Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Family Time

Jeff and Nicole
Grandpa, Grandma, Jeff and Nicole

Monday, March 30, 2009

Nicole with her pet cat

Nicole and her cat

Resting Nicole

Nicole looks little under the weather.
A day with Grandpa, instead of daycare?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dinner Time

Eating can be messy with only 4 teeth.
Nicole in 1999

Sunny Sunday

It rained hard during the night, but we woke up to sunshine.

I finished a book, last night. It is called "Hannah's Dream" by Diane Hammond. Hannah is an elephant, who lives in a small zoo in western Washington. She doesn't have an elephant company, only her dedicated keeper, Sam. Sam's dream for Hannah is to live with other elephants. The story line is rich, the character development is excellent. I won't tell you the ending, but I did think Nicole would have enjoyed the book with her special love for animals.

I will be staying close to home, today. Household chores, paperwork, knitting, relaxing with a spring training baseball game on TV.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sock Kntting

completed sox for Gary
Meggen checking the sox

Hoping for Spring

Nicole in her soccer attire, spring 2008
Raining, here
Snow forecast for the mountain passes
Where is spring weather?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Baseball season

2006, Nicole and Grandpa at the baseball game.
The team is the Tri-City Dust Devils.

Missing Front Teeth

Nicole is 7 years old in the picture.
She looks very cute missing her 2 front teeth.

A tease of spring

Looks like one of spring days with some warmth in the air.
So, you just gotta get outside for some running in the backyard.
I am ready for some weather like that.
Still cool, overcast, light rain, now.


Math homework at such a young age

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


All in pink and cozy


All bathed and cozy, next bedtime.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Nicole and Jeff (Dad) exploring in the backyard.
I am sure Nicole spotted some bugs, worms or other cool things.
She did like to be outside.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Nicole at the farm
Could be a summer or spring day.
Jeff, Julie, Gary and I got together for the weekend in Leavenworth, WA.
The weather was dry, the air had a tiny bit of warmth.
mostly, a relaxing and catching up weekend

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Outfit

Spring in 1999
Nicole in a new outfit.
On my commute, I have seen the baby lambs and goats.
Nicole loved all animals.
Spring of 2007, Nicole and I witnessed the birth of an alpaca.
It was a great event, and Nicole wanted to see the new baby girl alpaca take her first few steps.
We were watching in the pasture as she took her first steps, very wobbly at first.
In about an hour, she took several stronger steps.
I drove by this alpaca farm, Wednesday.
Didn't spot any tiny ones.
Nicole liked to visit farm animals and zoos.
She visited the Portland and Seattle zoos, several times.
Last spring break, Nicole and I went to the zoo in Seattle.
We also went to the alpaca farm.
post 100 for the year, getting close to post 200 for this blog

Vernal Equinox

Happy Spring
Gary took this photos of daffodils in our yard, this morning.
I like daffodils, because they are a bright early flower.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Nicole and Betty

Nicole with Betty Spaghetti


On the walk on Friday, we found ferns growing.
Just a bit of green for St. Patrick's Day.

Monday, March 16, 2009


Nicole with her Dad, Jeff
Where were these pictures taken?
Looks like a fun place.

something Blue

something, very blue
Wonder what Nicole was eating to make her tongue so blue.
A lollipop?

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Nicole is telling her grandpa a very funny story.

Grandma is telling Nicole a secret.

Knitting Retreat

Llamas with a goat in the background
I have returned from a knitting retreat.
It is held at Camp Brotherhood, about 45 minutes from home.
The property includes a working farm with animals.
The Camp hosts many different groups during the year.
This weekend's groups were soccer players, a men's church group and us, knitters.
There are different cabins, dorm type rooms, lodges spread over the property.
All the groups, use the same dining room, with meal times over lapping.
I have been attending the knitting retreat, since 2004.
It has knitting, social and learning times.
It is a great weekend.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Facial Expressions

I have posted a few pictures with lots of expressions.
Nicole looks anxious to me.
I would be anxious, too considering the background is ChuckE Cheese.
My only experience was in Anchorage, AK about1985.
I would say lousy pizza, loud surroundings.
She does look cute, twirling her hair with her fingers.
Gotta love that.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A ride on a swing

Looks like a good day for swinging in the park.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Stroller ride and walk

Where was this picture taken?
Cacti all around.
sunny and warm.
Certainly not western Washington, as we had more snow on Monday.
Sunny and cold, today.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Reading Time

Cuddled with Dad and reading a book.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Meggen exploring the snow, this morning.

Meggen in the sunny afternoon, today.
Completed socks for Russian orphanages.
Finished teaching a basic sock knitting classes, this weekend.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Cute Face

I think, this is Nicole pretending to be a kitty.
Cute Face for sure.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Nicole having a happy chat with her Dad.
She is a few months old, here in 1998.
They are sitting on Jeff's dragster trailer doorway.
Nicole's expression is adorable.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Big Shoes

Nicole in her Dad's shoes.
Nicole's art in the background, too.

Video Games

Nicole and her Dad playing video games.
Nicole could play Super Mario, Guitar Hero much better than myself.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Last evening, I was walking with Meggen and I heard a frog chorus.
That means spring, yahoo for frogs.
This is Nicole's pet frog Frank.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fave Food

Nicole and one of her favorite foods, spaghetti noodles with a little melted butter.
She was a finicky eater.
Gary and I started a 13 week series of Grief-Share classes, last evening.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Friday evening, just after sunset, a little moon sliver and Venus.

Grand Canyon

Late December, 2008, Jeff and Julie went for a helicopter ride over the western part of the Grand Canyon.

Looks like it was a champagne flight.
I knew the tradition for hot air balloon flights ending with champagne.
Looks like it is the tradition for Grand Canyon helicopter flights.
A couple years ago, Nicole would have said "yuck" about the kiss.
Last fall, Julie found a folded piece of paper with a note written by Nicole, describing her first kiss in June of 2008. She had hidden the note between her mattress and box springs.
It was a cute little note.