Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy Anniversary

Fifteen years ago today, our oldest daughter walked up the isle and pledged her life to our son-in-law. What a wondrous day it was, so magical and so filled with love. When we first met her husband to be, I was struck by what a man of God he was; however, he was seven years older than Carrie and truly a man. My girl was young, yet mature for her age. First, Brent built a relationship and friendship with our entire family, then little by little got to know our girl. I had released my daughter to the Lord and asked that He make the way clear. Brent is such an incredible man, son, husband, father; he is more like a son than a son-in-law. When he first met our family, he wasn't sure about this homeschooling thing. Look at him now, they have six children and homeschool. He is such an incredible husband and provider for our daughter; we are so proud of who he has grown to be. We are so proud of their marriage and the testimony they have.

This photo is almost a year and a half old, their youngest girl isn't in it; though Carrie may be pregnant in this photo, it's hard to tell. I can't believe we don't have a photo of the two of them, that will change. They will be celebrating tomorrow night and we will have the grands over. One thing that amazes me is how quickly the years fly by-15 yrs ago. Wow, is all I can say. Our youngest had just graduated from high school. I was heading back into the work force-ugh!
 We are so very blessed by our daughter, her hubby and our grands.
Happy Anniversary Brent and Carrie,  may you have many, many years together and may the Lord continue to bless you!
We love you!
Mom and Dad

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Fun

It's outdoor Wednesday and I wanted to share a fun class one group of our grands are taking-Archery. Each summer both daughter's have their kiddos take some sort of class; swimming, rock climbing, archery or maybe horseback riding. The year, Carrie's kiddos finished their swimming lessons and now are taking archery. This isn't new to them, they had targets at their old house and loved it. All three oldest have their own bows and are doing so well. Here is our oldest grandson.
Love his form.
Our granddaughter just got her own bow and has exceptional aim.
Our second grandson trying to out-shoot the others in class.
All three have great aim and I imagine the older two boys will eventually want to go bow hunting. For now, this is fine.
Hope you have a fantastic day!
Hugs,
Noreen

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Tuesday to you!  It's a beautiful morning here in Colorado, but already hot.  This morning, as I was driving home from a walk, I heard about a video that shows a 90 yr old gentleman dancing.  I thought it was Youtube, but it isn't so I can upload it here.  However, if you need something to brighten you day, check out this short video.  Here's the link
http://time.com/3012697/this-video-of-an-old-man-dancing-will-brighten-your-day/

I love seeing seniors participating in an activity that embraces life.
Hope you enjoy!
Hugs,
Noreen

Monday, July 21, 2014

One Big Boy

Happy Monday Friends. I hope you had a great weekend filled with relaxation and love. On Friday, our daughter and her five kiddos as well as their two dogs(Petrol and Sampson)came to spend the day with us. They were getting new roof on and needless to say Sampson is one big dog who is very protective; it was decided with the heat-we've been in the high 90's, it would be better to have him at our house. Now you must understand, Sampson is a 120 lb Newfie/Lab/Husky mix who is around 11 yrs old. He isn't as agile as he used to be; that boy could jump about four feet off the ground-all fours. Anyway, the poor old guy was pretty stressed at our house, because he hasn't been in a car for years or left their area. He did fine considering and it was a trial run in case the family has to stay with us for a night when they are moving. For some weird reason, I didn't have any photos of Sampson; so took some this morning. He is such an incredible dog and we all love him. Here is he; you can see that he is still shedding and also has a bandage on his rear leg. Somehow when the family was camping, he got a cut on it.

I'm not sure if I ever shared this story with you all or not, but approximately two or three years ago two of our grands were out in the yard playing.  Sampson started barking and so sil decided to go see what he was so upset about.  It ends up that they had a 6' bull snake in the yard and Sampson had placed himself between the snake and the girls.  He was not about to let that snake near his girls.  For a large breed dog, he has surpassed what we thought his life expectancy to be.  When I think of a time in the future when he won't be around, I get really sad.  He has never been an inside dog and prefers to be outside, even in the winter.  He does have a wonderful dog house in the garage, so he can get out of the weather if it is too much. As he's gotten older, he definitely doesn't stay out in the snow like he used to.
The family will probably get another big watchdog, since our sil travels a lot, but they aren't sure whether they will get an inside dog that doesn't shed or another dog that can handle the Colorado winters.  I just don't want to think about it yet. 
I will say that Hunter was quite perturbed that another dog was in his yard on Friday; he's only met Sampson once when he was a puppy and I was more afraid that with Sampson's play and jumping he might hurt Hunter. 
Well, I'm off to see if I can get some tank tops for this hot weather.  I'm sure that all the fall clothing is in, but I'm going to try.
Have a great day friends.
Hugs, Noreen

Friday, July 18, 2014

Celebrate Good Times

Last night our family gathered to celebrate two special guys.  Here they are~hubby who turned 62 yesterday and Mr. B who turned 11.  It was a wonderful celebration, complete with dinner, dessert and presents.  I love having such a big family; seems like we are always celebrating someone.
Today our youngest, Kim, and her kiddos will be spending the day with us(as well as their two dogs). We are having a new roof put on their house before it closes next at the end of the month. Our house should be filled with lots of laughter and fun today. 
Hope you have a great Friday and fantastic weekend.
Noreen

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two Awesome Guys

Happy Thursday to you! Today is a very special day in our family, because we have two incredible guys who celebrate the same birthday. The first one is my dear hubby; I am so blessed to have him in my life. He is an incredible man, husband, father and grandpa. Here he is on a cliff in Kauai; he loves the Islands and would love it if we had moved there years ago. Eleven years ago, our oldest daughter gave birth to a little boy. Hubby teased her because her first born son was named after both his grandfathers and then her second son was born on hubby's birthday.

Here is our Mr. B as he is known; actually he has lots of nicknames. He has a heart of gold, a wonderful sense of humor and is a wonderful son, grandson and brother. He loves animals, specifically dogs(like his nana)and also loves music. He is all boy, rather young man.
Both of our grandsons love anything Lego and even have a blog reviewing Lego kits.  Here he is hamming it up on his brother's birthday last March.  We couldn't be more proud of him.  Of course, if you know me well enough, you know I say that about all our grands.  Mr. B will eventually begin breeding dogs, as his dad did when he was a young man.  Not sure what breed he'll choose; I try to steer him in the direction that I hope he goes-because when a grand has an up and coming business, his grandparents do support him.  This is why Hunter doesn't yet have a pup to share his bed with yet.

To my guys, Happy Happy Birthday to you both! May your day be filled with love and laughter and may your year be wonderful.

Have a great day friends~
Noreen

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Here in Colorado, we have some "healthy choice" fast food restaurants~Mad Greens, Noodles &Co., and Quidoba. Quidoba is a fast food Mexican restaurant where "fresh" is the key component. I discovered this favorite about four years ago and love it. I've never been a fan of Taco Bell or other chains, but Quidoba has changed where I go for a quick, good and reasonably priced lunch. Yesterday, after all my walks, I met a close friend at the restaurant right down the road from our house. My choice is typically a "Naked Chicken Burrito"-basically all the ingredients of a Burrito but served in a bowl, without the tortilla. Yesterday, I choose the Mango MoJo Salad, with fresh Mango salsa and chicken. It was excellent; both my friend and I loved this dish. My girlfriend hadn't been to Quidoba before and I think she is now going to be a regular.
Doesn't this look so good! I'm really glad that I walked twice yesterday, because hubby and I went out for Chinese last night for his birthday dinner. His birthday and our second grandson's birthday is Thursday; we will be celebrating with the entire family at our daughter's house. Today will be an easy day; I'm going to run to a Hobby Lobby with my neighbor and also hope to get some stitching done. I hope your week is going well and that this weird, wacky weather isn't impacting your area.
Hugs to you,
Noreen