is Patti, and I am a homemaker by profession.  I have 3 sons, 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter.  I am married to my best friend for 35 years this year.  I spend my days creating an environment that helps my people be the best they can be.  I have 2 dogs, Bella and Miss Elsa and we have a Mr. Jinx (a tuxedo cat) who lives in the basement.  Someone dropped him off in a bag on a below zero morning in January.  I think I finally figured out who would do that, but I’ll save that for another day.  I really don’t know why it took me so long to figure it out because it was so obvious. But like I said, I’ll save that for another day.  

I am here on this blog today, because I want to learn how to blog.  I have a lot of interesting stories and I want to tell them.  This is 2014 and this is what you do.  I want to learn this technology.  My family is a bunch of artist.  I want to share their talent with you.  My Husband is an amazing artist, who knew.  It’s not his day job but it should be.  My 2 sons are professional ballet dancer’s in Richmond and they are amazing to watch.  My daughter is a nurse.  My oldest, well he’s really talented and a genius (scary smart).  That’s another story too.  So I hope you will follow along.  I started following a blog, and it was really good.  It was very inspiring and I learned a lot.  I love to write, it is an outlet for me.  It helps to process so much of my life.  You can’t keep it unless you give it away.  Image

Merry Christmas

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So this was Christmas morning in our new home. It is our 1st Christmas here. The gangs all here execpt Matthew. He’s still sleeping. Actually there is no food made yet, otherwise he’d be here. It was a good Christmas, alot of food and surrounded by the people I love. I got some really cool presents. The best present was being told I was an awesome mom. I love my family. Being surrounded by them I feel loved and nothing else really matters. Christmas is hope. I think it’s good to be so close to a “New Year” because a new year is really good too !! That is what I really love. A new year, leave last year behind and move forward. It’s all good

Merry Christmas Eve, 2013

OMG am I tired.   Why do I think the floors need to be cleaned they are just going to get dirty again. I guess it looks nice.  Boys should be wheels down, Gabriella is counting the minutes, no literally.  Grandmama it’s 2:33.   Grandmama it’s 2:54.  What time do you think they will be here.  Maybe 3:30.  No, I am sure Midway is a mess today so are the roads.  I love having her around.  She keeps it real.  I remember when I was her age, waiting was agonizing.  She got me to open her present from her and her mom.  It was a, “Build a Bear!!”  They built it to look like a Blackhawk.  I have named it Kaner.  I just love it <3.  Well I just took a break, still have a little cleaning to do so I’ll be back when I have some pictures to post.  Hope I get a video up of the boys coming home.

So  my Gabriella and daughter, Lizzie got me the coolest present.  They did “build-a-bear”.  I have named him “Kaner”!!!  He is so cool.  Gabriella told me how she picked out the bear and all the clothes.  So thoughtful, they know how much of fan I am.  I told her I was going to watch all the games with him!

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IMG_0780So my guys made it home for Christmas. It was so good to see them and have them home. They were so tired. They had 2 shows (Nutcracker) on Sunday and 2 shows on Monday. That was after they had been dancing Nutcracker the whole month of Decemeber and dancing on the road. I know how demanding doing shows is. Let me tell you it is a hard, hard life. I am so very proud of my boys and what they do. I thank God for the beauty they bring into this world.

So we went to Autumn Leaves (Lizzie’s Job).  It is good to go see the old folks. They get so happy to see people..  They just love the little ones.  Matthew and Connor got to see what their sister does.  They were proud of her.  Then we came home and got ready for Santa.   I was cooking as usual.  I alway cook on Christmas Eve.  I made my overnight sticky buns.  I got the recipe from my good friend Cheryl Wilson.  I couldn’t find the recipe or the pan I usually use.  We moved this year and I still have unpacking to do obviously, but they turned out great.  So I am a rock star !!!!  I also am trying a new recipe. It is overnight blueberry french toast.  Got done cooking and went to bed.  It is great having everyone home.  It just feels like a warm bed.  You just never want to get up.  You just could let the world pass you buy.  That is how great is having the ones you love close by.   Merry Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve

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It wouldn’t be Christmas w/o the Nutcracker !!  That’s my Matthew up there.  He’s the guy w/the girl and then there he is disguised as a dancing bear.  Well we so wanted to go see the Nutcracker, but I was too sick this month.  Frist year I did not see the Nutcracker.  So sad, but I’m feeling better and that is making me happy…

Yes it is the night before Christmas Eve and all through my house, yes I’ll be honest, it’s a mess.  But I really have learned that Christmas is not about a clean house, with presents all neatly wrapped and under the tree.  I really have been searching for the meaning of this one day.  First that’s really it, it’s one day people.  My daughter was upset because she has to work both Christmas and Christmas Eve.  She’s a nurse.  But how wonderful for those people she is caring for.  She is such a great nurse and they really need her.  I told her that her little girl will be fine (she’s a single mom, and they both live with us).  I told her we will have our arms around her and she’ll be so happy with all of the toys that santa is bringing and she’ll be to busy playing with her uncles to even know her mom is missing.  We will be taking a trip to where she works and spread some more joy for those folks who find joy in the small things in life.

Well the boys will be flying home tomorrow.  I am soooo excited to see them.  I haven’t seen them since August, and Connor’s my baby .  So looking forward to watching the Blackhawks with him and just hanging out w/my family.  I truly am so lucky to have a family.  They are the reason I get up every morning.  We don’t have a perfect life, because we aren’t perfect people.  We love each other and it’s good to have a family.

Well we will all be together and that is so good.  The personalities are so interesting.  The dogs just love when the boys come home.  That is a reunion that is so fun to watch.  So I’ll let you know how it goes.  It should be a great Christmas.  Because when the Frain’s get together it is always interesting.

So for Christmas Eve dinner we will be having Italian Beef Sandwiches w/peppers & mozzarella – Vodka Rigatoni – Chopped Salad Shrimp Cocktail Tray & Cheddar Bay Biscuits – Vegetable Tray – Celebration Punch.  So we will have plenty of food.

Christmas 2013

Well this is going to be a Christmas.  Let’s see I have been sick since December 1st.  No really, I have literally been sick w/bacterial pneumonia and my asthma.  So the Christmas tree just got put up and I have done no shopping,  The shopping I did get done was through Amazon and I gave them the wrong address.  So that was just a huge mess.  It’s not been a great year but I am really just praying to God to give me the strength to see all of the blessings he has given me this year.  It is really better to think about all of the good than the not so good.

I have a great husband who is just beyond amazing.  He is my rock.  He is well educated and has a really good job.  But more than that he is an awesome artist.  You should go look at his artwork. It is on Elan Creations.  I wish I could give you a link, but I’m just not that good with this computer.ImageImageImage

So these are just a few of his older paintings.  He’s really very talented  Here

is his latest.  The title of it is, “Strictly Business.”  I think we can see where Michael

the artist is right now.  It’s really telling…  He really is very good at his art

So you should go check out his other stuff.  It is at Elan Creations or  on Etsy

I think under Michael Frain…

Strictly Business
Strictly Business