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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Back Home

Date of occurrence:
August 5, 2017.

All good things must come to an end and Leo and Emmaly are going back home today. We truly enjoyed their company, even though it was quite exhausting at times.

They don't go home empty-handed. Both have a bag full of goodies, some new toys, and a few other trinkets they wanted to keep.

They leave early in the morning and get home safe and sound several hours later. Rumors have it they may be moving back to our city in the near future.

That would be great and we hope it will come to fruition.

We would love to see them a lot more!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Thumbs Up

date of occurrence:
August 4, 2017.

It is official; Daley mastered to take control of nature's call.

He is no longer in need of diapers, but found his way to the potty instead.

Yes, Daley is potty-trained. What a great job, little buddy.

That definitely deserves not one, but two thumbs up!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bull's Eye

Date of occurrence:
August 3, 2017.

I happened to find out Emmaly doesn't have a robe at all and she would love to have one. I can imagine, because she is always complaining about being cold in the mornings and cuddles up in a blanket.

We decide to rectify the situation by ordering a robe for her which we think she might like. Since her Birthday is coming up in a couple of months, we intend it to be an early Birthday present which she can take home and enjoy in the mean time.

We pick it up this afternoon and, curious as she is, she is trying to find out what is in the bag. We don't tell or show her until we get home.

When we get in, I kind of give her the following order: "Emmaly, go to Opa in the office."
Emmaly: "Why?"
Me: "Just go. I will be there in a second."

Emmaly goes into the office and is a little confused. She hasn't got a clue why she needs to be there.
Opa, who knows the score: "And what are you doing here?"
Emmaly: "I don't know. Oma told me to go to you."

I walk in carrying the bag.
Me: "You know your Birthday is in October and Opa and Oma will not be there to celebrate."
Emmaly, a little sad: "Yes, I know."
Me: "Well, last year we sent you some money, but this year we thought we give you an early Birthday present so you can take it home and use it."

Her eyes light up. She takes the bag and pulls out the robe. I can tell by the puzzled look on her face that she doesn't know what she is holding in her hands. I take it from her and hold it up to where it is obvious.

Her eyes grow wide.

Her jaw drops to the floor.

The biggest smile you can imagine appears on her face.

Total excitement takes over as she says: "A ROBE! It's a robe. I always wanted one!"

She puts it on and can't get over the fact how soft and warm it is.

She wears it all evening. Takes it off to eat, so it won't get dirty. Puts it back on and even covers herself with it as she goes to sleep.

It is obvious; she is elated with her present and Opa says: "We scored a bull's eye."

We certainly did!

Friday, August 18, 2017


Date of occurrence:
August 2, 2017.

You would think, by looking at this picture, Levi and Daley had teleported to a tropical island.

That is not the case. They are visiting a Zoo which has this magnificent, indoor scenery.

I have a slight suspicion our boys would love to stay there for quite a while.

They would probably want to go for a swim, stand under the waterfall, and just monkey around.

Unfortunately, they can't and have to be satisfied with a good look of the scenery.

That presents no problem to Levi and Daley. They soak in the view and agree.

It's spectacular!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Freezer

Date of occurrence:
August 1, 2017.

Aunt A. is coming over to spend some time with Leo and Kc and I decide to play a joke on the boys.

Me; "Aunt A. is coming over and will have supper with us."
Kc: "Oh, that's nice."
Me: "Yeah. Her freezer is empty and she has nothing to eat. So, she has supper here and after supper she will check out your and Leo's fingers."
Kc: "Why?"
Me: "To see who is juicy and fat enough to take home, stick in the oven, and fill up her freezer."
Kc: "No. For real?"
Me, straight faced: "Yes."
Kc: "For real?"
Me: "Yes, for real."
Kc runs of, locates Leo and tells him: "Aunt A. is coming over to drink our blood."

Leo wants to find out for himself what the story is and I tell him the same thing I told Kc. He gets a big grin on his face, sticks out his chubby tummy and says: "I am the fat and juicy one. I get to go home with her."

I laugh and let the cat out of the bag and tell them it is a joke. Kc, who didn't really believe it at first, is relieved. Leo is disappointed. He really had his heart set on going home with aunt A.

Sorry, buddy. Maybe next time.

When her freezer is empty! Grin.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Party Time

Date of occurrence:
July 30, 2017.

Today is Lily's Birthday party and our now two-year-old granddaughter has no notion of what all is about to transpire in her honor.

A 'Hawaiian' party is on the menu and all the kids are looking forward to the cake, the treats, the enjoyment, and the swimming.

Lily is spoiled with a slide and several dolls. Even though she doesn't understand yet why she receives all kinds of presents and is the center of attention, she basks in it and enjoys it to the fullest.

All the children had fun and returned with a bag filled with goodies. And if you would ask Lily, she would tell you without hesitation.

Party time was way too short!

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Date of occurrence:
July 27, 2017.

Emmaly is playing in her room with her Barbie dolls when aunt A. comes over. Aunt A. wants to spend some time with Emma and is about to join her niece in play.

As soon as she steps in the room, she busts out laughing. Dolls are hanging from the door knob and sitting in on top of a play castle.

Aunt A. is intrigued and asks Emmaly why they are hanging on the door knob.

Emmaly: "They are captured by this doll."

She shows her aunt one of her other dolls who supposedly is responsible for all the chaos going on in Barbie land.

Aunt A. takes some photos of Emmaly's imaginary play and Emmaly knows right there and then.

She is captured too!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Sheep Farm

Date of occurrence:
July 27, 2017.

Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?

Oh yes, it does and Levi and Daley are about to find out how much. They are going to visit a sheep farm today.

They get to hold lambs and pet the sheep, observe the sheep in their natural habitat, and even get to ride a pony.

Who knew sheep could be so much fun? Levi and Daley do. And as a reminder of that, they each go home with one. Nope, not a real one.

The cuddly, stuffed version that is!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Happy Birthday To Li'l Lily

Date of occurrence:
July 27, 2017.

Our little Lily is growing up.

It is her second Birthday already.

Since her mom has to work today, her party will be held soon.

We got her a little baby-doll which we gave to her this morning when her mom dropped Emmaly off.

Lily got a big smile on her face as she reached out to receive her present.

Well, there was one more thing left to do and that was to tell our little critter:

Happy Birthday, Lily!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Little Pirates

Date of occurrence:
July 26, 2017.

The weather may not be ideal for swimming and sun-bathing, but it is a good day for letting the boys run wild.

They don't mind getting their feet wet and digging in the sand. Levi and Daley explore and discover.

Sand castles are built, trenches dug, and seashells are priceless treasures.

The boys may feel and act like little pirates.

I have a slight suspicion how else they will feel as the day comes to an end.

Very sleepy!

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