Monday, March 27, 2006

Receptions, Two Down, One To Go...

Not everyone is lucky enough to have THREE wedding receptions like Ruth and Praveen. The first was of course, in India, BEFORE the wedding, which was different from what we were used to, but it was a blast. The second one was a couple weeks ago at their home in Pacifica, CA. The thrid one will be in Fulton on June 10th.

They had a HAT contest at the Pacifica reception. (She is definately her mother's daughter... or maybe I should say I am definately my daughter's mother... at any rate, a hat contest sounds like great fun to me.) Don't you just LOVE Praveen's hat? Doesn't Ruth look beautiful?

Ruth just posted some photos of the second reception on her blog, and another link to her albums at Shutterfly. Here are the links:

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The debut

Since I've been wanting to post here for a really long time but simply am short of time to post something nice, I'm starting off with this picture. Debra and Angela wanted to see it when they heard about it but I'd totally forgotten and just spotted it today in my folders. It's an informal invitation the the wedding that happenned and it's based on a poster of an Indian -English movie with the Indian beauty ( and Praveen's favourite actress- though she simply cant act) Aishwarya Rai. When I made this, I hadnt met Ruth in person and only had pictures to work on- so it doest really look like her to think of it. Now I feel it looks like Esther( Does anyone else think so?). Anyway, will be back for more, I promise.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Spring Flowers, Snow Showers

Spring is my favorite time of the year, and one of my favorite things about it is how the bulb-flowers which have been dormant, below the surface of the ground all winter, pop their heads up and bloom....when almost everything else still looks "dead". Daffodils are one of the first to "smile" at me each year... And I LOVE them!

Just a few days ago I took these pictures of the first spring daffodils. I have a small grouping that are minatures and many more scattered around the yard that are full sized The ones above are the minatures. The little purple flower is a crocus, commonly one of the very first flowers to bloom in the spring time.

Then...for a couple days, I've known snow was on the way, and sure enough it was here when I woke up this morning. Now, I am NOT a lover of snow, although it's not so bad if I don't have to go out in it. BUT when it snows on top of my flowers...well that is not a happy thing at all.

These are the full sized daffodils growing on one side of my house.

Poor things!

This is the garden right in front of my house. We put it there because a long time ago we had to chop down a huge oak tree and needed to disguise the mess it's trunk left. You can see both the daffodil and iris leaves coming up. These haven't bloomed yet.

This is looking out from the house towards the yard (and "woods"). There is a very small creek that defines the yard. (We mow the yard, but stop at the creek, where the "woods" begin.)

The good thing about this snow is that it was much less than the first forecast I heard of 8-12 inches. That's a pretty rare occurance here in Missouri, and I prefer to keep it that way...RARE.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Mommy & Baby...doing well.

I forgot to mention that Rebekah and Neal are both doing quite well.

Rebekah had to have a c-section after 15 hours of labor on a pitosin drip, but she is recovering from the surgery better than anyone I've ever seen. She DID decide to spend three nights in the hospital after the birth, just because it seemed easier to have the nurses around to help with the baby so she could get more rest. She could have gone home earlier.

Garry has been back and forth between Beks (their restaurant) and his wife and new son. He says that when he's at Beks, he keeps thinking he should be with his family and when he's with his family, he keeps thinking he should be at Beks. Without Rebekah there to help with the restaurant, more of the management falls on his shoulders, but he's not complaining. We all hope she stays home with the baby for awhile. Beks will do fine.

Garry keeps saying that he can't believe how good looking Neal is. He's a pretty proud daddy. And of course, you can see that he IS a beautiful baby. Now, you know, all parents and grandparents think that about their off spring.... But this time it's really true. (Spoken like a true grandmother.)

I've incorporated a morning visit with Neal & Rebekah into my routine, right after I go to the gym for my exercise class.

So, that's the scoop on Rebekah and Neal.

More Baby Photos

Here I am holding Neal when he was a day old.

This is one of my favorites, taken on that same day.

Below is a series of photos that Naomi took when Neal was 3 days old. I love these! They are so REAL.

Really MAD!

Practicing "that look".

Boy that was TIRING!

Life is good again.

You can see more photos of Neal as well as the rest of the family at

Thursday, March 09, 2006

I'm a Grandma again!

Rebekah and Garry's son (and MY grandson) arrived this morning at 7:31. You can see photos of him at

He was almost a week late, so everyone, especially Rebekah is relieved that he's finally here. He's so sweet and calm! (oh, and CUTE)

I'll tell you more about him soon.