Exhausted

Animals get tired, just like people.  This monkey must have had a very busy day; it is  obviously all tuckered out, pooped, spent, down for the count, drained, bushed, outta gas, weak, sapped, exhausted and just plain tired. His grand kids must have just gone home. Thought for the Day:  On the seventh day, God … Continue reading Exhausted

50th Anniversary

All of our eight grandchildren were present for our 50th wedding anniversary and we are very thankful for that.  They had fun with our hat collection. They're not in any groupings of our children, but we know who they are.  Love 'em all! Thought for the Day:  Children are the rainbow of life, grandchildren are … Continue reading 50th Anniversary

High School Prom

Senior citizens have "firsts" too.  As a grandparent I have a "first" every time my oldest grandchild reaches a new milestone or experiences something new.  This year it is the junior-senior prom.  This is the first junior-senior prom of my eight grandchildren. When she met her three friends for pre-prom pictures, there was excitement in the … Continue reading High School Prom

Happy New Year!

As the song goes, "Turn out the lights, the party's over ..."   When the party is over, it's time to give hugs and kisses, grab your blankey and get in your crib.   Happy New Year! Thought for the Day:  For last year's words belong to last year's language.  And next yeaf's words await another … Continue reading Happy New Year!

Grandfather’s Day

Father's Day is more special now.  The primary role of a father is to raise his children to be responsible, self-reliant adults so that aspect of fatherhood no longer applies to me.  Now that I'm a grandfather, I reflect more on how my children (two sons and a daughter) are raising my grandchildren. My children have the daily … Continue reading Grandfather’s Day

Smash Cake

Remember your first birthday?  Of course you don't, maybe that's why we put so much emphasis on life's first major milestone.  I get very excited over First Birthdays, especially the part where they dig into the cake. In my day there were no "smash cakes", a special little cake for the One Year Old to … Continue reading Smash Cake

Thanksgiving

My wife wrote this prayer for the 2011 Thanksgiving celebration.  Since then, we have two additional little "butterballs", James and Ava, to be thankful for.  Nothing like grand children to make you thankful. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Thought for the Day:  My cooking is so bad, my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.   Phyliss … Continue reading Thanksgiving

The Mane Event

Whoa Nellie!  The exclamation of that famous sports announcer, Keith Jackson, came to mind when I saw this beautiful mane at a local horse show.  This was the first horse show I ever attended and had no idea what to expect.  This was a show for local amateurs and it was worth the price of … Continue reading The Mane Event

Butterfly Hunter

Everything is fun for the 18 month old ... except for going to bed and getting your pants changed.  That's about the only two things that get in the way of new adventures.  The simple pleasure of chasing a butterfly is the best thing ever ... until the next new adventure comes along. He is … Continue reading Butterfly Hunter

Strawberry Bandit

Going to the pick-your-own berry patch is always fun ... but you have to watch your bucket very carefully.  I found this little guy wandering around the Iowa berry patch gobbling up strawberries like there was no tomorrow. Once he found strawberries in easily-reachable buckets, anyone's bucket, he stopped foraging through the plants for his … Continue reading Strawberry Bandit

Do Your Best!

The Little League season is winding down; I have mixed feelings about that.  The number of games these little guys plays is extraordinary, no wonder they (me too) get burned out.  The hellish-hot days of July are right around the corner--yeh, I know, baseball is a summer sport, but there are limitations to my interest. … Continue reading Do Your Best!

Sandbox

Start the summer off right -- in the sand box.  There's nothing more attractive to a toddler than the sandbox, and nothing more fascinating to them than the strange feel of sand in all of its various forms -- wet, dry, cold, hot, coarse and fine. Sand is crafty too, the way it lures the … Continue reading Sandbox

Random Thoughts

Even a four-year old has random thoughts.   Four year olds generally just ask lots of questions, but once in a while they surprise you with a statement that makes you wonder what goes on in that little head.   Out of the blue, my grandson starts talking about "girl babies." He says, "Girl babies … Continue reading Random Thoughts

Good and Bad

My mother always said, "Take the good with the bad."  That thought came to mind while I watched the first baseball practice of my 4 year old grandson ... there's a lot of good and bad in Little League.  Stretching?  Yeah, that was definitely not a priority for the four year old future stars. Learning … Continue reading Good and Bad

Down Time

  The phrase, "down time", is little-used anymore.  Down time used to mean unproductive time; i.e. lost time due to injury, equipment failure, power outage, fire drill, etc. Multi-media devices, allowing greater mobility brought on multi-tasking, which virtually eliminated "down time".  Laptops, cell phones, smart phones, fax machines, and internet access from anywhere have made … Continue reading Down Time

#1

This young lad cleans up pretty good; this is the clean face and hands that belong to the frosting-coated fingers in a previous post.  (click here for more frosting)  Wearing the green and all the green frosting, he must be Irish. This is his official one-year portrait. Thought for the Day:  There was never a … Continue reading #1

Toe Rings

I've never been big on toe rings.  On my priority list for tasteful accessories, toe rings are near the bottom, along with body piercings and tatoos.  But, I'll make an exception for this li'l darlin'. Thought for the Day:  When you meet a man, you judge him by his clothes; when you leave, you judge … Continue reading Toe Rings