Monday, May 02, 2016

Here comes the bride!

Saturday was such a great day,
we went to the wedding of my nephew,
Kyle and his beautiful bride, Marissa!


Don't they look happy?
I can hardly believe that Kyle is all grown up,
married and ready to start a new life with his life partner.

It seems like only yesterday his mom, Mark's sister Donna,
walked up to me and handed me a rose.

She explained that it wasn't just any rose,
but a very special rose for aunts-to-be.

I remember bursting into tears...
this was a long awaited, much anticipated announcement!


The ceremony was wonderful,
The reception was such fun! 
Everyone danced, even Kyle's 94 year old grandmother,
who uses a wheel chair, got out there and did the Chicken Dance!

It was so cute...they stopped on the way down the aisle for just one more kiss!

But before the wedding...
Tony posted this photo on facebook...

With the comment that after watching YouTube videos, he thought he had it all figured out...

Hmmmmm...I do remember Mark putting on a tie and tying it,
then loosening the knot, slipping it off and putting it on Tony...

Fortunately, he and Mindy somehow (almost) got it figured out...


I guess you could say they tied the knot too?

Andy and Ashley weren't able to go to the wedding...

So here is my obligatory Locklan/Dad photo...


See you next time?


Friday, April 15, 2016

Don't!

You should never leave containers filled with bird seed on your patio overnight...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Look what I can do!

Locklan is now 14 months old, getting bigger, faster, smarter and more fun by the day. 

He jabbers constantly. Last week he began saying, "Hi, Shirley!"

He' been reaching for the door knobs for a while but wasn't quite tall enough-until this morning when he figured this out: 



Time for a mani-pedi!

On Monday, I lead Winnie, Tony's basset hound, into my car...
 
 
I lied to her.  I told her we were going on a great adventure!
 
Truth is, we were on our way to Beth's Pooch Parlor to get her nails trimmed.
 
Winnie HATES to have that done...
 
I felt so guilty, after we left Beth's
(no photos of that...Winnie was not the most gracious client)
 
We  headed right for...
 
 
Cheeseburger land!
 
 
She wolfed down her burger but did graciously allow me
 to remove the pickles before I gave it to her...
 
Was I forgiven?
 
No!
 
But when her Daddy came later, she allowed him to comfort her...
 
 


Monday, January 11, 2016

I know it's been too long...

But as you can see...
 
 
We're busy!
 
Catch up with you soon, I promise!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Being a Baby is Hard Work

One day this week, Locklan came to spend the day with Granny Jan while Mom and Dad were at work.  As usual, he was adorable, but I realized just how hard he worked...
 
As soon as he came (at 6 AM), he thought he'd like to go upstairs and catch just a few more zzzzz's.
 
 
We went into Grandma's room to make her bed..
.He thought he was so cute that he took a selfie...
 
 
Then Granny took the phone and took a better shot of all his awesomeness...
 
 
After breakfast, He shared his toys with Shirley...
 
 
 
 
Even Shirley seems to think he's adorable!
 
 
Next, Pappy Ron sat on the floor with him.  Locklan loved it! 
 
Seems that Pappy Ron makes a great climbing wall.
 
 
Yes!  He pulls himself up on things now!
 
 
Pappy's great for hugging, too!
 
 
And then it was time for yet another selfie...
 
 
 
Who can resist all that cuteness?
 
He noticed Pappy Ron going out the French doors,
so he investigated...
 
 
So THAT's what they do out there!
 
 
At the end of the day, I'm tired...
I thought that being old was a lot of work...
But when I see how much work it is to be a baby...
 
Andy sent me this photo of Locklan after his bath...
 
 
Apparently cuteness comes naturally for some of us...
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It's a family thing?

My dad had eight sisters.  Eight!  Can you imagine?
 
He also had three brothers which gave me 22 aunts and uncles,
about a gazillion cousins and when you start removing and seconding cousins,
about a mega million of them...
(I can never remember how the pecking order goes, with once removed, twice removed and seconds)
 
Sadly, my dad and all but three aunts and an uncle are gone,
One of my aunts lives in Maryland...
I don't get to see her very often, but last Saturday,
 Aunt Helen, her son and daughter-in-law, went on a road trip and came to town!
 
As many as could make it,
 (which was 6 cousins, 3 spouses, three cousin's kids and two cousin's kids-kids
 plus two aunts, my mom and a guest) got together at a local restaurant.
 
Oh my...the laughter, the food talk, the catching up and of course, the hugging that went on...
 
I love this picture of my two aunts and me...
 
 
And then we got Mom into the act...
(Look at my mom...she'll be 84 next week!)
 
 
 
Aren't we a classy bunch?
See Tony on the left?
 
And the same bunch from the other end...
 
 
We're in the regenerating mode...
we don't have many little kids these days,
but my cousin, Anthony, and I just had new grandsons this past year...
 
Right now, we don't need a kids' table, but we still have one...
 
 
My cousin's daughter and son, and two grandsons...
 
I love it when we all get together! 
 
Families are the best!
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 05, 2015

On the ground floor...

Here we are in Myrtle Beach...Sitting in the lobby of our hotel, looking up at the elevator shaft. Our rooms are on the 15th floor… Thankfully, even with the hurricane, water doesn't get that high!