Showing posts with label AJ. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AJ. Show all posts

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cousins Camp ~ Part 4 Wrap Up

~ DAY 5 ~
After a full and exciting day at the water park, we spent Thursday at a relaxed pace. Ryan stayed over Aunt Jamie's to be with the boys and Keri stayed here with the girls.
They played, danced, sang, drew pictures and wrote notes to our sweet Compassion child, Rolineda from Haiti. (we had just received an updated photo)
Even though there were beds for each girl, we found them together, snuggled and sleeping upside down :)
That evening, Aunt Abbey stayed with the girls so John and I could join Erin and AJ in a taste testing at the venue they picked for their wedding. What regal treatment we received! Plate after plate of amazing dishes were set before us. We strolled around the many rooms and areas and lingered at the outside courtyard with a wonderful fireplace and lights strung overhead.  The evening was perfect!  

~ DAY 6 ~
Our last full day together was filled with giggling, chatting and eating, after preparing a meal together

~ DAY 7 ~
Aunt Jamie and Uncle Josh packed up all the kids into their huge van and made the drive to New York to spend the weekend there.
So, that wraps up Cousins Camp 2014!
~We are rich with priceless Grand children~

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Racing to Catch Up! ( or should I say, hobbling)

Have you ever fallen a little behind...

                           then further
                                           and further
                                                          and further behind...

That's what has happened here on my blog.

So many activities and happenings there is barely time to think sometimes.  I tried to keep snapping pics as days went by but had little time to even take a look at them. This is some of the highlights of our past couple months.

If you aren't a family member you will be terribly bored and may just want to come back another day when I share a short and sweet recipe.

But for the brave...
 Springtime began with long needed replacement windows then John had the joy of installing 18 new blinds.
Onto pressure washing the porch, patio, walkways and all the siding I could reach.
New pillow covers made to brighten up and add new life to the getting-older cushions already there.
Mother's Day with John and Abbey and playtime with the kids
A fun double surprise birthday party for dear neighbors
A lovely day at Rowan University with John and three of his college friends.  It was the first time back since they all graduated and when it was called Glassboro State College 
Lots of sweet lovin' from my Raider
A birthday party for AJ
Yard work ~ lots of yard work, pulling out bushes, planting and all of the stuff required to get the yard in shape!
 A very special invitation to John and I to join AJ for dinner at a an up-sale eatery so that he could ask our blessings and approval to marry our oldest daughter, Erin. Our hearts are filled with joy about this long awaited answered prayer for this precious family. He knows we have long loved him as a son and couldn't ask for a better guy to officially join our family!
 Our oldest grandson, Jared was nominated for Student of the Month (of almost 800 Sophomore students) and was recognized at a regional award ceremony.
 A month later, Jared received a gold medal and certificates for placing summa cum laude on the National Latin Exam.
 Earlier this week we joined our daughter, Jamie and her family and dear in-laws for a couple of days at their Ocean City, NJ rental.  (photo above is Josh and Jamie with their children, Keri, Noah, Silas, Caleb, Cambrie, Chloe and Jethro. 
 The day was sunny, breezy and cool.  Those courageous children had no trouble in the 62 degree water as well as digging for crabs!
 Pop-Pop John loving his grandchildren
 Me with our sweethearts
 I don't remember ever enjoying the beach as much as this day
The three older kids went with us for lunch, sightseeing and playtime at a nearby playground.  We found a bench with a marker honoring a long-time marriage of a Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop so Keri Jill snapped a photo of us behind it.
And though we don't often see these precious ones, they are never far from our thoughts and prayers.
Missing you Ryan, Brenna and Shaela!

Also ~ Twice weekly treks to physical therapy for sciatic and issues with IT band (Iliotibial band)  that is causing lots of knee pain. Therapy is helping but I have more to go. I have been stretching and pulling my body in ways that I never thought possible ;) 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Baked Sweet Potatoes and a Week with the Kids

simple * delicious * nutritious
I can make a meal of a baked sweet potato.
Oh, when the sugars ooze from the cuts in the skin, I know they are just perfect.
Cut open and give a squeeze to fluff, then top with a little butter, salt and (lots of) pepper and sprinkle of brown sugar.  So delicious and satisfying.  I love the skins too! 
Sweet potatoes are a Native American plant.  These tuberous roots rank very high in nutritional value. They are packed with calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and C, and have a high  fiber content,

 To dress up sweet potatoes I do just a little bit more.
You could peel and cut the sweet potatoes and boil in water, but I think it is easier to bake them.

Lightly Candied Sweet Potatoes

  • Begin by scrubbing and drying the sweet potatoes.
  • Arrange on a silicone or foil covered shallow baking pan.
  • Apply a light mist of baking spray or rub each potato with shortening or olive oil.
  • Using a sharp pairing knife, poke through the skins on the top of the potatoes.
  • Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for about 30 minutes (depending of the size) until just barely tender.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool until easy to handle.
  • Make a small slit in the skin; remove and discard.
  • Cut each potato into uniform slices.

  • Heat a large frying pan (or two if making a large amount as I did) over medium heat.
  • Melt a teaspoon of butter; add the potato slices and cook until the the edges get a nice browned edge and are tender but not mushy.
  • Reduce heat; season with salt and pepper, grated nutmeg and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • Add a splash of orange juice and gently turn until brown sugar is melted and potatoes have a thin glaze.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and top with snipped parsley.

If you like a thicker glaze with more juice coating your sweet potatoes, you can add additional butter and brown sugar.

 Last week flew by!  Jill and family were here and left for home on Friday.  I did managed to gather a few photos from the week.
 Jamie & Josh with their children
No, it was not warm enough for a sleeveless top but this summer/beach-loving mom cannot wait for hot weather ~ She soon put her sweater back on.

 AJ and Erin went to Longwood Gardens for the day
 Abbey went with Keri on a school trip this week
 Brad and Jill relaxing a moment
 Ryan's birthday is earlier in April but we always celebrate here during his Easter visit
Shaela, Ryan and Brenna just being silly

Thursday, December 27, 2012

December Highlights

 outside vignettes

 Our weekly Bible Study Community Group having a blast at our annual Christmas Dinner
 The dearest folks that bring so much encouragement, wisdom, prayers and love to us and each other every week.
John's Company Holiday Party.
Abbey is an employee here too, since July and someone took a photo of her and the co-founder/Executive Vice President because they are the youngest and the oldest employees.
 Christmas Eve at Jamie's playing "Don't Eat Cashew!" game.
Enjoying the ambiance and Christmas Eve peacefulness of her warm home.
Christmas morning with Abbey
Watched (over and over) a heartwarming video of NY grandkids singing to us via cell phone video.
 Erin, AJ and Jared & Jamie, Josh and family arrived late afternoon. They learned that Cashew was being extra mischievous and hid all of the Christmas presents. After dashing throughout the house, Keri was the first to find them in a large cabinet that recently housed our TV. 
 such fun
 chilling after dinner
 Look of fright on Chloe's face as PopPop takes her photo.
She is a bit uncertain of him as were two other grandkids when they were babies.
Some little ones love guys and some prefer girls but they all come to love him when they get a little older.
Here he is trying to to divert her attention so she realizes he really is a nice PopPop
One of my favorite shots
The adults were still chatting in the dining room after dessert and I walked into the kitchen and noticed the kids playing with the trains and talking about the village houses and which are there favorite.  Noah even remembered which ones were his NY cousins' favorite.
It was so sweet to hear see them having a quiet moment at the end of some busy days.
Notice Caleb looking over the sofa arm :)

Friday, November 23, 2012

My Blessings

 around the table

and Face Time with Jill and family in NY :)


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