Sunday, February 21, 2021

Amaryllis Report ~This Plant Does Not Disappoint

The Amaryllis has the most beautiful blooms.
Just look at that vibrant color...

Maybe you remember my post from three weeks ago,
The buds were just starting to open.

The Amaryllis flowers are huge.

The plant was a Christmas gift from
good friends, Bob and Becky.

That pot of soil, that was delivered to our doorstep,
contained three bulbs that
I have nurtured since early December.

And this was my reward...

...a lovely contrast to the snow and ice out on our patio.

At one time there were seven buds
that appeared, ready to open.

They have graced us with their beauty for six weeks now.
Today, there are two blossoms that are still looking strong.

Thank you, Bob and Becky, for this lovely gift...
A bright spot during these winter months.

Take care,
~Natalie

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Eight Years Ago Today ~We Said Goodbye to my Mother ~And I Still Miss Her

It was eight years ago that I received
an early morning phone call.
My mother had fallen and was taken to the hospital.

It was a cold January. Hubby and I made several trips
to and from Grand Forks to be with her.

After many difficult and emotional decisions,
she was transferred to Comfort Care 
It was less than two weeks later when
I visited her for the last time.

This Poem by Henry Van Dyke was sent
to me by a good friend.

While I still miss those daily chats
on the phone with my mother. 
It is comforting to know that she was reunited
in heaven with her husband,
her siblings, and all her friends
that went before her.

Take care,
~Natalie

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Happy Birthday to our Dear Amy

Birthday Blessings today for this amazing woman,
who we are proud to call our daughter.

Our firstborn baby, who came into our lives
to make us parents...to make us a family.
 
Celebrating your birthday was always a special day
with our family and friends.

Fast forward three decades and find that smiling little girl,
now still smiling and a busy mama of two boys.

Those boys, along with their daddy,
created a special celebration for Amy
on the eve of her Birthday.

Last night was a perfect evening of
Chocolate Cake, Champagne,
a Disney Movie all together on the couch,
and extra snuggles with this little cuddle bug.

Happy Birthday, Amy.
We love you.

Take care,
Dad and Mom

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sunday Funday ~How Does Your Amaryllis Grow?

It’s about time that I report on the progress of our Amaryllis.

This is how it looked in December.
It was a gift from our good friends, Bob and Becky.

Becky has ordered one for us for Christmas, the last two years.
She is a talented gardener, but she doesn’t know
that I don’t have a green thumb.

Bob and Becky are our daughter’s in-laws.
This is not the best photo of the four of us,
but I have no other.

But, back to Mr. Amaryllis.

It’s thriving and has some buds...

...Three buds to be exact.

Here is Mr. Amaryllis posing with my coffee maker
so you can see just how tall he is.

And here are those three buds.

You can see that one of the buds
is getting ready to bloom...

...Giving us a little hint of the color
and beauty that is to come.

I’ll keep you all posted...

Take care,
~Natalie

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Do You Remember Where You Were on this Morning, 35 years ago? ~Space Shuttle Challenger

I know exactly were I was.

I was sitting with my students and other teachers and their classes
in the Holgate Junior High library.
The school probably had a total of three of these carts
with a TV and VCR that that everyone shared.

So when something significant was happening,
many classes would gather in the library to watch history being made.

Students and Teachers all over the country were watching,
as there was a teacher on the Challenger crew.
The explosion occurred just 73 seconds after lift off.
Everyone was silent and watched in horror.

We all went home and hugged our children a little tighter.
Our Amy was just 11 months old.

On this Day of Remembrance, we honor all seven members of the crew,
which included teacher, Christa McAuliffe,
who gave their lives while furthering the cause
of space exploration and discovery.

Take care,
~Natalie

Information and Images
found on google

Monday, January 25, 2021

Monday Misc ~Tummy Time Report ~Weather Update ~Quarantine Cooking ~Teacher Nightmares ~Chocolate Fixes Everything

Big Brother Jack and Daddy provided
good support during Baby Henry’s Tummy Time.
This Papa and Gigi cherish every photo we get from family.

Here on the home front, we had a little snow,
but we escaped the Winter Storm,
which went to the south of us.

If you know me well, you know
that I love to make soup during the Winter.
This week’s recipe was Vegetable Beef & Barley
in the Crockpot. I had plenty,
so shared a container with my MIL.

Yes, we are still celebrating Pizza Friday,
ever since we’ve been staying home on the Weekends...
cooking all..of..our..meals!
We enjoyed this one with Turkey Pepperoni and Veggies.

Last week we made a Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza
with Carmelized Onions.

This popped up in Facebook Memories this week.
I had shared it a few years ago, when still teaching.
So much truth in this short quote.

Would you believe that even after four years,
this retired teacher still has bad dreams about school.

Gaze upon this box of candy.
It was a Christmas gift from good friends.
Dark Chocolate Caramels with Sea Salt.

“Much too good for children”
If you love the movie Matilda,
you’ll recognize that quote by Miss Trenchbull.

Here’s another quick peek at this sweet
little bundle of happiness.

Take care,
~Natalie

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Meet Henry Oliver ~Welcome Sweet Grandson ~Jack has a New Baby Brother

This is Henry Oliver.
Born Wednesday, January 13th,
shortly before 10 o’clock in the morning.
He checked in at 7 pounds 5 ounces
and was 20 inches long.

This photo will forever tell the story of what
it is like to be born during a Pandemic.

Henry’s Daddy was able to stay with them at the hospital,
however he was not allowed to freely come and go.

Henry’s Mama, our first born baby, looks radiant.
Baby Henry was anxious to meet his family
and made his entrance to the world a few days early.

Big Brother Jack, was a Trooper, taken out of his bed
in the middle of the night to stay with Family Friends.

The next day, Aunt Emily and Uncle Jake
made the 2 hour trip to scoop him up...

...so he could be at home and
sleep in his own bed.

Here’s the magical moment when Henry,
his Daddy and Mama came home,
and when Jack first meets his Baby Brother.

It is pretty amazing how this tiny human grew
in Mama’s tummy...and then all of a sudden, he’s here!

And now the transition to a Family of Four begins.

Henry is nearly a week old now.
Quite the little Cuddle Bug...

...who will someday be a
rough and tumble playmate,
and these two will be Best Friends.

Henry Oliver, You Are So Loved.

Take care,
~Papa and Gigi