Thursday, September 20, 2018
Of course if you had a princess dress, you would want to wear it! And when you are four, you definitely want to wear it, no matter where you are going. So here is Ava dressed like a princess at the fair, doing all the things one does there. It surely does make cute pictures.
And to beat all that, the second picture shows three little kids, one dressed in pink.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Al is a great shopper and this time he came up with a fantastic large USA flag...the starts and stripes forever! He brought it to the house so our group could see it. As you can see, he didn't completely unfold it, It would have been dragging on the floor.
Yes, it is big...especially for a private home flag. He now needs a very substantial tall flag pole. I wonder how long it will take him to find just the right one. I hope it is soon.
To go along with Al's new flag, I'm posting a song that I really like written by George M. Cohan in 1906, You're a Grand Old Flag.
I prefer the chorus and verse 2. I guess that is because I am the daughter of a Rebel father and mother, but I am an honest to goodness Yankee.
I've omitted verse one.
- You're a grand old flag,
- You're a high-flying flag,
- And forever in peace may you wave.
- You're the emblem of the land I love,
- The home of the free and the brave.[N 5]
- Ev'ry heart beats true
- 'Neath the Red, White and Blue,[N 6]
- Where there's never a boast or brag.
- But should auld acquaintance be forgot,[N 7]
- Keep your eye on the grand old flag.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
This little one is dearly loved around here. She loves everyone and on the nights that we have our life group here, she is in her own little heaven with all the attention. To her daddy, she is a little tomboy who loves all vehicles, cars, trucks, tractors....boats. But to me, she is a little angel, my princess. She plays both roles very well.
Monday, September 17, 2018
I can see a new movie brewing...The Space Cowboy. Oliver really deserves to be the star.
Here he is practicing riding a horse in his space suit. I can just see it now. Oliver on Mars or would it be Neptune or Jupiter. Well we will just have to wait and find out.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Caleb, Oliver and Julia love horses. Their friends Bryce and Cora have a beautiful horse named Phoenix. Recently they all went to the farm where Phoenix is boarded to visit. In the top layout they are walking single file out to the pasture to see the horse. The pictures in the second layout were taken in the barn. They are all a little small to be horse groomers, but they all tried their hands at it.
Notice the braided mane on Phoenix.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
However, he was able to go without changing and had a great meal.
This was back in July, the 27th of this year. School has started and he has been dressing a little more 'formally'.
And let's face it, pajamas or not, he's quite handsome.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
It was a special game. Could it have been the first game of the season? I don't know, but it was quite an outing for these guys. Caleb and Oliver have on their Aggies shirts. I've included the history behind them calling themselves the Aggies when the team is the Rams. It goes back before 1957 when Colorado State was called Colorado Agriculture and Mechanical College or Colorado A & M.
Can't beat the game being accompanied by face painting and pop cycles.
It is well into the season now. And Caleb is on a team. They have not yet played a game, but I imagine it will be soon.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Ava, you go girl. You are one cool chick. Does she have it all or what? Look at her outfit. Look at her bike. Is there anything missing? NO. My only fear was that she might fly away with those wings on her shades.
As you can probably tell, that picture was taken a while ago., two months ago. Cooler weather has hit. She, thankfully, did not fly away.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
I love this picture of Lauren. She looks so happy and so does her friend, Lindsay. I'm happy for her and for Pat.
It has been a great day for me today. I've spent way too much time sitting here at my computer, yet I've really not accomplished much.
I'm at a loss for words. Probably for the best. When I was a kid, sometimes my dad would tell me "You talk just to hear your head rattle." It was not accurate, but I can understand his point. Sometimes it is just better to be quiet.
Friday, September 7, 2018
While Mason was visiting Illinois with his family, he was able to see his friends from his home town who had moved there a few years ago. Mason, Braxton and Dalton were good friends. It was really good to be able to see them again and enjoy laser tag as well.
Their mothers were good friends as well, so they also enjoyed getting together.
Ashley was doing a cosplay. Greg was seeing that Ashley and Aussie were ok, while Chelle had Mason with her. It was a busy time in Illinois.
Thursday, September 6, 2018
I'm not sure how often someone proposes marriage at Cross Fit, but I would venture to say that it isn't often at least not when it is done with ring in hand. I'm still contemplating this happy day and think it is great that it was shared with so many friends.
Here are two friends who were there...Lauren's good friend, Lindsay Case and her husband Jered Case.
It was most definitely a special day, a very special day.Special Day
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
This was a spur of the moment trip to Gervasi Vineyard in Stark County for lunch today. Phyllis, whose sisters will be visiting her next week from Texas wanted to check it out. So, this morning she emailed the northern contingency of ORU and asked if we would like to join her. Well at the last minute like this, it was necessary for some to pass the opportunity, but three of us joined her. It was quite lovely and we've already planned a repeat visit in October when our Texas sisters come to Ohio for an ORU reunion. They won't be here long, but we are planning quite a celebration.
I posted a correction on the post from yesterday about Ashley and her trip to cosplay Taiga Aisaka.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Back in July, Ashley was at our house with her family. She was awaiting a wig to be delivered for her upcoming cosplay in Illinois. When it hadn't come the day before they had to leave here, they contacted the company who sold it to her. The sellers had the perfect solution and it worked out well. They sent it directly to Illinois and she was able to pick it up there. Her character, Taiga Aisaka, would not have worked out so well without that wig. Ashley looked great as you can see here. She looks really good as a blond.
Evidently the lighting was tricky at the hotel. The yellow in the blond shows up well in her picture with her sitting. However, out in the hall, it was lighter, less yellow. I'm not sure which was correct; however, I liked the more yellow one better and tried to make it that way in the other two pictures... to no avail. Don't know why. Photoshop is generally really good at that, but I failed to improve the color on these today.
I had forgotten how complicated it really got. So this is the full account Ashley's mother, Chelle told me. "Well that was not at all the solution. We paid extra for the post office to stop mail and mail it to Illinois but then we were still tracking it and saw that it was at an Akron post office while we were on our way out of town. We went to two post offices, first the distribution center and they told us to go to another. They were really helpful though and wrote down the post office identification number and directions how to get there because the street that you would normally take was closed. Greg somehow talked them into getting the package for us! So Ashley tried to style it on the road to Chicago."
But it did end with her having it.
Monday, September 3, 2018
After staying with us a while the last of June and first of July, John and family drove to Columbus to visit with Beth's family. John had to go back to work; so after some time, he jumped on a plane and was back on the job. Beth stayed a while before going back to Colorado. In the meantime, we realized they had forgotten some things at our house. It gave me the great opportunity to see them again before they left the state. The mid point between her location and mine was Bellville. So we planned to meet for lunch there at Der Dutchman. It was great to get to see them one last time before they departed. I just don't get to see them often enough.
That was July 12. I'm missing them already. Thank God for FaceTime.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
This picture makes me smile...the story on the page doesn't. However it does have a fairly good ending. Here is the story I wrote on the layout:
This picture was taken of Aussie before this tramatic week. On Tuesday morning, the 28th of August, Chelle rushed him to the hospital with excrusiating abdominal pain. After waiting to get the right doctor on the job, they gave him an emergency appendectomy. Naturally, he had to spend the night in the hospital. The next night he was having side affects as if his appendix had burst. It had not. But he was running a fever and they kept him one more night. He was very concerned because he was the host for a Rubik’s Cube competition starting Friday night.
He did make it Friday night to get things started. He also made it on Saturday. He was exhausted, but people chipped in and everything went as well as could be expected.
Now we just pray he is well rested before he has to start back to his junior year of high school Tuesday morning and his college class Wednesday night.
His operation was on 8/28/18
Friday, August 31, 2018
With so many irons in the fire and books on the computer, I'm running behind. It so happens that my computer is so jam packed with goodness that I have to have ANOTHER extra hard drive to handle it all. I has slowed down to a snail's pace.
I've been looking through my layouts to find something interesting we've done recently. I found something, however the page was just started. It needs some work that I'm not up to doing tonight. So, I'm letting you see my rough draft so to speak.
A couple of weeks ago, we joined two other couples for dinner at a crazy fun place in Kent called, Mike's Place. The food was fine, but the place itself is quite entertaining. It has a diverse following, which can be seen in some of the many pictures I took that evening. The owner is quite a guy. Funny and captivating in his style and comments which can be seen in the collection of out of the ordinary and historical items he has cluttered around the place everywhere...on the walls, ceilings, outside...everywhere. He's made use of every inch of space. It is a place which you have to SEE. Order, get up and look around! The wait staff will pleasantly dodge you as you do.
I have more pictures that I will share at another time. Tonight I just have a picture of my husband, Ron out front. There are some of my notes to go along with it, but very difficult to read at this point in the design.
Tonight we attended a funeral of a fellow who was almost young enough to be our son. I would say it was sad, but really it was more of a celebration...a graduation. He worked a long day doing what he does best and enjoying it. He went home, had dinner and went to bed. In the morning he was found dead. Sad in many ways, but he died in his sleep. That is the way I would like to go when the Lord is ready for me. And he has gone to be with our Father in heaven. He ran the race and finished the course. His life on earth is no more. No more sickness, tears or sorrows. All is glorious up there.
The older we get, the more frequently we attend funerals. It is always easier to go to one where we know the person has been accepted into the arms of God.
Live in a way that will make it easy for your loved ones to feel confident that you have really gone HOME. It will be better than any gift you could ever give them.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
It's much more fun to take the boat to get ice cream, but this year and possibly next we have to drive because of the new dam project on East Reservoir. It is very interesting to watch the work in progress, but it is very disruptive around the lakes as well.
This day, we took the family over to Portage Lakes Drive and hit Biggin's Big Dip. The little park like area they have set up provided a perfect picture taking opportunity. I would say it is a shame we had ice cream all over our faces, but it does add something to the theme of the page.
It was interesting to observe the kid's reactions to the little boy and girl statue. I love these pictures even better that the ice cream and that is saying a lot. They have the best black cherry ice cream going.
It is a shame we can't do this once a week. Actually Ron and I could. However, a few weeks ago, my doctor informed me that my cholesterol is up; so rather than take medicine, I have cut out ice cream (and I was addicted to it) cheese, cream cheese and yogurt which I had been eating every day. I cut down my milk as well. I've always been careful about fatty meats.
It is a pain to be old...at least I think that is the problem. I had to change my diet because of the diverticulosis, then those foods caused the cholesterol problem. I'm hoping something else doesn't pop up now like blood sugar. I'd just have to quit eating all together. Of course I would probably be much better off if a I did that for a short time.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
I have a lot on my mind tonight and am thankful for those in the medical profession.
I did manage to do a layout today of our little granddaughter, Julia, who was attending the Larimer
County Fair in Colorado with her family. The pictures are good and hopefully I'll be doing more layouts of this outing soon.
Right now, I'm praying things settle down and I have a rested mind capable of doing my creative work (play) faster.
I have my mind focused on an older grandchild who is now in the hospital after having an emergency appendectomy yesterday and suffering complications from a serious infection and a couple of clots that got into the tubing.
I would appreciate prayer for him, his family and the medical crew.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Our 51st anniversary was two days ago. It was a very busy Sunday. We had church in the morning. We went home and I can't even remember what we ate, since I had to buy fruit for a fruit salad in the evening. Our fruit market had been closed all day on Saturday due to the death or the owner's daughter.
It so happens the church had scheduled a cook off on our anniversary. So that is what we did.
During dinner we sat at a picnic table with a very impressive camera there on the table near us. I was pretty sure who it belonged to and I was right. Not long before we had decided to leave for home, our friend Rob came to get his camera. We were talking about it when I thought, Here's a camera and a photographer, what is keeping us from having a good picture made on our anniversary? Of course we were not dressed for it, but I couldn't fight it, I just burst out with a request. "Rob, It is our 51st anniversary today. Could you take our picture? " And he graciously did. He looked around and found the perfect spot about 50 yards away and he snapped this wonderful photo of us. It is very sharp, so much better than the pics we've been making with our iPhones.
Monday, August 27, 2018
It took some time for Maggie to accept that there were others in her house who got our attention. She had taken on the 'only child' attitude. It was hard for her at first to share the lime light, but she finally realized she could get some attention from them as well.
Here she is sharing 'her' swing with Julia.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
It's been a while since these pictures were taken this summer, but it is still a good time for S'mores.
And it is always time to share pictures of little ones enjoying them...especially when we enjoy these little ones no matter what they are doing.
And look at those faces!
Just got back to this blog. The ones in these pictures called me on FaceTime and we had a little visit. As good as it is to have pictures, it is much better to have FaceTime where I can see them moving about and hear their sweet voices. Sounds like Caleb's first week at school went well and now Oliver and Julia are looking forward to Farm School this week.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
You've heard of sun bathing, well these kids were sun baking, shedding all the water they whipped up on the water slide. Caleb, Oliver and Julia had their fill of splashing that day and rested in the sun.
I'm not sure Julia enjoyed it quite as much as the boys did. But I imagine next year she will be begging for it along with them.
Friday, August 24, 2018
My mouse needs charged verrrry soon, so I have published this layout already in case the mouse dies. What can I do with a dead mouse? Nothing! I'm cutting this short tonight for that reason. I don't like dead mice!!!
Sweetness just pours out of these two, at least most of the time. They were being very good while they waited for the water slide to be assembled and blown up for their play.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
We have triplet grandchildren. But although they are siblings the same age, they have their own talents and personalities. Aussie definitely has his own persona. Here he is at a family reunion of sorts practicing for a Rubik's Cube competition. In case you haven't seen it here before, he does quite well and even hosts his own event in Nashville, TN. The mask is really impressive, as he works it completely blindfolded. Of course he looks at it first, then without making any moves, dons that blindfold. He also races to see how fast he can do it. Impressive!
When I tried to do a Rubik Cube, which my dad did when I was much younger, I just got a headache. Not just once, but other times over the years as well. However Chelle, Aussie's mother, can work one and so can her younger brother and his son, who is 8. My mind just doesn't work like that. Of course at my age, sometimes it doesn't seem to work at all.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
We bought a blow up water slide last summer and happily it still blows up...that's what looks like happened when Caleb flew across the yard and jumped on the slide. When he hit the bottom...well see for yourself. Big Time Flash Zone. So glad it was captured and sent to the the cloud. Actually I can't remember who took the picture. It may not be flying around in space somewhere.
What do you all think of your pictures out on their own without your supervision? It kind of gives me the creeps. If anyone would have told me this would happen 50 years ago, I wouldn't even understand what they were saying. In reality, I don't really understand now. I just know that they are out there on their own as far as I am concerned. Even the ones when I accidentally snap the floor of a restaurant while I'm eating. One can delete pictures like that from their photos...but they are still in the cloud. It is shear craziness.
And now we have new G5 technology that I do not understand completely even though it was explained to me.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
We really don't get to see the kids often enough, but when we do, we generally take lots of pictures. They help me to stay happy while the children are not here, first while making layouts and then when looking at the books over and over again.
I find that every little one who comes is curious about this magnifying glass. Oh and it isn't just 'this' magnifying glass. I've replaced it at least twice. It makes great photo opportunity...even though we do get better pictures without it in front of their faces.
This is Ava in her ballerina dress, giving us 'the eye'.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Caleb is entertained by these silly four year olds, his little brother Oliver and his cousin Ava. Caleb does enjoy his siblings and he will miss playing with them when he goes back to school tomorrow. But school is calling his name and football practice starts Wednesday. He will be a busy boy.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Friday, August 17, 2018
I know what it is like to be separated by hundreds of miles from our grandchildren. Our son, Tim is experiencing the same thing. He lives in Florida and his granddaughter Ava is here in Ohio. When he visited this summer for his brother's remembrance, he was able to spend some welcome time with little Ava. It was a blessing for both of them. And we got to enjoy seeing them together as well as capturing some great pictures.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
The triplets are back in school already. It seems like summer vacation just started. However that is the prospective of an old lady, whose days go by like a wink and weeks are like our days used to be. However, I remember being in school and seeing the summer months rush by too quickly.
The triplets did have a full summer. They covered the map pretty well from Tennessee to Ohio, to Illinois and back to Tennessee before a trip to Florida. Aussie transcended that schedule by crowding in a trip to Utah. Yes, they've had a busy summer.
Now it is time to hit the books and I think they will be hitting them hard. It is junior year. Just two more years to prepare for college. They are ready to tackle those books, make those reports and handle all the projects that come their way.
Your gramma and grampa in Ohio are cheering you on to victory. Go for the gold!
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Back in early June before the family got together here in Ohio, John and family went bowling. School was out and it was something they hadn't done for some time. It was definitely a first for two year old Julia. Little things like this are good opportunities to make lasting memories, especially when there are pictures to help that memory.
This is the most photographed people ever and I can't imagine it getting worse...oh yes I can. When there are active cameras everywhere and Big Brother is watching EVERYTHING. But I hope that does not happens.
In some ways having so many pictures is good and in others it is a little much. I know as a grandmother living far from the kiddos, it is a wonderful blessing to see lots of pictures. But some are taking too many, me for example. I accidentally snap pictures now and then...usually of the floor.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
The triplets turned 16 on the 27th of July. This picture was taken on July 2nd. Aussie is not here, but he was in bed sound asleep when I took the shot. I wasn't much help. The best time for us to play our favorite tile game, Rummy-O is around midnight.
About a week and 1/2 ago, school started and hopefully they have gotten back in the habit of getting up in the morning and sleeping at night...at least for the most part.
Of course, I, the Gramma am still on a 'free' schedule... Free of the obligation to arise early and shine through the day. Tonight for example, I will be up until 1:00 AM. We had guests during the Tucker Carlson show at 8:00, so I missed it. Luckily, his program runs again at midnight; so since it is my favorite show, I am staying up to see it. I did the same last night. And yes, that means that this afternoon I took a nap and I hope to do the same thing tomorrow. No, I'm not a good example.
Monday, August 13, 2018
Ava and Oliver had a good time on the slide and as you can see, Beth captured some great pictures.
This is a summer to remember. I'm hoping we will be able to get the family together more often now.
I admit it is quite a struggle when we are so scattered and vacation days are so precious. There are just way too many places and things to see.
I'm praying for God's protection over this family over the days and years to come..
Sunday, August 12, 2018
While the family was here in early July, Caleb's older cousin introduced him and his dad to the Rubik's Cube. John, with a little instruction and some reading learned to work the puzzle recently.
Caleb joined in the quest and learned himself. Tonight while his grampa and I watched on Face Time, he solved it three times. He's pretty fast at it as well.
Caleb has varied abilities. He will start football practice for this year soon. And if I remember correctly, he has one more week of vacation, then school will resume.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Yesterday's post showed our Julia swinging. Today, Caleb is in the swing beside her. He is her big brother and as such he is there to protect her whenever she may need it. However, she is a strong little girl and for the most part can do very well on her own.
Knowing her other brother Oliver is very responsible, I imagine anyone with the intention of bothering Julia would have their hands full of trouble. They are both exceptionally good brothers.
Friday, August 10, 2018
On the day we celebrated the life of our son Mark, we had a family picnic at the boat club diagonally across the street from us. It turned out to be a good location. There is a large pavilion with plenty of tables and a good kitchen. April and Kim headed it up and did a great job.
The little kids had plenty of room to run and play. They enjoyed the swings and the slide and were able to run off their energy. I love these pictures of Julia, who had not changed from the military funeral service. That skirt is just fun to see on a swing and on a slide.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Once in a while a piece of history just falls into our laps. That is the case with the photo above, which
Ron's niece posted on FaceBook today. Her other uncle (Jerry) had found it and sent it to her along with more family members including Ron. There is some discrepancy about the year it was taken, but it was probably between 1956 and 1958.
I don't know if it had that flash of light on your left or if it is just showing time, Someone said it looks like an angel's wing and I agree.
I used vintage 1950's papers to make the layout.
The story is that the brothers, Ron, Jerry and Denny had been taken by their father to the Firestone store earlier in the year to get them new bicycles for Christmas, so that they could be riding them. They got matching bikes in different colors.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Everything I have to say is right here on the layout.
I may have to change my tune...my attitude.
I've always thought that I am not a pessimist, just a realist. This makes me think about what is real and what is merely temporary. I may ponder it a while, until I can make a habit of living it.Give it a little thought.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018
Because of these pictures, I googled and have been watching jitterbug videos from the 50's
It is amazing what these two fours year olds playing did. They really gave the appearance of dancing the jitterbug we danced when I was in high school. As far as I know, neither of them have ever seen that; yet they looked quite proficient at it. So cute I just had to share it here. I hope you can enlarge it enough to see the darling expressions of glee.
Sunday, August 5, 2018
One can tell by the movement of the ball in his hands and the look on his face, that he would really like to find someone to share his love for sports. I'm just guessing that really. But I love the photo. There were so many pictures taken that day in June while we were all together, that I don't even remember who took this one...but it is so much better than most posed shots.
Love you, Caleb.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
I suspect I need my eyes examined. Lately when I check into this section of the blog where I form my post, it is blurry. I really don't understand that since it looks all right in my files and on photoshop where I develop the pages. Of course at my age, I shouldn't be surprised. It could also be a blessing. I really don't like to look at myself at this stage of the game.
Now, this photo was taken July 20, I believe, I just saw this afternoon that I hadn't scrapbooked it yet. I do have lots of pictures taken before that date that I've done nothing with as yet, but this is ORU. It takes priority. I want to keep a running history of ORU. If you knew us, you would understand why that is; otherwise, just try to think about the most important people in our world today...that is us. Oh, and modest as well. LOL
We try to celebrate our birthdays as a group...we don't get enough 'cake' otherwise. This time we went to the Cheesecake Factory in Legacy Village.
We have expanded somewhat, in more ways than one. We have a new member. Actually, she was a member at one time and we let her drop out. She is back...just couldn't stay away. Her name is Becky and she is at the end on your left.
We welcomed Becky and celebrated the birthdays of Jane and Paulette. We would have two other birthdays to celebrate, but one is now part of the Texas branch of ORU. Her name is Kalai. And our wintertime Florida darling fooled us this year and stayed there. As I write this, she, Robin is on her way home to Ohio. We missed her and she missed our celebration.
Of course now, we have another excuse to eat cake...and we need to schedule a belated party!
Friday, August 3, 2018
I do love this boy. What a great smile he has.
I started to say, were blessed to have him here twice this year, but that isn't accurate. His family visited here in December and June, six months apart. It was truly wonderful to see them and now I'm making layouts and looking forward to seeing them again. I could hope that would be true, but it isn't like they live next door. That would be perfect; but they live 1,333.9 miles from here.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Here are the three youngest grandchildren Oliver, Caleb, Julia and our great granddaughter, Ava They are with Ava's mother, Brittanie, another grandchild. Really, it is hard to distinguish between grandchildren and great grandchildren, since all of them are 'great'.
We certainly are blessed. Thank you Lord for children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. May we always be good examples for them.