01 December 2011

It's Been Especially Lovely Around Here.


Fall in Turlock has been especially beautiful this year.
The crisp air, autumn colors, and breezy days
have been brilliant. In this post, I've included some
random pictures from around our home especially
for Anne Marie. Occasionally, she will text and
"need" a photo texted to her from some particular
viewpoint around home. We all have days when
our heart just needs a dose of home, don't we?

How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of
light and color are their last days.
~John Burroughs.~

Looking out the front window.

From the front porch.

Thanksgiving Day at Grandma and Grandpa's

Autumn is a second spring when every
leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus~

Emily, Brent and Davis

Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart
will find the pathway home.
~Wilbur D. Nesbit~

Doug and Ty

Mark, Jeffrey, and Scott

Kelly, Matt, Ty, Doug, and Chase

Steve and Bev's Family
**Look at those trees of Mom and Dad's!**

Brad and Melissa's little Cole.

And, thank you for a house full of people I love.
~Ward Elliot Hour~

Kris, Michael, Scott R., Scott S. and Doug

Matt, Nathan, Kelly, Grandpa, and Michelle

You have a choice: You can raise kids or you can
live in a home where nothing touches the
floor but the furniture.

My home is not a place,
it is people.
~Lois McMaster Bujold~

Grandma knows how to make eating in the garage fancy!


I remember one Christmas being told there was no
Santa Claus, and the next Easter being told that there
was no Easter Bunny, and I remember how I feared, as
Thanksgiving approached, that they would tell me there
was no Grandmother.

There's no place like home.

And, Beyond Thanksgiving...

Kris, Marie, Dad and Mom
San Francisco Symphony to hear/see Yo Yo Ma.

Kris and I snuck away for a weekend in
Half Moon Bay. We stayed at the Oceana,
pictured behind us.

The best thing to hold onto in life
is each other.
~Audrey Hepburn~

Just a cute little tea towel I saw that weekend.
I liked the sentiment it displayed!

We planted this grafted apple vine in our backyard
during the summer. Each branch has a different variety
of apple. We have: Braeburn, Golden Delicious, Fuji,
Red Delicious, Gala, and Gravensteine.

The apples were ripe just in time for me to pick them
and use them in my Apple/Yam recipe for Thanksgiving!

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and
dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes (apples!)
as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

The Primary children learned Praise to the Man this
year for their Sacrament Meeting Program. One
Sunday they invited Ty to play it on the bagpipes
for them. LOVE how some of them are
plugging their ears.

This is my very first rosebush.
I love that it peeks in through my kitchen window.

Our little backyard corner. We fixed a few
things up before Call and Whitney's open house.

This is "Puppers" speaking. Where's Anne Marie?

Speaking of her...if you'd like to catch up on how
she's doing in Boston, go here: SewPurple.