I know it is Halloween. I'll have pictures and will be able to post some of those later, but tonight I'm focusing on Tim and Cathy's new puppy. Isn't he a cutey? And look at those blue eyes. I can't wait to see him in person.
It doesn't seem possible it could be Halloween already. While I'm not ready for it, at least our kids are. I'm posting this layout of John helping Julia with hers. She selected a style that is very intricate. She needed to use a drill to accomplish the task. But she handled it quite well; and the jack-o-lantern turned out great.
Hope you think this is funny and not just plain sad. I'm really not that bad yet, but I do see it coming and I don't like to forget anything. I see signs now and then that point to the fact that I'm aging. There is a downside to that, but I like to think positively. The best thing about getting old is it puts me closer to heaven!
Caleb was doing Cross country and Soccor. It was a heavy schedule for a short while. This was his first year for cross country, but he did well.
His hair was long in this picture and had grown quite a bit since then. Yesterday he got a haircut. It looks really good. I would post a picture, but I'm saving it for another layout.
It is a good thing we didn't spoil our kids like we do our dog in our old age. It would have big one big train wreck. Thankfully all six of them grew up to be great people, independent and good Christian citizens. Although our dog loves everyone, I'm not sure she would be a good citizen. She sure looks lazy here...of course I do have to make excuses for her. She is 8 years old, so maybe she is getting closer to retirement age in dog years and just needs to relax a while. Yes, she is spoiled rotten.
August is apple season in Ohio and Brittanie is taking advantage of that to teach Ava and pick some luscious apples. Ava is blessed to have a mom who includes her in many varied activities. IN these pictures they are at the Rittman Orchards in Doylestown, Ohio, with Ava's Grandmother and her guy.
It was sad that Ron and I couldn't attend the wedding so soon after we had Covid. We are very happy to have some pictures. This is one I really liked. It is not like most wedding pictures. It is imaginative. Lauren and Pat do love their cats and I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't know all three names and I wouldn't want anyone to feel badly about that. I mean like a dog would be very unhahppy if I forgot it's name; but a cat, that is a different thing all together! A cat would probably be mad and never ever forgive me.
Thinking about good places to go to eat...Canal Grill in Canal Fulton is one of my favorites. And I happened to have a picture of our great granddaughter Ava and her friend Annabelle eating there. I love it that Ava and Annabelle have so much fun together and they also eat well.
Yesterday I posted a layout of Oliver's School picture. Today Julia is the star. She is Oliver's younger sister. Even though Oliver protects her, she is a strong girl on her own. She stands up and speaks her mind...at least she has in the past. I'm anxious to see if school changes that in any way. Go girl. I love you, Oliver and your oldest sibling Caleb. All are great in my book. You use your minds well. You have been 'schooled' well at home by a mother who was a teacher.
Talk about a million dollar smile! This is Oliver and he is as sweet as his smile. He loves others and takes good care of his little sister. Yes, he lives in Colorado and he is wearing an Ohio State shirt.
For years we had beautiful swans here at the lakes. They used to come up to me and get the morsels I'd give them. However,after some time, there were people who were at odds with them. Supposedly they had attacked some of them on their skis. And then the war began. Those in charge of taking care of the lakes were convinced that they should go; so they found all of the swan's nests and broke their eggs. It didn't take long for the beautiful birds to be completely absent from our lakes. I was sad. You can understand how happy I am to have a couple here again. Perhaps I'll get the chance to feed them again sometime.
So glad the kids do all these fun things. They do things I've never done in my life time and I get to enjoy the places and activities through the pictures and admire these kids. Scrapbooking them is also entertaining. Tonight I thought this layout was done, but then on second thought I went back to it and had a blast making the title at the top. Amazingly it made the whole layout pop, in my estimation at least.
I've been corrected and I apologize. I had the wrong story with these pictures! It was a big mistake. I thought they were playing video games with online players. I was really wrong. As I wrote on this correction layout today, Our grandson Caleb is very interested in flight and wants to be an aeronautical engineer some day and perhaps fly into outerspace. Since Ron was a pilot when we were younger, he is elated about Caleb's plans and he was trying out Caleb's flight simulator. Caleb was pleased to share.
Finally, it's Fall ya'll. Here in Ohio there are fall colors, not many yet, but there are some very pretty areas. I've been longing for some fall photos and I have some, thanks to family in Colorado. Pumpkins will do it!
This picture is a selfie taken at the Bartel Farm Pumpkin Patch in Fort Collins, Colorado.
I had run low on grandchildren photos and as you know have been posting layouts about Ron. But this evening I was blessed to get a large selection of photos taken at a pumpkin farm. If all goes well, you will see some layouts soon.
Tonight I have a layout without a photo of anyone, but I love it anyway. I've used a post from our daughter-in-law's FaceBook about Julia's new shoes.
As we age, we like to sit more. Ron enjoys sitting on the swing now and he does it almost daily. I like it as well. It is usually pleasant there with a gentle breeze, a little shade from the hot sun and most of all a beautiful view. However, I can't sit in one place very long. I need to move around. Ron takes Maggie with him for company and she loves it. This day in September, I got a picture of them before going back to the house, leaving them to relax a while longer.
Ava had a really extended birthday this year, since she celebrated when her grandpa was here as well as on her actual birthday. The pictures today are from her actual birthday August 17. We missed all the celebrations due to our having Covid at an inconvenient time. It's good to at least have pictures.
Ron discovered Duluth Trading company and fell in love with their clothing... I can't think of any other words to describe how much he really likes the way they fit and his comfort and the fabrics and the number of pockets to hold different things, etc. There is no turning back. He is a Duluth man! They should pay him to advertise.
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.