Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day Wildness! May 27, 2014

 While mema (my mom) chatted with her granddaughter, Amanda (my niece), Audrey 'chatted' with Harper.  (Harper is 7 months old, Michelle/Neal parents; Audrey is Amanda/Billy's daughter and 3 1/2 months old.)
 Audrey and Harper having their own 'chat'.
 Audrey staring back at me while I try and take her picture.
 Big brother Izaac, taking Audrey for a little stroll on the driveway at mema's.
Reed (Harper's older brother) checking on his cousins.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Reed's 2nd birthday party. May 19, 2014

 It was Reed's (our great-nephew) birthday last week so his parents had a party in the park.  It was sunny, and warmer than it has been, but windy! (That's my Uncle Charlie holding Reed's little sister, Harper,  and Samantha sitting with her dad on the picnic bench.  John is holding Izaac's little sister, Audrey.  Izaac and Audrey are also great-nephew/nieces of ours.)
 That's Reed saying 'hello' to Marty, who was holding Reed's cousin, Audrey.
Reed is opening some birthday gifts.  That's his mom helping him (with glasses) and his dad is sitting with his back to the camera on the picnic bench.
Marty (our son-in-law) shading Miss Audrey from the bright sun!  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

More Miss Livvy pictures during our visit! May 17, 2014

 I think this was Grandpa John's attempt at a 'selfie' for Olivia....
 It quit raining for a little while Wednesday, so we went for a walk around the neighborhood.  That's Beaver Dam Lake with Alex (Olivia's dad--our son!) and Grandpa John and Oliver (the dog...).            
 Olivia received a 'bumbo' seat for Easter, and sits for a few minutes while Grammy does the dishes!
Allison (Olivia's mom) holding her while we pack up the truck and head home yesterday.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The cutest picture of Miss Olivia (yesterday....). May 16, 2014

We know, as (first-time) grandparents, that we are biased, but we think you'll have to admit that's a pretty cute baby smiling in that picture!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Olivia at 3 months old! May 14, 2014

 Grandpa John attempting a burping session.  We're both a little out of practice!!
 After turning 3 months old last week, she'd like to have a discussion about it!
She's holding her head up so well, and ALMOST rolling herself over!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

An evening walk in our yard as the 'pied piper'. May 6, 2014

 Wind gusts to 25 mph yesterday, but still sunny and MUCH warmer than it has been for spring in Iowa.
 So, four of our five 'furry children' followed me around the yard to check on things.  I had thought some of these bushes might recover after being killed by icky vines the last couple of years, but it doesn't look too promising.
 Grace likes to run and jump up every other tree just for fun!
 Bogart likes to sit and ponder the yard and fallen branches.
A view from the middle of the yard to the west.

Monday, May 5, 2014

A visit to the cat caretaker's house!! May 5, 2014

 This curious goat wanted to see what was inside my van!
 That's Jamie, one of our cat caretakers, and substitute 'momma' to these young goats.  (They use the mommas for milking.)
 The goats are only about 6 weeks old.  I was surprised at how big they were.  
Jamie tired to coral the goats so we could finish our gab session (her mother, Laura, and I!)....

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Izaac's big day! May 3rd, 2014

Izaac has been playing 'wee-ball'.  It's for boys in-between t-ball and regular baseball (boys pitching to boys when they're up to bat). So I drove to Des Moines to see him play ball.  He does really well!
Our great-nephew, Izaac, will turn 7 years old on May 5th, and his parents (Amanda/Billy) through him a GREAT party at his house today. 
 There was an attempt to get a picture of all the children (at the same time!!) that were in attending the party, but it didn't go very smoothly.
The weather was pretty nice compared to what we've experienced this past week!
During the sprinkles that arrived during the party, Izaac's cousin Reed (son of Michelle/Neal) 
Mema made 'dirt cups' for the crowd, estimated at 32 adults and 9 kids (think there might have been more of both there???). 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A wedding shower at our church last Saturday. May 1st, 2014

 The 'kids' in our church have grown up and are getting married, having kids, and enjoying life! (The sister on the left is Kendra, and she's getting married in June.  Rebecca is a little older and already married.)
The shower was held in the morning, and the theme was patriotic!
There was quite a good crowd there by the time the shower activities started, between relatives and friends of the bride and groom!

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