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Wednesday, May 20, 2009


A roller coaster ride of life? Well, I got thrown in it too, a little earlier (Fall 2007). Last year traveling 7 hours became a much bigger deal because of my health, so being at this BBQ was so much fun (5th grand child! Yeah, you didn't think I was that old, did you?) A good thing about the roller coaster is that you discover and enjoy the good parts!

What do you do when it's a 100 degrees outside?
You'll find some shade and climb trees.

Now Nana says she'd wish she was five again, because she would sit for hours in the tree. These two are my oldest friends.

It looks pretty, but what do I do with THIS?
Hope there's somethin from Elmo in there. Elmo is my pal.
(Nana is the author of this blog)- Nana thinks: too many toys, and we wonder why our kids become too focused on "things"?

O good, Mommy will help me read the cards. But...she also made made go to all the parents to thank them and hug 'em (hurray for this mommy!). I did pretty good...for my second birthday!

A tradition since I was born, mommies bake a special cake for the birthday boy or girl. The grown ups have their own. One bite...bleh, too sweet!

Daddy, why did you dump my hand in the cake? Oh, am I supposed to eat that stuff?
No, not me!

Dad BBQ-ed hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone.
Ewwww dude, bloood!
Hurray for my daddy(on the right), because he just got the news today that he passed his nation-wide EMT test - so now up to the paramedics course.

(EM T's are the first responders who go to the peoples homes, get their vital signs, drive the ambulance to get them to the hospital, etc. In the US it is different than in some other countries - here they have a lot of medical knowledge and disaster-response skills)


Michelle said...

Congrats for daddy and son...and nana too ;)

jeannette stgermain said...

Thanks! it was fun:)

Whitemist said...

I know all about EMT's, first hand!They were great!

jeannette stgermain said...

Never knew what EMT's were till my son-in-law got into it:)
Of 60 people starting, 15 were able to take the exam.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Looks like a fun day. What a lovely family you have Jeannette. Birthday boy seems a bit overwhelmed but I can tell you I would have loved that cake!! :)

Reader Wil said...

Congratulations for your grandson and his father! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for your visit on Ascension Day!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Joan! Yes, he's still at the age where he does not guite understand what a birthday is. But his whole face lighted up when we sang "Happy Birthday." I was caught off guard, so I don't have a pic of that.
He didn't like the cake, because his mom makes sure he doesn't get any sugar.

jeannette stgermain said...

Reader Wil,
Thank you! Our son-in-law was elated! He loves helping people, so this is a good direction for him!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Why can't he have sugar? I did catch the remark and was wondering about it?

LOVE the butterfly!!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for the visit Jeanette - sorry I have not been lately but have been away in Canada and US - only just back. I don't always find it easy to access your blog and rarely can I get to leave a message but shall keep visiting.

DUTA said...

Your little grandson looks an even greater delight than the cake he's messing around with. A real sweetie he is.

jeannette stgermain said...

he CAN have sugar, but not eggs. Parents don't give him sugar, because he is hyper active (too young to make an actual diagnosis, but he displays some symptoms of it).
Thanks (for the butterfly)- if I forget, remind me to email you about the article.

jeannette stgermain said...

I'm so sorry - I do like the contact with you, maybe you can leave a comment on my email, or your blog? I'll go later to your blog to leave you a comment.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thanks so much. He's the "baby" so all the grand kids are nice to him, because they consider him "special."

jeannette stgermain said...

I'm experiencing some difficulties as soon as I reach my blogpage (so I am able to get in and look at the dashboard).
It then says "Internet Explorer cannot open this page" I ran a cleaning server. I cleaned my cache and cookies. It still does it.
Now I am on Firefox to see if there's something wrong with Internet Explorer. So, if there's no writing from me for a while, you know that I haven't abandoned ship, but am trying to fix the problem!
Thank you all for your kind comments and encouraging words!!

Ken Conger Photography said...

Thx for stopping by. Fun blog. As an EMT I understand your celebration. Lots of hours of training. Congrats. Blue Skies.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thanks Ken. So you like to help people as well as animals! When at your blog I was trying to ascertain what your job exactly entails?
Yeah, tell me about it - this daddy has been working off his hinie in the last year. Cheers.

PJ said...

What a great day you had and what a sweet boy! I like the special birthday cake idea. I love to see what they do with them.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you PJ!
You could do all kinds of things with a special cake for you, like burying your whole face in it and eat it, or stir it like soup, or throw it - but luckily he has not discovered that yet. Yes, it was really fun!

Baruch said...

Such fun photos! And btw, my SWF photo was taken in 2005 with my Fuji FinePixS5500. No post processing was done. Never under estimate little cameras :) Currently I'm using a Canon EOS 350D

SILVER said...

hey girl..soory i haven't been visiting for a while. life in the real can be so demanding.

looks so fun here.. 5th grandchild already?


jeannette stgermain said...

Baruch - amazing that pic being done with a little camera!!Thanks for the info. and getting back to me!
I usually don't journal about family get-togethers, but there were so many fun(ny) things here, that I made an exception.
visit me anytime - it mostly about art.

jeannette stgermain said...

Yes, life can be hard. I think it's okay to tell about that once in a while on your blog:)
I guess my adult children love to have/be with kids - that's why I have 5 now, LOL
Hope life will get a little easier on you, my friend!

Dina said...

Lovely family, Nana.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Dina! Have a great weekend:)

Lynette said...

Awww, I enjoyed this post so much and those little ones are so adorable... climbing trees, b-b-q, birthday cakes and being with loved ones, nothing better in the whole world!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you - you are right, there's nothing better in the whole world!-I have everything need/want!