Monday, May 3, 2010

Mama in Memphis

Mandi and Jared went to Memphis in May over the weekend and I got to keep Jake from Thursday night to Sunday night and it was a fun filled weekend. Friday afternoon me and Tony took Jake to meet mother at the park. Jake loved swinging and the slide.
Jake's bumbo surely helped me out at bathtime.
Saturday, me, Tony, Mother and Jake took a trip to Shara's to watch Dalton play in a baseball tournament. We met Keri, Mike and Sam at Shara's before the game and had lunch.
The boys look like they are having fun at the game, but Jake cried everytime the stands cheered for the team. Jake and Sam eat and changed into their PJs before we left, so they were ready for bed as soon as we got home.
Early Sunday morning before the storms, Tony and I took Jake for a walk down Turrentine and made some pictures since the flowers are blooming.
We love all the cute homes.
And all the big old trees that shade the way.
This is a magnificent home that makes a pretty picture.
I think we were having to take breaks along the way and it was just another excuse to take a picture.

I think this is Keri's favorite story book house.
These iris line the driveway of the same home we made the boys picture in the tulips blooming on Easter. Jake enjoys seeing the flowers up close.
Now, this is my white rose, pink old timey rose and yellow euonymus back at home.
Resting on the porch.
The video is Jake swinging at the park on Friday afternoon.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Minimalism on the heels of a new purchase

Here is the new purchase; a 2010 Chevrolet Camero. Please don't ask me what's up with that. I don't have an explanation. Nonna is not happy. Although, we do only have one vehicle and if I was attempting to reduce everything in my life, as a minimalist does, that is a good start, right? You've got to read this site I have found, http://zenhabits.net/archives/ .

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Baby is Home

Tony is the happiest when Alexander is home from school. They both love throwing up a west side when they are having their pictures made. Tony is the best Dad, always taking care of all the babies in his life. Well, he really takes care of everybody in his life. Me, our kids, our grandsons, our parents, all of the critters in the neighborhood and I'm so thankful he came into my life. Love you Tony!

Easter 2010

Mike and Sam are having fun in the sun looking for Easter Eggs for his Easter bucket.

Still gettin her money's worth

Keri's wedding day was perfect and her dress was a classic. It will still be a perfect dress 50 years from now. I don't know how, but Keri looks more beautiful in her wedding dress today than she did the day she got married. The photographer was entering a trash your wedding dress contest. Keri should win. She's wearing knee high boots sporting funky jewelry and shrattling her dining chair in the middle of what looks like a hay field. GORGEOUS!!

If momma's happy I'm happy

I've always heard if momma's happy, everybody's happy. Well Keri must be happy cause you can always get a smile from Sam even when he's taking a bath. There's Mickey! I don't think Sam goes anywhere without Mickey. Thanks Aunt Shara.
Just put me in the high chair and I'm good to go. Happy as usually.

Jake's Dedication

This is everyone that came to Jake's Dedication, including family and friends. This was the best picture of Mandi and Jake the day he was dedicated.

This is Paster Steve with Jared, Jake and Mandi immediately after Jake was dedicated.Keri and Sam at Jake's Dedication.Mandi and Keri always make the best pictures and so do their boys. Here is four generations on Mandi's maternal side of the family. Jake, me, my mother Jean and Mandi.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

25 Years at City Hall

Me, the Mayor and Kirby on my 25th Anniversary, Thursday, March 25, 2010.





Tony brought me the best Red Velvet cake to help celebrate. Kirby got in the picture with me.

My 50th birthday on January 12, 2010.






Kirby's 50th birthday celebration at City Hall.



Here are several old office pictures from City Hall over the years.





Jeff, Pinky, Fay, Kirby, me and Irran had a picture for some reason.



Kirby, Angie, Fay, me and Irran standing in front of the AS400.





Kirby, Ruth, me and Irran decorated our office door for Christmas and won a contest.


This last picture is me and Brian Greer back in 1990 at City Hall.

Monday, March 22, 2010

My Sister, Shara's 45th Birthday

On Shara's 45th birthday, Keri, Mandi, Jake and Sam met her for lunch. Shara had brought Jake and Sam each a Mickey Mouse from her trip to Disney World. Looks like Sam was trying to say something to her and Jake sees something on the table he wants.





I am so blessed! My daughters Keri and Mandi are so beautiful and so sweet and they have both given me the cutest little grandsons; Sam and Jake. I wish I could have been there too for Shara's birthday. Thanks girls, for remembering my sister.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Visit to Nonna's Sunday Afternoon

This is a picture of me in my rocking chair when I was 2 or 3 years old in the 1960s. I still have that rocker.







This is Keri with the rocker in the 1980s.


This is Mandi with the rocker in the 1980s.
I couldn't wait for one of my grandsons to try it out. Jake's not sitting up well enough to sit in it alone, but I held him so we could get a shot of him in it.












Jake and Mandi got to visit with Mama Jean Sunday at my house and it was sort of warm enough to sit outside on the porch during their visit. Tony got a cool shot of all our hands, Jake, Mandi, me and mother's. I think my hands look older than mother's and she's 30 years older than me. Wonder what Jake is thinking...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jake learning to eat baby food

Not sure what he is eating and he's not sure if he likes it.























Daddy you missed my mouth.


Yummy, give me some more of that apple sauce.

Sam's Dedication

Keri and Mike had Sam dedicated. We all met at the church for the dedication and out to a restaurant for lunch. This is a picture of all that came from Keri's side of the family. Left to right is Mandi, Jared, holding Jake, Tony behind them, then mother, Hannah, me and behind me Shara, Keri, holding Sam, Steve behind them and Mike.




Mike's family, left to right is Brook, Melonie, Johnny, holding Evans, Jeff behind them, Karen and Mary, Susan behind them, then Keri, holding Sam and Mike.





I thought this picture was the sweetest of Sam.









This is Sam's sweet little feet with his mom and dad's wedding rings hanging on his toes.