Thursday, January 14, 2016

Our Year in Reveiw Part Four

August was very busy.  While we were packing boxes to move, boxes showed up on my doorstep…materials for Bible Study Fellowship.

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We moved from Polo Club North about 18 miles to a house we rented in Highlands Ranch.  We made many daily trips like this moving boxes out of the garage and storage area. 


We could not have made the move without these wonderful young people!  One evening we pulled everything out of the attic storage and they moved it from the upstairs apartment down to the garage.  Another evening two of them came and moved everything we had stacked in the garage and we took it to the house.  Then there was moving day…moving all the furniture to the new house.  They were AWESOME!!!


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We moved our bedroom about a week before everything else and started staying at the house.  It was a bit awkward at the apartment!

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JoEllen came home for her summer visit!  She got in late one evening and so Robin went with me to the airport to meet Jo’s plane!  Surprise!!  Here’s our Sister Selfie!

Jo's visit

One thing I loved about our new neighborhood…the walking trails.  Jo went for a walk with Sadie and me when she came for a short visit!  We also put together a quick “gilrs” day.  We had our own summer tea and worked on a few cards for Jo.


Tea and cardmaking with Jo

Tea and cardmaking with Jo

Jo's visit

And then I boarded a palne for New York city.  I had a new grandbaby that was a little over due!  I was hoping he would put in his arrival either before or shortly after my arrival and I could help Andrea get a bit of rest.  But I only had a week before I had to be back for the Area Workshop for BSF.  Wouldn’t you know that little guy waited until the very end of my trip to be born??  And then they kept little Henry and Andrea a day longer because his bilurubin count was a bit elevated.  That only gave me a little bit of time to love on him!  But I did get som fun time with all the other Grands!  I’ll have to do a post or two just about them…it’ll be worth it! 

Henry Thaddeus “Tad” Hamilton
Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 6:21 a.m.
8 pounds, 21 inches long

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   Beautiful Daughter…

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Our Year in Review, Part Three


In May, Colorado received a lot of rain.  Some areas experienced their "wettest May on record." Denver was recorded as being four inches above "normal".  It was quite a spring not only for rain, but the hail and were tornadoes around the area.  I remember one night when the hail woke us up at midnight...

I think I replanted my garden three times...

Kenny and Becky celebrated their 4th Wedding Anniversary

Sadie settled into a 'friendship" with our balcony squirrel!

We celebrated Father's Day at Polo Club, on the patio outside the pool!

Dads: Wally, Scott, Dad, Kyle and Terry

The nieces and nephews: Nicole, Aaron, Kyle and Krista

Me and the Dad of my kids!

Wally and I took our first ride for the year.  We rode over Kenosha Pass and came upon the fields on both sides of the rode covered in wild was gorgeous!

The storms that began in May continued throughout June.  They seemed to build in the day and thunder in the late afternoon.  The hail would strip the trees and plug the gutters and downspouts. Wally spent a lot of time in the rain clearing the gutters to alleviate the flooding issues.

We had a weekend getaway.  Happ, our painter and friend, let us stay a night in his family's condo in Silverthorne.  We rode over Hoosier Pass and Breckenridge and ended up in Silverthorne.

Back at the ranch, or rather Polo Club North, the rains continued.  One afternoon the hail came so fast, the street drains became plugged and the water unable to drain away. We had knee deep water int he streets.  Cars would drive through the community and create a tidal wave that ran between the units.  One unit had their window well filled wind the water broke the window and flooded their basement.  We had a lot of flooding.  And we even had to rescue a man from his car.

This was car the next morning.

There was a lot of clean up after that storm.  One evening I looked up in time to see the most gorgeous sunset!  

Every year at PCN we have baby ducks to rescue from the drains.  Here's Sadie getting a close up look at one little baby before I put him into the pond to find Mom,

Nolan turned four at the end of June

Here's a graduation card I made for one of the grads at church


On the Fourth of July Wally and I were invited to a luncheon at one of our resident's home in Georgetown.  They are judges for the parade and then we met at their house afterward.  We rode the 
motorcycle up early enough to have breakfast and then enjoy the "small town" parade!  It was a lot of fun!

Mrs. Binkley was one of our residents that we really enjoyed from day one at Polo Club North.  She loved to talk politics with Wally.  She was nearly blind but could somehow still play Bridge.  So twice a week I drove her to her Bridge games, and occasionally other appointments.   Her family moved her to assisted living in New Mexico, closer to their home, in 2014.  In February of 2015 she turned 93.  She passed away about a month later.  Her memorial was held in July in Chama, NM. Wally and I decided to attend and afterward we headed to the Wildflower Festival in Crested Butte, CO.  It was at this time that we lost our jobs.  It was one of the four blogs I managed to post about in 2015, here.  

Our Year in Review, Part Two


The beginning of May brought the end of Bible Study Fellowship.  We had studied the Life of Moses and it was another awesome year in God's Word.  We had our end of the year Leader's Fellowship at the Polo Club Clubhouse.

This is the Admin team, minus one.  Gayle, April and I have served together for several years now.

This is the class Staff, Gail, Me, Debbie and Alethea.  We have been serving together for about six years...wonderful friends and godly women!  Sadly, this was Gail's last year.  She and her husband were moving to Seattle.

Also in May, Robin and I took our parents to Wisconsin where Jo lives.  It had been a few years since they had made it back.  Mom was needing/wanting to check out Jo's needs.  We made it a girl's weekend, with Dad in tow!  It was Mother's Day weekend and we realized Mom and Jo had not spent a Mother's Day together since JoEllen came to Shepherd's to live, forty years ago!

This is Jo's corner of her world!  We spent Friday going through her clothes,and trying to part with belongings that were broken and worn out.  If you know Jo, that is a tough thing to do!  We also took Jo to a salon in town and had her hair done.

This is Christine, Jo's room mate!  What a character!

aturday we went for a mani/pedicure...Dad included!  We looked up a Tea place in Milwaukee and after getting our nails done, we had tea at Watt's Tea House...Dad included!

Dad won one of the gifts in the Mother's Day raffle at the Tea.  He was the only male in the room! Edible flowers were on our dessert tray, we probably shouldn't have encouraged Jo...

Sunday, Mother's Day we went to church with Jo.

Back home, we gained permission from the Landscape Committee to build a garden box on the back side of the tennis court area.  Wally built it and I planted it.  I was excited to get to garden!

One of residents ran into one of the mailbox kiosks.  I felt so badly for her...she just could not remember what had happened!

Memorial Day Weekend Wally rode his motorcycle to Squim, WA where his brother had recently moved.  Wally helped him re-roof his new house.  Then he took a day to sight see...the photos below are of Wally at the Olympic Peninsula.  Wally also visited a lavender farm...not in bloom.  Squim is the largest lavender producing area in the United States.  I think I'd love to visit when it is in bloom!

Okay, so this post just got us through May...


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