The Pandemic has gotten to most of us. It is NOT normal, no where close. It is separating everyone and causing lots of problems. Many of us are just over it. We've had enough...well much too much. So feeling much that way, Chelle took a bunch of supplies on hand and displayed them in a way to represent their Christmas tree in late December. It was a joke and brought laughs, but it just wasn't right. So, later she was able to push back on the pandemic and bring up some real Christmas feeling, enough to decorate their tree for the season.
The Pandemic has kept our family at home much more than usual. Finally early this week, they got up in the mountains to ski. Here is a beautiful picture of Caleb and his dad, John in full Colorado color before they hit the slopes at Keystone. It was safe and a successfully entertaining outing for the family. Enjoy this layout now. I hope to have more here later.
Caeleb and his younger brother and sister, Oliver and Julia decided to trade bandaids they had received for Christmas. Caleb was happy that he has successfully gotten two of each design. Sometimes the simplest things are satisfying. Love you guys, Gramma.
Sali's birthday was yesterday. She was able to enjoy her birthday over the weekend with her family. Then today ORU jumped in to help her celebrate this special day at Dewey's Pizza. It was a quiet day there until we entered. We had a great visit and we stayed quite a while in an otherwise fairly empty place. We were in a mood and could have gotten pretty rowdy, but we kept is down a bit. They didn't ask us to leave. The waitress even seemed pleased to be able to take our picture... and she did it well.
It has been days since I've posted anything here on my blog. I've been confused by a sodium deficiency; but today, I'm back. Not totally, but I do want to wish our son-in-law, Greg Greene a belated Happy Birthday. He came up with the #Pantdemic and I like that. Sorry I didn't get this done until now, but Happy Birthday Greg!
It is not easy to have a birthday near Christmas. There is so much going on and you get all your gifts in December. One of our granddaughters has her birthday right after Christmas. Her parents always took her on a trip for her birthday. That was something different. I liked to celebrate those children on their 1/2 birthday during the summer.
Mason's friend's family here has found a good way to celebrate his birthday. They took a group to an Escape Game near them.
It is not the first time Mason has done one. Some years ago, I took them to one here in OH and we worked together quite well to solve it. I've often wanted to do another one, but just haven't. Of course now, I no longer have a desire to do that, but it is so good to see the 'kids' enjoy themselves like this.
After writing all of this, I realized that these are not pictures from the birthday party. That was in January. It was just another good weekend. I have more pictures to work with later for the birthday.
The first day of this month, Chelle finally got to make her second Build-a-Bear. She started this some years ago with one of Aussie, the smallest of the triplets at birth.
She came across Mason's baby clothes more recently and now has this bear made. I love the idea she had about filling them with stones that make the bears weigh the same as each baby was at birth. She still has one to do. Hopefully, she'll find the time to search for Ashley's baby clothes soon. She does have more time now that they are all in college.
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this picture was, Yummy. That looks really good.
We do have an O'Charleys in this area. We haven't been there in quite some time. Maybe it is time to go.
I really got a kick out of the look on Mason's face and the fact his dad had to call his attention to the fact that his food was there.
When John was a boy, I always got him his favorite, ice cream cake, for his birthday even though it was in the dead of winter...January. But his wife always makes him something luscious. This year it is a key lime pie. Makes my mouth water. It wasn't big enough to put all his candles on, but then when one gets older, all the candles could start a house fire....well maybe. There wasn't enough room for them anyway, so she gave him one for each decade. That worked out well, came out even. I really can't tease him since I am nearly twice his age now.
After delivering Ashley at Virginia Tech, they drove back toward home and dropped Mason off at his dorm at Tennessee Tech. His dorm door is a winner. Good job Mason. You can keep an eye on all that passes by your door.
It is a very beautiful day on the Virginia Tech campus. This is Ashley and her mom with their mandatory masks. They both have plenty of appropriate masks because of Chelle's sewing skill and artistic eye. Actually Ashley's mask has anime on it...could be Ashley's artistic skill. They both are very creative.
The kids have always enjoyed the farm...Laughing Buck Farm, the farm school. They went throughout the year. In winter however, during the week,they have school. But Julia, being 4, has not yet started school. So here she is at the ice workshop with friends, while her brothers are online.
Well I thought I was caught up on my books, but I just found pictures I missed on the last book...and they are good pictures of good memories that must be in a book. Here is one of them taken when the Greene family took Ashley to Virginia Tech to begin her freshman year.
After a long Pandemic and Christmas break, she is back to dorm life in Virginia.
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.