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 into becoming grandparents has been full of adventure and much love.
I'm finally getting back to doing some scrapbooking. We had a great Easter as a family at Shelley's and Don's. Brunch was delicious. We had far too much food again this year.
I'm glad I thought of doing the steps and stairs picture. It shows off the way to get to the boys' loft.
And as always, Nana stayed inside while everyone went outside to hunt for Easter eggs. I sat and enjoyed a quiet cup of coffee loving the quiet:~)
I love our Easter celebrations. Even though we eat at home, it is always somewhat formal. The table setting was very festive. Aunt Shell always thinks of a new way to make the place cards. This years was a marshmallow chick holding the place card.; a very neat idea.
Hugs and kisses,
A couple of weeks ago The Film's and The Baldwin's decided to stay overnight at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park in Lake George. They got out an overnight bag and, to everyone's surprise, found the above letter from Kara to Nana and Papa inside.
In fifth grade Kara attended Nature's Classroom, an extension of the classroom where students participate in exciting hands on activities
which are both academic and enjoyable. The following quote made by a teacher was taken from Nature's Classroom web site and sums up what it hopes to accomplish:
students to grow in trust, caring and sense
of place in the world and
how each person touches
and affects others around them. I expected their knowledge
of the environment to grow.... You all have more than met
my expectations. In 13 years of outdoor education,
this is the
strongest program I have experienced."
After reading Kara's letter, I think every child should experience this camp. Every child should feel she(he) can be herself. Kara's letter tells us a lot about education in schools today. Just take the time to read between the lines.
Now, please peruse my layout and find the following: an owl, a deer, three birds and a squirrel.
PS - Alex is the first to let me know he found all the animals. He is the winner of a crisp new one dollar bill!
I have known for a very long time that both our daughters are strong. I just didn't know how strong. The day Kristen and Corey told Papa and I that Kristen had breast cancer, she stressed the importance of her being surrounded by positive people. There could be no crying, no sadness. And, by gosh, her family and friends pulled it off. Then we all rejoiced with her. Her cancer was gone.Was it influenced by the power of positive thinking? No one will ever convince we otherwise. You go, Kristen. Back to living your normal life. God bless you.
Hugs and kisses,
Emily, I must apologize for not adding our family celebration of Chinese New Year this February 10th to our blog. This year is the year of the snake; not my favorite reptile. But then, I don't have a favorite reptile. We had a wonderful time reminiscing about your Dad's and Grandma's trip to WuWie, China, Gansu Province to bring you home to your forever family. You came to us so happy making all of us fall in love with you with no effort. It just happened.
Hugs and kisses,
Congratulations to Zack for being recognized as one of the Students of the Month on Feb. 1. The
awards, which were read over the morning announcements, are part
of the Middle School’s Character Education Program to recognize
students in front of their peers. Trustworthiness was the Character
Education Theme for January and the faculty selected Zack as one of the students to receive the award
because they feel he embodies this quality and serves as a great role model
for other students, as said by Assistant Principal Chris Rockwell.
Zack, you are a great young man with a fantastic personality. You are a High Honor Roll student. You can dream big and shine as bright as you set your mind to. I have always been very proud of you.
Oh, I would like to mention that Kara also achieved High Honor Roll status:~)
Hugs and kisses,
And if I go, while you're still here. .
Know that I live on,
vibrating to a different measure
-- behind a thin veil
you cannot see through.
You will not see me,
so you must have faith.
I wait for the time when
we can soar together again,
-- both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest.
And when you need me,
just whisper my name in your heart . . . I will be there. The above rainbow appeared over Amanda's garden shortly after her family planted it. Truly a sign our Special Angel Baby is watching over us.
I have been blessed with a wonderful husband, Ken, two amazing daughters, Kristen and Michelle, their husbands, Corey and Don, and five grandchildren who have touched my heart in more ways than I can ever verbalize. My fondest memories are of my Dad spending precious time with my daughters telling stories of times gone by, building forts in his living room, eating corn toasties dripping with butter. The list goes on and on. My daughters recount these memories of Grampa Harpy to their children. This blog is my endeavor to recount special times shared and many memories made with my very special grandchildren. It is my hope they will share them with others as the years go by.