Thursday, April 30, 2009

Daycare

We simply would like to thank our children and their parents for such a wonderful day! It really doesn't matter what age they are...children are an inspiration to us all.

Thank you.

Sandy and Kellie

Hey Cousin-Here are the pictures




Lynn-I hope you like them!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cleaning the Garage

Yesterday and the day before we cleaned our garage. Okay, honestly it started in February or March. We were really just trying to rearranging boxes and a few tables and bikes, etc. This was done in the name of Scouting. Well it had to be done anyway, but we really had to make room for something for the Scouts. We did toss out stuff that we had saved for decades (literally) and 'discovered' items that we thought had been lost forever. Items that used to be worthy of ownership no longer held that title. I mean really...how much longer should we hold onto that broken headband? My daughter and I both have short hair now. And those HUGE barrette bow things that really weren't even in style when they were new. We have opened boxes (keep in mind that we were just going to rearrange) that have both my grandsons pictures in them and other relative pictures. And then we go 'oooooh and aaaaah' every time we discover something precious and adorable and then decide that it must be kept at any cost. Yes, fellow bloggers, we save A LOT. I like to go through every box and then determine what needs to be saved. I don't like to go through her boxes. I might throw out something that is sentimental to her and I might decide that it is no longer needed. She did considerable rearranging of everything! Trash was thrown away, boxes were broken down for recycling and clothes were donated (again). I am proud to say that we are actually able to walk through the garage with room to spare on each side. We have always had a walkway from the downstairs door straight out through the garage, but now we have at least a six foot wide walkway.

Now the Crossover Bridge for the Scouts will have a new home in our garage.

Sandy

Via email Quote of the Day from a good friend of ours

Quote of the day:
'Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater.
If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.
If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.
If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.
If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.
She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.
So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit.'

Monday, April 27, 2009

My First Grandson


I know I write about my younger grandson, but I don't believe I've written about my first grandson. His name is Drue and he is a freshman at the University of Texas/San Antonio. The picture here was taken about two years ago. We were on our way from Del Rio, TX to Acuna, Mexico. When Drue was born I was working at a bank and my desk was behind the teller line. I was the Operations Secretary. I knew Becky, my daughter-in-law, was due any time. Robbie called (since he's a grown man he wants me to call him Rob in front of his friends. But he's my baby boy and I'll call him Robbie. I call my baby girl Kellie, because that's her name.) Anyway, he called and said that I was a grandmother. As he told me the weight, etc. I wrote everything on a large piece of paper. (I recently found the paper - yes, I save everything) Every customer knew about the event, because I stood up and yelled 'oh my gosh, I'm a grandmother! People I had seen for years (customers) and some that I didn't know all stood there in the lobby of the bank clapping and laughing. I am getting misty-eyed now and I think I stop for now about Drue. But be sure I will write more at another time. He has grown quite tall and is extremely handsome. I don't say this because I'm a relative...it's really true. We are all very proud of him. I love you, Drue.

Grandma

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saturday on Hike


Keep in mind that I didn't attend the Scout hike, but went to the Scout Shop for the Pack. This is the report from my grandson:

"Grandma, we found some fossils on the way and we found a very big squirrel nest. It was like this big (he opens his arms wide for a measurement), in an oak tree. The squirrels had their bed and breakfast right there, because acorns grow in oak trees. We were on a scavenger hunt to pick up trash, and we founds lots of it. But we didn't touch it, because we had gloves and the trash picker upper. There were about 30 cigarette butts in our bag and we also found ten broken bottles along the way. We saw some animal tracks. Deer tracks, dog tracks, bear tracks, and I think that's all the tracks. We found some old old cans that were about 30 years old. Mom says that they were old soda pop cans, you know the kind that you put your finger in and then pull the top back. It was very fun".

I think my daughter took a few pictures and hopefully they will be here later in the day. Okay, Scout fans, this is Sandy reporting from the home of a Bear Scout.

Friday, April 24, 2009

TGIF and tomorrow is Saturday

This seems like it has been a long week. I remember on Wednesday 'wow..this is Friday - where has this week gone'. Oh well -it's Friday and tomorrow is Saturday.

Saturday -
As Advancement Chairperson for our pack, I will be making a trip (ten minuntes away) to the Scout Shop. Monthly I purchase cards, pins, beltloops, badges, etc. for the Scouts that have earned rank and achievements. I truly enjoy going there. The employees are extremely helpful and all inventory..the different items for the Scouts is a beautiful sight. No...actually seeing the boys receive their awards is a beautiful sight. The smile on a boy's face and the gleaming pride in a boy's eyes is more than I could ever express in words. One cannot say enough good things about BSA (Boys Scouts of America). If you know about BSA, you know that there are different levels. We are in the Cub Scout level. It will be a couple of years until my grandson is in the Boy Scout level.

My daughter and grandson will be on a Scout hike at Red Rock Canyon while I am at the Scout shop. The hike (a couple of miles) will be a scavenger hunt/trash pickup combo. It will also go towards their walking sticks. Saturday night we're off to the American Legion for a while. My grandson and three other Scouts in his pack were chosen to participate in the re-opening of the American Legion Post. That will be in full uniform for all of us.

Sandy

TODAY!!!

HAPPY ETSY DAY TO ALL!!!

We love Etsy. It has given us the opportunity to sell our wares AND to meet new people that have become our friends.

What more could one ask! Life is Good.

Sandy

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Playing Jacks

Do you remember playing jacks when you were growing up? I certainly do. I absolutely loved it. I kept my jacks in a pint milk carton. I think it was my Aunt Minnie that suggested I keep my jacks in the carton. She gave me two, because I had so many of them. She told me that I wasn't as likely to lose them this way. I remember playing with my cousin and/or friends. You have different jack games within the world of jacks, you know. Onesies, twosies, etc. and Pigs in the Blanket. Around the World was another one. I taught my children to play when they were young. Both my grandsons even gave it a whirl a couple of times. When I asked my daughter if children even play the game anymore she responded that she hadn't seen anyone play in a long time. Do you play jacks?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Knife Safety

Tonight we attended a Scout meeting. One Scout had not been attending for a several weeks. Really thought we had lost him, but he was with us tonight - his bright smile and 'what are we going to learn tonight' look was still in his eyes. Welcome back!

My daughter, our Pack's Bear Leader, taught her den about knife safety. The theme tonight was "Whittling". The Scouts need to earn their Whittling Card, thus tonight's project. We safely packed different knives from our kitchen, a pizza cutter, apple corer, potato peeler, exacto knife, a rotary cutter and more examples of sharp tools that help us in our daily lives to cut. The boys' parents were called (and written notification was given) in advance to let them know of this 'project'. After studying the rules and taking a test, the real fun began. All the Scouts started with a plastic knife and then graduated to the real pocket knife. They whittled their own design out of a bar of Ivory Soap. Quite a creative bunch of boys she has! My grandson got a new pocket knife from the Scout Shop today. He was thrilled with his gift. He has other pocket knives that have been given to him by close relatives (some still here with us and a couple that are with us in spirit). These are tucked away in a special place. So special that I couldn't find them today. The Scout that had been away for awhile did not have a pocket knife. My grandson let him use his new knife before he did. Love that boy!

Sandy

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

He loves skating!

My grandson loves ice skating! He wishes the lesson time was longer. Would like to practice on Sunday. He has the next lesson on Tuesday. My daughter was taking pictures for the first 10-15 minutes between her smiles and tears of pride and joy. She told me that she had such knots in her stomach. She is thinking seriously about lessons for herself. I told her that I would take pictures of both of them. I wonder exactly what year he will qualify for the Olympics! Which will it be...hockey, figure skaking, speed skating...?

Sandy

Ice Skating

My grandson's first ice skating lesson is tonight. Can't wait to see him on skates. I sincerely hope he loves it!

Sandy

Pack Committee Meeting

Last night was the meeting at our home. The meeting started 30 minutes early so that we would have enough time to discuss, plan and finalize the May meeting and summer events. We generally start at seven p.m. and end whenever. So at 6:25 exactly the members started to arrive. The meeting started at 6:31 (yes, I looked at the clock). I like events (meetings) to start on time. This was the best meeting, I feel, that we have had in awhile. The meetings are always good, but this one really nailed everything. We have hikes, events and gatherings planned until the end of August. People had ideas, research completed, etc. I could go on about this, but I think you get the drift. My daughter is the Bear Leader for our pack. My grandson is a Bear. Next year she will continue up and become the Webelos I Leader. My grandson will be a Webelo. Training for her to become a Webelo leader will be soon. Summer Camp for Scouts will be coming shortly, also. Last year I attended camp with my grandson. My daughter will be attending this year. It was so hot. But everyone got through it. The boys all had a learning experience from camp. So did I. I wouldn't mind attending camp again, but please Mr. Weatherman, let's make it a little bit cooler. Lots and lots of walking. I swear I lost ten pounds during that week. All adults are volunteers. It really was fun, but it was hot.

I am the Advancement Chairperson for our Pack.

Sandy

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday

Everyone is home from school now. Upstairs (I'm on the lower floor) the children are getting up from their naps. They sure were tired little people today. Playing outside can be tiring sometimes. Such a gorgeous day. The bubble machine was on full blast. Everyone loves chasing the bubbles around trying to catch them. One of the big balls was 'accidently' thrown too high and perhaps the wind caught it and blew it over into Mrs. R's yard. So that was retrieved. I watched the children while my daughter went to the corner of our block and around to Mrs. R's driveway and into her backyard. Mrs. R is a senior citizen and enjoys hearing the children laugh while playing. We see & talk with her from time to time. She stays inside a lot. She raised all her children in this home. Remembers when there were only a few houses in this area. Her children visit her regularly. We've given her our phone number in case something should happen and she is unable to reach her family.

Scout Committee is this evening. It is held in our home. Planning for the summer events. Sout Motto: DO YOUR BEST.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

me....Cooking!

I made beef stew today. Not the stuff out of a can. Homemade beefstew from stratch. People come for miles to taste it. My daughter cooks 99% of the time. This is my 1%. It is absolutely delicious!

Sandy

Scout Show

The Scout Show was held today at The Phil Long Expo Center. This was our first time. So many people were in attendance. Council changed the event times because of the weather. Our weather for the past few days has been snow...no snow..just cold..oh no we're going to have snow. Colorado Springs (from what I've seen) didn't get it that bad. Other parts of the state are shoveling big time! Anyway,we had a great time. Joshua participated in the BB practice and hit the center three times. There were so many packs with different activities for the Scouts (and their siblings) to enjoy. Joshua's car made it to the District Finals which was held today. His car had a good run. We overheard people talking favorably about his car. We already have plans for next year's run. Scout Motto: DO YOUR BEST

Sandy

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's been over one week since I lasted posted anything. Last week at Scouts the boys made log cabins. They actually turned out great! I've crocheted five or six items for our etsy shop, quitenice.etsy.com. We've had a couple of customers request custom orders. Those were sent out last week. Yesterday someone called us from a couple of states away asking for two custom bibs and burpcloths. Those will be mailed Friday. Each order or purchase is always exciting! A local shop is asking us to bring our goods into their store. I love it! That will be this weekend. There was a Scout meeting this evening. Had fun - just like always. The Scout Show will be held this weekend at The Phil Long Expo Center. This is our first year at the Scout Show. Really looking forward to it. It's always a good thing to see other packs (you know...it's the mix and mingle thing).The Pinewood Derby finals will be held at the show. That's what I want to see. My youngest grandson's car is in this one. We were asked to place our business card in the program by one of the sponsors. Terrific advertising!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Good morning! We were notified that the Scout hike originally scheduled for this morning has been cancelled. We slept in late today. That would mean that we were still up before 8 a.m. That hour is late for us on any given day. My daughter made a terrific and very healthy breakfast for us this morning. She likes to cook and is very creative in making her dishes. We were suppose to get snow this morning, but nothing yet. Very cold outside, though. My forecast for today is complete the chores and then sew and crochet. OOOH...there is always room to go shopping...even on cold days!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Okay, we're home from the Harlem Globetrotters. It was so much fun. We left here at five p.m. The Scout Clinic started at 5:30. Ate there and the program really started before seven p.m. We saw some of our friends and had a really good time. Should the Globetrotters come to your town, try to attend. Never a dull moment. This was great family entertainment. And then of course, there were the souvenirs and the autograph time. Joshua attended last year also with the Scouts. I'm sure we will be going again next year.

Sandy

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hello to all!
Thanks for stopping by. Tonight was a Scout meeting. As always, it was full of fun and endless possibilities for learning. The Harlem Globetrotters will be at The World Arena this Friday night. Several Scouts from our pack will be attending the basketball clinic before the game. Last year Joshua had his picture taken with one of the players. He had a terrific time. We are all looking forward to going and having a great time.

Sandy