Santa came to visit all the children, and even some of the adults. Family was together and that is what made the evening better. All the little ones and even some of the adults got their picture taken with Santa.
They woke up Christmas morning and seen these cute little horses. They have had so much fun with these rocking horses. Was fun to see and hear the excitement in their little voices. We sure love these little guys!
This is a picture of my Mother on her 78th birthday. These roses I got for her along with lotion and some body spray that smelled really pretty. That is how I felt about my Mother! She enjoyed this day with those who were able to be there. I love her so much, she taught me many things and I am grateful for her loving me and giving me life. She was a hard worker and never asked for much in return. She always thought of her children and grandchildren. Before she fell asleep at night she always prayed to Heavenly Father that he would protect and keep us safe.
Mom, I appreciate those prayers that were directed towards me and my children, and I love you for allowing me to be your daughter..I feel honored. I can feel your presence sometimes and It helps me get through the days and know you are no longer suffering. I'm grateful for the time we have had as mother-daughter and I'll love you forever.
This was quite the surprise when Johnny, Shanna and Eli came home for fall break. Phillip came home with them. It was a wonderful time spent with our whole family home. Our grandsons had so much fun! The weather was a little chilly but we were able to still enjoy ourselves. They rode on the cow train a couple of times with their Moms. I sure love these little guys, they are what being a grandparent is all about. We love you so much Ethan and Eli!
Our son and daughter-in-law surprised me with their presence during their fall break. They showed up at my job and one of my co-workers brought Eli back to where I was at. She kept saying Grandma and I didn't pay any attention until she said it again, I looked and there was Eli in her arms. I was shocked! He came right to me and oh how I squeezed him. I truly loved that surprise and I didn't even know. How lucky can a grandma be?
You three took an excellent picture. I'm glad that I was able to bring them up on her website to look at them. I think I found many that I would love to have. Eli is growing up so fast before our eye's. He is such a handsome little guy. She really did a great job on these pictures..wish she had a twin close to Iowa.
We went out to Alisha and Evan's to watch Ethan and his Mommy carve his pumpkin for Halloween. He had fun digging into the pumpkin and taking out the seeds. At first he didn't like it because it felt funny in his little hands. I'm glad we were able to go spend an evening with them and watch him........
I wanted to do something fun with Ethan and so I decided to take him to the pumpkin patch so that he could see lots of fun stuff. He really enjoyed himself and so did we as we watched his little face light up when he seen the dog, the cow, the goats, and picking out his very own pumpkin to carve for halloween. I wish our other little grandson Eli could of joined his little cousin in this trip to Grinnell. It would of been fun to watch them run and play together on this fun day. I'm sure there will be other fun times for them to be together though....I love our grandsons so much and I know I say this all the time......But I'm one lucky and very blessed Grandma and I'm so grateful for these two little guys!!!
We went to Carroll's Pumpkin Patch with Ethan this past weekend, we had so much fun in watching him try to feed the goats and getting excited when he seen the dog walking around talking to all the children. Ethan wasn't even scared. It put many smiles on my face watching him explore and him seeing all the exciting things. I think we seen a smile or two as he ran to the big pumpkins and tried to pick one up. Alisha loves this little guy so much, he is what makes her heart beat each day.
Our oldest son John is an awesome father to his son, he loves his son so much! I always knew that he would be a good father, he had a good example in knowing how to love. Eli..your a very lucky little boy to have the daddy that you have. He will always be there for you and will be somebody that you can always look up to. Johnny....I love you son for being the son, father, and husband that you are. I'm very proud of you and very blessed in being your mother.
We fed the ducks and had fun walking around the pond and looking for the first signs of fall, and we found it. Ethan found leaves and walnuts that had fallen to the ground. This area is not only pretty in the summer but in the fall as well.
Never knew how happy these two little people could make us feel. It's unbelievable the joy they have brought into our lives. We love their smiles and laughter, the breathing on the phone, the little hugs and kisses, and yes...even the screaming that sometimes takes place. They are what keeps us feeling young. It's funny to feel the unconditional love that they have for you, they look up to you and somehow know that grandma and grandpa love them. We long for the visits that we have with them and enjoy every minute. Eli and Ethan.....Grandma and grandpa loves you so much and can't imagine now our life without you. We love everything about you two and love our time spent with you!
I thought this was cute when he looked at this and then pointed to the scarecrows feet, it had boots on. It was a nice day to go and pick apples and check out the new things they have displayed in their shop. John loves to bake and so he went and picked cortland apples to make some apple crisp and a few pies. They had told him that those would be the best baking apples to pick. It was very warm and the bee's were hanging out in the grass near the tree's, so we didn't let Ethan play to long near the trees this time.
We went to Des Moines to see the new Bass Pro Shop that was built in Altoona. This place is huge. Ethan loved looking at the BIG fish that was in the aquarium that was built in the wall. It had a water fall flowing down into it.
John and I made this Mickey Mouse blanket for Ethan. We didn't have a place big enough to spread it out on, so we were on our knee's on the floor making it. By the time we were done, both of us were saying to each other "Oh, my knee's hurt bad" But we both said at the same...We would do it again! Our next blanket that we make will be for our other little grandson Eli. His is going to be Curious George. He loves monkeys and ducks.
Married to John Scovill and have three children. We were blessed in 2008 to have two grandchildren born into our family just three weeks apart. I'll try hard to fill you in about our little family so sit back and enjoy.
Also known as Mom and Dad, and Grandma and Grandpa "Pa Pa"
Ethan and Grandma
You are my little sunshine and my little buddy Ethan, I'm so happy to be your grandma! You make me smile and I enjoy life in watching you grow. Your hugs you give me make my day brighter and I feel as though I'm one of the luckiest grandma's in the world. You're a sweet loving little boy and you can tell it in your eyes. I love you sweetheart bigger than the skies!
Grandma and Eli
I love it when you come to me and I get to hold you, I really miss these times being able to cuddle with you. Eli you brighten my days and I love you so much! I loved being able to play with you and watching you eat your birthday cake. You made me laugh watching your daddy run after you and happy inside watching him love you. You are a very lucky little guy to have the loving parents that you do. I love you too bigger than the skies!
Johnny and Susie sitting in the garage watching them grill the food. We were glad that we were all able to spend time with each other while they were here.
Enjoying some time spent with family
My little sister and her husband was here visiting from Utah over the 4th of July week. Two of their three children came with them. We had a cook-out at our daughter and son-in-laws home in Melbourne. We had hamburgers and hotdogs grilled and even had some watermellon. We ended up with plenty of food to eat. Then we were off to see the fireworks.
Ethan and Eli playing
Such sweet little boys playing together. They're the apple of my eye! And I really mean that. I have so much fun with them.
Another cute little face
Looking at grandma
Ethan loves to be pushed on this riding toy that he got with his birthday money." He raises his little feet and away we go". He smiles great big as Grandpa goes faster. He knows where all the buttons are and what they do on this toy. You show him once and there's no forgetting with him. He'll play for a while and then its time for a nap. We have so much fun watching him play. We love him so much!
This is Boomer who was with us for fourteen years. He was such a great dog and part of our family. He got pretty sick and was in alot of pain, and with his age the vet felt thay he probably wouldn't make it through the surgery. John took him in and they put him to sleep. We'll miss him alot. He loved to sit by my feet when I would come home from work. He would follow me everywhere the minute I would wake up. He was a good pet and I'm glad we had him for those fourteen years.
Our little Eli
This was taken of Eli the day we were getting ready to leave to fly back to Iowa. I will miss seeing this little face each morning as he was just warming up to John and I. I love being a grandma, I loved having him come up to me and raise his arms up for me to pick him up and hold him. He is walking all over now.
A group picture on top of Dixie Rock in St.George, Utah
A nice lady walked by us when we were trying to figure out how to take a picture of all of us, she offered to take it for me. I really appreciated her for doing this. April and the kids came down to visit. It was good to see them for Jarem and Lakea have gotten so big and that means I have gotten older. We had alot of fun being together.
Eli turns 1
Eli had so much fun eating his birthday cake that his Mommy and Daddy made for him. It was an Elmo cake. He had many family members on his Mommy's side to come and celebrate with him. John and I spent eight days with them.
Eli and the ducks
This little guy wanted to eat the bread instead of giving it to the ducks. It was funny to watch him. It was cute to watch him throw the bread at the ducks.
A picture of Ethan feeding the ducks
This should be fun to watch as this little guy throws the bread thats in his little hand to these hungry swans. You have to be careful when feeding these swans because if your not fast enough with throwing the bread they'll come right up to you. So we like to make sure that we are fast!
Feeding the ducks
You can see how pretty this area is behind Ethan and Grandpa.
What a little ham
What a cutie in this little suit, his mommy bought it for him to wear Easter Sunday. He looks so sweet! He was ready to change his clothes after I took this picture.
A Birthday Wish for Ethan and Eli
We decided to take the family out to eat at Hickory Park in Ames. The food is really good and I thought what a great idea to have them come and sing Happy Birthday to Ethan and Eli, they got their very own sundae with a candle on top and they even took a few bites of it. It was cute to watch there little faces as they sang to them. I even think that other people around us joined in. It was great to be able to spend time with all of our children while they were home. We love them all so much. How fun it is to be a grandparent!
A picture of Eli
Uncle Phillip took this picture of Eli with my camera that can do special effects. It was really neat to see what color he was going to pull out of the picture and as you can see it was a blue/green color, check out the cereal on his tray. I thought this was a really cute picture of Eli. I really like what my camera can do.
Our little Grandsons
Cousins getting their picture taken for grandma. This picture was taken in St. George Utah by a good friend of our son John. They did pretty good considering she had taken well over three hundred pictures of them. Don't they have the cutest faces?
What do you see Ethan?
What a sweet little face and a loving soul. I love everything about you and we are very blessed to have had you choose us as your grandparents not only here on earth but also the eternities! We have had so much fun watching you grow and see the changes that have taken place. Such as when you first learned how to crawl and when you stood all by yourself. You are a cutie thats for sure!
Looking out the window
Eli looking out the window. I love those cute little hands and that dimple in his elbow. What a sweet little boy, and to think he is part of our eternal family. It has been a joy Eli having you and your parents home for a while. We got to see you take steps without anybody holding on to you, what a big boy you are! We love you so much Eli Robert....
Eli at his Pre-Birthday party
Oh what fun! I had so much fun digging into my birthday cake at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Alot of family was here to celebrate his first birthday with him. He ate the whole cake!
Our little Birthday boys
Ethan looking to see where he should dig in first. His Mommy made his cake for him. He had just awaken from his nap and really wasn't sure what was going on. We had over twenty family members here to celebrate his first birthday!
Our little Ethan and Uncle Phil
Uncle Phil sure loves these little nephews. You can tell in these babies eye's that they love him so much. Way to go Uncle Phil, you have just been made the best Uncle ever! It takes a little while for Ethan to warm up but then watch out because then he becomes a shadow following his Uncle Phil everywhere.
Uncle Phil with Eli and Ethan
Phillip has been lucky to be close to this little guy Eli. They get so excited when he sees them. I think Uncle Phil has won their little hearts.
Eli and Ethan
This was taken at Johnny and Shanna's home while visiting in November 2008. The babies have a lot of fun together and seem to get along quite well. It's fun to watch them play together. We love these little guys so much!
Grandma with her grandbabies in Utah
I now know what my parents went through with having twins. Ethan and Eli are one big arm full when I'm holding the both of them. I so much enjoy these little guys! They keep me on my toes now that they both are crawling everywhere. I truly enjoy watching them as they do and learn new things. It was fun to see them interact with each other and play. I'm glad that we were able to go and see them and that the babies were able to be together on this trip. I'm one lucky Grandma!!