Saturday, June 17, 2017

February & March Birthday Fun

We had the great pleasure to spend time with both our daughters and family's. The second week in Feb we traveled South to celebrate Birthday and in March our youngest daughter came from the North to spend time with us. 
Papa and I wanted to make this 12th birthday special for our grandson.  We took him out to his favorite restaurant and enjoyed a great meal with him. 

He loved the crab legs and had never had them before.  We hope this was a Birthday to remember.
A cute selfie with my 12 yr old grandson and me.
 Instead of the normal Birthday cake, he chose some very yummy rich peanut squares for the celebration.  His mom does a great job making them with her famous Butter frosting.  

 YEA, Gift time!   A fun moddle kit from Nana and Papa and a game from mom and dad. 

Very fun game that we enjoyed playing after the cake and gift opening.

Friends and cards makes for a very fun evening..  

Our older grandson had just bought a new Stelth car.  What a cute, fun little sport car. Papa and his dad checking it out.  

 Our smack in the middle granddaughter at almost 15 yr.  She enjoyed speech and had the opportunity to MC an event.  

 Our oldest granddaughter is really into fitness and she exercises and works out often.  I didn't have the courage to try some of her strenuous exercises. 
Her back on the wall sitting on absolutely nothing.  NOPE, not for me!

Our granddaughter and grandson with a very good friend(center).  I can not believe how fast time has gone, both out oldest grandchildren drive, have their own cars and jobs.  They did very well at their first year of college and both made the dean's list. 

 The youngest of the family showing some of her ninjutsu moves.  4 out of 5 of our grandchildren are involved with Ninjutsu .
Since it was close to Valentines day, our youngest granddaughter baked cup cakes and we decorated them together.  They turned out very delitious and pretty. 


The second week in March our youngest daughter and family came for visit and to attend a friends wedding.  This was just a bit early but we took the opportunity to celebrate the March Birthdays when they were here.  It was so much fun to have them spend time with us.
 Our granddaughter loves playing with my old dolls from when I was a child and some I purchased in Germany 20 some years ago.  They are both so helpful whenever I do something especialy preparing the meals and doing the dishes.  

A special meal for the birthday boy.  He got to choose the first piece of steak. 

He was very excited about the small chocolate Ice Cream cake with a school bus on it.  

Papa lite the candles.
 Notice our cute Birthday hats?

Happy Birthday to you, and blowing out the 7 candles.  
Time to open the Birthday gifts
from Nana and Papa.


 Wow, It is a garbage truck!  What fun!

Rosco their small 12 year old dog got to come along to Nana and Papa's.  Their other 3 had to stay at home with good friends taking care of them. He loves being with the family and getting some much needed treats and undivided attention.   

Yes, this garbage truck really works
 and makes sounds.  

Our daughter was here to celebrate her 42nd Birthday with a yummy pecan pie.

 Her Birthday is smack dab on St Patrick's Day so we got her a pretty green bow headband.  
Tea party with our granddaughter.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Christmas 2016 Family pictures, Church decorations.

Jeff and I at Christmas 2016.  

Our oldest daughter shared a beautiful picture of their family at their Church Christmas Day

This picture is of our 5 grandchildren taken at their Church Christmas Eve.

Our youngest daughter and family when they spent a week with us over Thanksgiving.  I wasn't able to get a family picture of them at their church this Christmas and I couldn't post a video. The grandchildren were a shepherd and angel in the Children's service.

We had a snow storm over Christmas but we certainly did enjoy seeing many pictures of our family as they celebrated.  

So fun to see the big smiles as our grandchildren opened and enjoyed gifts we gave and other gifts from mom and dad and relatives.

Build A CAT Something special when dad can help his very handsome son build something.   

Fun with the cash register. Now she can play restaurant or store.

Looks like lots of fun things and many hours of playing to be had. Toy waffle maker. 

WOW!  It is a play mat rug.  

Calendar with lots of hand sewn on sequin's. about 32 inch's tall.  
For several years back in late 80's early 90's, one of my aunts would give my mother a craft yearly Calendar for Christmas. She would work diligently to get all the needle work and sequins sewed on. I kept one from 1991 that had six beautiful birds on. This Year I cut the six birds out , framed them in a 5 x 7 frame and gave one to each of the 4 granddaughters, one to her daughter in law and I kept this one for myself.
I had a very hard time deciding which bird I wanted to keep for myself but thought the one with the date was best and we actually have these little blue birds in the Black Hills.

When we spent a wonderful week with my mother, the end of May, she took me into her bedroom and discussed what she would give for Christmas gifts for 2016.  She said one of her old handkerchiefs and a piece of her jewelry.  She even pointed out a few things she wanted to give to certain granddaughters etc.  My mother got sick with a bad pneumonia in June and was called home to Heaven a day after her 95th birthday  on September 2.    

 It was a very fun, emotional time for me as I put together 12 box's for girls, 4 granddaughters, 6 Great granddaughters, a daughter-in-law and special niece. I also put together gifts for one grandson and 4 great grandsons.

Our youngest daughter was very excited and thrilled to receive this special ring, other pieces of her grandmothers treasured jewelry and a couple old handkerchiefs. 

Our youngest grandson was excited to see what special treasure he received from Great grandma.
He loved this special Angel ornament and also the canvas red bell great grandma had made.

More of the decorated 4' by 4' box's that were sent to ND in memory of my mom. 

My Niece took these pictures of the gifts and below of them wearing their Grandma's jewelry.  They were surprised and pleased to know Grandma had thought about them. 

A picture of some of the items included. 

This is a picture on Christmas Eve is our oldest niece, my brothers oldest child, Angel with her husband.  What a good looking couple.
This is our other niece, Amber with her husband and their 3 lovely children on Christmas Eve.  I am so happy they share pictures from time to time as we don't get to spend much time with them. 
These are our sweet twin's
 (our Niece's daughters). 

Now on to pictures of our Church.

Zion Lutheran Church Advent wreath. 

This decorated Christmas tree stands in the entry/narthex area of our Zion Church.  
Below is a close up of the Luther Seal decorations since it is nearing the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  These Luther Rose Seal was cut out of paper, snow flake style.  Each a little different just like real snow flakes and just like all humans who Christ Jesus came to earth as a baby to save from our many sins. 

The outside of our Zion church was decorated with garland, wreaths, lights and beautiful wood trees with special Christmas message.  Above is the whole view and below and to right is the close up view.  

This wreath is on the door leading
 into our Zion church.

The Christmas tree in our Church worship area was decorated so beautiful with lots of meaning in the ornaments and colors of balls and ribbons.
This is the big beautiful tree down town Rapid City, Main Street Square by the Ice Skating Rink.