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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reception at the Red Gate Barn

After the wedding we were all eager to get inside the barn where there were some nice heaters!! The barn looked like a barn but without the animals and the uh, smells of a barn! I grew up on a farm so I know whereof I speak!  Brittany's mother had done a nice job of decorating the venue. I think she used some Pinterest ideas.

We had to get one Grimm family photo before going inside. We are missing some of the aunts and an uncle who were not able to make it to the wedding. Also, Caleb's brother, Will, was not able to attend as he lives far away but he was at the wedding via Facetime. Technology is a wonderful thing.  Here are the Grimms, left to right.....Uncle Lee, Aunt Lanier, Douglas, Mom Barbara, Caleb, Brittany, Dad William, Maggie, Aunt Mina  and Uncle Marvin and Aunt Arlene.

Lots of yummy brunch food to choose from...

The Groom's Table with delicious Banana Pudding made by his new mother in law.

The table where Caleb and Brittany sat...actually they did very little sitting as they had so much visiting to do with friends and family.


Every other guest table held a three layer cake with buttercream frosting.  But the flavor of the layers was a surprise.

As Brittany and Caleb cut into the cake at their table, each guest table cut into their cake. Our great niece , Sarah, did the honors at our table.  Our cake was carrot cake which is my sweet husband's favorite. There were other flavors at various tables...key lime, strawberry,and chocolate among others. This was the best idea...the guests mingled, trying different kinds of cake and no waiting in line for a slice of the wedding cake.

Barbara and William...Caleb is their first child to get married. Son Will plans to wed in September but he is planning a destination wedding for the immediate family.

This was one of my favorite photos that I took...getting ready to toss the bouquet.

The bubble line....off they go to begin their lives together. Have a long and happy life together dear children!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Wedding Bells

It was a chilly 60 degrees in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday and the wind was blowing! But that did not keep the Grimm and Campbell families from enjoying a very sweet wedding for our Brittany and Caleb. Caleb is the son of Marvin's brother, William. He has always been a sweetheart and is dearly loved by everyone.  So here are some pictures from the wedding which took place at Red Gate Farm in Savannah.

As I said on Facebook...I think this is the first time I did not take advantage of a bottled water at a Savannah event.  Anyone who has been to Savannah knows that the temps along with the humidity can be killer! However on Saturday, hot chocolate would have been more appropriate for the day.

Even though they said there were No "sides", the Grimms were told to sit on the left!! Uncle Lee, Aunt Lanier, Uncle Marvin, Aunt Arlene and Aunt Mina, snagged premium seats. Isn't Marvin good looking in his seersucker suit? Every time I attend a wedding I cannot help but think of our wedding that took place almost 39 years ago.

Lee and Lanier were married on Memorial Day Weekend, 1976 while Marvin and I were married on Labor Day Weekend of 1976.

The venue was just lovely. Music played before the wedding...most were Disney songs as the happy couple is off to Disneyland and San Diego for their honeymoon. However in a nod to the groom's nerdiness, some music from the soundtrack of Lord of the Rings serenaded the guests as well.

Catching a glimpse of his bride!

They even wrote their vows!

The parents gather to pray with the young couple.

On the way to the barn for the reception, we snapped a few pictures. Here is Marvin with his second favorite Margaret Grimm...his niece, Maggie. Yes we have two Margaret Grimms in our family...what can I say? We love family names.

Maggie loaned me her bouquet so I could get a picture made with my sweet groom of 39 years.  Windy day equals messy hair but happy faces are all that matter!!

Tomorrow I will share some pictures from the reception in the Red Barn!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Love is in the Air!

This cute couple will be tying the knot on Saturday! This is my nephew, Caleb, and his fiance, Brittany. They are high school sweethearts and we are all happy to celebrate their wedding. So with all the family to visit and party with this weekend, I am going to take a blogging break. I hope to be back Monday with some pictures of the festivities.

The Lords of Discipline

After reading The Death of Santini, I wanted to go back and read some of the Pat Conroy books that I had missed, starting with The Lords of Discipline.  Right off the bat, I will tell you that if you do not like bad language and cruel hazing, then this is not the book for you. All of Pat Conroy's books share a piece of the author's life and The Lords of Discipline is no different. Pat Conroy is a graduate of The Citadel, a well known military college in the South. Majoring in English and playing basketball for the school team, Conroy was one of the few graduates who did not sign a contract with the military on his graduation in the mid sixties.  After he wrote this book, his fellow graduates of the Citadel were not happy with him and it was a long time before the Citadel forgave him and actually had him give a  commencement speech at graduation.

Will McLean is looking forward to his senior year at Carolina Military Institute.  Soon he will graduate and wear the RING that distinguishes the men from the boys. However he is approached by Colonel Berrineau, the Bear, and given a special assignment.  The Institute will be receiving its first black cadet in the incoming freshman class, Bear wants Will to be his mentor and to make sure all goes smoothly with his transition. Will is not to help him as Mr Pearce must make it on his own at the school but Will must make sure no one makes it harder for this young man. It is a fine line to walk at the school that engages in the hazing known as Hell Week. All the incoming freshmen are treated brutally the first week of their semester and it lets up only slightly once they have proven that they can take the abuse.

Will becomes aware of a group on campus called The Ten. This group has been in effect since the early days of the school. Ten students are chosen each year to make sure that those Knobs who are not worthy to attend this school soon leave.  And while Hell Week is brutal, that is Sunday School compared to the torture devices of these sadists.  As the book winds to an end, Will is faced with a dilemma, to expose this group and suffer the consequences or to look the other way and let things go on as they have for many years.

This book is a story of friendship, betrayal and the courage to do the right thing. I had a hard time putting it down as the story was so compelling.  Mr Conroy is a writer who can make you feel the emotions the characters feel and I find myself pondering over his books for days after I turn the last page.

Of course after reading this book, I had to get something soothing so I am reading something light and sweet right now!! Next up on my list of Conroy books is Beach Music.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lemon Jade

I have found another Young Living Essential Oil that is sure to become a favorite....Lemon Jade. This oil was just introduced by Young Living and I thought I would give it a try. Now it is my favorite to diffuse in the living room. It is a rich lemon scent and is much better for me than burning a candle.

This is a great oil to diffuse as it invigorates and helps with clarity and focus. ( Maybe that is why I had an urge to clean when it was diffusing!!)  Many say that the citrus oils when diffused just make you happy!

I may have to diffuse that this morning as I get all three grands dressed and going for the day. We had quite an afternoon yesterday. Landon had an appointment with the ENT doc for sinus and ear issues. We had to cancel the appointment due to our recent ice storm so I was determined to get him to the consultation. So loaded all three kiddos in the car, threatened both girls that they were to be quiet and let me talk to Landon's doctor without distraction.  They did fairly well but three kids in a small room is not for the faint of heart.  Poor Landon had double ear infections so we headed to Walmart to get his antibiotic...of course there was a wait so we walked over to the Subway inside Walmart to get ICEEs while we waited.  The squabbling began shortly after that! By the time we got the med and headed back to the car, Nana told each child that there would not be ONE WORD said on the ride home. I think they knew Nana meant what she said so it was a quiet ride as we listened to Patch the Pirate.  As I posted on Facebook, the last time I took three children to the doctor's office and to the drug store, they were mine and I was MUCH younger!!

Today we will get in the car once again to drive to Birmingham where Margaret will be returned to her loving parents. They have missed her and I know she will be glad to see Mommy, Daddy, Baylor and Elliott.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Happy Birthday Baylor

On Saturday afternoon, Baylor enjoyed a fun birthday party celebrating his fourth birthday!


Baylor loved his balloons!


It was a Yo Gabba Gabba theme and Grobee is one of Baylor's favorite characters.  Baylor is wearing his special birthday shirt as well as his new ID bracelet. Katy ordered it from a site that offers this service for children with autism or other special needs.  Autistic children are known for being Wanderers and this bracelet gives Baylor's information in case he should get away from Ben or Katy.   It gives us all peace of mind.


Here is my son, Ben, with Baylor. Baylor was excited to get his Max and Ruby DVDs and a big Max bunny that he can sleep with at night.

And since Baylor loves balloons, Katy filled the basement with balloons for Baylor to enjoy on Sunday morning. No big sister was there to spoil his fun as she was at Nana's house.



We could tell a big difference in Baylor at his birthday party this year versus his three year old party. He was much more engaged and enjoyed his gifts.  He is still not very verbal but we think he will get there!  Thanks again to all of you who have prayed for our sweet boy! He is such a blessing to our family.

And here we are four years ago!! Time does fly by...enjoy those little ones while they are little!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Wishes

Every time I hear the song, When You Wish Upon A Star, I am magically transported back to the 1960s. Most Sunday evenings we watched The Wonderful World of Disney. I can remember watching the clips from Disneyland(before Disney World) and wishing that someday I could go there. I did make it to Disney World for my honeymoon so wishes do come true. This afternoon, daughter Amelia and granddaughters, Kendall and Margaret  and I were magically transported to the land of fairy tales as we watched Cinderella come to life on the big screen.  If you have not seen this movie, I give it a big thumbs up.  Downton Abbey's Rose played Cinderella while Downton's kitchen maid, Daisy, played one of the wicked step sisters!  It was beautifully filmed and both my grand girls said their favorite part was when Cinderella was magically transformed into a princess for the ball.  If you have a special little girl in your life, grab her and take off for the theater. If you cannot find one, then just go by yourself.

On a sad note, when I got home from the movie, I sat down with my computer and noted that Kara Tippetts, author of the blog, Mundane Faithfulness went home to be with the Lord this afternoon.  While I am sad for Jason and the children, I am sure that Kara received a Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant as she arrived in her heavenly home. Although I only knew Kara via her blog, I felt she was a friend and I am really going to miss her thoughtful posts. The blog will go on but without Kara it just cannot be the same. Please remember Jason, Eleanor, Harper, Lake and Story in your prayers. I know they have a rough road ahead of them as they have lost a beloved wife and mother.

I am posting this evening because I have Margaret visiting for a few days. I get up early in the morning but when she hears me moving around, she bounds out of bed! It reminds me of when my own children were young. I tried the get up before they do routine but without fail, the minute they heard my feet hit the floor, they were all up too! ( Of course this was before they were teenagers!)   I have to say that having a little one to read bedtime stories to and to get sweet hugs from is Number One in my book!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cheese Straws

In the South, Cheese Straws are a Party MUST.  If you do not know how to make them you will pay a pretty penny to have someone else make them for you! I have long wanted to learn to make these tasty treats but finally got up the courage yesterday to give them a try. I do have to say that you need a good mixer and my new one was perfect for the job! You will also need a cookie press. Sis Kristi had given me one for Christmas a year ago just for this purpose and it was just sitting on the shelf in my pantry.

I was pleased with my first effort but feel the next batch will be even better now that I know what I am doing.  Here is the recipe...

8 oz of sharp cheddar( I bought the block kind, let it sit on the counter and then grated it)
1/4 c soft butter( I used Margarine as it was all I had on hand and it was fine)
1 c All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp sale
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper( My family said they were not hot enough so I will add a bit more next time)

Preheat oven to 350

Combine butter and cheese and beat until it mixes together.
In a small bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper and whisk together. Add slowly to the cheese mixture. Now this is where you have to let it beat a while in the mixer and I am so thankful for my Kitchen Aid that mixes on its own without me having to push the bowl around like I would have on my old stand mixer.  After it beats for a while, the dough will begin to smooth out and form a ball, similar to dough.

Put the dough in the cookie press. Mine was a Wilton and it worked great.  My cookie press says to avoid using parchment paper when using this press so I used my big non stick cookie sheet. You will place your cookie press parallel to the cookie sheet and pull back. There will be a long ribbon of dough. I just used a knife to cut the pieces apart and I placed the cheese straws fairly close together on the tray. They do not rise so you have room.  Place in oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. It took about 30 minutes for mine to become crispy, which is how I like them.

I am taking my batch of cheese straws to Baylor's birthday party but now that I know how easy they are to do, I will be making them for special occasions.

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Few More Easter Things

Well I had said I was done with Easter Decor postings but I have two more photos I wanted to share with you.

I was taking a picture of something the other day and I used this vignette as a backdrop, then realized that I liked the way the light was falling on the plates and Miss Bunny.  I decided to use it as my cover photo on Facebook and I got several "likes" on it.

As I was browsing in Hobby Lobby the other day I saw these pretty napkins that I knew would look nice on my coffee platter. Hmmm...looks like my little silver demitasse spoons could use a good polish!

We are going to have a busy weekend. Tomorrow we will celebrate grandson, Baylor's, 4th birthday.  He loves Max and Huby(Ruby) so Nana and Grandpa got him a stack of Max and Ruby DVDS and his own big Max Bunny.  Miss Margaret will be coming to our house to enjoy some spring break fun with Kendall and Landon.  Amelia and I hope to take the girls to see Cinderella on Sunday afternoon. Everyone who has viewed this new version of Cinderella by Disney, says it is very good. I am looking forward to seeing Rose from Downton Abbey take on the role of Cinderella.

Today I will be making some homemade cookies for the party tomorrow. It will be my first chance to use my new mixer! Exciting!! Now I am off to the grocery store to pick up all the goodies that the grands will enjoy while they are at Nana's!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thank a Farmer


My brother in law, Bruce, put this picture on his Facebook page on Monday. I did not realize it was Agriculture Week but I sure am thankful for hardworking farmers who are responsible for the food we so casually take from the grocery store shelves!!

Here is a picture of Bruce. He works full time as a deputy sheriff and farms in his spare time.  Of course that means before he goes to work, when he gets home from work and on the weekends.  I am so glad that Bruce enjoys farming as he kept our family farm going when my father became sick and became bedridden. Since Daddy's death, Bruce has been the number one farmer on the farm.

I am thankful that I grew up on a small farm. I learned early on that you do not eat if you do not work!  As you purchase your groceries this week, remember that without farmers, the store shelves would be empty!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Best Yes

Are you a people pleaser? Is is tempting to say yes to requests just to get the person making the request off your back?  I have to say that I am guilty as charged. As a younger Christian this was a real problem for me. I just hated saying NO to people.  But as I have matured as a Christian, I realize that I am just not equipped for some tasks. And I might be standing in the way of another Christian who God wants for that job! This book is a really good read on making wise decisions. One of the things I like about Lysa TerKeurst's writing is that she tells it like it is, even if it means admitting her own failures to make a point. ( I just hate reading books by know it alls, don't you?:))

There were many quotes in this book that hit me where I live!! In fact I am thinking of purchasing this book( I borrowed my copy from the library).  One of the funnier quotes is this...Saying yes all the time won't make me a Wonder Woman. It will make me a Worn Out Woman.  But it is true...saying yes to any and everything can cause a lot of craziness and defeat in your life. She gave the example of the room mother finding you in the car line and asking you to make 45 Rice Krispie Treats for TOMORROW. You have no ingredients at home to make this, you run to the store, get home, try to get supper done, one of the children opens the box of Rice Krispies and promptly spills them on the floor.....you know the drill. I think we have all been there and have lost our tempers over such an experience. When you should have said, "No, but I will be glad to contribute something I have on hand." Of course now days you can run to the store and buy these treats ready made!!  And if the room mom does not like it, she can find someone else to make Rice Krispie Treats. It is not being Mean but realizing that perfection is not here in this life!

Another quote ....The space between our expectations and our reality is a fertile field and it is the perfect place to grow a bumper crop of disappointment. Oh how true this is. We must know and accept our limitations while embracing our strengths!

And the last several chapters really caused me to shed some tears. What happens when my best yes does not yield what I expect?  One of the examples was children. You invest your best yes in them and yet they walk away from the faith?  I know about this personally. As a mother we tend to blame ourselves for this kind of disappointment.  Lysa  shared this thought that really helped me...Let this unexpected happening point to your strength and not your weakness.Maybe you have been entrusted with this and not cursed with it.   That gave me something to ponder on!

And we should not say NO all the time, we just need to use wisdom in knowing where God wants us to serve him.   I find when I have said Yes to the right positions of serving God, I look forward to these jobs, not dreading them!   So if you need help in this area, I hope you will read The Best Yes. I think you will find it very helpful!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St Paddy's Day to You


Well that sneaky Leprechaun must have escaped the trap because we did not find one there this morning!:)

My friend, Terry, who really goes all out on St Patrick's Day, sent me this pretty card.

She and her family dress in green and go to the local parades to show their loyalty to their Irish Roots.

I always thought I was mostly of  English and Scottish heritage. But when I started doing genealogy I found several of my family lines had roots in northern Ireland. In fact one of my Irish ancestors, Robert Orr, was born on the ship that was taking the family from Ireland to America.

That family settled in the mountains of North Georgia where Robert's granddaughter, Jane, married my great grandfather, Henry Tankersley.

I have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about my ancestors and the lives they lived.

When I had lunch with my Sunday School Girlfriends on Friday, Amy surprised us all with a pretty shamrock.


The green certainly brightens up this corner of my living room. ( And the Jelly Beans are for my Jelly Bean loving grandson, Landon.)

And here is an old Irish Blessing for all my blog friends. Have a blessed day!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Can you Catch a Leprechaun?

When Kendall came home from school the other day, she was carrying this contraption. I had no clue what it was but soon found out that it was a Leprechaun Trap. Their assignment in Art this week was to come up with a trap for the tiny little Irish sprites.

Grandpa told Kendall that he needed a trap for his man cave as he suspected some leprechauns might be lose up there! So Kendall gifted Grandpa with the trap. Since the cup is down, it looks as though we might have caught one!:) She baited the trap with Gold Coins and hoped for the best.

These grands are so much fun and it is good to see their enthusiasm over small things.  I have heard leprechauns can be a bit mean so I am afraid to look inside the trap...maybe Kendall will check it tomorrow on St Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thank You

Thank you to all who come and visit Nanaland. I so appreciate your comments on my blog posts. Every evening I sit down with my laptop and read the comments and respond to them. ( I did try to figure out how to add that reply button to my blog but it was beyond my technical abilities!)  One of the best things about blogging is meeting new ladies who live all over the United States and the World. I did have one male visitor once upon a time and it was in regard to a book review!

  I enjoy reading the blogs of my crafty friends. Twenty North Ora always has a new craft up her sleeve. These blogs motivate me to be more creative. I read carefully all the posts of friends who are into home improvement. Although my home if fairly new, I like keeping up with the trends. Thrifty Decor Chick taught me to use drapery tie backs as decorative hooks and that was such a great idea. I have my scarves on one in my walk in closet and I use one in the garage to hang all my 31 bags up on so they are not on the floor!  Then there are my friends who do it all like Dixie Delights. Her home is beautiful, her crafts and ideas for the kiddos are number one and this week I am going to try her Chicken and Dumplings recipe. Most of my blog friends are ladies like me who just enjoy their homes and making them havens for the family.  Some are into photography and share their pretty pictures which lift up the soul. One of my new blog friends is Linda at Linda's Life Journal. She just makes me laugh with all the things she and her husband, Louis Dean, get up to around their home and helping take care of their quad grandchildren.  And finally there is my friend, Kara at Mundane Faithfulness, who is in the last days of her life here on earth. I have learned so much from her as she has shared so honestly on her blog her struggle with cancer.  And of all these "friends" I have never met one of them in person. Our hearts are tied together as we share our lives in the blogosphere! And I am sure if I met any one of these ladies in person, we would sit right down and find plenty to chat about over a cup of coffee!

So if you have a little extra time this weekend, check out my blog roll and you will take a road trip across the US from the comfort of your favorite chair!! And be sure and leave a comment as a visitor is always welcome!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Pi Day!

Tomorrow is Pi Day of the Century. Do not ask me why because math has always eluded my brain, leaving me cranky and disoriented!! I am definitely a language arts girl. But my sweet husband is a physicist and he knows all about Pi. Apparently the people who work at Northrup Grumman do as well because they are having PI Day at work today since they will not be at work tomorrow.  Everyone was to bring a PIE to share to celebrate. I made a coconut pie for Marvin to share with his co workers.  Marvin had seen this t shirt online several months ago and he ordered it right away so he could be a total nerd and wear it on Pi Day.  Blue looks good on him!! I love my nerdy scientist!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Another Good Read

As most of you know I am an avid reader and I have kept my habit of turning the television off at nine in the evening and reading for an hour before bedtime.

One of my favorite genres is mysteries and I just finished one that totally surprised me at the end! Most of the time I can guess "Who Done It" but Ms Murphy took me quite by surprise.

Set in North Carolina, the reader finds Oliver Lane living in a beach town with his wife, Diana and 12 year old daughter, Picasso. They lead a good life, Diana is active in Junior League. It keeps her busy now that Picasso is older and Oliver is traveling so much with his job.  But Diana's idyllic life comes to an end when Jewels Lane appears at her door, claiming that Oliver is her husband and the father of her twin sons. Jewels also informs Diana that Oliver has a third wife, Roberta , known as Bert, who is pregnant with Oliver's child.  All three "wives" live in various locations within the state. Now Diana knows why her husband travels so much! Without Oliver's knowledge the three wives begin meeting to discuss their situation. When Jewel's throws out the thought that Oliver is a sociopath who should be killed...the wives seriously consider the idea. All of them know Oliver well enough to be certain that once they "belonged" to him, he would never let them go.  When Oliver is found dead in the rented beach house while on vacation with Diana and Picasso, the reader wonders if the wives have pulled off the perfect murder.  With many twists and turns the mystery ends in a very surprising manner. I have to say this is one of the better mysteries I have read. Kudos to Ms Jennifer Murphy. I hope she will write more!

And speaking of mysteries, Marvin and I watched Hercule Poirot's last appearance on PBS last night. We had dvr'ed the original showing on Saturday evening. We have watched David Suchet play Agatha Christie's Belgian detective for years and it was sad to see this series come to an end. However we do have a set of Hercule Poirot on DVD so we can revisit Poirot, Captain Hastings and Miss Lemon.

Well today is Friend Day and we are having lunch in Hartselle. After a week of rain I am looking forward to some girl time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Friendship

One of my favorite story lines on Downton Abbey for the last two seasons is the friendship that has developed between these two fireballs.  When Isobel Crawley first came to Downton with son, Matthew, Lady Violet was not very nice to her!  In fact in their first scene together, Isobel asks Violet what they should call each other and Lady V responds, " Well we can start with Mrs Crawley and Lady Grantham!"  I think one of the reasons they were so prickly with each other is that they are very much alike in character!

Yesterday I enjoyed lunch with an old friend, Cynthia. We were very good friends when we lived in Huntsville but after moving to Decatur, we lost touch. In the last two months we have made an effort to get together and what fun we have. Cynthia and I saw Steel Magnolias together when it first came to the theater so that tells you how long we have been friends. And like really good friends, we have a heart connection that will always be there, no matter time or distance. I am so thankful for all the great friends I have in my life. Each and every one is a blessing from God.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Rainy Day Shopping

Now that the temperatures here have moderated, the spring rains have set in! What better to do on a rainy Monday than head out for some shopping?

We have a great consignment store here in our little town, Better than Before. I was looking for some spring things and stopped by to check out their wares. I am glad I did because I found several things and only spent $35.  I like a bargain!

I found this pretty jacket and a pair of white slacks. I can see the flast reflected on the jacket..but the true color can be seen at the top of the photo.

I found these shirts that looked as though they were brand new.

Gingham checks are big this spring and I found two of my favorite colors, turquoise and pink.

The Blue shirt is a Coldwater Creek No Iron shirt.

I always look for the brand names when I shop at Better than Before and I often find them!

After checking out the consignment store I moved on to Party Central.

We are having a baby shower for daughter in law, Nancy, in April so I am trying to pick up a few things here and there.  The way time is flying by, April will be here before we know it.





Grand number six will be here in May!! We will be birthday buddies as my birthday is on the 17th and Little Miss Grimm is due on May 12th.

And my older grands, Kendall and Landon wanted to know where all my Easter candy was as the candy dishes were empty. A trip to Target remedied that. I also picked up some St Patrick's Day Cakes for an after school snack today.

Landon will be happy to see that I found a bag of JUST RED jellybeans. Thanks Starburst. All of us prefer the red jelly beans so I am sure these will be gobbled up quickly. I have given up chocolate for Lent so I will be eating jelly beans instead of my favorite Cadbury Mini Eggs.

I can honestly say it has not been too hard giving up chocolate as I just KNOW I cannot have it. Maybe I need to keep up this discipline after Lent as well.

Off to take the grands to school then home to do some spring cleaning. A Nana's Work is never done!

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Few More

The last pictures of Easter at the Grimm House.....


I love to decorate the hutch in my kitchen for each and every holiday.  Here are some hand made cards that I have kept to display each year. These cards were made by one of my blog friends, Mrs R. She is very talented!!



I love this one! And you can see one of my yellow ducks peeking out from behind the card, along with one of my Willow Tree Angels.


I had to decorate a shelf in my China Cabinet as well. My friend, Vivian, gave me the pretty Easter Egg plate and another friend, Terry, gave me the sweet rabbit. The tea pot and cups were a gift from son, Charles. He carefully brought them home from China.  They are blue and white...my favorite colors.

And one last photo of my favorite lamb. I found this one several years ago at Pier One.  All of my grands want to pick him up and love on him.

Well the temperatures here are quite different this week...very warm and rain every day according to the weatherman.

Hoping all my blog friends have a blessed week!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hello Mr Bunny!

As tomorrow will be very busy, I decided to go ahead and post tonight. We are just back from our missions conference and I can hardly wait to hear this speaker again.  Also most of our ice has melted so we are all happy about that.

Here is my dining room table bunny!  I think he came from TJ Maxx many years ago.

How do you like my ceramic eggs in egg cups? My sweet sis in law, Mina, made these ceramic eggs for all three of my children many years ago

And they have made it to be antique eggs as they are more than 25 years old.

I may give these eggs to the kiddos one day...we will see. The pink egg is Amelia's, the blue one belongs to Ben and the yellow egg belongs to youngest son, Charles.

I found the pretty egg cups at Cracker Barrel last year and was not really sure what I would to with them and suddenly it came to me that I should use them to hold my ceramic eggs.

Now I just have to make sure no little grands get hold of them. I guess Nana will have to put them in the china cabinet for safe keeping when the Hoova Grimms come to town.