Monday, August 28, 2017

Check mate

Steve and I have been playing chess a lot for the past few months. This was one of the games we played yesterday. I was black. :) The upside down rooks are extra queens. I REALLY liked this game.
♥ Melody

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Of such is the kingdom of heaven

Yesterday, a neighboring household didn't have any eclipse glasses. Their neighbor had 3 pairs, one for each member of their family. So, the family with 3 pairs gave one pair to the family with none. And the kingdom of heaven was present on earth at that very moment. ♥

♥ Melody

Matt's Last First Day of School Picture

His last first day of school picture as a high schooler. I love this boy and am so proud of the man he is becoming.

Happy First Day of the Last Year of High School, Matthew! ♥

♥ Melody

Monday, August 21, 2017

Bentley at the Wedding

This is my grandson, Ben. His mom got married on Saturday and he was VERY excited.

Just before this picture was taken, he was indignant. "My grandma said that she was going to throw me in the water. I have a wedding to go to!" (He meant his other grandma - I was taking pictures :) )

After the wedding, a little boy came running to his mom and told her that he had accidentally gotten Ben's clothes wet with his waterbottle (I think the word "accident" might have been used erroneously, but nonetheless...)
So the boy's mom saw Ben walking over and said, "Ben, did ____ get you wet?"

And then, after the wedding was over, the pictures were taken, and clothes were changed, I took Ben & Aiden to their dad's house. As we were leaving the park from the wedding, Ben called over his shoulder to his mom,
"I love you, Mom!"
"I love you too, Ben!"
"Mom, I love you with all my heart!"

He is a rascal. A pistol. And such a sweet little guy. ♥

♥ Melody

Monday, August 14, 2017

Date Saturday for Steve & Me ♥

On Saturday, Steve & I got to spend the day together sans any children, all thanks to Matthew.

We got up early and went to AA - I love AA. And then we went to Target & got a few things. We looked for a substitute wedding ring for Steve - his has broken down the skin on his ring finger b/c he has refused to get it resized.. now he is forced to - but they didn't have one. I looked for a polo for Matt, but the kind he likes were sold out. So all we bought was some clear fingernail polish and a glitter nail polish, then we vamoosed.

Next stop was Penny Ann's Cafe to meet up with a friend of mine from high school - he had overslept after a terrible night's sleep, so while we waited for him, Steve & I went and browsed JoAnn's next door. We bought Teryn's birthday presents there: a lantern with nighttime noises, a vacuum to suck up bugs & look at them while they are safely inside the clear vacuum (it is a soft suction and is catch and release), and bug tape candy (Teryn was not excited for the candy that had candy bugs on it, though.) We replaced our lighted magnifying glass - perfect for getting slivers out!

Then, we went over to the cafe where Richard was then waiting for us. Such a busy place, that was, especially at lunch time! We had a nice conversation and caught up a bit. Richard took the Mondays throughout summer vacation and taught Matt woodworking skills. He was my good friend in my Sophomore year of high school, and he found me on facebook a few years ago. It's always nice to get together with friends who have been around a long time and talk about the old days and to talk about what is going on in life now.

After we ate, Steve & I drove up the canyon and dipped our toes in the water. Okay, I sat in the water, and he stood, but our toes were definitely wet. I haven't ever loved water, so I have found it very interesting that I have been drawn to water this summer. As I sat in the river with the water flowing over my legs and the sunshine dappling through the leaves, I could see the shadows of vortexes in the water and the way the waves looked in the current. It was fascinating and so relaxing. It was exactly what I needed!

Then we drove home to relieve Matt from babysitting and let him go get a haircut to get ready for the first day of school, which was today.

Here are some pics from Saturday:

Steve taking the group pic:

I said he always makes me look goofy in pics, so I should take one:

Up the canyon:

I told him that he should take off his hat for the pic - instead, he put it on both of us. (I'm realizing that I'm kinda bossy... who knew?!)

He took candids of me:

I took a candid of him:

The view across the street from the river:

It was a great, relaxing day; just what we needed!

♥ Melody

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Pictures of Michael - January 2017 - August 2017

On my 47th birthday, Jan. 25th (Week 4):

Steve's 46th birthday, Feb. 12th (Week 7):

At Grandma's birthday party - Feb 5th (Week 6):

Brynley's Blessing - May 7th (Week 19):

At the park with Karen & Grover - May 7th (Week 19):

May 23rd (Week 21):

May 26th (Week 21):

June 28th (Week 26):

July 4th (Week 27):

@ Hell's Kitchen - Nebo Loop- July 4th (Week 27):

July 9th @ Aunt Debbie's (Week 28):

July 15th with Brynley (Week 28):

July 18th @ Amber's wedding (Week 29):

July 22nd, Michael's Birthday (Week 29):