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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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Thursday and Friday were days of just hanging around their home place, spending family time and watching after GM5 a bit while the ladies ran various errands. The weather continues to be very nice with daytime temps hovering in the low to mid 70’s and mostly just right for the little one to play outside. They seldom get a frost in the winter down here – the normal frost line is about an hour or so north of the location.

Saturday, February 21st, was a big day because this was the day they had GM5’s birthday party – the closest Saturday after his actual date of birth. OD had hired the “Big Bouncy Bus” for the occasion. This was a school bus with all the seats taken out and several foam based pieces of play equipment put in. It also had a zip-line that went from the front to the back of the vehicle and ended in a pool full of foam blocks.

In attendance were 12 young ones, a few of their bros and sisters and a fair amount of parents. They all seemed to have a huge hoot of a good time with the bus – plus GM5 had received a large inflatable tube in which the little ones could roll or be rolled across the lawn, and many of them did just that – in gales of laughter. It was all too soon – for the young ones – time for the bus to leave, so they gathered for cake and ice cream.

The cake was OD’s creation, she has been baking and decorating cakes since she was a teen – and making spending money from it – this one was a Mickey Mouse depiction – good one too. Then it was the opening of presents, more play on the swings and in the sand/water table GM5 had received earlier in the week. Then it became meltdown time when the parents decided it was time to leave and the young ones didn’t want to go.

One of my jobs during the party was self-appointed, that of trying to make sure the little ones didn’t get hurt – even though there were a few close calls, I was mostly successful at this. The other main job was that of photographer when OD was busy with other things – I got several great shots – accidentally? Things quieted considerably after their departure and even though the noises were happy ones, I still enjoyed the quiet.

I mentioned in an earlier missive that I received a small digital camera for Christmas but the learning to use it was delayed in my working to finish some chores before going to Texas. I finally got some few shots with it on this trip but the resolution was set too high and disc was too soon full. Another disc with more memory was purchased, the resolution was set lower and soon there will be photos coming from Blueberry Hill – hopefully.

With our trip rapidly coming to a close, we are squeezing as much out of the last little while as we possibly can. Our last Saturday in Texas – on this trip – ended in quiet hours spent with our familial loved ones. How else can I say that God is good except just that way? TBC ec


Blogger ancient one said...

Happy Birthday to the grandchild! Sounded like a fun party. So glad you and Spice could be there! We'll be looking forward to pictures.

2/24/2009 09:46:00 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Good luck with the pictures.

2/27/2009 08:53:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

ancient one - I was so glad to be able to be there for the little one. As for the photos, I still have to install some software to be able to put them on my computer.

AC - I am slowly dragging myself into the unfamiliar territory of photos - this old dog it trying to learn new tricks. ec

2/28/2009 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger Kila said...

I'd love to see your photos.

I hear your area is getting some snow!

3/01/2009 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

Kila - The snow seems to have skirted just a few miles north of us - it is almost midnight as I write this and we haven't gotten a single flake as yet - bummer! My sis and family live in Athens GA and they have a beautiful amount - of course it usually melts next day around here. ec

3/01/2009 11:25:00 PM  

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