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Monday, September 29, 2014

Such Brilliant Colors

Good Morning Friends, I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Fall is definitely in the air here in Colorado. As you know, hubby and I went on a road trip last week and these are some of the pictures I took with my IPhone.
Please remember that these photos are under Copywrite protection, please don't use without my permission. These photos were taken at Twin Lakes, between Leadville and Aspen.

We have been blessed to take two trips to New England in the fall; the last one was 12 yrs ago and we were in awe of the colors.  This trip reminded us of New England, in that we've never seen such vibrant colors here in Colorado as we did last week.  I will say that on the trip home from Steamboat, through the Poudre Canyon, many of the trees were already loosing their leaves. I will also say that although these photos show the color, any photo of the autumn colors, be it in Colorado or New England just don't do the colors justice.
 This afternoon, we are headed up to Estes Park to attend a wedding; I'm hoping that we not only see more colors, but also some Elk.
I hope you've enjoyed the beauty of our state. I will say that there were two towns that I was disappointed in, but one that was a very pleasant surprise(Meeker); one of the draws for me to Meeker is that they have an annual five day Sheep Dog trial each September.
May your day be filled with beauty.

Come back tomorrow for part two of Such Brilliant Colors

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Joys of Childhood

Last night our family gathered to celebrate two birthdays. Kim has two kiddos, Miss D and little man, who have birthday's five days apart; it is much easier to do one party. We all, 17 of us, gathered together for a wonderful dinner, presents and dessert. Here is the birthday girl holding her little brother; it is hard to believe that little man is two and Miss D is 6.
Miss D loves cooking so was very excited to get this kit. I know she'll be making cupcakes soon.
Hubby and I found a stuffed Bison recently and knew little man would love it. He is taken with wildlife and can name many; in fact, there is a restaurant in Steamboat Springs that has game heads mounted on the wall and he can name them. He was able to name them before he could name farm animals.
When a little guy has two cousins that are older, he has already learned how to play with Nerf swords etc., so what would be more fun than a nerf sword to play with. No one had to show him how to use it either. Now he can play with his cousins.
Son in law always makes the best birthday cakes, cupcakes and desserts. Due to the different dietary restrictions, he always makes two or three different things. Last night these looked so good.
Little man is one of us that require a special dessert; he wasn't quite sure if he could eat it, but once he was encouraged he loved it.
Miss D's birthday is tomorrow, so I want to wish her a very happy Day.  She is such a sweetheart, she has a heart of gold that is sensitive and quite the sense of humor.  I love watching our grands grow and mature; it brings us such joy.
I hope you have a great weekend.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Teaser

This week hubby and I went on a little road trip; not little exactly, because we put over 600 miles on my car. Our initial purpose was to dig into our bit of hubby's family history; his great-great-grandparents, great-grandparents and grandmother all have roots here. Although we didn't get additional history of his family, we certainly got to see Autumn in all her splendor. Here is just a peak of photos I'll share next week.
We left early on Wednesday morning and we're settling into a wonderful hotel in Glenwood Springs by mid afternoon.  Thursday took us to Meeker and then onto Steamboat Springs, on of our favorite Colorado towns.  The weather was perfect; we so enjoyed seeing sights we'd never been to before and of the beauty of the changing colors. 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Joy to you.
Noreen and a very tired Hunter, asleep beside me.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The River by Beverly Lewis

The River is Beverly Lewis' newest book; it accurately portrays life among the Amish and gives us another glimpse and understanding into their lives.This is a story line that draws the reader deeper into each page with the rich characters.  The story takes place in Eden Valley, Lancaster County, Pa. in 1977.  Two sisters, Tilly and Ruth, have left their family and chosen to live in the outside world. They are plagued by unresolved relationships when they return  for their parents' wedding anniversary, as well as seeing their father who is gravely ill. Returning would mean facing memories of a  family tragedy that tore the family apart and left Tilly guilt ridden; she is reluctant to return to her parents home.  Although married to an Englisher, Tilly holds onto many of her Plain convictions.  Ruth, the younger of the two, left her family and community with a broken heart; although she remains single, she never got over her broken courtship with her Amish beau. The reader feels the heartbreak, bitterness, unforgiveness that that Tilly has lived with.  Will these sisters return for good to their family and beliefs or will they make peace and return to the outside world?
While this book held me captive, I did foresee where the story line was headed.  I love all Amish stories and this one was another great book from the author.
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publisher, provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Go Climb A Rock

Happy Wednesday to you. I am out and about today, looking for majestic colors of fall. I wanted to share some fun pictures with you. Almost all of our grands, except the very youngest ones, have taken indoor rock climbing classes. This last Monday was the final night of our two granddaughters' class, so of course hubby and I had to go. You all may remember that in college I was a rock climber; I absolutely loved it, but it was one hobby that went by the way. You can imagine how it thrills my heart to watch our grands climb. Here is Miss F, almost 9; she is a natural climber and really enjoys it.
This is Miss O, she will be 7 in a few months. 
This next move is called a Dead Hang, because as you can see, you are simply hanging by your hands. Miss F is amazing; she was able to hang, just like she is in the pic, for 2 min. 28 seconds.  People, do you know how long that is?! For those of us moms, we remember how long one minute was when we were in labor.  She last more than twice as long as the other students. 
A bit harder for little sister, but I imagine she'll be catching up to her big sister soon.
I am so proud of all of our grands for taking these classes, at different times; I'm especially proud of those who don't enjoy climbing and conquered their fear.
I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Birthday Boy

Today our little man is two. Happy Happy Birthday to you.  This little guy is such fun,  possesses such an incredible amount of energy and curiosity as well as loving.  He is all boy and he keeps us on all our toes, he is quick and his reasoning is beyond just two years old.  He has enriched our lives so much and being the youngest in his family of four sisters, he is always under someone's watchful eye.  He will have a birthday party on Friday with his sister, whose birthday is on Sunday. 
We love you so much and can't wait to watch you grow and mature.

Nana Noreen & Papa

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Fall

Autumn blessings from my heart and home to yours!!! I always love this time of year; many of the things I love are Mums, Changing Colors, Autumn Candles, Hot Tea on a regular basis in the evening, football, quilting and hearty dishes like Chili. In fact, I made a big pot of Chili yesterday; it is the only chili recipe I really love. So I'm sharing a few of my favorite things today-this tree is in our neighborhood and yesterday as I walked Hunter I spotted it. I can tell you that many Burning Bushes on the street are quickly turning a bright red-another plant I love, but we don't have any at our new nest.

The next photo is one I found years ago on the internet-I love it.

Finally, this little man as we call him, was helping his dad mow the lawn yesterday. In actuality, daddy was really mowing it and little man decided to help. Once our son-in-law stopped, this cutie kept pretending. He just thrills us-he is so blasted cute!!!

Today Hunter goes to the groomer and I'll be happy with his being cleaned up a bit. Thankfully, we don't let him get really shaggy, but I always know he needs to go when I start noticing mats.
I hope you have a great day today and that you are seeing sights that show Fall is here.
Joy to you!