Friday, September 30, 2016

WHERE did September go?

I'm not sure when I have spent a month like this past month has been. Here it is the very last day of September and this is the only time I am posting any pictures or narrative ... and SO much happened these last four weeks. But the MAIN thing that happened was moving mom to her new living situation. I would take a very long time to describe all that has happened in the past 7 weeks actually; but God has been very gracious and I am so thankful that mom can be in a safe and kind environment. Moving her was exhausting and I'm still trying to catch up on stuff that I neglected all month long.
The kiddos and I did stuff throughout, but I was pretty tired and lacked the emotional and physical resources to do what is usually done in a month with my grandchildren. I did see them and we did play and visit places, but I cannot remember all of it and my narrative will be sketchy at best.

Kaity-Girl and I had a special tea party with some additional stuffed animals acquired during Nana's move.
 Kaitlynn was very pleased ...
 On one of our afternoons, she got the animals together and read them stories! YAY! That's quite an accomplishment for our Kaity who does not sit still long enough to have a story read to her!
 Paco was a good listener, though. Paco is a real favorite with all of the children.
 Kaity got a bang out of the two walking sticks my father designed and used them the other day to help her hike around the beach house.
 Brendan and I had a few date nights. This one was at Culver's where we enjoyed some yummy food and chocolate ice cream for desert.
 AND, we were invited to Open Gym over at Gymco where Brendan and Kaity played on all the cool stuff ...
 Brendan showed us all of the gymnastic equipment ...
 And Kaity did quite well for being a rookie! She is quite athletic, though, and a very physical little person.
 Brendan was a monkey on the rings ...
 We played basketball for a little while ...
 And then Kaity was a monkey too!

 Sweeties!





Both Kaity and Brendan spent a Monday afternoon over here at the Beach House. Brendan serenaded us on the piano using the chimes setting and pretending it was a clock.

This weekend is Rosh Hashanah ... the Jewish New Year celebration and the Feast of Trumpets. I've been doing a little studying about those ram's horns in Scripture and wondering and hoping and watching to see if perhaps Jesus will return this year to the sound of those ram's horns. Please!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Date night with Brendan

August 31:  Today was Kelly's birthday. I was not ready for it whatsoever and have decided to celebrate it at the end of September instead! Dylan and Kelly went out for dinner and a movie, so Brendan and I did the same ... different movie, different dinner!
Since we were headed over to see The LEGO Movie, Brendan sang me the theme song, "Everything is Awesome" on the way to the theatre.
This is his cute little face when he sings ... he is holding his popcorn bucket in his lap and he climbed over to sit in the front seat for a little while (not while I was driving).
So we saw The LEGO Movie, which I had never seen. At first, I didn't like it! It was too odd for me, but it got better as it went along (thankfully). I liked the ending best. After we saw the movie, I convinced Brendan to go over to Smashburger's for a greasy hamburger and a chocolate shake.
We put our order in and they gave us #41 to put on our table. Brendan decided he would use it as the "door to his train" and he had the whole thing worked out and enjoyed himself hugely while we were waiting for our food.

He took his #41 very seriously.



However, when the fellow came with our food, Brendan did NOT want to release #41 back to the waiter and told him it was his "train door." The guy looked a little confused. We finally talked Brendan into giving #41 back to its rightful owners.
Brendan liked his chocolate milkshake!

He is the sweetest little person!


When we went back to his house and it was time to say good-bye, Kelly asked Brendan if he wanted to say good-bye with a HUG, a HANDSHAKE, or a HIGH-FIVE? Brendan came running to me and said, "A HUG!!" So I scooped him up and told him I there were all KINDS of hugs and I lifted him up as I hugged him. I told Brendan this was a LIFTING hug but that there were tons of other kinds of hugs too--wiggly ones, squeezing ones, quiet ones, twirling hugs .... you get the idea.

A sight to behold at Grand Haven

August 30:  Tuesday was my brother's last night here in Grand Rapids. He has been in town helping to orchestrate my mom's move two weeks from now. We decided to spend his last evening out at Grand Haven with mom. So we drove out there with the intention of eating at SNUG HARBOR and arrived just in time !!!

We love the big ships and we were able to enjoy seeing the CUYAHOGA back out of the channel into Lake Michigan. It was thrilling as always! And this was such a gift! My mom loves the big ships--we all do--from growing up in Detroit and boating in the Detroit River. One of my favorite things was when my dad would anchor the boat off the main channel and we would watch the parade of big ships coming and going ... from all over the world actually--but the lake freighters were always our favorites.


So, of course, I took a LOT of pictures ...
There was also something exceedingly remarkable about what was going on at the pier ... MY pier ... MY lighthouse!!!
Can you see?


Here's the story (briefly). The pier has been in significant disrepair for a number of years. There were actually people who wanted to get RID of the catwalk because there were no funds to renovate it.
Thankfully (yes!) the money was raised and August 30 was the last night anyone could walk on the pier until the project is complete some time next year! They are completely removing the cat walk, renovating it and putting it back together! I am SO glad.
The cat walk to NOWHERE ...
Yikes!
I've never seen my pier look so ... forlorn!

The infamous GATE that in January of 1972 (that is 44 years ago), during a sudden winter storm, I climbed to exit the ice-covered cat walk and go down the steps to near safety back on shore. It's a long story ... and it ended well!
I love this place so much ... 
Another Summer is drawing to an end ...