Sunday, August 17, 2014

rainy days...

Lately, we have had a lot of rainy days for us.  Yes, we need the rain.  I very seldom get to wear my rain boots out and about.  I mostly wear them when I work in the yard.  I was so happy to be able to wear them while I ran my errands.  Aren't they cute?  I have them on with my exercise capris.  Not the best fashion statement, but I do not care.  I like my boots.

I always get many comments when I wear these out and about town.
Here what the streets looked like...

Here what the trees look like...

Here's what my granddaughter looks like trying to catch the rain in her mouth.  Okay, I cheated on this next photo...I superimposed my granddaughter by the trees.  She actually was catching rain in her mouth, but it was at her home, not by these trees.

Here's the original photo.  Photoshop does amazing things.

Thank you, God for all the rain.  It is so refreshing.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Babysitting the twins...

   "We can never know who and what we are until we know something of what God is." -A.W. Tozer

Warren and I recently traveled to NC to babysit the twins, so Jordan could take Luke on a baseball road trip for an early 30th birthday present.  Since we were only babysitting, and not going anywhere of significance, we could travel light.  Look at Warren's suitcase!  He's only packed a cat!  He's going to have a hard time wearing a cat.  It could prove to be sort of scratchy...with her claws that is.  Seriously, every time we pull out our suitcases, this becomes the cat's favorite place to park her body. She is greatly offended when we remove her from her comfy spot.


This was the first time we were able to fly from our town directly to Luke's town thanks to the merger with American Airlines, and U.S. Air.  See how happy this makes us!

I love being up in the air amid the clouds.  This picture is not so great because the window was pretty scratched up.


The last leg of our trip was on this plane...It was quite a come down from our luxurious air craft we were on from Dallas to Charlotte.  Warren said it was like being on a bus in Mexico complete with chickens.  We were at the very back of this bus.  The last time I remember deplaning like this was about 30 years ago.  

A selfie with Tate... He loved taking selfies.  Good for him...maybe he will like having his picture taken.

Our first outing was to the grocery store.  Right away, we had to dig out the cheese sticks.

 PawPaw had a quick errand to do in Wal-Mart, so we waited in the car.  While we waited, the boys read books.  As a side note, these boys love books, which warms this grandma's heart.


 Even though it rained the entire time we were in NC, we found pockets of opportunity, when the sun came out for little while, to go outside to play.  They had not been playing long before the boys found their Daddy's safety glasses.  They like glasses...and wearing them...and scratching them...and breaking them.   I took these away from them.  After the photo though.


One of the challenges was keeping the boys in bed for nap and bedtime.  We bought a CD player, and a Wee Sing CD, and that helped a lot.  I made a "stay in the bed chart" where they could put a sticker on for each time they stayed in bed.  It helped that staying in bed also resulted in getting 3 M&M's, and a yogurt popsicle if they stayed in bed for two days in a row.


PawPaw's lap, and breakfast was a hit with Sawyer.  Sawyer ate his breakfast, then helped PawPaw eat his.  PawPaw's breakfast tastes better!

Outside fun and activities...


This is where Sawyer put his socks...on the windowsill...That seems like a logical place to put dirty socks...


 One afternoon, the boys found some dirt...and a sea shell... this discovery kept them busy for about an hour and a half.  Boys + dirt = fun and quiet!


To get these boys clean, we stripped the clothes off outside, then put them in the tub...got the first layer of dirt off, drained the dirty water, then drew a new clean tub of water, and got them sparkling clean.  Hard to believe, I know, but they came out like new children.

Okay, this would not be complete without adding photos of Luke and Jordan's trip...They went to 4 baseball games in 4 days.  And jam-packed activities in there somewhere.  I cannot remember all the places they went, but it seemed to involve a lot of driving.

New York

First Game...
When they got home, we celebrated an early birthday for Luke.  I made an almond flour chocolate cake.  It was pretty good...and it had 30 candles.

 It took a long time to get them all light.



I cannot believe my baby is soon to be 30 years old.


Happy early birthday...

That's our trip in a nutshell.  Sawyer says, "We had a great time with Pawpaw and MiMi..."

Until next time...Good bye and sleep tight...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Experiment #2

After posting using a free blogger app, I decided to do more research. The free blogger app allowed only a basic post and a one size photo. I did some research for a more versatile app. I found good reviews of the app called blogsy that I thought I would try. It has an easy way of adding links...which I just did. Notice the word blogsy is in blue...hence it has a link to it. So now I am going to try adding a photo.
Sawyer
Sawyer reading

Tate
Hmmm. The photo came in easily. I can choose my text wrap, and resize it. Already this app is a lot better than the free one.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Experiment

"I don't want an iPad.  I want a very small computer."  -Rob McKelvy

I have eat my words. While Warren and I were in Albuquerque last weekend, I went to the Apple store. My old iPad, the very first one that came out, crashed all the time.  I was getting pretty tired of it, and knew I had to do something. It was tax free weekend.  The sales person said the iPads had much, much better technology. He assured me I could blog from an iPad.  He talked me out of the small laptop.  I hope I do not regret my decision.  I bought a new iPad even when I said I would not.  I am testing this iPad to see if the sales person spoke the truth.  He seemed so nice.  But can you believe a salesman?  I am seeing if I can really blog from an iPad...even with pictures.   There are a lot of blogger apps, but I thought I would try the free one first. This post is my experiment to see how everything works.  


Hmmm. I want this picture to be centered.  It might just stay where it is...because if don't have a clue how to do that, or add captions, or change font size.  I will have to do some more research to figure how to get this like I want it. Stay tuned...more to come as I figure this out. Or don't figure it out.  Or have to break down and purchase a blogger app.  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Semi-retirement...

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." -Ecclesiastes 3:1

In February, Warren started working half-time.  We believe it was a God thing dropped into our laps.  Warren always said it would nice if he had someone who just wanted to work part-time.  Well, my friend, and vet, Beth, had a very nice lady bring her dog in to see her.  As she was examining the dog,  Beth was asking the lady how she came to Roswell.  Her husband is a nephrologist here, and she mentioned she was a pediatrician, only she was not working.  Hmmm...wonder if she would like to work?  Was this a coincidence?  I think not...Beth told me about this lady, and I told Warren.  He did some research, and found out her husband is in the office right next to his.  Isn't that amazing...right next door!  He called the nephrologist, and asked if his wife would be interested in working.  She did!  Part-time!  Perfect!  This had to be a "God-stop."  She started in February.  Warren works one day, and she the next- unless one has to be gone for some reason.  They share weekends the same way...one weekend off, one on.  So began a new season in our life: semi-retirement.  I did not know how this was going to work out having Warren home all day long.  Would he be underfoot, would I have to cook more, would I have to do everything with him?  I did not know how this was going to affect my everyday life.


 After 5 months of our new season, I find it quite nice.


I find my dishes all of a sudden washed, and the kitchen clean.  Laundry mysteriously gets done.  Weeds magically disappear from our yard.  Over due projects are getting done.


 That does not mean that all Warren does is work around the house...no.  He goes for long bike rides.


 He reads a lot.  He takes me for more dates.



He relaxes.  And he is happy.




WE get to go places.



notice Mark making a face in the background...

He has surprised me with spur of the moment out of town, over night trips, or movies.  I am growing to love his just being around...somewhere.



That blur in the background is Warren...

Maggie is undecided about Warren being around.
Yes, it is a new season in life for us...we have weathered being newly weds, children, empty nest, and now semi-retirement.


All have required some adjustment, but it has been good.


Life is an adventure.  Each season with its newness, and yet, routine.





We are looking forward to see what God has in store for us as we continue on our life journey.



 God is indeed good!

 
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