Friday, August 24, 2012

Photo rich post...

I will let the photos tell the story today with just a little explanation of them when needed. As I mentioned in Tuesday's post we went to visit Michael, Meghan and Avery. They were wanting us to visit them before Jeff has to go back to work next week. Can you believe that school is back in session. Our school doesn't start until after Labor Day but the faculty starts back next week. So this was our last chance to get out to their place for a visit.
As soon as we got there, this sweet little angel, saw me and ran straight at me crying "Nana, nana." jumped into my arms and gave me the biggest squeeze ever. We played for several hours and then we headed out to a Mexican restaurant. Here we have some photos of that trip.
AV with mommy.

This is one thing that we have in common, we do love our chips and salsa.
I think the excitement finally caught up with her as she fell asleep while eating, don't worry though, she finished off her salsa.
What a good daddy.
Papa and AV sitting on the ledge. She had just woken up. Not sure about where she was. (or perhaps who she was with?)
After I took this picture of her, I asked her what she thought about it and she studied it for a few seconds and said, "That's bad." LOL.
Papa and AV all cozy on the couch, she was getting ready to help him with his puzzle.
Papa pushing AV in her car going to the park.
AV climbing in the tunnel.
Being pushed by daddy on the swings.
The second evening we were there we went to Kobe's Japanese Steak House. Here is AV on the way to the restaurant.

She sure put the food away at this meal. Here she is eating a piece of sushi that she speared and ate like a lollipop. Anyone want a sushi-pop?

She ate her entire bowl of rice and her shrimp with her own set of chopsticks.
They make training chopsticks by rolling up the wrapper that they come in, wrap a small rubberband around the chopsticks at the end, placing the rolled wrapper between the two sticks and then placing another rubber band on the very end. Very ingeneous. This way the sticks stay together and you just squeeze to pick up something and then when you release them they open. So clever.

We played blocks, tag, hide 'n seek. She has a Leap Pad that we played a game on and also drew pictures on.

Some of my favorite moments: "Nana, I really love you." "Nana, will you be my friend?" "Tag you're it." "Nana, I really miss you."

We had a wonderful time and we made some great memories. Meghan posted on FB just after we left that Avery turned to her and said, "Mommy, I really miss Nana and Papa." Awww, how my heart breaks that I can't see her more often. She is such a sweetheart.

Have a wonderful day and when ever you can make memories because that's what makes your life full and rich not the material possessions that you own.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

More outdoor activities/playing

This weekend and yesterday took us outdoors a lot. Tina and I started out the weekend by heading out to a rather large community yard sale. The first place we stopped at obviously had twins as they had pairs of just about everything they were selling. I got this nice car seat
since Lindsey will be coming home next week with Brie and she has outgrown the infant car seat. How could that have happened? The car seat was really clean and they even had the owner's manual tucked behind the straps. That is one organized family to have the manuals and be able to retreive them and include them with a yard sale item. Impressed.

After the yard saleing, we headed over to Patty's house for a picnic she was hosting for our quilt group. I am so mad at myself for not taking any photos there. She and her husband live out in the "deep woods" and have a wonderful home. Very quiet and surrounded by wildlife. Peaceful.

Sunday was spent with church, family and then preparing for Monday morning's fabric dyeing workshop. Which brings us to Monday. First of all during the night we had a very strong thunder storm about 2 AM. It woke me up sounding like it was right over head. I began to pray that the storm would quickly move through as I did not want to cancel our workshop and being an outdoor's workshop we had to have decent weather. It was a good while before it stopped but when morning came around it looked like it was going to be a glorious day, and it was, not too hot, no rain, just right.

Here are some photos from the workshop.
Revealing the ice dyed fabrics.
Gorgeous piece of dyed fabric.
The group watching

I was so busy that I didn't get a lot more photos. I am going to have to try to get a designated photographer next time.

We are off to our son and daughter-in-law's home now for a few days so I am not sure that I will get to post anything over the next few days. So have a great week just in case and take some time to enjoy the great outdoors.

By the way, it never rained at our house yesterday even though just as we were cleaning up we could feel the rain blowing in. When Tina was going home she called me to say that just 4 miles away it was raining. See, God is good and He is good all the time.