Monday, July 5, 2010

Little Miss Quincy Morgan Arrives!

Tiny Quincy Morgan surprised all by arriving a few weeks early - she is a beautiful newborn and a delight to be around!

I was lucky enough to go to Oregon to meet Little Miss Quincy last week and wanted to share her photos.

Baby Quincy!

Quincy and Grandma Hicks

Carol, Sadie, Grandma Hicks and Quincy!

And now, random photos from my visit to Forest Grove and one of my favorite places on earth - The Oregon Coast!


The Amazing Morgan Kids

Miss Sadie Lou - Surfer Girl

Drake and Chase eating a REAL sand-wich!

Donna and Sadie making Grandma Hicks' Famous White Enchiladas

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

You're the B-E-S-T!!!

Friday, April 30, 2010

An Open Letter to President Obama

President Obama, if you're reading this blog, and I hope that you are, a guy in Florida has some brilliant suggestions for how to fix the economy. I am SERIOUS. These are BRILLIANT ideas. Really. (( Not the least of which is that I will receive $1 million!!!))

There recently was an article in the St. Petersburg Fl. Times. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on: "How Would You Fix the Economy?"
I think this guy nailed it!

Dear Mr. President,

Please find below my suggestion for fixing America 's economy. Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call it the "Patriotic Retirement Plan":

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them each $1 million severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.

2) They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered - Auto Industry fixed.

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis fixed.

It can't get any easier than that!!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members in Congress pay their taxes...

Mr. President, while you're at it, make Congress retire on Social Security and Medicare. I'll bet both programs would be fixed pronto!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Little Madness in the Spring . . .

. . . is healthy, even for the King.

Amen, Emily Dickinson! We at of the Kelly Klan are working to validate your words! Here are some favorite shots from St Pats and Easter!!

Happy Springtime Everyone!

Happy Springtime Everyone!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I am Woman,er uh- KATE; Hear Me Roar!!!

I have been too lazy for months now, not keeping up the family blog. As my excuse, fabfrugalfood and everydaysouthwest - my two cooking blogs - take up all my blogging time.

I hereby rededicate myself to happyvalleykellys with this post I stole from Kate.

OK, I know it's cheating. But it was too good to pass up!

Kate Kelly: Feminist Law Student / Theme Party Planner Extraordinaire!

Here are Kate's reasons she loves being a woman:

1. We are our conversations.
A conversation can be THE activity.
Said conversation can last, and last and last...
and if I'm with other women, no one tires of it.

2. We wear skirts. Skirts are really the best clothing item imaginable...
like wearable cupcake paper sleeves that leave your legs so free!

3. We dress up. Dressing up is part of my daily routine
and glitter is a socially acceptable accessory.

4. We cry. Tears communicate so many things. Sadness, joy, empathy.
Sometimes tears are the only adequate reaction,
and I love being able to cry.

5. We are expected to be compassionate.
{if only it were expected of all humans!}

6. We are curious. We learn and grow and do so many things
and are so many roles in one lifetime.

7. We are courageous. So women pursue their path with quiet dignity
willing to be, in the words of Susan B., "anything or nothing in the
estimate of the world..."

8. We sing harmonies. There is really just nothing like the sound
made by two ladies and a guitar.

9. We are divine. In the glorious words of Sojourner Truth,
"Where did your Christ come from?
Where did your Christ come from?
From God and a woman!
Man had nothing to do with Him."

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Quit Facebook for GOOD!!

May I highly recommend quitting Facebook. It is EEEe-vil. A tool of the DEVIL!

j/k but, it's nice to be free!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Journalists in History

Jim and I happened upon two exhibits at the "Newseum," a museum in D.C. that is all about history of news. Two exhibits were of great interest because WE WERE A PART OF HISTORY WHEN IT WAS BEING MADE!

I was a part of the "Arizona Project." Journalists from all over the country came to Phoenix to investigate mob activity in Arizona after a Phoenix reporter, Don Bolles, was blown up in his car while he was investigating the mob. (That's me pictured in front of his blown-up car.) We scored a victory for free press! Much corruption was brought to light and there were many indictments and convictions after our investigation.

And, the Newseum has pieces of the Berlin Wall. Jim went there in 1989 when the Wall was being torn down. He went there with a team of journalists to help start the free press in East Germany. Before that time, they only had one government-run newspaper and no outside media was allowed in the country. Jim was there for 6 weeks, and I was at home with FOUR little Kelly kids. I also had to do laundry for the first time in our marriage. Needless to say, everyone got new underwear regularly during those 6 weeks! (That's Jim standing in front of actual pieces of the Berlin Wall.)