Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Our Week...

A few photos of our week...

Last Friday Lucas and Naomi had a riding lesson with Becky. Lucas rode on Hickory and Naomi rode on Phoenix. There are limited photos of the event, all taken by Naomi, as I (Grandma) was out walking Little O. in the stroller so his Mommy could give the lessons.

Naomi's lessons were a birthday gift and Lucas is earning his by cleaning tack and doing barn chores!

Phoenix got his mane braided by Naomi while Lucas had his lesson!

Poor Dixie... Naomi decided her doll needed a riding experience also!

While much of the country is enduring winter storms and dumping snow, we in northern California have been having balmy, summer-like days.Yesterday Naomi and I took Miss M. to our neighborhood park and soaked up some of that sun.

A good romp on the field is great preparation for nap time!
A clump of "Spring" in our backyard!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine's Blessings...

Earlier this week I spent most of a day in bed with a bad cold (or flu?). Naomi decided it would be a good day to bake. She has often helped me in the kitchen but on this particular day she was on her own. She found the recipes, mixed up the dough, rolled, cut and baked the cookies. She then made frosting and decorated them all. Best of all she cleaned everything up and we had over 7 dozen beautiful and yummy cookies! Thank you, Naomi!

 And what kind of roses does a 14 year old son give to his Mom? Duct tape roses... of course!!!
I love them ~ Thank you, Lucas!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Playing in the Snow!

I love that we live in the very comfortable climate of Northern California and an added benefit to our location is that we can be at the ocean in less than an hour or up to the mountains to enjoy the snow in about 3 1/2 hours.

Playing in the snow is definitely different than living in the snow. Having grown up in the Canadian prairies I know that living in the snow is hard work, so I am very happy that we can enjoy playing in the snow in short doses and then return to the comfort of our daily life.

We just returned from a wonderful time of playing in the snow. Jordan & Becky did all the work of finding a rental house and planning a family trip to the snow. Most of the family was able to make it up for at least a few days. The house they chose to rent was the same one our family had stayed in 23 years ago when Jordan was just a little guy, and here we were again, this time with our grandson just a little guy. How quickly life moves!

We enjoyed good food, games, sledding and outdoor skating at a nearby ski village. Timothy and Jessica added to the festivities by arriving with a sparkling ring on Jessica's left hand! That was a bonus celebration that added to our vacation!

We are so blessed to enjoy good times with our extended family!

Naomi worked diligently everyday on her snow fort!
The newly engaged couple!

This little guy thought the snow was pretty cool!!!