Friday, August 15, 2014

Caleb Goes to Houston

Every time I make a trip to
Houston, Caleb asks to go along.
This summer he got his wish.
Checking in at DIA.
Watching for our airplane to arrive.
Exploring the airport with Ducca.
He was a super traveller and so much
fun to have on the trip.
The main reason for the trip
was to meet Caleb's newest 2nd cousins,
Nick and Alex.
He had lots of fun with his
VanLoenen 2nd cousins.
And hanging out with almost grown up
2nd cousins was fun too.  
Reading a book about Hurricane Katrina
on Nana's iPad before bedtime.
He got to borrow some
of Matthew's cool blocks.
All dressed up--what a big boy!
He took Sweetie and me on a date!
We had a ball!
He specifically packed
his dress coat for this date.
He got to see Jordan, one of his
friends from when he lived in
Not pictured is Sophie,
who he also had a chance to
have a play date with.
He loves it that he is almost as tall
as his Great Aunt Gail.
Uncle Terry being crazy.
On our way back home
with a good book.

Caleb was a great addition
to our trip.  Cannot wait to share
more traveling adventures with our

Monday, August 11, 2014

Nana Summer Day Camp #4--Fox Run Park

Summer is quickly coming to a close,
and that always makes me a little sad.
Nana Camp went to Fox Run Park on this 
beautiful August afternoon.

Caleb on the teeter-totter.

We weren't the only ones enjoying
the beautiful weather.

David loves to dig.

Swinging was a big hit with Aaron...

...and with David

These 2 are pretty evenly matched on the

Sliding is fun!

And Caleb loves the swings too!

I think we might have to extend
Nana Day Camp into the
fall & winter!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Colorado Sibling Trip August 2014

I am blessed to have siblings (and their mates)
that David and I love hanging out with.
We just had a visit here in Colorado Springs.
The only sibling missing was Aunt Terry
who is finishing up her schooling
to be a hospital chaplain.  We are excited
for her graduation both because we are
proud of what she has accomplished,
but also because she'll get to join us on
trips more often.  

We discovered that we are not very good at SELFIES.

Spent a morning at the Chihuly Exhibit
at the Denver Botanical Garden.

Great Aunts and Uncles got to spend
time with their Great Nieces and Nephews.

Went to the "world" famous Freddy's
Hamburger Restaurant.  This is a CS
tradition.  Somehow this is the only
picture I got of Uncle Lynn.

Spent some time hiking.

Visited beautiful Helen Hunt Falls.
And contrary to popular opinion,
the actress Helen Hunt did not Fall
during our trip there.

David and I brought out the
Family reunion T-shirts from last
summer.  Thank you Aunt Jenny
and Uncle Jon for these.

There was lots of picture taking.

We only had one rainy day that needed to
be spent indoors, so we visited
Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs.
Another picture of the Chihuly exhibit.

Loved spending time with loved ones in the
beautiful outdoors.
Even visited a highly rated bookstore
in Denver for Jenny since she
couldn't visit it herself.

Can't wait for our next adventure.
NYC--here we come!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Nana Summer Day Camp #3--Trip to the New 21st Century Library and Beyond

Our neighborhood library
closed 3 weeks ago
and reopened in a new location
that had taken 2 years to build.
It is billed as a 21st Century
Library and is very cool!
Today I took the grandchildren.
It was my 3rd day to be at the
library since it opened 3 days ago.  
The children's area had a dress-up
center which was right up Aaron's alley.

David loved the train center.

Both little guys enjoyed the animal center.
Caleb enjoyed this magnetic counting maze.
There is a wonderful reading area where there is a BEAUTIFUL
 view of the mountains.

Not pictured:
The exciting ride in the elevator
The ice cream treats in the Her Story Cafe.
The actual checking out of books.

When we got home, they enjoyed
one of their favorite activities--drawing.

At the end of the day, we joined
their parents (and Cora) for
some ice cream at a CS
Downtown Ice cream parlor,
Josh and John's.

Aunt Mandy and Cora enjoying
some snuggling and giggling time.

Can't think of anyplace I'd rather be than
hanging out with our sweet family.  

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pantry Reorganization

Let me take you on a tour of
my very unorganized pantry.
Now, I am an organized kind of 
person, but this pantry defied

I am quite embarrassed
to be showing you this, but
just you wait!
Yes, there were even things on the floor.

And stacked willy nilly
all the way to the top where
no one could reach.
But yesterday I emptied it out!!!

Wait for it!!!!!
And Neil, from
Home Storage Remedies
worked his magic.
Each of the pull-out drawers
holds 80 pounds of
The two top pull-out shelves make it
easy to reach those hard to reach
items and to see them
at a glance.

And I think this is my absolute
favorite--the pull-out can shelves.

I am in organization heaven,
and thoroughly enjoying
my late Christmas present.