Friday, November 30, 2007

Family, Food, & Fun

We spent this thanksgiving in Carasburg visiting with her folks and her other set of grandparents. We had a wonderful time watching Cara play with her cousins and trying to keep up with the big kids. A wonderful meal was shared with Emily's family and full tummies were the order of the day.

Sharing pie with grandma.

Computer time with grandpa.

Walking in daddy's shoes with a lot of help.

The second day of too much partying.

Thanks for the nice day to all.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgivings Revisited

Thanksgiving especially is the holiday that has me reflecting back on the wonderful memories our family has shared. Our family has had many blessings and for those I am thankful. Our children have had the pleasure of knowing their great grandparents, all of their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Here are a few of those memories that I hold so dear.

Our young family - Cyndi, Daddy, & Scotty.

At Grandma & Grandpa A's house.

A gathering at our home.

Together in Ohio.

Sharing good food and fun with those we love the most . . .

. . . don't forget the hugs that were given out.

Times with the kids.

Celebrating in July while Cyndi was back from Italy for a visit.

The joy of being with Scott, Emily, and Cara on her first Thanksgiving.

Remembering those that were an important part of our family but are no longer with us. They are always near to me because of the memories we have shared, still I miss them greatly.

Raymond, my father, and our family dog Muffett.

Edna, my mother, and one of my best friends.

Raymond, my father-in-law.

Many Thanksgivings have been shared by my family and hopefully many more are going to be. I look forward to the many gatherings, laughs, hugs, and good times that we will share. Sending all my love to my family, the most single important thing in my life. I love you all so much.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fun Time

A month ago while we were visiting Cara and her folks we headed outside, to take advantage of the beautiful weather, for some play time.

One fun game was finding grandma.

Put a baby along with grandma and a chair and you can have a fun game of peekaboo.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A Thanks To Our Veterans

Remembering those who served our country's military making possible the freedoms we have today.

For your many years of service and the sacrifices you and your families made for us, thank you.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Dance Baby Dance

This post is dedicated to Cara's Aunt Cyndi and Uncle Danilo. For Cara's first birthday her present from her aunt and uncle, from Italy, was a toy that speaks English and Italian. This is one of her favorite toys to play with and she especially likes the song in Italian. When the music starts our sweet grand daughter will dance with a big smile on her face.

I have tried many times to get a video of Cara dancing to the Italian tune but as soon as the camera is in sight the dancing stops and she walks to the camera so she can see the baby. Cara knows that you can preview the pictures taken and she especially wants to see the ones of the baby. Other distractions that can happen when one is trying to dance is loosing ones balance, noticing other toys in the room to play with, or something interesting on the television.

Getting a dancing video wasn't as easy as it may sound. I did get a little dance time in when I recorded her from behind, but as you can see that didn't last for long.

Beautiful baby

Oops & Ouch

Sneak taping from behind, a pacifier and gravity again.


Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A Perfect Walk

Summer is now just a memory as cold temperatures at night have left frost on the ground, the leaves are almost all off of the trees, what leaves are still hanging on are past their brilliant colors for fall, and as I am typing this white things are falling from the sky toward the ground. I am not ready to use the sn_ _ word yet, not ready to say it or spell it.

Two weeks ago Ameridad took a walk around our property enjoying the gentle winds in the air, sunny skies, and pleasant temperatures. We want to share those pictures with you and invite you along for a walk around the property. So let's head out back and see the beauty of our backyard.

Standing west of the pond looking east.

At the north side of the pond looking southwest

At the back of the pond looking west toward the house. If you look closely you can see me on the deck painting.

On the path walking west heading back to the house, a ravine is on the left and the pond is on the right.

On the path looking north.

Standing southwest looking northeast.

Looking to the north you can see the beach area of the pond. This is the end of the walk and hope you enjoyed coming along. We have lived here going on ten years and both of us enjoy the beauty of our property every day.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Ciao Cyndi

Three years ago today my family's hearts were heavy with sadness as Cyndi was moving to Italy. Starting a new chapter in her life she was moving to be with the man who stole her heart. Danilo was the man she fell in love with and wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. He is a wonderful person, everything a mother and father could hope for their daughter, with many of the good qualities I see in her father. He is a good person, caring, loving, gentle, kind, and loves our daughter as much as she loves him. It is only right that the two live happily ever after. Our minds knew all of this but our hearts were still heavy knowing that she would be so far away from us.

Putting on a brave face we all headed to Chicago International Airport as the day for her to leave finally came. Everything she was taking with her now included three large bags of luggage, two cats in their carriers, a carry on, and one large purse. After checking in her luggage we had time to wait until the flight would be boarding and everyone was trying to put on a brave face, her father, mother, brother, and sister-in-law, which was not easy to do.

This picture was taken by Cyndi just before she left. When she was going to take the picture she noticed that we were all smiling then reminded us that she was moving to Italy and wondered if we shouldn't look sad, so we gave her our sad look.

One of the hardest things I have ever had to do was watch as our baby walked alone down the corridor of the airport terminal. Knowing that she would be moving so far away broke my heart but at the same time time I was happy for her as she had found the happiness she so deserves. All you have to do to see how happy she is to have found Danilo is mention his name and watch the wonderful smile on her face appear and her eyes light up, she just glows. It has been three years since that hard trip to the airport and their love has grown with each passing day. A new journey in her life started when she walked through the doors at the airport in Italy and saw her future husband waiting for her.

And they live happily everafter in beautiful Italy.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Sweet Halloween

This is Cara's second Halloween but her first year to be a big girl and go door to door for treats. What else would our little princess be but Cinderella? The pictures say it all.

To see more about Cara's big night click on my link The Story of Us.