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Here you will find scattered pictures from my point and shoot camera, random thoughts from my little world, treasured memories of days gone by, hopeful dreams of the days yet to come, and a bunch of ideas - because I've always got ideas!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Niece Got Married Yesterday!

My beautiful niece and her handsome husband!
May they live happily ever after!

So, of course, I brought my camera.

I'm not good at all taking pictures inside, but I gave it a shot and got a few cute ones of the happy couple.

And then I just pointed my camera at my family, something that annoys them to no end, and snapped away.

Oldest Son.

I sat by him, so have many pictures.

Hopefully his vision will return soon, what with all the camera flashes he had to put up with.

My lovely oldest niece, sister of the bride, and also a bridesmaid.
The groom.

Welcome to the family!
Youngest Son and Daughter-in-law2. Lucky them, they got to sit across from me!
 My oldest sister and mother of the bride. I love this picture of her, as it is what she looks like when you are talking to her. She pays attention!

The bride and Youngest Son.
These two are the "baby cousins" born just six months apart.

One of them is older, one of them is bigger.
My oldest nephew and his bride of less than a year. They drove in from Baltimore for the wedding.
It is always great to see them!

Daughter-in-law 1 and Daughter


The sisters!
All eight of my parent's grandchildren in one place at the same time! This rarely happens, so we took a picture!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Easter Egg Hunt

Time to line up, get your bag, and listen to the few simple instructions!
In past years this was similar to nailing Jello to a wall, but everyone has grown-up! No babies or toddlers in this family anymore.
Three to Five year old's got to get a wee bit of a head start.
AND, now that they are older, we could use the entire yard, not just the fenced-in part!
This made the egg hunt take longer and gave them a few more interesting hiding places to seek out.
Apparently though, the eggs in plain sight were the more difficult ones to find.

The Seven to Eleven year old's are now on the hunt.
There were a lot of guides to point the hunters into the right direction.
At this point in the hunt, we became aware that most of the egg hiders were over six feet tall.
There were even eggs hidden in the poky plant.
"I'm not sticking my arm in there!"
At last!
Time to sort through the bounty.
I can assure you, it took much less time to empty those eggs than it did to fill them!
 This is serious work!
Next year we may have to do an adult version of the egg hunt also.
They seemed to be having as much fun as the kids.

This is Feintsje's favorite holiday.
He's been asking about it since Christmas.
After the hunt, the gleaners showed up to finish the job!
I hope you and your family had a Happy Easter too!

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Seven Hunters of the Easter Eggs

There were A LOT of eggs to hunt! I believe the only reason they consented to the picture was that this is how the hunt started out! My motto: Picture before eggs!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Random Thoughts from Judy at Anybody Home

Oh goody! Another post of random thoughts!
These random thoughts are happening on account of the simple fact that I am SUPPOSED to be cleaning my house for entertaining 20 for Easter Dinner and an egg hunt on Sunday.
I was more diligent about cleaning my house when my mom was coming over. She attempted to raise me to be neat and tidy, and to NEVER go to bed or leave the house with even ONE dirty spoon in the sink. I don't know WHAT happened. I used to think I was rather organized, but apparently it was early conditioning that I have of late outgrown.
So, my first random thought is this: I would not mind cleaning at all if things stayed clean! No more on that one, because things do not EVER stay clean and I will just have to learn to deal with it. So far, that isn't going so well...
2 - I have developed a spring cold. I had no intentions of doing that, but it hit me rather hard yesterday. All I wanted to do was sit on the couch while attempting to stop my nose from running. But Hertsje was here and she had wonderful ideas of things for us to do. Watching TV was not one of them. So, I let her go crazy making individual doll/stuffed animal beds ALL OVER my living room. She had a blast, and entertained herself very well why I sniffed and snorted and whined. What I lack in tidiness I make up for in my ability to whine like a pro. I'm fun like that.
3 - But so far, I have not gotten the flu which turned into a severe sinus infection that THGGM had a couple of weeks ago. It was awful. He missed four days of work in a row, which has NEVER happened in his entire working life. The man just does not get sick. That's always been my gift. But, I did not get it, and this cold better not be the start of it! Because it is FINALLY spring and I intend to enjoy it! Oh, and yes, just two weeks before THGGM got the flu, I said no to a flu shot, but yes to the pneumonia shot. I pretty much thought when THGGM got the flu that I certainly would too, but I did not! Although next year I can assure you we will be among the first in line to get a flu shot!
4 - Look, I never said I was going to post INTERESTING random thoughts. Nope. So, in light of that, I'd also like to note that I have not dropped any more weight. Even though I spent nearly two weeks fighting off some weird sort of intestinal bug. I'd think that my symptoms might have been caused by my total change of eating habits, but Hertsje has had this for awhile too, and I've heard of other people suffering from it also. It's nasty. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. Well, except for that guy from N Korea.
5 - Anyway.., the first day that it hit me, I had FIVE grand kids here on the first day of Spring Break! And I was feeling exceptionally well, even ready to have lots of fun with them. But then it came on SUDDENLY, SEVERELY, and UNRELENTINGLY. If I had been out in public, I would have just laid down and died. I am not kidding you, I would have, but most likely someone out in public would have killed me first to put me out of my misery. Of all the things I learned that day the one I choose to remember is how Jonge came though in an emergency, because there is no other way to describe this than as an emergency. First I had to get his attention, as he was playing a video game by himself while the other four kids were playing an intense game of Dad, Mom, Big Kid, and either Puppy or Kitty. I know this because I had to settle a fight over who got to go first being either the Puppy or the Kitty. Five year olds can be stubborn little souls about things like that, and we had just agreed to terms of taking turns that seemed to please them both (slightly). So, they were off in a different room. Thankfully, no children were witness to the horror going on in their grandmother's life at the time it was actually going on. I was able to alert Jonge by pounding on a wall.  I told him the very least he needed to know to get help. He brought me clean clothes (i will never speak again of what actually happened, but your guess could not possible be bad enough), they didn't last long though. Ugh. Anyway, I also needed to have him call his mom at work. The wonderful thing about 11 year olds is that they are capable children. He came through in my crisis like a champ! Not only did he need to LOCATE my cell phone, he needed to locate the charger, CHARGE IT, and know his mom's cell phone number, which like any bright child, he has memorized. To make a really long gross story short, he called her, she called her brother, and all five kids were picked up by responsible parents who removed them to a much less germy environment.
6 - So, lest you think that was ALL that happened. Haha. Welcome to MY world, where the interest is compounded when it comes to disasters of epic proportions.While dancing an odd sort of dance to my bedroom to look around for ANOTHER set of clothing, I thought it might be wise to change bathrooms, to one closer to clean clothes. This seemed wise. I noticed that it did look like the last person to use this bathroom did not flush. Oh, they had. It was just CLOGGED. And by my flushing it the pretty pink toilet in my pretty pink bathroom with the pretty pink tile on the walls and floors FLOODED! And I mean FLOODED GOOD! It did NOT want to stop running, and in my ill and addled state I stood on an icy cold pink tiled floor while the water rose about my ankles! All I could manage was to wiggle the handle, pray for mercy, and throw down every towel I could reach to sop it up! Then, I retreated back to the other bathroom, you know, where the plunger lives and wondered if things like this only happen to me, or are there others also this lucky.
7 - Well, I felt really weird for the rest of the day. Slept most of the next day, and felt GREAT after that. Back to normal. Or so I thought. On Sunday afternoon, it all repeated itself! Ugh. You should know that I haven't left my house since Sunday. I'm more than a little afraid to go anywhere. Actually, terrified sort of sums it up.
8 - Oh, I also have developed a horrible rash. That seems to be from eating two eggs everyday. So this week I have been staying away from eggs. That isn't too hard to do, as I don't even like them, but they are a main component to my low carb way of eating that I'm running out of things to eat! Hopefully I will be able to add them back, just not two a day.
9 - I do realize that nobody wants to know these things. But really, in my world this has been all it's been about. I am boring. I like to draw. I like to make stuff. I'm afraid to go places.
10 - Thankfully I am surrounded by loving family. Jonge, who while he was waiting for his mom to show up last Monday gathered all the kids into the living room to play a lively game of Hang-Man so they wouldn't get into any trouble while I was incapacitated. THGGM who goes places by himself until I get over this fear of exploding in public, and my dear brother-in-law, who told me he saw a box of Depends at a thrift store and would be willing to go back to get them for me! That's love, I tell you.
I probably won't keep this post up for long. I cannot imagine that I will EVER want to relive this sorry episode of my life.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday with Hertsje

Hertsje put on a puppet show today.
She even provided the audience!
Everyone in attendance sat quietly and paid close attention to her every word.
Especially Olaf, even though he had to sit in the very back or no one could see over his head.
This was important to Hertsje.
I'm guessing she has had someone tall sitting in front of her at some point in her life.
And then, since we seem to have a "chicken" theme going on here this week, we found another craft to do involving chickens!
After all, PEEPS have to come from somewhere!
Do notice how much exuberance goes into Hertsje's works of art.
Our chickens ROCK!
(really. they do!)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Monday!


I seem to be back on track!
Spring Break is over and the schedules have returned to normal!
So, being that it is Monday, Hertsje and I made things.
I saw a video on Facebook from Krokotak.
It looked like the PERFECT craft for Hertsje to do without any help from me, and it was.



She was incredibly pleased with the outcome!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Well, I Tried

This is my feeble attempt to depict the grand kids as paper dolls. I drew these quickly, and for a quick draw, I'm fairly satisfied with them. Maybe someday I'll spend a bit more time on this. But probably not, so I thought I'd post these just for fun.