Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Letter--2015

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!
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!

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.