Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fantastic Garage Sale Finds

Our neighborhood had a community garage sale today.
I had seen the signs and thought I might go out for just
a few minutes on this lovely fall morning just to see what
was out there. I really didn't NEED anything, but isn't
that when you usually find the best buys?
Here are my Fantastic Finds for today!
More "guys" for Caleb and then David and Aaron to play
with at Nana and Ducca's house. You can never have too many guys.
25 cents each!
I don't know the official name of this, but I call it a Johnny Jump Up
toy. It hangs from the door frame for a baby to bounce in.
One of my favorite memories is Caleb jumping in one of these
and laughing, laughing, laughing.
The little guys will enjoy using this when they come to visit.
An oak filing cabinet. I have looked at these new, but just
didn't want to pay as much as the stores wanted.
Garage Sale List Price=$40.00
Bargained Price = $20.00
Old Fashioned Mixer
"It doesn't work," the lady kindly advised me.
Who cares! I want it for decoration.
And finally, the find of the day.
Check out this antique school desk.
I didn't just get one, I got 3.
Can't you just see my 3 grandsons sitting in those desks
playing school? No, you say. Are you like Kelly who said that
we might have to wait for 3 little girls to sit and play school?
Maybe the guys can use them for homework,
or better yet for draping blanketsover and making forts.
The best part of this find was the lady who sold them to me.
She was so excited that they were going to a "good home".
She said that she had bought them years ago on the East Coast
and that all 3 of her daughters and all 6 of her grandchildren
had played on these wonderful desks.
I just love a happy ending.
I know, I know, you are dying to know how much I paid for these, aren't you?
Would you believe $100.00 for all 3. That's a steal, I tell you.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mexican Food Buddy

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love my TexMex.
When I go home to Houston for a visit,
one of the "musts" is a visit (or two) to
a Mexican food restaurant.
On my past trip, I found my Mexican Food Buddy.
This is Nathan, my great nephew.
Yes, you are seeing it correctly.
He is eating the hot sauce with his fork.
He downed a whole bowl of it
(minus what found its way to his chin and shirt).
Way to go Mexican Food Buddy!!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Children's Book Review: The Legend of Spud Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cute easy-to-read book about two boys who hated to read but were turned on to reading by Spud Murphy, a most unique librarian.

This is book #84 for my goal of 100 books to read in 2010.
17 more weeks in 2010
16 more books to go!
I think I can....I think I can....I think I can!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

School Days, School Days

I think you learn how to be a grandparent with your
first grandchild. All the grandchildren that follow get
to benefit from the lessons you learn from the first.
What David and I have learned is that being grandparents
is one of the greatest joys in life and each new age and
stage bring even greater joys.
We were lucky enough that we got to take Caleb to pre-school
this morning. How did this little man grow so big
so quickly? Thought you might like to hear the
"leaving for school" conversation.
Ducca: I'll be your bus driver, Caleb.
Caleb: Good. Hi Mr. Busdriver.
Nana: Have a good day at school Caleb.
Caleb: I will (spoken with great excitement). Have a good day Grandma!

Grandma???? I'm Nana!!!
He's never called me Grandma a day in his life.
It sounded so cute, like he had learned "Grandma" at school.
And you know what? Grandma--Nana!
Whatever these precious boys decide to call me,
I'm fine with it.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Up Up and Away

There is something exciting about living someplace
long enough to begin to have "annual" events.
One year ago, when we first moved to Colorado Springs, we attended the
Colorado Springs Hot Air Balloon Classic.
We couldn't wait to attend again this year so we were up
at 5:45 (unheard of for these retired folks) and out the door.
Be prepared. This post contains LOTS of photos.
The balloons are all so pretty, it is hard to narrow down the selection.
We found a spot across the lake from the official balloon launching site.
It was a beautiful morning and a perfect
spot for seeing the balloons as they took off.
These were among the first balloons launched.
Aren't they beautiful?
This one was unique. Those are green "leaves" hanging
down from the daffodils.
A patchwork quilt balloon.
It's neat to see the people in the balloon baskets.
Who says pigs can't fly?
Unicorns can fly too.
The ducks on the lake were a little confused by the
huge "birds" flying overhead.
"Twin" cowboy balloons with the mountains in the background.
The Energizer Bunny balloon is a huge crowd pleaser.
Look at the little basket below the balloon.
That gives you an idea of how big it is.
The balloons usually launch one at a time, but here
several are going up at the same time.
It's really neat to see them up close.
And view them from far away.
And this is my favorite part of the day.
I know this is hard to believe, but David and I
love to "chase" the balloons and see if we
can see them landing.
This beauty landed in a field right next to the highway.
The crew is busy at work making sure it lands safely.
The balloon teams have trailers that they pack the balloons away in.
This one landed in a field right beside a neighborhood.
All the neighbors were out marveling about
what had landed right next to their houses.
As we were watching the previous balloon land,
someone looked up and another one looked like
it was landing right in the street.
It's fun to watch the crew deflate the balloon.
Wildflowers and hot air balloons--Colorado on Labor Day Weekend.
This was our final balloon to watch land.
I don't know if it was planned, or good luck, but this
Waste Management balloon landed
right in the middle of a shopping center parking lot.
Easy for the chase team to get to.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour of the
Colorado Springs Balloon Festival.
Why don't you come and join us next year?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pumpkins in September???

It is a Gibson family tradition to devour Mellocreme Pumpkins
by the fistful during autumn. It's as American as Apple Pie.
But this is crazy. Pumpkins in the stores already??
It's only September for heaven's sake.
Miss Lea, you're going to have to wait a while for your pumpkins.
(Inside joke--if you don't get it, it's OK).

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fun in the Park

My little guys love parks!
I think it has been passed down to them
from their grandfather through their parents.
David used to delight in finding new parks to take
Kelly and Jeremy to.
I think they have probably experienced almost
every park in the southeast section of Houston.
Now our grandchildren are learning to love parks.
Caleb used to yell out "Pok, P0k" when we passed by the
one close to our home.
This is adorable Aaron on his first slide adventure.
This is delightful David getting his first feel of grass.

There's lots of "fun in the park" in our future.

P.S. I think my children's favorite park was the "crabbing park" off of Nasa Rd. One.
We would take bacon slices and spend the afternoon sitting on the pier fishing for crabs.
We even had at least one birthday party there.
Fun memories!