Category Archives: Grandbaby!

Halloween, then and now

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Halloween, then and now

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There are my three children, way back when, enjoying the canopy of our long gone maple tree.  The Giving Tree.

Digging through old boxes, looking for Halloween photos.  A daunting task.  But I did find a few.

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(Note Jackie’s shoes, above:  “I can do it myself!”)

Here we are a few years later, posing with a big, bad pumpkin.  This was a tradition.  First hunting for the biggest pumpkin, and then drawing designs and finally carving.

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Here we go back far,  late 80’s (I wonder who was babysitting)  with my mom and dad, Jeff and I.  Saints and Creeps!

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This year, we attended a couple fun evening events with the Littles.  Do you think I would remember to take photos?  Right.  But I did remember when we went to ZooBoo, at the Detroit Zoo.  Thing1 and Thing2 move at the speed of light…one is always a blur…..

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I’m hopeful for a great photo with the whole bunch on Halloween.

One year, when my oldest grandson was 4 or 5 years old, he asked me where all my Halloween decorations were.  From then on out, I decided I would not be Grandma Grinch.  I try to decorate for the seasons and holidays.    Adding to the fun and slight scary aura of Halloween, I made a couple things for our home and  to capture little peoples imagination.

My old blueprint cabinet, the first thing one sees as they walk in the side door:

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Mr Chillingsworth is a fabric panel, and I love how he fits right in the cabinet.  The top of the cabinet is a little collection from over  the years…my shrine to All Hallows Eve.

I also made a table runner.  My friends shared their fun fabrics with me.  Thank you Gail and Julie, I could not have planned it better.

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And looking at the back, Gail’s fabric has me ready for the next holiday!

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Judging from the reactions of my grandchildren, my efforts added a bit of intrigue to the season.

Hello again, hello

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Hello again, hello

 

Thinking back over the summer of 2015, yes the one that passed by at jet speed, I reflect on how good, happy, and busy we were.  We went up north three times, had a wedding, besides all the “regular” stuff.

Just want to share a few photos to show you how our “littles” are growing:

Colton and Codi….(had trouble finding good photos of little Codi)

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Aubree and Dylan….

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A big big bunch of the fun was had with their cousins over the summer….

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Well, maybe Baby L is just a little too little this year to join in the fun… P1040668

An official “Goodbye  to Summer”…..!  And an official end to my blogging hiatus.  I next want to show you what I have been doing.

Warmest autumn wishes to you, thank you for reading!

Backing up a bit

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Backing up a bit

Back to April, the month in pictures…heaven forbid I miss a month of memories!

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Easter traditions and festivities:

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A trip to the Detroit Zoo:

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On April 19th we had Jackie’s bridal shower at Steph’s house.  I had a blast seeing all my favorite peoples, and meeting so many from Kevin’s family.  We had lasagna and salad, and cupcakes!

I lifted these photos directly off of Facebook, thank you Alicia for remembering to take photos!

Jaclyn and Alicia, the most wonderful and helpful maid of honor one could have:

Jaclyn and Kevin’s sister, Emily:

They seem happy with the quilt I made for them:

The last weekend of April, Jeff and I escaped up to the cabin

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….very early spring up there:

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Many other events and details of daily life are recorded for posterity in my journal…the pages won’t forget and definitely helped me remember!

Thanks for revisiting April with me!

Joy of Moving

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A video of a “little” who is discovering the fun of movement:

I’m so glad that my word of the year, MOVE, resonated with a few of you!

Moving, getting outside, is quite hard this time of year here in the Mitten.  I was driving home today, it was quite lovely out, with just a dusting of snow and a bit of sunshine.  I thought a walk was in order, but as I walked from the car to the house my mind changed itself.

The elliptical machine is where I get my steps in these days.  Reading (a little challenging) or listening to a book, or doing a Sudoku puzzle (writing while bouncing up and down is a little challenging too)  is how I distract my mind while in the basement stepping my fake walk about.  I’ve also gone to the mall to step, but I am easily distracted there.  Also, I found I must sprint inside without a coat, or drip sweat by the end of circuit.  It pays to leave your wallet home, too.

I’ve used my phone as a pedometer for a long time.  But I’ve found out that it was not so accurate, it was UNDERSTATING my steps.  Well, maybe my new Fit-bit isn’t accurate, but I like its numbers much more.

You guard against decay, in general, and stagnation, by moving, by continuing to move. (Mary Daly)

What are you doing to MOVE in 2015?

Happy Birthday, Mr C!

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6 years old!!!

This “card” is from his good buddies from his neighborhood….

Here is a photo from his recent visit to Disneyland.  Thanks Amber for this great photo!

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We had a little birthday celebration today, just grandparents and his two good friends.

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I hope being 6 is even better than you imagine, Colton!  You are one awesome, kind, fun, smart and imaginative kid!