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Sunday, December 7, 2008

um, dad, I'm sorry I forgot to call you and mom, can I spend the night at georgia's and river's?

It's 11:00 pm, do you know where your pups are?

These dogs do: Georgia Brown, River, and Maggie warm themselves in front of the fire, listening to Handel's Messiah, end to end. "The government is on His shoulders," and they know Handel wasn't talking about Peeps.

And when the Psalms say, "let everything that hath breath praise the Lord," they know David the shepherd had dogs in mind. Made by the One who cared so much about His creation that he asked the maker of the Ark to gather them up, male and female, two by two, into his care.

Thanks, Dad, for letting me stay with my cousins. We had so much fun.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

We had a wonderful time with yummy eats - with Justin, Millie, Grayson and all dogs. Here are some photos to show off the fun!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ta Da - Just from Fixing Breakfast

Looks simple on the schedule where it says...smoothie and 2 slices of Zuchini Bread lightly toasted. This is a photo from JUST the smoothie after about 5 minutes of prep time. I guess it is all in what you used to doing in terms of food prep.... It was fun and she did like it and of course I just made a couple of extras for Peeps and me and it was a good way to start day II at the Tree House and thereabouts. MayMay
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Mesmerized by video on ReadDaddyRead

Avery must have wanted to watch this little video on ReadDaddyRead a dozen times. She just loved it (and ate dinner) TV in any form is just flat popular...

Peeps feeds two at once with commentary

MayMay was fixing food as fast as Peeps could get it shoveled in. We both think the boy has an excellent future as a linebacker ---

Mast Farm Inn and Carmen Road Trip

What a wonderful time at a wonderful place. I had seen where Carmen was playing in Boone of all places and decided to surprise Jonathan with a little early Christmas present. Everything was PERFECT. The opera - the meals- the company and the break.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lost and found

Cell phones, hand held recorders, and digital cameras are big with the under three crowd.  Toddlers feel a certain glee at being able to change your ringtone, set an alarm to off in the middle of the night, or call someone with the tap of a button.

My Sony hand held recorder is my favorite gadget.  I take it everywhere, and of course, have recorded lots of special moments.  The recorder's hold switch locks the unit doing whatever it was doing, one reason why it's a perfect gadget for grandaughters Grayson and Avery to play with.   Can anyone tell me why toddlers turn handheld devices over and over and over?  Do they think whoever is making the sound is going to fall out?  As Anne blogged about earlier, Grayson visited Camp Toad Hall week before last. 

On the living room floor, laughing and playing, I figured this was as good as any time to record her happy voice, and so I gave her my Sony.  Locked in "play" mode, Grayson looked quizzically at the recorder, hearing her cousin saying what every dog says, "Huff, huff, huff, huff, huff, huff."  And yes, she turned it over and over and over as if expecting a little Avery (or a little dog!) to fall out. 

Grayson moved on to riding her little red Fire Truck that makes lots and lots of pre-recorded sounds at the tap of a button.  Then we moved on to blocks, reading, and then we went for a wagon ride. 

Come Monday, I couldn't find my Sony.  I figured I must have left it on my desk at work.  When I didn't find it on my desk, I figured it was in my car.  When it wasn't in my car, I figured it was in my top right drawer in the front hall table.  And when it wasn't in the drawer, I gave up.

Two weeks later, at home with my first bad head cold in several years; bleary eyed, I was lying on the soft staring at nothing, when I realized I was looking at the little red Fire Truck.  And then I remembered how Grayson had recently discovered that the Fire Truck has a trunk, the seat lifts up, and that she could stash her Little People, blocks, balls, and you guessed it, my Sony IC recorder.

Anne said, "You should have just asked her in the first place, after all she's a woman, and we both know women find things better than men."

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


She is a real fun little girl...the higher and faster the better :) MayMay

Monday, November 3, 2008


bubbles make bathtime fun...note water music in background --- new standard for bath time :)

Where's Grayson

On the way to the park - having fun all the way there.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Again - again -again

She knows what she wants - to go down again again again.........

At the slide

Grayson Just loves the slide....we didn't know whether she had been ---we should have known from the looks on her face should have told us she seems to have NO fear.

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Get some coffee - start another day

WELCOME TO STANDARD TIME _ or what in the world to you do with a one year old's schedule when you have a time change??? Oh Dear ++++ Millie said we could just stay on DST but that just seemed to much like taking the easy way out....Grayson really likes to smell the coffee every morning...she must do it at seems like the way she believes the breakfast gets going - or at least that is what she has us believing :) Waffles, rasberries, banannas,eggs, and scones we forgot to eat on Saturday YUM YUM - then it's off with Tyler to Walmart...she says it just isn't a Sunday without a trip out to Wallyworld......

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Dad and Mom - things have changed...I am expecting Water Music for bathtime from now on...Love, g (little G)

The ending of a happy day !!!

We were pretty sure it had been a swell day when Grayson laid right out on the floor as she was playing with Peepsie. Then she had a bubble bath in the kitchen sink and was just a slight bit fussy - we think because the day was closing in quick on her... So Peeps ever the amusement park in the family....put her nighttime diaper on his head and then MayMay read 3 books to her before saying her prayers and nighty night. She is a trouble at all. One is a really really sweet little age...

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Signs of the Season ----

Just a few rare sights in the neighborhood....A real honest to goodness house voting for McCain.....
A seasonal visitor noting how many Obama signs there really are on Ridgeway Drive
What Jonathan calls perhaps the lovliest tree in all of Greensboro in our friend Janet's yard
Yep - it Truly is an azalea blooming in November........the world has spun off its axis...
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Collecting Fall leaves before lunch

Before lunch in that little mini time slot - we gathered leaves for fall decorations.. then we had a good lunch. She is so agreeable.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Grayson at Market

Fun and games every Saturday morning at a long loved Greensboro tradition. Grayson has been going to the market since she was old enough to be out with all those people. She seems to know just what's happening there and loves every minute of it. You can hear here singing in the backpack. It is fun to travel with her...

Breakfast - CampToadHall Style

Is that wittle girl drinking coffee, Peeps? Nope he says - just smelling it. She seemed quite interested in smelling the coffee as they say - She did a great job with her mini waffles - asking for more in sign language - which I don't see her use much with her mom or dad...hmm. Maybe she thinks we are hard of hearing... don't know... But here we all are eating our respective breakfasts watching the time carefully so we could go to see all her friends...

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Halloween 2008 Tu Tu Cute

I normally don't go to the door on Halloween since Peeps LOVES it and I can take it or leave it but when he said "Come Quick" it's Millie and little Grayson in her TUTU - I sprung outta my seat...found the camera and this is what I saw. She LOVED the Jack O' Lantern
and coming to the front door of the famous Toad Hall. CAMPTOADHALL at its finest with Grandchildren. We had about 1,000 or so Trick or Treaters come after she did but she never even stirred with dogsabarking and doorbellsaringing she slept right through till 8 AM on Morning #1 of CampToadHall for her.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Avery and Bob

she knows the words...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Justin

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. 

Psalm 147:3-5

Justin, you are an awesome father, a loving husband, a true brother and brother-in-law, a loyal friend, a devoted uncle, a grateful son-in-law, a true friend of God, a formidable warrior, a credit to your profession, a gifted team member, a wonderful star, and a precious son.  These are words from a letter I wrote to you June 13, 1999, just a few days before Mom and I took you to college.  Love, your Dad

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mast Farm - VIEWS Outside

Everything about the Mast Farm Inn is just great. The grounds, the area, the rooms. It just couldn't have been better
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Peeps, let's do sidewalk chalk.......

One of Peeps and Avery's favorite things is sidewalk chalk...never mind that this is really MayMay's kitchen chalk - and we don't currently know the location of the sidewalk chalk. It's fun to hear them chatting and drawing and having fun. It's fun to be 2 1/2 :)

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After lunch and naps...

Part of Jackson's routine is in what MayMay calls the tilta whirl. He likes it for a while after any meal. Here are the girls posing with Millie after lunch then another shot of Jackson in the Tilta Whirl later in the day - note the change in clothes. MayMay was giving him a little juice in his sleep sack and the above white onsie and all of sudden felt everything was wet....seems that she forgot to put in the inner workings of the went everywhere in a hurry.....we all survived and it turned out ok.

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