Thursday, August 21, 2014

One Year Old

Happy Birthday today to little Noah James! (Or #noahjames, as he is affectionately known. Lol.) One year old! And what a fun year it has been! As a Granny, I know that the days are sometimes long, but the years are short.
May God bless little Noah all the days of his life.

Be strong and courageous. 
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, 
for the LORD your God goes with you; 
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I See A Birthday Boy

On Sunday, we were blessed to celebrate the birthday of our soon-to-be one-year-old grandson, Noah. He will technically be one on Thursday, but we partied a bit early so that he could be surrounded by love from around 30 friends and family members. He is a blessed little boy!

His mom and dad had prepared a perfect party, with decorations, food, and favors for all.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?
I see a Birthday Boy looking at me!
Jennifer worked hard on the chalkboard full of stats and events from his first year. So cute!
There was a cake for the guests...
and a smash cake just for Noah.
Treat cups too!
And fruit kabobs.

Noah even cooperated by sitting still long enough for a photo beside the chalkboard.
One-year-olds don't stay still for long!
Aunt Darci made some fancy cookies with all the animals from the story. Cute and delicious!
We played in Noah's room before things got started, and Ella shared a smile from her spot on my lap.
Yay! It's party time!
Haleigh and Ella were so excited to see Baby Noah eat his birthday cake.
Two cousins named Ella, and Haleigh say, "bring on the cake!"

Happy Birthday, dear Noah, Happy Birthday to you!
I know I have way too many photos of the cake-eating, but I especially love the faces of the girls as they watched him dig in. :)

Where have you guys been keeping this stuff?

Try this, Mommy.
And just for fun, here are a couple photos of his mommy on her first birthday.

After the party, we got busy and loaded up all the furniture since Bryan and Jennifer have sold their house and will be living in a small apartment while their new house is being built. Come for the party, stay for the fun! Or something like that.
While we were loading things to head home, this little guy decided to crawl right out the front door. One-year-olds are so independent!
Happy, happy birthday dear sweet Noah!
Your Granny loves you!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Blessed by Guests and Yes to the Dress

Our weekend started on Thursday when our friend Mike and his wife Mickey came to the lake for an overnight visit. Mike was our associate pastor back in the 80s, and it was fun spend some time together to visit and catch up. His son Aaron and his wife are visiting from Las Vegas with their 2 children, and they had a big time on the lake.

They did some paddle-boating,
and some tubing, along with some water-matting and water ski-attempting.
We enjoyed an evening boat ride, with card-playing on board. Who's driving the boat?
It was fun to see Aaron all grown up, and meet his beautiful family.
We had a campfire,
roasted marshmallows for s'mores,
and sat around the fire enjoying the quiet of the evening. The only thing missing was a guitar.
We got a group photo on the deck before they left on Friday afternoon.

On Friday evening, Andrew and Darci hosted their 'LSDR' weekend, made up of 4 couples, kids, and a new baby. Jim and I are happy to be able to share in the fun too.

They did some tubing on the new 'Big Mable' tube, which has been a hit so far.
A sunset shot on the watermat...
and another to see the cute faces. Buddies Matthew, Abbi, and Makenna.
The 'kids' all dressed up and ready for their night out for dinner.
They enjoyed their evening at Big Woods, as always.
Grandma Becky came to spend the day with this little guy, and got him tucked into bed before heading back north, leaving Jim and me in charge of the 6 kids, who were all sleeping soundly when their parents returned. (At least I think they were.)

On Sunday morning, I packed some cold water and met up with Courtney and her entourage for a wedding dress shopping excursion.
She had quite a group assembled to make the trip to Cincinnati in the Silver Bullet. She's a brave girl!
Courtney let each of us choose a dress for her to try on, and then she tried to figure out who had selected each dress. It was so much fun to see her model lots of beautiful dresses, and decide on the perfect one for the wedding in March. She said yes to the dress!!
Here she is with some of her beautiful bridesmaids.
And with her sister, her mom, her grandma and her aunt.
The whole group!! It's so clever how they have the board for brides to stand behind for a photo. It was a successful day, and so much fun to share in the excitement of finding the perfect dress. So many special days ahead for Courtney and Adam!
We wrapped up a very busy long weekend by celebrating my dad's 82nd birthday. Haleigh and Ella helped him blow out the candles. Happy Birthday, Boomie!!