Archive | July, 2021

Tuesday:) Toni’s Last Day in GrandmaLand

21 Jul

“Time Really flies when you’re having fun or your a grandma visiting the grandkids,”

-Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


We had a fun adventure at Wagner Farm yesterday, NO! That’s not a real cow that Sophie is sitting on, BUT if a real cow was out there, she would have insisted on sitting on it.
Disco Dancing with Grandma and lots of playing outside.
It was a beautiful day today, a long walk around the neighborhood, playing doctor and Barbies. Let’s not forget the water table and the ever popular garden sprinkler.

Well, my bags are packed… bye, bye, grand babies. Oh…news flash… the dog just got skunked outside…the adventures aren’t over.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Busy Peek

20 Jul

“I don’t think quantity time is as special as quality time with your family.” — Reba McEntire


Well, my week has been so busy with family and friends, I figured I’d just post the pictures and leave it at that.

Happy Monday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some More Family Fun

19 Jul

“The single most important factor in our long-term happiness is the relationships we have with our family and close friends.”

— Clayton M. Christensen


An early morning walk with Joe and Belle to St. Norbert’s for morning Mass. It’s exactly a 1/2 brisk mile walk each way, and a quick prayer was said on the way that we didn’t catch a freight train crossing on our way. Yesterday when we walked to the park that way, there was a very long train that impeding our progress. No train.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling the apostles that they needed to get away and rest. They had been preaching so long that they had no time to even eat or rest. But, people continued to come and follow them.

“So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.”

My take on it…. a good shepherd, a good parent, or a good leader of any kind, always puts his flock or followers first.

St. Norbert’s is a beautiful parish in Northbrook. I’m very pleased that we were able to attend Mass today. We lit a candle and said a prayer for family and friends.

The rest of the day was busy with chasing, changing diapers, snacks, constant feedings, playing and fun.

Dr. Sophie attended to her patients, her puppy assisted her in her art project, and after her bath, she was transformed into a colorful unicorn.

I sat outside for a few minutes before dusk, and a cute bunny scampered by for a photo op.

Life is good! Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Some More Grandma Adventures

18 Jul

“Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.”

Pam Brown


A fun morning at the park.

A two seater.
Double trouble slide,
A beautiful sunny afternoon. Lunch at The Landmark.
Tradition! Lin came for a visit, a late lunch, and the grand finale, Turtle sundaes at Culver’s.
The girls making big bubbles with the bubble wands from Lin.

Another busy fun day with friends and family. Only a few days left. I sure am making the best of my short visit.

Friday:) More Family Fun

17 Jul

“So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty.”

Haniel Long


Well, the days are flying by, and soon I’ll be on my way… I thought this sentence would turn into a poem, but I cut stuck. Oh well.

Another fine day playing, laughing, and enjoying the granddaughters. I’d forgotten how children under the age of five have more energy than a nuclear power plant and need to be fed more than an entire battalion of well seasoned combat soldiers. Just sayin’.

Today, while the little one was taking her nap, big sister and I worked on an art project for mommy and daddy. The parents were able to get away for a quick lunch and some grocery shopping while the Grandma Whisperer was on patrol,

A special heart card. Wait till you see how it turns out.
It’s a pop-up card. How cool!
The human eating machine!

Life is good. It’s Friday night, the kids are all safely nestled and snug in their beds. Guess what time it is?

Cheers, my friends.

Throwback Thursday:) Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Present

16 Jul

“When you have the greatest friends, time stands still.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I looked back at some old photos from past visits and gatherings with my old friends and found a few old classics from Christmas’ and summers’ past when I came in from Texas to visit family in Chicago.

Today, my friend Vicky came over to pick me up. We stopped to pick up some lunch at Pita Inn, went back to her house, and she made a big batch fresh baklava.

I said, “Well, there’s my baklava, where’s yours?.”

Today, we laughed and ate, drank wine, and time stood still, just like the old days.
Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza. Yum! I think I’m going to explode.
Love these girls!!!!!

Wednesday:) What’s Cooking Miss Toni?

15 Jul

“I sustain myself with the love of family.”

Maya Angelou


Two little chefs cooking in the kitchen.
Perhaps peanut butter funny face bread,
Now, for the grand finale of the day. Miss Toni is in CHICAGO TRADITION HEAVEN, PORTILLO’S…..yay!
Maxwell Street Polish, fries and a Coke, perfect!!!! I was dreaming of theirs for almost 2 years.
Thank you Debbie for an awesome afternoon and driving all over creation and spending half a day on backed up expressways to come and visit. Love ya!

40 Years Ago Today:) Happy Birthday Joe

14 Jul

“Do You remember what you were doing 40 years ago today? You would if your first born baby boy made his debut appearance two weeks early and upside down.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


40 years ago today, I was very busy giving birth to my firstborn son, Joe. Happy birthday Joe. Today, I was so happy that I could spend this special day with Joe and his family and his friends.

Joe’s first born helped grandma make some brownies. Of course, we had to make a funny face first, because that’s what grandma does. (She saw all my funny face brownie face photos on my phone)

My assistant funny face brownie maker.
It was rainy, humid and drizzly most of the morning and afternoon, but cleared up nicely for a perfect evening and birthday celebration.
Happy Birthday Joe.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Grandma Peek

13 Jul

“The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.” – Mario Puzo


Woa! What a busy crazy whirlwind week I’ve had. Too many pictures to post, so here is just a sampling. Happy Monday, my friends.

I hadn’t seen the granddaughters since Christmas 2019.
Grandma is exhausted and elated all at the same time.
I was so happy to babysit so daddy and mommy could go away for a couple of days to celebrate their 6th anniversary. The lockdown was tough on all parents with little ones, I’m sure. And tomorrow is my son’s birthday. A double celebration.

Yes, Happy Monday!

Sunday:)No Sermon, But a Celebration

12 Jul

“Celebrate who you are in your deepest heart. Love yourself and the world will love you.”
― Amy Leigh Mercree

Luke 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.”


Six years ago today was the absolute worst, painful, devastating day of my entire life. Most of you already know the dreadful details and heart-break that began on this day in 2013. I won’t get into all the sordid details, but the short version is, I confronted my husband about his ongoing affair with the sleazy waitress at his country club. Then, after 43 years together, he chose to be with her. My spirit and heart were broken, but my faith never wavered. What you may not know is the miraculous events that followed. There were three, and only three, painful calendar dates that plagued my heart and soul. 7/11, 8/23, and 12/5. God changed all three of those dates into a celebration. This was no coincidence. Today, 7/11 is the first date, the first of three miracles.

That awful day is now a celebration. My son Joe got married on 7/11/2015, changing the previous painful memories into happy new ones. I gave a loving toast to the beautiful bride and handsome groom. I danced the mother/son dance, crying tears of joy and softly singing “Child of Mine,” in his ear. Now, the worst day of my life is a very special happy day. Happy Anniversary!

Today, I’m babysitting at my son’s house so he and his lovely wife could get away for a couple of days to celebrate their anniversary. Now, that “Child of Mine,” has two beautiful children of his own. I am so blessed. If someone asked me today if I could make a wish and change one single thing or event in my life, I would say…”I wouldn’t change a thing. If I did, I might not have had two wonderful sons, two beautiful granddaughters, a great family, and the most awesome friends in the world.