Showing posts with label great-grandkids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label great-grandkids. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Love-Ums

Joy comes in many styles and places.  And, what better place to bring joy to a Daddy than visiting him at work.   Little Lady reminds me so much of her Mommy (my Granddaughter) because she seems to have a huge reservoir of smiles.   Her Mommy was always smiling even when life wasn't treating her kindly as a little girl without an involved mother!    It looks like Little Man is getting ready with his tablet to help Daddy with some of his work.  Daddy has a new job so he can use all the help he can get.

When moving to a new town as the family recently did, it is important to find the library early on.  As Mommy wrote with the next photo , "You're never too old , too wacky , too wild , to pick up a book and read to a child .  -  Dr. Seuss"    Oh , how wonderful it would be if I was close enough to read to my Love-Ums !

I pray that their childhood continues to encompass multitudes of happiness.  Healthy parenting has always taken a lot of love and certainly a lot of hard work.   The family of my Love-Ums will be moving into a newly build house in November, just in time for Christmas!   They are currently renting for a few months.

I continue to work with a Psychologist with a focus of  reuniting my little family before I die.  It is a very slow process but there certainly has been some progress. It is extremely difficult when we are possibly working with an adult with traumatic brain injury since infancy.   I am looking forward to the day when a diagnostic MRI can be accomplished and hopefully a treatment plan.  The biggest word right now is Acceptance and that can be a huge attainment.  One moment at a Time.

Even with all the worldly complexities I wish you a fulfilling and joyful week.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Just Turned Two Years Old And Brother Turned Four

I couldn't help myself and had to share this little sweetheart photo of my Great Granddaughter.  From what I understand, she is a little shining light when she enters a room with a big smile  -  -  -  and she is FEARLESS!      I find it very amusing that her Daddy was hoping for a second boy when they were expecting.     This little gal can sure give you a "run for your money".   Quite a bit more confident than her big brother and she already has a definite opinion on most things.   Some, would say,   "A hand full".   I say,  Go Girl!  Girl Power!

And, this is big brother, having a bite to eat while taking a break from fishing. They get along well as brother and sister and certainly seem to be enjoying their childhood.    He looks so cute,  like a Mini Old Man with his flannel plaid shirt, outdoor clothes and sturdy boots!

They sure grow up fast.    It would be wonderful if I could spend more time with them.  However, I feel blessed to have them in my life.

I decided to do something that I remembered that I did for my Granddaughter when she was little and I am going to do it for these precious Great Grandkids.  I am writing a letter on fun looking stationery to each one of them.  They need to know about "snail mail" and how it was in days past. I hope they will be amused. If not now, maybe when they are older. My Granddaughter still mentions the little notes she would receive from me. We never lived close to each other. So, it helped. I also would send her stamps and personalized return address labels with a picture of the breed of little dog she had. Thus, I also received sweet little notes from her.    A win - win!  The little (love) things that are important.

Happy New Week to all of you.  It is a little cooler today. Thank goodness.  However, temperatures over 100 are predicted for the coming weekend.


Monday, November 28, 2016

A Dream Came True

This past Tuesday my Granddaughter phoned to say that their Thanksgiving plans to go out of town were canceled due to illness of the host. Then she asked if she could come and pick me up on Wednesday and spend Thanksgiving with them and then she would drive me back home on Friday. I do not know if I can put it in words how thrilled and grateful I felt. I was so excited!

In the process of getting a few things together to take I decided to prepare some Chicken Honey Lime Enchiladas that we could have for dinner Wednesday evening. I had grocery shopped the day before.

I did not get a photo of the finished dish but it looked very nice with the browned melted cheese on top. I also baked some 7 Layer Bars that seem to be popular on the blogs lately. Yummy!

I did not take many photos but after our great Thanksgiving dinner I had to take a photo of this sweetie helping mommy to load the dishwasher. This was the first time I was able to meet this little gal. She and her brother are so much fun and sweetness. They were always busy, busy and busy. There wasn't a quiet moment unless they were sleeping!

Mommy and Daddy are constantly teaching such things as please and thank you which I think is so important but it sure takes a lot of effort. And the little ones have a zillion questions. They truly have great parents. Thankfully. 

The Great Grands are the same age difference as my boy and girl were. But they sure seem to be more advanced because of all the technology. It is certainly a different time ! ! !

And Friday she brought me home, two hours-plus drive each way. So much driving but she was so happy to do it. Little Carter kept us company riding in the back seat on all four trips. He was such a good boy. And, I had such a wonderful time. And, I felt very loved!

Upon getting home I was greeted by my Holiday Cactus putting on a beautiful show of lots of different color.

I hope all of you had a Great Thanksgiving. We have had a rainy weekend which is lovely.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Operation Christmas Child

My Granddaughter is the most wonderful mama. Just a little Grandma bragging - she is only 24 years old and has her BS degree and two precious little ones.

She took the children (my Great Grandchildren) to the workshop in their area to pack Operation Christmas Shoeboxes. And, they had a great time!

The comment she wrote  was - One of the greatest things we can do for our children is to teach them to be selfless. 
This fine boy is certainly growing up fast. He just finished his first season of playing soccer!

For more 40 years Samaritan’s Purse, an international nondenominational organization, has embraced the story of the Good Samaritan and reached out to children in need around the globe with its Operation Christmas Child program.

Often referred to as Operation Christmas Shoebox, the program sends the holiday boxes filled with stuffed toys, school supplies, crafts and toiletries, to children of need around the world.

Once packed, boxes are collected nationwide and shipped to more 100 countries and 12 million children, where they are distributed by local pastors. Some pastors use the opportunity to reach out to orphanages and other areas where children are at risk
OperationChristmasChild Website Maybe next year if not this year.

Are you Holiday shopping?

Take care.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Feeling Pretty Crummy Today

So, I think it is best if I just post some more photos of my precious Grand munchkins. It would be so nice if I lived closer and could see them more often.

This little gal loves her books and has a very different personality than her brother. However, I am told that she can be quite feisty and hold her own. You Go Girl. 

And, big brother has a much shorter attention span and is "a boy through and through". He often exhibits his loving and protective "big brother" personality. Such a Good Guy!

Their mommy and daddy are enjoying parenthood and family more and more each and every day.

I pray for their continued happiness in this very challenging world that changes so drastically day to day. Happiness is not to be taken for granted.

Wishing you a Fabulous Weekend.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Couldn't Resist A Little More - Awe

Family fishing weekend trip to celebrate Daddy's Birthday. And, helping my Great Grandson to catch His First Fish

 Did ya know, fishing is for girls, too? Wonderful memories being made. 
I just love her little muddy legs and her Mary Jane shoes. Looks like she has a good curiosity for new things to learn about! That is a cute expression with a tad bit of caution, don't you think? And, a proud "big brother".

I have been really thrilled with my new TV, especially with the Olympics showing at this time. It was not planned but the timing has been great. I did not realise how archaic my other TV was until viewing the programs on "This new invention". Ha ha!

Hope your week is going well.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I Miss My Outdoor Flowers

It is so grey and bleak outside. And, it is colder than most winters past. Not complaining, really! But, I am so accustomed to more color and I miss my two hours a day of outside light while puttering in my garden. I do not do as well when I do not get enough light. Actually, I got out my Sunlight 365 days a year that provides artificial sunlight. The most important thing about the artificial sunlight is that it is most effective if it is used regularly. 
Now, back to my flowers. These are a few photos of the past few years. 
I am not sure if my current garden plants/flowers are going to survive the cold of this year. I think there will be some that say "enough is enough - I'm going to sleep forever". Flower gardens are always changing. It is just part of nature.

But, look, here are a few photos of what is peeking out in the garden today.
Narcissus - Paperwhite Ziva
White Daffodil Thalia
Red Anemone
See red anemone link.
These tubers were here when I moved here 20+ years ago!
Last, but not least. Look at this sweet little love bug! My Great Granddaughter - nine months old. I still have not been able to meet her. I just want to hug her and give her lots of kisses. Mama says she is a very good baby girl! My plans to visit my Great Grandchildren have been postponed because of my debilitating back problem.  My pain level is about the same. But, I am optimistic that it will get better.
Yesterday, I had to drive "over the river and through the woods'" to a medical appointment. It was great to see the river with a higher waterline since having all the rain here in California!

I hope you are having a week that is pleasing you.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

I Am Still In My Home

I am going to post some photos of the Butte Fire for which I take NO credit for photography. Some are watermarked. I am currently on Advisory Evacuation but NOT Mandatory Evacuation. The fire is less than two miles from me and my home. Again I am so blessed in that I live in town.

I don't seem to be able to download some of the photos I had planned. I know I am very exhausted
from the stress and the poor air quality. These last two photos are stunning photography, aren't they? The others are HORRENDOUS - SAD.

Eighty nine houses have been destroyed. The winds have started up again. If you have every heard of the Santa Ana Winds, that is what  they are comparing these winds to.

On a very sweet and appreciated note. My Granddaughter has offered me shelter (three hours drive) and even offered me her bed because of my bad back. She is always so sweet. She says just give her a call even if it is 3 AM in the night! I really would rather not drive that far - but hey - I would get to see those BABIES. Whatever happens I will just roll with it with my doggy, Lily in my arms.

It's late and I should go to bed.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Please Help Me - I Can't Help Myself

Because they are just too cute. It's OK if this Great-Grandma wants to share current photos of her Great-Grandkids. Isn't it?

Thank you.


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