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!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

UGA/SC 24-10

The South Carolina game weekend didn't exactly go according to plan. The Berryman boys were sick and that put a wrinkle in things. It was sad that the young Bowers had to detour from staying with us (why get three more kids sick?) and it meant that Mack had to go to the game instead of being with Auntie Kate and the boys.
Mack and Emma lined up for refreshments.

The change in plans meant that I got to sit with Ellie.
(I did volunteer for Mack to join me!). Such a treat
to spend this one-on-one time with my oldest grandchild.

Dawgs before the game.

This fella was nearby; loved his savage shoulder pads
inspired by the Dawg defense. Those spikes were made
from styrofoam cones painted black!

Ellie cheered so hard; she MEANT
she was going to get on the scoreboard's
big screen AND she did. THREE times!

Uncle Jay caught some of her hard work from his seat!

Two good things: 
These boys really did not know what they missed (we might have failed to mention that Mack and the girls were in town!) AND they really didn't feel awful. 

Helping daddy put up the tailgate stuff.

Mia, please give my paci back!

Sunday, October 29, 2017


It was a good day!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time with Bryna

Someone special came to my house today! Bryna lives in California so we don't get to see each other often; so thankful for the hours we got to spend together today when she and her sister detoured on their way from Florida to Atlanta. Still making memories after all these years!

We've known each other a LONG time!

Good looking group of girls, right?

Not my most attractive look but the memories are priceless. 


Laughing so hard! 8-5-09
Love this friend!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Wednesday with Mack

While mama and daddy had parent-teacher conference, Mack and I had some great one-on-one time. His brain never stops. Ever. It's amazing and ever so entertaining. Love this kid.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Extended Additions

We've had a couple of wonderful new additions to our extended family this past week! Ashley's brother and his wife welcomed their first child on the 14th... 

Hardy with Grandma

...and my cousin Susan welcomed her first grandchild, a sweet baby girl, on the 18th.

Dallas with Susan ... wonder what her grandchildren
 (because I hope there will be more!) will call her.
So thankful for these two healthy babies!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Meet-Up, the cat edition

Scarlett had some company over today. Putter was being anti-social and didn't attend the party. He's not a fan of Mellow Yellow (the walk-on) and barely tolerates Bob from next door. This sort of thing has been going on for a couple of years now. 

Mellow, Bob, & Scarlett
Yes, only one of these cats is ours.
Putter was snoozing inside.

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. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017


This picture was taken about a year before my parents married (today would have been their 68th anniversary). Love daddy's leg propped up on the back of mama's car and the way he's listening so carefully to what she's whispering!

A Date at Lake Greenwood

Dawg Days - Appalachian State

The weekend began Wednesday with a stop to see mama (and a delicious shrimp dinner from Rhinehart's!).  After breakfast on Thursday, we left for Athens. We had made plans to join friends from college, Mike and Eve, for the evening and what a great time we had catching up. No pictures, but it DID happen!
with Mike and Eve, way back when

The rest of the weekend was filled with family, tailgating, and football. Any time we are with our kids and their kids, wonderful memories are made.

Ellie, Emma, and Grey were still enough for quick photos.

These three, on the other hand,
were only still long enough to plot their next move!

Most of their day looked something like this.

Under the tent

So glad Mary Ann was able to come!


Please notice Grey's little head peeking over the table!

Sweet Kate organized us (as best she could with this group) for a
family photo. Bless our hearts. One of these days, we'll all smile and
look at the camera! Still, this is us!

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