Into the Woods!

Once Upon a Time – a long, long, long time ago……..

Well really it was just May, but that seems a long time ago!  Where is 2015 going?

Oh yes, back to my tale…..  Little Toot was in a PLAY!  And she had not one, but TWO minor parts!  And she was the cutest bluebird and granny I ever did see!

In Webster, TX there is a hidden treasure for aspiring young actors and actresses – Upstage Arts!  You should really check them out!

Hubby and I were quite impressed with several of the young voices in this group – these kids were really amazing!

Not acting!  Just Snarky!
Not acting! Just Snarky!
Hamming it up when she sees us taking photos!
Hamming it up when she sees us taking photos!
Jack needed an old-fashioned toy - my daughter-in-law pulled out a little horse grandpa had made for Little Toot a few years back!
Jack needed an old-fashioned toy – my daughter-in-law pulled out a little horse grandpa had made for Little Toot a few years back!
When she exited the tent; her wig stayed inside so she was trying to adjust while saying her lines.....
When she exited the tent; her wig stayed inside so she was trying to adjust while saying her lines…..
Hoping no one notices!
Hoping no one notices!
In character - well being a character!
In character – well she is being a character!
This cow costume was resurrected from a years-old performance - it reminded us of our old dog - I LOVED the COW!!!
This cow costume was resurrected from a years-old performance – it reminded us of our old dog – I LOVED the COW!!!
The cow tries to take a bow!
The cow tries to take a bow!
Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!
Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!
Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!
Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!
Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!
Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!
Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!
Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!
Precious!
Precious!
She is a hammmmmmmm!
She is a hammmmmmmm!
Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!
Grandpa goes behind the scenes to capture some of the group cast shots!
Granny with Granny!
Granny with Granny!
What!?
What!?
The girl loves flowers!
The girl loves flowers!
I love to watch her interact....
I love to watch her interact….
and just watch her.....
and just watch her…..
It was late; she was tired! The adrenaline was wearing down....
It was late; she was tired!
The adrenaline was wearing down….
Theatrical words to live by......
Theatrical words to live by……

Life is short – do what you love and love what you do!

Dee

Thankful for Family

A little late in posting but wanted to share some fun from our Thanksgiving break.  My nephew and his family had relocated from San Diego to Dallas and we invited them for Thanksgiving.  My brother and his wife were also able to join us as well as several other family members.  Our moving truck arrived on 11/14 and we hosted 18 for Thanksgiving dinner and 12 of those family members spent 1 or more nights with us!  We had FABULOUS weather and a wonderful opportunity to visit and just enjoy each others company.  We all provided goodies for the feast – I learned my nephew, Justin, is a foodie at heart and made the most fabulous onion dip!  Jeanine and John provided the “purple salad” and several other side dishes.  My daughter-in-law made the pies and they were oh so YUMMY!

The kids were all very well-behaved – when you have fabulous weather and a sand pile as big as the house they have no reason to get on each others nerves!

Here are the photos (lots of them) from our time together!

House prep for guests.  I just love my orchard ladder, found in an antique store in Jefferson, TX several years ago.
House prep for guests. I just love my orchard ladder, found in an antique store in Jefferson, TX several years ago.
The wine bar and sideboard
The wine bar and sideboard
Some of the copper has been placed on top of the cabinets - this is a work in process...
Some of the copper has been placed on top of the cabinets – this is a work in process…
Found this rug at Sam's, it goes really well with our stone work around the fireplace and my white couch!  Who buys a white couch?  This furniture is 25 years old and still almost like new because we never use it because - well - it's white!
Found this rug at Sam’s, it goes really well with our stone work around the fireplace and my white couch! Who buys a white couch? This furniture is 25 years old and still almost like new because we never use it because – well – it’s white!
All the beds have quilts and ready for our overnight guests
All the beds have quilts and ready for our overnight guests
No closets in our guest rooms so I could accommodate overnight guests, found this great armoire at Ikea!  Bunk beds fit great in the area that would've been closet.
No closets in our guest rooms so I could accommodate overnight guests, found this great armoire at Ikea! Bunk beds fit great in the area that would’ve been closet.
Guest bath is ready!
Guest bath is ready!
The 2nd guest bedroom - still need some bed skirts, but they can be slept in!
The 2nd guest bedroom – still need some bed skirts, but they can be slept in!
Former closet of the guest bedroom.  That beautiful flannel quilt was made by my friend Trudy as a house-warming (really going to miss you) gift!
Former closet of the guest bedroom. That beautiful flannel quilt was made by my friend Trudy as a house-warming (really going to miss you) gift!
Had not planned on a new washer/dryer but when the dryer dies 4 weeks before the move you make do until new ones can be delivered to the new house.  Never underestimate the value of a dryer!  At the old house I had laundry drying all over!
Had not planned on a new washer/dryer but when the dryer dies 4 weeks before the move you make do until new ones can be delivered to the new house. Never underestimate the value of a dryer! At the old house I had laundry drying all over!
Master bedroom - the quilt on the bed was part of an exchange (I did the exchange 3 times, because I gave my first quilt to Alex Anderson)
Master bedroom – the quilt on the bed was part of an exchange (I did the exchange 3 times, because I gave my first quilt to Alex Anderson)
Quilt room closet - this room is a work in process, we are building shelving and pegboard for storage!
Quilt room closet – this room is a work in process, we are building shelving and pegboard for storage!
Another view of the closet
Another view of the closet
The "quilt" room doubles as the "orphanage" for our younger guests!
The “quilt” room doubles as the “orphanage” for our younger guests!
Another view of the playroom - the longarm is on wheels so I was able to push it up against the wall for maximum kiddo space!
Another view of the playroom – the longarm is on wheels so I was able to push it up against the wall for maximum kiddo space!
Machines were also moved to the edge of the room and faced in to be less attractive to the children!
Machines were also moved to the edge of the room and faced in to be less attractive to the children!
The kids would wake and sit quietly on the couch looking out the window waiting for these to show up.
The kids would wake and sit quietly on the couch looking out the window waiting for these to show up.
The big girls on baby watch early in the morning after watching the deer!
The big girls on baby watch early in the morning after watching the deer!
John and Jeanine - what a happy fun couple!  So glad we live close enough to do stuff together!
John and Jeanine – what a happy fun couple! So glad we live close enough to do stuff together!
My nephew Jason!   He has a great smile that always wonder what he is really up to!
My nephew Jason! He has a great smile that always wonder what he is really up to!
Pre-nap all he wanted to do was ride the big tractor - post-nap not really into it!
Pre-nap all he wanted to do was ride the big tractor – post-nap not really into it!
Every day if they weren't outside they were sewing sewing sewing.  I can't remember the last time I threaded so many needles!  PS - this was their idea - NOT mine!
Every day if they weren’t outside they were sewing sewing sewing. I can’t remember the last time I threaded so many needles! PS – this was their idea – NOT mine!
It really does warm my heart to see them enjoy crafts!
It really does warm my heart to see them enjoy crafts!
Some were with us in spirit!  My mom and my oldest brother, David.
Some were with us in spirit! My mom and my oldest brother, David.  I had pulled out some photos and genealogy and my brother John snapped a photo of this old photo!
Cousins playing on the big sand pile - what do you do with the box from the new fridge?  Make a slide!
Cousins playing on the big sand pile – what do you do with the box from the new fridge? Make a slide!
Lots and lots of sand!
Lots and lots of sand!
He is just cute from any side!
He is just cute from any side!
City girl gets Countryfied!   My nephews daughter!  She was a HOOT!  Can't wait to spend more time with Ms. M!
City girl gets Countryfied! My nephews daughter! She was a HOOT! Can’t wait to spend more time with Ms. M!
Uncle Corey is really wondering what he has gotten himself into!
Uncle Corey is really wondering what he has gotten himself into!
These cousins will be life-long buds I am thinking!  You should've seen the tears and sadness when they said goodbye!
These cousins will be life-long buds I am thinking! You should’ve seen the tears and sadness when they said goodbye!
My son and his family!
My son and his family!
Cousins!  Little L was the best 2 year old!  I was so worried about what a two-year-old might get into - he just played with toys and was not a bit of trouble!
Cousins! Little L was the best 2 year old! I was so worried about what a two-year-old might get into – he just played with toys and was not a bit of trouble!
Isn't this a cute pic?
Isn’t this a cute pic?
And of course we had to have tie-dye!
And of course we had to have tie-dye!
More tie-dye!
More tie-dye!
His tie-dye drips and drips!
His tie-dye drips and drips!
That is going to be one pretty shirt!
That is going to be one pretty shirt!
Gammy and our youngest family member!
Gammy and our youngest family member!
We had no TV and this was the only time a kiddo was on an electronic device - he watched a little show and then he was off to bed!
We had no TV and this was the only time a kiddo was on an electronic device – he watched a little show and then he was off to bed!
This is how I felt all weekend being surrounded by family!
This is how I felt all weekend being surrounded by family!

I hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as ours!  We have so much to be Thankful for!

Dee

 

It’s the Country Life for Me!

Last week we closed out the construction loan on the new house and were handed over the keys to our new home!  For our first overnight stay we took the grandkids and setup camp in the new home.  We had purchased a “mac-o-pedic” from Mattress Mac with a bed frame for the guest bedroom and that is what we old folks slept on.  On a previous trip to the site we had taken out the bunk bed frames and mattresses.  We had the grandkids sleep on the mattresses in their sleeping bags.  Because our “move-in” clean was scheduled for Monday we did not want to “fill” the house up just yet.  With the exception of the queen frame and mattress set and the 2 twin mattresses which we placed on top of the queen set we left nothing in the house on Sunday.

Each fall the town of Luling has a festival “Night in Old Luling” where any non-profit can set up a booth for fundraising.  We went last year with our grandson and it was a lot of fun so we wanted to make sure we went again this year.  The “town” of Leesville, TX also has their annual Country Fair the 2nd weekend in October so we decided to check that out during the day.

A cool front had rolled in Saturday morning and brought some much-needed rain to the area, but it did make it a challenge for the fair organizers.

Here are some photos from the Country Fair in Leesville.

Pumpkin decorating was a fun event for the kiddos.
Pumpkin decorating was a fun event for the kiddos.
Creativity on the loose!
Creativity on the loose!
All done!
All done!
They loved holding the baby chicks!  They visited the pen several times.
They loved holding the baby chicks! They visited the pen several times.
Chicka chicka boom boom!
Chicka chicka boom boom!
So soft!
So soft!
Oink Oink - the kids wanted to pet the pigs but the pigs want none of that!
Oink Oink – the kids wanted to pet the pigs but the pigs want none of that!
He had his eye on me - I was outside his pen and he was still shy of my!
He had his eye on me – I was outside his pen and he was still shy of my!
Face painting is a must!
Face painting is a must!
Am I scary?
Am I scary?
She thought he was so cute she wanted her photo taken with him
She thought he was so cute she wanted her photo taken with him

After the Country Fair we went back to the house and played some board games, rode bikes up and down the hill, played in the sand (then took showers) and setup the electric train!

Sorry no photos from Night Out in Old Luling – they are on our phones as I did not want to carry the big camera all night.  The kids played games and won prizes.  We all went on the Zombie Hay Ride and that was a lot of fun – we had squirt guns to keep the zombies at bay!

Great fajita from the Luling VFD booth and played a little bit of bingo.

A full day in the country!

Can’t wait til all my days are country days!

Dee

 

Renaissance Faire aka Fairy Festival

Each year my son and his wife head north of Houston to Montgomery County where the annual TX Renaissance Festival is held for several weekends in the fall.  They camp with friends the opening weekend, mid-October and then take the minions on “All Hallows Eve” weekend.  2009 I decided I wanted to go for my birthday and we would help with the grandkids.  They were just 1 and 2 at the time.  What a fun time we had.  Here are a few photos from the kiddos first RenFest.

Little Toot was a very cute little witch!
Little Toot was a very cute little witch!
Got the Pirate Chill down to a science!
Got the Pirate Chill down to a science!
Introducing lil Toot to the characters
Introducing lil Toot to the characters
Mr. B is Clueless to the character visiting him
Mr. B is clueless to the character visiting him
Not so sure about taking candy from a "stranger"
Not so sure about taking candy from a “stranger”
Well ok - if you insist - I will have just one!
Well ok – if you insist – I will have just one!
If I give you a hug you might give me candy - I am getting the hang of this!
If I give you a hug you might give me candy – I am getting the hang of this!
She knows no strangers!
She knows no strangers!
Mama and her little pirate....
Mama and her little pirate….
Look carefully - little toot is behind daddy and they are boogying down the hill in the wagon!
Look carefully – little toot is behind daddy and they are boogying down the hill in the wagon!
Before they get going
Before they get going
And Away!
Up Up Up
Up Up Up
and Away!
Grandpa gets them going
Grandpa gets them going
Along for the ride!
Along for the ride!
I think he likes it!
I think he likes it!
So high!
So high!
She was working that swing!
She was working that swing!
Hard to get photos when the swing is in motion!
Hard to get photos when the swing is in motion!
He was so tiny back then!
He was so tiny back then!
This is a great self-propelled swing!
This is a great self-propelled swing!
Can you say "sugar overload!"
Can you say “sugar overload!”
Sticky smooch ahead!
Sticky smooch ahead!
I was afraid of that - but not the little ones!
I was afraid of that – but not the little ones!
Not so shy anymore!
Not so shy anymore!
Glad Grandpa is wearing a hat - it was a sticky hat too!
Glad Grandpa is wearing a hat – it was a sticky hat too!
See it really is a llama
See it really is a llama
Mr. Q experiences the llama!
Mr. Q experiences the llama!
Love her outfit!
Love her outfit!
But there were some antics before we could get a photo!
But there were some antics before we could get a photo!
All my daughter-in-law wanted was a nice photo with my son!
All my daughter-in-law wanted was a nice photo with my son!
Weary at the end of the day!
Weary at the end of the day!

RenFest is for kids of all ages – there is all kinds of entertainment.  Fun food – turkey legs and stuff like that!  Games and activities for the kids!

You really should try it!

Arghhhhh!

Dee

 

All Good Things Must End…..

As our reunion came to an end we had some additional fun activities.  Several attendees headed to the Uintahs for a little target practice.  Some went hiking.

We headed to Midway, UT.  My father was born in Midway in 1906.  My grandparents are buried in the midway cemetery under a beautiful tree.  Midway is a beautiful swiss inspired town and I just love the laid back feel.

Midway Mural!
Midway Mural!
My Grandparents photo taken July 2010
My Grandparents photo taken July 2010
A very damaged headstone - a very young Bunnell - photo taken July 2010
A very damaged headstone – a very young Bunnell – photo taken July 2010
The Bunnell family ..... Photo taken July 2010
The Bunnell family …..
Photo taken July 2010

And here are a few more candid photos from the cousins just being kids!

The other 2014 leaf to the Kendrick Green branch!
The other 2014 leaf to the Kendrick Green branch!
Mr. M is in total disbelief of what Mr. B is explaining to him!
Mr. M is in total disbelief of what Mr. B is explaining to him!
Terry is going to get me for this one!
Terry is going to get me for this one!
Oh my - he is cuteness personified!
Oh my – he is cuteness personified!
Back and forth - back and forth.....
Back and forth – back and forth…..
He thinks I should move....
He thinks I should move….
Yes I snapped the photo - then promptly told her to GET DOWN!
Yes I snapped the photo – then promptly told her to GET DOWN!
At one time I think they had kids from one end of this spiral slide to the other!
At one time I think they had kids from one end of this spiral slide to the other!
Adorable!
Adorable!
Endless energy!
Endless energy!
Still smiling!
Still smiling!
All the cousins get in on the action!
All the cousins get in on the action!

All in all it was a FANTASTIC family adventure.  Our next Green’s family reunion is set for 2016; hopefully in Yellowstone!  Get your reservations to Linda to make sure you are included!

Til we meet again!

Dee

 

 

Family Reunion – Day 2

The 2nd day of our re-union was hosted by Aunt Iris’ family, the McCleary’s.  It had been a few years since we had all had the chance to visit – their family has grown so much, adding new daughter-in-laws and adding new babies which is always fun!  I am sure Aunt Iris is watching and smiling!  Her family is beautiful and a delight to be around!

The youngsters are visiting with Uncle Ron - I am sure he is only sharing words of wisdom!
The youngsters are visiting with Uncle Ron – I am sure he is only sharing words of wisdom!
Cousins!
Cousins!
I tried to get a photo of her not smiling - not going to happen - ALWAYS SMILING!
I tried to get a photo of her not smiling – not going to happen – ALWAYS SMILING!
Nice kick!
Nice kick!
Great throw!
Great throw!
Aunt Carol is watching the kids in the field!
Aunt Carol is watching the kids in the field!
What do you mean I need to take a nap?
What do you mean I need to take a nap?
Aunt Carol and Jared.  What a wonderful young man he has turned out to be!
Aunt Carol and Jared. What a wonderful young man he has turned out to be!
As our hosts the McCleary's had us singing for our dinner - the table that performed the best gets to line up first!
As our hosts the McCleary’s had us singing for our dinner – the table that performed the best gets to line up first!
Uncle Kenny and Chad are serving up the beverages
Uncle Kenny and Chad are serving up the beverages
Little toot is not quite sure about this singing for our dinner part!
Little toot is not quite sure about this singing for our dinner part!
After dinner entertainment included each branch of the family introducing their clan.  The McCleary's started us off, they sang a song about their families set to the Sound of Music!
After dinner entertainment included each branch of the family introducing their clan. The McCleary’s started us off, they sang a song about their families set to the Sound of Music!
Here they are all lined up!
Here they are all lined up!
Aunt Carol's family was up next for introductions.  Aunt Carol and Uncle Ron had to leave early so it was left to Darin and Lynn to tell us all about the Jones.
Aunt Carol’s family was up next for introductions. Aunt Carol and Uncle Ron had to leave early so it was left to Darin and Lynn to tell us all about the Jones.
Trying to look official!
Trying to look official!  (not too sure about that t-shirt!)
Sending it off to his point man.....
Sending it off to his point man…..
It took a flow chart to introduce the Jones!
It took a flow chart to introduce the Jones!
My sweet brother-in-law started our branches introductions.  He told stories of his dad while they were growing up - Linda and Corey followed up with more stories.  I enjoyed it so much that I didn't even take photos!  We miss you GRANDPA KEN!  You are remembered!
My sweet brother-in-law started our branches introductions. He told stories of his dad while they were growing up – Linda and Corey followed up with more stories. I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t even take photos! We miss you GRANDPA KEN! You are remembered!
My beautiful niece and....
My beautiful niece and….
Our branch also sprouted a couple of new leaves this year.  2 little (grand nieces to me) joined our family in 2014!  This one is learning what it means to be Green!
Our branch also sprouted a couple of new leaves this year. 2 little (grand nieces to me) joined our family in 2014! This one is learning what it means to be Green!

So many memories that just cannot be put into words or photos!

Dee

 

A Well Kept Secret – Galveston Children’s Museum

A friend of mine was telling me a new place they took their grandchildren.  In July of 2014 the Galveston Children’s Museum opened to the public.  It is in the basement of the Moody Mansion and I must say it exceeded my expectations.

It is small, but very well organized.  There are plenty of aproned helpers to be sure the little museum visitors stay safe.  Local businesses funded many of the activities and they are designed to inspire creative play.

There is an Art Room, where children can make projects from a variety of items.  They can also take their projects home with them.

The art room - the floor are painted with children's hand prints.  I love the windows that show the beautiful landscaping outside.
The art room – the floor are painted with children’s hand prints. I love the windows that show the beautiful landscaping outside.

There is an outdoors area with areas to play with sand as well as well as water activities.

This wall and arbor is perfect for photos - my daughter-in-law took these photos!
This wall and arbor is perfect for photos – my daughter-in-law took these photos!
This wall and arbor is perfect for photos - my daughter-in-law took these photos!
This wall and arbor is perfect for photos – my daughter-in-law took these photos!

A pretend cafe area where the children are serving up “pizzas, burgers and salads”.  There is a also a cash register and children take turns ringing up their customers.

A performance room with a variety of costumes and you can make your own puppet.

The toddler room has a variety of educational toys.  A favorite for kids of all ages is the kinetic sand play area.

Kinetic sand table
Kinetic sand table

There is even a workshop where the children can saw, drill, hammer and build all kinds of fun things.

I taught her to use needle-nose pliers to hold her nail - so I didn't have to hold the nail!
I taught her to use needle-nose pliers to hold her nail – so I didn’t have to hold the nail!
Keeping it safe when using real saws!
Keeping it safe when using real saws!

UTMB plays an important role on the Island and community outreach at the museum is fun learning experience.

UTMB has sponsored a "doctors" room, with kid-size lab coats and this really cool interactive X-ray that shows how your bones move when you move.
UTMB has sponsored a “doctors” room, with kid-size lab coats and this really cool interactive X-ray that shows how your bones move when you move.

Here is a link to their page so you can learn more. http://www.galvestoncm.org

So when you are looking for an inexpensive activity that includes air conditioning keep this one in mind.  We took a lunch break at one of my favorite haunts – Mosquito Cafe!

Denise

 

Mighty Muscles Camp!

A couple of weeks ago the grands and I headed to San Antonio for Mighty Muscles Camp.  My 2 grands were joined by a set of triplets and another grand for a total of 6 happy campers!  Mighty Muscles is a day camp and we would drop the kids off at 9:00 am (I must say that first morning was a little hard for me; my daughter-in-law had entrusted their care to me and what if something happened?)  and we would pick them up at 3:00.  Each day for 4 days they had a variety of activities that they did, including but not limited to, swimming, karate, dance, climbing a rock wall, tennis, arts and crafts.  When we would arrive to pick them, they were exhausted.  Somehow on the air-conditioned drive home they would gain a second wind.  Good thing we had lots of fun stuff for them to do in the off-camp hours.

My friends hosted all 6 children and 3 additional grandparents for a total of 5 adults.  This kids took over the quilt room.

A soccer tent provided a great indoor camping experience for the girls
A soccer tent provided a great indoor camping experience for the girls
And the boys had a small tent that we also set up indoors.
And the boys had a small tent that we also set up indoors.

Swimming of course was a major activity (grandma’s know this will wear them out!)

We dropped them off the first day and they figured out how it all worked…..

Some of our evening activities included tie-dye, decorating cupcakes, making a snow globe and scrap booking……

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Tie Dye
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Being cute!
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Scrapbooking
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Scrapbooking
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Snow Globes – did you know a LITTLE bit of glitter goes a LONG WAY!
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Sock bubbles
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More sock bubbles
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Cupcakes
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Cupcakes
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Mmmmmmmm

One of the kiddos favorite activities was ‘smores.  One of my least favorites – we are giving children long poky devices with hot marshmallows on the end!

MMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMM
No More Photos!
No More Photos!

We attempted Crayon Art!

Adults need a better plan for this one
Adults need a better plan for this one

A few photos from camp….

Arts and Hearts!
Arts and Hearts!
Waiting to perform
Waiting to perform
Waiting to perform "Who Let the Dogs Out"  This is one tired puppy!
Waiting to perform “Who Let the Dogs Out” This is one tired puppy!
Performing!
Performing!
A great dance for boys - it included basketballs
A great dance for boys – it included basketballs

And just a few with the grands!

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Gorgeous and Miss K!
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Grandma and another Miss K.
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Me and Mr. B!
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Little Toot with Dee Dee
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Grandma and another Mr. B!
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And Miss Holly with Miss A!

 

Our happy tie-dyed campers!
Our happy tie-dyed campers!

Thank you to all the grandmas that hosted our gang.  My grandkids are still talking about how much fun they had and they can’t wait for next year!

Dee

 

Happy Birthday Mr. B

Today is Mr. B’s Birthday.  There are a few funny stories about Mr. B that I think I will share here.

On the day he was scheduled to arrive I had kept his much older sister (by 1 year 3 weeks) and the next morning we headed to the hospital to meet the new family member.  I sat down with my new little grandson in my lap and along came Little Toot and proceeded to push him off my lap.  I had to ask for help so he would not be flung to the floor.  She was quite determined!

The next day I had gone over to spruce up my daughter-in-law’s house as she had been on bed rest for the last few weeks of her pregnancy and I wanted her to come home to a nice clean house.  I left just before 5:00 pm and headed to dinner with my hubby.  While at dinner I had a missed phone call from my son, I figured it was Kat calling to thank me for cleaning the house.  Before I could return her call they were ringing my husband’s cell looking for me.  Apparently right after I left the power company had come by their home and disconnected their power for an “Unpaid” bill.  My son had actually talked to them the day before, my daughter-in-law had been trying to get it straightened out for over 2 weeks.  She had proof of payments but there was still a past due balance.  Come to find out, the payments had been applied to their “old” account, not their new account.

Anyway – Andy, Kat and Mr. B came to spend the night at our house.  They could not even get in their home until they borrowed a key from us because their keys were locked in the house and they only had the garage door opener, which would not work without power!

About 3:00 am there is a knock on my bedroom door – it is my daughter-in-law telling me OUR power has now gone out!  I might’ve chuckled but I am sure I did it very quietly – because if you have not seen a hormonal just gave birth, unhappy mama, YOU DON’T WANT TO!  Well we figured our problem was probably vines that over grow the power lines in our neighborhood and we called our power company.  In the meantime, I suggested to my hubby and my son (proud papa) that they should go out to the shed and get the generator so we can run the small a/c unit.  They both kind of snorted at me and I explained that was their choice, but they could tell the women in the bathroom who was crying hysterically – they both got up and headed to the shed to get the generator!  Remember NEVER mess with a hormonal just gave birth, unhappy mama!    Well – the generator would not start, hubby had replaced a part the previous year and something got put on incorrectly, BUT, we did not know that until our power was restored and he could see what he was doing.  Remember this is between 3:00 am and 5:00 am.  Luckily about 5:00 am we heard the power trucks and we had power shortly thereafter.

Except for their 1st Bday’s the kids have a combined birthday party.  They do something with family on their actual birthdays, but the party is a combo – and for the past 3 years they have rented a water slide for their backyard and had a GREAT time!  It really is the best way to celebrate when it is Houston and over 100!

Here are a few photos of Mr. B over the years and a few of various birthday parties!

He looked like a little man!
He looked like a little man!
!st Birthday Smash Cake
!st Birthday Smash Cake
It doesn't look too bad, but you should see in his lap!
It doesn’t look too bad, but you should see in his lap!
And yes, daddy did hose him off!
And yes, daddy did hose him off!
And DeeDee had made him a special pair of pants (daddy and his friends had pairs just like these when their were adolescents)
And DeeDee had made him a special pair of pants (daddy and his friends had pairs just like these when their were adolescents)
Grandpa (my hubby) made this for little man's first bday!  It is AMAZING!
Grandpa (my hubby) made this for little man’s first bday! It is AMAZING!
And little man takes his first ride!
And little man takes his first ride!
2nd bday party was at the local bounce house - I enjoy the water slide at their house so much more!
2nd bday party was at the local bounce house – I enjoy the water slide at their house so much more!
Little Toot at the party for turning 3 (bounce house, combined party)
Little Toot at the party for turning 3 (bounce house, combined party)
The first year they have the water slide - that is Mr. B!
The first year they have the water slide – that is Mr. B!
She loves the water slide!
She loves the water slide!

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And with 2 kids having a bday party the gift giving in quite a site!
And with 2 kids having a bday party the gift giving in quite a site!
They were so little back then.
They were so little back then.
And he is just cute cute cute!
And he is just cute cute cute!
Couldn't pick my favorite; so I included both!
Couldn’t pick my favorite; so I included both!
She turns 4 at this party
She turns 4 at this party
And he turns 3
And he turns 3
He still plays with this dump truck from his 3rd birthday!
He still plays with this dump truck from his 3rd birthday!
Chilling on the slide
Chilling on the slide
Skipping to this year - she turned 7
Skipping to this year – she turned 7
And he is 6
And he is 6
I love this bracelet she received - "Dance Like No One is Watching!"
I love this bracelet she received – “Dance Like No One is Watching!”
And it is always nice to have friends to enjoy the fun
And it is always nice to have friends to enjoy the fun
Little Toot and this one have been friends since before they were born!
Little Toot and this one have been friends since before they were born!
I love her expression
I love her expression
The grown-ups get into the slide too - it is even better when they have a little one to share the fun with!
The grown-ups get into the slide too – it is even better when they have a little one to share the fun with!
I think they kind of like each other!
I think they kind of like each other!
Cute Cute Cute - I took several photos of this little cutey!
Cute Cute Cute – I took several photos of this little cutey!
Concentration!
Concentration!
This young man has also been friends with the kiddos for years - Mr. Q is so polite and sweet!
This young man has also been friends with the kiddos for years – Mr. Q is so polite and sweet!
One of the family dogs!  TAK loves attention!
One of the family dogs! TAK loves attention!

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. B!

We love you!

DeeDee and Grandpa!

Green’s Acres is the Place for Kids (and Me!)

When I see the smiling faces on the grandkids I can’t help but sing (to myself!) Green Acre’s is the Place for Me!

Kids need space to play…….

They need to be able to explore in nature and just play in the dirt!

And if they happen to have a Grandpa with a tractor – then they can also drive a tractor!

Grandpa is teaching him how....
Grandpa is teaching him how….
and now he is DRIVING the tractor!
and now he is DRIVING the tractor!
So serious.....
So serious…..
Hauling sand......
Hauling sand……
to the sand pile - that will eventually be part of a retaining wall around the backside of the barn
to the sand pile – that will eventually be part of a retaining wall around the backside of the barn
On the way to get another load of sand....
On the way to get another load of sand….
Look out folks - Miss Daisy is driving!
Look out folks – Miss Daisy is driving!
A perfect path through the trees
A perfect path through the trees
Grandpa is looking pretty comfortable.....
Grandpa is looking pretty comfortable…..
Just a dang cute photo!
Just a dang cute photo!
And then he would skate/scoot down the hill.....
And then he would skate/scoot down the hill…..
While Sissy was driving the tractor - Mr. B was playing King of the Hill!
While Sissy was driving the tractor – Mr. B was playing King of the Hill!
And we have a cedar ceiling on the back porch (the great room will also have a cedar ceiling!)
And we have a cedar ceiling on the back porch (the great room will also have a cedar ceiling!)
I like it!
I like it!
A quick pose - just before we left to come home!
A quick pose – just before we left to come home!

They also helped DeeDee (me) pick up trash a never-ending battle!  It was so funny – she said she would help but she needed a pointy stick so she could just poke the trash and put it in the bag!  They toured the house several times, guessing what room is what and of course made mud pies!

Waiting for the 4-way inspection, then the framing walk through with the builder, then sheetrock arrives while the exterior starts getting painted etc etc etc.

Green Acres we are THERE!

Denise