Thursday, June 2, 2016

First Nana Cousin Camp Summer 2016--Favorite Animals Theme

We had our first Nana Cousin Camp of the summer 
last week.  We did a FAVORITE ANIMALS theme.
Foods included:
Kiwi/Grape turtles, Fruit Loop Butterflies
Favorite Animal Fruit Cup

Grape Caterpillars

Animal Mix


We had books from the library
for each of the favorite animals.
Please excuse the upside down picture.
Caleb's Favorite Animal--Koala
Aaron's Favorite Animal--Penguin
David's Favorite Animal--Great White Shark
Cora's Favorite Animal--Elephants

We played the Matching Animal Game
which was a huge hit.

We thoroughly enjoyed the ocean punch where the
white sharks were swimming.

David

Cora
We sat in the zoo (hallway)
and each child gave a report
about their favorite animal.
Caleb went first because he has
lots of experience with recitation from school.

The funniest part of the evening
(so funny that I had tears
rolling down my face
from laughing)
was Cora teaching about elephants.
She had obviously observed
the method of teaching from her brother
and cousins and when she
took the floor, she didn't want
to relinquish it.  That girl
likes to talk.

They each made a book about their
favorite animal.

These kiddos love to draw.

David hard at work.

In case you wonder where the artistic
Cora is in these pictures, well, she
decided that she needed her nails
done in the middle of the party.
Yes, she's our girly-girl!

Such fun times with these
precious grandchildren.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Uncle T's Retirement Celebration

My family usually visits in the summer
or fall, but this year, they decided that it would
be great to come in February.
There were two purposes.
#1--to see snow
#2--to celebrate
Uncle Terry's retirement.
The snow came in buckets a few days before
they arrived.  It was the largest
single snowfall we have had since we
moved here.   After they arrived, the sun
shone the entire time they were here.
DO WE KNOW HOW
TO PLAN A PARTY, OR WHAT?
We visited the Transportation in Denver.
It is really a neat place.
 
This was at the scenic lookout as
we were driving home from the airport.
Kim and Randy at the Transportation Museum
Aunt Gail, who grew up with snow in Arksasas
was the most adventurous in the snow.
Terry and Gail making a snowman
Randy helped David to shovel
We were a little lacking in the snowman making
materials so the snowman had oreo cookies
for eyes, a carrot for a nose, and a bell pepper slice
for a mouth.
We hiked at Garden of the Gods
(of course).
Aunt Terry & Sweetie
We took a train ride through the Royal Gorge.
Sweetie said this was her favorite
 because she grew up
riding trains.
Yes, we ate on the train.
This family eats every chance we get.
Sweetie on the Royal Gorge
Train.  The scenery was
spectacular.


The guys in the background,
putting up with all of the girl's
picture taking.
Can you believe Sweetie didn't have a coat on?
When the sun comes out, it doesn't
feel all that cold.
The retirement boy making snow ice cream.
Uncle Lynn at the Denver Mint.
Another picture outside the Denver Mint.

We had a blast being together.  
I am so blessed to have such
wonderful siblings and mom.

Happy Retirement Uncle T!  

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Letter--2015

Disclaimer:
This is the very unscientific way
that I write our annual Christmas
ABC letter.  #1  I look at all the pictures from the past 12 months 
in my computer photo album. #2  I start picking ones I like, and match
them to letters of the alphabet.  #3  I get all the letters filled in
and realize that I have only gotten to March and almost
all the pictures are of grandchildren.
Oh, well, welcome to our very happy world.
And forgive us if we have left out
an important occasion that included you.

A is for ALL about Family.
Thank you Lance White for taking
this four generation picture when
we were visiting Houston.

 B is for BUSY.
Cora is one busy little girl
and has no trouble at all
keeping up with her brother and cousins.
 C is for CHURCH.
The ladies of our church had
a wonderful retreat at
Glen Eyre Castle.
Thank you Ashley and Jeana for all
your work and planning.
 D is for DISNEYLAND and of course
for Ducca.  We had a great time
visiting the California family and
being with the young Gibson family.
 E is for EXPLORING.
Caleb and Aaron loved exploring 
the tide pools of the Pacific Ocean
while in California.
 F is for FAMILY.
I don't have pictures of all my extended
family but I love the way that
we stay in touch even
though we live miles apart.
These twins fill my heart with joy!
 G is for GRANDCHILDREN.
I am convinced that God gives
us the gift of grandchildren as we
get older as a huge blessing that
keeps our hearts young.
 H is for HOLY BIBLE.  
I think this little Bible was a 
gift to the kids from Sweetie.  
I am so thankful that our children
are keeping God at the center of their
children's lives.  
 I is for INTERESTED in Books.
Caleb cannot even put his book down
as he walks into school.  
Notice the nice background
of his walk into school.
 J is for JOY!  
This little girl adds so much
joy to all of our lives.  
Being the only granddaughter
makes her just a little special.
 K is for KEEPING in Touch.
I loved getting to travel to Ft.
Collins to see one of my former
students star in the play
Joseph and the Starcatcher.
 L is for LAUGHTER.
Can't imagine the world without it.
 M is for MANY Nana Camps this year.
I loved sharing those camps with
my grandchildren and adopted grandchildren.
the Arthurs.  We hated when they moved
to Denver this summer but are happy
that we are staying in touch.
 N is for NEPHEWS and great NEPHEWS!
These are just 4 of the many
that David and I are blessed with.
We have pretty special NIECES 
and great-Nieces too.
 O is for ONLY at a Lego store.
Legos are a huge part of our life
as grandparents of boys.  Loved
seeing huge creations when we were
at the Lego store in California.
 P is for PROUD!
Proud that our grandsons
are such good protectors of
their sister and cousin, Cora.
 Q is for QUITE the little Camera Hog!
She learned the word Cheese!  very early.  
 R is for READING!
All our grandchildren love to read!
 S is for SNOW!
It can be a pain at times
but it sure is beautiful!
 T is for TROUBLE!
Like when the boys block the
door so their parents
won't tell them it is time to 
leave Nana and Ducca's house.
 U is for UNDERWEAR!
You will often see our grandchildren
 in pictures in their underwear.
Yes, it is cold here!
Yes, they still like to run
around in their underwear.
Here Aunt Mandy is making
button shirts for all the cousins.
 V is for the VALLEY as it is called
in Texas.  I got to start 2015 in the Valley
of Texas working as an Educational
Consultant for one of the Valley's
school districts.  It was fun to visit
a warm location that I had never been before.
 W is for WHAT Great Shirts!
The cousins loved making
eyeball shirts with Aunt Mandy.
 X is for eXTRA attention!
Aunt Terry enjoyed reading
to David on a trip to Houston.
 Y is for YES! I actually
got a picture of Adrian this year.
If you don't get this, you'll have to
check my Christmas letter from 2014.
 Z is always the end!
At the end of this year, Kelly and I
enjoyed a wonderful Holiday Brunch together.
David and I pray that you have been blessed this year.
We hope you enjoy the holidays
and a wonderful year in 2016.

Merry Christmas
& Happy New Year!