Saturday, February 28, 2015

I Like That Old Time Rock 'n' Roll

                                       Welcome to Las Vegas...airport billboard...
                                        We saw 2 Cirque du Soleil shows...they always begin with some zany antics in the audience!
                                          Breakfast at the Rainforest Cafe...
                                          And a black and white polka dot FISH!! 
                                        We happened to time our visit during Chinese New Year...the year of the Ram. The conservatory at the Bellagio is especially beautiful.
                                              Dale Chihuly glass ceiling...at the Bellagio.
When I found out that Bob Seger was touring again, I knew it was time to go see him.  46 years is long enough!  In 1969, he made a stop in Columbia, MO and performed at Mizzou.  My roommate was friends with him and other band members, so we went over to spend the day with them while they set up their equipment.  During that time, Bob asked me what song I'd like to hear that night.  At the concert, we sat in the front row, and he dedicated that song to ME..."Heavy Music"...I'll never forget it!  So, we planned our trip to Las Vegas.   This time, there were 11,000 senior citizens  rockin' it old school at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.  My daughter and her husband flew down to join us and they had a great time too!  So much fun!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Basketball!

 Bells plays in a league sponsored by the Nazarene Church...they go all out: cheerleaders, half-time entertainment, and introductions with music and fog machine!  Here she comes.
                           A steal and a fast break...
                             She had 28 points today...I think the girl in front of her is not happy about that.
                             She is a shooter like her mama:)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Somebody Loves Somebody

Happy Valentine's Day!!  I subbed today...reading specialist...such a fun day for kids in school;  decorating boxes, delivering Valentines, yummy treats.  I had so many offers of candy (trying not to do sugar), and the teachers' lounge was filled with delicious temptations.  Ha!  I resisted and feel victorious! And then...I came home to my sweetie, who bestowed a beautiful bouquet upon me.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Christmas Wrap-up

                      We had a WHITE CHRISTMAS here this year...when we left the house, it was raining.  By the time we arrived in Star, it was snowing and kept on through the evening.  We had a lovely dinner at Jay and Christa's...
                           Durham thought it was his birthday again, so he kept blowing out the candles!
                            Eden tried to steal a kiss under the mistletoe...Durham wasn't having any of that!
                              Bellamie came to the rescue ;)
                               After 17 years of playing the "Danish Pudding" game...(hide the almond), Dallin finally won!! 
                                How else can we "say" Merry Christmas??  With a "selfie", of course!

Christmas Lights

                            Missy organized our annual tour of the Indian Creek  Lights in Caldwell, and added an extra touch of magic...3D glasses that made the lights turn into different shapes, such as: gingerbread men, elves, stars, reindeer, Santas...I had never heard of, or seen, such a thing.  So FUN!  Jay, Kip, and Cache are colorblind, so this made the lights a little more interesting.
                                      Durham thought they were COOL!
                      Indian Creek used to be covered over, now it runs and reflects!

                       6 of the 7 grands...Cache must have been off exploring.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tradition with a Twist

I always take my granddaughters to a performance of The Nutcracker ballet, and give them a commemorative nutcracker to keep.  The twist, this year, was a different venue.  We have always gone to the Morrison Center on the Boise State campus, to attend Ballet Idaho's production.  Last year, I was so disappointed...the orchestra pit was empty!!!  No live accompaniment!  The prices went up, the value went down.  This year, we attended the Eugene Ballet performance at Jewett Auditorium on the College of Idaho campus.  I had fond memories of Missy dancing with this company.  It was a fun evening.  The girls enjoyed the different staging of the classic. 
                    I picked up Brooklyn and Bellamie, then Bailey and Mia.
                        Finally, we arrived at Missy's, picked up McKena...
                                         chose our nutcrackers by color...
                                             waiting for the curtain to go up..
                           we love The Nutcracker! P.S.  I looked at last year's photos, and only one of the grands was taller than I.  Now...they just grow up so fast!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sweet Sixteen

Our oldest granddaughter has reached the ripe old age of 16...and is she ever sweet! 
                                        We all got together for dinner, cake, and presents!
                                           Everybody sing...
                                      Happy birthday to you!!

Happy Halloween

I only have 4 grands who still go trick-or-treating...they grow up so fast!!  Actually, these 4 trick-or-treated for the very first time last year...while they were living on the farm, there was no such thing!  Their school used to do the traditional parade, and that was fun.  Now, no school parade, but other fun stuff...
                                                 Peter Pan...
                                                 Indian Princess...
                                                  Top Gun...
                                                 and a "girl musketeer"...
                                                    Happy Halloween!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Our American Girl

Last year, Bellamie  was chosen to model in the American Girl Doll Fashion Show.  She decided she would like to try it again this year.  Eden encouraged her to go for it, since her usual goals and interests center around tennis, basketball and flag football. 

                                                 Good job, Bells!

Late Bloomers

We have enjoyed such a mild Autumn...temperatures in the 60s and 70s...no frost yet!  So, I took a tour around the yard and documented my "late bloomers"...the weather has changed today: high in the 40s and snow in the foothills surrounding Boise. 
                              Geraniums still luscious...
                                      The very last rose...
                                 The dahlias...

              Reed's cousin, Karen, is married to Martin, who is one of the foremost authorities on growing dahlias in the U.S.   I can't seem to preserve them over the winter, no matter how I try.  So, I will take their photos and then say goodbye until next year, when I will purchase the next batch!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

On the Road with the Broncos...Colorado Springs

Reed's cousin, Tom,  and his wife, Kathy, invited us to come to Colorado Springs, stay with them, and enjoy some sightseeing and the BSU vs Air Force football game.  Well... we certainly enjoyed their company, and the sightseeing!  Unfortunately, the outcome of the game was NOT to our liking!! 
             The tour of the Olympic Training Center was inspiring...

                           Had to recognize synchro...my sister went to the Rome Olympics in 1960, with a demonstration team, before synchronized swimming was an official sport.

                                          Citius...Altius...Fortius
                                 Garden of the Gods is awe-inspiring...

                                    Balanced Rock has a little help from some mortar.
                                     
                                     Here we are at the Air Force Academy stadium...
                                    Again, inspiring to watch the entrance of the cadets!
                                     Inspiration stopped when the game commenced.  Ugh!  Minus 60 minutes of football, we had a wonderful time!