Monday, January 20, 2014

Snow, Babies, Basketball, and Valentines...........oh my

We are having an old fashioned kind of winter.  One that I remember growing up, where there was always snow on the ground.  We had a couple of warmer days last week and it melted most of the snow.  On Friday the snow came down in huge fluffy flakes.  It was so beautiful.  We are continuing to have snow every day.  We have more coming tonight and tomorrow and our temps are dropping and will stay cold for several days. 

Our downtown when the big flakes were coming down.  It was also very dark that afternoon.  It's been dark all day today.  When the sun does shine it is wonderful.
Our house with just a little snow.   If you look way up high in the clearing you can see one of the turkey vultures.  They have been leaving for days only to return when the temps warm a bit.  I can hear someone shooting at them sometimes in the evening.  So glad that others here are taking action. so it's not all up to us.  We bang our trash can lid and hundreds will take off.
On Friday my DIL, her mother and I were invited to my DIL's neighbors for a Valentines Workshop.  Her neighbor is an old friend of mine and quite a character.  She is 80 and very bossy but hilarious.  I have made these Danish cut outs before but not for years.  There were others there as well.  She charged us $10 and that included soup and dessert.  She had all her grandmothers china in use.  I didn't take pictures because it just wasn't the right thing to do.  Next summer I will take pictures of her fairy gardens.  Jo Jo as my granddaughter calls her, runs a tight ship.  She makes you pay attention and follow along.  Even though she is bossy she is funny.  She wants people to share her art with others and encourages similar get togethers to do just that..  The three of us like to talk and meet new people.  The other guests were not very friendly.  We tried to get to know them but it wasn't working.  Jo Jo kept asking me if I was okay.  I was very quiet, and she knows that's not like me.  The lady next to me was loud and intrusive.  She kept reaching for things in front of me and bumping my scissors.  I was a good girl and didn't jab her with my scissors......I was close but I didn't.  Here is what we made.
Saturday was a busy eventful day.  We had basketball games for the grands at 12, 3, and 5.  We also had Baby O.'s first birthday party.  She walked right over to me when we walked in the door.  Doesn't she look pretty in her birthday dress.
We made it to all the games and had lunch at Bob Evans and coffee at the coffee shop between events.
(Before I move to Sunday, I have something to tell you about one of the games.  My oldest granddaughter plays on a 5/6 grade team.  They happened to be playing the best team in the league.  It's actually a traveling team not a rec. league.  They have paid adults refereeing the game.  The star player on the opposite team's mother was an assistant coach.  We were sitting in the opposite side of the bleachers so I didn't see what this mom did or hear what she said.  All of a sudden the ref started screaming at her to shut up and sit down and called a technical foul on her.  The gym got silent.  I have never heard a man yell at a woman like this.  It is probably old fashioned of me to think of it in that way instead of coach vs. referee.  It was something else.
The girls play very aggressively.  My granddaughter is timid and shy.  This was the first game that we were allowed to go to because she was embarrassed.  She did really well I thought.  Her dad said it was the last year for her to play.  He is so protective.  While this game was going on her mama was in the ER having tests run.  She is okay but they did find some minor things wrong.
Baby O
On Sunday we went to the two little B's baby dedication.  They go to a huge church.  Tons of people.  Very casual and non-denomination.  The kids on stage were so funny.  So many wiggles.  I had to show you a couple of Little B doing funny things.  These little guys are so special.  As soon as they saw us they were both in Mr. Cozy's arms.  We went out for lunch afterwards.  It was the quickest lunch we have had in awhile.  Good thing I didn't have a time to chew.
On the way home we met our son with his girls.  We took the girls to see Nut Job.  While they laughed out loud and said it was the best movie ever, we struggled to stay awake.  But I will admit the ending or after the ending was the best part. 
Don't you love their spikey hair.
Check out these last two pictures and Baby B.'s arms.  So funny. 

See the little guy on his dad's shoulders.  He tried to pull our Baby Mamas hair.  She was unaware until I told her.  He almost had it in his hands. 
(This family may not be blood related but we couldn't love them more)

My wish list is going well.  I am concentrating on less sugar, more organic and fresh veggies and fruits.........but today has not been a good one.....a new day tomorrow.  I did connect with more than one friend I haven't seen for awhile.  I looked online for exercise's weak, but it's a start.  I think writing it down and publishing it helps keep me responsible. 

Now to hunker down and await the snow and cold.  Not really, I will be out and about tomorrow.  I did stay home and rested today.


Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

The craft party description was funny! LOL The lesson is that women in a group can be difficult at any age! I'll have to tell this to my tween/teen daughter.

The baby is so cute.

Julia said...

You are always so busy with the kids Debby it was good to get out to this workshop but I'm not so sure that you would go back again, lol... I don't think that it would be my cup of tea but you were so well behaved you deserve an award. Grown up can be a little unruly some time too. lol...

We are bracing for another snow storm and cold temperatures. I'm counting the days before Spring.
have a great week.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your downtown area looks so sweet, I wish we had a little Main St. And you are right, it is like an old fashioned winter.

The craft party sounded like a blast. What ever happened to the sweet old ladies? I laughed...jabbing the lady next to you with scissors.

Fun family certainly keep busy! And they are all so cute!

Have you checked your television stations for an exercise show? I just ordered two DVD's from Amazon at just $6.00 each! No excuses!


Musings from Kim K. said...

Your paper cutting is beautiful. It sounds like quite an experience. I don't think I could have been as patient. Darling picture of your grands. You are one busy Grandma.

Lutka And Co. said...

You have a lovely house Debby. I laughed imagining you sitting next to the unfriendly woman - good for you that you were nice! :) Stay warm!

Shirley said...

Hi Debby, You sound just as busy as I am at times. Basketball, all of the other activities plus soon to be horse shows. Your grands are so adorable and it is wonderful to have family together for any occasion. I don't think I would have been that nice at the craft party. She would have been told for sure. Have a wonderful day. Stay warm and safe. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Kris said...

Hi Debby. Thank you for your visit to Simplify, and your nice comment! You have a big beautiful family!!!! Loved my visit here tonight!
xo Kris

Kimberly said...

Your always so busy! I love how the craft project turned out. I use to do crafts at the high school. I miss it! I am waiting for snow also today. I love the snow! My friends think I am crazy. Give me a snow day over a hot summer day anytime. Enjoy your week, Debby!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Great pics all...

You are so lucky to capture falling snow. It seems to elude my camera. -pout-

Baby O is precious and her Nana is pretty cute herself! I love, love, love your hair.

Happy you are still working on your healthy eating plans. And yes, it's ok if we aren't perfect. :-)

Stay warm and safe, in the Arctic Blast!!!!


imsovintage said...

You have been very busy and your family is beautiful. Just love the little ones. The description of the craft party was so funny. xo Laura

NanaDiana said...

Debby- I went back and read the past posts I had missed. That baby O is just beautiful! My goodness! Loved the craft party where no one would talk to you run by an 80 year old drill sergeant. I'm surprised you didn't stab Large-Marge-In-Charge with your scissors.

Love your downtown area. There is nothing like a sweet downtown in the wintertime. Too many Main Sts have fallen out of favor and are abandoned.

I like the cute Valentine hanger you made, too.

Hope you find something to do that will allow you to volunteer at a level that works for you. xo Diana

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your town looks charming. Sounds like a fun time at the workshop. Sounds like you were very busy. I agree, that is the smartest way to eat!

genie said...

The story of the craft party is hilarious...especially the part about the scissors. You told us a great tale. Love your valentine mobile. Very cute. Hope you are doing ok. I have now combined my two blogs...moved Buttons into Climbing. I just couldn’t keep track of what I was doing. Have been busy working on my quilt blocks and dealing with way too much snow. It is still snowing tonight. I am sososo tired of winter this year. Love you...g

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Getting together for arts sake should be a fun time. Too bad you didn't click with the others there. Definitely a lesson in patience and tolerance. :) Stay warm and cozy and be careful when you are out and about. Best wishes, Tammy

Jo said...

What a busy family life. A great read Debby. Thanks