Sunday, December 31, 2017


At some point I will be making A Place for Us private. It just seems important as the grandkids get older. I don't want my blog to infringe on their privacy but do want to continue it as a way of remembering the times in our family's life. If you're among the few who want access, I am happy to put you on the approved list; text/call/comment to let me know. Thanks!

Edited to add: someone commented to be added but it was received as 'anonymous' rather than from an email address so I can't add to approved list...
Also, I may have inadvertently emailed most of my contacts about this. If so, sorry for the tech fail!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Ordinary Days

While their parents were in Napa Valley and San Francisco, I got to stay with these three. School, dance, soccer, tennis, gymnastics and more made for four wonderfully busy days. Thankfully, E.W. was able to spend the busiest afternoon with us and treated us to supper.

Being with the kids during their ordinary days makes for many opportunities to build relationships. So thankful for my time with them!  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Grey is One!

Happy birthday, sweet Grey, our caboose. Love you more than that!

Sweetest face!

Mama and Grey

Quick snap with dad, too. 

These three! Always keeping it interesting!

Let's get the party started!

E.W. sneaking him watermelon before supper. 

Bo and Banks know the drill; Grey was unsure. 

Didn't take him long to decide this was a good thing.

Wait. You want me to share?

Ok, I'll share!

Just a little messy. 

Mama got a little too close.

This is how it ended, with everyone fresh and clean
and not too much chocolate remaining.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


It's been nine years since we met this sweet little girl. We call her the engine of our grandchildren train (the caboose will have his first birthday in exactly one week). She was the one who turned us into grandparents and what a joy it's been. Happy 9th birthday, Ellie!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Just Mack

Mack spent the night with us so he wouldn't have to suffer through Ellie's slumber party! Might have made the girls happy, too? Cousins together is always fun but it's good to have just one, too. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Creative coffee brewing.
After watching Hurricane Irma on the Weather Channel for about a week, we finally felt the impact Monday. For the first time, our town was under a hurricane warning. There was a lot of rain and high winds but our home did not have any damage. Removing a lot of trees and having the others trimmed helped, I'm sure. 
Revved up the new generator
after 6-8 hours without power.
We were without power from early Monday morning until midnight and found out later that only the five homes on our cul-de-sac had power. The rest of the street didn't get power until late Wednesday (which is when our cable/internet came back) and so many are still without.

Irma is one for the record books; we don't ever want to see a storm that has an impact on millions of people again.

Yeah, let's do do this again.
After the storm, E.W. was excited for
his favorite yard maintenance activity!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Quick Visit

Mama had some special visitors today! 

Thanks for the photo, Jay!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Watch and Wait

Hurricane Irma seems to traveling right up I-75. 

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