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Our Twin Granddaughters’ Fifth Birthday Celebration

Harper and Juniper’s 5th birthday was earlier this month. Yesterday, Stacey hosted a party to celebrate her daughters birthdays.

The girls’ birthday party was held at Betts Park, here in Warren PA, from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Bob grilled hot dogs, which were accompanied by light refreshments. The party had two themes: Trolls and Beauty & the Beast. If I remember correctly, Juniper chose the Trolls theme and Harper chose the Beauty & the Beast Theme. Both girls, however, like Trolls and Beauty & the Beast. Stacey’s choice of pavilion was excellent, as it was close to a playground. All the children had a great time playing on the playground equipment, while waiting on the hot dogs to cook. Highlights of the birthday party included a pinata filled with toys, an appearance by Belle & her Prince, and the opening of presents. The party was well attended by all three sets of grandparents, as well as other family members, and Harper and Juniper’s friends.

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Preschool Graduation

Our granddaughters graduated from preschool this afternoon.

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Congratulations Harper and Juniper!
Job well done!

Harper and Juniper will enter Kindergarten in September, this year.  My oh my!  How time flies!

Birthday Celebration Day 2 Continued

After visiting the Newfield Covered Bridge, we returned to Ithaca and stopped at Buttermilk Falls State Park. We entered the park via its lower entrance.  It was a short walk from the parking lot to the base of Buttermilk Falls.

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We drove to the upper park entrance, with the intent of driving to Lake Treman.  The park road to Lake Treman, however, was closed.  I don’t know if that part of the park road is open only to hiking, or if it is open to motor vehicle traffic sometime during the year.  Not knowing the hiking distance, we chose not to hike to Lake Treman.  Our drive to the upper park entrance, though, was not a loss.  We did see a small waterfall on Buttermilk Creek.

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Our next stop was at Ithaca Falls. Wow! The water falling over that waterfall was quite impressive!

_LG20485-EditWe saw Ithaca Falls first from the Lake Street bridge.

We, then, took a short walk through the woods to the base of the falls.

_LG20488-EditIthaca Falls is over 100 feet tall and stretches nearly 175 ft across at its base.
I love the contrast in this monochrome photograph!

We visited Ithaca Falls for the first time in September 2015.

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There was nowhere as much water falling at Ithaca Falls in September 2015, as there was during our most recent visit!

 

Our next stop was at Taughannock Falls State Park.  We stopped first at Falls Overlook, where we enjoyed a lofty view of Taughannock Falls.

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Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge.

There are two levels from which to view the falls.  Only the top level was open; the stairs to the lower level were closed for the season.

For the first time we discovered the trail heads for the south rim trail and the north rim trail. We hiked the north rim trail for a short distance. We were impressed by the rapidly moving water (the Upper Falls) making its way to Taughannock Falls, as well as the view into the gorge.

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Taughannock Falls State Park

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At Taughannock Falls State Park we hiked the gorge trail as well.  The gorge trail, muddy and icy in places, winds 3/4 mile past Lower Falls to the base of Taughannock Falls.

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Taughannock Falls State Park

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The last time we visited Taughannock Falls was in September 2015.

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Taughannock Falls, September 2015

What a difference in water flow from September 2015 to February 2017!

We ate lunch at Creekside Cafe in Trumansburg, per Bob’s sister’s suggestion. Bob ordered a chef salad. I ordered a ham and cheese sandwich. The chef salad and the side salad that accompanied my sandwich contained edible flowers, seeds, and unusual greens. Both of our meals included a large serving of ham. The salad was out of my comfort zone, but both meals were good.

Leaving Trumansburg, we drove alongside Cuyago Lake to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. We were disappointed to find that the wildlife drive is closed until April 1.

We stopped at Friendly’s in Geneva NY for ice cream, in celebration of my birthday. On our way back to Hammondsport, we stopped at Wegman’s to pick up water.  Our 4-year-old granddaughters called using Facebook Messenger, while Bob was in the grocery store.  During a video chat, the girls wished me a happy birthday. The girls were at a playground with “Big Grandma”, after a trip to the dentist.  Isn’t technology grand!  I loved seeing and chatting with our granddaughters, while we were miles and miles apart.

From Wegman’s we returned to Hammondsport, where we stopped briefly at Champlin Beach.

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Champlin Beach at Keuka Lake
The airplane sculpture rising out of the lake caught my eye.

_LG20534This airplane sculpture commemorates native son Glenn Hammond Curtiss.
Mr. Curtiss was the Father of Naval Aviation.

We returned to the hotel around 5:00 pm, where we stayed in for rest of the day.  We ate a picnic dinner and watched three shows on Hulu Plus: The Path, Blindspot and Bones.

Sunday Outing with our Granddaughters

On Sunday we spent the afternoon with our granddaughters, taking them on an outing to Allegany State Park near Salamanca, NY.

We picked up the girls at their house between noon and 12:30 pm and drove to Allegany State Park, entering the park via the Red House Area. Our first stop was at the new Red House Area nature boardwalk.

I first learned about the boardwalk via a YouTube video, captured by Paul Crawford, a few months before the boardwalk was completed. Paul Crawford is the volunteer Administrator, Photographer and Videographer for the Allegany State Park Facebook page.

What a wonderful new feature of Allegany State Park!

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Harper and Juniper took our photograph, once we reached the overlook at the end of the boardwalk.

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Good job, Juniper!

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Good job, Harper!

In Paul’s video he mentioned a duck blind at the end of the middle section of the boardwalk.

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The boardwalk was nice but will be nicer later in the year, when the plants surrounding the boardwalk spring to life. I am sure there will be lots of waterfowl to see later too. We didn’t see any birds, turtles or waterfowl.

When we left the nature boardwalk, we planned to go to the Quaker Run swimming beach playground. We were very disappointed to find the road to the beach closed. I had talked up the playground to Harper and Juniper, and they were looking forward to playing there.  I hope that the road to the swimming beach opens up much earlier than summer so that we have the opportunity to visit the playground sooner, rather than later!

The girls quickly got over their disappointment, though, when we found another playground on the way home.

Our day outing with Harper and Juniper was wonderful.  All four of us had a GREAT time!

 

 

Play Date with Granddaughters

Bob and I watched Harper and Juniper for a few hours this morning / afternoon. Stacey dropped off the girls at our house around 10:00 am.  Grandma Sue picked up the girls at 1:00 pm. The girls played for most of the three hours that they were at our house.  The girls played games on their Kindle Fire tablets.  I read a few books to the girls, at their request. They helped Grandpa build a log cabin.

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Grandpa, Harper and Juniper are building a cabin with Lincoln Logs.

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Harper filled the cabin with Red Rose tea figurines.

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Harper took time out from placing a roof on the cabin to look up at me.

Juniper played with her dolly for a short time.

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Juniper dressed dolly in a new outfit.

The girls ate lunch here enjoying ham sandwiches, cheese cubes, and clementines. Before leaving with Grandma Sue, the girls threw the crusts from their sandwiches on the ground for the birds.

Bob and I enjoyed immensely our play date with our granddaughters.

 

Halloween 2016

Many Head Start, Preschool and Elementary age children near where I live participated in Halloween parades on Friday, October 28.  Our granddaughters attend Head Start, and Bob and I went to their school to watch their Halloween parade.

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_LG26495 4x6Juniper, as Batman

_LG26496 4x6Harper, as Scooby-Doo

That evening Stacey and I took the girls to Zoo Boo at the Erie Zoo.

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Zoo Boo 2016

Trick or treat night in our town was on Halloween from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Stacey, Harper, Juniper and I went trick or treating at many houses on several streets in our neighborhood.

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Back to School

Our granddaughters returned to school this morning.  The girls will attend their second year of Head Start, in a new school and in the same classroom.  These two changes are not the only differences between last year’s and this year’s Head Start.  The girls will attend school 2 hours longer each day as well.

I conducted a Back to School photo session at the girls’ maternal grandmother’s house last evening. I thought it would be less distracting to take the pictures this evening, rather than at the school this morning.  Harper was cooperative; June was not.

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June and Harper

Grandma wishes both of you a FUN and WONDERFUL first day of school!

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