Thursday, January 27, 2011

You may have noticed that I have been featuring our Grandchildren in the past few posts. Jake lives in the Chicago area and we don't get to attend his activities as often as we would like. Jane emailed these pictures of Jake performing in his choir concert. We are sorry we missed that but it is wonderful to have at least a picture. Jake, when you see this post all of us from Texas want you to know we love you and miss you. By the way, we also love the sweater you have on.

Jake, Ready for his Choir Concert

Jake is the 2nd boy from the right on the first row, with the red striped shirt.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Starbuck is Brooke's horse. She boards it at a ranch a few miles from their home. Brooke and her Dad go two or three times a week and work on the ranch to earn part of Starbuck's board. This also gives Brooke some special time to spend with Starbuck. Brooke was able to get Starbuck to canter for the first time last week. The love of horses and working around the barn and just being there is a great passion of Brooke's.

Brooke with Starbuck

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Number 24 is our Grandson Jack. He is 7 years old. Saturday we attended his basketball game. His team won and Jack did very well. I really need to work on my photography when taking action photos. It almost hurts to look at that picture.

Jack's Basketball Game

I couldn't help but drag out these old pictures taken of Jack last spring.
They exhibit a little of his personality.

Brooke & Peyton at Jack's Game

Friday, January 14, 2011

My sister and her husband Rob left today after being here most of the week. They drive cross country truck together and they had their truck in the shop for repairs. I guess maintenance is part of their business. As they left the the Dallas area they started having problems with their truck. This is a good place to break down because they have a truck repair shop that they like and trust and they have us. If you look at all of this in a positive way I will add that if they would have taken that load to Atlanta Ga. they would have been in a terrible snow and ice storm.

We had a good time this week. Rhoda cooked breakfast a couple of times and Rob made dinner a couple of nights. They enjoy cooking and don't often get a chance and of course we benefited because they are both good cooks. So, I'm spoiled now. Come back!!!

Rhoda and Rob

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Austin Making a Basket

Austin's Paper

The neat thing about being a Grandparent is to watch the growth and development of the grandchildren in all aspects. Yesterday we went to Austin's basketball game. He has not played basketball for a couple of years. We were amazed at his growth in confidence, skills and sportsmanship.
My daughter was going through Austin's school papers and ran across a paper which I copied and placed below. Austin recently turned 12 and I thought I would share his paper describing "What Makes a Family?" It is interesting to see his progress academically, spiritually and emotionally. And, it's really cute.

What Makes A Family?

My family has four people in it, my dad, my mom, my sister, and me. My Dad gives most of the punishment, but he is very cool. My Mom gives a lot of concern and protection. My Sister helps our with the dogs and chores. I, well... I pretty much do nothing.

My family loves holidays. We decorate the house, make good dinners and bake cookies. Love fills the house, music and jokes do too. Everybody always seems to be in a great mood. We have fun with all of our traditions.

Another thing is alone time. We like to have a night where we just have a dinner and watch movies together. And maybe play board games. We like the comfort of our home and the quiet. In time like those we are the best to each other.

The last reason would be love. It is the affection to each other. It is when you enjoy each other's company. It's when you want your family to be there.

So, what makes a family? It is love, holidays, and alone time.

When you have good people in your family you are truly lucky.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

One of the things I love about where we live is that we can view some of the prettiest sunsets I have seen from our living room and outside our door.

Theses photos were taken only a few seconds apart but the sunset formation changes so rapidly that each picture will be different.

Happy New Year! Sunset on Eagle Mountain Lake - 2011

Sunset, Eagle Mountain Lake, Jan 2011