The Pontow Family Blog
Friday, December 10, 2010
Well, I was thinking that these marshmallows would be more like a cookie marshmallow. But, it is not it is pretty much just a marshmallow. So, now I have a big bag containing a lot of marshmallows. HA! But, Meg has given her stamp of approval of them and said they taste great. So, I guess we will be having a lot of hot chocolate this winter.
One thing to note if you try to make marshmallows. If you don't put enough powder sugar in the pan. THEY WILL STICK. I couldn't figure out how to get powdered sugar on the sides of the pan, so that made things not so much fun. And after I cut them with a knife covered in powdered sugar, I had to coat them in more powdered sugar so that they would not stick together. In the future, I will just buy bags of marshmallows. :)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I thank god for the people in my life who still talk about her!
I thank god that my kids love seeing pictures of her and sending her balloons in heaven!
I thank god that I have my supportive parents still here who every year go thru those days over and over!
I thank god for her friends who have not forgotten her!
I thank god that I was lucky enough to have a sister at one time and that I cherished the time we had! I love you Meg and miss you each and every day. But, I know that you are watching over all of us and keeping us safe.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I just love Fall. It truly is my favorite time of year. Maybe it is because it is when I got married or maybe it is because I love when the trees go from green to such amazing colors of red and orange. And I love the sound of walking thru the leaves. And then there is the fun of decorating for Fall with pumpkins and mums and ornamental kale.
Every fall we take my Dad to a White Sox game. It has always been our thing to do with him for Grandparent's day. Plus we always hope to have cool weather for the game. Most of the time this does not happen. But, this year we truly lucked out with a perfect night for the game. And the fun of it was we go to go with the Trinity Irish Dancers this year. And it was really a family affair. My mom and even Ally got to attend the game. This game was the halfway mark to St. Patrick's Day and so on this day the Chicago White Sox wear green uniforms to celebrate the Irish. How much better can it be???
To me this event is something that I cherish every year. And I know that our kids truly treasure the time they get to spend with Nama and Papa whether it is in person or on the phone. I would be lost without my parents and so am glad we get to do this kind of stuff with them.
Friday, September 3, 2010
- Snow White - She was by far the most amazing character we met. She talked and talked and talked to the kids for so long. It didn't matter that she had a long line of kids waiting. She was truly amazing
- Electrical Parade - What can I say. We had tossed around not doing this, but finally things just worked out to be able to see it. I am soo glad we did because the kids LOVED it! Ally was screaming to the characters and waving to them. And she thought for sure that everyone was waving to her.
- Watching the kids with Nama/Papa/Aunt Denny and seeing the love they have for them.
- The kids swimming. I couldn't believe how brave they have become. And really makes me sad that we no longer have a pool in our backyard.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
And here I sit. 2 kids already in Florida for 1/2 week already with their Nama, Papa and Aunt Denny. They are having a blast from what we are hearing. Then there is poor Ally I think she may be the most excited because for weeks now she has been saying "Today we go to Disney World?". God bless her little heart. And everyday since Jack and Meg have been gone she has said "I have no one to play with." She has had neighbor friends and babysitters galore treating her like a little princess and giving her their undivided attention. But, I understand she misses her brother and sister as does her mom and dad. I think though this 1 on 1 time has been good for Ally (maybe not mom all the time, but for her nonetheless). We have eaten out a lot and done a lot of running around that I dread doing with 3 kids. She has gotten to sleep with Sox every night which she has loved. And will probably be shocked when everyone is back home to have to share him with Jack and Meg. She helped me make the bracelets that the kids will where when we are at the parks that have my cell phone # listed on them. This way if anyone gets lost they can ask someone to call my #. I can't take credit for this idea. I got it out of the Disney Family Fun magazine.
So, what do I hope to get out of this vacation? So much.
I want to experience Disney World thru the eyes of my kids.
I will watch their faces as they meet princesses and so many more characters that they have watched on TV for so long.
I want to be a kid the whole time I am vacation and forget about the worries of home and work!
I want to enjoy time to read...
I look forward to watching my kids be fishes and swim whenever they want
I look forward to just being with my family....
Monday, August 9, 2010
All in all, it was a great time! And I am glad I got to do it with the family! Next year Chad can go with just Jack. :)
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Finally the end of June they went in their Jade green Chrysalis. It was so beautiful looking! What was really neat is we got to actually see 2 of them go into the Chrysalis. Never have we gotten to see that before!!
Fun fact: Did you know that you can tell the sex of a Monarch? The girl monarchs have white spots on the bottom of their wings, whereas the boys don't have any spots. Flyer was a girl. So, we hope she does well reproducing and bringing back the monarch population. :)
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
I guess one could say I have officially become a Soccer mom....
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
This weekend was the end of the kids indoor soccer league. So, now they take a break for a few weeks and rest up for the outdoor league that they will start later in the month. We are looking forward to getting to be outside to play soccer. Meg made a couple goals thru the indoor league which was very exciting for her. This picture is after she made one of her goals. If only you could see how excited she is in person. It is so neat to watch!
Jack continued to shine in soccer. He has a couple trademark moves with soccer. First, he always has his tongue sticking out when he is kicking or running. It is the funniest thing. And then he has a killer kick. He has taken some kids down with it. He doesn't know his own power that is for sure. I love watching him play because it makes me think about the fact that my grandpa Jim, came to the USA to play soccer from Scotland. And you just wonder if he is watching down on Jack and running along side him give him that extra power to kick hard. :) Makes us feel good that it is something that he is very passionate about.
Friday, March 19, 2010
It has been quite a week in our house. Little Meggan has been dancing her toes off for all sorts of people!! It has been a truly amazing experience for her. She can sometimes be a little shy, but to see her get up on high school theatre stage and dance for all of those people. She has the biggest smile on her face when she is dancing and makes me so happy for her. And she is really getting the 1st step down pat. She also got to perform for her class at school.
The down side of the dancing is the wig really itches her little head. And then there is the hustle and bustle of running around from show to show. But, it is coming to an end next week. This weekend she and I will be in the New "Dublin" London parade and then next week she has 1 last performance. The older girls of Trinity truly have taken these young river dancers under their wings and shown them the way. It makes you feel good to watch.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Soccer was great too. Meggan scored her very 1st goal. And it was such a riot to see. The smile that she had on her face after doing it was incredible. I don't think you could have done anything to get it off of her face.
And of course Ally had such a great birthday. She was so excited to celebrate with her cousins and the rest of the family. She was quite the princess. We had a nice dress for her to wear for the party but within minutes of cousins arriving she was in dress up clothes. I think she would live in them if she could. We are thankful for our family and there generosity and all the laughter they brought us at the party!
And things are not slowing down in our house. Meg will be real busy with Irish Dance performances this week. She will perform at: 1) Couple of schools, 2) Auxiliary Club in Beaver Creek, 3) New London (Dublin) High School and 4) finish off the week with the New London parade on Saturday afternoon. Be on the look out for pics from these fun events!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Today marks Ally's 3rd birthday in this amazing world we live. And what a year it has been with our tornado Ally. I am trying to remember when we started calling her Tornado Ally. I think it was around when she started walking. She really has taken this name seriously.
What are some of her favorite things to do?? Hmmm let's see taking marker and drawing on her arms and legs, taking ink stamps and stamping her entire body, jumping off of anything she can, glitter glue on anything she can get it on and the scream. Ugh the scream that gives me migraines. I always find it interesting when people tell me how cute and sweet she is. My response is usually something along the lines of trying living with her for a week and then let's see if you still think that of her.
Don't get me wrong we love Ally! She brings excitement (if you want to call it that) to our house. But, seriously when is it going to end. Maybe when she starts school in the fall things will change. It will be a welcomed change to send her off to school. I don't think there will be any tears on that day. HA! We look forward (I think) to everything little Miss Ally throws our way in this next year!! :)
Monday, March 1, 2010
It is hard to believe that just 6 months ago Meg started taking Irish dance and here we are just 17 days until the "BIG" holiday and she is gearing up for 8 different performances over the next 2 1/2 weeks. She will perform at some nursing homes, grade schools and the VFW halls. She will even get to march in a parade in New London (or at this time of year they call themselves New Dublin). :)
I am ever so proud of my sweet, Meggan. She has taken to the Trinity family quite well. She has such a big smile on her face when she is doing her jig step and it reminds me so much of when I was taking Irish Dance as a young girl. Below is a picture of me competing at feis in June 1981. Good times. And now I will get to do the same things with Meg that my mom did with me.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Once again our amazing photographer pulls thru with incredible shots of Jack and Ally. Yes, I am anal with getting the kids pictures done, but you know what my kids are worth it! :)
Jenny really knows how to capture them too. These pictures were just done today and she sent me a few to get a feeling for how they look. INCREDIBLE!!! I know they are my kids, so of course I think they are great, but seriously tell me they are not cute. HA! And she even took some pics of Meg in this adorable hat! Hats off to you Jenny Tabbert. You are an amazing artist.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
This weekend we went to visit Aunt Kathleen and Uncle Stan in Madison, WI. It is alway an adventure when we take our trips there. We are very open to doing whatever festival, show, etc. that Kathleen has found. Over the years we have gone to see the Circus, Alpaca show, Kites on Ice Festival, Snow Festival, Dog shows and the list goes on.
This year we decided to check out the Winter Festival that was being talked about. We were going to do the circus too, but unfortunately we couldn't because Meg had Irish Dance lessons today that we had to be home for. At the winter festival we (Stan, Chad and Ally excluded) tried out snowshoes. That was definitely something different. And then while in the snowshoes we used Hula Hoops. There are 2 things that you would never expect to do together. HA! The kids and I also got to go tubing down a man made snow hill. What was cool about the day was that it was snowing throughout the day. It was a nice pretty snow that did not bug us one bit. We also go to make some snowballs and throw them at Uncle Stan. :)
Our weekends with Aunt Kathleen and Uncle Stan are always so much fun and relaxing. And of course it wouldn't be a weekend there without the girls trying on Aunt Kathleen's wedding dress. And then Uncle Stan's Russian hat. Too funny.
To see more pictures from our weekend click here.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
WOW! What can I say. This is what Ally picked out to wear today. Really? Not sure where she is getting her dressing sense from, but she sure had her Dad and I laughing this morning. Of course she agreed that she would not wear this out in public since A) IT IS COLD OUTSIDE!! and B) People would probably think I am crazy letting my kid dress like this. But, I am thankful she wants to dress herself and be independent like this. :)
Saturday, February 6, 2010
It is hard for us to believe that sweet Jack, our first born, our only boy, the big brother and by far the best snuggler is 6 today. Where has the time gone? It truly feels like just yesterday when my water broke and I called my mom at 4am to say "Uh I think I am in labor." We are so proud of who he is growing up to be and how much he takes care of his sisters. Especially Ally whether she likes it or not. Here are just a few of my favorite memories with him:
- The way he uses his long lashes to give you butterfly kisses.
- How he says he will always take care of his mom even when she is old.
- How protective he is of his sister and making sure they don't get hurt, yet then turning around and wrestling them to the ground.
- How from day 1 he has always been a snuggle bug.
- How much he loves being Sox's "owner"
- Last Christmas when he snuck downstairs and opened up quite a few christmas gifts that were not his. But they were the biggest presents he saw.
- The excitement in his face when he has mastered something new from school.
- The thrill of making goals and hitting a baseball over and over again.
- When he is laying in bed and he says in the sweetest sadest voice "I miss Nama!"
- All the balloons from his own birthdays that he has wanted to send to Auntie Meggan and GG in heaven.
- The freckles, oh the freckles I love them to death! And how he laughs when I say I am going to scrub the freckles off of his face.
- His excitement in seeing Obama's house this past summer
- His anticipation and questions of what it will be like to go to Disney World this summer
- His excitement at making his sister a valentine's card this year made out of hearts he made all on his own.
We look forward to the many more years of birthday seasons and we are so glad you were born. You are a shining star in our eyes and will always be! Love ya bud!