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New Year’s Eve 2012

Bob and I attended a potluck New Year’s Eve dinner at a friend’s house.  Our friends, Garry and Linda, hosted the dinner party. Guests included family members and friends. We enjoyed great conversation, lots of laughs and great-tasting food.

The Girls
(Linda, Myself, Beth, Sheila, Sharon, Jackie and Karen)

The Guys Garry, Doyle, Brian, John and Bob (Linda’s grandson, Tyler, wanted to be “one of the guys”.)

Linda’s grandson, Kyle, and his girlfriend Jillian

This was the fifth year that we have celebrated New Year’s Eve with Garry and Linda. As always, we had a good time. Thank you for inviting us, Garry and Linda!

G. Family Portrait Photo Session

Yesterday I conducted a photo session with Sandy and Jerry G. and their three grandsons.  The grandparents are friends of my husband and myself.  Jake, the oldest grandson, is in the military. He came home at Christmastime, as a surprise for his mother who had not seen him in 2 years. The photographs that Sandy and Jerry have of their grandsons were a few years old. Sandy asked me if I could take a few photographs for them, while Jake was home on vacation. I readily agreed.

I included two furry family members in one of the photographs.

Nathan, Jake and Dylan with Simon the cat and Rufus the dog

Fun on the Trampoline

Yesterday evening Bob and I visited on friends at their farm.  We saw the chickens from which we get our eggs.  Our friends’ grandchildren allowed me to take their pictures, while sitting still.  After taking their sitting still pictures, the children wanted me to watch them jump on their trampoline.  After watching the children jump for a short time, I told them that I wanted to get a picture of them jumping together.  To do so, they had to jump in sync.

I asked them to stand still in the center of the trampoline
and on the count of three to begin jumping together.

We had a few false starts.

Success!

Where Eggs Come From

It has been a long, long time since I purchased eggs in a grocery store.  One of Bob’s coworkers raises chickens, and we buy our eggs from him.

These chickens are not yet old enough to lay eggs.
They are kept in an enclosure separate from the egg-laying chickens.

Bob caught one of the chickens.

Our friends’ granddaughter caught a chicken too.

It was the first time she had caught one of the chickens.

These are the chickens that lay our eggs.


Egg-Laying Chickens

Baby Shower #2

My stepdaughter’s mother, Chris, hosted Stacey’s second baby shower this past Saturday (April 14). The shower was attended by family and friends.

The baby shower invitation was creative and very cute. (Please click on each image to enlarge.)

Baby Shower #2
Front Cover
Baby Shower #2
Inside Cover
Baby Shower #2
Back Cover

Two shower attendees
Not twins, but dressed for the occasion

“Left Right” Game

At Stacey’s first baby shower, we played a game called “Left Right”. That game was so much fun that Chris included that game at her shower as well. I took this photograph, while the game was in progression. A story is read aloud. Every time the word Right is mentioned players pass a gift to the right. When players hear Left the gift is passed to the left. The person holding the gift at the end of the game wins the gift. “Left Right” is a very fun game!

“Guess Mom’s Tummy Size” Game

Another fun game was “Guess Mom’s Tummy Size”. Each woman pulled yarn to the size they believe would fit perfectly around Stacey’s center of her pregnant tummy. After everyone cuts their string, results were compared to Stacey’s actual tummy. A prize was given to the person who was the most close. We all were in agreement that Stacey’s tummy size is small, given she is 33 weeks and carrying twin girls.

Don’t you love this cake!

Theme: The Cat in the Hat

Stacey and her mom

Baby Shower #1

My stepdaughter’s mother-in-law, Sue, hosted Stacey’s first baby shower this past Saturday (March 24). The shower was attended by Stacey’s mother, some members of the church at which Sue attends services, Stacey’s sister-in-law and myself.

The theme of the baby shower was “Diapers and Wipes”. With twins, Stacey and Mike are going to need LOTS of diapers and wipes!

As is the case at all baby showers, attendees played games. In this game the hostess (Sue) read a story aloud. Every time the word Right is mentioned players passed the gift to the right. When players heard Left then they passed the gift to the left. It was a very fun game.

It was my lucky day. I won not one prize, but two prizes, during game play! All shower prize gifts were thoughtful gifts, including the two that I won. My first prize was liquid bath soap and a foam sea sponge. I won this prize because I had the closest guess for the number of jelly beans in a baby bottle. The baby bottle held 199 jelly beans. My guess was 198! My second prize was a Cool Gear Double Wall Cup. I won this prize because my food plate had the word “baby” (or was it “babies”?) written on the bottom of it. This cup will get lots of use as a Smoothie receptacle.

Speaking of food …

and the food tasted as good as it looked!

Now for one final photograph — my favorite of the mother-to-be …

The lamb was one of the first shower gifts that Stacey unwrapped.

Stacey’s next baby shower is next month and will be hosted by her mother. Bob and I plan to have a “Welcome Babies Party” one-three months after the birth of Harper and Juniper.

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