Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stormy Weather

Friends,  Many of you are probably aware that Colorado is experiencing heavy storms and flooding.  I was out during the initial downpour yesterday and it was quite an experience.
Today we are scheduled to pack up our daughter's house and begin their move; they will be with us for two nights. We are praying that the rain and flooding will stop, not only so we can get this move done but for the rest of our state as well. 
I will be checking in as I am able.
Blessings,
Noreen

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Severe Weather Warning

Good afternoon friends,  Today has been busy and some crazy weather is happening here in Colorado.
I was just finishing up at the hair salon when the sky opened up and it poured.  I mean really poured. I was planning on meeting my hubby at the copy store, but let me tell you that between the hail and flooded roads it wasn't fun to be out.  I was more frightened than when we had our tornado; in fact, I wondered if there was a tornado.  Visibility was horrendous and the roads were impassible in some places.  Mind you, we pack up my daughter tomorrow-so I'm praying that the rain stops.  We got three inches in about an hour.   Up north they've had 5 inches.  Crazy I tell you. 
I'm not sure what tomorrow holds, wish we could just stay inside-which we will do if there is more flooding.  Seems like it is going to be a bad monsoon season. 
Hoping all my friends in nearby states are safe. 
Hugs,
Noreen

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mid Summer Fun

Good Afternoon Friends, I have to say that this week is going to be so busy, my posts might be late or miss a day. Firstly though, I want to share about a Summer Fun get together we had Saturday afternoon. We had initially planned on a big Open House party in June, but somehow that month came and went with no party. Instead of having a huge party, which would mean hours of work and prep we decided to have two smaller gatherings. We didn't want a house warming party, because heaven knows we have almost all we need. So on Saturday afternoon we had three couples over; two live on our old street-one is Kam and her hubby and another couple. The third couple we've gotten to know are locals as well, all three go to my church. It was such fun!!! We laughed at stories being told and talked of trips and snow shoeing. Here is the spread we had; wantedit simple with just  finger foods and it was perfect.

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Below you will see the incredible flower arrangement and jar that Kam and Mark brought. Thank you my friend! It was so thoughtful and still looks as fresh as it did Saturday.

In a couple of weeks, we will have hubby's golf buddies and their wives over for an afternoon. It is nice that we have plenty of room to spread out. The rest of the week will be filled with packing the last bit of household belongings for my daughter and her family. They rent a truck with a couple of trailers on Wednesday morning and we will pack them up. The family and their pups will be here for two nights, until they take possession of their new home. Life and laughter will overflow here; it will be such fun. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that your week will be easy and smooth.
Blessings,
Noreen

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happiness Is...

Happy Friday to you! For many, Friday signals the end of a work week and the beginning of fun. For those of us retired, generally every day is a good one. Today is no exception, as hubby returns from a two day golf trip. I'm taking a neighbor out to lunch and then showing her some new stores; she has only been here a year and is having a difficult time finding her way around. I think I can help with that. This evening 6 of our grands are coming, while mom and dad go out to dinner. Tomorrow is another busy day with three or four couples coming over for some Summer Fun-you know the 60's music will be playing.
Watching Hunter with his gal pal Lexie made me think of the simple things in life that will bring us contentment and joy, if we let them. Don't these two look so contented together. An interesting thing I've discovered is that Hunter is very happy going on a two or three mile walk with Lexie, but he seems to get more tired just walking a mile without her.

Next week will be another crazy week as Kim, our youngest, her hubby, their kiddos and two dogs, pack up the house and move to a new one. Poor Kim has still had an awful summer cold, but packing continues. I'm hoping to spend every day with her next week finishing up; that is if she'll let me.
I hope you find joy in the simple things of life this weekend.
Blessings,
Noreen & Hunter

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