Chloe was trying hard to be patient. But when you have seven siblings, it takes almost forever for it to be your turn to go to MomMom and PopPop’s house. She was even willing to allow her little brother to come along for the weekend. And, she came with a request. She wanted to bake a fresh strawberry pie.
What is better than a vanilla cupcake with a big swirl of fluffy cherry frosting, sprinkled with jimmies and topped with a cherry? Making them with a granddaughter, that’s what. Shaela came to spend part of her summer break with her PopPop and I and also spend time with her New Jersey cousins. Making cupcakes together topped her list of fun things to do while she was here. It was a sweet idea!
Kids, big and small, never outgrow a fascination with bubbles. How many of those little plastic bottles of bubble solution have you bought through the years. Yes, me too. There is just something delightful in blowing little iridescent globes of various shapes that float effortlessly through the air and then suddenly POP! Imagine the FUN you and your kids will have making super GIANT bubbles. Continue Reading
Sometimes even a little tumble can cause a big hurt.
This is Chloe. She was playing in her Little Tikes Cozy Coupe and somehow getting out, she tumbled. Her siblings and neighborhood kids were all playing and went to help her when she ran to her mom shouting, “I broke my bone!”. One look and her mom knew this was bad.
Jamie cut away her shirt and put her arm into a sling. Off to Urgent Care. They took X-rays and sent her to CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).
This is what a supracondylar break looks like.
The night before surgery, the doctor had to manipulate the bone back through the fascia because he was concerned it could have poked through the skin as she slept. (middle left photo above)
Now, with two pins, a bright pink cast and a little time, Chloe will be good as new.
While Jamie was caring for Chloe, Joelle and Jethro came to our house for a couple of days.
Baby Joelle clung to Aunt Erin and shared all of her cold germs.
And like all that went before her, Joelle loved splashing bubbles in the kitchen sink.
At the store Aunt Erin told us how excited Joelle got when they turned onto an isle and she saw a display of little dolls. Joelle told everyone that listened about her babies.
Jethro was my little shadow. We planted seeds together. He showed me that he is as tall as a yardstick. We watched movies and snuggled at bedtime.
(Did you know that if you thread a yardstick down through the cabinet drawer pulls you can prevent a curious mobile baby girl from opening each drawer and removing dangerous content. Yes, after 13 grandbabies, I learned this. It is not perfect but it will buy you some time.)
(you can see the yardstick better in this photo)
Shaela is our granddaughter who lives in upstate New York. This week was Shaela’s turn to be Super Kid in her class. Family can attend this 30 minute time to celebrate each Super Kid and share interesting or amusing stories or thoughts about why this Super Kid is special to them. Jet and I got to be part via FaceTime as did PopPop John from his work office and Shaela’s other grandparents who are currently in Hawaii. Pretty amazing, I say.
and from the recent past…
When you are a mom to eight children it might take you almost a year to make good on your Father’s Day gift. Jamie and John finally got to enjoy their father/daughter evening together. Dinner and then home to watch a special episode of one of their favorite shows, Gold Rush. Remembering John Schnabel is a moving tribute of John by his grandson, Parker.
Back in February we had a visit from our New York family. Aunt Erin giving our grandson, Braden a haircut.
After this long week, John and I went to a restaurant we had been wanting to try. We were pleasantly surprised to learn it was Restaurant Week and the menu was a lovely 4-course meal, including, an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert sampler. We thoroughly enjoyed or time together.
Restoring my vintage childhood chrome table and chairs was a labor of love. This sweet mid-century Formica and chrome set has been in our family for many years.Continue Reading
Think pink and quick and easy for celebrating Valentine’s Day with little ones. Your Shirley Temple floats don’t have to be as messy as mine to be a special and fun treat. Fun and pretty Shirley Temples and pink whipped cream make delicious floats just right for kids.Continue Reading
Super sweet, fun and easy to make, a Valentine’s Day Gingerbread House is a great project to do with kids. Decorate with Royal Icing as the glue for favorite candy and treats. I am sharing this Valentine’s Day Gingerbread House again, because not only was it really tasty but because it was such a fun project my little granddaughters loved! They were thrilled with the results.
This little sweet pea had her turn wearing PopPop John’s christening outfit just like her siblings and cousins. Besides baby Joelle’s turn in this vintage piece, other family members wore it too.Continue Reading
As the year draws to a close I’m trying to catch up by posting activities and memory-making moments with and for family. It’s been a busy and full couple of months. My heart overflows. Hard to imagine that less than five months ago I had a total hip replacement.Continue Reading
These little gents are looking dapper in their knitted red bow ties. Getting photos of our two youngest grandsons was much harder than actually making the bow ties!Continue Reading
Do your kids like to bake and putter in the kitchen? Our granddaughter does. Shaela’s list of things to do while visiting this summer from a few states away included baking. She chose to make this raspberry cream cheese coffee cake.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
Leonardo da Vinci
Aren’t these Pacific Sea Nettles Jellyfish fascinating?
This was my favorite part of our visit to the Adventure Aquarium by the Camden NJ Waterfront.
We spent a long weekend visiting our daughter in upstate NY while her husband, Brad was in Massachusetts doing a two-week intense study as he works toward his school administration certificate. The five hour drive can become boring but not with a spectacular sunset.
Hawaiian Pasta Salad, brightly colored with an abundance of crisp veggies makes this a perfect summer salad. It is a hearty one too, with the tortellini and diced ham. I served it at Jared’s graduation party as a side dish but it would be a great entree served with crusty bread (and maybe a glass of wine) for a lovely summer supper.Continue Reading
He did it. And, he did it well.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
With the warm glow of the setting sun, we watch and cheered as the class of 2016 filled the field with not just their caps and gowns but with their youthful excitement, hope for a bright future and relief their high school responsibilities were behind them.
This graduation class of 525 students almost filled the track with young adults that were just entering the school halls as freshman a blink ago. Parents and grandparents remembering with hearts overflowing as the procession flowed by.
Jared, with his best friend since middle school, marching right behind him, enjoyed every moment of the celebration.
“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
lots of hugs and smiles
highlighting his accomplishments
Storm Robotics Alumni
AP Latin students barbecue
The following day, it was PARTY TIME!
Braden and Jethro had no trouble finding adventures together.
our pond fish are well fed 😉
ending this beautiful evening relaxing by the fire making S’mores
Dear Jared says the Lord…
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. ‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.…
… Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you
do call on him, precious grandson