Friday, July 24

A Family Visit

The boys, Mom and I had planned to go out of town to visit Melissa on Tuesday. Last weekend I came down with a cold and ear infection, so we put it off until I was feeling better. Today we made the trip. I couldn't believe how Melissa and Jack's boys have grown. Griffyn turned two at the end of June and Tarryn will be one next week. It's been a while since I've seen them and I was amazed.

When we arrived, Tarryn was chillin' in his swing. He loves that swing and often falls asleep there.
Here is a picture of him and Jordan when Tarryn was younger. Quite a difference.

Here is Mom with Jordan, Tarryn and Griffyn. If I've counted correctly, she has twelve great-grandchildren.
I asked Griffyn if he'd stand beside his brother to have his picture taken and he happily complied. He loves having his picture taken and then he wants to see the photos on the camera.

He knows how to put in a dvd, turn on the tv and start the dvd player. He wanted Baby Einsteins.
Here he is looking very seriously as if having his picture taken is something that takes great concentration.

He showed me his basket hat and wanted me to take his picture.

Look at that smile. It does this old gal's heart good to see such a beautiful smile on a young child's face.

Jordan and Griffyn. Jordan likes his picture taken. Brandon is in the background and right now is camera shy.
He did agree to have his picture taken with Griffyn. I don't ask Brandon to smile because unless he is truly smiling, he fakes it and it doesn't turn out well.

Melissa made us burgers and fries for lunch, which suited everyone fine. The kids loved it and we had a nice visit. Tarryn was tired and didn't share any hugs or kisses but Griffyn obliged.These boys are well-behaved and are really good boys. Melissa has her hands full because they are so close together in age, but she's doing a great job.

Take time to spend time with a child this weekend. There's nothing like playing patty-cake and hearing them laugh and giggle.

Monday, July 20

Dakota and the Dog Park

Sunday, it was a beautiful day. Temperatures in the afternoon was 73F. Though it was overcast, we decided to take Dakota to the dog park. He was getting a little rambunctious and he needed a good run.
I tried to get some shots of him. This was the best of the lot. He is quick and I kept getting photos of the ground.

Here he is running to hubby. Even though I am the one that's with him the most, he favors Dwight. When he called, Dakota would go right to him, but ignored me completely. At home it's different. He usually obeys me more often.

There were a lot of beautiful dogs at the dog park, but many of them, like Dakota, were too fast to get a good picture. These two were enjoying each other's company. There was a beautiful malamute/golden retriever cross there. Her personality reminded me of Meeko.

It was a nice outing. We stayed about an hour and enjoyed talking to several dog owners. We enjoyed the fresh air and Dakota slept the entire evening and night away. Exercise certainly calms him down.

I wish my friends and readers a nice week. It was warmer here today, but rain is moving in overnight if the weatherman is correct.

Sunday, July 19

History Made in Space by Canadian Astronauts and Memory of the Moon Landing

Julie Payette, a Canadian astronaut, was aboard the Space shuttle Endeavor last Wednesday when it made a successful launch from Cape Canaveral at 6:03 pm. Endeavor successfully hooked up to the space station on Friday. There are 13 astronauts on the space station...the largest ever gathering in space and the first time that two Canadian astronauts have been in space at the same time. Payette was greeted by fellow Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk and history was made.

Besides being the biggest space gathering ever, it was the most diverse: seven Americans, two Russians, two Canadians, one Japanese and one Belgian. Twelve men, one woman. Four medical doctors. And engineers and pilots galore.

Endeavors successful arrival at the space station was marred when astronauts were informed that there may be damage to a fuel tank. They also had to move to a higher orbit to avoid space ojunk.

Monday is the 40th anniversary of man landing on the moon. I remember well watching Neil Armstrong as he stepped onto the Moon's surface, in the Sea of Tranquility, at 0256 GMT, nearly 20 minutes after first opening the hatch on the Eagle landing craft.

Armstrong had earlier reported the lunar module's safe landing at 2017 GMT with the words: "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

As he put his left foot down first Armstrong declared: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Michelle, who was only 5 months old at the time sat on my knee. It's something I will never forget.

Do you remember the moon landing or where you too young? If so, what historic event do you remember?

I hope all my friends and readers have a great week. We are enjoying the cooler temperatures of this summer.