Monday, August 7, 2017

Vacation 2017...The Beginning

Today was a very tough one in the since of having to go back to work and being so far behind for the month already but I would not change the fact I was gone for 2 weeks. It was a great 2 weeks.  My vacation started o Friday when we left to go to Des Moines to see Paul McCartney in concert.

I am really not a big fan of auto correct. Most of the time I do not catch the correction, like changing Des to Drs. **Ugh** 

I was so excited. I was curious if I would run into any of my friend or family since so many were going. I mean I did have some chance of seeing someone since it was my hometown for 38 years.  Funny thing is I saw no one but Todd ran into a friend from high school who lives 3 hours away.


Finally the show began! 😍


I enjoyed every minute of it.  He definitely is a performer.  I just wished I was not so tired from all the extra work.  I still loved it.

Do you have a star you are nuts over?

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

The New Home


Welcome!  You are at the right spot.  My blog looks different and much happier now.  I am so seriously trying to focus on beating my depression.  I was away for some time.  One of the things I noticed the past few post is how dark and depressing the look of my blog is and made this one of my goals for August to update.  I love nature and found this design very much suites me. I am going to try to make a little more changes during the month but I am very pleased with the new look.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Gifts For The Grandchildren

Once we became grandparents for the first time we have always made a point to give a book for every holiday and every time we have gone on vacation we try to pick up a book about the area we a visiting.

It began with Washington DC, we found a baby board book "Goodnight DC" very much the style "Goodnight Moon".

This year we picked up two houses a set of books.  Here is what we picked up for Taj.
"the Troublesome Cub in the Great Smoky Mountains" is a cute little book that he can read himself and enjoy the Cubs mischievous adventures. "The Big Bat" is a book about the big bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum. It explains how big the bat actually is. "I Am Abraham Lincoln" is about President Lincoln.  We bought him "I am Jackie Robinson" for his birthday.

Here are the books we picked up for the twins.
"Great Smoky Mountains Wee Ones" is a comparison of how families as humans and animals in the Great Smoky Mountains do thing similar. "Find My Friends" is a cute little book about animals. We picked up "The Big Bat" as well and the last book their parents will have to read to them for awhile is "Kid Presidents" this book has a small chapter about every president up to Obama and a story or event when they were a child and a few facts about each President.

We do not pick up shirts any longer most of the time they do not wear them and we think the books are a great gift.

Do you buy books for your children/grandchildren?

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Goals


It has been awhile since I did a monthly Goal but I want to get back to this, so here are my goals for August.


  • Post about my vacation.
  • Try a new Pinterest recipe per week.
  • Begin health regimen with personal trainer. 
  • Complete the makeover of Master Bedroom.
  • Complete makeover of the tiny Mater Bedroom Bathroom.
  • Complete one book.
  • Spring Clean (I know I am late, I will blame it on depression) the Kitchen.
  • Try to take time off to go to a state where we can see the total eclipse.
  • Make an appointment for Christian's (Noah) Senior pictures.
  • Update blog's colors.
If I can accomplish this I will be happy. My depression is getting a better so I am having more energy again.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Woo Hoo Wednesday ~Anniversary Style

I'm on vacation but I had to do a little post here today.  Shout out to Todd who is showing me our marriage is important.




  Happy Anniversary! ❤


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Flashback Friday ~ Grandbabies Two and Three


Our little nuggets were due July 2nd but they thought they needed to come earlier.  At 32 weeks one of Emily's water waterbags began to leak.  She was admitted and medicine was given to stop the contractions, antibiotic to prevent infection, and steroids to help develop the lungs. Emily was such a trooper. At 34 weeks the c-section was scheduled, one of the babies was breech, baby girl so c-section was the option. May 23, 2017 our family grew by two more delightful grandchildren.

I am pleased to introduce to you all. Deckard John ...


...and Cambria Lynn.

The twins were in the hospital an additional 3 weeks.  First Cambria came home and the next day big brother Deckard came home.


They are doing great. Here are a few pictures of the sweet peas.


They actually sleep better next to one another.  They sort of comfort each other.  
Often Emily will move the blanket and she finds this...






Below is a picture I took the first time we baby sat them when Mom and Dad went out for the first time.
Below are pictures Emily took.  Cambria has the light background and Deckard has the brown background.

I'm already head over heals in love with them.   

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Once, Twice, Soon To Be Three Times...

This Friday I will be kicking off my vacation in the best way.  I will be going to my third Paul McCartney concert.  I posted about my live and first concert and you can read about it by clicking here.




Last summer was my second concert. You can read about it by clicking here.


Now I get to see him in Dee Moines Friday night!  I am so excited just like I was the first one.  I will post about it when I get back as well as the places we have been.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Woo Hoo ~ Celebrating Taj

Today’s post is to celebrate my first grandson, Taj.  Taj has had so many changes this year with his first year of school.  Last Fall he started Kindergarten.
December we all found out Emily was expecting and a week later found out it was twins.  The babies were due about a month after Taj’s birthday and with twins we figured Emily may deliver about a month early.  Taj would have his birthday around the time the twins were going to be born.  This was going to change Taj’s life completely.  He has been used to being the only child so he has had a lot of attention.  Taj was super excited to find out he was going to have cousins.  He has been lonely and been asking his Mom for a brother for a while.  We all knew he will have moments of swooning over the babies and moments of jealous and thought we would try to prevent as much jealousy as possible.  Taj’s Mom found someone important in her life this past Spring.  He has been friends/more than friends with Kera for many many years but it has blossomed quickly into a lot more.  He moved in and they are now engaged to be married.  Taj is now competing for Mom’s attention at home as well, as I said Taj has had to experience many changes in his life recently.

Another new change this Spring was T-Ball.  Taj played on an Advanced T-Ball team.  What that means is the first three to four are pitches and if the child cannot hit the ball then a baseball T is brought out for the child to hit off.  Everyone gets to hit and there are no true outs.  We went to every game and enjoyed watching him.  Taj is a huge Cubs fan and his favorite player is Kris Bryant.  He was very disappointed when he saw his number was not the same as Bryant’s.  Taj did great at batting and could hit the ball pretty far.  We found out that he is a rather quick runner.  (No surprise since his Dad runs in track events still.)  Fielding, well the entire team needs more practice at the fielding.  It was so funny to watch because the entire team goes after the ball leaving their positions.  One thing Taj kept saying he wanted was batting gloves, so for his birthday we bought him batting gloves and gave it to him at the game he played on his birthday.  He was so thrilled and held them out to all of his teammates to like a woman does with her engagement ring.






The twins came earlier than Taj’s birthday ( I will post about them on Friday) so Taj’s party was not as large.  The twins were in the hospital still, Ethan and Noah (not knowing when his party was going to be) went to Florida to visit Joshua for a week.  They went to the game on Taj’s birthday and flew out the next day.  Matthew (not knowing when his party was going to be) made plans to go to his girlfriend’s family get together so he was not there as well.  It was just me, Todd, Kera, Taj, and one friend of Taj’s.  We went to Chuck E Cheese in a city about an hour away and Taj had a blast with his friend.  He had a good birthday party.





I just love this kid so much and have been showering extra attention to him because Todd and I do see the adjustments he has had to make are a little tough on him. Taj is noticing the extra attention and he will run up to me at a store with his other grandma just to hug, kiss me, and tell me he loves me.  He is constantly asking if he is my favorite since he is my first and that I am his favorite Nana.  I keep telling him he is my favorite Taj and there will never be another to take his place being my first grandson.  This makes him have a huge smile.

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