Some Trip Highlights by Nana

gardenbug(Canada zone 5)October 12, 2009

The major project during my visit was the removal of old grey carpeting and the installation of the new hardwood floor. My job was to help with food and baby care.

Here you see the guys working at removing rug staples and preparing for the laying down of the new wood.

And here is an after shot.

Chief Chekota was visiting and helped with the job at times.

DSIL needed to admire the renovation and play cribbage at the same time. I made dinner this time so they could relax.

Personally I could have done without the snow, but Ivy looked smashing in her new boots.

Here she waits for Mom's skates to be sharpened.

DD enjoyed her new co-ed hockey team and Skyler liked cheering her on and finding pucks under the stands.

Skyler got new (to him) skates and was pleased about that!

Here is Skyler on his way home from school. A boy and his dog...

Back home the pineapple lily is doing so well, especially since DD thought it was a lost cause and nearly pitched it!

The garden potatoes, carrots and beets were harvested in the snow for our Thanksgiving meal!

A new aquarium was set up.

Ivy really enjoys her music class. In the car, a tape of her verses and songs is the only thing that will soothe her.

A favourite verse.

Out to a special Chinese dinner.

With Grandma Jean

Miss Ivy likes to eat too:

Snap peas:


Her giraffe:

Her Mom's chin!

She is proficient at pulling hair and of course is practicing the long reach.

Big brother just loves her

but still must do chores, like wiping off the table.

That's more than enough I guess... but it was plenty of fun for all.

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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

Both DD and Ivy are looking good! I love Ivy's big alert eyes! It looks like a fun and productive time was had by all...

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 2:10PM
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The time must've just flown by, 'bug. I know you had a delightful time and I'll bet returning to the Farm was hard. You have a handsome and loving family that's obviously full of energy and a desire to be happy. It's so nice to see forward looking activity; proof positive that hope lives on.

Just the sort of thing I need to see these days. Thanks! I wonder if Ivy is dextrous enough to get the tip of the asparagus into a nostril? nah... probably not quite yet.

(you have to tell me the story behind those dining room chairs, though!)

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 4:31PM
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Ok Nana, where are the grumpy baby pics ?

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 9:00PM
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veronicastrum(z5 IL)

The best-looking Ivy I've ever seen! Looks like a great trip that could have lasted twice as long.


    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 9:05PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Chelone, here's the story: DSIL has spent lots of time in India, Thailand and Australia. He loves travel and food too. So he and DD eat out a good bit at Indian and Thai restaurants. One Indian restaurant was selling off their chairs because the waiters were catching their jackets on the chair ornamentation. DSIL bought some of the chairs at a special price because he liked them...and their price.

Kathy, here's the only photo I can find to share. Ivy is not amused at being confined to a high chair for Thanksgiving dinner and is throwing a fit.

Yes V, twice as long would have been nice for me, but I think it might have been excessive for them. I know my father nearly died when his in-laws spent just one week with us. There's always Christmas coming up though!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 9:49PM
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Aww, beautiful Ivy! Her boots match the hat from Nana!

The floor looks great! It'll be so much nicer under the table, especially with kids :)

Christmas will be here before you know it...

    Bookmark   October 13, 2009 at 8:06AM
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deanneart(z5Southern NH)

Ivy has to be the smiliest baby I've ever seen! great pics


    Bookmark   October 13, 2009 at 8:15AM
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chloehoover(z6b VA)

A lovely montage of a sweet visit, 'bug -- I see Ivy developing very much her own "face" and vibes -- Im sure you're already counting the days til Xmas, LOL...


    Bookmark   October 13, 2009 at 1:52PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Marie, that is amazing what a difference the floor made. Everyone looks cozy playing cribbage. I haven't played that in years and forget how. [g] In that photo of Ivy in her boots, I could swear she is actually mugging it up for the Glad DD is able to get back to hockey. It will be good for her mental health. :-) I've never seen a pineapple lily, that is wonderful. Is is a houseplant? My favorite photos are Skyler with the dog and Skyler with Ivy around his neck. He really is a very handsome boy. I can only imagine what a wonderful time you had and if you get to see them all again by Christmas, that will be wonderful too. That will leave you just enough time to get your garden put to bed for the winter and get ready for Christmas. :-) I'm sorry, my brain just got stuck on wonderful today.[g] It's that time of day when the brain cells are on empty.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2009 at 5:45PM
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It looks like a wonderful week. I'm envious. You certainly were busy. What fun!

    Bookmark   October 13, 2009 at 8:29PM
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Marian_2(Z6 ARKozarks)

A beautiful job on the floor, and great pics of a happy family. Ivy just gets cuter and cuter.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2009 at 8:37AM
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That's a wonderful pictoral of your visit!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2009 at 12:03AM
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You tell the best photo stories! What a lovely trip you had, as shown by all the smiling faces. I love Ivy's look of delight in the one with G. Jean. Did Ivy just spot Nana Marie?!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 12:59AM
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flowerluvr(Z5 IN)

I agree with Anita, Marie. You do tell the best photo stories. A visit to 'Bugs family is always a treat. Thanks for sharing :)

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 7:47PM
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