Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Week

Been a couple of weeks since I posted last, as I was gently reminded by my sister, Janet.  And it has been a busy two weeks filled with grandson visits, sick Leighton visits, teacher workshop grand kid visits and doctor appointments (tis the season). 

Had a great time with the Women Who Do Lunch at the beach retreat organized by our beloved Cynthia and we're working on our Christmas Lunch .  We'll be missing our youngest member, Diane, whom we fondly call Baby D (there are 3 Dianes' in our group).  She is moving to Pennsylvania and we wish her only the best and a safe journey.

I've been busy creating for the two DTs I am on: Art Anthology and Gecko Galz (for links and fun stuff related, check out my altered blog).  And my friends, Janet Miller and Lisa Lowe, have a wonderful new company making the most amazing banners that is keeping them out of the pool halls, so to speak. lol.  You can find them on facebook.

This past weekend was Colvin's turn for a sleep over with Nana and Papa.  We picked him up around ten am Sat. and headed to Dunedin.  He was the only Grand who had not had lunch at Old Bay Cafe on the water.  We shopped a bit first and he helped me pick out a new Mr. Moose for the guest bed room holiday decorations.  Mr. Moose spent the night with Colvin and stood guard over him.  The mushroom and cheese bisque at Old Bay Cafe was its usual hit and we 3 shared a wonderful pulled pork sandwich. 

A nap was called for when we got home and we played Chutes and Ladders while Papa fixed us supper.  After supper we watched  part of The Muppet's Christmas Carol and read 3 books.  The favorite seems to be The Crocodile Who Ate Christmas.

I was awakened at about 5:15 with a little boy at my bedside, hugging me, kissing me on the cheek and telling me he loved me.  He climbed up into our bed and slept for another half hour before wanting to cook breakfast with Papa.

After breakfast and a bike ride up to the park nearby, Papa built a fire in the fire pit with Colvin's help.  He is a good stick gatherer.  I added some color cones for fun and, before we made S'mores, we enjoyed the pretty fire.  Colvin got the same fire safety lecture from Papa and Nana that his brother got.

Several people have asked where we get these color cones...Plow and Hearth.  Just google it and the online site comes up.  We've ordered several pieces for our garden from the company and they are great!

No trip to see Nana and Papa is complete without a visit to Spring Bayou.  This time of year, there are dozens of manatee in the Bayou so we walked and watched for a bit.  And then we visited our Mermaid with our flower offering.  Her arms were already filled with flowers so we placed ours in the shell bowel at her feet.

I'll post the rest of this visit's pictures when I get them off my (new) phone.   Meanwhile, happy Thanksgiving to all.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Starting to look a lot like Christmas

Our family tradition has been to turn on all the lights, inside and out, trees and lanai on Thanksgiving evening, we start very early in Nov. to get ready.  The outside lanai lights are up, the swag over the slider to the lanai and the one in our bedroom are done as is our little Christmas Island village.   Here is what we have so far...

I am surprised we have managed to get this much done.  It has been a pretty hectic time for us lately.  We've had one or all 3 of the Grands several times due to teacher work days etc; Leighton had her 3rd. birthday (pics to follow eventually) and we had to make a very hard decision about our beloved cat, Just Jack.  His quality of life had diminished with very little hope so we did the tough but we felt right thing.  His brother, Goofy, looks for him every day and we miss him. 

Our trees come next along with my every growing collection of snow people.  We follow an old German tradition and everyone has their own tree.  We have a large family tree in the great room, E has his "Charley Brown" tree on the lanai, and I have my neon retro tree in my workroom.  Two years ago the Grands got their own tree and it sits on the lanai as well.  The guest room has a small tree too.

I'll post pics soon.  Hope you are getting that holiday spirit.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

24 hours with our grandson, Landon.

It was Landon's turn for a sleep over and this was the best weekend.  We picked him up at his house around one pm yesterday and headed back to our house.  It was still a bit early for nap time and he had already had lunch so out came the card table, rugs, blankets and a sheet and voila...not just any fort but the VERY BEST fort.

The fort grew and grew and stayed up til right before nap time today.
After a nice nap (for all of us), Papa started dinner and started a fire in our fire pit.  After we ate and cleaned up, we headed down to the outdoor living room with graham crackers, Hershey's chocolate and marshmallows.   Nana also brought a few color cones for the fire.  The kids are pretty restricted on their sugar intake and rightfully so but what happens at Nana and Papa's stays at Nana and Papa's.

As you can tell, he just hated the S'  Then it was a walk around the block to look at H'ween deorations, bath and bed.  We have little cots like the boys sleep on for nap time at school.  We set one up in front of the door in our bedroom that leads to the lanai.  Landon heard what he said was an owl, got scared and climbed in bed with us roughly around eleven.  By two, E deserted the ship and slept in the guest room.  Landon is not a peaceful

I woke up this morning to a sweet kiss from our little guy and then it was on to breakfast.  Papa and Landon fixed Papa's grandmother's pancakes (like crepes) and bacon.  Yum.  Landon told us when he grows up he wants to build houses and cook in them.  Excellent aspirations I say!

After wiping the syrup and jam off Landon, we got dressed and he and I headed to Spring Bayou to pay tribute to our lovely Mermaid and take a walk through Craig Park and around the bayou.
 We brought the Mermaid roses from my garden and Landon gave her a mix of berries and nuts.

 Swinging on one of the branches of a live oak.
We put the top down on my car and cruised through the Sponge Docks hunting for a new ice cream place and boy! did we find one.
Now that is an ice cream cone! Landon had told me he wanted purple ice cream this time (getting ice cream with Nana is a set tradition with both of the twins) and the closest we could find was black cherry.  He did admit that the birthday cake ice cream was better.

After cleaning up from the ice cream, we walked through the Arts and Crafts Fair held on the Sponge Docks this weekend.  The students in the culinary program at Tarpon Springs High School had a booth and were passing out samples.  Landon gave them an A+ on the quinoa and mango dish.
 A sidewalk vendor made Landon a "gold" sword and then it was home, lunch and nap time til Mama came to pick him up.

Another fun time with one of the twins.  Colvin's turn next and we'll be crossing off some of the items on his To Do at Nana and Papa's list posted on the fridge.  I am guessing that 5:32 pm is a trifle too early for ol' Nana to hit the sack so I'll try my best to stay awake a bit longer.


Monday, October 20, 2014

A day with the Grands

And what a day it was...we were busy, busy, busy from ten am til just a bit ago.  We were playing on the lanai when Landon said, "Can we talk about tents?"...ummm, sure.  What about them...let's build one so we did.  And it was the biggest, bestest tent ever!!!
Our little chef/engineer added an out door kitchen and a carpeted patio.  Leighton and Colvin decorated the interior.

 We headed up to the Splash Park around 11:00 and played til after noon.  It must have been Grandparents Day because there were sure a lot of us "older" folks hanging out with our Grand

And, before we headed for naps, one pose with the dancing Ghosties.
By popular demand, lunch was hot dogs, apple sauce and green beans (and when they ate all their green beans, they also got 5 potato chips) .  Nana settled Landon and Colvin into the big bed in the guest room and Papa sat with Leighton in the work room while she fell asleep.  Colvin woke up first so he and I did a tour of the neighborhood with him on one of the boys' new two wheeler (with training wheels) bikes.  Mama came just in the nick of time and swept our Grands off to the park for a romp before taking them home sweet home.  
Every time I think E and I are getting too old to care for these 3 treasures, the kids prove to us that we are only as old as we choose to be and today we were very young at heart.