Back from My Blogging Break...Family Treasures!!!

Hello my friends...I hope that you're having a fabulous day!

Hehe....I'm back!!! I'm back from my blogging break! As many of you know...I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks. My youngest daughter Jennifer and her five children came for a visit. They live in Texas so I just don't get to see them as often as I would like. I hated being gone from Blogland for so long...I really did miss all of you...but I just wanted to enjoy each and every minute of my daughter and grandchildren's visit. I have to admit that I only sat down once during the past two weeks to take a little look into Blogland. I'm sure that I have missed all kinds of goodies!

I had the best visit with my family...and this Mama/Grandma was in her "7th heaven"!!! I thought that I would share just a few photos with you today. I hope that you enjoy!

We had wonderful weather here in Colorful Colorado during my daughter/grandkid's visit.

Yep...can you believe it? They were here for only one day and it snowed! It snowed like crazy but the grandkids had sooo much fun playing in the snow. This is Ryan...Jenni's oldest. He just turned 13 before they got here. The kids decided the were going to build a fort. Ryan was the only one who "toughed out" the cold temperatures...the other kids ended up abandoning him for the warm house! Hehe!

But...it wasn't all fun and games for the grandkids while they were here. Jenni homeschools her five children...so they had school work to do during the day. Here is Ryan sitting at Grandma's kitchen bar doing his school work.
I just have to say here...what a proud Mama that I am! I have such admiration for my daughter! Homeschooling five children that range from 1st grade up to 7th grade isn't easy work! I homeschooled my three daughters for several years as well so I know the determination and long hours that homeschooling requires! I'm sooo proud of you Jenni...you are doing a fabulous job of teaching and training your children!!!

There was time spent watching movies and cartoons as well. This is Ethan...Jenni's second to the oldest. Ethan is 11 yrs. old. Ooops...I think Ethan was about to lose his britches in this pic! Hehe!

Here is Erick...Jenni's third child. Erick just turned 10 and he is a "budding" artist. The kids ended up spending lots of time coloring, etc....due to the cold weather. I have all kinds of "pretties" covering my frig right now! I love it!!!

Oh yes...and there were a few rides in Grandpa Russell's 1970 "hotrod" camaro too! The kids loved it! Hehe!
Seth...Jenni's 4th child...will turn 9 next month. He is already a camaro fanatic! He always has "101 questions" for Grandpa Russell about his camaro! It's sooo cute! In fact...Ryan and Seth both love cars...so Grandpa gave them an old car engine to take apart while they were here. They got to see all the inner workings of the engine and just loved it! Since Ryan just had a birthday right before they got here...Grandpa took him to town and bought him a tool box and they filled it with tools...for Ryan's birthday gift. Ryan got to use his new tools to take the engine apart!

Here is Erick (right), Seth (middle), and Caylee (left). Caylee is 7 yrs. old and Jenni's only daughter. She is such a little sweetheart!!! One evening, Jenni took Ryan and Ethan into town with her and left the three youngest children with me. I decided to let them have a little fun! I made up a pitcher of grape juice and told Caylee that she could host a "grape juice party" for her and her brothers. You should have seen how her little eyes lit up...she was sooo excited! I gave her a little glass cruet and three wine glasses for the party.
The Toast...
It was just the cutest thing ever...the first thing they did after Caylee filled the glasses was to make a toast. They toasted to their Mama leaving and that they were getting to have a party all by themselves! Hehe!

Just look at those sweet little faces...grape mustaches and all! Hehe! They really did have fun!!!

Caylee...the sweetest little "hostess with the mostest" ever!!!

Here's my girl!
I actually got to celebrate Jenni's birthday with her while she was here! She requested pot roast with potatoes and carrots for her birthday dinner. After dinner we celebrated with an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen!
I have to tell you...she wasn't very enthused with the prospect that I wanted photos to share on my blog! Hehe!

I told her...she just better give up the fight and smile! Hehe!

Hehe...Mama won!!! She is finally posing for the photo!

Hmmm...kind of scary...right? Hehe! It really was such a blessing to be able to celebrate Jenni's birthday with her! It had been awhile and I loved getting the chance to spoil her a little with a special dinner and cake! Ohhh my...and do you know what she picked out for her birthday gift? A set of dishes...is she her mama's daughter or not? Hehe!

And...last but not least...here is Shadow the Schnauzer! Shadow is the Jenni's 6th child! Hehe! Isn't he just the cutest?
I just had the bestest two weeks ever!!! It was so sweet getting to spend this time with Jenni and my five precious grandchildren! We had such fun and so many sweet memories were made!!!
Well my friends...thank you for letting me share my family and our special visit with you! And....thank you for being patient with me while taking a blogging break! Just wanted to let you know that I will be hosting the Sunday Favorites party this weekend...we're back on!!!
Warmest wishes!


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

What a gorgeous family! Your daughter is So Beautiful! She looks "Just like You"!!! NOW, tell me HOW Spoiled is that little girl? PRECIOUS! They all look so sweet and how WONDERFUL you had snow for them, they must have been SO EXCITED!!! We sure missed you here BUT I Knew you'd be back with special stories for us and it SURE was worth it!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Hugs, Donna

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds and looks like you had a great time with your family.
My daughter home schooled a few years and did a wonderful job. The children are now in public school, great grades. One in accelerated classes and reads at high school level, and the other reads above his grade level.
Enjoy your weekend.

Keetha Broyles said...

Looks like you had a GREAT time. Love all these pictures.

We had 6 inches of S _ _ _ here too! Thank goodness it melted just as fast as it came.

BTW - - - I accidentally didn't SEE that you were going to be gone for a while, so I made a Sunday Favorites the FIRST week - - - then I figured it out. So, I skipped the next Sunday and thought Easter was good - - - so I did a S.F. for Easter - - - but I was still too early!

Oh well - - - now I have a couple in escrow.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You have such a gorgeous daughter and the grandchildren are fabulous. I am so thrilled for you that you were able to spend this time with them. I know you had to be in 7th heaven for sure. Great pics and sounds like such fun. Hugs, Marty

Beth said...

Chari, I missed you. I agree with Donna that Jennifer looks just like you and is really pretty! I can see why you are so proud of your family! It looks like the children are doing great, and Shadow is adorable too! Hope to see you for Sunday Favorites this week, dear lady.
Blessings, Beth

Marilyn said...

Glad to see that you were having fun. I sure hope my daughter never lives more than an hour or two away. I don't think I would be able to stay here-I'd have to move there. Sweethearts all! ♥♫

Blondie's Journal said...

Your daughter is so pretty and she looks just like you!! I can tell you had a wonderful time and all of you kept busy. Your grandkids are precious, each and every one of them! You are so blessed! Welcome back!


Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

Chari, I'm glad you had a great time and I'm glad you're back. :) I had to check your blog a couple days ago to make sure everything was ok, as I hadn't seen any posts! I saw that you were taking a couple of weeks off.

What a cute family you have! Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Take care,

Gypsy Heart said...

Well, your daughter is beautiful, just like her Mom! Seriously, they are all just adorable. I'm sure the boys would not appreciate that word...tell them I said "handsome" and Caylee is adorable. :-)

You've been missed my friend! I so understand though. These are the most important people to share your time and attention with. You know we'll be here waiting.

So glad you had such a great visit! When you come to Texas, it is a requirement that you let me know. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

Chari- Jenni looks so much like her mother! How fun that must be for you!

So glad you have such a great time with your wonderful family!! We missed having you around though. Hope you are feeling ok after all your company.

Oh friend I am so hoping that is the last of our snow but I heard we are expecting more this weekend!

bee blessed

Entertaining Women said...

Such a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing some of your wonderful time with those precious babies and your beautiful daughter. Welcome back to blogland. Cherry Kay

Sharing with Sherri said...

I've been missin you girl! But I'm so glad you got to spend some precious time with your sweet daughter... the two of you look like sisters!!
I enjoyed reading all about your grandkids too, I can see why you are so proud of them all! You are so blessed my dear friend!

Big hugs!

Kelly said...


Thanks so much for sharing these photos. What a beautiful family you have! I can't get over how much your girl looks like you. And how youthful and pretty she is! I love the photos of your grandkids doing various activities around your kitchen table. Such warm scenes! I know y'all had a fantastic time!


Theresa said...

What a HAPPY post about your sweet family visit! I know that you had the best time and memories to last a long time! Sweet faces in your home and OMG your Daughter looks just like her Mama:) Beautiful!

Have a blessed day dear Chari! HUGS!

Melissa Miller said...

Chari I thought it was you and then I realized it was your beautiful daughter. Ya'll look so much alike! You are both gorgeous ladies. Love all of the photos. I'm glad you had fun. Woohoo!

Have a great weekend.
~Melissa :)

Mary Ann Pickett said...

So precious! Lucky you.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Welcome back Miss Chari, so glad you had a great time with your beautiful family! Your daughter looks just like her mama:) Martina

RedTedArt said...

Welcome back!!! And what a wonderful family you have!! Sounds like had a good break!

Maggy x
(Red Ted Art)

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Chari,

Your family is beautiful. Your daughter looks just like her Mom - a beauty! GOod for her on homeshooling. Glad you had this time to spend with them.
Glad you are back to blogland!