Harvest Farm has a Fall Festival that is a lot of fun for the little ones. Here are several layouts showing our grandchildren and a variety of activities at that festival.
In case you may remember, back on October 23, I posted a page from this same outing.
The farm itself has a purpose that is much needed. I've copied the following straight from their website.
" Harvest Farm, a 100-acre farm located in Wellington, Colorado, provides the opportunity for up to 72 men to achieve self-sufficiency through the New Life Program. For many men coming out of homelessness and addiction, the Farm’s fresh air, rural environment, unique work therapy opportunities, and location away from the city’s temptations provide an ideal place to refocus and begin anew. Each October, the Mission hosts an annual Harvest Farm Fall Festival to invite people from the community to explore the Farm, learn about our programs, and enjoy fun fall festival activities in a family friendly environment."
In my opinion, this is a mission worthy of support.
When it comes to scrapbooking, we have to remember, it is an art, not a science. Since that is the case, an 'artist' has a lot of leeway. One person's dream, may be another's nightmare. I can't say that this layout would be either. I'm just saying that ever since I made it, I've questioned my decisions.
Tonight I finally decided to leave it the way it is, but as I drug it onto the blog, I started having second thoughts. The colors are fine. Everything goes along with the season. It is symmetrical. BUT IT JUST ISN'T RIGHT. I think I know why now. It is just too busy. All the froufrou takes the focus off the subject!
By the time I get enough pages to make my next book, I will probably have changed this layout; but for the time being, here it is, with all my doubts.
Sorry to say these two sisters are not able to get together much. It makes me happy to see them both here; but it was a sad day that brought them home. Their cousin, older than Chelle yet younger than April passed away and they were here for his funeral.
Not that I understand this, but I do know that it is quite impressive. I am so not into Math, that this may as well be magic to me. I have the same puzzled mind as when someone pulls a rabbit out of a hat. I just wonder what happened? How did he do that?
I do know enough to be proud of him and pray that everything goes well for Aussie when he finishes high school this spring with an associates degree and enters college life at Vanderbilt.
Our daughter April and her husband Tim drove up from Marietta to see us yesterday. It is great that they now live close enough to do that once in a while. It is a 2 hour drive, but that is so much easier than four like it has been for many years.
While they were here they wanted to see her uncle Jerry, her dad's brother, so they took us all to dinner together. It was a wonderful evening and we are now looking forward to the next visit.
Dinner was at her other uncle's restaurant, Angie's... everything from the greatest pizza ever to filet mignon.
Although my day was very long, tiring and frustrating on the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with our ORU group at Leo's Italian Social on Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls. Our dinner was great, our waitress accommodating and most of all just being together is one of the best things that can happen.
Phyllis, Sali , Becky and Jane behind Paulette and myself, we smiled as our waitress snapped this shot.
Earlier this month when the kids went to see Santa Claus at his workshop in Fort Collins, they ran into the Grinch, Mayor Augustus Maywho and Martha May Whovier. Not only had they stolen Christmas, but they were out to steal Santa's visitors as well.
Caleb, Oliver and Julia enjoyed the meeting, but were soon ready to go on to the workshop. It was time to tell Santa just what they wanted for Christmas. It won't be long now until they find out what it is that Santa is bringing them this year.
They have not been disappointed in the past; so chances are they will have a very good Christmas.
This is perfect weather for this time of year. However, here in OH, we have yet to get a ground covering snow. Any that has fallen melted as soon as it hit. But in Colorado, there was snow on the ground on Halloween! And they've had a LOT more since then.
I love this picture of Oliver in this costume (Chewbaca) that his mom made for him. It works great for that cold snow.
His older brother and little sister were just as cute, but not quite as warm. 🙂😉
I've not made Halloween layouts yet, but you must see how very cute they were for Trick or Treat.
Julia was Doc McStuffins, Oliver was Chewbacca and Caleb was an Ewok.
It is wonderful when friends can get together and study the word of God. We learn a lot and we bond. Part of our evening is given to eating and talking about what is on our minds. We have a lot in common, so there is always very interesting conversation, many times about the news.
As you can see our meals served casually on Corelle dishes.The food is simple, or I should say simply great. Each person volunteers to bring something for the dinner and it always ends up very tasty. This time you can see the entree was baked rigatoni. We had salad and fruit and Italian bread. So good, and I didn't even get a shot of the dessert. It was delicious as well.
The following is what is written on the layout itself:
Almost Every Tuesday night our
life group meets at our house.
We meet and eat and discuss the
latest news before we study God’s
We are more than friends, we are
brothers and sisters in the Lord
and we truly love one another.
Everyone brings something to share.
Just look at my plate. And
of course there is desert as well.
I bet you wish you could meet with us.
Well, we do as well, but the house only
holds so many people.
Sorry. Maybe you can start your own
Bible study. 10/29/19
Ashley's Senior Pictures came out well. Here are three of 500 pictures. Well, maybe not quite that many. But, there was no shortage of photos taken; making it very hard to pick a few.
Remember how expensive senior pictures used to be. Now that everyone carries a camera everywhere they go, and take pictures constantly, so that we don't need any more pictures, these studio pictures are even more expensive and they take many more than they once did.
Can you now imagine having three graduates at the same time? As with the triplets? Im not sure, they are not up for a go fund me account. Just a joke, but ... We are just getting started. College comes next. Thank God for good scholarships.
The Pine Tree Barn is a family business that has done well in Wooster, Ohio. It is a quality furniture store and features lovely gifts and more. It is a pleasant drive from our home. I don't get there very often; but this year, I've been twice, about a week apart in November. This picture was taken on the first trip. I was with my ORU ( Opinions R US) girlfriends.
We always fit lunch in as well at their Granary Restaurant in the same barn. It offers fine luncheon cuisine. I personally love their French onion soup and their muffins.
While eating one can view the lakes, Christmas tree farm and the Killbuck Valley.
I have to say, our Thanksgiving was great. It was a pleasant drive down to our daughter's home in Marietta. The day before, the weather had been hazardous with wind gusts up to 50 mph, but it was very nice Thanksgiving day.
April and her husband Tim had their sons Jarod and Mark there with their wives and the grandchildren who were lots of fun.
The food was especially yummy and I didn't have to cook a thing. I thought it would make me feel bad that I hadn't contributed, but actually I really appreciated the day off. It was a blessing to see our family doing so well.
The sad thing is, although I wasn't working, I didn't get many pictures at all. I really don't know what has happened to me, the one who generally took zillions of photos wherever I went. Lately, I've just not stepped up to the plate, but truly just didn't even think of taking pictures. Oh, I did get a few. While I generally would have taken at least 100, I took maybe 6 and all of them were of four out of 14 of us. It is just crazy.
I will make a layout soon, I hope with those few pictures. But now, I want to post something and I decided to use a layout I made in August of a trip Jarod, Hope and their 4 children made to Europe.
Here it is:
The four children who are all in the second picture are from top to bottom Sam, Ryan, Reagan and Quinn.
It was great visiting with them all yesterday and hope it isn't too long before we can see them again.
Yesterday I posted pictures of our grandchildren suffering in the heat of Fort Collins in early June...as much as kids can suffer with large ice cream cones. This time, I've done a layout of them as they worked on a snow fort since God sent them 14-16 inches of snow. Looks like they can adapt well! And look even their dog, Rado, is into this fun.
I read there were 14 inches of snow today in Ft Collins, Colorado. I also saw pictures of our grandchildren building a snow fort in their front yard. I don't have a layout yet, so I'm posting pictures made in early June this year of them suffering from an extra hot 87 degree day also in Fort Collins.
The main thing I remember about the Football Hall of Fame is the size of the football players.
When Caleb was there, he was able to show the mammoth size of those players. Look as he stands inside a mold showing how large just their lower bodies are. And the other picture shows the size of their hands.
From the day she was shave, her hair started growing. It wasn't long until she looked like these pictures. While her hair was still shot, she was still very pretty. She didn't look like a Havanese, but to me she still looked really cute.
Her hair has continued to grow and now that we've had some family cold weather, she is just fine. I'll post a more recent picture soon.
I have no idea why this happened. Nothing like that has ever happened before as I posted a layout, but the last part is jumbled. I tried to fix it three times to no avail. So just ignore that part. The story is, she has lost a lot of weight and gained confidence and we are very proud of her.
This is a picture of our daughter Chelle. The story that goes with this is absolutely amazing. Since the print on the layout is so small, I will copy it here.
I was challenged by my health coach to celebrate my Health journey with the "Turkey Trim Challenge" I am entering the holidays having lost A LOT of lbs...and MORE importantly having gained confidence! These turkeys weigh the same amount I've lost this year; and I had to get 2 strangers to take my picture because the first person only captures 3 turkeys. Wow? I'm surprised at how heavy they were!
It you have goals you would like to reach, then don't wait for the New Year? Reach out and I will connect you?
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(Maybe even more impressive, I put on makeup to go to Walmart.)
It's not that I don't have enough pictures to work with these days, it is just that this picture gave me a chance to get really silly. Yes, I posted it last night, but I've had more fun with it today, so here we go:
First of all, I finished what I had started yesterday:
I guess I'm just desperate to post something tonight. This is about our Life Group which we really love. I do not have the time to finish this; but I'm posting it now, hoping to come back and finish it tomorrow or at least the next day.
Being 75 isn't as easy as I would like it to be. Many times I wonder why I haven't done one thing or another. Then I realize, I work only about 1/4 as fast as I did just a couple years ago.
Tonight I'm posting more summer pictures. It is not that I don't have any later ones, but I haven't gotten around to making layouts yet.
Keep those pictures coming though. Even if I don't get them into layouts right away, I still enjoy them so much...and who knows, maybe this is how I can spend my time in heaven. That would be fine with me. I could make layouts to my heart's content, with no deadlines. and no computer problems.
One of the things we like to do most here at Portage Lakes is to get out on the water.
Lightning bugs are a big attraction here for a couple of months each year. Even though we don't have a many as we once did, they are still fun for the kids.
While John and his family were here in early August, John and Caleb went to see the football Hall of Fall, just a short trip from our home. It was something they really enjoyed. The rest of us stayed home and enjoyed the backyard. I really don't care much for football, but I do get a kick out of seeing our kids get their thrills there. It is something that Caleb 'has always wanted to see' and John had not been there since he was a little guy himself. All I remember about that trip with John many years ago was the size of the football players rings. They looked like my bracelets. I'm not sure these guys even saw them. But then they saw much that we didn't see those many years ago.
At the top we have pictures of Oliver helping Grampa drive the boat. They are on Turkeyfoot Lake heading toward the house we built the year before our son John, Oliver's Daddy, was born. John lived there until he went away to college in 1998 and when he came home in the summers. He got married a few years before we moved from there in 2004. It was a lovely place to live and play. The house across the 'road' from the lake faced the setting sun...that you see in the top photo.
I still miss that house. We had built it like the house we moved from in Boston.
We made many happy memories there; but recently I've appreciating the fact that I no longer have to carry groceries from the garage up to the main floor.
When our little ones come to visit, one of the things they like is a bubble bath. Oliver and Julia had plenty of bubbles! Julia was the first in this time. She had bubbles galore. But, when it was Oliver's time, he must have used the rest of the bubblebath. Just look at all that foam! They both had a good time, and I'm sure they'll remember this for a while.
Maggie had never wanted to wear a sweater, but here she is with a Christmas sweater we got her several years ago. Today, the weather is perfect for something like this; however Maggie will no longer wear it. Her hair has now grown out sufficiently that she no longer needs it.
There is a story to this, that I've not mentioned. Back in the summer, I had trouble grooming her. It took too long and my back was giving me lots of trouble. She needed combed daily because of her long, thick hair. She got so tangled that I was too embarrassed to take her to her groomer. So I took her to her doctor to see what could be done about it. I left her there and a few hours later got a call from his office. The lady who was doing the work said, "We will have to take it short". She was talking about her hair. I thought by that, they meant maybe 2 inches long...but when I went to pick her up. I didn't recognize her. She had been shaved. So she went from a long haired Havanese to what looked like a short haired terrier. She was traumatized as well. This picture was taken 4 days later. It wasn't cold out, but it seemed to make her more comfortable, much like a baby wrapped tightly in a blanket.
Her hair has now grown out enough that she is comfortable (but still less than two inches long) and even on a cooler day with freezing temperatures, she does not need a sweater.
Copying from the layout at the top you will see that I love to be silly with the kids. I just don't get to see them often enough.
" I was bragging that I could still swing my leg up onto the kitchen counter. So of course they wanted to show me they could do that as well. It was FUN. But best of all, one thing leads to another and check out the next page...
Next they had to show me they could stand up on the counter and they would all be taller than I am. And the very best part, the grand finale... We spelled out O H I O. They were all born in Colorado, but they are keeping their family roots here in Ohio.
I was a first grade school teacher for several years before retiring to have a family. My husband and I raised 6 children, four were his and two ours. From '67 to '98, I had children at home. Loved them so much. They were my life. But now that I'm a grandmother and 'retired', I'm pretty much doing what I want. I have been an artist in oils and colored pencil. Now I'm in to digital scrapbooking big time. Besides that, I love Bible study. I belong to the most wonderful group in the world. ORU (Opinions R Us). Among the 9 of us 'girls',are opinions enough to run the world. We travel together,e-mail,'party' and all talk at the same time.
I cherish their friendship.
And my husband loves them all.