Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Heidi took this cute picture of Tim and her baby last weekend at the lake.  He's helping her play Fruit Ninja, not sure what that is.  The baby seems to know.

Later that morning, we asked Tim to please go along with his dad to get the boat from storage.  "Go learn how to do Man Things."

He was grudgingly willing and we told him to get shoes.

"Are shoes actually required for this??"

Dude. Get shoes.

He came back and informed us shoes were indeed optional. He sure didn't need them and p.j who had also been sent along didn't need any either.

Okay, then.  Errands in April. Barefoot is fine.

Today we had to go to a listing of mine and attempt to correct a paint situation on a window sill and a plaster problem below another window, trying to get ahead of the inspector.

Tim ran the shop vac, Julia and p.j chased the baby around and I scraped and put up plaster, sanded and painted, and we were out of there in less than 30 minutes.


Then when we got home?  A can of paint had tipped over on the ride home and we had a puddle of paint a good foot in diameter in the back of the car with the diaper bag floating in it.


There was mayhem and I was fairly rude.  We couldn't get the outside faucet turned on, even with me using two hands. The floor mats had to be rinsed off as fast as possible, and now what??

I shoved them in garbage bags, in my real estate lady clothes, and we dragged them to the back yard where the faucet does work and Tim started hosing them off.

Thankfully the baby was alseep in her carseat for this.   The other child, p.j. was in the kitchen pouring chocolate milk in fancy cups and said to me, "Grandma?"

I cut her off, "Not now! I'm having an emergency!!"  Her eyebrows flew up and she said nothing else.

Anyway, Julia scrubbed the carpet with many, many damp clothes and some dry, and it's all okay.

You know no good deed will go unpunished.  This is a prime example.


Please, for the love of God, put on your shoes so we're prepared for whatever may ensue.

Love you crazy people so darn much,  MOM, aka GRANDMA, aka Val

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

april 28

 These are pictures of my mother in law's father.

Today would be his 123rd birthday.
You're so beautiful and so dearly loved.  Happy Birthday, Grandpa.   Love forever, Everybody.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

party pictures

 It was a great, warm sunny day, lots of energy to burn.

 This little guy turned four, and Buddy, it's been so much fun having you for a kid.

 My parents and my sister were there too.

 All the wild cousins were there.  At one point they disappeared.  I wandered upstairs to see what they were doing and they were all in the bedroom with the door shut, music playing and a light sabre, having a dance party.   As I peeked in the door, someone rushed to slam it and I hollered, "Hey, that's my head!"

Oh my goodness.

Happy day celebrating in spring with a beautiful kid.  

We all love you so much, Bud.   Happy Birthday.

Love, Grandma and Grandpa and Everybody

gloomy day

 It's cozy in the house though.

 The rain has made a huge difference this week.

 When the sun comes back out, spring will be fully gorgeous.

And this little lantern is the sweetest thing on a gloomy day.  It was a birthday gift from someone I love and I brought it in by the computer to enjoy while I work.

Onward to the end of April.  Cannot wait for May to get here.   love, Val

Saturday, April 23, 2016

the matching dresses

These little girls bring out some kind of emotion I can't describe.  Just like how tender and protective and fierce I feel about their boy cousins?

Yes, that same thing. Who knew grandmas are fierce and wild?  (We are.) There are so many things I understand about my own mother as we have spent these last ten years being grandmas together.

She's an awesome great grandma, but no surprises there.  We always knew she was pretty great.

And the granddaughters have brought out tenderness in Jay that's touching too, the way they toss themselves against him, confide in him, jump on his neck, confident in him and his affection and love.

The boys were one thing, tussling around.   This is different, but equally sweet.

For my mother in law, who was not there for the wrestling match this photo shoot required, THANK YOU--for the dresses and for the love and affection those matching dresses represents.

Grandmas together.   High fives.  love, Val

Thursday, April 21, 2016

a guy is four

You were the littlest, tenderest baby ever, Buddy,   We loved having you for a baby that whole summer and winter, irresistible little you.

You were so cuddled and snugged, and you let us.

 And now? Four years old??

You make the whole family better: your ideas, sense of humor, conversational skills.

This whole family is better with you in it.

Lucky, lucky us.

Happy Birthday, Sweetheart.   Love forever, Grandma and Grandpa and Everybody