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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Georgia with grandkids!

It rained, all week.....I flew from sunny NW Arkansas .....

To my daughter's home in Georgia. So happy to get to visit them!


It was a great week with her children and husband....who is a super daddy! Laura was home when I first arrived but soon had to go to work in the Caribbean for her business website,


Here he is brushing the girls' hair as he does each morning!


See how four year old Nina holds her purse and as much as she can carry?

Here is another 4year old, her older sister Lilia, 12 years ago...purse, tutu and dolly!


This little one is now almost grown up! Lilia runs track, and works on the school newspaper. Here she is taking photos on a rainy Friday night!


One of her photos was used by the local city newspaper!

She was elected to the homecoming court by her junior classmates and also managed to go to a music festival that weekend! Busy life....oh, and she has a part time job too!





The other grandchildren were also busy every waking moment! [thank goodness the youngest two still take naps!] In a three story house, just keeping up with their locations was a challenge!!

Here I am trying to get Nina to show me her butterfly, which she does, but puts it in front of her face!

Nina has been studying shapes, triangles , octagons, etc. at preschool ... she says," A butterfly has seven sides!"


In the basement playroom, Nina jumps on her Playdoh (wearing her favorite outfit, a tutu and jewelry!) while Sophie swings and spins in what I call a "nest" swing! Rain rain, go away!

Nina loves her Playdoh!



The kids act a bit crazy...but not out of control....

Sophie loves her food! AND she loves her brother, Bindley!!!! Here they are clowning around with long balloons, which can be tied into animal shapes....again something their daddy did to entertain them!

After she has a glass of wine, Grandma decides that watching a movie at the dinner table is just fine!

Meanwhile, Mommy is travelling to the best resorts in the US Virgin Islands...and looking fabulous! (Getting a refreshing change of pace from the busy child centered home!)


....because the girls know that she travels, playing airplane (or train because of rapid transit MARTA which mom took to the airport) is a favorite activity! They line up chairs, and fill canvas bins as suitcases!
Nina makes everyone sign small papers, their tickets!


It was great!

I didn't try to do art work or handwork while I was there....but do have plans to do a painting based on this photo of Sophie!

Taken by her family this she was enchanted and in awe of the bubblesin a neighbor's garden!

I love those blues!


On my own trip home yesterday, I noticed that the "T" terminal in the Atlanta airport was home to some quilts! Yeah!

These are some of the Gees Bend quilts which have become world famous.....what a treat to see them!

If I didn't have that plane to catch, I could linger and enjoy them more!



We all have planes to catch!



Now I will publish this blog post and head downstairs to work on my own quilts!!!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Taos...rhymes with "house".

We made a quick trip out here while visiting relatives in western Oklahoma!

My good friend Sally accompanied me! We have been friends since 9th grade and she has just retired from teaching!

The afternoon we arrived, tired from the drive, we took the 3 hour trolley tour which took us up for an hour at the Taos pueblo. The name Taos means people of the red willow....which grows in their sacred creek. Sometimes rain was threatening, but we toured the church and heard about the settlement from our native guide. The tribe has lived here for over a thousand years and it is a world heritage site...the first such site, I think!

There is an old cemetery and ruins of a mission church in the pueblo. This church was destroyed the last time, by U.S. cavalry who used cannon against 150 unarmed women and children who had taken refuge inside!!! The army blasted a hole into the church wall, inserted the canon and fired until the church was rubble and all were killed. All that stands today is the bell tower and the pile of crosses near the ruin to represent the perished tribe members.

[Photo by scobert on]

Another stop on our tour was the St, Francis of Assissi mission. The most photographed and painted church in the world!

This beautiful sunset photo is by Geraint photography....I didn't have anything but my smart phone and do not like being a shutterbug, so I had to borrow a few photos here! This one below, I took from our trolley of the other side of the church, which was closed for the day! I would love to get back again, sit under those spruces and sketch!


After leaving the trolley and getting into our motel room, we had a nice New Mexico dinner of blue corn enchiladas and such...sopapillas too, with honey! Then being tired we rested and read...exciting Friday night not on the town! LOL!


But we started early Saturday morning...

The Russian sage is beautiful in Taos!....


........... before the shops opened, strolling from the public parking over to a great little breakfast/brunch place near the Bent street quaint local shops!

Perfect 70 degree weather, delicious food ( hueveros rancheros) and coffee and a friendship of 50 years, made a memorable moment for me and Sally! ( who seems very thoughtful here...! One of the things I love about her!)

"Adobe" buildings are required everywhere...not real adobe, except in the pueblo itself.

Beautiful outdoor vignette, below, by a local shop pot full of flowers and 2 inviting! We especially love the hollyhocks!

We noticed people walking by, carrying produce bags and learned that there was a farmers' market that morning in the plaza!

So we started off to locate the market, pausing to get our photos! Sally under the lush hanging baskets,

me, outside a women's co-operative gallery!

The farmers' market was fun, and large!

Sally, looking at a booth with ropes of marigolds and sage smudge sticks...which burn slowly like a western incense! Good for clearing the air of evil spirits and "bad vibes"!

(These smudge sticks are a photo from ETSY, as I, as usual, didn't get a photo of those when we were at the market!)

Beautiful arrangements of Dahlias....Sally says it is her favorite flower!
We find a wonderful heirloom tomato for BLT's. (The plan for supper, "back at the ranch"...that is the home of my Aunt Ruby!)
Dinner plans made, we go back to the Bent street shops...on the way to our car...

Sally finds an embroidered dress for her granddaughter, Kathleen.

I find some locally handmade silver earrings.

All in all, a most successful day!





Thursday, August 06, 2015

Wedding photos finally come...the photographer captured SO many moments! lots of the scenes have the grandkids!

The wedding was in Savannah, GA in May. A beautiful outdoor "farm" venue!


Here we go....the dresses I made for the twins...flower girls...hanging with the bride's wedding dress!

Nina and the bride, looking at the wedding dress! (Nina already in her dress!)

Sweet bride, Hailee....she was so thoughtful of the little girls!

Lilia helps her little sisters get dressed!

And Nina sees the bride, Hailee, in the wedding gown!

Sophie shares some concerns with Hailee!

In the mirror! Beautiful!

Time for the ceremony...Lilia starts Sophie and Nina down the walkway...

Here they come!


One petal at a time...


Then join the bridesmaids for a close view of the wedding!

[I think Nina is loving her dress!]


Bindley was in the wedding with the groomsmen!

And one more little guy...not ours, must find out if he was the ring bearer?

Dancing afterwards...for a long memorable evening...

Son in law dancing with both of his twin daughters!

Hailee giving Nina some more attention!

Young Bindley dancing with the bride!


Nina wants her turn...and Sophie is fine dancing with herself all night!

Dark falls, Sophie is still dancing!

Bindley too!

Bindley even showing the groom some moves!


From these well done photos I almost feel like I was at the wedding! I think my grandkids had a wonderful time! Thank-you to Hailee and Sherry! It is so wonderful when your babysitter loves you enough to ask you to be in her wedding!


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