Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Rest of the Story ~

After we left the house in Grayslake, we spent another week with our oldest daughter and her family. We  also enjoyed a nice lunch with Kathy B., a blogging friend, and her husband. It was very fun to meet them both, and it was a most enjoyable afternoon. (You may have seen a similar photo on her blog, thanks to both of our husbands.)

In between helping Jill with household chores and playing with the grand kids, we managed to celebrate Sophia's seventh birthday----twice!  Once with Grandma and Grandpa T.

On her "real" birthday, the 19th, we had cake with a rainbow and purple and pink roses as requested.  And Mom made "rainbow jello".

See that black plate?  It was really really slippery, and there was a near catastrophe when we removed the plastic to place it on the cake stand.  Oma and Mom made a quick catch when it tried to get away!

Rainbow jello takes lots of time and patience to make, but smaller dishes help hurry the process along.

Sophia likes her Little House shawl, and it seems to fit very well.  We also gave her some Little House on the Prairie books to go with it.  This was the first time we've had a chance to celebrate a birthday with any of our Chicago grand children, and it was lots of fun!

Their backyard is visited by all sorts of critters.  This chipmunk had just polished of a choice cherry tomato.

The orange cat whose name is Charlie visits regularly and enjoys being petted. Daniel drops everything when Charlie arrives.  They are good friends.

And since we've left for home, the family had adopted four chickens.  Last year they came home from the labor Day weekend family camp with a guinea pig named Amy, and this year with four chickens.  It's your guess what they'll bring home next year!  Maybe a horse?  Or ?


Nancy said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Sophia. The shawl is darling on her!

Love the photo of you and KathyB.

kathy b said...

I LOVED meeting you!!!! and your Dear Husband. Sorry it was so loud outside!!!!

THe little house shawl is aptly perfectly named.

Where do they live that they can have chickens? I love the boy/cat connection!

Lynn said...

That sounds like such a nice visit. When my parents used to visit on my kids birthdays, it was always so much fun. Hmmm maybe next time a miniature donkey. I was just reading that they will guard your chickens. And they're cute. Maybe I could pass one off as a large dog

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how big little Miss Sophie is getting. She doesn't look like a little girl anymore.

Good thing you still have Max and Stella!!! LOL

Glad you got to meet Kathy and Troy. They sound like wonderful people.

karen said...

how nice you met a blogging friend! lovely :) The shawl looks beautiful and so does the model. It's nice to see knitwear being loved and worn.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Fun times, Judy!! Happy Birthday to Sophie! She looks lovely in her shawl! =) blessings ~ tanna

Anonymous said...

Isn't it great to be retired and go where you want when you want? Love the cake!

Caffeine Girl said...

Sounds like a lovely trip. You have gorgeous grandchildren!
Meeting blog friends really is the best!

Nancy Kay said...

All your visits look like so much fun. I think it's cool that you and Kathy B were able to meet for lunch! The rainbow birthday celebration must have been a treat! Cute, cute!

Cranberry Morning said...

It sounds perfectly lovely to be there to celebrate Sophia's birthday with her. How special for both of you. Nice save on the cake!! And fun to meet blog friends.

elns said...

Sounds like a great time celebrating with the Chicagoans! I'm so glad you and Kathy B. met up. Yay!

Merry said...

Great photos. I didn't realise that chipmunks were so tiny....of course very cute.