Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Back to School & Changes

My granddaughters started school in Ohio - my daughter Amy sent photos of them on their first day.  They are so cute and love their teachers!  This is Paige, who just turned 5!
Getting on the bus. 
Jenna climbing aboard her bus, she's 8, soon to be 9. 
I'm so glad I got to spend time with my girls this summer.  Next summer we're going to try to fly to Ohio to spend time with them.  I can't believe I only get to see the girls once a year.  Wah! 
My pot of moss roses and Lantana is still bringing joy to me.  
I think Lantana is one of the most interesting flowers, from it's bud stage, then it flowers out, each petal opening to yellow, then orange, then pink!
 I finished Caleb's Teddy Bear - woohoo!  I've made 6 of these, one for each grandkid.
Both boys with their bears, they slept with them last night. 
Now for the news - our son Travis has always wished that he could live back here in Corbett where he was born and grew up and that his sons could go to school here - so now our household numbers 6 instead of 2.  His family has been living with his brother's family in Vancouver for nearly a year, so we talked and decided that since we have room that they'd move here and we'd enroll Hayden in kindergarten - and his first day was today!  That is the principal out there directing traffic.  Hayden is standing by the flag pole.  The Corbett Schools are rated as one of the best in the nation.
And here is Hayden in his new classroom! 
He was doing very well when his mommy and grandpa left to come home. 
And so.. life is different and changing.  :-)  Thanks for visiting!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Beautiful grandchildren! How hard it must be for you to only see the girls once a year! I'm glad you will see the other grands all the time now they're moving back. It won't make up for missing the girls but will just be lovely. Enjoy! Joan

  2. Those are wonderful photos of your granddaughters--what beautiful young ladies they are! I know how hard it is not seeing them often as we went through that for quite awhile. I sincerely hope that you will be able to see them more often and am glad to hear you will see them next summer!
    This IS good news and I'm SO happy for you (and your son's family)! I think it will be good for all of you:)
    LOVE both teddy bears--they are awesome!
    PS: Wishing your grandson Hayden a wonderful year! Kindergarten is the best:)

  3. Changes...you ain't kidding! That's a BIG change for all of you. I hope it works out well for everybody. I took pictures of my Lantana yesterday to post on my blog. Will do it soon. It's really pretty right now with fresh blooms on it. It always does well here and tolerates the heat. Haven't made the sourdough recipes yet or made a starter, but I will.

  4. Oh Teresa, when you say change you really mean it. That is a big, big change. I hope that it will be a comfortable situation for all of you. The little boys will be so happy, I think they already feel your home is their home. And I know you will love to be there for them when they get home form school and see them everyday, but is will be an adjustment for all of you. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs and great job on the bear. Oops I almost forgot the girls look so happy to be starting school.
    Hugs to you,

  5. Your grandchildren are so cute! And wonderful that you now get to spend more time with the boys.

    Fun times ahead!


  6. That is a big change! Good for you guys. I think that's wonderful and I hope it works out well for all of you. I also love to hear that you're going to try to visit the girls; that you're willing to do that is just amazing in my eyes. I think you are terrific grandparents and you get more and more wonderful the more I hear about you and the things you do with and for your family. :)

  7. Hi Teresa your grandchildren are so beautiful. The teddy bears so cute. I know some of the pain of missing your grandchildren and daughter(though I do see my grandsons a lot more often than you are able to see the girls. ) How exciting that your son and family are living with you. Hop everything works out fine. We will soon be looking after Phoebe on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and collecting Ella from school on Tuesdays. Phoebe is starting a new nursery (part of the school she will attend in Sept 2014 and where Ella is at school) It is only mornings though so Grandma and Gramps are helping out as we did with Ella. Hugs Anne x

  8. Sounds like these changes are all for the best Teresa!

  9. Love the pics of your granddaughters first day of school. They look so happy, they are so cute. I was surprised that your son doesn't live closer than he does since so many pics are of the grandsons. I hope all goes well in that department. When my in-laws decided to move to Ohio from Kentucky 34 years ago they stayed with us 3 months. I was in my 9th month of pregnancy with our youngest daughter and so my mil was a great help to me. I loved them when they came and I loved them when they moved to their own place, lol. We went from 3 to 5, then 6 when the baby came. You give up a lot of things when you want to help family, mainly peace, quiet and some privacy. I know your grandsons are gonna love it. The teddy bears turned out so cute and looks like they are already getting some lovin' from the boys. I know as a grandma that we do all we can to help our kids and grand kids. Who else is gonna love them as much as we do ♥
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

  10. Teresa, you are the best mother, grandmother, MIL, sister in the whole wide world. Your family is so blessed to have you in there lives!
    Loved your post today!
    I am sure your little grand babies are just thrilled to be living a lot closer to you now!
    Great memories to come I'm sure!


  11. Just as the petals of your Lantana develop beautiful arrays of color, it seems to me your family is positioned to experience amazingly beautiful experiences as well, Teresa. Circumstances may develop to challenge your familie's loving growth just as stormy weather can challenge a Lantana's growth, but I am cheering you all on to enjoy the beauty you have and lovingly work through any challenges!
    Gracie xx

  12. The kids all look so cute on their first days of school. I know how much your heart aches with missing the girls!
    Hayden looks a wee bit unsure in that last picture. I hope he had a great day too.
    We have more in common than you know. We need to have a telephone conversation very soon.
    Hugs to you sweet friend!

  13. Gosh what incredible changes in your life Teresa.....you will be such a big part of your grandsons lives now..how wonderful. Your darling girls look so excited getting on the school bus, I hope they have fun school year. Summer really is rolling over now, take care xx

  14. I just thought of this song after reading your lovely post xx

    One more step along the world I go,
    One more step along the world I go.
    From the old things to the new
    Keep me travelling along with you.

    And it's from the old I travel to the new,
    Keep me travelling along with you.

    Round the corners of the world I turn,
    More and more about the world I learn.
    All the new things that I see
    You'll be looking at along with me.


    As I travel through the bad and good
    Keep me travelling the way I should.
    Where I see no way to go
    You'll be telling me the way, I know.


    Give me courage when the world is rough,
    Keep me loving though the world is tough.
    Leap and sing in all I do,
    Keep me travelling along with you.


    You are older than the world can be,
    You are younger than the life in me.
    Ever old and ever new,
    Keep me travelling along with you.


    Words: Sydney Carter (1915-2004)

  15. Hi Teresa,Must be wonderful to have your family with you!!!Hope the change will also be easy on you and Dayle!!!I think the boys look quite happy at their new school!!!And the girls,well they are as cute as little buttons!!!Have a great day!!!

  16. Hi Theresa, so nice to meet you! Thanks bunches for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment so I know you were there!:D You are welcome anytime... even in your jammies!:D

    Ahhh, another crocheter... well, I am going to have to visit often to keep up with your projects!:D Cute grandkids, and I love those little bears!
    Beth P

  17. Hi Teresa! The first blog I opened when I got home from the lake this morning is yours and what BIG news you have! Oh my, the changes your household is facing but it could be a WoNdErFuL change. I would love to have my grandbabies so close by.

    What great pictures of the first day of school for all four of your kids. The girls look very happy to be getting on the bus. What a brave kindergartner. The boys look very happy to be going to the Corbett school too.

    We're facing possible changes next year too with my dear MIL moving in with us. She hasn't made a for sure decision yet but it looks as though it's heading that direction. Oh my, life will change!

    Blessings always my friend.


  18. Hello Teresa, Wow I have missed alot. Your camping and sailing trip photos were fantastic.. Oregon is so very beautiful.. Thanks for sharing them with us all. Your grand children are all sweeties and your brothers baby boy is such a sweetie. You just want to give him a big hug.. Of course all your garden photos are most wonderful. How did the Summer past so quickly?? Hugs Judy

  19. Good Morning - Happy First day of school for all the kiddos - such a fun & wonderful time for them. That's awesome that the boys are with you now & able to enjoy your school system, just think of all the new things you're going to learn too!
    Smiles, DianeM

  20. Such big changes for you and your family! It will be so special having your grandsons so close to you and being involved in your daily lives. All your grandchildren look adorable as they start the new school year! Wishing you all lots of happy times together. Take care.
    Helen x

  21. Oh Teresa this is so lovely! So are they living with you for good now? I've read a lot about multi-generational homes and it strikes me as being such a good idea that I wonder why more people don't - I guess it's a space issue :) Still, it will be so nice for the boys to see so much of you and Dayle :) x


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