The snow fell hard, it was beautifully white everywhere. The trees were magical. We joined a nice party at our daughter's Sherie's place. She put out the spread of food, the place was nicely decorated, of course it has been decorated for months beforehand. Sherie just likes to have a festive mood all the time. It's just her thing. That evening there were a few quite a few kids there and they all opened some presents. It was fun to watch, especially our little ones, our grandsons, Brandon and Jaxon and our Maya. Everyone had something to open but what was most important was that our family and friends spent the night together. Of course this is only some of the family and we'll see more or them on Christmas Day.
My husband's traditional Muscle Soup
Buddy is missing his brother Junior this Christmas and so are we.
For the little ones it was all about when will we open the presents and finally they did.
Here is Maya back in May going to her first photo shoot at a college nearby where they set up some students at their desks for an educational pamphlet for the college. Maya did well and the photographer seemed to like her. Next day she went to her first TV show shoot for background work as a neighborhood kid running across the yard with some other kids. This was for a TV show starring Jason Priestly called Private Eyes 2. This was an all day event and Maya did good as well. It was a hot and sunny day, I'll say that but there were no complaints from her.
Maya also appeared in her first big school play they called the Seaussical in which she danced away in a number of songs. She seemed excited about the whole thing and faithfully attended all the rehearsals after school. She did great.
And after all that a few weeks later it was time to pick up her first check for her college photo shoot. She was all smiles about that even though the money went directly into her bank account.
Just a little play in the park, the slides and the swing. The playground is always fun for everyone. Love seeing the boys so active and happy. This day on Easter was unusually warm and we took advantage of it to get outside for a nice walk and of course the playground near great grandparent's house. The little one found himself a stick but unfortunately it poked him on the cheek and that was the end of the stick.
Maya has to keep up the fashion at all times. The yellow dress fit the occasion though.
Coloring eggs for Easter is something Maya has come to enjoy. She didn't do any of this before. She likes to crack eggs, eat the food, get some Easter bunny treats, church and most of all the family get together where she catches up with grandma and grandpa and other family who happen to come by for a visit.
It was a gorgeous day, warm and sunny and we also made sure to enjoy the outside.
The food at grandma's is always good. Traditionally meat, eggs and green onions are served along with some salads and bread.
Grandma makes very special colored eggs that she does with parsley leaves and onion color. They always look great.
Dad and mom are looking good. They don't change much, maybe even looking younger at times. Here is Krissy with grandma Josephine and below is one of my fave pics of my daughters Sherie and Krissy along with their significant others.
Maya continues to learn sewing so she can do her own fashion designs. She definitely has some specific ideas about what she wants to wear. She especially loves polka dots and so the first skirt she ever made reflects her style and with Maya every day is a dress up day.
Jax is having fun playing and laughing up a storm with his grandpa Charlie. The little one has a good sense of humor and his happiness radiates through him.
Maya likes to make sure her nephews are having fun.
Brandon loves his superheroes and dresses up anytime he can and why not? When you're a kid you can do these things anytime and look good doing it.
Earlier this year at end of April we had a Robin's nest on our mailbox by the door. We had no idea why a bird would make a next so close to our door where everyday people walk in and out. It's such a busy area and I'm sure the bird needs a little more privacy to lay her eggs but we were very excited to see little baby birds hatch and grow. We were hoping for the best. Eventually after one egg was found broken on the ground the mama bird laid three more eggs. She laid on them for a couple of days, watching us as we watched her through the window. The eggs were the most beautiful blue color I'd ever seen and they were so tiny and perfect.
However one day we noticed the mama bird did not come to lay on nest and when we looked the eggs were all gone. There was no trace of them. We don't know what happened to them, if kids got them or another bird carried them away but they were gone. Needless to say we were very disappointed that we would not see baby birds by our door this year. I felt really bad for the mama not having her babies but maybe next year.