Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving in Seattle


Dave and I flew to Seattle on November 24th to see James and Tammy, and their two children.

                Alek is 7 months old.  Here are the three generations of Meiners' men.

                                              Audrey, 21 months
             Audrey loves to walk around in nature, and she had a lot of fun exploring at the beach.

We  took a short trip to the coast to see the lighthouse, and some large ships.  Erika and Tyler drove from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to join us for the holiday weekend.

It was a bit nippy, but a nice, sunny day.  In fact, we were fortunate to not have rain our whole stay.
We went to the Seattle temple together one morning.


                                          Tammy and James with their kids at home.
The guys and girls took turns holiday shopping one day, while the others stayed home and relaxed with the kids.

  Erika and I both celebrated our birthdays there.  Mine was Wednesday 
and Erika's was on Thanksgiving Day this year. Andrea's was on Saturday.  :) 
We loved seeing Alek for the first time, 
and getting to see James and his family in their beautiful home and city.

Monday, November 16, 2015

New Deck and Wood Floors

Our deck was getting old.  We like the layout of it, but the wood had become warped and moldy.

We also thought this tree was too close to the house.  It had also apparently been hit by lightning, so we decided to have it removed.

You can see here the tree is gone. We had the floor, rails  and banisters of the deck taken off.


After a lot of deliberation we found a color of composite wood and rails that we liked.  Here it


is in our snowstorm this winter. :)

 While we had our contractor scheduled, we replaced carpet with hardwood floors in a few rooms.


Our office


before
After


I'm really liking the natural, clean look of the wood.
Thanks for agreeing to it, Dave. :)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Claire arrived on Halloween--what a treat!

Claire was anticipated on Halloween, and that is the day she arrived.  Meg's mother was able to come out and be with them before Claire was born, and to stay another month allowing Daniel to attend classes, and Meg to recover.  We're excited to have that sweet and darling girl in our family.







This picture is from their visit with us at Christnas.  Caught them here early in the morning.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Trip to the Decker's House, Halloween


I flew to Albany to see Kara and her family over the Halloween weekend.  We attended activities at a church party, town events, and I watched Ava and gave out candy while the boys went trick-or-treating that night with their parents
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Ava at the church dinner and party.


Supergirl is ready to fly!


The boys have fun in their costumes on the front lawn.



The kids on costume


At the 'Trunk or Treat' party at church, families gave out candy to the children from the 'trunks' of their cars.


Jacob (the Ninja Turtle) participated in the town's pumpkin roll.  Merchants gave candy in the main part of town, and had other activities.


Ava was too young for the candy, but she's sweet enough as it is. :)

Saratoga Springs, New York in October


Ava and I enjoyed our beautiful view of Saratoga Lake.
I had flown in to Albany, and Kara picked me up so I could visit with the family and see their new house near Saratoga Springs,


So serene!  It was a beautiful day in late October!


Getting a view of the stream below us--our mother-daughter selfie!

I was also excited to see an old friend from elementary school who drove two hours to meet me.  
It was great to catch up and have lunch together.  



        Grandma's Sweet Girl.  Her shirt says so.


The top pic is me 5 months, and when Kara, was 5 months, I took a picture of her. Ava is also Kara's first daughter, and she was just that age when I came, so we had to get a pic of three generations of  Meiners' ladies with our shades!