Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Good Bye Summer, Part 1

Hello little blog.
I've missed you.

Lots of fun has happened around here this summer.
Many "grand" adventures and special memories made.

I am too overwhelmed by how much I have to catch up that I won't even try, instead just some snips and snaps of our summer, in no particular order.

Elizabeth is now in the 4th grade.
I don't know why grandchildren grow up so much faster than my own children did.
Anyway ~
Our tradition is to take the grandchildren on an outing for back to school.  We give them a choice of a few different things. 
Every year she chooses to go here.
I will be so sad when this is not the choice.

The lunch is big on cute.
We love it.
I am a big fan of cute.

We did not let her eat this all by herself.  Grandpa and I had some bites and lots was left in the bowl.
This girl does love her dessert though.
{just like grandma}

We had a wonderful time and after a lot of deliberation she choose a new doll.  We give her some money for a treat and she had saved up the rest.  She usually comes home with a new outfit or accessory so this was a treat.
We won't even try to count how many of these dolls she has.
But, I love a little girl that loves dolls and I love that she still loves to play with them.  She also loves the books and AG has lots and lots of stories to go along with the dolls.
Doll + Books = Happy Girl and Grandma:-)

Our youngest grandson turned 5 in August.
The party at grandma's was Minecraft.
I don't even know what that is and so you see there is not much in the decor department.  I guess it's a game on the iPad and it's AWESOME!
{according to the grand boys}

Happy 5 Jackson!
We sure do love you!

The boys' back to school outing was at Legoland.  Just like Elizabeth they have picked this every year.
This was our 3rd time as Ben and Cooper are entering 2nd grade.
Jackson is in preschool again.

Waiting in line wasn't fun.
{none of my 4 boys are good at waiting:-)}

But Cooper volunteered to help make legos {gray shirt}
Such fun.

There are only a few rides at Legoland.  This is the swing.

Last year Jackson wouldn't go on it so this was big for him.

They have these little cars that the kids drive around.  

Grandpa and the boys building a giant tower for the earthquake table.
Great fun and quite serious.
The other really fun activity at Legoland are the 3D movies.  I think we saw 4? of them.  They are pretty short, but the boys love them.  My favorite part is that the boys always look for the seats with lots of water.  They want to sit where the action is!
This means you will get sprayed during the show.
{Grandma sits in the row behind them:-)}

And, lastly, for this post, is a picture of Bob's new car.
We have finally made it to the 21st century and have a car with a DVD player.
Oh my, the grands love it.

Stay tuned for part 2.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Around the House

When we bought our house in 2007 this is what it looked like.
I thought it had such curb appeal and loved that slanted roof over the front entry.

This was last week.

Where's the house?

The Bradford Pears have gone crazy.  
Now, I like Bradfords, for about a week in the spring when they bloom, although for some reason our blooms don't last nearly as long as some on our street.  But they are a weak tree and only last about 20 years.  

I took this picture this year, because I knew its days were numbered.

For you see, under the tree there is no grass.  It is getting worse every year.  And the worst part is the dirt from the yard washes down to the sidewalk, and so everyone who comes to my front door has to dodge the mud on the sidewalk.

This is the other Bradford, which we kept.  It just got a serious haircut.

Bye Bye 

Why, hello house:-)

Although I will admit it was hard to watch the tree come down.  At least we have a lot of wood for fires in the backyard.

Most of the shrubs were either not favorites, or very overgrown and the grass was all weeds or dirt.

Now after a hard week of work we have this:
(we didn't do a lick of the work)

Almost all new shrubs and new sod.

A little color hanging from the tree.

A new bed was added by the street and it's so nice to have a little color out front.

The only work I did was to plant my 2 front pots. 
I always put ferns out front, and then spend the summer sweeping the front porch of all the little dead fern leaves.  I decided this year to try little boxwood balls and ivy.  The hope is that they will actually grow and live for more than a year.

That's one more big job off the retirement list!

But it continues...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tulip Love

I love this time of year when the tulips are plentiful in the store.
I actually started this little vignette on the counter when the daffodils came to our grocery store.  They were so inexpensive that I had several bouquets around the house.  
Now they are gone, and the tulips are here.

The bunch from Costco was large enough for a few in my new little vase from Ebay.

In honor of the yellow I changed out the books in my living area too.  All yellow and black.

Sorry it's not closer but the group of books on the mantel changed too,  I think I had the red and black up there for 6 years.  I am not like the rest of blog land, if I like something I seldom change:-)

And, just because I am so happy they came up, here is a shot of my daffodils last month.
I bought the bulbs in the fall, and we never planted them.
Bob discovered them this spring and planted them in February I think.  I never thought they would come up but here's the proof.

So many of my favorite spring flowers don't grow in Texas that I am so happy daffodils will!

Have a blessed Easter!
We have much for which to be thankful.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

Today is the day that this girl made me a grandma!
How can it be 9 years?

We celebrated last Sunday with brunch at our house.
I decided this year to have a celebration at our house near each grands birthday to celebrate just how special they are to grandpa and me.

I let them choose the decor and the menu.
Elizabeth wanted lots of bright colors and pancakes and a hash brown casserole I make.
We added donuts and bacon and an egg casserole to make it our traditional Palm Sunday brunch.
Jessica and family will be in Kansas for Palm Sunday so it was nice to combine the celebrations.

I found this antique plate on ebay and will use it for all of our birthdays.
The 9 is a sparkler candle - didn't get a shot of it lit this time.

The new light is a great place to hang balloons or other decor.  I actually made a few of these as Hob Lob didn't have all of my colors.

Even the jelly beans were the right color.
{and yes, I separated all of the colors :-) }

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!
You are loved.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February Love

 It's been lot's of fun in February around our house.
Get ready for a lot of pictures.

Ben celebrated with friends at our local gym with a swimming party.  They had so much fun.

Random shots of my grands having fun in the pool.
We sure can't wait for pool weather!

Then Bob and I headed to Pensacola to visit some friends from Kansas.  They recently bought a condo that Linda has beautifully redone and I felt like I was staying at the Ritz!  She thinks of every detail!
The view from her balcony:-)

Ben had a school program and we got off the plane from our trip to Pensacola and headed right to school to see the 1st graders in pj's doing some fun songs. 
Ben was having fun before the program but was pretty shy up on stage.
Isn't he the cutest?

Elizabeth and her friend Emma.

We had company from Minnesota during Valentine's weekend.  Kathy set the table for the kids to come and have lunch with us.

We grownups dined out at a local place that had a special dinner for Valentine's Day.  It was so good, but no pics:-(

Both of Jessica's boys are in soccer and we headed their way last weekend to watch both play.

Jackson had a run in {literally} with a sidewalk - I didn't cry - he told me.  I almost cried looking at him.

Look at the cutie in her soccer duds.  Laura has a new business making adorable children's things and I love this shirt.

Today is a special boy's 7th birthday.  
Cooper turns 7 today!
I finally remembered to get out the birthday plate I bought on ebay.  I think it will be a fun addition to our birthdays.

{Notice the repeat football theme ~ Pete and Repeat ~ that's our Ben and Cooper.  And yes, Bob made another football tablecloth} 

I make birthday cake dip!
The kids love it and it's just cream cheese and butter and sugar and funfetti cake mix.

Our big boy!
I can't believe he is 7 already.

The sparkler candle on his choice of ice cream sundaes.

He and Ben are trying to catch the sparks:-)

Happy Birthday Cooper!
We love you lots!