May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Celebrating Six Years

Darling first grand-daughter had a birthday party today.  Her real birthday is next week.  It seems that when you are small, the birthday party is counted as the real birthday no matter if it is before or after the anniversary of the actual day you were born.  

A Jumpy House filled the entire front yard and there was plenty of food, decorations, and games to keep everyone active and happy.  Counting adults who came and stayed, there were over 20 people milling about.  The weather didn't always co-operate and off and on we had to let down the Jumpy House.  The biggest hit of the day was face-painting and the pinata that refused to break.  Finally, the adults moved in and gave it a good rip so the contents would come spilling out.  Everything was planned for outside but at cake time, the drizzle came back so we moved the folding table inside and managed to feed cake to hungry 5-6 year olds.  Amazingly no drinks spilled.  

The typical toothless grin of a six-year old.
Who can resist a kids birthday party?  The kids had a great time.  DGD declared it "the best birthday ever" (well, since last year's party) and the adults and grand-parents are exhausted. 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Aquarium = Quilt Inspiration

We just got back from a trip to Monterey.  We had great weather, cool but sunny.  Even with a stop in Santa Cruz at Natural Bridges State Beach/Park, we were able to be in Monterey by 2:00 p.m.  We walked down to the wharf and back, an easy stroll from where we were staying.  
Natural Bridges State Beach - Santa Cruz, Califronia

The shorebirds did such a nice job of posing   

Looking down from the wharf area in Monterey, California
 The next day we headed over to Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  We hadn't been there in probably 25 years.  Since we were last there, a whole new wing had been added.  The whole aquarium was amazing but we especially enjoyed the jellies and the seahorses.  Inspiration abounds in an aquarium. 
Just one of many beautiful sea animals

The colors alone scream "quilt"
This is a seahorse that camouflages itself to look like seaweed. 
 On the way home we took a short detour through San Juan Batista.  It is a quaint little town and is home to one of the California Missions.  Once upon a time, I thought that a neat goal would be to visit all the California Missions.  I figure that I've seen more than half of them but not all of them.  Again, we had lovely sunshine.....perfect for pictures. 

Classic picture of a California Mission

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It Snowed. It Blowed....An Adventure in Soda Springs, CA

What fun it all seemed when we were making plans to go to the snow after Christmas with Jon, Lissa and the DGDs.  We had such fun last year in Tahoe for Jon's birthday.  So........on Monday we packed the snow gear and the food,  bundled up and headed north on I-80 to Soda Springs where a lovely cabin awaited the 6 of us.  Unfortunately, Jim and I got off to a late start and after a stop to buy "insurance" (read - CHAINS), we finally arrived in Soda Springs but after dark.  What did we do before cell phones?  It took a call to Lissa who had to come and get us and lead us to find the cabin.  Otherwise, we'd still be driving around in circles.

So there we were.  Enjoying a warm fireplace and exuberant little girls.  We all turned in early so we'd be ready for snow fun the next day.  And here we are having fun, fun, fun.

That night we were tired.  We watched the original Toy Story with the girls and then everyone turned in early.  We woke up to find our cars buried under at least 15" of snow.  So this is the next days activity.
A great time was had by all.  The girls sledded and made snow caves.  The adults shoveled out the cars.  It took all day and a neighbor's help to get the cars out of the driveway so the snow plow guy could clear the driveway.  We went to bed praying that it would not snow overnight.  It didn't.  We packed up quickly the next morning and headed home.  We're actually thinking of doing this again in March.  We'll see.......