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Showing posts from August, 2012

Labor Day Weekend

Looking forward to  visiting Vermillion for a weekend with Roger's Aunt, cousin, and siblings and their spouses. We'll stay at Valiant Vineyards Winery Bed and Breakfast, go out to eat at Red Steakhouse, visit Aunt Evie, sit out on the deck of the winery and drink a little wine, and laugh and reminisce all weekend.

Keira at Chow's

The little Princess at her first gymnastics class. Great Job Keira.


Having a flashback (different from a hot flash) tonight sitting outside a school with hubby waiting to pick our son up from school. Wow! I haven't said that since the 1900s.  But now he isn't a student but teacher. His school had conferences tonight and he called to see if he could get a ride so his sweet wife could put their kiddos down to bed.  Their little princess started gymnastics at Chow's Gymnastics, home of Olympic champions Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas. I'm told she did a fantastic job.

Memo lane

Have you heard of Memolane?  Memolane takes your social media activity and creates an automatic scrapbook.  I just found out about this and each day get an email memory of something I've posted a few years ago.  Here is what they say about themselves, "We are a small Internet startup located in San Francisco that strongly believes in the power of memories. That's why we're trying to help you rediscover your favorite memories."
So what was I posting three years ago?  It was the first day of school and my granddaughters were entering second grade.

Little brother also got into one picture with his light sword.


What show from your childhood would you like to bring back?  I would bring back Bonanza -- Sunday nights in front of the television with the whole family gathered around. Bonanza ran on NBC from September 12, 1959 to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series (behind Gunsmoke).  I was in love with Little Joe and dreamed about marrying him and living on the Ponderosa.  My infatuation with Bonanza went so far as naming my first Beagle Little Joe and my sister had his brother, which I was allowed to name also--Hoss.  
The show centered around Lorne Michaels as Ben Cartwright and his three sons from three different marriages.  Little Joe was the youngest son and might be considered impetuous and a hot head, the middle son, warm and lovable giant Eric, "Hoss" (Dan Blocker); and the oldest son, urbane architect Adam Cartwright (Pernell Roberts) who built the ranch house.

Going to the dentist

I volunteered to take the three oldest grands to the dentist.  This seems so alien to me as I didn't usually take my children to the dentist. This is something my husband always did.  I think I'd like to go to their dentist.

Needing a DigiScrap Retreat

I am so wanting to get together with some friends for a day (or preferably a weekend) of scrapping.  It's been too long.  This photo is from last Spring with Judy and her friend.  Maybe I'll go ahead and spring for Spraguefest in Minneapolis.  The cost is okay, it's just the hotel is a little steep.  Would be better if I could split it with someone.

Looking back seven years

Seven years ago yesterday was the first day of school.  My daughter, who was teaching kindergarten, was expecting our third grandchild. She planned on teaching a few days before having the baby and taking maternity leave.  As she left work, though, her water broke.  After a long night and day of labor, it was decided to do a C-section.  Seven years ago today my third grandchild, and first grandson, was born. The meaning of his name, Luke, is light giving, and he has lit up our lives. 

Love you Luke, and Happy Birthday.  We celebrated with the whole family with lunch at Macaroni Grill.

A Perfect Day with the Grands

August Zoo web, a photo by queenshakenbake on Flickr. We took the three oldest grands to the Blank Park Zoo a couple weeks ago. We have a season membership (thank you Carrie & David), it is nice and close, and we always have a good time there. Luke still loves going there, and had asked if we could go.
This layout is based on a template from Jessica Sprague's Photoshop Friday (2012:33).  The focus of this lesson was adding a gradient journalist block.  Supplies used includes:  Innocence  by Wild Blueberry Ink, County Fair by Design by Dani, Dapper Dan by Design by Dani, The Raven Scary Labels by Carina Gardner, Turquoise Edition Days + Numbers + Arrows by Becky Higgins Project Life, and Grungy Postage by Nancy Rowe Janitz.  
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Recommitting--30 Blog Posts in 30 Day

Geez, can't believe I haven't blogged at all in 2012!  So here's a quick update -- grand kids are great and are now 10, hair breadth from 7, 4, 3, and 1; for the first time since probably 1975 we have only one pet; Roger lost his Mother in January; and I've done hardly any scrapping or photography.

Roger has been talking about buying a house on a lake and we went for a drive last weekend and looked at a home. Didn't like the house, but loved the wall of windows and the hummingbird feeders on the deck. I've never seen so many hummingbirds in one place.  I came home and searched for information on attracting hummingbirds and came across Debbie's Tips for Attrating and Feeding Hummingbirds on Bird Watches dot com. I made her nectar recipe, moved my feeders closer to my window, and woke up the next morning to see three hammers fighting over the feeder.  So far only three, but really enjoy watching them, in addition to the Goldfinches at my bird feeders.