May 31, 2012

Day 152 - Rain!

Day 152 - Rain! by Karin Beil
Day 152 - Rain!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
This year, we had the earliest spring weather that I ever remember. Although the temperatures were very spring-like, we have had very little rain, so the ground is rock hard and we've been out watering the gardens daily. We were grateful today, for a gentle spring rain all day and don't mind enjoying the patio from inside the house today!

May 30, 2012

Day 151 - Fire Station

Day 151 - Fire Station by Karin Beil
Day 151 - Fire Station, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
With the new baby coming in about two weeks, I went with my daughter to the fire station to have our car seats inspected and adjusted for safety. Blake loves anything to do with fire trucks, so while the firefighter was checking the car seats, I took Blake into the fire station to check out the trucks!

May 27, 2012

Day 148 - Married Alive!

Scott and I went to see this cute play this afternoon. We love having a subscription to the shows at The Metropolis, a theatre with professional shows right in our own town.

May 26, 2012

Day 147 - Jacob

Day 147 - Jacob by Karin Beil
Day 147 - Jacob, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
We got to welcome the newest member of the family today at a baby shower for Jacob and his mommy. What a fun afternoon!

In the photo (from L to R) are: Great Grandma Dyvone, Great Aunt Nancy (holding Jacob), Great Aunt Julie, and Jessica (Jacob's mommy).

May 25, 2012

Day 146 - Pollmo Poll

Having been a teacher for 35+ years and with my passion for technology, I'm always intrigued by new online tools. This new polling tool is very easy to use and free!

May 24, 2012

Day 145 - Bike ride

Beautiful spring day! Great day for a bike ride! Blake loves his bike. It has a handle on the back so I can help him steer, but he is learning to push the pedals. Blake loves to be outside and I'm very grateful for the wonderful weather we have had this spring.

May 23, 2012

Day 144 - Winner!

Winner! by Karin Beil
Winner!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.

Scott and I took his mom to the new Rivers Casino this afternoon. This lucky lady won $100 at a nickel slot machine!

May 21, 2012

Day 142 - Friends!

Day 142 - Friends! by Karin Beil
Day 142 - Friends!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
Lovely evening tonight as we celebrated Patty's birthday! These beautiful ladies are some of my teacher friends. Four of us are retired and looking forward to the time when the others join us!

May 20, 2012

Day 141 - Rooster

Day 141 - Rooster by Karin Beil
Day 141 - Rooster, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.

I took my grandson and his mom out for dinner tonight at a local restaurant named Roosters. He was practicing his 'cock-a-doodle-doo' in the car and very happy to talk to the rooster when he got there!

May 19, 2012

Day 140 - Spring Flowers

Day 140 - Spring Flowers by Karin Beil
Day 140 - Spring Flowers, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
I spent the afternoon enjoying the flowers at the Chicago Botanic Garden with my friend Betsy. We captured many of the colorful spring blooms on our cameras. Such a fun day!

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May 18, 2012

Day 139 - Blooming

Day 139 - Blooming by Karin Beil
Day 139 - Blooming, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
On my first day home all day in the last two weeks, I took a tour around the yard. I discovered that the white peonies were starting to bloom. The pink and magenta plants will have their blooms opening very soon. These peony plants always make me smile as they are transplanted from my mom's and grandma's yards and have followed our family from house to house for many years.

May 17, 2012

Day 138 - Collecting!

Day 138 - Collecting! by Karin Beil
Day 138 - Collecting!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
It is moments like this that that make me smile from ear to ear as I observe the innocence of childhood. We took a walk to the park with our grandson this afternoon. There was no hurrying him as he found so much to observe and explore. He was bringing along the pail to play in the sand at the park, but it made a great place to stow the pinecones he collected with as much enthusiasm as if he were gathering Easter eggs!

May 16, 2012

Day 137 - Races!

Day 137 - Races! by Karin Beil
Day 137 - Races!, a photo by Karin Beil on Flickr.
What a beautiful day at the races! About 30 retirees from my school district gathered at Arlington Park this afternoon to enjoy our friendship as we watched the races. In this photo, the horses are being loaded into the gate at the start of the race. I was cheering for #4, Jilly from Philly, who came in first! I'm not a huge better (usually only betting $2 to show for each race), but it is fun to win even when the wager is small!

May 13, 2012

Day 134 - Mother's Day

There is no better way to spend Mother's Day than with my girls and grandson! We had a wonderful walk on a beautiful spring day before taking Auntie Kristin to the airport.  Blake cannot get enough of "One, two, threeeeee"!

May 12, 2012

Day 133 - Shower!

Today we threw a bridal shower for my niece, Jill.
We had a fabulous time!

May 11, 2012

Day 132 - Animals!

Today I was subbing at the school where I retired from. I stopped in to see one of my favorite teacher....the ART teacher. Before I retired, I started giving her old CDs that we no longer needed. She is a wiz at using recycled materials for artwork with her kids. I LOVE these animals that the kids created this year.

*** Update: Cammy retired in June on the last day of the school year. The kids will miss your talent!

May 10, 2012

Day 131 - Open wide!

Ha! So many smiles on my face when I spend my day with Blake! Here he is opening wide to eat his apples!

May 9, 2012

Day 130 - 21 Months

I love the way my daughter takes a monthly photo of Blake. I turned the photos she sent me today into a mosaic that shows his many faces! I think my favorite is when he took the sticker off his t-shirt and put it on his belly!

May 8, 2012

Day 129 - Shower gift

I went shopping for my niece's shower gift today. I ended up buying her many things on her gift registry that weren't sold in boxes. So, this purple crate became the box and the wrapping!

May 7, 2012

Day 128 - Train!

I subbed in a preschool class today. I love this art project that the kids did!
What preschooler doesn't love trains?!

May 6, 2012

Day 127 - Rhubarb

I've never seen the rhubarb so big so early in May!

May 5, 2012

Day 126 - Daisy

Love the multitude of daisies that are blooming early in my gardens this spring!

May 4, 2012

Day 125 - ¡Feliz cumpleaƱos!

It is always a fun evening celebrating a birthday with a friend!
Happy birthday, Dace!

May 3, 2012

Day 124 - Day with Grandpa!


Blake spent a fun day at our house today. He follows Grandpa around and loves doing whatever Grandpa does....mowing the grass, watching the news, or whatever Grandpa has planned for the day!

May 2, 2012

Day 123 - Jelly Belly

I brought our remaining Jelly Belly beans to bowling tonight for my team to snack on. It is always interesting to watch people look through the batch for their favorite flavors! What is your favorite?

May 1, 2012

Day 122 - Dells

Scott and I drove up to The Wisconsin Dells to check out some places for our family reunion that will be held in the summer of 2013. It was a very peaceful couple of days since we made the trip before 'the season' starts!