Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Here are some of our Christmas photos I wanted to share, I took so many over the holidays I had a hard time choosing just a few, but I finally narrowed it down.  Here is Drama Queen on Christmas morning with her new game. 


            Wanna play Yahtzee?


The babies intently checking out the contents of their stockings from Nana and Papa.


 Here’s Natalie modeling her new sweater!


Beth helping clean up the aftermath of  opening presents.


Phillip and Drama Queen playing her new Wii game.


  Here’s Joey trying out his new hoodie.


     Ashley enjoying the fun!


 Nana and her babies together Christmas morning.


Oreo’s more interested in chewing on his stocking than checking out what’s inside.


Drama Queen’s birth family, together for Christmas!  Holly, Marcie, Drama Queen, and Hillary.

God has blessed us so richly this past year, I can’t thank Him enough for our precious family, they mean the world to me.   There are no words to adequately express my gratitude for His mercy and grace.  He is more than enough!!

Have a wonderful night!

Love, Velvia


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Labor Day Fun

What a great family day we had today!  Ashley, Drama Queen, and I drove up to the town where we used to live (it’s an hour north of here) and went bowling.  The town has a very nice bowling alley/skating rink that was built a few years before we moved away and it’s very clean and has a great family atmosphere.  We bowled two games and I had the lowest score both times, I’m too embarrassed to tell you what my scores were,  let’s just say I bowl like a girl (a little girl at that!).  I forgot my camera so I have no pictures to share, what a bummer.

When we finished our games, Drama Queen skated for over an hour.  Ashley and I decided to just watch since neither of us has skated in quite a while and we didn’t want to risk injuring ourselves.  It’s a lot harder and more embarrassing to pick yourself up off the floor when you’re our age!

Afterward, we met our best friends, James and Deena, at their furniture/appliance store, they closed early for the holiday, and then we drove to a nearby town for an early dinner.  We laughed and talked and caught up with each others lives,  I love that even though we only see each other every few months, we pick up right where we left off. 

We’ve been friends since high school and they have been instrumental in our lives in so many ways.  In fact, God used them to lead us to move to Georgia.  They had moved the year before, and when we came to visit them in January of 1996 we knew God was leading us to move, we just didn’t know where at the time.  But, after visiting them we knew it was God’s will for us to move to Ga.  So, here we are twelve years later and although we did move an hour south three years ago to be closer to our grown children and grandchildren, we have remained just as close to them as ever.  We are very blessed to have them for friends.

How did you spend your Labor Day?  I hope you had a wonderful day, and have a great night!

Love, Velvia

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Sharing Family Photos

One of my favorite pastimes is scrapbooking and looking at our family photos.  Since I started blogging last November I haven’t spent much time on my scrapbooks, but I do feel as though my blog is a scrapbook of sorts.  I share family photos and activities, and tonight’s post is one of those entries. 

Natalie and Joey are here with their little ones, Cupcake and Blue Eyes.  They came down yesterday afternoon and we were all together as a family, hanging out, playing with the kids, and having dinner together.  They are spending the nights with Joey’s parents ( I guess we do have to share them, sigh!), but they are coming in the morning for breakfast before they head back to N.C.  We had a lot of fun yesterday, so I wanted to share a few of the photos of our time together.

             Ladybug in the pool


   Blue Eyes, after helping Papa work on the lawnmower

                              Need a push ?

 Whee! Cupcake and Spiderman splashing

          Cupcake in midair

      Spiderman – He’s flying!

Drama Queen erupting her volcano with a little help from big sister, Natalie

Natalie, Joey, Beth, and Phillip, we’re so proud of them!!

        Goofy Guys ( I just had to post this one!)

I know that I post all the time about how much I love my family and how wonderful they are, but it’s true!  I always knew from a very young age that no matter what else I did in life, I wanted to be a wife and mother more than anything.  I believe God placed that desire in my heart, I don’t have any special gifts or talents to speak of, but I love being a wife to my hubby, a mom to my kids, and Nana to my grandkids.  Nothing brings me greater joy than serving God by taking care of my family.  It’s corny to some I’m sure, but to me it’s the best life I could have.

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

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I find it hard to blog lately,  I’ve been enjoying the relaxed, unhurried days of summer.  Not having to do lesson plans, research, or studying for homeschooling, and being able to read books just for fun when we go to the pool or in the evenings after dinner has made me lazy when it comes to blogging.  Not that I don’t enjoy it, I do, but there are so many other things I want to do instead.  This cute image was on my Mary Engelbreit calendar a few days ago and it fits perfectly with my summer state of mind.  I had to scan it on my computer so the image in a little fuzzy, but you get the idea. 

I’ve been trying to get some projects done that I haven’t had time to get to before, I made a couple of wreaths and a picture frame from shells that I’ve collected over the years.  I had a huge bag of shells that I wanted to do something with so I filled a hurricane jar with some for my kitchen table, and then made a wreath for my kitchen and bathroom, and a picture frame that I put on the antique sideboard in my dining room.  I was very pleased with the results because it reminds me of the beach which I love, and makes me feel summery (is that actually a word?) every time I look a them. 

This frame took quite a while to make because it was trial and error, but I finally finished it.  I found a wooden frame at the thrift store for fifty cents, sanded it down, and painted it with off white acrylic paint mixed with sandbox sand.  I let it dry overnight, then painted it again with the off white paint and sprinkled sand all over it while the paint was still dry.  When it was completely dry, I glued the seashells on and sprayed it with hairspray (that’s all I had on hand) to keep the sand intact.  I was pretty pleased with the outcome.

These are the wreaths I made, the top one is smaller although you can’t really tell from the pictures, and it hangs in my kitchen.  The bottom one I hung in my bathroom.  These wreaths make me smile every time I look at them, because they evoke great memories from trips to the beach.  I really enjoy doing these kinds of crafts, although I’m not very creative, it’s still a lot of fun.

Well, I’m going to indulge in one of my favorite pasttimes, reading, before I turn in for the night.  I hope you have a wonderful week!

Love, Velvia

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I want to wish a Happy Birthday to two very special people, my precious Mom and our good friend Rod,  they are both 75 years old this week.  Since my mom lives five hours away I was unable to be with her for this momentous occasion, seventy five years of a good life is truly reason to celebrate, and I would have loved to have been with her on her birthday.  But, with gas prices so exorbitant I just had to settle for a phone call.

                Happy Birthday Mom!       

We were able, however, to spend an evening with our friends Rod and Mia, they came over for dinner last night and we celebrated Rod’s birthday.   God brought Rod and Mia into our lives and we’re so grateful, they are the sweetest, kindest people you’d ever want to meet.  We feel so blessed to call them our friends,  Rod is quiet and introspective, and Mia is full of life and very outgoing, they complement each other perfectly.  We enjoyed sharing a meal and fellowship with them, and look forward to spending more time with them in the future.

Rod getting ready to blow out his candle

                             Mia and Rod

Last Thursday when we went over for Drama Queen’s art class with Mia,  we worked on a scarecrow that Mia had been asked to make for a nearby town’s Fall Festival in September.  The town has been sponsoring a scarecrow making contest for the past couple of years and this year they are attempting to break the world record for the most scarecrows in one place at the same time.  The current record is 3,311 and the town’s goal is 4,000,  if they break the record they will be in the Guinness Book of World Records.  We spent about three hours on it,  you can see how creative Mia is, I think it came out really cute.  It was so much fun making it, we laughed so hard sometimes we could hardly work on it.   

               Our Silly Scarecrow

I am grateful for new friends and the opportunity to spend time with them getting to know them better.

I hope you have a wonderful evening!

Love, Velvia

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I think we have our blurriness problem resolved so I’m posting pictures again, hopefully they will not appear blurry to you when you view them.  I mentioned last night that we had helped our friend Mia with her booth at a local Arts and Crafts fair on Saturday and I wanted to post a couple of pictures from the event.  Here are Drama Queen and Mia in her booth, we had a great time and enjoyed spending the day with Mia, she is so much fun to be around.  She is full of life and one of the most positive people I’ve ever met, I’m truly grateful that God has made us friends.  Drama Queen loves her too, and looks forward to art class at Mama Mia’s every Thursday.

          Drama Queen and Mama Mia

They had a face painting booth and Mia treated Drama Queen to having her face painted, the artist who did it was very talented as you can see by the beautiful butterfly on DQ’s face.  She even touched up DQ’s face before we left that evening as it had smeared a little from the heat.  By the time it was over we were all pretty worn out, but we’re already looking forward to the next show.

             My Beautiful Girl

After we unloaded everything and dropped Mia off, we raced home to get cleaned up and pick up Ashley to head out to our town’s annual Freedom Fest.  Every year on the Saturday before the Fourth of July, our town has a celebration in the town square.  There’s a live band, games for the kids, and of course fireworks as soon as it’s dark enough.  We met Beth, Phillip, and the kids there, along with Beth’s mom, Gail (Gigi to Spiderman and Ladybug), and Beth’s younger brother, Rob. 

Spiderman showing his patriotic spirit!

Everyone had a great time, Spiderman and Ladybug enjoyed the games, Ladybug got three rings on the ring toss (with no help from anyone), more than anyone the whole evening and she’s only 20 months old, way to go!  Spiderman was very brave, he slid down the giant slide with Drama Queen and came down with a big grin on his face.

Beth and Ladybug dancing to the music

Phillip and Ladybug at the Ring Toss

The Freedom Fest has become a family tradition for us since we moved here three years ago, we all enjoy it and look forward to it.  The best part is being together and celebrating our country’s birthday.  I love the fireworks at the end of the evening, I still feel like a kid watching them, they’re so beautiful.  A couple of the pictures I took of them came out O.K.,  so maybe I’ll post those tomorrow night.  Well, I’m off to bed, have a restful night!

Love, Velvia

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We were so blessed to have our whole family together last night for dinner, Natalie, Joey, Cupcake and Blue Eyes were here for a quick visit so we all got together for some family time.  Beth, Spiderman, and Ladybug came over after the little ones had their naps, and Phillip joined us after work.   Natalie and Joey had some errands to take care of while they were here, so Cupcake and Blue Eyes spent the day with Drama Queen and I and we took them to the park yesterday morning.  


Cupcake and Blue Eyes had so much fun, I love to watch them play, they go at it with such abandon.  I took this cute shot of them coming down the slide, I was excited that it came out as well as it did, a lot of the photos I take of people in motion tend to come out blurry.

          Kissing Cousins

I love this picture, Blue Eyes just put his little arms around Ladybug and she kissed him, it melts my heart to see how much my grandbabies love each other.  I feel so blessed to be Nana to my four little munchkins, they rock my world!

                    What’s so funny Spiderman?

Another great shot of the kids, Spiderman usually does not care for having his picture taken, but he is becoming more of a ham and I love it.  He was screaming CHEESE! in this photo and giggling.  It made for a great picture.  Ladybug looks like she’s not too sure what all the commotion is about, but Cupcake just kept right on shoveling the sand into the bucket.

The only drawback was I forgot to take pictures of the grownups, I was so busy snapping photos of the little ones ( sorry guys!).  But, I have tons of pictures of everyone because I usually have the camera in my hand when we get together, so I think they’ll understand that I slipped up this once. 

When I stop to think how God has blessed our family, I am amazed, He has been so gracious to us.   I am truly thankful for His love and mercy!

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

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