Sunday, July 6, 2014

My week with Piper.

Hello friends!  After a weeklong internet absence to play with the most precious one year old around I'm back to visit with you.  Grab a cup of tea, coffee, or a diet pop and sit back and chat a bit with me.

Are you ready for some Piper pictures?  You've come to the right place. Here we go on a full stop tour of this most precious little girl.

So sweet.
She was saying "yay!" After we finished singing a song.  Piper and I sing a lot together and she has definite favorites.
Playing in the sunshine on the patio.  This little wagon cost less than $5.00 and has been through three Grandkids now.  Not a bad investment.
Miss Piper gives the best massages. Seriously. She puts lotion on your legs and arms and rubs just right.  She even massages each toe.  Please don't look at the messy room, just concentrate on her serious and earnest face.  I'm not kidding, she could give those girls that do pedicures a run for their money!
We went to the lake for the fourth and had a barbecue with Neal and Jenny.  Paul, Lori, Larry and Nita all went to the big barbecue that the resort put on but we grilled burgers here at the trailer and had all the "fixings" too.  Watermelon, potato salad, baked beans, chips.  Way too much food.

Piper was all dressed for the day in her American Sweetheart outfit that Grandpa bought for her.  She definitely took a liking to the golf cart.  We went on lots of rides around the park.
A fun thing that lots of people do here is decorate their boats and carts for the fourth.  There is even a boat parade.  I took pictures of it but they didn't turn out for some reason.  One boat was decorated like a tiki hut but most had lots of flags and buntings.

How do you like our golf cart? We had fun driving around in it.
Cupcakes I made for everyone.  Red velvet cake, whipped vanilla icing and sprinkles.  Yum.
Piper loved this little chair that Lori has here for their granddaughter.  It's the perfect size.
Our picnic table all set and ready for the food.
Mandy and Piper returned to Portland today with their dog, but left the two cats with us.  She didn't want to make that drive again with the cats.  :-)  We're praying that the house will sell quickly so that they can join Brad in Washington D.C.  They are all really missing each other.  As soon as the house sells I'll go to Portland to help her with a garage sale, (and see Teresa, Gracie and Taci of course.). Then they will come stay with us until a new house is bought.  I will probably fly with them for the move to help Mandy with the two cats, dog and Piper.  The company is packing them up and moving them and the cars while they fly to DC.

I am NOT looking forward to them living so far away, but I also know that their little family needs to be together more than they need this old Grandma around.  Although, I have to say, Piper and I seem to have a pretty special bond.  Maybe because I've been around her so much and even when I'm not with her in person we FaceTime every day.  I love, love, love that little girl and she gives Grandpa and me the BEST kisses.

On the crafting front I've finished the first little cross stitch animal and will show it to you in the next post since I forgot to take a picture of it.  I also started a "Wonderful Wallaby" sweater for Piper for Christmas.  If it turns out well I may attempt them for Kyleigh and Caleb too.

Hubby and I are back at the lake tonight.  My brother and his friend are on their way here for a visit.  They're traveling from Iowa and have made it to Yellowstone today.  I'll probably be heading home tomorrow or Tuesday to be there when they arrive.  He has never been to see me in the almost 21 years we've lived in Washington.

Thanks for visiting and I pray that you'll have a wonderful and happy day today.



  1. Awe, cute granddaughter fotos for sure. When you come, let me know as I'd like to see you this time too. Wonderful Wallaby sweater, I'm thinking it's the same pattern I have. I bought it a few years ago and I think that would be fun to make. Hugs!

  2. What a wonderful visit from ms Piper. I know it will be hard for both of you with them living so far, but I'm sure you will find a way to vositi and see each other ... Life has a way to make things work out. I'm so glad you are having a good summer my dear firnd. Can't wait to see you again.

  3. So very, very sweet. What a huge help you are to your family. God bless you all.♥

  4. Wow so much fun was had by all, God blessed you with a fantastic time for sure!

  5. What a nice time you all had, Betsy. Piper is getting so big! She is adorable. Your cupcakes are really pretty, you did a nice job with them. I love the sweater too. Hope you have a good week, my friend.

  6. Awww Piper is so adorable. I love how she always looks so happy and joyful...I think GrandMa has a lot to do with that. :) Sounds like you all had a wonderful time and a festive 4th. Wishing you a most lovely day. Blessings to you always sweet friend.

  7. Such a little cutie Piper is! I especially love her 'yay' photo and the ones of her in the golf cart (cute outfit). Your cupcakes turned out great--I bet they were yummy too. What does red velvet cake taste like? I don't think I've had any before.
    Have a blessed week!

  8. Piper is just adorable! Your golf cart looks great all decorated...and the cupcakes are making my mouth water! Happy Monday!!

  9. So glad you had a good visit, Betsy. The July 4th celebration at the lake looked like fun. I hope you are enjoying your time with your brother and his friend. Looking forward to seeing you soon. xx

  10. Piper is getting so big, and if it is even possible cuter with each post. I know you are going to miss her so much, but you can visit and with facetime you will be there with her and she will feel like you are a huge part of her life. I love your 4th decorations and yummy cupcakes. Sending you a big hug as you move through this stressful time with your daughter getting ready to move. Bless her ehart she is going to miss you, too.

  11. Hello Betsy, Piper is the most adorable grand daughter. I am sure you had such a lovely time visiting with her and her Mom. Those cup cakes looked very yummy. I am sure they went quickly. How exciting that your brother and his friend is coming for a visit. Enjoy, hugs Judy

  12. Wonderful pickies Betsy... love the face as she rubs the cream in... had a neice like that she now works in cardiotherapy. :)

    A shame the move is so far from you but pray for God to bless them and you in it.
    Shaz in Oz xxx