This is the little one Greg's family gave me for my birthday 2 years ago. The first Spring after a very mild winter it had 7 blossoms on it. This year after a bad winter (where it sits taking the full blast of southern exposure), it was half dead with only one beautiful little blossom. After everyone elses lilacs have bloomed and are past...mine just opened up today. I guess it was thirsty, we had a torrential downpour all day! This Fall I'll fashion a windbreak for it and prune it some...hoping for an easier winter on them and more blooms next year.
I only got to see 2 games this year...but this represents the last one. Greg told Harley to hit a home run and run around all the bases. She wasn't sure exactly what that meant so he said hit the ball really really far and then run around all the bases til you touch homeplate.
OK!!! So Harley got up to bat and hit the ball really far!! Then she preceded to run to first, and then to second where she nudged the other runner out of the way and ran on to third. It wasn't a home run after all but by golly she was going to run those bases. So very darling!!
My sister, Karen, my only sibling and their clan taken a few weeks ago.
Don't they look like fun?
It occurs to me that:
my mom and dad had only 2 girls
my dad never had a son
but my dad did get boys in spades in the next generation. My sis had 4 boys , just 1 girl and I had 6 boys, just 1 girl.
So between us there were 12 grandchildren, 10 of which were boys that dad got to really enjoy (mom too). Now my sisters family has grown to 32 people, and mine is so far at 24. Thats 56 decendants from my parents....pretty nice.
Emily was visiting Aunt 'Toot' (as we call Suzi) about a week ago, and doing her recent favorite thing...baking. Loves to put on an apron and help out in the kitchen. Love, love, love her smile ! She's had some special needs issues since birth, being born profoundly deaf, and other issues that have come with that, hand in hand. She's very very smart and funny and quite a prangster. She's braver than any little girl I know and truly my hero for all the challenges that she just takes in stride. She's got another issue going on and a team of nuero-surgeons are working with her today. Anyone who may read this....please say a little prayer for her !!!
married 1971, we've lived in Coeur d'Alene since, it's so beautiful here. Nice place for a family...but the winters sure are long! The novelty of having deer in our yard daily has worn thin as they eat all the flowers we try to grow.