Well, here we sit, watching Saving Private Ryan for what must be at least the 25th time. I love this movie and so does Joe. But, since I have seen this so often, it's not exactly a cliff hanger for me, so I can tear myself away to update the blog.
Last night was kinda fun. There is a young man, Chad, who became a friend of DD's while she was in high school. He even lived with us for quite a while and I've teased him ever since about being his "other mother". He is a computer whiz, a born-again Christian, and an all around great guy. He's not perfect, but he is a young man to admire. I think, perhaps, I might have had a bit to do with that born-again Christian thing, and I take great joy in that thought. He is the proud papa of three cute kids, Michaela age 6, CJ age 4, and Lexi, age 2. They've had quite a financial struggle in spite of the fact that he is one of the best guys with a computer I've ever seen. Well, he's being courted by one of the biggest employers in town, an employer with a reputation as being THE place to work in terms of pay scale, environment, benefits, etc. He and his wife were to go out to dinner last night with his prospective boss. They came up short a babysitter at the last minute. They called everyone they knew but couldn't find anyone who could watch the kids. SO, Joe and I took them. They are really cute kids and extremely well behaved. Our biggest problem in the 14 hours we had them was that Michaela is scared of dogs. I got some cute pictures of "Grandpa Joe" dishing out ice cream with the three little ones gathered around him. I'll certainly have to scrap them soon.
I am intentionally not including information about Jason, my son-in-law here. But, we had Will, our DGS, Thursday night for his last Bubba ball game. The kids are so cute and we just sit there and cheer for the little guys and giggle. It's a real break from the stress we've had lately. After the game, the coach had lanyards with medals on them engraved for each player and it was all so cute and touching. Those little kids were SO excited to receive them. Tuesday night is the team party and I have a hunch we'll be on for that too.
Well, it's late and I need to get to bed. I'm going to post some layouts and then toddle off to bed.
This page was done for a photo swap between members of the Creative Team for Christy Sturm at Butternug Squash Designs. I used her Pool Water Kit. I selfishly wanted to scrap my own pictures, not someone else's, but after I got into it, I had fun. The baloons are from a kit called Celebrate by Terry Maruca.
This page was my Mother's Mothers Day "card". I just inserted the words "Happy Mother's Day" under the two pictures. This page was done with a kit called Secret Garden--Mother May I by Deb Pearson. Mom likes purple and flowers, so it seemed perfect.
This is done with a kit by Bella Gypsy Designs called Mom's Rock. The doodle is by Taran Conyers. Journaling says: Throughout most of Jennifer's childhood, it seemed that we were way too often short of funds. I suppose that is the universal story of the single mom who doesn't receive child support. But we were unusually blessed by a woman we called "Aunt JoAnne". Aunt JoAnne, my good friend, made a practice of sending Jennifer dresses that were so beautiful we called them Princess Dresses. Everytime she wore one of these dresses she looked like a little princess.
This page was done for Lynn Grieveson's Creative Team with her "Backyard Explorer" kit. I love this kit and will probably use it a zillion times more. Journaling says: When Jennifer and Jason got engaged. Will was convinced that "we" were going to get married. And, of course, "we" included him. So, when Grandma, Jennifer and Jason went to take engagement photos, he was certain he should be in the pictures, even if he had to sneak in. Love you, Will!
This was done for Lynn Grieveson's Creative Team with her kit called Spring Party. The little girl is a sweetie named Olivia. She is a friend of DGS and is incredibly pretty and photogenic. I took this photo at the petting zoo at the Children's Discovery Museum when we were there for Will's birthday. The journaling says: Olivia is such a girly-girl. She was none too sure she wanted to touch the smelly animals at the petting zoo.
This also is for Lynn Grieveson's Creative Team. I did it with her Spring Picnic kit. The photo was deteriorated, but I used Virtual Photographer filters on it and made it presentable. It was taken at one of the worst times in my life.....a time when that little girl in my arms was about all I had to hang onto. She was a real blessing, and I believe her to have been sent From God's Arms to Mine.