Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Those eyes! That face! He is going to make some girl want to do anything for him. That is Kirby. He has the most soulful expressions and then in another instance he has the most infectious grin. He definitely is going to stop a heart or two.

Today is another one of those days why I love summer. I took Haley and Hannah to the play in the park this morning. It rained on us at the end but it was still fun. Then I went home for a while, ate a piece of pizza and watched the news. It looked like it was going to storm so I went over to Amy's. She was going to decorate my Sarabinder. It turned out so cute. I have wanted something like a franklin planner for a long time, but I don't need anything that complex. I'll take some pictures of it tomorrow. Camera battery is being recharged tonight. Anyway back to today. I came home from Amy's about 3 and hung out, did a few things before Steve came home. We had leftover pizza for supper. See a theme here. Pizza three times in a day. Wonder why the scale isn't going down. Then we went to Kirby's baseball game. I just love the freedom of it all. Tomorrow I must do some house things. Like working in the spare bedroom. I'll get cranky if I don't get some organization going in this house.

I need to get back to scrapping as Amy says. I don't consider myself a scrapper yet, so saying things like I have to scrap or using any of those terms sound foreign. Whatever it is that I do, I need to do more of it so I get good at it. I have lots of ideas and would love to have all my photos on beautiful pages. I'll never be as good as my daughter she just has a natural knack. I'm going to try and start a page before I go to bed. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
Anthony Brandt

What a wonderful weekend it was! The weather was not at all perfect, but that was about the only thing that didn't cooperate. After nine years and the addition of about 11 new family members we were all together under one roof for the weekend. It all started last year at the Huge Meyer family reunion in California. Steve and his siblings decided that it had been much too long since all of us had been together. With his mother having alzheimers, and his dad being 80 this year it was better now than at a funeral. So with some very disorganized planning (putting me and his sister Lori in charge) it came together this weekend. It truly was amazing. You can put together people you haven't seen in 9 years and within hours it's almost like the time melted away. That really is the true meaning of family. Or at least a good one. What was fun was to watch was the younger generations getting acquainted with the new spouses and the great grandchildren playing together like old friends. I really appreciated being a part of this family. My family is not close and I don't even see my brother and sister that often, let alone aunts and uncles and cousins. I've said over the years many times, that I fell in love with Steve and his family simultaneously. Sometimes I think I fell in love with them first.
Now the task of putting together a scrapbook. Amy and I want to have one that includes memories and recipes. Food is a big part of that family. Grandma was a great cook. Anyway, Amy and I bought today a new scrapbook idea book. It has so many wonderful ideas for things that we can put in it that I think this could be a huge project. Thank goodness I made no guarantees on early completion. All those who know me will be surprised if it is completed at all.

It's past my bedtime and the water is still running outside.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

A baby is a bit of stardust fallen from the hand of God. Author Unknown

Will's baptism day. The picture is of my son and his son Will. It was a very nice ceremony. Their church is such a friendly, nice group, makes me want to join. My daughter-in-laws mom and dad and my son's family all went out for brunch afterward with us. As we were sitting there and visiting and just enjoying the kids and all, I thought how nice it is that we all like each other. I truly like my daughter in laws parents and I think they like us. What a blessing that is for our grandchildren. I know many people who tolerate their children's in-laws but don't spend any time together. We share the grandkids birthday parties, we have the holidays worked out. It's win win for all.

Remember when I said if I said anything to my husband about his outfit yesterday he would come out today in black socks and sandals. Well lo and behold I didn't even say anything and here he comes from after church with black socks and sandals. I couldn't contain myself, I had to tell him what I wrote yesteray. We both laughed and I said he was fine and could wear whatever he wanted. But no, evidently he does care about style, because later he came out with no socks, just sandals on his feet. I really wanted to take a before and after picture of him, but I figured he's been pretty tolerant of me and my new obsession ( digital scrapping) I probably shouldn't push my luck.

I think I want an IPod. I have myself all convinced that it's what every 54 year old woman should have. Of course then I get into a store and can't quite convince myself and that stylin' man of mine that I should spend that kind of money. OK I tell myself I'll go home and do some research on MP3 players. Now I'm really confused. Maybe IPods are beyond the comprehension of a 54 year old woman.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one's own, it is always twenty times better.

Margaret Oliphant

He's mine all mine down to the white socks and winter slip ons. If you take the time to study men and their fashion sense, you have to come to the conclusion that really they don't have any. If we women went around looking like this would men still look at us as sex objects. I think not! Yet I find him cute and totally endearing. Age has a way of taking all your fashion sense and throwing it out the window. If I were twenty and saw him walking down the street - no- he wouldn't take my breath away.(Well maybe from laughing too hard.)

This is a man that beyond his great style is someone you can always count on. Ask him to go get you a diet coke at ten o'clock at night and he's there. Ask him to babysit his two grandsons so you and your daughter can have a afternoon of shopping and fun, he's there. Ask him to have take out for the sixth time in a week and he's there. That is what matters. But really couldn't he ditch the white socks. God forbid I would say that though, who knows what I might get. Black socks with sandals!

OK this digital scrapbooking is all consuming. I think I have just ruined my summer. No more closets cleaned. No more gardening. All I want to do is play on the computer. Hopefully this is like a new summer love affair. After the 1st week the intensity will die down and I can do other things. I did finish a good book today. Joy School by Elizabeth Berg. Short and Sweet and hard to put down. A definite good summer read.

Friday, June 02, 2006

My first post

I love summer!!! When you work for a school system you have three glorious months of freedom. And this first week the possibilities seem endless. Take today. I designed my 1st ever digital scrapbook page all by myself. My daughter came over last night and showed me a few things in Adobe. Today I tried it on my own. After a few calls. "Hey Amy! Control what does what?" I made a page. Amy came over later this afternoon and touched a few things up, but basically it's my page. For someone who said, "No I don't need anymore hobbies!", I sure seem to be addicted.

Ten reasons why I love summer:

1. I can see my grandkids everyday.
2. I have a whole day to learn something new. Yeah digital scrapbooking.
3. Grilling
4. Taking Haley and Hannah to the library and reading Hannah's books to them.
5. Going to the park.
6. Staying up past 8:30.
7. No plans for the day. The days are all mine.
8. Not having to worry about what to wear.
9. Reading all the books I've bought, but can't stay awake long enough to read during the rest of the year.
10.Sitting at Kirby's baseball games on hot summer nights.

I could print 10 reasons why I don't like summer, but why ruin a perfectly good mood. Next week I start taking Kyra to Summer Singers. At the end of the week is Steve's family reunion. We all haven't been together since Scott's wedding nine years ago. Seven great grandchildren later and Great grandma has Alzheimer's. It should be a bittersweet weekend.

I know I should give credit for the scrapbook kit, but I'm afraid if I go to find the file, I'll lose my blog post. If by chance whoever designed the papers and things, sees this, thank you. You have a new customer.

Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James