Showing posts from March, 2015

I wasn't expecting this

Last night as I was coming home from running some errands, I 
thought I would swing by Fresh and Easy to pick up a few things.

Uh, not going to happen.
I walked in and saw this
I'd had no idea they were closing!  (This shouldn't have been a shock to me, but it was.)
This nice little store never had a chance  with this big store across the street...
and another one, Save Mart, on the opposite corner.

But that's why I liked that little store. It was never crowded.  I often had the store all to myself. For nearly 5 years.
And they had a nice gluten free section.

But you know what I really liked about it? It was here that my 
granddaughter Elora taught me how to use the self serve check out.

We came here many times after school  so she could try the samples while we shopped.

We liked the close up front parking for moms (and Grandmas.)
(Elora is only 8 here, and Cami is just 5 1/2. These pictures were taken 7 days before Violet was born.)
I went back to this store one last time early this mor…


We had a bit of heaven in our home yesterday.

My cousin Pat Rozier Nelson emailed and said she and her husband would be in town  with her 92 year old mother, my Aunt Wanda. I was so excited to see her, and all of them,  so we threw a little party in the middle of Friday afternoon.

Notice the center piece above? The table was empty in the middle and in walks Pat bringing the flowers  and Yolanda bringing the WE ARE FAMILY sign. SO thoughtful they are!
Wonderful seeing my Dad and Aunt Wanda together again after all these years. I don't even know  when the last time they saw each other was. Years, at least.

My kids were all either out of the country, out of state, or at work that day….except for Amy.  So she snagged Kylie out of school and headed on over.  (or was I not suppose to say that?) Amy took me aside during the party and said something like, "Aunt Wanda is amazing. Really, she's  92? Did you see how she gets out of a chair? Like no big deal!" 
And not only that,…

Nacho Bar

I was talking to a new friend last month about our family  gatherings. She came up with the idea of a Nacho Bar.  I had never had one of those but it sounded good. 
We aren't very fancy people so this may not look as good as it was.
Tortilla chips
taco seasoned meat
smashed pintos
romaine lettuce
tomatoes, olives, onions, sour cream, cheese, salsa

Fresh Strawberries with whipped cream
rolls, but they were unnecessary.

I was surprised how much everyone liked it.

I debated about the cheese. 
Would they want the liquid stuff or the real cheese?  So I gave them a choice and the liquid won out. 

Elora arrived early and helped with the ice and drinks. 

Kylie with her boyfriend, David, and his son Travor,  Jonas looking on.

Jonas and Téa were having quite the conversation.  See that dirty napkin by Téa's plate? Trevor (next to her) had set his strawberry on his napkin and then
was upset when it got dirty. He started to cry about it (he's only 3!) and Téa just quietly took his
napkin and p…

The loser got to be a tree

Little Grant's preschool teacher asked his parents if one of them would dress up as a tree 
and be in the St Patrick's Day parade that goes down Main Street. 

This was not something either of them wanted to do, so guess what? 
They decided to have a board game championship and the loser had to be the tree. 

So guess who lost?.... Or won... all in how we frame it. 

This is what good Dads do, right?
Not sure how the dog fits in to all this…. but Grant was sure happy to see his little sister, Scarlett.
What an endearing little tail Grant has.  McKenna made his costume, and McKay's too.

A reporter saw Scarlett smelling dandelions at the parade 
and said her picture would be on the front page of the 
newspaper the next day!….but…..

We were all disappointed to learn they did indeed write about 
Scarlett in the paper, however, the picture they had was not 
Scarlett but another child instead. Total mixup!

Here's the first little part of a long newspaper article about it. 
Great how little Miss…