Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wishing I was back at the Dunes

It's turned cold back here in Michigan and it's getting
harder and harder to get out of bed to greet the day.
I can't help but wish......
I was still in New Mexico, enjoying the 80's.

Us girls heading to the top of the dunes

I said I wanted to try it once, just to say I did it.

I fell off the disc half way down.
Rowyn wanted to drag her own sled.

A strip down to get rid of the sand before you leave is a must.
The tackle to catch said runaway naked girl

The two person redress

Good Bye Sand Dunes...Good Bye 80's....

Thursday, October 18, 2012

So Proud of My Numbers

I have been a little discouraged with trying to lose  the weight I gained this summer... I've been up 7 lbs. at one point from my original weight lose of 30 lbs.  I'm not giving up however, just signed up for another 12 weeks.

And I'm greatly encouraged after going to my yearly physical appointment and getting the results of my blood tests back.   I'm so proud of my numbers.

                                    Before Weight Watchers              Now
Total Cholesterol                      173                                   135
Triglycerides                            178                                   119
HDL (good)                               43                                     52
LDL (bad)                                  94                                    59
Chol/HDL Ratio                        4.0                                    2.6
A1C                                            7.2                                    6.2

It's not all about losing weight, it's also about eating healthy and improving my physical well being.  I'm happy to report that my blood tests show that I'm becoming a more healthy ME.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Photo Shoot for Audra's Friend

While in New Mexico I was asked to take
photos for a friend of Audra's.
I'm moving up in the world of photographers.
It was a great opportunity to practice poses
and photograph someone other than my grandkids.
Rowyn's friend LeLe

LeLe and brother A. age 2 months

LeLe invited Rowyn into the picture

A. and Emma

My favorite! He was a wonderful subject

Just love his dark eyes

Smiley boy

Cuter than cute.

Thanks Jen, for letting me take pics of your little ones.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Way It Is....

This is the way it is...
after being in New Mexico for two weeks and
coming home to Michigan.
There -- 80's and 90's and sunny.
Here -- 50's and 60's and cloudy.
There -- I'm pelted in the shower by streams
of needle like water.
Here -- A warm gentle rain falls... that is after I figure
out that the hot water tank is not malfunctioning,
but I'm turning the dang faucet the wrong way.
There -- I let out two dogs in the morning and step
onto the warm concrete patio to retrieve dog dishes
to feed them.
Here -- I let out one dog and stand there trying to figure out
why the deck is gray instead of brown.  Did my husband
sand the finish off the deck while I was gone, so he
can apply a fresh coat of stain before winter?
It takes time to figure this one out, but it
finally hits me.... it's frost!
There -- I'm awakened in the morning by sweet
little Rowie's voice calling " Mama, where are you?"
Here -- I'm rudely awakened by the alarm at 5:30 a.m.
Yes, I'm home.  The leaves are changing colors and it's
beautiful, but there are no mountains.
I'm holding babies, but they aren't mine.
I'm home.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

White Sands

Sliding down the dunes!

Rick, Audra & Rowyn - just turned two

Family time at White Sands Dunes

Yes, new baby Emma was there too, but didn't come out in the sun for photos

Dad & Rowyn hanging out in a big hole

Rowyn loved it, the sand was cool especially in the hole

Rolling around in the sand

Look at those red cheeks - Time to Go!

No one got a sunburn while enjoying the dunes.
It was just tons of fun and time for a bath to remove
all the sand when we came home.

Although it would be more impressive to have these in order
it's just too difficult using a laptop I'm not familiar with.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Today - 91 and Sunny!

You know I'm not in Michigan when the title of the post is the weather in the 90's in October.

I'm in New Mexico visiting my grandbabies.  Here are a couple of my most recent favorites.

Emma 3 weeks old and already knows how to pose.

At times she looks like Rowyn, sometimes she's just herself.

Emmie Love in pink, what else??
I can't wait to get home on my own computer and play with all the pictures I've taken.  Right now though I've got one waiting for more apples and the other one wants to snuggle, so I'm keeping it short and sweet.

Monday, October 1, 2012

My Fortune Cookie Said....

A truly great person never puts away the simplicity of a child.