Saturday, September 6, 2014

It's Official...65

My birthday was not highly anticipated, but greatly celebrated and appreciated!  The surprises started Thursday night.  Reed arranged for me to take a glass-blowing class.  It was something I will never forget.  Interesting, fun, and HOT!  I made a pumpkin...to be forever displayed as part of my Fall decor.
                        It starts with a glob of molten glass... I will be rolling it on that table to start shaping.
                           Stick that blob back in the "hole" and twirl and twirl and twirl...trying not to let it flop.
                           This would be the blowing step...he is rolling the tube back and forth, I am shuffling along, blowing into the end. 
                   Almost done...have to add the stem...

                                    ta-da!

Football Jamboree

                    Cache is playing tackle football for the first time this year.
                     Second from the left, #81, he plays quarterback, and when it's his turn...
                      he steps onto the blue turf and the season begins.  By the way, he is an Oregon Ducks fan...what????

Little D is Three!

Durham wanted a "Supohewo" birthday party...I asked him which superhero he liked best.  "All of them."



                                      Happy Birthday Durham!!

Happy Anniversary

I volunteered to plan our 44th Anniversary Dinner...getting six retired couples together should be easy, right? Ha!  We are all busy as ever, it seems.  Finally, the date was set, reservations made, the day arrived...I got sick.  Stomach flu took its toll, I missed my party!!!  I was so sad...I sent Reed with instructions to listen to everyone's stories and return and tell me everything. 
We have been celebrating together for 34 years.  Quite an achievement: marriages that have lasted 44 years, and friendships that have lasted too!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bailey's Art Camp

I thought Bailey would enjoy Gramma Camp with an emphasis on the arts...so we began at the Boise Art Museum:
                                       In the ceramics gallery, this piece represents river rocks...
                                  This huge installation is called Angle of Repose, made with fusible web, otherwise known as interfacing or Pellon in the sewing biz.  In the shape of a cornucopia, filling the space of a gym-sized gallery, this is intricate, beautiful, and truly unique.  
                                   Then we took the Boise Public Art Tour...checking out various styles of architecture.
                              Bailey especially liked the Art Deco Hoff building, inside and out.
                                       The public art "Totems" represent native culture of the Northwest.
                             We took in  the DaVinci exhibit which inspired a Mona Lisa pose.
                             We took a break while Bailey honed her Weathergirl skills...and played with the green screen.
                          We ended our day at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival..."The Merry Wives of Windsor" given a  1940's vibe.  She said, "This has been the best day!"   For what more could a grandma ask?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The 12s Come Camping!

I couldn't settle on a theme for the 12s camp, so I decided we would just do 12 special activities...they said, "Yay!" 
               We started at Julia Davis Park to ride the paddle boats...here is McKena waiting, and waiting, and waiting for Brooklyn and Mia.
                              Finally!!  They caught up with tales of running into the bank, getting trapped in a tree...
                               Whew!  So much fun once we made it to the pond!
                                   We tried to go to Lucky Peak...nice beach...to swim.  Unfortunately, the water was being treated with an aquatic herbicide...so, we ended up at Borah Pool and the girls had a blast!
                        One crafty activity was bracelet-making at Need to Bead.
                               The most surprising and creative of our crafts was...
                                     Designing a t-shirt using a bleach pen!
                         Individuality was key...personality emerged...Gorgeous!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bellamie's Science Camp

The theme for Bellamie's Gramma Camp this year was Science.  When I told her, she said, "I LOVE science!"  Traditionally, we begin at the Story Trail at Foothills Learning Center.  It's our little hike to get our camp started.

                                     This year's story didn't have much of a plot!!
                         Experiment #1...Bouncy Ball...took a while to get firm enough to bounce.
                                Experiment #2..."Blow It Up"  Fast, foamy, and fun!
                                     Have you ever "Baked Soap?"   1/4 bar of Ivory produces this...
                                           Experiment #3

                          She spent some time Friday night in the reading tent...
                            Saturday morning tennis game with Grandma... kept me running!
                                         Experiment #4...Lava Lamp
                                        Experiment #5 Elephant's Toothpaste...we did a few other experiments, kept a scientific journal,  went out for dinner at her favorite restaurant, and enjoyed our time together. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Gramma Camp for Cache

The first of the Gramma Camps was held this weekend.  Cache is 9, going into 4th grade this fall, so he will be studying Idaho history.  So, our camp had an Idaho theme!  We began at the capitol; explored top to bottom!  We worked up the courage to enter the reception area of the Governor's office (which wasn't necessary...we were warmly welcomed), the secretary gave Cache a packet of information especially for kids, and told us to go right on into the Governor's office.  Only in Idaho!! 

                               Future Governor?  Cache was reluctant to actually sit in the Governor's chair...
            The Great Seal of the State of Idaho was visible in many places throughout the Capitol...this one "felt cool!" 

 Next stop was the Boise River...I had taken my class on a field trip to this spot in September...um, the water was much shallower and slower-moving.  The whole class went all the way across!  Not now, not us, uh uh.

                      Oh well, Cache found this delightful frog and lots and lots of tadpoles.
                            For dinner, we went to Cache's favorite restaurant, fondly known as "Chuckyourgramma"
                        Then we took in a Boise Hawks baseball game...minor league Chicago Cubs affiliate
               Saturday morning we explored the Oregon Trail as it wends its way through Boise
                  We went out to Celebration Park, to see petroglyphs, and throw the atl atls...
                 Guess who hit the target and killed the wooly mammoth?   This was Idaho's ANCIENT history!