Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ducca and His Grandsons--In-and-Out Burger T-Shirts

David, aka Ducca, has quite
a collection of In-and-Out Burger
T-Shirts.  In fact, I went to his closet to count
and he has 18 hanging in the closet
and 2 still in their cellophane wrapping
just in case a new one is required for a
"dress-up" event. 

In case you are wondering why
those numbers are in small font,
it is because I got permission to
share this information only if
I put it in small print.

Since Caleb, Aaron, and David so often
see Ducca wearing his In-and-Out shirts,
we thought it would be fun to get them
matching ones for Christmas.
Great photos on the backs of these shirts
Great guys in the shirts
These pictures definitely highlight
each boy's personality.
Aaron is not real fond of having his picture taken.  
Can you tell that David enjoys imitating his
big cousin Caleb?  He informed me that they
had made the "peace sign".  
Crazy faces
Front and back view.
Caleb loves to put his arm around Ducca.  
One more view of the peace signs.  

Cute boys--great Ducca!!!!  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

St. Patrick's Day 2014

We celebrated St. Patty's Day
a little early this year so that
Caleb and Aaron's Houston
guest, Sophia, could attend.

You can never have enough green on this special holiday.
Gift Bags to take all the goodies home
Ducca doesn't often get to be in the pictures
because he is the official photographer.
Reading clues to the Treasure Hunt.
It was fun having little readers this year
to be able to read their own clues.
We did several crafts including decorating
their own bejeweled shamrocks.
The Rainbow Loom necklaces
and bracelets were what the Treasure
Hunt were all about.
Our two guests, Sophia and Anna Kate
soon became good friends.
It was fun having little girls in the mix
this year.  In future years,
Cora will join her boy cousins
providing the feminine touch.
David was the only one who wore his St. Patty's
Bowler all night long.  Hope his parents
were able to get the glitter out of his
hair before church the next morning.
We had lots and lots of GREEN food, both the healthy
and the not so healthy variety.
In the "healthy" section were Fruit Loops
and Lucky Charms.  One of the kiddos said
"Is this healthy?"  Smart kids.
They created Wooden spoon Leprechauns.
You have to love Pinterest when
party planning.
Please notice Aaron's green costume
proudly designed by Aaron.
Green striped Christmas PJ top.
St. Patrick's day "shorts".  They
are NOT underwear even though they
might look like it.  They are shorts
with underwear underneath.
The green socks are Christmas socks,
but definitely green.  And not pictured
are the green St. Patrick's Day
bandaids that he won in a game
which were plastered on his crocks.

David Boy is all decked out!
Don't let the Christmas shirt
fool you.  It's green and very
St. Patrick's Day worthy.
When we were all discussing
our favorite holidays,
David said, "St. Patrick's Day!"
Our Houston Guest
Sophia (not Sophie) Boudra.
We've known this little
girl since before she was
born and loved having her at
our grandchildren party.
Anna Kate lives just next door
and is often a visitor at our house
when the grandchildren are here.
She was a fun girly addition to the party.
And here's our BIG boy
Caleb.  I can't believe how 
tall he is getting.

Nana's going to enjoy these
special parties while they last, 
since they will grow up soon
and a party at Nana and Ducca's
won't always be the hottest
ticket in town.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Raggedy Ann & Cora Elise

I may be just a little biased,
but I think this is one of the cutest
Raggedy Ann's I have ever seen.
My grandma Bergeron made this little
dress for Kelly when she was about
Cora's age.  I know she would
have loved seeing her great-great
granddaughter wearing it.
Cora is teaching us all a lesson
in patience.  Instead of being frustrated
with her cast and all the things that she
can't do, she has been such a little trooper
and her smile is contagious.  
This is the first time she has played
with the Raggedy Ann doll that Grandma
Bergeron made, but I have a feeling it won't be
the last.
What a little ham!  She knows when a camera
is pointed her way (as they so often are)
and she looks up and flashes her dazzling smile.
She can travel quite well on the hardwood
floor, but only backwards.
It's funny to watch her scoot, get stuck under
a chair or other object,
and then wait for her certain rescue.
I have a picture somewhere
of Cora's pretty mama in this
same dress.  I have to find it
and compare the two beautiful

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Book Review--Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

Ghost HawkGhost Hawk by Susan Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the BEST book I have read in a very long time.  If you enjoy Historical Fiction, please read this book.  It deserves to win the Newbery Medal.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Torchon--A Precious Gift

I received a group e-mail from
my brother Lynn recently.
He also sent the e-mail to my mother,
my brother Terry, and my sister Kim
telling us to watch for a gift he had mailed
to each of us.

This is the gift that
we each received.
Lynn explained that he had seen
these dishtowels 
(he later discovered they
were called Torchons)
 in a Paris
flea market and that
they called out to him.

As many of you know, my sweet father's
initials are BA for Bill Aven, and because
daddy is now in heaven, we don't get
to see these initials as often as
we used to.

Every time I pass this precious
gift in my kitchen, I think
of my wonderful daddy and
look forward to being
greeted by him with a big hug when I
get to heaven one day.

On a side note, Lynn later discovered
that these French dishtowels,
  or Torchons, 
have a very interesting history.
If you want to read more about Torchons,
click here.  

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Children's Literature Contest

My very creative son, Jeremy,
made me coasters for Christmas
that he knew would put a smile on
my face each time I use them.

Now, I am going to allow
you to join in the fun
by guessing what children's books
the coasters represent.

Be the first to get all 5
correct without using Google
and you will win, either a 
picture book or one of the
professional books that I have
written for using Children's
Literature to teach 
reading and writing skills.
I will mail the book
to the winner.
(USA winners only--Sorry!)

You must leave
your answers in the comment
section of this blog
(not on FaceBook).

Ready, Set, Go!






A winner (along with the correct answers)
will be posted in the blog comments
of this post on Wednesday,
January 15th, 2014, so don't
forget to check back.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Road Trip #2

Jeremy and I have been talking
for a while about taking his boys
on a Road Trip.
We finally decided it was time to go!
The final goal was Mt. Rushmore but
Jeremy is very good about scouting
out fun spots to stop along the way.
Wyoming was our first stop.

We stopped the first night just a short way
from Mt. Rushmore.  We had driven through
pretty bad weather and driving conditions
but Jeremy is a pro and the boys
were convinced we were going through
a "time tunnel".  What an adventure!
Mt. Rushmore is absolutely amazing.
When we rounded the bend in the road,
there was the sight that I have seen
in pictures all my life,
but even more spectacular.
It dawned on me that
it was one of the wonders
that I never really expected
to see in person.
After all, who wants to drive all the way
from Houston to South Dakota.
But now that I live in Colorado,
the trip wasn't bad at all.
This is a reflection of the mountain
in the glass of the museum.  
The tunnel of flags leading
to the mountain is really pretty.
I was going to use the word
"amazing" but I think
I might be overusing it.
Loved this profile of Washington
on the side of the mountain.
I just visited Washington's
grave in October at
Mount Vernon so his
was even more meaningful.
As we were heading to Wind Cave,
we encountered a herd
of about 30 buffalo.
I think Nana was even more excited
than the boys.
They surrounded our car and were licking the car.
You are probably observing a FIRST--Buffalo
lick marks on a Toyota 4Runner.
Jeremy had to maneuver carefully to
get out of the herd and as we looked
back, the buffalo were chasing our car.
Jeremy, the ultimate road trip planner,
took full credit for the appearance of
the herd of buffalo.
Our next stop was Wind Cave National Park. 
The formations were beautiful
and the Park Ranger was both
knowledgeable and fun.
Caleb was especially fascinated and
asked lots of questions.
Aaron's main question was
if there was a way out.
When we left the cave, Caleb
asked, on his own, if he
could thank the park ranger
for the tour.  How proud Nana was!!!
Because their daddy is a history buff,
these boys have already been in
more museums than their Nana
has in a lifetime, and they love them.
This is a fun cowboy boot outside
the Wyoming State Museum.
I love the sunsets in Colorado Springs
behind the mountains, but there
is just something special about
a sunset in the wide open spaces.
One of the hotels that we stayed at
had wildlife in the lobby.
Here are Caleb and Aaron
imitating the mountain
lion's stance.  It's so much fun to
see the joy that children can find
in the simplest things.

On the second night, we stayed in
a Hampton Inn.  Caleb was just
in awe of how fancy it was.
The paper plates at breakfast
were embossed.  He asked me if
I thought Fancy Nancy would
like it there.  Again, the joy
of simple pleasures.  
Sorry that this picture is a little out of order.
We got tickled at this sign saying that
Nebraska was the home of Arbor Day.
Looking at all the flat scenery,
I couldn't help
but think that this sign
indicated wishful thinking.
I had never heard of Scott's Bluff
National Monument.
It is the sight where settlers
on the Oregon Trail often stopped.
It was pretty spectacular.  While there,
we drove through the only 3 tunnels
in all of Nebraska.

Thinking back to Caleb's comments
about the fancy motel,
I think the settlers would have
appreciated the luxury
that we take for granted.

What a FANTASTIC time
I had hanging out with my
son and grandsons.