Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry CHRISTmas!

Wishing you and your family a
day filled with Christmas blessings!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Brandy!!!!

 Today, is my sweet daughter in law,
Brandy's Birthday!
 Happy Birthday, Brandy!
Brandy is an amazing wife to my son Andrew!
She lovingly supports him in his
business adventures and does a great
job of taking care of his home
and their baby girl, Brilyn!
She is a great Mom! She is selfless and
loving and puts her families needs
above her own.
Without her, our family would not be
compete. I'm so happy to have
her. I hope she has a wonderfully
happy birthday and a super
blessed year to come!
And many, many years after that!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Brilyn and the CHRISTmas Tree!

 I took Brilyn to Cameron University to
see the big Christmas Tree. We also
took a few pictures to break in
my new camera.
Is she not the most adorable
thing you have ever seen?
You just have to love her.
It can't be helped.
She's a handful as she is
constantly on the go.
But - she has such a contagious
enthusiasm. She always
makes you smile!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Elf On The Shelf

 When the girls are here visiting
our little Elf on the Shelf
leaves us surprises.
His name is Jingle Bells but we
call him Jingle or Jingles!
One night while we were sleeping
he decorated our tree with a paper snow
angel chain and left us a book
titles, " The Snow Angel"
by Glenn Beck!
 I love how he encourages reading!
So far he has always left us with something
new and special to read!
 One night we went to bed after cleaning
up for the December Family Birthday Party
and we found he had decorated!
 Overall, he did a decent job - but, he used
toilet paper!
(and if you look close, you can see he left
us a book in the chandelier)
Another day he left candy canes with bookmarks
attached to share and a story about
the true meaning of Christmas!
He's been a lot of fun,
 and I thought I had more pictures of all of his
little antics, but I guess I took them with
my phone and not my camera.
The girls like to send pictures to
their Momma when they are here
so she doesn't miss them!
And when they're not here
I miss them!
But - they'll be her for a few days for

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Getting Ready For CHRISTmas!

 I've been babysitting Brilyn and getting
ready for Christmas!
We've rearranged furniture and cleaned
the guest room and yesterday
we baked cookies!
 Brilyn is a good helper!
 I had Grandpa working on a wall mount for
my backdrops in the studio and when I
went to check on him Brilyn dumped
the flour and we ended up with a powdery mess!
But - messes are memories!
And we ended up with some pretty
cute Christmas cookies!
And baking cookies with Grandma
is a memory I'd like all the girls
to have.

Monday, December 17, 2012


Who is that out on the
football field?
Is that Brilyn?
Where's she going?
What does she see?
 She's running really fast.
She's after something!
 What has she found?
Oh.... it's a cute little hat!
There is even a hole in the
middle for her bow.
Now, I wonder why all those
hats were out there on the

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Little Girls Enjoy The Park

 Our little neighborhood park is just the right
size for little ones!
 Brilyn and Olivia can climb up the
play structure and go down all of
the slides all by themselves!
 Brilyn even takes the hard way
up from time to time!
 And the reward for making it up
is getting to slide down!
 I just love watching the two of
them play so nicely

Thursday, December 13, 2012

An Indoor Picnic

 The girls wanted to have a picnic
but it was windy and cold.
So - we had a picnic indoors!
 And by doing so - they got to
choose a movie to watch!
And of course, a collection of
critters to watch it with!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Crazy Clown and Olivia Having a Tea Party!

 Olivia is having a tea party!
She has cookies and tea!
 Now, she just needs a friend!
Who can she invite?
 How about a Crazy Haired Clown?
That would be fun!
She's super cute, too!
And it looks like Olivia is enjoying
her company!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My Little Nature Lovers

These three love to go to the pond.
They like to look into the water for little fish,
watch the turtles and ducks
and chase the geese!
 These geese!
 Olivia takes off after them every chance
she gets and they take off flying!
 She chases them. She looks almost as if
she believes she can catch them!
If she only had wings!
 Brilyn just watches!
I wish I knew what she was thinking!
Here, she's offering Olivia some helpful
advice. That way.... see.....
They went up there!
It doesn't look like we'll be catching them, though.
They are headed to a family reunion!
Grace told me they were a family.
A BIG Family!
With lots of Uncles and Cousins.
And even a Grandma and Grandpa!
And they were spending the
day flying together!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Grace!

It's hard to believe that four years have passed
since this little angel was born!
I remember the three long flights it took
to get to Okinawa, Japan.
I left Thanksgiving Day. I wanted to make
sure I was there to welcome this little
one to the world.
I got there and we waited!
There were places to go and things
to see to help pass the time,
but the most beautiful site in that entire
country was this little girl's sweet face!
She was perfect!
And when the time came for me
to fly back to the states, I didn't
want to go. It's never fun being separated,
but I'm thankful now that she lives in the USA
and visits are much easier! And much
more frequent!
Oh, what joy she has brought to our lives!
She had a birthday party at the gymnastic gym
she and her sister Olivia, now attend!
It's a really nice place. Her party was in
the part of the gym where Olivia's classes
are held. Olivia looked like she
felt right at home.
 I think gymnastics is good for her. You can see
that she enjoys it. And - she's getting
stronger by the day!
 This was Brilyn's first time to visit.
She got to see Grace and Olivia's new
house, their new neighborhood
and their new gym.
I think she had fun!
 Brilyn always likes playing with
Grace and Olivia!
 Isn't Olivia just darling in her little
gym suit.
 Here is Grace getting ready to perform a
trick on the bar.
 This gym is a pretty neat place to have a birthday
party. You get free play time on the equipment,
a coach that does a few things with the
kids as a group and a party room
and time to have refreshments.
And just look who Grace is playing with!
She tells me that she doesn't like cootie boys!
(and ALL boys are cootie boys)
But, if I didn't know better I would think
she liked Pete!
 She seems to give him a lot of attention.
Maybe she has learned that
boys can be fun to have as
friends, too!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy Birthday, Alyssa!

 This is my beautiful and very sweet
daughter in law - Alyssa!
And today is her birthday!
She married my son, Billy, almost a year
ago and I can't tell you how happy I am
to have her in the family!

Happy Birthday, Alyssa!
I hope you have a wonderful day
filled with love and blessings!
You deserve it!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Olivia in the Sand Pile

 Olivia doesn't care about searching
for treasure. She doesn't
care about finding rocks. She doesn't
need a shovel or a pail.
She just wants to climb!
 Up, up, up!
Maybe she wants to play
King of the Hill?