Aunties M & Em

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It’s Raining!

Dark clouds are coming our way!
See the brown dead grass in the park?

Today is August 2 and I never thought I’d be so happy to see it rain!! In our area, the last time we had a decent rain was June 17. That’s 46 days ago, people! 46 days!!!

It’s been hot too. In those 46 days, 37 of them had high temperatures over 90 degrees. On 11 of those 37 days, the actual high temperature was over 100 degrees. When you figure in the dew points and heat index…well, I don’t even want to talk about it.

It’s been hot and muggy and hot and no rain and miserable and hot and the grass and other plants have died and they asked everyone to conserve water and then they had to mandate water conservation and it was still hot. HOT, I say!!!

But today… today it rained! Hallelujah and thank the good Lord!!!

Remember in the Wizard of Oz when Glinda had it snow on our four friends so they’d wake up from the Wicked Witch’s evil spell?  Well, that’s how I felt today when it rained.  It was cool and clean and refreshing!  Yay!

Ahhh! Rain!

I had no umbrella. I didn’t need one. I wanted that cool, clean rain to get my hair and face and arms wet!! It was wonderful!

I don’t know yet how much rain we got today. says there’s a 75% chance for more thunderstorms in the next two days. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?! We’ll take it!

If it starts to rain where you are, go out and get wet! If you can’t do that, just sit and watch and listen to it for a while. Beautiful!

Auntie M  ♥


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Let the Games Begin!

Tonight marks the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  I look forward to both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and this year is no exception.  It’s not just that they only occur every four years…it’s the anticipation of the athletes giving their all (and then some), the camaraderie of being an Olympian, and experiencing sports and athletic competitions on a global level.

Now, I’m a big sports fan, though primarily baseball (Go Cardinals!) and football (Go Packers!)…but there’s something special about the Olympic Games.  Maybe it’s because of the events that rarely get televised, like field hockey or curling.  Maybe it’s knowing that the athletes are competing at the highest level possible.  I think it’s more than all that.  The athletes competing in the Olympics are doing something the rest of us can only dream about.  They get to represent their nation in front of the rest of the world.

Do I root for the USA?  Of course!  But I also cheer when I see the best athlete overcome odds to win the gold medal.  Or when two teammates competing in the same event still sincerely support each other.  Or when an athlete is injured, and still insists on completing the event, at least as much as possible.  It’s these moments that are the heart of the Olympics, when it matters the most.

This weekend, I will be sitting down with my family to watch the Opening Ceremonies, and as many events as time allows (you have to sleep sometime…or, so they say).  There will be ups and downs, wins and defeats…but most of all, memories will be made.  The memories I make will be of time spent with my family, cheering not just for the USA, but for all competitors.  The athletes, coaches, and support staff will make memories of their own, no matter the medal count or hiccups along the way.  It is my most sincere hope and earnest prayer that the we can all share the following memory: “Another Summer Olympics in the history books…I’m so glad they were safe for all in attendance.”

Want to follow the Olympics this year?  Here are the sites I’ll be checking out to keep up with all of the action:
NBC Olympics – NBC’s home for Olympic coverage. – the Official website of the Olympic Movement.
NBC Sports Live Extra – for live, streaming video.  This requires a cable/satellite/telco subscription, which includes MSNBC and CNBC.
The Olympic Games – Official Facebook Page


Coming Soon!

Hi, I’m Auntie Em!  My mom, Auntie M, and I are just getting started, so bear with us as we get this show on the road!  Ever heard the phrase, “Charging out like a herd of turtles?”  Well, that’s us!  We’ve been working on getting started with our blog for a long time…it takes lots of planning and thinking to get this far…amiright?  When we first started thinking about what we had to share with the world, we narrowed all of the important things in our lives to four main categories: Faith, Family, Food, and Fun.

We are really excited to share our thoughts, recipes, and experiences with you.  Thanks for stopping by and please visit again!