Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas ABC's 2016

I'm a little late in getting
our 2016 Christmas ABC's
done, so I have randomly picked
some of the pictures that I like the most
and we'll see how creative I can be in 
assigning letters to them.

A is for Alaska.
We enjoyed the trip of a lifetime
in July and had more fun
than we even imagined.

Both David and I agreed that this
was the highlight of 2016.

The Deadliest Catch excursion was one of our
favorite parts of the trip.  

The summer Days that I spent with this
crew filled my heart with joy.

Every time I went to Houston,
there was some new Exciting Event.
This Experience was getting to
visit my niece, Stacie's school where
she had just been named principal.
We also had two weddings and 
other fun memories.  

We had lots of Fun decorating cookies
on the deck.

This is the Gang playing sack races
at our end of summer Carnival put on
by the Rollett family.

How can you not know there is a wonderful
God when surrounded by the
beauty of autumn?

Imagine the fun we had when our kids' Aunts visited.

Just when we thought we had all the snow we
needed, we got more.  This was just in time
for my brother, Terry's Retirement Party which
lasted 3 days.  

Keeping up with this crew in the Garden of the God's 
was lots of fun.

Leave it to us to find as many
forms of transportation as possible when we
get together.

Many times, the simplest pleasures
are sitting on the couch and reading
a great book.

There is Nothing better than a surprise
visit from a niece.  
And to top that off, the
same niece became Doctor Aven
this year.

These two visitors (Larraine and Barbie) went Over the top
on Balanced Rock in Garden of the Gods.
Lea and I stayed on solid ground.

No we have not all shrunk.
This is a Plus sized chair.

These three pictures capture the awesome Quiet in
Glacier Bay, Alaska.  
When I was to relax, all I have to do is go
back here in my imagination.

The Raging waters of a beautiful waterfall
by Mendenhall Glacier.

This Ship was our home away from home for several days.
We can certainly tell you all about the eating places on board.

When you see hot air balloons,
you know it is Time for the Colorado Springs
Balloon Classic, one of my favorite
events of the year.
A very Unusual sign for this landlocked girl.

We were Very blessed to have David's mom
and niece, Courtney come and visit
us this year.

What fun to be with Cora when
she picked out her very first
American Girl doll.
She fell in love with this
baby the minute she saw her.

It's always  eXciting to
be reunited with "old" friends.

Yes, these two are big buddies.

Zippety Do Dah!
We can still hold on to
summer even after school
has started.

And a few more random shots
that I will add letters to.

Crazy "new" friends on
a ministry adventure together.
More details in 2017.

My mom is doing great and looking
muchYounger than her ????? years.  

Kangaroo sighting in Houston.

I have caught the Gardening bug.  

How can we not be Happy when we
see this smile?

We have loved all the Christmas
cards from near and far this year.

As 2016 comes to an end and we welcome 2017,
we wish you all a most blessed year.
As with every year, there will
be high points and low points,
but God will be with us through them all.

David and Karen

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Cupcake Nana Cousin Camp--Summer 2016

Nana Cousin Camp this week
had a cupcake theme.
For dinner we ate
 delicious Marco's Pizza
(David told his mama that Nana always
cooks the best food for Nana Camp--Do
I have him fooled or what?)
Then the cupcake decorating
started in earnest.

Caleb's creation
The eyeball decorations were
a huge hit.

Cora was VERY focused on
her decorating and went
heavy on the sprinkles

Aaron was the first to eat
his decorated cupcake.

Let's show off our handiwork.

Speaking of handiwork, I tried to make
egg free cupcakes since Cora
has egg allergies.
This is how they turned out.
High altitude baking is NOT my friend.
So, I next resorted
to a good old-fashioned
cake mix and Cora's mama said
a little egg wouldn't hurt her.

As you can tell,
Nana didn't just fall off the turnip
truck.  When using sprinkles
and lots of frosting,
you do the decorating outside on
the deck.

You might remember Anna Kate
from previous year's Cousin Camps.
Her family lived right next door until
last summer when they moved
to Denver.
They are back in Colorado Springs,
although unfortunately
not right next door,
so Anna Kate joined us.
We love that girl--
and the whole family.




As you can tell from David's
smile, cupcake decorating
was a big hit!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Family Photos

This is probably the most famous
photo since I have shared
it and it is now my FB
profile picture.  The
Little Princess
with her loyal subjects.

I thought it would be fun to give
a little background on our
recent family photo adventure.

Several years ago, our three
families decided to do
"something different" for
Christmas gifts because
we didn't really need any more
We still buy for the children
but for the adults, we have
done a variety of things.
One year we all bought
gift cards to restaurants 
and other places
 and then we all picked
our favorite gift cards 
as gifts.

For another couple of years,
the rule was that
you had to buy your gifts
at a yard sale or thrift
shop.  Lots of fun with that one.

This past Christmas,
each family drew a season,
and we were in charge
of planning an event
for the entire family
for that season.

So the event from
David and I to the
entire family was to
fly in my very talented
nephew, Jon Aven,
who takes beautiful

In early June, he spent
a weekend with us, snapping
away and these are the photos
that we all got as our 
Christmas present.

In a field at Rock Ledge Ranch
close to Garden of the Gods

An old barn at Rock Ledge Ranch

At Fox Run Park

On our own Harding
swing in our backyard

On the steps of our deck

These next two are with
a very unwilling Koda
(the young Gibson's dog)

Jon lay down in the street in
front of our house to get this photo

Fox Run Park

Just the two of us

With our sweet grandchildren
Rock Ledge Ranch

The whole family at Rock Ledge Ranch

Love the cute arms crossed
with the kiddos
Jon is not only a wonderful
technical photographer,
but he has great ideas for shots

My girls

The Guys
(and the girl)

The whole family
Rock Ledge Ranch

This one was taken at the end
of our final session.
We were tired and hungry
but the boys had seen a great
tree way across the field
and really wanted
"Uncle Jon" to take their
picture in it.
And of course, he agreed.

I have not shared the
kids individual family photos.
They are fantastic, but I thought
they might want to share them

We had a great time and have
some wonderful photos to
document this special time
in our lives.

Thank you, Jon.
You helped us both
make and keep