Friday, December 30, 2011

Two Girls/One Location

Two girls in the same location.............is something to celebrate.
I asked for the day off so I can make a Turkey dinner with all the fixins.
Yes, there will be dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole the whole enchilada.



Okay, so it won't look exactly like that, but I do promise not
to put any pots or pans on the table.
I hope to get pictures of the two little cousins today.
We picked Ashley & Daniela up at the airport last night,
but by the time we arrived at the house lil cousin, Rowyn was in bed sleeping.
Not just any bed, but Daniela's crib. 
Grandpa put Audra's toddler bed up for Daniela to use.
He get extra points for that!!!!!
Gary's Dad made the toddler bed for Audra was she was little.
I remember when Michael used it when he came for a visit.
I'm happy to see another grandchild sleeping in the family heirloom.
I'm sure Grandpa in heaven is too.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve Photos



Rowyn looked "Oh so precious" in her party
dress for Christmas Eve.


She loves the tree and touches the ornaments gently,
but doesn't try to remove them.

We dined on appetizers, pizza & Gus's Greek Salad & Bread sticks.
Also their were way to many deserts and goodies.

Then we exchanged ornaments.... open & steal style,
which was something new this year.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Man of the Hour

Henry Owen taking after his brother
he loves cars & trucks.


Just look at those pudgy hands.


Henry rounds the family out perfectly
he's the icing on the cake.
Everyone adores him.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Michael & Ava's New Rooms

Busy doesn't even begin to describe my life lately.  I've only managed to post about my trip to Maine once or maybe it was twice...   Anyway, I've been back for a week and two days now and I'm going to put a few pictures up today.  Sorry for the lack of verbage ( I believe that means words) to go with the pictures.   I have the cutest grandkids ever.  I will keep posting the pictures I took in Maine even if it takes me the rest of 2011 and some of 2012.  So hang tight... I'm trying to get them up as fast as I can.

His closed mouth smile due to a missing tooth.
Michael and a couple favorite autos.

My favorite picture of Michael - So grown up looking for eight years old.

Ava  in her room

It's painted a sort of cranberry color

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lunch at Martes International Catering & Gourmet Cafe


video

Amanda took me to this amazing eatery in down town Bangor, Maine.
Their salads were so amazing I didn't even look at the soups or sandwiches
or anything else on the menu.  It was a salad lovers paradise.

I ordered a Chicken Twist Salad, which was utterly yummy.


Grilled fresh lime chicken, on a bed of romaine topped with roasted onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, mandarin oranges and spicy creamy chipotle dressing on the side
Amanda had a Chilled Poached Salmon Salad with Blood Orange Dressing,
which was out of this world.


- Mixed greens with mandarin oranges, cucumbers, Greek olives, feta cheese, red onions, pepitas (mini roasted pumpkin seeds) and chilled poached salmon fillet
Want to look at the rest of their menu, just click on the link below.
Montes Menu

Thanks, Amanda it was a great lunch and Henry was totally
entertaining not only us, but half the other customers as well.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hit the ground running


The trip home was llllooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnggg, got out
of bed in Maine at 4:00 a.m and walked in my door at home at 8:00 p.m.
After sitting in a plane with computer issues in NY the passengers
all had to disembark and reschedule their flights.  Ugh!

However, once I made it home seeing Daniela rejuvenated me.
No being shy this time, she was immediately in my arms hugging
and kissing me.
An hour later we were opening Christmas gifts, so Daniela
could enjoy hers for a short time before leaving Mexico.
She was very excited about going on the plane ride and
seeing her PaPa.  The last time they were in Mexico was Easter.

I have managed to download my pictures from my trip to
Maine and will put up a proper post tomorrow. 
Here's a sneak peak of my grandkiddos in Maine.
See how they've grown.

Michael playing with his bus and NYPD cars
Mama brought him from her trip.

Ava putting together some fairy tale puzzles.

Lil Henry cruising around, 14 months & good as gold for Gramie.



Friday, December 9, 2011

Hey from Maine

Tid bits

Long trip to the airport....traffic
three attempts to get to right gate....red face ( more ways than one )
bus ride in New York to another part of the airport
beautiful hanging art & a dinosaur skeleton - pictures I did not have time to take

Amanda & kids waited an extra 15 minutes at the airport
tour of the new house...awesome

Lunch with Amanda & Henry, memorable & delicious
(I do have pictures of our salads)
Christmas shopping (just a bit)
Gifts of Bendables & sticker girls book both well-loved
Soccer game the girls against the boys on the new wood floor
little mini soccer dude darn good--he knows what he's doing

Snow storm beautiful, but we can't get down the driveway
because the trees bent in and crisscrossed the road.
Fun sled ride for Henry in the afternoon to get the kids off the bus.

I haven't taken many pictures, but will try to make up for it today.
Amanda back from New York tonight.
Busy making memories.



Friday, December 2, 2011

New Job

I love my new job! 
I've been employed as a Mother's helper for a week now
and received the nicest compliments from the family.
"They are so glad they found me."
"They love the way the kids have warmed up to me."
"They think we are a perfect match."

The job entails helping the mom with 5 children
ages are four and under.  There are 2 boys & 3 girls.
The baby is a little doll and very easy going.
I spoon fed Baby B her first taste of real food yesterday.
The 18 month old took the longest to warm up to me.
Big Girl B - (yes the three youngest all have names that start with B)
is 6 months older than Daniela and very tall for her age.
She is going to start potty training after the first of the year.
The boys R & D are fun and cute, I really enjoy pretend
play with them as they have wild imaginations.

The family is very private and I know they would not want me to show
pictures or too many details.
I am enjoying going to work every day, but that means less time
on the computer for me, so if my posts are a bit more
spread out you'll know why......
I'm busy changing diapers, feeding the baby a bottle,
teaching shapes and colors, reading books, playing peek-s-boo
doling out snacks and wiping chubby fingers and chubby cheeks.

And the best thing about this job is that I can take a week off whenever
my girls need me to come help out, or I just want to go visit them.
I'm not getting rich, but I'm happy!