Monday, August 25, 2008

Fun Visit with GIGI !

We recently visited Nicole, David and Gigi, now 15 months, in Denver. Nick attended the International Fire Chiefs' convention while I took the "D Line" from Downtown Denver to Littleton (closest train station to where they live in Highlands Ranch) to spend the days with the kids!! After his convention we went and stayed with them for a couple more days.
In these photos she is amazed at the "wa-wa" in a fountain in Castle Rock, just south of where they live. She loves the water, loves to swim in the pool, taking a bath and the rain (which she called both "wa-wa" and "bubbo" for bubbles, another favorite.

Gigi is at such a fun age. We love being grandparents--it is the BEST ! She is mimicing just about everything we say and babbles so much in her own language. She loves being with us and saying "yaya and 'ba-pa'" over and over again.

When she can't say a word she studies your face so closely and with such attention to try it. We talk to her a lot on "skype" on the internet so she is very familiar with who we are. Her face lights up everytime she says our names.

She's climbing,on everything, much to her parents dismay, and constantly on the move, not sitting still, a lot like her mom at that age and I suspect like her daddy, too. And oh what a 'mind of her own' she has, mixed with a bit of a temper when she doesn't get what she wants! Dare I say, "terrible twos, here she comes"??? Although for us, it'll be more like "testing twos" because even in her frustrating moments she is just too adorable for words! (as every grandparent will agree about his/her own grandchild!)

It was a great visit and hard for both Nick and I to leave. But, in a few months, hopefully we will be seeing a whole lot of them, when they move home to California!! YIPPEE!!

More pictures from our visit:

Friday, August 22, 2008

The A B C's of Me!

I was "tagged" by my daughter to do this! I know, you all have been anxiously waiting for a new blog post and to learn all this interesting and fascinating stuff about me that you didn't know. So I won't keep you in suspense any longer. Here goes, just for fun:

A. Attached or single? I've been married 30 years this November!

B. Best friend? My husband, Nick, and my best girlfriends are a close second... here are a few of the many I've been blessed with: Susie, Lynn, Sue & my daughter, Nicole!

C. Cake or Pie? Berry pie a la mode

D. Day of choice? Friday! It's the start of another great, long weekend!

E. Essential items? reading glasses, cell phone, computer, sunglasses, digital camera, a good book, milk tablets so I can have ice cream anytime I want it, and sewing machine

F. Favorite color(s)? yellow and any shade of blue

G. Gummy bears or worms? I prefer chocolate (!)

H. Hometown? Grew up in Reseda, CA (San Fernando Valley/LA); college in San Luis Obispo; Hometown for the last 29 years: San Marcos, CA (North San Diego county)

I. Favorite indulgence? Coldstone or Baskin Robbins ICE CREAM!

J. January or July? January-I love the rain but also love the summer!

K. Kids? Yes, 4 grown, wonderful kids: Nicole 27 married to David! ; Alex 23 married to Angelina!

L. Life isn't complete without? Family

M. Marriage date? November 19, 1978

N. Number of brothers and sisters? 1 younger sister, Kathy

O. Oranges or apples? navel oranges (especially if someone else peels them for me; like daughter like mom!)

P. Phobias? I don't much like bugs

Q. Quotes- "A baby fills a special place within your heart, you never knew was empty," author unknown; "i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)" e.e. cummings.

R. Reasons to smile? My family; my cute little granddaughter

S. Season of choice? Winter, but I really like them all.

T. Tag 5 people: I guess I will tag Susie, who might do this, Lynn and Sue (but doubt they will do it) and Kristina!

U. Unknown fact about me? I have always loved the Olympics and can remember watching as much as I could every time they were on TV. I love how patriotic Team USA made/makes me feel. The problems of the world seem to fade away during the time of the Olympics which also makes it such a magical time. As a preteen I secretly dreamt of competing in the Winter Olympics in slalom skiing (although I never was good enough or fast enough)!

V. Vacation of choice? cruising or rving!

W. Worst habit? Wasting time.

X. X-ray or ultrasound? I don't like either but have had both numerous times.

Y. Your favorite food? ice cream, chocolate, fresh fish

Z. Zodiac sign? Gemini

Any surprises?? So how about you? Tag it's your turn --email me your responses--I'd love to learn about you too! Now back to watching the Olympics; only a couple more days!