february March 3, 2011
What happened to February? That was fast!
Cinco turned seis! Brody (my fifth grandchild to whom I gave the special nickname, Cinco) had a birthday and we all got to celebrate with him! Fun to see the cousins all together playing backyard baseball at Bampi and Noni’s house. The Staynette’s little cousin Nick was there and he is adorable and soooo smart!
We have some athletes in the family: Joel and Caitlyn can really hit the ball, and Cooper and Cass are right there.
Rory, Jess, and Tucker set up their new home in Columbus, Georgia. Tucker and the yet to arrive Miss Piper have beautiful new rooms and lots of space to play. Jess is busy getting ready for Piper and Rory continues to be a wonderful hands-on dad for young King Tuck. Their latest joint venture is a new aquarium since they had to leave Francis and company behind in Germany. Grampa Tom and I plan to visit in June and we are excited!
Joel is almost as tall as I am. Hmmm, wonder when he will reach the pedals on that jeep?
Oh, and Grampa Tom gave me a wonderful birthday/valentine’s surprise…a Kindle in a lovely red leather case (to match my shoes and purse, silly!). I devoured the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo and cannot wait to read the rest of the series. Tom is my best bud and I sure do love him!
january January 15, 2011
The quiet month.
I used to dislike the first month of the year. Too long. Too dark. Too nothing to do. As I’ve grown older I’ve changed my views about January. This is a month I look forward to now. Spring cleaning in the middle of winter. Fresh starts and second chances. Toss out the old and bring in the new.
Speaking of new, we made some new friends this month and I reconnected with some old friends:
El Gaucho and Bodie came a-calling with Gladie, Claire, Joel and Cooper. El Gaucho and his partner, Bodie, are a pair of visiting chihuahuas with flair and panache. Fido the cat did not approve. But it made us realize that we are looking forward to the day we find a new dog to become part of our family. Still holding off until retirement, though.
I reconnected with Rick and Gwen, friends from twenty years ago. It was so great to see them and their daughters Katie and Layne (all grown up!) and to meet their faboodle labradoodle, Winston. Looking forward to keeping in touch with them and seeing their son Ian again, who was one of Claire’s best childhood buddies.
It was a quiet month, and an enjoyable month.