Wednesday, April 26, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY..

It's Wednesday already and time for the HODGEPODGE....click on the pic below to join in for some fun...



1.  April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes.  Has your April been filled with showers? Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it?  Besides rain, what else has filled your April?  Well I think we have had more then our usual amount of rain for April, but then that's not saying a lot considering we are talking So. California here.  I do not carry an umbrella, though there is usually one in my trunk.  IF I should get caught, I'd usually just make a run for it.  Though, truthfully I don't "run" anywhere. (grin)  Our April has been full of birthdays and celebrations, and time spent with family.  It has been wonderful!

2.  What's something you could give a 30-minute presentation on at a moments notice and with zero preparation?  Well honestly I guess I could give one on a number of different little sewing projects. Let's go with something made out of knit that needs a little stretchy band put on the neck...such as this little dress or pair of summer pj's.




3.  Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood......hmmm let's see.  I think I will have to go with Christmas cookie baking with my mom.  We spent AT LEAST two or three days baking goodies for our big family.  There were six kids in addition to our parents, so we needed A LOT, lol. My mom just had a way of making the whole process fun.  We chose up our traditional favorites and just kind of kept the kitchen popping is the only way to describe it.  My mom would be making her yearly cinnamon rolls while we worked on the cookies, popcorn cakes, fudge, and candy.  The smells were heavenly and we played Christmas music and sang away as well.  She'd store it all away in tins and containers and we feasted on it for weeks it seemed.  We all looked soo forward to it.  When I became a mom and repeated this "event" with my kids it brought fresh admiration for my mom, because I quickly learned lots of little ones underfoot during this process was oftentimes more of a hindrance than help, lol.

4.  What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong? Truthfully one eludes me right now, but if I am being honest I do it A LOT, lol, and my hubby who seems to ALWAYS know all the words to EVERY song, is quick to point it out.  I "could" ask him to tell me one, but I think I will let that alone for now, lol.

5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are...Niagara Falls, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Times Square, Epcot, Seattle Space Needle, and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.  How may of these have you seen in person?  Did you feel like a tourist?  Did you care?  Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.  Oh my...I feel like these kind of questions always expose that we have done VERY little traveling.  The only place I have seen in person is Hollywood Walk of Fame.  And I did not feel like a tourist, and probably wouldn't have even gone if the people visiting us hadn't wanted to go, lol.   We did go to steamboat springs once, but in the summer time and rode the ski lifts to the top.  It was the most spectacular view, and honestly the little town and place with it's shops and it's restaurants was one of the most beautiful places I personally have ever been.  We had traveled there for a national softball tournament when Melody was playing travel softball.

6.  What is your signature clothing item?  Oh this is easy,  I pretty much always wear the exact same thing in different colors and prints.  My daughter has pointed that out on numerous occasions when she has tried in vain to get me to branch out some.  I wear stretchy denim jeans in the winter time, and stretchy denim capris in the warm and hot months.  I do have these in 3 shades, lol. Dark, medium and light, and  very occasionally I will  even wear white or maybe black.  And these are worn with 3/4 length (usually, though I do own a few long sleeved and a few short sleeved) usually floral colored knit tops.  I know....pretty boring.  But I am comfortable and it's just my "best" look.  lol

7.  What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once?Why? Well this particular experience can only be had between a mother and a daughter.  So you'd have to fit that requirement I guess to experience it.  Actually now that I think about it, it wouldn't have to be your daughter, as I have experienced it with a sister, a niece, daughter in laws, and my own daughter.  And that's witnessing the birth of a baby.  I have had this experience 8 different times, and honestly it remains some of the best moments of my life.  There is just something soo overwhelming awesome about it all.  Like the witnessing of a miracle.  If you should ever find yourself in the position to experience this...take it!

8.  Insert your own random thought here....I was struck today by how much "maintenance" it takes to keep this old gal "somewhat" presentable, and the sad fact that even with all the maintenance it's just not that good anymore, lol.  And that's not to say it was EVER all that great,  Then I wondered do I do too much?  Do others not?  Should I spend less time and money and energy?  Here's my "must do" list.....My grey roots and hair style require a touch up and a trim every 5 weeks, sometimes I can push it to 6, but not usually.  Then....I must have my what would be wild eyebrows threaded every 3 weeks along with my lip, my chin, and even the sides of my face.  Ever since my total hysterectomy it's all just been an issue and honestly I just can't see it well enough to do myself.  Then, there's my feet.  I MUST have a pedicure at least every 6 weeks (more like 4 in the summertime) or so as with my knees I can't really do that myself anymore either.  Plus in California sandals are worn pretty much year round (or can be) and my feet show and have to look at least presentable.  And now I've added on.....and this I hesitate to admit for fear I will be looked at as possibly crazy....eyelash extensions.  I CAN eliminate this.  But I have found a gal who is relatively inexpensive (as eyelash extensions go) does a wonderful job, and they are really pretty nice.  It eliminates for me the need to pretty much ever wear mascara, and my eyes just look better with some lashes.  Mine are short and sparse anymore.  I do not even wear eyeshadow or liner or anything unless we are going somewhere kind of special and it's been really nice.  And it eliminates the need to remove it all as well, lol.  I DOUBT very much I will keep this up for very long, but for now it sure has been nice. All of this of course is just the items I have to go do and not the ones I do for myself.  Which is daily moisturizing and special lotions and creams for feet, etc. etc. etc.  There is just soooo much maintenance.  And I can say with complete honesty I am not a woman who gives a whole lot of thought or care as to how I look...HONEST!  But things must be maintained.  Do you know what I mean?  lol   Anyway, by the time I had my eyelashes done today, ran to the mall to pick up my moisturizer, swung by the health food store for my supplements (another necessary maintenance thing for this old body) and then finally to Joanne's for some sewing supplies, a GREAT deal of the day was gone.  And I began to wonder... ..maybe I am spending TOO much time TRYING to maintain?!?

Hope you are all having a good week.  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A BLESSED WOMAN

Well, we are back!  Goodness, while we were only gone 6 days it definitely felt like we were gone quite a while and entered a whole new world.  We enjoyed every...single...little...moment. I thank all of you who kept us in prayer, as we traveled without any mishaps and remained well the whole time, and I was very grateful.  It was just soo good to see them all and get my hands on those babies.  They have all grown soo much, and especially Claire had done A LOT of changing in just 4 months.  She is talking up a storm now and is showing all her little personality traits she is developing WAY more. There is just NO WAY that I have the patience (nor do you I am very sure! lol) to tell each day, event to event, moment to moment. So I will try and keep this brief (yes, even for me!) as I can, and I have even taken the time to group like pictures in collages to make it quicker.  I haven't bothered with collages in a LONG time as I always feel like you can't SEE the pictures well enough to bother.  Or that's the way mine seem anyway.  But I just take my pictures with my i-phone, and really don't have anything of any real quality anyway.  They are just a captured moment and memory in time to share, and not any what I would call "real" pictures. lol  Some of you I follow in this blogging world take such QUALITY pictures I am impressed beyond my imagination.  They could just be post cards they are soo good.  But it just isn't me.  I WANT it to be as I do LOVE a good photograph.  But I just don't have enough of the patience needed, nor the desire to learn, so I have accepted my mediocrity in the picture taking world.

Sooo we arrived at about noon on Friday just as we hoped and spent the next 3 and half days packing just as much loving on those kids as we could.  They are all very extroverted and friendly thank goodness, and have no problem working back in to spending time with us.  Even little Claire who doesn't know us well at all yet, worked right in and was very happy to jump up onto our laps and be hugged and kissed.  Well, as much as any 2 year old can sit still for that I guess explains it a little better.  I had LOTS AND LOTS of good conversation with my girl, and enjoyed the wonderful food she had prepared, and got to spend Easter Sunday with her etc., which is the first time we have done so since she married almost nine years ago.  I was THRILLED, and I mean THRILLED that ALL of the clothes (minus the grey and pink skirt!) fit Claire PERFECTLY!!  And honestly looked soo cute on her I could barely stand it.  Melody loved them all too, and if I am being honest, or if she were being, lol, I think she was surprised just how much she did.  They do lose something in my lack of photo taking skills, lol.  I think I will just start posting pictures and tell about things as I do, and hopefully this won't get too long or out of control.

IT WAS SOO NICE OUTSIDE THE DAY WE ARRIVED THAT WE SAT OUTSIDE FOR A WHILE AND WATCHED THE KIDS PLAY.  MEL WANTED A PIC OF US WHICH ORDINARILY I WOULD HAVE FOUGHT HER ON, (just can hardly bear pics of myself!) BUT AS YOU RECALL I DECIDED TO FORCE MYSELF TO STOP DOING THAT AS THERE ARE JUST NOT ENOUGH PICTURES OF MY KIDS AND MYSELF, SO HERE IT IS! 

THE BOYS LOVE TO BE READ TOO AND WE WERE BOTH QUICK TO COMPLY.  YOU CAN'T REALLY TELL FROM ALL OF THESE PICTURES I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU OF THEM, BUT LUKE'S HAIR IS GROWING BACK IN, THANK GOD!  HIS ENTIRE HEAD IS COVERED IN SOFT WHITE HAIR, HIS EYEBROWS ARE IN AND SO ARE HIS EYELASHES, BUT THEY TOO ARE WHITE BLONDE.  THEY ARE STARTING TO DARKEN THOUGH AS THE PIGMENT IS COMING BACK TOO.  NO ONE KNOWS WHAT COULD HAPPEN THOUGH.  IT MAY JUST GROW BACK IN TO STAY FOREVER, OR IT MIGHT ALL FALL OUT AGAIN IN A FEW MONTHS, OR IT MIGHT NOT GROW ALL THE WAY IN OR DARKEN UP COMPLETELY.  ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE POSSIBILITIES I GUESS.  THERE IS NO RHYME NOR REASON TO ALOPECIA, AND PRACTICALLY EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT  SOOO WE WILL PRAY AND HOPE FOR GOD'S BEST.  MEANWHILE IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER MUCH AS HE IS PERFECTLY HEALTHY AND HAPPY, AND ONE OF THE CUTEST LITTLE GUYS THIS GRANDMA HAS EVER SEEN!
ONE THING WE DID DISCOVER IS JUST HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO GET A 2, 3, AND 5 YEAR OLD ALL SITTING STILL AND LOOKING AT THE CAMERA WITH SMILES ON THEIR FACES AT THE SAME TIME....A YEAH, ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.  THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST EVEN THOUGH CLAIRE IS NOT LOOKING AT THE CAMERA AT ALL, LOL

SO HERE SHE IS WEARING THE LITTLE NAVY SHORT SET, THE TORNADO PJ'S AND THE BUNNY IN A TEA CUP DRESS.  PERFECT FITS WHICH MAKES MY HEART JUST HAPPY, LOL

AND THIS LITTLE CROP TOP AND CAPRI SET FIT HER WAY WAY BETTER THEN I HOPED FOR.  I ALMOST DIDN'T EVEN BRING OR GIVE HER THE TOP I WAS SO SURE IT WASN'T GOING TO FIT.  BUT I BROUGHT ALONG A NEEDLE AND THREAD AND FASTENED THE STRAPS AFTER I MEASURED THEM ON HER AND THAT WORKED REALLY WELL.  THEY HAVE A NICE PARK NEAR THEM AND SO WE WENT THERE ONE OF THE AFTERNOONS.

HERE ARE THE BOYS IN THEIR NINJA TURTLE AND MICKEY SUMMER PJ'S.  AGAIN, PERFECT FITS.  AND THEY WERE HONESTLY SOOO HAPPY WITH THESE THEY WORE THEM 3 OF THE NIGHTS WE WERE THERE, LOL.  NOTHING BETTER THOUGH AS A SEAMSTRESS THEN SEEING YOUR THINGS BEEN WORN AND APPRECIATED, LOL
DYING EASTER EGGS!  SOO FUN!  THEY ALL LOVED IT AND DID A REALLY GOOD JOB!

JUST ONE OF OUR MILLIONS OF ATTEMPTS TO GET ALL 3 OF THEM INTO A PICTURE

I TRIED REALLY HARD TO GET A PICTURE OF HER IN ONE OF HER NEW SUITS, BUT SHE JUST WASN'T STILL LONG ENOUGH, LOL.  BUT THEY FIT HER PERFECTLY AND SHE WAS JUST ADORABLE IN THEM!


CLAIRE (VERY UNLIKE HER MOTHER!) IS SUCH A GIRLY GIRL....SHE HAS HER OWN LITTLE MAKEUP BAG AND WOULD COME AND SIT BESIDE ME AND "DO" HER MAKEUP WHEN I DID MINE,,I THOUGHT MY HEART WOULD MELT!

STILL TRYING FOR THAT POSE OF ALL THREE

THEIR LITTLE FAMILY BEFORE CHURCH ON EASTER SUNDAY

WITH US...CLAIRE WASN'T FEELING IT, LOL

AT THEIR CHURCH

MEL AND I AT CHURCH...NOT SURE WHAT THAT MOUTH OF MINE WAS DOING, LOL  I AM JUST NOT USED TO "POSING" FOR CLOSE UPS, LOL

STILL TRYING....THE BOYS GOT RUBBER SNAKES IN THEIR EASTER BASKETS WHICH THEY WERE POSITIVELY THRILLED WITH, LOL.
ENJOYED A BRUNCH OUT AFTER CHURCH, AND A WONDERFUL DINNER LATER AT THEIR HOUSE...AND OF COURSE THE EASTER EGG HUNT....CLAIRE IS WEARING THE LITTLE ROMPER I MADE HER HERE...SOO CUTE ON HER.  NOTICE SAM WITH HIS BOOTS AND SHORTS, LOL.  NOT UNUSUAL I GUESS ACCORDING TO MEL AS HE LIKES TO HAVE HIS BOOTS ON AND READY IN CASE HE NEEDS TO GO OUT AND "HELP" ON THE DAIRY, LOL

SAN DIEGO GRANDS ON EASTER SUNDAY...MISSED THEM
CLAIRE'S 2ND BIRTHDAY!  SHE'S WEARING THE LITTLE SHORTS AND THE "HAPPY" SHIRT IN THIS ONE....DARLING ON HER!

STILL TRYING....LOL

LEAVING FOR LUNCH OUT ONE DAY
WE GOT THE BOYS KITES AND FINALLY ON THE LAST DAY WE GOT THEM UP...IT WAS EITHER TOO WINDY OR NOT WINDY ENOUGH.  SAM CLIMBED UP INTO HIS CLUB HOUSE ON THEIR SWING SET TO FLY HIS....SOOO CUTE

AND 3 YEAR OLD LUKE GOT TIRED OF WAITING FOR HIS TURN WITH GRANDPA TRYING TO GET THEM UP AND DID IT HIMSELF!  NOT BAD AT ALL!  LOL

SHE WAS JUST SOO CUTE WITH HER CAKE!  SHE WAITED AND TALKED ABOUT HER CAKE ALL WEEK-END, AND EVERYONE WAS GLAD WHEN SHE FINALLY GOT TO ENJOY IT...AND ENJOY IT SHE DID!

SHE GOT THIS LITTLE TODDLER QUAD FROM HER PARENTS...SHE WAS SOO THRILLED WITH IT.  AND SHE COULD REALLY WORK IT PRETTY WELL!


IN ADDITION TO THE CLOTHES OF COURSE WE GOT HER THIS WALKING, TALKING MAX FROM THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS....SHE LOVED IT!

AND SO DID LUKE....ALMOST MORE SO, LOL

BY THE NEXT DAY CLAIRE WAS KIND OF STILL ENJOYING MAX, BUT LUKE WAS EVEN MORE ATTACHED.  FELL ASLEEP PLAYING WITH HIM, SOO SWEET.  HE DOESN'T NAP EVERY DAY ANYMORE, BUT HE SURE NEEDED ONE ON OUR LAST DAY THERE.  WE WORE HIS LITTLE SELF OUT.  BUT HE JUST COULDN'T BEAR TO MISS ANYTHING.  THIS WAS TAKEN THE DAY WE HAD LEFT.  MEL SAID SHE KNEW HE'D NEVER MAKE IT ANOTHER DAY.  HE DOES HIS VERY BEST TO KEEP UP WITH SAM AND HE USUALLY DOES.  BUT HE IS ONLY 3!

JEFFIE HAD ANOTHER TRACK MEET....SECOND PLACE THIS TIME IN THE MILE

AND ANOTHER ONE!  GO JEFFIE GO!


All in all we just couldn't have asked for a better trip and I am soo grateful we were able to go.  Of course I am in my usual withdrawals today, but they are planning on a trip out here this summer, so I will just keep reminding myself of that.  It's always good to see my daughter in her world.  To see that she is a GREAT mama and cares for her family well, and loves them and her God soo much.  To know she is right where God intended her to be, and she continues to grow and mature in her relationship to Him, and as a person as well.  I LOVE seeing the bond between those boys as well.  They are truly just the best of friends.  They have many, many games they play and imagine together and enjoy each other soo much.  Claire is joining in now adding her little personality and sass to their games as well.  God is good.  I hope you all had a blessed Easter.  I will continue to get around and catch up in the next couple of days as I doubt I do much more than rest up.  I felt kind of bad as my poor hubby chugged off to work this morning and I just poured a second cup of tea and curled up in my chair.  A blessed woman, and I certainly know it!  Debbie


Monday, April 10, 2017

BUSY BUSY WEEK-END!

We had a pretty busy week-end ~ and I am feeling it this morning in my knees I am not going to lie.  But we got a lot accomplished AND had some fun times as well.

I think I need to back up first to last Tues afternoon and give a few highlights to little Jeff's first ever track event.  Actually it was his very first sporting event ever, lol.  He has just not been interested in sports.  Which I am not saying it is a bad thing, just a different thing for our family.  All of my kids were very athletic and VERY involved in sports, and honestly our oldest probably most of all.  Joe was just your all round athlete.  He played baseball all the way from the time he was 8 making all stars his first year, to through high school as the teams catcher.  He was the quarterback on the high school football team which btw, were some of the most fun filled times ever.  He was the point guard on the high school basketball team as well, all while being totally involved in karate.  He eventually went on to becoming a 5th degree black belt and following his dream to becoming the owner of his own karate studio.  He held a title belt in kick boxing for the state of California for two years as an adult, and has gone on to train several others to be as well.  So it's pretty safe to say that one might "think" that his sons would follow in at least some of his footsteps, lol.  But right from the beginning, while Jeffie is definitely a VERY coordinated boy, he was just NOT interested in sports.  Took karate for a while but disliked it.  Never wanted to even TRY soccer or baseball or basketball.  Joe in my opinion, wisely NEVER pushed Jeff to do any of it.  He tried to encourage him to give it a try, but the answer was always a firm NO, lol.  Joe did make Jeffie learn to swim (which he does do well) and gives him no choice that he has to do "something" physical to keep himself healthy. No couch potatoes over there, lol.  So of course Jeffie swims, doing so almost daily in their swimming pool. Anyway....a month or so ago Jeffie came to his dad and told him he was thinking about joining the track team at school.  ALL of us were SUPER excited that he had decided to try his hand at something, and tried not to make too big of a deal out of it to him at the same time, lol.  Didn't want him to feel pressured to do well, just to enjoy the sport.  Well, as it turns out Jeffie is the fasted boy runner in his 7th grade class which consists of several hundred boys. Sooo now knowing a little of the background, you can see why we all had this first track meet sooo big, lol.  Hubby managed to arrange his schedule so he could go too, and I was really happy he was able to.  Jeffie did very well! He finished 5th over all in the mile, out of around 35 boys.  Jeffie is convinced he will do even better at the next meet and has definitely caught the fever of competition, lol.  He was supposed to be in 2 other events, but do to VERY poor organization by the school running the meet, the time was running WAY WAY over, and his school decided to just "forget" those events.  We could have all cried, lol. JUST KIDDING, but not really, lol.  I did get a couple of pictures to document this event.  Let me just add to that it was the very first track meet I had ever attended.  None of my kids ever ran track. Can't say it was my favorite as there was SOO much "down" time and we were there over 3 hours! But I am very happy that Jeffie enjoyed it, and is doing well.

HERE HE COMES (ONE IN FRONT)  SORRY THIS IS BLURRY....I DID MY BEST, LOL



THIS WAS THE BEST SHOT!
I spent the rest of the week getting my hair done, getting a mani and a pedi, having my eyebrows and face threaded (still hurts sooo much to do this...but it's necessary, lol) and finishing up the end of my sewing for Melody's family.  Let me show you a couple of those things...


SPRING/SUMMER PJ'S FOR CLAIRE.  I JUST THOUGHT THIS PANEL AND FABRIC WAS TOO CUTE TO PASS UP.  

AND THESE NINJA TURTLE SUMMER PJ'S ARE FOR SAM!

Hubby got the crotch snaps on the romper on over the week-end, and I still have a couple of quick hand sewing things that still need to be completed, but that's it.  I will do that this afternoon and then clean everything up and put the cover on my machine for a while.  It's time for a little break.

Then this week-end on Sat. we did a little shopping at toys r us.  Honestly I LOVE that place, lol.  We got the boys some kites and a couple of new books, and Claire is getting a walking dog that talks from the pets life movie.  I could have gotten SOOO much more, but I did refrain.  Then we went and saw the Case for Christ.  It was an outstanding movie in our opinion.  We both enjoyed it.  It was very inspiring and presents such a good "case" for the reality of Jesus.  Definitely see this if you get the opportunity.  I always love movies that are based on a true story too.

Our grand daughter Lindsey (Joe's second oldest daugher) attended her very first prom on Sat. night with her boyfriend Adrian.  He is a very nice boy, and they had a good time.  Let me show you their pics.


SOOO PRETTY

SWEET COUPLE

Then yesterday was ANOTHER busy day.  After church (and we had to go to early service!) we went to Joe's youngest son Cody's very first karate tournament.  He is 8 years old and has been doing karate for a while now with his dad.  He is the son who is autistic and so therefore comes with it's own set of challenges for sports.  A sweeter, happier boy honestly just doesn't exist I think.  And this is not just being spoken by a biased grandma, lol, it is just a fact.  He is doing VERY VERY well btw, and is near being placed in main stream schooling starting next year.  He has also been diagnosed as being ADD so again, another set of challenges.  But Joe has done sooo well with Cody, and Cody just adores his daddy.  I honestly don't know who I enjoyed more at the tournament.  Joe or Cody?  lol  Joe was soo proud of Cody, and Cody just kind of walked around with his dad taking it all in.  Cody competed in two areas.  Regular sparring, and continuous sparring which is something that only started recently.  Didn't have that when Joe was competing.  Cody does not quite have his kata's down yet, so he just competed in sparring.  He too did VERY well.  He took 5th place in regular sparring, and 2nd place in continuous!!  It was all very exciting, and Cody enjoyed every minute which was the important thing.  He soooo wants to be like his daddy.  And his natural talent is right there.  He has a little more of a challenge remembering, but he is doing very, very well.  Some kids compete in these tournaments ALL the time, and never place at all just to show you how well he did, and with it being his first as well.

DAD GETTING HIM READY FOR HIS MATCH!

ALL READY TO GO...ALL THE OWNERS HAVE TO WEAR SUITS TO THESE EVENTS...JOE DID LOOK NICE!

WAITING WITH DAD

TROPHY FOR SECOND PLACE, AND A MEDAL FOR 5TH

THERE HE IS!

Then after the tournament, we popped over to the mall and we did a little shopping for our trip.  I needed some make up items, and I wanted a new top for Easter.  This took us longer then we intended so by the time we were finished with that it was time to head to Upland to the Spaghetti Factory to celebrate little Jeffie's 13th birthday.  I honestly can't believe he it a teenager already.  Time really does fly.  It was a GREAT night and we all had such a good time!  Let me show you those pics now.

THE BIRTHDAY BOY WITH GRANDMA AND GRANDPA....LOVE HIM SOOOO MUCH!

HAVING DINNER WITH JOE'S FAMILY.  MY UNCLE DON AND HIS WIFE LIZ WERE ABLE TO JOIN US TOO WHICH WAS REALLY NICE...HAVEN'T SEEN THEM IN A WHILE

JEFFIE GOT A NEW SHIRT FROM US, AND A GIFT CARD TO DO WITH AS HE PLEASES AS WELL, LOL

JOE'S OLDEST SON (and our oldest grand child) EVAN WITH HIS 3 YEAR GIRL FRIEND KIM, AND LITTLE CODY!  CODY LOVES TO HANG OUT WITH THEM TOO...I THINK HE HAS HIS OWN "CRUSH" ON KIM

I don't think I ever told you that the week-end before we went down to San Diego to church and to celebrate my youngest son's 37th birthday (April is a busy month for us! lol) We took his family to lunch at Phil's BBQ (probably the best bbq food in San Diego!) and then we all went to a movie together.  We saw Boss Baby and it was cute and entertaining.  The kids certainly enjoyed it.  I took just one pic on the day of my son and I.  I have looked through pictures recently and realized I just don't have many pics of myself with my kids.  I avoid the camera truthfully, lol.  But I want to rectify not having many so I forced myself, lol   Let me show you that one..

ME AND MY JAMES MICHAEL.  HOW I LOVE THIS GUY!
Well this was kind of long so sorry about that but had to get all of this in my blogs for my books. How grateful I feel this morning when I think of all the Lord has blessed us with our family.  Soo many grandkids to love and cherish, and all of our children, and each other as well.  Yes, we definitely have our struggles and hard moments like any one else on this earth, but so so much to be thankful for.  I will probably not post again until after Easter when we get back.  I am soo excited to go and spend this time with my girl.  I covet your prayers for a safe journey and GOOD health while we are gone.  I might get around to visiting when given the opportunity, but don't know.   Many blessings to you all!  Debbie