Saturday, February 28, 2015

John turned one .....

Our youngest grandson turned one
on January 23rd but they just had his party
this past weekend due to so much sickness running
through their family....colds, sinus infections....yuck!

Everyone is well now 
and we had family over to our house for some
birthday celebration for little John Thomas....
here he is having lunch before everyone arrived 

our oldest grandson Maddox with our daughter Nicole

John Thomas with his Aunt Heather

Son Jake with his friend Kayce

Declan loves his cousin Gabe.....and here he is pulling on him...haha!

Sister-in-law Susan and niece Mallory

from left....Tom, Tyler, Carol and Matt
and oh hey Mallory.....I see you looking at the camera... haha

There was a cake for everyone and a birthday cupcake for John

here's Declan....I look through these pictures and I notice all
of my grandsons have big eyes!!!

Birthday boy....enjoying his cupcake

John, Johnny and Lynne

Declan loves playing with Gabe and always is doing whatever he does
so he sees Gabe laying on the floor and he has to go over there
and lay with him


Friday, February 27, 2015

SNOW ....

We had our second snow of 2015 this week
and people that know me know that when it snows, I'm like
a kid again!! I know it can be a pain to some but really,
I live in Virginia.....when it snows, it only keeps people home one day
Kids get out of school for right many days so to me, I think
that's great. When I was a kid I loved snow days!!

This was a beautiful snow....the kind that sticks
to the trees.
check out these pictures....


Thursday, February 19, 2015


Running.....I'm running
even as I type this, I still can't believe that I am running
Actually, I'm that the same thing?
I don't know, I'm such a rookie at this
I've tried before to run but had no interest
when I decided to try the couch to 5k again, I had my 
best friend Cheryl on board to do it with me
and then to my surprise, Johnny decided to run with me...yay!!
and I'll be honest, there have been times that I did not want to go
out in the cold but because Johnny was running, I did it
and I was always glad that I did

we are in week 4 but I may end up repeating this one
I had some knee issues that forced me to walk a few of the "runs"
so now I want to re-do that week

I'm using a knee support that stabilizes my knee and it has 
made a huge difference
We went to a running store to get good running shoes...another
wise choice
and I'm constantly asking my sister Kandi for advice...she's a runner
and also my inspiration to run!
So far, doing good.....

Before we run I fix us a jar of lemon water with chia seeds
I know it looks nasty but really, it is so refreshing to drink

my new shoes... 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Bay .....

Back in January we headed down to the Chesapeake Bay
to spend some time with my Aunt and Uncle
This is my Dad's brother
One of my sisters and her husband, my brother and our Dad
along with Johnny and I headed down for a weekend
to hang out
It was terribly cold and a lot of rain
but that didn't matter as we were inside, warm and having
a great time

We played poker almost the entire day on Saturday
had a wonderful dinner and then, you guessed it, more poker!

Sunday morning we woke to such a great breakfast
hung out, looked at some old family pictures
and then it was time to head home
the weekend went way too fast so we're looking forward to 
hanging out some time soon
Thank you Uncle Raymond and Aunt Jean for such a wonderful
time....great family fun, fantastic food and some great
poker games!!!
and again, I was horrible at taking pictures.....I should have taken
photos of all of us but I was enjoying my time and just didn't
think about pictures.

Below is their view from the sun room.....who couldn't look
at this every single day!!

and yes, that really happened......3 of us with an A and a six

not a clear picture of me and my Daddy but I love it


Tuesday, February 17, 2015


We got snow....finally!!
they called for 9 to 14 inches.....we got 6 1/2 inches!
but that's Richmond, that's how it always is with us
whenever they call for a "big" one, we don't get it
as always, this one seemed for sure but no, didn't happen
oh well, 6 1/2 inches and it was beautiful

Jacquelyn, Bucky and Declan came and spent the night with us
Johnny and Bucky had to get up and go to work
Jacquelyn's office closed
and I worked from home
but I did take a break and go out in the snow with Declan
When we first went out, Declan just wasn't sure snow was very fun
he wanted to be held, but then he started having fun

haha.....he decided to just lay down in the snow!

Our house looks so pretty in the snow