“Exercise -Plus More Exercise- GOOD For YOU”

“What in the world are you doing – if, I may ask – when you take a moment to stop – for a fresh breath of AIR?”


     “I’m WORKING OUT – just like YOU!”


“Do you think that I’m   WORKING OUT – just like YOU…MOM?”       I am learning to keep track of the number of times –  that I’m going up and down  – and the best part of this exercising,  is the special music,  that you have playing…just for me…too!img115

It sure is good,  that –  I am as strong…  as  I think, that I am, or will, some day  –  and I do know that, that will   soon be,  because there  are,   only so many of these ups and downs,  that  a some what  little  ole  me  or a just   like  little  me,  will or can really  try do!

This is our –  little,  “Alyssa”  at  21 months  of age.

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“Celebrating MY First BIRTHDAY with GREAT-GRANDMA”

“Having a “FIRST” of some special occasion – is  a “RED LETTER DAY” on the Calendar – especially –  when  it comes to celebrating my  very  “FIRST BIRTHDAY”  with my “Great Grandma, herself”

– as my “MOM” always called her the “FUN GRANDMA”

– and,  I know – that my “MOM”  knows what she  is

talking about – when it comes to passing on a good word or two – about someone and or something, important!”       D.V.

Mary Ellen Aldrich “Grandma – I’m inviting you to come over and play with me – in my very own, in-door  TENT – and with all of my friendly stuffed animals” xoxo

Mary Ellen Aldrich “Come and see all of my  extra special things that are being  kept in my drawers – let’s start with the top drawer first – as,  I have a surprise in there,  just for you” xoxo

Mary Ellen Aldrich “Sit down and enjoy a book – just like,  I like to do – see – I am starting at the very beginning of  my  book – and, hope you will stay and read more books – with me” xoxo

Mary Ellen Aldrich “I’m ready to have  “FUN and PLAY” with you – but, as you can see – I do have to finish getting dressed for the day – so sit – on –  down – and watch – all of the things – that I can do” xoxo

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“Happy Birthday to you…

   Happy Birthday to you…….

       Happy Birthday Dear  Little LEX ………

Happy Birthday to you – and many more!

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“If I say so, myself – the best of best gifts,  for young children are good BOOKS!”

“To get a good education – one does have to HELP one’s self – and the best way,  for that to happen – for one –  is to make a very  wise selection,  in all  of the reading material, including books –  as  everything,  that we will  need to know, and – also,  to know about –  will start  with a  study   program – one that will  inspire and take you everywhere, which  ends up in  taking our “reader” to the top of his DREAMS!”

  • “Dreams lead to the  construction of  “IDEAS” –  and the best of  “IDEAS”  – to the best of our  “MEMORIES” –  and  that is  for a LIFE TIME!”
  • “Memories are made of this!”       D.V.

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“Lex and Plans for a NEW Flying GAME”


“There are some days – when the weather man does not cooperate with me – I want to FLY – but,  the weather  just wants to send to us  – something that looks like  “Lemons” –  in  the substance of  “SNOW” and or big and over-sized “Rain”  drops – but,  I always know – that when you are in “MISSOURI”  – just wait  “Five Minutes MORE” and the SKY is clear and ready – just for me to take off and FLY!”

“Or this old version?”

“Just think – of all the wonderful things we can do – if,  only –  we can have  “Five Minutes MORE” –  – maybe,  create a whole new idea – about my  “Flying Plans”  –  which,  I am working on – as we think and speak!”     D.V.

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“Start the day off – with GOOD THOUGHTS”

Some days when you are just getting  your own “MOTOR”   all revved up,  and now running,  for   a new and bright  day  – one of those  middle of the  “WEEK”  days just starting – it is too early in the morning –  YOU have had your shower and you  now, have no idea at all –  since,  you did not  make plans,  that which you will be wearing  – just kind of  thought it would be warmer  – a real maybe –  and  now,  guess we will wait and see – just what the “WEATHER MAN” is bringing to us,   for the  twenty-first day in February?

So there I am – into the drawers – pulling out this and that – and just setting aside – thinking – maybe – or,  oh well, let’s just  see what else is available, in another drawer?

Next drawer  – something purple – is this the bottom or the top? Sure enough top and matching bottom in purple and have not worn in years – but,  I did find a long sleeve white  sweater in the above drawer,  that could be worn under this purple top – white  turtle neck and white sleeves to  make this purple outfit look – good – keener  or maybe even,  terrific – and with those –  two long sleeves – surely,  I will be warm – no matter,  what the “Weather Man” has decided to send,  to us today!

Well, there I am all dressed – and looking in the mirror, “WOW”  – what first comes to mind – I remember,  that our little “Jaime”  herself – wore a purple outfit in  the lobby of our “AIRPORT”  –  standing there –  by the front doors – and she looked so beautiful  just like a “MOVIE STAR” – and just so that I would have this wonderful memory  for TODAY  and forever – someone took her Picture – and today – that PHOTO is above – for all to see and admire – as she looks like she is just arriving or maybe,  she  could be ready to take off , and FLY with her DADDY  – as  “JAIME”  does have  a nice “bag” of stuff  in her hand, –   so that,  which ever  way – no matter – if she is  coming and or  going,   “Jaime”  is  all ready  to go  some where,    looking beautiful –  all  –  the day long.

Just thought, that I should add this  special PHOTO of  little,  “MISS Jaime”  our  very own,   “Miss Congeniality” since,  she has that  extra special  gift of getting along with everyone – always  so sweet and friendly – always there to help every one,  with whatever she can – just to help make everyone  feel real good and happy –  and to think,   that we are the lucky ones – since “JAIME”  belongs to us –  we are  all  able to have  many  wonderful times,  being  all  together  yesterday – today,  and  memories,  that I will always have – even without a PHOTO!

“I just LOVE this PHOTO and grateful to who ever it was,   that  took this PHOTO,  and gave it  – to me –  “treasures  such as these”  – are the best kind of memories to have –  and that is forever!”      D.V.

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“Be sure to pass on – to your SONS to READ”



1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down.
2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs.
3. The man at the BBQ Grill is the closest thing to a king.
4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.
5. Request the late check-out.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
8. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
9. Play with passion or not at all…
10. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.
11. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.
12. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.
13. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.
14. You marry the girl, you marry her family.
15. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.
16. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.
17. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.
18. Never turn down a breath mint.
19. A sport coat is worth 1000 words.
20. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.
21. Thank a veteran. Then make it up to him.
22. Eat lunch with the new kid.
23. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.
24. Ask your mom to play. She won’t let you win.
25. Manners maketh the man.
26. Give credit. Take the blame.
27. Stand up to Bullies. Protect those bullied.
28. Write down your dreams.
29. Always protect your siblings (and teammates).
30. Be confident and humble at the same time.
31. Call and visit your parents often. They miss you.
32. The healthiest relationships are those where you’re a team; where you respect, protect, and stand up for each other.

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