5.19.2017

Fiber Baby

Jac got her first yarn ball today.

 
 
She and Lily Kitty were trying to claim the same toy, so Lily got the old, well-chewed yarn ball and Jac received a nice, fresh, baby-friendly version.

 
And like any good fibernista, she immediately pulled it apart,

 
inspected the yarn and gave it back to me to be rewound.

 
Gotta start 'em young on the fiber path!

5.18.2017

Porcupine Personality Test

The girls cooked dinner for us tonight and the way they approached the porcupines says soooooo much about their personalities.


 
Leanne (and me too) dig into the gooey mess with enthusiasm and bare hands. 

 
Leia has no intention of touching that yucky stuff without gloves (and an apron, if she could have found one.)

 
But she has no problem getting her hands dirty when it comes to baking - especially if we're talking cookies and she gets to lick her fingers (not this time with the biscuits). 

 
And they both are more than willing to help eat what they make. So yummy. Seconds, anyone?

5.17.2017

Careful and Honorable

This was on the wall in Leia's classroom tonight during open house. So beautiful.


 

5.16.2017

Clothes Shopping

I seriously dislike clothes shopping. I buy jeans once a year (or two) and hit the Columbia Outlet for shirts when they have a sale, but that's about it. I wasn't always this way . . . maybe it's an age thing? Nahhhh.


 
We leave on our next big trip in less than a month, so it's getting down to the wire to find  traveling duds. Today was one of our few kid-free, appointment-free days (who knew retirement would be so busy?!) so hubby forced accompanied me to Dillard's in Palmdale (closest place to find formal attire) and then the T.O. mall. 

Good news? I have everything I need except shoes - and it only took us eight hours, door-to-door. Better news? A settlement check from Chevy - that I'd misplaced for months and was due to expire in June - paid for most of the shopping spree. That made it almost worth the aggravation. Almost.

5.15.2017

Baby Visit

Look who came for a visit this weekend

 
with his big brother, Travis. 
 
Isaac sure looks different at 7 months vs 3 months. He's a big boy now!
 
Mom and Dad were attending a company party nearby so the boys stayed with us overnight. It was not one of our more successful visits. Isaac was congested and coughing, which meant he didn't get much sleep - so neither did I. And poor Travis started throwing up Sunday morning, probably from all the excitement of spending time with his favorite PopPop.
 
I didn't get any pix of Travis plus Breanne and company missed our planned Mother's Day brunch. Ah well, hopefully they will feel better next time and I'll get lots more photos.

5.13.2017

Weaving Trifecta

Leia saw Leanne weaving today 


 
and decided she wanted to give it a try.

 
Of course, I said "no".

 
Riiiiiight.

 
I'd purchased another Ashford SampleIt loom after we got home from visiting Addy, just in case Leia was interested.

 
Leia picked her yarns, designed a warping plan (it involved multiplication; she was very excited to use her math skills) and we got most of the warping done before bedtime.
 

 
I plan to finish tying on in the morning and have it ready for her to start wefting when she gets out of school.

 
Crossing my fingers she likes it …


5.11.2017

Voice of Science

We love listening to Neil deGrasse Tyson speak and this time was even better - 


 
 the first 2000 people (including us!!) 
 
 
received a free, hand-signed copy of his new book, "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry."

 
Almost the entire 4,300 seat Dolby Theater was sold out, which was no surprise. 

 
The man is intelligent, funny, personable and makes science accessible to even the science-challenged (me, sometimes). Plus, he's a voice of reason and logic in these crazy anti-science days. 

 
LA traffic was kind to us  - 

 
we arrived at the Dolby before 5:00, which gave us plenty of time for a leisurely dinner, 
 
 
 a stroll along Hollywood Blvd to check out the crazies stars, 

 
and to admire the beautiful architecture in the home of the Academy Awards. A perfect evening. 

5.09.2017

Life Skills

Pop has been teaching Leanne to shuffle cards. Life skills, people.



Movie Night

Our local theater has begun offering a free showing of older movies about once a month. The first was Wizard of Oz - Leia's all-time favorite movie - and tonight we saw Princess Bride, a family favorite. 


 
Even Jac enjoyed the show (the baby headphones lasted about halfway through the movie before Jac decided she was done.) Thanks, Roxy Stadium 11!

 
Leanne is still weaving,

 
slow and steady.

 
She needs to finish this week since I need the loom for a class next weekend. And she's  already talking about her next project . . .


5.05.2017

Baby Beluga

Hubby's latest scheme plan is starting to come together. 

 
For almost two years, he's been dreaming of getting a long-wheelbase passenger van and converting the interior so we can take long road trips in comfort. Neither of us wants an RV or camper - been there, done that, didn't like it.

 
So when a 2015 Ford Transit 12-passenger van showed up in ads at a local dealer, we packed up JacJac and headed over.

 
And found out the van was sold. Disappointed, we headed for home only to get a call an hour later that the deal had fallen through and the van was available after all.

 
Several hours*, and a test drive later, Baby Beluga was ours.

 
Hubby plans to replace the last three rows of seats with four captain's chairs, a fridge and table,

 
plus add a small bathroom in the very back. 

 
That will give us enough seating when Rachel's family comes to visit or if we take the little girls on an overnight trip. So many possibilities! 

* Jac was happy and cooperative the entire time we were at the dealership. I can't imagine any of our other kids or grandkids contentedly sitting around for 3+ hours. She's such a good-natured sweetheart.

4.30.2017

School Dayz

Hooray for fantastic parents and happy grandkids. 


 
Friday was Harry Potter Day at Leia's school. Mary spent the previous night putting this wizardly costume together - including the owl on Leia's head. Soooo awesome.

Poor Rachel had this exchange with her 10-year-old daughter Thursday night:
Addy: Hey mom, tomorrow is Dress for Your Dream Job Day. I would like to be a park ranger. Anyway, goodnight!
Me:😳

Never doubt that Rachel is up for a challenge. A Cricut machine,
 
a souvenir Junior Ranger badge,

 
and a trip by Dad to Sportsmans Warehouse at 8:30 pm,

 
equals one very happy Addison.

4.29.2017

Fairy Garden

Marie put together a fairy garden for us this week,


 
using succulents

 
and various items 

 
she and her dad 

 
have been collecting for months.

 
So adorable.

 
And a great use for a small space 

 
that's right outside our kitchen window.

 
As a bonus, she also planted succulents in the waterless-because-of-drought fountain we found years ago at a small store in Little Rock CA.

 
But best of all? 

 
She's setting up a drip irrigation system so we won't need to remember to water.

 
That Marie is a pretty smart cookie. (And the plants might actually survive.)