Marshmallow Mondays


2013 In Review
01.06.14, 8:13 AM
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Happy 2014 to all of our readers!

As I gear up for a new year of Monday posts, I wanted to start the year off by simply saying thank you to each of you for visiting my blog every Monday.  I love sharing my family’s experiences with all of you and look forward to a new year filled with new memories starring my two “Marshmallow Kids.”

The kind folks at WordPress.com have prepared a 2013 annual report for Marshmallow Mondays, which I found quite interesting. I never would have guessed that my blog would be viewed 8,300 times by people from 79 countries!  Wow!  Check out the full report by clicking here.

Here’s to 2014 – a new year of Mondays and Marshmallows!

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Spring Pics
04.11.11, 7:52 AM
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Happy Marshmallow Monday!  We don’t have a whole lot say for our weekly post today, but we do have a lot to show you.  Check out some of our most recent Spring photos showcasing our marshmallow kids having fun, experiencing new things and being the silly, lovable, entertaining, talented kids they are.

Rydan's 1st T-Ball Game. He's SAFE!

A quick "Peace" while waiting to bat.

"I got it!"

Play Time!

...and more play time!

Showing off those beautiful blue eyes.

Some bball with Rydan's favorite neighborhood pal, Ellen.

Lily's 1st time sitting on the grass.

BUBBLES!

"Mommy, what IS this stuff?"

Be sure to check back every week for more photos, and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook too, where we share even more from our little marshmallows!



More Than Just A Monday
01.31.11, 7:07 AM
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Marshmallow Mondays is now on Facebook! 

Due to our devoted followship of readers and our always active Marshmallows, we can no longer cram everything we have to share with our readers into one day a week.  Monday just isn’t enough anymore.  Now you can enjoy daily updates, photos and stories featuring Rydan and Lily by visiting us on Facebook.  Simply click on our Facebook icon to the left, and then “Like” our page to receive constant news updates on your own page.

In case you’re wondering, we’ll still be featuring our weekly Monday post on the blog.  But, to get your daily dose of Marshmallow throughout the week, become our fan on Facebook so that you don’t have to wait an entire week to see what Rydan and Lily have been up to. 

As always, we thank each and every one of our readers for your constant support, comments, emails and love to our Marshmallows.  And a special thanks to those of you who have already become our Facebook Fans!



Time For A Makeover
03.29.10, 7:56 AM
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How do I look?

Even though Marshmallow Mondays has only been in existence for 5 months, I thought it was time for a new look.  I’m a fan of change at the right time, and I felt as though now was a good time to debut a new and improved look.  This project was something I started a few months ago to fulfill my personal need to write, and now 25 posts later, I’ve been blown away by the feedback I’ve received so far. 

To my faithful readers, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to read my thoughts and peek into my world, week after week.  I’ve always said that as long as I have readers, I can continue to write.  All of you inspire and motivate me to persist in doing what I love.  To those of you who have left comments or sent me emails about something you read on the blog, please know that you have touched my heart by sharing your personal experiences and thoughts.  I LOVE receiving that feedback!  It makes what I do that much more meaningful.  Please keep it coming!

I also must thank my devoted husband for all of his support and encouragement.  I know that many of you arrive at Marshmallow Mondays because of his Facebook post every Monday, which has been a huge contributing factor to the success of the blog.  Ryan always shares with me any feedback about the blog that he receives on his Facebook page, and I find myself pleasantly surprised sometimes at the people I am reaching and the things being said.  So to all of you Facebookers who are fans of Marshmallow Mondays, thank you! 

And of course I can’t forget “Marshmallow” himself, for constantly challenging and inspiring my creative side.  Without him, this blog wouldn’t exist.  Though he doesn’t fully comprehend what it is I do on the blog each week, or what a blog is for that matter, I look forward to the day that he does.  Who knows, maybe by that time he’ll be helping me write each Monday.

A very special thank you must go out to Kelly Griffith, my very talented illustrator, for designing the banner and logo at the top of my homepage.  (If you haven’t yet, please check out her work under Illustration in Progress.)  Kelly always knows exactly what I want for the blog, and she’s so eager to help make my vision come to life.  I couldn’t be happier with the result, and it’s exciting for me to now have a more recognizable identity for Marshmallow Mondays. 

Until next week…



The Story Behind the Marshmallow
10.19.09, 12:05 PM
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As promised, this is the story of how “Marshmallow Mondays” came to exist.  As you may already know, “Marshmallow” is my step-son, Rydan.  I call him that because his belly is squishy like a marshmallow, and he giggles every time I say it. 

Before Ryan and I got engaged, I lived and worked in Hershey.  Because I was doing weddings on Saturdays and Sundays, my weekends were Mondays and Tuesdays.  As Ryan and I began spending more time together, so did Rydan and I.  He stayed with me every Monday during my wedding season.  We’d go to Chocolate World, the Zoo, the swimming pool, the park, and we’d enjoy whatever the day brought our way.  Ryan would join us after work, and the three of us ate dinner together, usually watched some tv, and then we’d all say goodnight.  Ryan and Rydan drove back home, and I stayed at my apartment.  Unlike most people, Monday was a day that I looked forward to.  I loved my time with Rydan.  We didn’t follow a schedule or a to-do list.  Instead we did what we felt like doing, and we loved every moment. 

Needless to say, when my wedding season ended around October and my work schedule went back to Monday through Friday, I no longer had my “Marshmallow Monday.”  I still remember that first Monday of waking up to an alarm, knowing that I had to go to work.  It broke my heart.  I hadn’t realized the bond that Rydan and I had been creating on all those Mondays until a Monday without him came and went.  I of course still saw him and Ryan on weekends, but I missed the one on one time I had with my marshmallow.   To remember how much those Mondays meant to me, I wrote this:

Life is a learning experience.  One way or another, you have probably learned the hard way once or twice.  Through a broken heart, tough family time or a fight with your best friend, you’ve learned that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” that “time heals all wounds,” and that “distance makes the heart grow fonder.”  Though cliche, these things do hold truth.  I’ve learned these things more than once throughout my life, and I’m willing to bet that the journeys you took to realize each of these lessons are associated with a few tears, disappointment and some stress. 

Not ALL lessons need to be learned this way.  Below are some of the most meaningful lessons that I have learned over the past six months, and all it took was the Monday of each week with one remarkable 4-year-old boy.

  1. To strengthen the imagination, pretend to be a superhero.  Choose your own super power.  I can transport myself anywhere by snapping my fingers and making a fish face.
  2. Forget the gym.  Just chase your own shadow instead.
  3. To get the most out of life, make it a daily goal to have the time of your life.
  4. To truly comprehend how much times have changed, watch today’s cartoons.
  5. Laughter is free fulfillment.  Take advantage of it as often as possible.
  6. To avoid routines, disregard the concept of time.  Concentrate on this day.
  7. Coloring reduces anxiety better than any pill (and if you need proof on this one, I’m it).
  8. Masks are not just for Halloween.  The next time you feel like crawling in a hole, put a mask on your face.
  9. For instant stress relief, do the hokey pokey.  The more you shake it all about, the better.
  10. For an appreciation of your surroundings, play I SPY.
  11. To make someone smile, see how many times you can tell them you love them in one day.
  12. To exercise your creative mind, make up your own rules every now and then (i.e. just because you made the marbles fall, it doesn’t have to mean you lost in Kerplunk.)

In case you haven’t got it yet, it’s simple:  LIVE IN THE MOMENT.  Regardless of where you are or what you’re doing, just choose to live in the moment.  Doing so makes it really hard to not enjoy life. 

*thank you Marshmallow*



Introducing…
10.12.09, 8:00 PM
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Welcome to Marshmallow Mondays… My new attempt at getting rid of all my excuses for not writing, and for getting over the fear I have of people reading things I write.   I’m not a published author, but one day I’d like to say so.  My hope for now is that this blog will serve as a way for me to share my words, my thoughts, the childrens’ books I’ve written and kept hidden for years, a little bit of my life, and perhaps gain a few readers. 

My goal is to update the blog every Monday, so bear with me as I try to figure this out without any Facebook or Twitter experience.

If you’re wondering about the blog’s title, that was the easy part for me.  Check back soon for the story on that.  I could write it here, but I think it deserves a post all its own (Plus, it will give me more practice).




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