Friday, July 1, 2022

1000 Pictures Are Worth A Few Words

We are in regroup mode here today after a week away spoiling our newborn grandson, then a week at home with our two older grandsons. 

We're tired. 

But it's a good kind of tired and we have nowhere to go right now so we're taking our time getting the house back in order. Beds stripped, sheets washed, beds remade, toys and stepstools and little boy dishes put away til next time, bathrooms cleaned, naps taken. 

Naps are important. If the beds don't get remade right away no big deal, but if I miss my nap it might be a problem. 

Having the grands here was grand. As always. It was a bit spur of the moment as Daughter1's in-laws were in her neck of the woods the weekend prior and she decided to ride back to the lake with them, and then her hubs will collect them this weekend. 

We're good with last minute though and never say no to time with the most fun little men on the planet. Even if they do wake up talking and go to bed talking and ask a million jillion questions all the day long and want to swim 24/7 and insist Nana jump off the dock seventeen trillion times and I think you see why we're tired. 

The forecast was for rain every day but it never really materialized so we got to swim every day. We do running jumps holding hands, cannonballs and wazknackers (Pawpaw taught the mancub that-sorry no picture)...we float and kayak-

and we swim under the 'bridge

Pawpaw (the human fish or aqualung as we like to call him) does tricks while my girl and I float on our water saddles and solve all the problems of the world. So good. 

Besides the lake we also spent some time at the pool-

Made homemade peach ice cream-

Colored pictures, worked puzzles, read books, raced Hot Wheel cars, transformed the transformers, facetimed the new baby cousin who by the way, can't wait to join the party-

Really. 

We fed the birds and some fish too-

We taught the words to some hand clapping games I used to play when I was a kid...Miss Mary Mack anyone?...

There was a boat ride-

And we sharpened our reflexes with lit sparklers lol-


We had the absolute best time roasting marshmallows around the firepit-



In other words, we had a blast! 


I think they had fun too. 

Monday, June 27, 2022

Life Is Beautiful

One item of business before we press on...there will not be a Hodgepodge this week. We spent last week with our newest grandson and arrived back home Friday. On Saturday Daughter1 and her boys came out to the lake to spend a few days so whew! The Hodgepodge will have to wait another week. See you back for that on July 6th. 

Now where was I? I think I was saying life is beautiful and there is absolutely nothing in the world to remind you that's true more so than a newborn babe. 

Daughter2 texted us at 5 AM the morning of our anniversary and said to come on over. We had packed our bags the Friday before because we also thought that was gonna be the day, but false alarm. We loaded up the pup and made our way to hubs brother's house to drop our dog at 'camp'. He loves my sister-in-law especially and they had offered to keep Hunley while we were meeting the new little man.

Daughter2 and her hubs have a little dog and we didn't want to add anything else that needed caring for into the mix of a newborn, new parents, and a small dog about to lose rank in the hierarchy of home. We are so grateful we had somewhere our own dog could stay and play so we could focus our attention on the new baby (and his dog lol). Hubs was determined to teach him some circus tricks before his parents got home.

We got to Daughter2's house mid-afternoon then waited and waited and jumped every time the phone dinged and then we finally went to a local restaurant to celebrate 38 years of married life. Mostly though we were fidgety and just so ready to get the call. 

Which we did. Finally! 

Welcome to the world beautiful boy! Born with a full head of hair and cheeks that go for days-

Also, I have tiny daughters who somehow birth big babies. They are completely awesome. 

The dads are pretty great too. Just sayin'-

The new parents made their way home from the hospital the following day and then we basically spent the next week letting this tiny human steal our hearts. 


If you have grandchildren then you know you can indeed spend an entire day just sitting watching them. Many days actually. 

The in-laws arrived on Wednesday so we overlapped by a couple of days which was double the fun. They joined hubs and I in the watching and the marveling and the talk of how perfectly perfect he truly is. 


This world gets messier by the minute, but I hold a newborn baby in my arms and all the noise and turmoil just fades right away. I feel tiny fingers wrap around my own...

And I sit in quiet awe of a God whose design for birth is nothing short of a full blown miracle.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

In The Heat Of The Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then hop over and leave a comment for your neighbor there. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. Something you learned from your father? 

Hard work is it's own reward. 
Keep your elbows off the table.
Jesus loves me. 

2. Do you like onions? Raw or cooked? How about onion rings? What's something you love to eat that calls for onions? 

I do like onions, and cooked is my preference. While I like raw onions I avoid them, because when you're over the half century mark you can't eat whatever you want anymore. True story. 

I use onions in so many dishes but pasta sauce, baked rice, and enchiladas are a few favorites that wouldn't taste nearly as good without the onions added. 

3. It's officially summer (in the Northern hemisphere)...your favorite and least favorite things about the season?

Favorite? The longer daylight

Least favorite? The ridiculous humidity that smacks you in the face before the sun even rises

4. When you think about the summers of your childhood what are two or three things that come to mind? 

A sense of freedom...going barefoot, riding bikes to the pool, big neighborhood games of hide and seek or kick the can, ice cold watermelon, homemade ice cream, chasing fireflies, camp. 

5.  A hot mess, the heat of the moment, beat the heat, if you can't stand the heat, catch heat, in a dead heat...choose a 'hot 'phrase and tell us how it applies to your life right now.

America is a bit of a hot mess these days, but I'm going with beat the heat because it's too hot for deep. Feeling super grateful for air conditioning on these 100 degree days. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Look who made his entry into the world on our 38th wedding anniversary last week-


He is absolutely precious and I want to tell you more and I will. Soon. Right now we are far too busy watching him sleep, admiring his full head of hair, and marveling at the absolute gift of new life. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Hodgepodge Questions-Volume 467

Here are the questions to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog, then hop back here tomorrow to add your link to the party. See you there! 

1. Something you learned from your father? 

2. Do you like onions? Raw or cooked? How about onion rings? What's something you love to eat that calls for onions? 

3. It's officially summer (in the Northern hemisphere)...your favorite and least favorite things about the season?

4. When you think about the summers of your childhood what are two or three things that come to mind? 

5.  A hot mess, the heat of the moment, beat the heat, if you can't stand the heat, catch heat, in a dead heat...choose a 'hot 'phrase and tell us how it applies to your life right now.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Some Enchanted Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for your neighbor there. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? Elaborate.  
 
I suppose so. I wear my heart on my face would probably be a more accurate statement. I don't think I'm very good at hiding my emotions. 

2. A favorite love song? 

Oooh, so hard to choose just one. I have a long list but one of my favorites is More Today Than Yesterday by Spiral Staircase. 

3. Do you consider yourself a trusting person? Explain. 

I think so. I mean, within reason. In terms of those I know in real life I'm trusting unless you give me some reason not to trust you. I'm less trusting of politicians, the media, self-proclaimed internet 'experts', and the like. 

4. June 14th is National New Mexico Day...have you ever been to New Mexico (aka The Land of Enchantment)? Any desire to visit the state? Some of the top rated tourist attractions there are- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Park, The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, Bandelier National Monument, The Georgia O'Keefe Museum, Santa Fe Plaza, and the Petroglyph National Monument. Of the attractions listed which would be tops on your list? 

I have been to New Mexico. My mom hails from The Land of Enchantment so visiting grandparents always meant a trip out west. I lived in New Mexico for one year when I was small while my dad was overseas with the Marine Corps. My mom moved in with her parents that year because she had three small children and was expecting her fourth. Good times.

Actually they were good times. I was especially close to my Grandma. That's me in the middle with a sister on either side on one of our trips to N.M. I've been to some of the sites mentioned including Bandelier and Santa Fe. The Balloon Festival would be something I'd enjoy. 

5. What's something you've found enchanting recently? 

Filled with delight, charming...hmmm...small mountain towns can be enchanting, and we have several not far from us that I'd say fit the description. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

My mom and I listened to Amor Towles book The Lincoln Highway while we trekked around Tennessee. So good! He is one of my favorite authors and I really loved this one. 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Hodgepodge Questions-Volume 466

Here are the questions to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog, then hop back here tomorrow to share answers with the universe. See you there! 

1. Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? Elaborate.  

2. A favorite love song? 

3. Do you consider yourself a trusting person? Explain. 

4. June 14th is National New Mexico Day...have you ever been to New Mexico (aka The Land of Enchantment)? Any desire to visit the state? Some of the top rated tourist attractions there are- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Park, The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, Bandelier National Monument, The Georgia O'Keefe Museum, Santa Fe Plaza, and the Petroglyph National Monument. Of the attractions listed which would be tops on your list? 

5. What's something you've found enchanting recently? 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Monday, June 13, 2022

It's Mom Time

Not that mom time since we are still waiting on baby boy to join the party here. I'm talking about my own momma today. She and my younger sister flew to SC for Daughter2's baby shower several weeks ago, and while my sister went back home my mom has been here ever since. My older sister lives about an hour from me and we've been sharing time with her.

She was at my house for nine days early on in the visit, and we took a big little road trip to Tennessee so she could see where her granddaughters live, spend time with her great-grandsons, and visit two of her old and very dear friends who live less than an hour from Daughter1. 

It seemed simple, three hours to Daughter2 and spend the night. Then three more hours to Daughter1 and spend three nights, plus the side trip to the friends, then three hours back to Daughter2 and spend another night, then home. In a blinding rainstorm through Atlanta which was as delightful as it sounds. Plus in the first hour of the trip I made a wrong turn (too much gabbing) and drove about thirty minutes the wrong way before I realized it. Oops. Hey it's not an adventure if everything is smooth sailing, right? 

This little road trip was a lot of schlepping for someone in their ninth decade of life. Also a lot of schlepping for someone  in their sixth decade, but if she can do it I can do it and we did and it was wonderful. Did I take a single picture of the momma-to-be with her grandmother? No I did not. Boo. I meant to, but we were busy talking and dining out and playing cards and time got away from me. Here we are at the shower though, so that's something-

And I did manage a couple of snaps with Daughter1 and her boys while we were in her part of the state. We went to a highly entertaining T-ball game on a warm Friday evening and that needed to be documented. 

Love the batter who ran to first base then sat down for a little rest until it was time to run to second lol. That's our star first baseman beside her-

And I did get a picture of my mom with friends she and my dad made when these friends were newly married with young children. They have been so wonderful to keep in contact with my mom all these many years and we had a lovely lunch in their home. Such a treat for my mom to see them in person-

We went to church with Daughter1 and her family, then out to lunch the Sunday we were there. For the record, picture taking with busy little boys is not for the faint of heart. 

After we got back to SC mom was at my house a few more days before moving over to my sisters to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend and my niece's birthday. Then back to me for another nine days, then back to my sister for another nine days. Whew! She's a trooper! 

We did a lot of card playing, porch sitting, bird watching, and jigsaw puzzle working while she was here. On Monday hubs drove us up into the mountains to the charming town of Highlands North Carolina. We stopped on the way up for the not-to-be missed view of our lake and the lake just above ours, then had a nice lunch in town. 

On the way home we made a quick visit to Bridal Veil Falls which are accessible from a pull-off in the road. It was such a beautiful day, and mom enjoyed walking behind the falls. Not Niagara, but pretty nonetheless. 

What a gift this time has been. To set aside all my to-do's and just enjoy time spent with with my momma. Such tender precious memories made.