Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Coloring!!

    Hubby and I spent last night filling almost 300 plastic eggs for the grandkids egg hunt this Saturday! First, of course, we had to go and buy LOTS of candy! We only sampled a few...really! We also bought eight dozen eggs for the grandkids to color. Luckily for us, it is going to be beautiful and warm and sunny on Saturday so we can make that mess outside. Other Easters have been yucky outside so coloring happened inside...and all over the floor...and the walls...and the table...and the kids!! LOL!! It's always a blast and the kids are so proud of their eggs. After the coloring, we go outside to find the candy-filled eggs. Our adult children hide the eggs and then it's a free-for-all!! We have eight "special" eggs...one for each grandchild...with a "special" surprise inside. Once they are all sugared up we hug them and kiss them and pat them on the fannies and send them home!!!
   This year one daughter's birthday is on Monday...so we will also have cake and ice cream to celebrate! Fun, fun!!
   We have invited my mom and dad over for dinner on Sunday. Just the four of us...should be nice and relaxing. Of course, mom will also come Saturday to take pictures of the bedlam...I mean egg coloring and hunting! Check back for pictures!!

Lee concentrating!

James, Clark, Taylor, Lee, Criss, William
The mayhem!

Easter fun!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Already!

No way will it all fit!


   Time sure does fly by!! We have been extraordinarily busy traveling back and forth to New York.  First in January to finalize Brian's retirement paperwork and have both a retirement and farewell party. Bittersweet, but also a lot of fun. He has worked there for 35+ years and has lived in the Capital District all of his life!! Those are huge life changes...getting married, retiring, moving 1000 miles away...all in a three month time span!! He is handling things very well and loves having time to spend on his music...after the housework is done!
   We returned to New York for Spring Break. We met his brother and sister-in-law in the Finger Lakes and did a wine trail excursion. We had too many tastings, spent too much money, and had an absolute blast! Then we stayed at Turning Stone casino for a little gambling and a good night's rest before heading to Schenectady to close up his apartment.
   When we got to the apartment (our upstate New York villa) we had a very short time to completely empty and clean it. We worked hard from Monday evening until Friday afternoon! Luckily, his friend Mike helped with both storage and moving. His brother and sister-in-law both took time off from work to help and bring us food...and chocolate! We loaded their vehicles repeatedly to take stuff to Mike's and to storage. We would have not been able to get it all done without them! We were supposed to leave NY on Friday morning with my pickup truck loaded with his belongings. We did not get out of town until after 4PM!! We drove until around 11 and found a cheap motel to spend the night. During breakfast the next morning we hear the weather is going to get bad so we hurry up and leave! Sure enough, snow and freezing rain start before we get to Ohio!! That is scary stuff in normal circumstances...but with my truck packed to the gills and visibility poor (all I could see was boxes in my rearview!) I was a nervous wreck! Just as we were thinking we may have to find another place to stay another night, it started clearing up. Still raining but no more snow and ice...whew!! Today in TN it is a balmy 70+ degrees and the sun is shining!! Welcome Home!
 
Wine tour Castle Griesch

Cold!

Wine tour with Pam and Wayne - Finger Lakes


Enough said...!

Poor truck!
And the storage room