This is my second blog written to capture memories made with our grandchildren. The link to my first blog, "Meet Our Grandchildren," is listed below in the right hand column. Hope you have time to read some of it. Our journey to becoming grandparents has been full of adventure and much love.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Chinese Reunion in New Hampshire ~ 2013

 Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Christmas with The Hines Family ~ 2013

Christmas with the Hines Family was festive and lots of fun, as always. I added a little more color to the tree with my handmade red bows this year. I have so many different bows, flowers and ornaments it is easy to change its look a bit. One thing remains constant; our manger. It sits at the bottom of our tree with the most awesome family ever in it, the Holy Family.

Christmas always holds precious memories for us. There is always someone who gets that special gift he or she has really, really wanted. This year it was me!! Papa gave me the most beautiful figurine of the Holy Family. I have always felt especially close to Jesus, Mary and Joseph because they were once an earthly family. Papa always gives me a precious treasure, but none as precious as this.

I have to include this year Alex also got the present he really, really wanted. His X-box 360. You know that never ending smile was on his face all evening.
Hugs and kisses,

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Amanda's Sixth Heavenly Anniversary

I can't believe it has been six years since Amanda's birth. Ken and I sent six balloons flying to her. It seemed to take a long time for them to disappear behind the clouds. Wonder how far away Heaven is? Or is it all around us? I feel our Amanda near me. That is all I need for the time being. Nana and Papa love and miss you, Amanda. Sending big hugs to you.
Hugs and kisses,

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Emily Turns "8" ~ August 25, 2013

Em's party was held on a very hot day. So a pool party was a perfect choice. The adults enjoyed sitting in the shade watching all the kids swimming, playing golf, swinging; totally enjoying themselves.

As always, Emily entertained her guests while she opened her gifts. She makes the smoothest, adorable gestures with her hands. It is like they are dancing. It is rather captivating.

These parties are not just for the birthdays and presents. They are times when family and friends come together and reconnect. With today's busy life style, it is so easy to grow apart. Nothing holds people together like children.
Hugs and kisses,

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Alex Turns "7"

Of all our grandchildren, I would say Alex gets the most excited about his birthday. You just have to mention it and that twinkle appears in his eyes. Of course, he shows that "all over his face" smile. And, believe it or not, he is finally getting front teeth!!

His party was held at Aunt TT's and Uncle Corey's. That way the kids could go swimming. He had a joint party with family and school friends. Shelley made his birthday "ice cream" cake; our favorite!

I have so many great pictures from the party it was very difficult to choose the ones for the blog. As I reviewed them, I knew I had to post the ones showing his various facial expressions as he opened his presents. I love that Alex still has some "little boy" in him.
Hugs and kisses,

Monday, October 28, 2013

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer ~ 2013

Washington Park in Albany was overflowing with pink on this beautiful sunny Sunday. The colors of autumn could be seen everywhere. The day and the place were perfect for this walk. There was music begging you to sing along. Smiles and happy faces filled the park. It is overwhelming to see so many cancer patients together. We all read the statistics, but this walk brings home the realization of just how many people are fighting this horrendous disease. Lots of money was raised. Lots more is needed.

Our Kristen walked with her team, "Team Kristy," as a breast cancer survivor:~) We all wore very large smiles this year. Her team raised $1560. Yeah!!

Breast cancer survivors wear pale pink sweatshirts. Next year I hope to see many more of them and far less pink hats keeping heads warm.
Hugs and kisses,

Friday, October 11, 2013

Zack's 8th Grade Graduation ~ June 2013

Zack, elementary school is behind you and now you step up the ladder into high School. You have shared all those years with Papa and I. We have enjoyed every concert, every Special Person's Day; just every part of those nine years. It has been so exciting watching you become the young man you are. Need I tell you how proud we are of you?

Your graduation day was sunny and bright. It was great to watch you walk across the same stage your Mom did to receive your diploma. My mind was crowded with so many memories.

After the ceremony, were all congregated outside to further celebrate with your friends and their families. Lots of laughter and picture taking was going on. It was another day we spent together making awesome memories.
Hugs and kisses,