Friday, November 20, 2009

Grandma's 90th Birthday

Earlier this month we celebrated my Grandmother's 90th birthday! As I reflect upon the influence she has been on me, I realize that I am very blessed to have her as My grandma. She is so gifted and inspiring in her efforts to create and nurture.

Ever since I was a little girl she has made numerous gifts for me as well as her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, sister, and I am sure many others. Although now I am older and realize how many hours she must have put into all of her creations, as I child she made it seem so effortless. She made me think that I could do it too. Although I am not nearly accomplished in what I can create, grandma taught me the joy of creating for others.

Red geraniums welcome our arrival, golden blossoms flowing along the landscape, purple lilacs dancing in the breeze, pink petunias flowing like waterfalls, forget-me-nots peeking through the cracks of the stepping stones, lupin reaching for the sky, delphinium displaying their bright blue blooms, rose buds anticipating their aroma filling the air of my grandma's back yard. As a little girl, I was blessed to have grandma include me in the process of nurturing her garden. She had us help her plant seeds and water the plants in the green house. She taught us many of the names of the flowers that she had in her yard. Now that I have my own children, it is important to me to share with them this process of growth. The needed time to nurture something in order to appreciate the result.

Now that grandma is 90, she continues to create stockings for her great-grandchildren, plant seeds in her green house, host more than 20 people at her home for holidays....need I say more? She is a gifted and determined woman to have accomplished all that she has. Thank you Grandma for being an inspiration to create and nurture. We love you.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Froggie Treats

Our Halloween inspiration this year came from our dear neighbor, Sandra, who has a love for costumes...and frogs....and the boys of course. She gave the boys these costumes last year for their birthday, knowing that they would fit them just perfectly this year.

Sandra and Micah
Micah at Sandra's house after collecting many treats!
These are our three little jumping frogs

Sandra also gave our whole family coordinating Halloween shirts. The boys really liked their pumpkin shirts as they called them.

Pumpkin Carving

This was Kenta's first attempt in carving a pumpkin....make that four pumpkins!!!