With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 8/15/10 - 8/22/10

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Giant Bubbles Fun Summer Activity with Grandchildren

Time with grandchildren is some of the very best moments of all. They are even more precious when those grandchildren live a distance away. As our daughter Jill and husband, Brad's visit was nearing an end, we had one last activity we wanted to do with the kids before they head back to up-state New York. Making bubbles. GIANT bubbles. Bubbles they could almost climb into. And it was so much fun! If you are looking for a great activity to do with kids, grand kids, your own kids, neighborhood kids, youth group kids and even big kids, make a batch of bubble solution together and see who can make the biggest one!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sugar and Spice & Everything Nice...

Our time with our NY grandkids is quickly coming to an end.  On their list of 'want-to-do's' was to have a sleepover with their cousin Keri.
So after a day of play, it was jammies, popcorn and a movie, brushed teeth with princess toothpaste, lots of giggles and ready for sleep!
well, sort of...
They tried (I think) to settle down, but one-by-one a little girl was separated to a different location if sleep was ever to occur.
Then awake early to fuel up for another day full of running and playing together.
I was able to cram in one last activity before they hit the road tomorrow morning.  I will post about it tomorrow as I remember the special times we spent and how blessed we are for their wonderful visit.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bienvenue à Paris!

Keri celebrated her 7th birthday today with a French flair!
Brothers, Noah, Silas & Caleb took the role of servers to the young ladies

Pâtisseries, croissants, Madeline's and French Onion Soup were menu items

Precious faces of attending guests

Purchasing bouquet de fleurs with the Euros they were each given.

Posing as the Mona Lisa
A few of Keri's special people!
More precious faces
A few of the grown-ups

What bébé doesn't love a little dark pink frosting on occasion.

Happy Birthday, Dear Keri!

Love, Mom-Mom & Pop-Pop

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

On the Boardwalk

Last night we met up with Jill and Brad who are spending the week in Ocean City as youth group leaders. We were introduced to their pastors, friends and kids from the youth group and then headed off for an evening on the boards.

The scrambler was a favorite!
Who doesn't love the carousel!

Were we shocked when we saw the size of this pizza!  They said it was big but we didn't expect it to be as big as the table!  yummm... there wasn't a slice left when we were finished :O
 Still lots to do before the family heads back to NY on Saturday.
Then it is rest time for Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop!
I think we're ready for a long winters nap

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Not Perfect but BEAUTIFUL!

That's what these little girls thought of their finished butterfly cake!
A work of editable art! For the butterflies body, the recipe called for a candy stick which we did not have.  A straw was our quick substitute.
Summertime fun making their own colorful butterfly cake with bright sugars and candy pieces.
Serious work going on here as well as the irresistible urge to lick ones finger

Recipe from Betty Crocker booklet
Super Moist Cake Mix Recipes 
April 2004
Butterfly Cake
  • Ingredients
  • 1  box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • Platter, tray or foil-covered cardboard (about 10x10 inches)
  • Frosting and Decorations
  • 1  container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
  • 1  candy stick (8 to 10 inches long)
  • Food color (in desired colors)
  • Betty Crocker® decorating gel (from 0.68-oz tube) in any color
  • Decorating sugar crystals (any color)
  • 8  jelly beans
  • Small round candy decorations


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Make and cool cake as directed on box for 2 (8- or 9-inch) round cake pans. Wrap and freeze 1 layer for a later use.
  2. Cut cake in half crosswise; cut each half into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces (as shown in diagram). Place cake pieces on platter to form butterfly. Gently separate cake pieces to form wings.
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup frosting. Frost cake pieces with remaining frosting. Place candy stick between cake pieces for butterfly body.
  4. Stir food color into reserved frosting until well blended. Spread over cake in desired pattern on wings. Outline wing patterns with gel. Sprinkle with sugar crystals. Place jelly beans on corners of wings. Decorate butterfly with candy decorations.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

At the Park

When you wake up to a sky like this...
and a break in the heat and humidity...
you just know it would be a perfect day....
to take a bunch of grandchildren to the park
so they can make silly faces
and do boy stuff

like slamming the ball
like Pop-Pop
ready to catch his fly ball
and lovin' on baby
amused by her complaining about crawling in the grass
a toothless smile

a picnic lunch

watching crystal clear water trickling  in a stream
climbing bars
playing on swings
climbing trees
 splashing in water
Enjoying our daughter
and each other

Jill, Brad and Ryan left yesterday for a week at the beach with their youth group.  Brenna and Shaela are spending the week here with us.  We have a fun filled week planned that includes tea parties, cousin sleep over, cookie making, cake baking, bubble maker constructing, boardwalk visit and a Paris birthday Party for Keri.  Whew... hope I can get a nap or two!


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