Friday, September 11, 2015

Just Another Day at Nana School

Cora loves to fold
laundry--and who am I
to deprive her?
My favorite part is how she narrates what
she is doing.  "Now do this, then..."
So proud of herself.

Nana found her a new
jean vest.
This was the 2 seconds
she wore it.
Like her mama before her,
she has her own ideas about
Snack time is serious business.  
She loves doing art.

Those hands!
She got the hang of stickers
very quickly.
But swinging is probably
her favorite thing.
One of her cousins
thought of this chair
contraption for her.
And on the tire swing
she just kept laughing
and saying "Faster, Faster!"
I'm not sure who enjoys
Nana School the most--
Nana or Cora.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Balloon Festival

As some of you might have
heard, we had to cancel
our trip to Oregon for
my nephew's wedding
and for our annual sibling trip
because my sweet husband
had another kidney stone surgery last week.
As you can imagine, I was just a little
bit sad about being home
while my family was celebrating.
Jeremy knows how much I love the
Labor Day Balloon
lift off in our town, so he
and Caleb and Aaron
picked me up at 6:30 a.m.
on Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, Mandy
was working and
David was recuperating.
We parked in our traditional
spot across the lake and
enjoyed the sights.
My friend Brenda Brizendine
got a terrific picture
of a balloon and its
reflection in the lake.
That's what I was
going for in this picture.
  Mine doesn't compare to hers.
No, this little girl is not
part of our party, but
our grandchildren make
friends wherever they go.

Darth Vadar was a huge hit
with the boys.

Yoda was also impressive.
The Mardi Gras clown was neat.
Balloons, balloons EVERYWHERE!
Lucky Shamrock

You can just see the big
shoe being inflated.
...and it's up!

A big part of the excitement
is chasing the balloons
to see them land.
Heading down!

And it's down.
This one actually lifted off

Those baskets are pretty little.
The mountains aren't
a shabby backdrop.
The sign in the foreground
gives you an idea of how
low the balloon was getting.
Thank you Jeremy, Caleb and Aaron
for distracting Nana.

We also ate at Amy's donuts
and I got to go to church
with my guys.

It turned out to be a very
good day.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Nana School for Cora

The Preschools that Kelly tried
to get Cora into for this fall
were not available, so she asked
me if I would be willing to
have a "Nana School"
for Cora one day a week?
Now, really, who can resist that?
Today was our first day.
We colored pictures.
We played outside.
Isn't her school dress pretty?
She was such a big girl and loved every minute
of the day, as did her teacher.
We did some swinging.
What a happy girl!
She picked up jewels.
She played with the same Fisher Price
little people her mama and uncle played with.
She ate lunch.
She had "Computer Class" and
practiced an educational game.
What a joy this little girl was to her Nana and Ducca.
Yes, Ducca was also a part of the day.
At one point something wasn't working
and Cora said, "Ducca will fix it for me."

And some of you are asking if it was
Nana School, what Standards did we address?

Standard 1:  Giggling
Standard 2:  Playing
Standard 3:  Loving
Standard 4:  Lots and
Lots of Hand Holding

Exceeds Expectations!!!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Thing 1 & 2 and Thing Dad and Mom's Visit to Colorado

Welcome to Colorado Hinojosa Family

We got to have these charmers
in our home for several days.

Snuggling with Aunt Nana
(my new Great Aunt name)

They loved looking down the stairwell.

Fun with the slide

Spending time on the Harding swing

Stealing Aunt Nana's Slim Fast
out of the Refrigerator Door

Reading with Ducca

Exploring every room--
even the bathroom

Breakfast at Amy's Donuts

Taking Crazy Selfies
on the Merry-go-round

Hanging out at the zoo with
cousins who like to imitate

Petting a Wallaby 

Strollers are very nice
for babies (and parents)
at the zoo.

Pretend Giraffe

Feeding the real giraffe
(in the rain)


Helping to water the plants (and ourselves)

And this was my favorite part.
When we had our last family reunion
2 years ago, we put all of the
cousins hand/footprints on the
deck wall.
I told Jenny that the
next time they visited, we would
be putting her baby's prints up.
Little did we know at that time
that we would be putting two
sets of handprints on the deck.
Isn't God good?

Precious little gifts from God

Very special family

Never still for long

Precious smiles.

Busy, busy, busy

The house might have been
somewhat of a disaster
for a week, but it was also
filled with joy.