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Introducing my newest grandson, Dylan Benjamin James Davis

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I am so happy to introduce my newest grandson. This is my twelfth grandchild and I am as proud of the first one as I am the last one. I am one lucky Nonie. I never thought that my life would be so full of love and wonderment. I love them all.

I am currently in Idaho hopefully helping my daughter with her three year old Hailey. She is so much fun and so full of life. I definitely feel my age when I am around her. I live in San Diego and believe it or not, it is really cold here!!! LOL. Anyway, it is taking me some adjusting. I am hoping that these two weeks will be as memorable for my granddaughter and daughter as it is for me. I just want to give my daughter the time she needs to bond with Dylan. And to rest whenever possible.

I am happy to be able to spend time with my grandchildren and be able to see my grandson while he is so young. They change so fast. He won’t look the same at all when they come to San Diego for my daughter Becca’s wedding in March.

So my next few posts will be from here. Middleton, Idaho. Did I say it was cold?  Ha Ha.

 

Gutzy Gear Review and Giveaway 9/13

Gutzy Gear Review and Giveaway
Back to school is upon us. It sure seemed to come quickly. And the thing I always loved about school starting was getting the new school supplies. I loved it all. The pencils, sharpeners, paper and picking out that special binder.

Well, things have changed since my school days and backpacks are now a status symbol. Everyone wants a cool one. Gutzy Gear has figured out a way to let your child have their favorite backpack and decorate it in an appropriate way. 
 
 
Gutzy Gear gives kids the tools they need to express themselves in a fun and easy way.
My grandchildren and I received Gutzy Gear products to review. They even hosted a back to school party for the children and their friends. There was enough for all the children to be able to decorate their backpacks the way they wanted. They had a blast! The instructions were easy and with help, even the younger children got to join in on the fun.
These kits include gutzy strap covers that can fit over your backpack straps, guitar straps, seat belt straps or whatever. You attach them by the Velcro on the back of them. This makes them easy to switch out when the mood suits you. The variety of patches was great and they all got to choose their favorites. My oldest grandson who is almost 16 was already looking at the website to see what other Gutzies he could order.
 

 
 
 
 
 
As you can see, the party was quite a success. The children all enjoyed it. It was even simple enough for Jackson at age 3 to participate. One of the girls mentioned that they would make her backpack more comfortable when she carried her heavy books. And the mother hosting this party said she was going to put one on her seat belt in the car.
 
 

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My Grandchildren

I arrived in Virginia on Thursday to visit my daughter and her family. She has five children and I had never met her baby boy, John. He will be one year old next Saturday and I get to celebrate with him.
He is a cutie. A plump, blonde, blue-eyed baby so happy all the time. He is a quiet baby and content with his place in the family.
I am lucky to be able to visit with another of my four daughters who is presently visiting and helping my oldest daughter. Betsy had to have some corrective surgery on her shoulder and of course, needed some help. My newly pregnant daughter, Mandy, flew out in June from Idaho with her two year old to help Betsy out.
I am becoming reacquainted with my grandchildren. I have been out of their lives for years now. It isn’t easy walking back in when you know you have a limited time to spend with them. My oldest grandson, J.J. is going to be 16 this year. Time has gone so quickly.
I have always loved my children and grandchildren dearly. I want to say I was and am a good mother but as most mothers know, we never feel as if we have done all we could for them. I want to be the grandmother that has an understanding of their feelings and pains. But I don’t. I don’t even know if I would have had if I had spent the kind of time I would have liked to have.
I have had my own demons to confront. Or in my head I did. I didn’t handle my divorces well. I didn’t handle my child with ADHD correctly. I cheated my other children by giving my attentions in the wrong place. And I feel as if I am doing it again with the grandchildren.
My children and their families are all building their own lives. I get a glimpse occasionally but don’t have any idea what goes on in their everyday lives. I can imagine, but when I look into my grandchildren’s eyes, I realize I have missed so much. TOO much.
But I have a chance to be with some of them today. I get to visit some of the others occasionally and I am thankful for that. My two sons James and David are eight hours away from where I live.  I visit my son and his family several times a year.  And my two other daughters Kari and Becca live in San Diego where I live. One granddaughter is less than a mile away.  I don’t see her enough but I can just stop by. I love my time with her.
I was hoping to meet in person my five year old grandson I haven’t had to pleasure to meet yet. He lives a few hours away from where I am and his mother can’t bring him here while I am here.
I am so lucky as I said before. I have eleven wonderful, beautiful and healthy grandchildren. I am having another one in January. I will cherish this time with the ones here and hope that the bond will strengthen between us so that they will know how much they mean to me.
 

Riverwalk Landing. Yorktown, Virginia

 Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown Virginia
July 14, 2012

Saturday we went to the beach. It was a beach in beautiful historical Yorktown, Virginia. It is my first visit to Virginia and I wanted to take in the sights and atmosphere of the area.

We started out our day to a little thunder. We debated on going because it was sprinkling. But the baby, John, had never been to the beach. So we checked it out.

Going anywhere with seven children aged 15 down to age 1 is an ordeal. We had prepared a picnic lunch and brought sand toys. After what seemed forever to load the car, we took off on our adventure.

I was surprised at the beauty of this area. Everything is so clean and neat. The landscape is a big change from my home in San Diego California. Both are beautiful but the green that you see here is not like the green at home. I love the lushness of the trees here. Deer can sometimes be seen grazing on the sides of the road. I am still in awe every time I see them. Nature is amazing.

We unloaded at the beach with the children very anxious to enter the water. The younger children had no fear. The baby was pleased to cool off in the water. 

  Riverwalk Landing was small but pretty.

They was even a schooner in the bay. The colonial theme was evident everywhere.

Other people had the same idea of cooling off here. The children had no problems finding new friends.

But my biggest joy was seeing baby John playing in the sand. I didn’t like seeing him eat the shells and sand of course but he IS a baby. 

The day grew darker with lightening appearing in the sky so we decided to head for home. (But not until after two of us were stung by jellyfish).

It was a great outing for the family. The sun, sand, water, jellyfish, lightning, and everything played a part in making this a very memorable day. I loved it.

Family and Blogs

Here I am again. I am really enjoying this. My daughter Kari has a blog called Mommy to Elodie and I enjoy reading it. I first started following her friend’s blog called Simmworks Family Blog. They are both so articulate and I hope to learn from them. I used to write some blogs on MySpace but I didn’t think they would lead to this.
I am enjoying time with my daughter and granddaughter who are visiting from Idaho. I wish they lived closer.
I have been blessed to have a relationship with my children. I have wonderful children who follow in our family traditions and pass them along to their children. I never knew that the little things we did as they grew up meant so much until I see them repeated in their lives. I feel it is a big compliment when they carry on the small things that I am finding out meant so much to them. I enjoyed my children as they grew up and wanted only the best for them. I know I wasn’t a perfect mother but I did what I could. Life was not easy with their father away so much. But it gave me the opportunity to get to know each one individually. I love their differences and their bonds with each other. Family means everything to us.

Afternoon Tea and a Surprise

Oh, wow. I can hardly believe this weekend. My daughter Becca took me, her fiance Andrew, Kari and Elodie to afternoon tea. I love afternoon teas. My big surprise was my daughter Mandy and granddaughter Hailey were there from Idaho. I had no idea they were coming. I was so lucky to have three of my daughters together. It was wonderful. The babies were so good and we had fun.
In the evening,  Jake,  my boyfriend took us all to dinner at Red Lobster. It was amazing. I love Red Lobster. We were joined by our friend Jim. My favorite waiter Gabe took care of our table. Biscuits and lobster…who could ask for more!!!
Sunday was a fun time at the Moose Lodge. I am a member of the Kearny Mesa Moose Lodge. I wanted to share my birthday with my family and friends there. We had hot pink and black for the theme and the cake. There were some stressful times during the evening but it was still great. Too many personalities but I love having my family and friends around and I feel so loved. And my family will always come first. Always.
Till next time…

My Birthday

I am anxiously awaiting my birthday celebrations. Tonight we are celebrating at a local bar. I go regularly to sing karaoke with my friend Karin the karoke hostess. This bar is providing a cake for me and Kayley, the waitress. Balloons, too. I invited people on facebook and I am excited to see people I haven’t seen in a long while.
Tomorrow my baby girl Rebecca is taking me to tea. I am going to dinner with Jake.
Sunday dinner and celebration at Moose Lodge. I am so happy. I have many great friends and wonderful family.
Turning 60 is crazy. I don’t feel my age. I am active and live a happy quiet life. I have animals to keep me company. But it is still crazy. I decided to celebrate my life instead of dreading this age. So I move forward with my eyes open and embrace my future.