Good Morning Friends, I hope your week has been a good one! I got this picture from my daughter, of her youngest son and just had to share it with you. At a year and a half, this little guy is so active and quick; here he is in the bathroom yesterday. He figured out how to get up and into the sink in order to play with water. He just cracks me up! He is a handful to be sure; I love his personality. I know he will keep his family entertained and watchful for many years. I am so thankful for Life; for my beloved hubby-hard to believe we are approaching 36 yrs. together, for our daughters, sil's,and grands and for faith. Grandchildren have a way of making life so much richer.
Yesterday found me playing Pickleball and then walking afterwards. I had gone with the intention of "one last try", but am pleased to say that by wearing a rubber sleeve on my left knee, I'm not as sore today. I will continue to take each week as it comes because I really enjoy the sport, but I'm not willing to risk damage to my knees by playing. I am thankful that I am able to walk almost daily, to bike ride, to try new things like Pickleball.
I am thankful for this body I have and also the wisdom that comes with age-such as- I should have taken better care of it. I am thankful that hubby and I can play the same sport; I will say I'll stick with the beginners, while he plays with the very advanced players. Last night our sil took us to a semi-pro Hockey game; we've gone to two games before and while I never thought I'd enjoy it, I really do. Last night was such fun because we had two granddaughters with us; the past games we saw were very calm, but last night there were a few fights-I don't like that part of the game. My family keeps telling me that this is what hockey is all about. I am thankful for the chance to go again. Thankful that our sil invited us to go along. We have two of the worlds best sils!!! They rock!!! Today I will be taking Hunter for a walk with Kam and Lexie; I'm so thankful for Kam-she is such a wonderful friend. After we return and the air has warmed(side note-we are supposed to get up to 65 degrees today, then snow tomorrow), we will be going on our first bike ride this year. I am beginning to believe that biking is going to be my favorite type of exercise; I have also decided that if I have to stop Pickleball, I will get a stand for my bike-so I can ride inside all winter next year. Doesn't seem as fun but it beats being sedentary. We had some other good news this morning-we now have a future date that we will be moving to our new home. Yes!!! I hope your Thursday is filled with all that makes you smile and laugh. Hugs, Noreen
As I mentioned yesterday, on Saturday the kids all went to the Mountain store in Estes that has a rock wall. If you are at all squeamish about heights, you may want to leave now, I'll understand. There are many activities the grands could do that I'd flinch at, but this isn't one of them; I love rock climbing! I'm going to let the photos speak for themselves.
This photo below, is Miss A, who is just three years old; I believe it was her first climb.
Below is an overhang-an obstacle that I really disliked when I used to climb. Of course, there weren't climbing walls when I was young-just rocks.
It is hard to tell on the photo below, but the wall actually protruding out at an angle so you need to really lean back. This wall was the second most difficult in the gym-our boy just flew up it.
We all had so much fun together; I loved watching my grands climb, so proud of all of them and they all had a great time.
Here in our town, we have one small wall; I think the kiddos have already outgrown it. Above, it our oldest grandson-almost a teenager. He excels at this sport, is built perfectly for it and just scales up the wall. My family and friends used to say I climbed like a mountain goat; I can say the same about him.
We are off to Trader Jo*s this morning; I hope you have a great day! Remember scale those mountains in your life.
Seize The Day! Noreen
Good Morning Friends, We had such a blast up in Estes over the weekend! It snowed almost the entire time, so most of the time was spent inside one of the condos. We did get to see this heard of Mountain Goats; the lead ram was limping and I'm afraid he might have gotten hit by a car.
When the whole family is together, there are 17 of us. Saturday morning the kids decided to play hide and seek; who better to help find hiding spots than the adults. As a child, I was a winner at finding places to hide-probably because I was so small and could squeeze into every spot. So I helped our grands find some wonderful spots. Here is our sweet Miss A. hiding in an upper cupboard in the kitchen; even the older boys couldn't find her.
One of the dads had to help this little one get up on the top of the kitchen cupboard-but she wasn't found either. Our oldest grandson hid on the top of the beam below with the lights, no one could spot him.
This little one hid on top of the refrigerator. Another great hiding spot.
The game was such fun!!!!
I think all the kiddos are going to want to play whenever they are together.
Hubby and I also went and watched 11 grands go to the indoor rock climbing gym. It was also so much fun! Afterwards, hubby and I went into town and visited one of my favorite stores-I didn't buy anything; we also went into the Glass Blowers studio and watched the owner make a lovely candy dish.
Hunter, Lily and Petrol had a great time while we were away. It is reassuring when you have someone who loves dogs taking care of your dogs.
We are supposed to have one day of snow this week, but also one day is supposed to get up to 65 degrees. Tomorrow hubby and I plan to go check out the Trader Jo*s that opened down in Boulder; don't know whether we will get anything or not, but it will be nice to have this store in Colorado.
Hope you have a day filled with contentment.
Joy to you~ Noreen
Happy Friday to you! Goodbye February and Hello March. March holds three family birthdays, so it feels like we are always have family get togethers. In fact, today the family is heading up to the mountains; it is our Christmas present to our kids and grands.
This week, one of my favorite bloggers Judy at Cranberry Morning posted this dish; I'm so glad she did because it is sure to become a favorite of ours. I will include the link at the end. The only thing that I was missing was a McCormick Perfect Pinch "Mediterranean" herb seasoning. I went to three stores looking for it and then googled it online. Apparently, McCormick no longer makes this seasoning; I'm sure one of their others would work just as well. I just added some spices I had on hand; it wasn't as savory as I expect it is if you have the right ingredients. This is a dish that could be changed up easily too-maybe adding shrimp or even beef. It is gluten free; in fact, most of Judy's recipes are gluten free.
The recipe is enough for two good servings or three small ones.
I know most of California is getting hammered with rain; we've got snow in the forecast here for the weekend. I just hope there aren't any issues in the mountains; plus a friend will be here dogsitting and I'm telling all the pups to behave.
Until we meet again, Noreen & Hunter
Happy Thursday to you! It's a brand new day filled with oodles of possibilities; Hunter has a new cut and is so sparkling clean. Not sure how long he will stay white-he has a tendency to get right out in the yard and try to get rid of the clean smell. Silly dog-his mama loves the lavender scent of the groomer's shampoo.
I am happy to say my knees are not as bad as last week-so thank you all for your encouragement. I haven't had to pamper myself like I did yesterday, for quite some time. I just don't like feeling like I can't do something. I am so very thankful for the ability to even try a new sport, for life and for the blessings my life holds!
It is supposed to get into the 50's here today; it is already 30 degrees-yippee. However, our family in Ca. are sending lots of rain, which will probably turn to snow. Many friends are already seeing flowers pop up and trees bloom-you lucky ducks you! We won't even think spring until mid-May and then it is still iffy.
May you find joy in the little things of life.
Joy to you~ Noreen
It is already the afternoon and all I can think of doing is relaxing! This morning hubby and I went over to Pickleball and unfortunately for me no other beginners were there, so I played with the regular teams. Needless to say, they kicked my butt! Seriously, last week my knees hurt for days-which is unusual for me and finally I started to feel back to normal. I came home feeling stiff already; so I applied to topical lotion, for muscles, on my knee and I sitting with it elevated. Hunter won't come near me due to the smell of the lotion, he has a very sensitive nose. Now I am wondering how long it will take me to get into shape or if my knees will begin to give me problems. I'm surprised with all the biking I've done, that I've never had issues until now; maybe that is what happens when the number 62 draws near. I hope not, because I really enjoy the game.
Hubby has gone off to badminton; he is in amazing shape and has such high energy. I plan to just sit and catch up with all of you.
Happy Tuesday to you! I hope your Monday started out well; getting a crown is not my idea of fun, but we have to do what we have to do and it's better than a root canal. The afternoon was pretty relaxed and last night, hubby and I were happy to have all of our shows back on t.v. The Voice started a new season and we loved it. We so enjoy Shakira and Usher; the interaction between the judges is so fun! You know you are empty nesters when t.v. shows are important.
Our weather here is cold and cloudy-snow coming tonight. I'm off to walk in a few and tomorrow plan on playing Pickleball. I'm hoping that my knees and legs get into shape quickly; they were sore last week.
I hope you have a fantastic day, filled with joy and smiles.
I am a daughter of the King, saved by grace for 34 yrs. I am married to my best friend and beloved for 35 years. I was born and lived most of my life in Northern Calif. until moving to Colorado. We homeschooled our girls for years and I love encouraging my daughters,and others, in their homeschooling. Hubby and I are blessed to have two incredible daughters and sons-in-law and 11 grandkids. I love spending time with my family & our dog Hunter,friends and their pups plus quilting when I can.