Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Random pictures ....

Just some random things....

Nicole and Tyler took Gabe and Maddox to Williamsburg to the Go Karts
for their birthday....they chose that over a party
so the littles hung out with me

John Thomas, not quite interested in a selfie....haha

Sweet little Lorraine, so pretty 

Now that I am wearing contacts I can buy fun sunglasses
check these crazy ones out!

 Now I can't remember what this scrubber is called
but my sister-in-law Joanne told me how great it is
so I picked one up at Bed, Bath, Beyond
and I love it!!

I don't buy lottery scratchers very often but
oh hey....check out what i won on this one!

Avery Grace makes the craziest faces....

such a pretty little girl

Nicole and Tyler's crew....they were promised Sweet Frog
if they behaved for haircuts!
Nothing wrong with bribery!!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Halloween ....

Some of my decorations around the house
I bought these fake pumpkins at Michaels
and some glue with glitter in it
squirted it all over the pumpkin
then with gloved hand, smeared it around
Love how it turned out

Dining room table....it will look a lot
different when we have the Halloween party

My kitchen chalkboard
I may change this before the party


table in the dining room


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Line em up .....

I put these pictures up on Facebook quite often
but just want to document on my blog

for some weird reason my dogs line
up in order of age most of the time
it is rare to see them in any other order

these are all pictures from different days....you can tell
their favorite place to sleep!

Always Bella, 7 yrs, Pippa 6 yrs, Khaleesi 1 yr

even laying in the sun on the deck...always in order!

laying on the steps

Pippa was outside when I took this picture.....notice
they left the middle chair empty for her

just funny


Friday, October 13, 2017

Declan goes to school ...

Our grandson Declan started pre-K
he has been so ready for this 
so no nerves for him....he was very excited

He told his little sister Avery Grace...."I will teach you everything
I learn when I get home"
he is just so sweet.
He also told Jacquelyn once they left..."I never wanted to leave
Avery but I guess I have to"....haha

He is loving school but wishes it was every day and all day!!

He also started fall ball
he had done instructional in the spring
so this is another instructional type of t-ball


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Granddaughters ...

Our 2 granddaughters are 6 months apart
and I'm so happy they live close by and will
hopefully hang out a lot as they get older

They take gymnastics together now
here are a few pictures...
they are loving it!

so cute!!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Two birthdays ....

Our 2 oldest grandchildren celebrated their birthday
on Sept 12th
Maddox turned 12 and Gabe turned 10

Maddox is our special needs grandson that I have often blogged about
he has speech apraxia, meaning he is non-verbal

Maddox started middle school this year. Our daughter Nicole was so
worried as we all know that some middle school kids can 
sometimes be a little cruel
due to the apraxia, low muscle tone, Maddox drools
other than that, he looks like any other kid his age
so rightly so, she worried
but she was guaranteed by the school and teacher that bullying in
any form is not tolerated. Also, Maddox would have his aide 
with him at all times. This brought great peace of mind to Nicole and
all of us. And he is loving it!!!
He is a sweet guy and learning to do more and more for himself
He loves to help Nicole and cleaning is his favorite!
Our prayers for him are that he can continue to thrive in school
and hopefully get some more sounds coming from him. Even though
he is 12 now, we will never give up that he could one day talk!
I will never forget at age 3 years old he was eating dinner
and wanted to go outside. Nicole told him when you are finished
you may go outside. He ate a little more and then said to Nicole and I
"all done, outside"
It's there, he could talk again one day

And then there is Gabe
Gabe is all boy......loves sports and now noticing girls
but he also has a soft side....he loves to do crafts with Nicole
loves to cook and is such a huge help around the house
with his brothers and sister. Gabe always
has such great stories to tell us when he visits
We are so proud of him!

These 2 brothers share the same birthday, Sept 12th
love them so much


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mini Vacation ....

Johnny's sister DeeDee and her wife Sherry came
up from Atlanta for a weeks visit....and we sure had a great time.
On Friday when they arrived we hung out and then went over to the Mexican restaurant for dinner.

On Saturday was Glen Allen Day so we
all walked up to the main road to watch the parade.
what fun, think small town USA....old cars, fire trucks, marching band, etc.
Then a bit later we all went to the ball fields to
watch Declan play baseball
That evening we cooked out and then 
played cards....our favorite!!

Sunday.....pizza, poker and football

Monday, Johnny had his yearly physical, Dee and Sherry 
went shopping and I had to work, but at least was able
to work from home

Tuesday, we left for the beach
got down there about noon
checked with our hotel, one room ready and the other
2 would be ready in a couple of hours so we headed
to our favorite....Tortugas Lie.
after a couple of beers and appetizers
we checked in to our rooms
unpacked, just hung out and played some poker

the bridge crossing over to the island...best feeling!

we live 3 hours from the beach....piece of cake!

Wednesday was the biggest effects from Hurricane Maria who
was hanging out offshore, about 150 miles
Very high winds
Couldn't go out on the beach or would be sand blasted!
We went to the pier and wow, about blown away, haha

Dinner at Blue Moon Cafe which we had never gone to before
and we loved it. Will def be going back!

Thursday.....the most beautiful day on the beach
warm water, perfect temps, nice breeze, just perfect
Stayed out there a good part of the day

Johnny got a good nap on the beach....haha

and I love nothing better than sitting on that beach!

then went over to Tortugas for a couple of beers
stopped by an art gallery
Dinner at Kill Devil Grill....another first and will def
go back, delicious!

there is a great ice cream place down there, Booty Treats
we love it
and they have the best shaved ice. You can come up with
all kinds of combos and if good, you can write your combo
down and stick it to the bulletin board.
I did a combo lime shaved ice over coconut shaved ice
and vanilla melts on top
I named it the Avery Grace because
Lime in the Coconut is her favorite song!!
and it was so good....

Home on Friday and Jake came over and cooked his
famous fajitas and cilantro lime rice!
and then POKER....we sure love playing cards
we would play poker, 99 and LRC
we just have so much fun laughing

Khaleesi helping me with my hand

and then a lot of hanging out...

we went to Dee's 50th high school reunion 
on Saturday night
but first we visited Jake and Kayce
they moved in to their new apartment this past summer
so they wanted Dee and Sherry to come see it

Bucky very interested in something on TV....haha

My sweet sister-in-law Dee who I miss very much!

my beautiful new daughter in law Kayce

HA! Jacquelyn and Jake taking a selfie

Jacquelyn and Jake....smiling

Jacquelyn and Jake...crazy face

Sherry, Jacquelyn and I

our sweet son Jake

Jake and Kayce's corgi....Newman
and yes, say it like Jerry does on Friends

Their other fur baby...Morticia who is super spoiled
But all dogs should be spoiled

We had a great time at Dee's reunion even though most of
us didn't know anyone :)

and then sadly they left to go back to Atlanta Sunday morning
we sure do miss them