Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Make it Match

So what do you do with an orange pumpkin in a girly room? Why of course you paint it!
At least that is what Ava did. Looks pretty good to me. Good job Ava.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Harvest Farm

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.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

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. 

I couldn't do it. Here is my next try:

Friday, December 27, 2019

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.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

This is Ashley. I don't have a Christmasy picture of her yet, but I'm hoping to have some soon. In the meantime,  I'm posting this one of her posing with her Grandmother Gayle's  dog Meggie last month.

Today was a good day for my scrapbooking. I made quite a few layouts. That is an especially good thing, because at present I'm pretty far  behind.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Our Mathmetician

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.

Monday, December 23, 2019

One Fine Day

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.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Standing in Line

All the narrative is right here on this page. No need to write it again and besides I'm too tired.

I imagine if I were not 76 years old, this wouldn't be quite as funny.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Merry and Bright

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.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Here is the Grinch

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.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Snowy Weather

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.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Life Group Dinner

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
word together.
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

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Oliver is Six

Yesterday was Oliver's 6th birthday. He was able to choose exactly what he wanted and that was a chocolate cake with chocolate whipped cream icing.

It was on Tuesday, a school day, so his mom took him a special meal at lunch time with a very big hamburger.

Happy Birthday Oliver. We love you very, very much.

Monday, December 9, 2019

A piece of Art work?

This is pretty amazing picture. I will write what is in the small boxes here, so that you can read them easier. It is important.  The picture alone could be  misunderstood and very disturbing as well.

Ashley: I'm a pice of artwork? Someone put me in a museum.

The next pages show the reason for this bizarre hair..

She tried to find a hairdo for her film project for school.

They would be filming her play, "Alexis Eclipse". 10/7/19

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Senior Pictures

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.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Last One Home

Julia's brothers are both in school this year, leaving only Julia and her mom home now. Although  I'm sure Julia misses her brothers quite a bit, she and her mom seem to be making the best of it.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Senior Year

The triplets are in their Senior Year now. It won't be long until graduation...at least I feel that way. Even though it will  seem longer to them, it will still go too fast.

This picture is of Mason.  He is photogenic.  I love that smile.

He has already been accepted to an instate college for next year.

How is the world can time go so fast???

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Pine Tree Barn

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.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019


School started for Caleb and Oliver in late August on the 27th. Since it was Oliver's  very first day of school, I added the layout of him  at recess.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Ava Played in the Leaves

Ava had a big time playing the  this huge pile of leaves in her back yard at the end of September.  I'm not sure how they had so many, so soon, but the did!

By the way, our leaves are still falling. It just doesn't seem to end with all these oak trees.