Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Margaret Moments

Margaret has spring break this week so I asked if she could stay a few days with us.  She arrived on Saturday and we will take her home today.

She sat in Big Church Sunday and colored in a Scripture Coloring pad.  We got so many comments on how cute she was! We agree.

Margaret got to pick our Sunday lunch spot. She got a Barbie purse in her Happy Meal. I had not had a Big Mac in a long time so I had that. They are still tasty and messy!!

Here we are at the ten am viewing of Beauty and the Beast. With it being Spring Break, movies were playing all day. Let me add just a comment about this Disney movie. There has been much controversy about this movie. Before I even told Margaret we were going, I got her mother's permission. We had seen Beauty and the Beast in play form last summer in Montgomery so Margaret was very familiar with the story line.  Nana was observant as we viewed the movie and I do not think there is anything in the movie that a child would pick up on but the adults will see about three scenes that could cause some questions. Nothing is overt.  Frankly, Margaret was more frightened by the wolves chasing people and the scene where the wolves attack the Beast is alarming.  So be aware if you take a small child, it might cause some fear in their little hearts. Margaret is 7 1/2 so I just reminded her that we know how the story ends and everything turns out well.   Some points of the movie were different than the story I remember but I take that as dramatic license. Emma Watson was superb as Belle and Dan Stevens has been a favorite of mine since Downton Abbey. They both did their own singing however it was enhanced a bit. Dan Stevens wore 10" stilts to make him 6'9" in the movie. He was a very hulking Beast.

We took a moment to look at the Easter decorations at the mall. The Easter Bunny is only there on the weekend so we missed him but enjoyed his

We will take our girl home today. I will have a day to get ready for my trip to Grimmwood to entertain my nursing school friends over the weekend.  March has been a very busy month. Hoping that April will allow me to get back into a routine.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Grimmlins chowing down on pizza. If you look closely you can see Baylor's Yeti glass with his name on it which was one of his birthday gifts from us. He is always running off with Katy's Yeti so now he has his own.

We had a nice low key day celebrating Baylor. We have found that the big birthday parties with noise and confusion do not make for a happy day for our Spectrum boy. Now we do things in a calmer manner.  Katy is recovering from some minor surgery so she was not with us...just Ben and the kiddos.  Kendall and Landon were spending the weekend with their dad so it was just the Grimms eating pizza and Krispy Kreme donuts.

The birthday boy with dad. Getting a picture of Baylor can be quite the endeavor.

On the other hand, Margaret and Elliott love posing.

Elliott got a hair cut and he looks like such a big boy.

Margaret is taste testing Nana's oatmeal cookies. ( See Bay in the background...he loves to stand in chairs!!)

My sillies!! They do not look Grimm do they?

Thankful for another time to celebrate. Baylor is doing better with his verbal skills. Please pray that God will direct Ben and Katy in deciding on the next educational step for their special boy.

Friday, March 24, 2017

My Phone Hack

I am posting this evening as I have a big day tomorrow. We will be celebrating Baylor's 6th birthday. Hopefully I will have some pictures to share on Monday.

Several asked about the phone hack that allows you to access your camera without going through the pass code.  Now I have an iPhone 5 so I am not sure if androids work the same way or not but you might try it.

Okay...get your phone.
Hold it facing you with the wall paper displayed( this is before you have to put in the pass code.)
Swipe to the left...your camera will magically appear.

Also, did you know you can snap a picture with your decrease volume button? I always wondered how people got some great selfies. Now I know.

I told Amelia she could make money giving classes to the oldsters.  How many times have I fumbled around trying to get into my phone and I totally missed the picture I wanted to get?  So hope this little trick will help all of us to get that picture!!

And let me apologize for using the word, Lovely, so much!! I try to re read some of my blogs just to catch mistakes etc. I need a thesaurus! I tend to us the same descriptive words over and over. Mea Culpa...I will try to do better.

At Deborah's House

We enjoyed some time in Deborah's lovely country home after a day out in Cullman. We ate lunch at All Steak which is a local legend here in North Alabama. Next to Big Bob Gibson's BBQ, All Steak is probably the most popular restaurant in our area.

Here is a peak of the foyer where you wait to be seated. I was using my technical skills to teach Deb and Sus how to take a picture with your phone without having to stop to put in pass code etc. Daughter Amelia taught me that trick this week. Now I can snap quick pics of the grands without having to open my phone, find the camera app etc.

We had a lovely lunch, did some shopping at Finders Keepers, an antique shop. I did find an extra chair for the table at the little house. With my nursing school friends coming next weekend, I needed an extra chair as the benches only hold two people on each bench, comfortably that is.

I had not visited at Deborah's house in a while so I enjoyed seeing some of her new things.

I loved her lovely wreath at the front door. So springy!!

Her husband, Don, made this pretty for her.

A nice soft light when it is too hot for the gas logs.

And finally, this beautiful cross.

Deborah's  sister in law made this for her as a Christmas gift.  It is simply fabric folded and attached to a canvas with a rosette in the middle. Susan and I have decided to try to replicate it.  You know I need one for my cross wall.

At the end of the day, I was ready to face the real world again.  Today I am off to MOPs, then lots of errands to run!!  Tomorrow we will be celerating Baylor's 6th birthday which is today. The Hoover Grimms are coming to Decatur for the day!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Finer Things Club

If you were a fan of The Office, you will remember some of the office staff created The Finer Things Club hoping to bring some refinement to the chaos of office life.  Recently I have had several conversations with other ladies about how far our culture has strayed from manners, decorum and refinement.  I think I want to bring some of those things back into my own life as well.

As I was browsing Facebook yesterday, I came across this photo posted by my friend, Terry.

Terry is a friend from church and she is a 3 G woman! Godly, gracious and giving. It seems our church abounds with ladies like Terry. They are such an encouragement to me.  Terry was hosting a birthday luncheon in her home for a lady who recently turned 90. When I asked Terry if I could use her photo on my blog she agreed with the instruction that I should tell ladies to use what they have and to not feel guilty if they do not have great cooking skills. She ordered this lunch from a local restaurant and then plated it herself before the ladies arrived.  I know Ina Garten says the same do not have to make everything yourself.    Terry served chicken salad, broccoli salad and a slice of mandarin orange pretzel salad. You may have had the strawberry pretzel salad and this is the same thing but using mandarin oranges instead. It is really yummy and I consider it a dessert!

Here is her center piece....I will say that Terry is a gifted gardener as well and she and her husband work hard to make their yard a showcase of many plants and flowers.  I am sure Terry did this arrangement herself.  She is a lover of bunnies as  are many of us  so she pulled some from her collection to make this spring birthday lunch more festive.

I was so inspired, I decide to make our supper table a little special last night.

My dear blog friend, Sandy, gave me these beautiful napkins that match my Desert Rose dishes perfectly.  I love using them.  We all deserve to use the nice things. What are we saving them for?( Our children will probably sell all our nice things in a garage sale when we are gone so let's enjoy them while we are here!!)

With that last cheery thought, I will sign off.   It is Friend Day and we are heading to Cullman, Alabama to celebrate Deborah's birthday with lunch and shopping.  I am looking forward to being with Deborah and Susan and getting my batteries recharged. Friends will do that for you!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Meet Julia

Several friends have asked me if I had heard about the new character on Sesame Street and yes I have!

This is Julia...she is a muppet with Autism.  Isn't she cute? The bunny in her hand reminds me of my sweet spectrum boy. He loves a nice soft toy he can hold in his hand. Julia's puppeteer is the mom of an autistic son so she is very familiar with the spectrum.  Julia will display many autistic traits, such as "stimming", fear of loud noises and verbal issues.  Of course as all of acquainted with autism know, each autistic child is different.

I am glad to see Julia come to Sesame Street. Will Baylor identify with Julia? Probably not but Margaret and Elliott will "get" her right away!  Julia will help others learn to understand a childhood disability that is not uncommon in this day and age.  And yes, I will  be watching Sesame Street because I want to meet Julia myself!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's the Small Things

How often do we see things of beauty around us and we just take it for granted? I made a trip to the grocery store yesterday and as I was putting my fruit in the bowl, it occurred to me that it was a very pretty sight.   More fruit and more walking for the Grimms this week!!

Oh and I meant to thank you all for the Stream comments. Apparently we all have our position on to wear or not to wear panty hose. One of my friends at the Book Club reminded me that Kate Middleton wears hose so now it is ok for us commoners to wear them as well. Thank you Kate!!