Saturday, January 14, 2017

Our January photo shoot...just the two of us...

"A photo remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything." -Aaron Susan

Photo shoots done by none other than ourselves are always interesting.  I am thankful my hubby is game...up to a point.  I have to make sure the shoot doesn't take too long.  I wanted to get some photos of us with the first snow we had.  Here's the result.


Warren...my star...love of my life...and willing subject (sort of)




The snow at this point was really wet, so he had to blow hard.

Us...I am thankful for a remote...
I had a snow overlay, and wanted to try it out.


Now with hats, and tea.


And me...photos take by Warren.  He's pretty good!



indoors in case you did not notice

And now the bloopers...



And that is a wrap!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tea time...

"It's always tea time."- Alice in Wonderland

There's nothing I enjoy more than a good cup of Chai Tea..brewed that is.   I was very disappointed when Starbucks quit carrying the tea bags to make a good cup of brewed Chai Tea.  They have the Chai Latte that is loaded with sugar which I do not want.  I'm trying to stay away from sugar.  Warren and I liked to treat ourselves to a cup of the brewed Chai at Starbucks every now and then...it was our cheap date.  We will have to figure something else out to do for our cheap dates.  Until then, I can still brew  my own cup at home... here's to a good cup of tea!



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snow Day and Grandkids...

"One of the very best reasons for having children is to be reminded of the incomparable joys of a snow day." -Susan Orlean

It started snowing Friday afternoon, January 6.   One twin was taking a nap, while the other, who rarely naps, was wide awake lying in bed.  When he saw it was snowing from his window, he jumped up yelling at the top of his lungs, announcing that it was snowing out.  He wanted to go outside even though there was barely any snow on the ground.  I got him bundled up and out he went.  Oh the joy!

Yeah for snow!

The snow came down in large flakes and very hard...



Delight!
 It was snowed on and off all that afternoon and night.  The next morning we had a nice 8" blanket of snow.  The boys wanted to go out the minute they woke.  Since it was only 7° outside, we had them wait until it was a blazing 22°- the high expected for the day.  It must have taken us an hour to get them all bundled up in multiple layers of clothing and coats.  Out they went oblivious to the cold, and thrilled to be out in all that snow.  Truly a delight for them, and for us to behold.


Winter wonderland...my favorite little tree...





Throwing snow since he could not make a snowball...

After a time of play in the snow, and sledding down the street, nice hot baths warmed the boys nicely.   They did their next favorite activity...watching a show on the iPad.  It was a wonderful day.


Stay warm!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve...

"Santa Claus is coming to town.
He's making a list, and checking it twice.
Santa Claus is coming to town." -John Fredrick Coots

Santa's helpers...




"He knows if you've been bad or good...so be good for goodness sake..."


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Us...

"May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness, and tied with love." -L.O. Baird

I have been away from blogging for quite sometime, and I must say, I missed writing...even if it is only for myself, and no one else reads my blog.  I like that blogging is a way of journaling and remembering.  I have always kept a journal, and this way, I get to include photos.  Today, I decided it would be nice to post the Christmas card I made for 2016.

Mark McKelvy took these pictures...

Wow! is my hair ever white!  However, I love it.  I am so glad I gave up the hair coloring scene.  I carry my "white Christmas" on top of my head.  Blessings to all.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Twins Christmas

"The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us." -Terri Marshall

What?  Christmas already! Wait!  Didn't we just do Halloween?  Who had Thanksgiving?  Are you sure?  Christmas?  It seems to be just around the corner.  Sigh!  So, I dug out the old camera to take some Christmas photos of my grandkids. It was quite fun...and challenging...



 Master Sawyer




Master Tate...



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Twins at the Arboretum

"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets." -Ludwig van Beethoven 

We have one of the best Arboretum's here.



It has hiking and bike trails, gardens, including a most spectacular Bonsai garden, programs year round, and some very interesting displays.  When we learned there was a display of various items made of Legos, we knew we had to take the boys.  They were pretty excited that they were given maps to help them find all the Lego displays.  They love maps.  Probably because they equate maps with buried treasure.  They kept referring to the maps to discover where the next Lego display might be...sort of funny since they can't read yet.  Anyway, here is the first Lego display they discovered...a Monarch butterfly and a flower.  Hendersonville is one of the stop off places for the monarch butterfly. This time of year we see lots of them as they migrate.

Map reading?

Each boy had their favorite Lego displays.  Sawyer happened to like this one, and wanted me to take his picture in front of it...

It is a pretty huge lady...

Tate liked this one of the snake.  I have learned a little rhyme to help know if a snake is poisonous or not.  It goes like this: red on black venom lack, red touches yellow, kill a fellow.  So far all the snakes I have seen here are black ones which they tell me are harmless.


He wanted his picture taken in front of it.  If you look closely you can see the snake on the left of Tate, and a mouse on the right.

Pretty clever.


Some of the Legos were very hard to find.  They were put in areas that went with the habitat.  For example, there was a woodpecker on the side of a tree, a sundial was in the middle of a fountain.   Here's a fence made of Legos, along with 4 squirrels (two on the top of the fence, one on the left, 2nd rail over at the bottom coming through the fence posts, and one on the right looking through the fence post).  The bird feeder is full of Legos "bird seed", and the bluebirds are Legos as well. Totally amazing!


This one of the rototiller was interesting.  We thought there was nothing unusual about it other than being made of Legos, but Sawyer kept wanting us to come over to look at the inside of it...


There was a man eating a pizza in there.  Pretty clever.

There were some fun Legos too...

We all enjoyed the Legos displays, and looking around at other things at the Arboretum... like exploring the gardens...

Checking to see if money was thrown into the fountain...there was not...


So Sawyer wanted to remedy that so he is asking for pennies to throw in there.  We did not give him any.

More fun exploring...



Pawpaw and the boys...I love this photo...


Look at the newly added display...huge bugs...


These bugs are animated.  We plan to take the boys this week to show them this display.  They are going to love it.  

 
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