Saturday, September 29, 2012

Color My World

One of the first groups I joined
when we moved to CS, was a group
in my church called Secret Sisters.
Through this group, I have learned to
love so many wonderful, fun and giving women.

This month, it was my turn to host the group. 
Every month, we have a theme, and I chose
"Color My World".
Is anyone who knows me surprised that I
chose a school theme?

The crayon banks were a Dollar Tree
find.  I just love that store.
Each woman took a crayon bank home.
We are going to fill the banks
with our loose change over the
course of this year and then
donate the money to a worthy cause.
This tablecloth is actually a parachute.
Thanks Kelly for letting me borrow it.

We had so many women attend that we had to seat
some of them downstairs in our den.

The food also had to be colorful
so one of the hostesses, Claudia,
made this beautiful cake.
The flowers are all real and are from her garden.
Letha's colorful and delicious green salad

Joan's colorful and delicious fruit salad

Party girl, Gina, provided both the
light balls which projected colors
all over the ceiling......

and the colorful and delicious party sandwiches.

Karen's colorful chicken salad

The cake was not only colorful on the outside
but rainbow colored on the inside as well.

After taking all these pictures,
I can't believe I forgot to take
photos of all the women 
who attended.  I guess
I just got too busy having fun!

Thank you women of Eastside Church of Christ
for being such good friends.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cookie Decorating 101

On a recent trip to Houston,
I asked my sister-in-law,
Gail, if she would mind giving
me some cookie decorating lessons.
Gail is so creative and I thought
if she actually showed me how to ice 
cookies, I might actually
tackle them on my own.
This was the set up when we arrived.
She had already baked the cookies
and even iced one (upper right) so that
it could harden and we could try
a special technique on it.
The icing bags were filled and ready to go.
Eager pupils were Kim and Sweetie,
pictured with teacher, Gail.
I was the third eager student.
My first attempt at a cupcake cookie.
Gail demonstrating the fine art of spreading the icing. 

Some of my finished creations.
We ate just a few along the way.
Not because we were hungry, you understand,
but because we wanted to test them to be
sure they were tasty.  (And they were!)
Kim was a natural, rubber gloves and all.
Thank you Gail for the great lesson.
I cannot wait to begin baking.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Principal in the Family

Our family is going to have to start
behaving because we have a principal in
the family now.

Mike VanLoenen, or Mr. V,
as he is affectionately called,
was named principal of
A.B. Freeman Elementary
for the 2012-2013 school year.

We are all excited for Mike
and for the teachers and children
of Freeman because Mike is
a really great guy who has
the best interests of both 
students and teachers as his priority.

But we are especially excited because Mike's
father-in-law, Terry, and all Terry's siblings, 
brother Lynn, and sisters Kim
and Karen (that's me) are alumni
of Freeman.  We attended
Freeman when it was a brand new school
some 50 years ago.  

On a recent visit to Houston,
 Mike gave Kim and me a tour
of the school.  
What a thrill it was to see the school
still looking so beautiful!

Congratulations Mr. V!!!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

We took a short trip to
Glenwood Springs when my sister and brother-in-law,
Kim and Randy came to visit.

We checked out the Amtrak station
since Sweetie and I plan a train trip
here soon.

For some reason, this sign
tickled my funny bone.

The hot springs pools were
beautiful and so relaxing.

Good conversations.

The largest pool was 2-3 blocks long.

We took a tram to the top
of the mountain where there
was an amusement park.

Kim and Randy

David and Karen

None of us braved this swing which soared out
into the open sky at the top of the mountain.
I'm sure the views were awesome if
you were brave enough to open
your eyes.

I travel with such nice looking people.

Randy braved the roller coaster
which went down the hill.
The rest of us watched him.

I sat with my feet propped up and enjoyed
the beautiful scenery.  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Aaron Loves His Ducca

Aaron isn't known for sitting still for long.
However, when he can sit in the
comfy recliner with his Ducca,
he has been known to
stay still for a while.

What precious memories these times are!  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sesame Street Revisited

Each of my grandsons is unique.
They are all loved tremendously.
Caleb is the Superhero fan.
David loves all things cars and trucks.
Aaron LOVES Sesame Street Characters.
It is so much fun revisiting Sesame Street
through his eyes since my children
were also Sesame Street fans.

Aren't these little feet, clad in
his little SS socks just adorable?
Extra points if you know the character.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sunflowers for Donna P.

This post is especially for my friend
Donna P. who reads my blog
and who loves sunflowers.

Last summer I planted giant sunflower seeds
in my back flowerbed.
This year I forgot, but one came
up anyway.  My Grandma Aven
called that "coming up volunteer."
I like to think of it as one of
God's many surprises.

The bloom is huge,
beautiful, and amazing.

This little beauty grew
from a sunflower seed
that was meant to feed a bird
who visits my birdfeeder.
Instead the bird dropped the seed
and it grew.

Donna, I love sunflowers too.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Flowers of Breckenridge

 Flowers were blooming everywhere
when we visited Breckenridge recently.
I hope you enjoy the beauty.

One of the books that I require
my Children's Literature
students to read is
The Giver by Lois Lowry.
In the society where the book
is set, there is no color.

How depressing!  I am so glad 
God created color.