We had a fun day at Sea World while we were in San Diego (March 25, 2014.) We also had the privilege of taking Anna and Simeon to the Ocean. So much fun to see children experience such a great wonder for the first time!
It's been a really long time since I've done blogging or any scrapbooking. Today was the day that I got inspired and am doing both while I am waiting for the Super Bowl game! These pictures were taken last June when Jim and I were in Minneapolis for a few days. The pictures of Anna make me smile because of how much fun she was having, but they make me miss Anna and Simeon a lot!
I have been having fun putting together some Valentine's Decorations. I was inspired by this post at 320 Sycamore. First, I pulled out things I had: the pitcher, heart wreath and red little Love plate are all from Kohl's clearance from years past.
Then I did a little shopping at Goodwill. That's where I got the candle holder, the three red plates and the Willow Tree angel.
The alphabet was a free printable from Kerry at Oh So Amelia.
The Valentines m&m's need to be refilled, and when we get closer to Valentines Day I'll be making some heart shaped frosted sugar cookies to fill the plates. Until then, it is still fun and festive, filled with love!
I love my Lang calendars, and I have been buying them for years. They are on sale at the Lang website right now. You can get some great deals on calendars and frames. I love the calendars for the aesthetic value, probably even more than for the practical value.
It has been a couple of years since I have done a family calendar, but Jim helped me get one done this year, and I am loving the results. The calendar looked too plain when I hung it without a frame, and the calendar frames that I have are too big for the double 11 by 8 1/2 inch calendar size. So, I asked Jim to paint the back of my black frame with chalkboard paint. With a little bit of chalk doodle embellishment, I love the result!
I took the pictures of Anna last winter when I visited Peter's family in Minnesota. We were playing outside in the snow, and huge fluffy flakes were falling. We were catching them on our eye lashes and with our tongues. We also had made some red ice hearts and were making heart paths on the sidewalk in the snow. Fun winter memories - I get to be reminded of them all month long!
I love that Peter quite often posts pictures of Anna and Simeon from his phone to his Facebook page. This one was taken on the 4th of July. Simeon is holding a little firecracker craft that Anna and I made together when they were here for a visit in June.
I love that Sarah shares pictures of her Grandma adventures with Anna and Simeon! Here are the most recent ones from their Valentine's making craft session on Thursday.O.K., so maybe there was a twinge of jealousy when I saw these adorable pictures. I want to make Valentines with my grandbabies, too! But, then I remember the fun time Anna and I had making her Thanksgiving turkey and have to realize that being the far-a-way grandma has its advantages and disadvantages. After all, we got to have Anna and Simeon here for a whole week at Thanksgiving, and they may be here for even longer this summer - a time that I look forward to with great anticipation.
But, in the meantime, I am so thankful for our modern technology! Yesterday, we spent nearly an hour on Facetime (using Jim's and Peter's iTouches for video conferences.) Anna showed us her books that she got at the library in the morning. It reminded me of some books that I have been buying for when they visit us again. But, then it dawned on me - I don't have to wait until they visit! I can read them to her real time - right here - right now! And, I did! Anna could see the books as I read and was able to answer questions that I asked her about the story and illustrations! She kept asking for "another one!"One of the books I read was "Quienes Ponen Huevos?" - "Who Lays Eggs?" I asked her if she wanted to read in English or Spanish. She answered quickly, "English!" At the end of our reading time Ginny came to say goodbye and told me that she and Peter had rested together in the recliner while Anna and I had our reading time!
So, even though we are the "far-a-way" grandparents, technology helps bring us closer than we could have ever imagined - isn't technology great?