Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Splash Away



A certain Jax boy
 
 
was in town,
 
 
so we arranged for a certain Palm Coast boy
 
 
 
to come to St. A
 
because
 
some water
 
 
 
was waiting for them.
 
 
Now there was also a Little Princess
involved in this outing,
but at this stage of her life,
 
 
 
smiley cows
are much more interesting.
 
 
The boys, however,
stayed wet for the entire afternoon
 
 
 
 
until it was time to round them up
 
 
 
 
and dry them off
 
 
 
 
and get one back to his Mimi's before his eyes
 
 
 
 
closed completely!
 
 


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Our Princess Di

 
 
 
Diana
graduated this past week
with her Bachelors,

with honors!
 
and
 
 we are so proud of her.
 
 
 
She's worked hard
 
and long
 
and diligently.
 
Semister after semister.
 
And on May 3rd,
she received her reward!
 
             I LOVE this pic... see how far ahead she has her hand reaching out for that diploma!!

 
 
 
 
She had her fan club
show up
cheering her on...
 



 
 
....and as Christa said at one point during the ceremony,
 
"This gets me teary-eyed!"
 
She spoke for us all!
 
~~~~~
 
Of course,
we had some celebrating to do
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Celebrating you, Princess Di!
 
Because we're all so happy for your accomplishment!

~~~

There's just one lonely pic
from the following day's celebration
at Caps on the Water...
(this graduation warranted
TWO celebrations!)

...but it's a pic worth posting
because it's with our two Princesses...
Diana and Livia...

 
Yes, Diana, you have to share that crown!

 
 ~~~
 
And now,
for my own Irish Blessing...
 
may God go before you
as you step into
this next chapter of
your life,
 
 
 
may there be a rainbow
after every rain,
 
a burst of glorious sun
after ever storm,
 
may balloons follow you everywhere,
 
and may you
be on the
threshold of your
 
next.  big.  promotion!
 
 
 
 


Friday, May 10, 2013

Journey ~ Our Life in 2012

 
 
Somehow
I neglected to post this on
 Tea Time...
 
 
video


Thursday, May 9, 2013

It Started With a Pitch ~ Part II



 
The Friday night Gator baseball game
morphed into a Saturday late afternoon
bar-b-que
when it was realized that most
of the Nolan fans were staying at the
same G-ville complex for the night.
 
So after a morning of the
Grogans searching for sharks' teeth
in a creek in the middle of the state,
they found 151...wow!,
and
my girls and I having
 an early lunch at
,
we gathered poolside!
 
 
 
First of all,
let me say
"Thank you, Steven"
for laboring over a what seemed to be a
1' square grill
to feed so many!!!...
 
 
 
 
You did a great job!
 
 
Times like this don't happen nearly enough for me,
and when they do,
 
well, you know how the commercial goes...
 
PRICELESS!
 
~~~
 
now,
Here is a
pictorial story
of our evening...
 
 
Steven and Peter shooting the breeze

 
 
 
 
 
 
An aunt and a nephew       ....and....         A pair of cousins
 
Gearing up to brave the cold water
 
 
 
A son tempting fate
 
 
 
while another son learns trust...while having fun
 
 
 
 After jumps...rest time
 
 
Sweet Landon...not as cooperative for picture time as the night before...lol
 
 
 
"...and then on the eighteenth hole, I had a birdie!"
 
 
 
Baby sharing going on
 
 
 
Cousins...best friends
 
 
 
A Grampy to all
 
 
 
Next pictures of Julie... she'll be holding her little one!
 
 
 
(Owen stole my heart this night... when asked if he would hold Livia during
this pose, he answered with an amazed "Yes!"  ...he was so honored to be trusted
with holding the littlest one!...and he had to hold her for awhile during a
series of shots before hitting on this sweet pose.  Good job, Owen! )
 
 
 
 “You can go through life and make new friends every year
- every month practically -
but there was never any substitute
 for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years.
Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another
with hoops of steel.”
                           ― Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
 
 
What a lovely family
to be bound to!