Saturday, July 28, 2007

Gabriel Goes to the Zoo

The best time to enjoy the zoo is, in my opinion, at three years of age. When we become parents (and grandparents), we can again enjoy many activities through a child's eyes. Marta says, explaining these pictures,
"Last Saturday we went
to Deer Forest... a very nice
place where you can see,
meet, and feed animals... we
had the best time. Here
I put some pictures."

Dear Matthew,

How nice is to go to Yoga lessons... I love it too! Although I am sure you
will be a little better than me.... Since you are so flexible at this age!

New York happy hour???? You are a very lucky baby..... I was pretty old
the first time I said "I am going to New York City"....This is sooooooo much, baby Matthew, in the "real" New York City !!!!!

Your cousin Gabriel asks about you all the time, he wants to meet you,
although he thinks he will be able to play with you with his trucks... Ha
ha, I will tell him there is another game that you love the most.... To

Please, have fun with mom in NY and be patient... I am sure that many
women are doing to say 1,000,000 times how cute you are and they will kiss
you and hug you and squeeze you.... ;-)

We also love you and can't wait to see you in August.

Lot's of love,
Villanuevas of Stevensville (Coco included)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

A Message from Matthew, age 2.5 months

Hey everyone,
Yesterday I found my left hand. I like to suck on my
thumb when my hand is in a fist. It's a little
difficult, sometimes I can get my thumb and pointer
finger in my mouth.
I went to my first yoga class yesterday. Mommy was
laying down in class and I rolled over, off the pillow
I was laying on and onto the floor. I kind of
surprised Mom but she was happy that I rolled over.
There were 9 other babies in the room and at times
there were about 4 babies crying all at once. I was
pretty good during the class since I found my hand but
I wanted my Mommy to pick me up a few times and she
did some poses with me.
Tonight Mommy and I are going into New York City to a
happy hour. I'm going to meet all of Mommy's work
friends and I'm so excited.
My Mommy attached a picture of me yesterday with my
hand in my mouth and one of Daddy and me when he got
home from work.
I miss you and love you!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Matthew at 2 Months

Here are the latest pictures of Matthew, Tom and Kelly's baby boy, born May 12. Matthew and his parents just spent some time in Florida with Kelly's family, experiencing his first plane ride and his first time in the pool. (Tom reports he enjoyed the pool very much.) In our international family, it is so interesting to see our grandchildren's development and unique appearances. We look for resemblances to previous generations. I have wavy hair, big feet, and long toes, so I am claiming these characteristics whenever they show up in these little ones.
When we look at a baby's face, we wonder what his life will be. My father's life began in 1899 and ended in 1981; when he was a boy, a car was unusual and yet he lived to see men walk on the moon. When I was a small child, we listened to the radio and didn't yet have a television. Now here we all are on the computer, and whatever would we do without it? What can Matthew see and experience in his life? We can't even guess.
(More photos of Tom, Kelly, and Matthew can be seen here.)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

It is zucchini season again and we are having a good crop in our garden. I often saute chopped onion and sliced zucchini in a little olive oil, add a small amount of water, cover, and cook a short time, maybe 5 minutes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, maybe a little soya sauce for flavor, and enjoy!
This morning I baked zucchini bread, a family favorite. Please check out the recipe in the side bar. In January I purchased vanilla during a vacation to Cancun, about one dollar for a very large bottle, especially cheap because it is produced nearby, when we traveled to Cancun. The special vanilla gives this year's batch an especially pleasing aroma. If you were here with me right now, I would be offering you a cup of tea and a slice of warm zucchini bread!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Fun in the Sun
We spent some time outside with Gabriel enjoying the fresh air and more moderate temperatures at the end of the week. Gabriel has many games and activities for outside. He likes to ride his "moto" in the driveway and knows not to go into the street for any reason. He likes to play with his ball and look at everything that is going on.
Recently we were able to acquire a small used electric car, a "jeep", that was a surprise for Gabriel on Friday. It is a dream car for a three year old boy. The technology for this car is amazing to me. You can plug it in, charge it up, and then it can be driven for some distance at a very slow speed. (Now why can't we have the same principal in an adult car???)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A Beautiful Day

After several too warm days, today we had a really perfect day. This morning was cool and sunny so Gabriel wore his jacket for playing outside in his sandbox. I worked on the flower beds nearby, pulling weeds and tidying up. We really enjoyed being outside.
Gabriel has just spent a month in Spain visiting his Spanish family. At age 3 he is bilingual, equally fluent in English and Spanish. Returning from Spain, his Spanish language is stronger so he speaks to me in Spanish and I reply in English. He understands me very well but sometimes I'm guessing what he's saying!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Fun with Gabriel

This week I'm spending with Gabriel, Marta, and Steve while Gabriel has a little break from his school and camp activities. Above you can see a young artist at work, creating a painting for his Mommy when she returns from work.

This evening after dinner we went to the beach. Steve and Marta's house is a five minute drive from Lake Michigan. It had been a hot day so the prospect of a walk on the beach was very enticing. Please look at the blue clouds in the background of some of the pictures because a big thunderstorm was brewing and caused us to scramble to the car, sand blowing into our skin and raindrops falling, thunder all around us. It was a very exciting if short time at the beach!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Days with Scarlett and Gabriel

We just spent a few days with our granddaughter Scarlett near Chicago. Cathy and Sasha were busy working during the day so we took Scarlett to the park, out to eat lunch, and then for shopping.

Saturday evening we went to the Woodfield Mall where there is an Apple Store. Below please see Scarlett trying out a Dora program on one of the computers.

Also we went to the Rainforest Cafe. Scarlett was impressed with all the animals. It is a wonderful place to take children.

Next I will be spending a few days with Gabriel. He and his parents have just returned from Spain and will get back to the routine of their jobs while I stay with Gabriel!
Babies Are Beautiful!
Here's the latest picture of Matthew at 7 weeks old with his mom Kelly, taken in Florida where they spent some time with Kelly's family. Matthew is clearly doing well, filling out nicely, and according to Tom, now is beginning to smile. More grandchildren pictures are to follow!