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Another September birthday

Our second September birthday belonged to little Renny who turned one year old on the 21st. We held the party at our house but Nora did most of the work. Our son in law, Topher has given her the nickname Renbird so Nora decided upon a bird theme.
Here are some pictures documenting the event:

Here she is wearing the little crown Nora made for her:


Here is part of the family at her party:


Here's the rest of the fam:


The food was also bird-themed. We had little individual spaghetti "nests" topped with tomato sauce and meatballs, bread sticks; aka "twigs", broccoli salad with sunflower seeds (little trees and seeds), and applesauce.

Nora made little bluebird cookies, cupcakes with a nest and eggs on top, and a birdcage cake for Renny to smash.


Here Della is anticipating the smackdown:


This is my favorite--Renny lowered her head down into the cake!


We all enjoyed celebrating this special day with her and are thankful for her good progress during this first year of life. She says quite a few words, is an accomplished cat chaser, eats nearly everything, and has ten teeth. She has more than tripled her birthweight and seems to have caught up from her early arrival.

She will not be the baby much longer since the family will be increasing with the advent of a little brother in the spring. We are looking forward to this event and will keep you posted. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A few busy days

About a month ago we went to a new restaurant on a Saturday night. The restaurant is in the nearby town of Easley, SC which is just a short drive from here. We had read about it in the paper and wanted to try it out. The restaurant is called Inky's and it features Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches (and other sandwiches as well) and is run by a man who moved to this area from PA along with his two adult daughters and their families. You can read the article here.


I had fully intended to post something about this shortly after our visit but...the very next evening we got a call from our daughter Nora saying she was leaving for the hospital because she thought she was in labor. She was correct and very early the next morning we got a call telling us about the birth of little Reynolds Rebecca Collogan who weighed in at 4 pounds 12 ounces. Because of her size and gestational age she ended up staying in the NICU for eleven days. During that time we kept big sister Della here at our house and ferried her back and forth to visit her mom and dad. She wasn't able to meet her little sister until she got out of the hospital.

Here are Nora and Renny while still at the hospital:


Here is Della this past week when she was a bit distressed by her sister's crying:


After Nora and Renny were released from the hospital they came to our house for a few days to (hopefully) rest. During those few days Aunt Megan was able to fly down from Michigan to meet little Renny and encourage Nora since she too had had a preemie in the NICU eight years ago.

Here is Megan holding Renny:


Here Della is helping Aunt Megan unload the dishwasher.


Last week was a little busier than normal because we had our other two local grandchildren staying here a night or two because their parents had early morning school meetings one morning and a family funeral another day. It's always fun to have them spend the night and fortunately they are good sleepers.

Here is Ryan meeting Renny for the first time:


Here is Avery "reading" to Della:


This week I was able to finish canning up two bushels worth of applesauce and start some much needed cleaning and organizing. I'm thankful that the Lord protected Nora and Renny and that both are doing well. The baby is up to nearly 6 pounds and sometimes even lets her mother sleep for four hours at a time.

Here are Buddy and Qwill "Helping me can applesauce:


Have the last few weeks seemed to fly by for you too?

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The Cat Who…

(guest post by DH Rob)

In my last post I told you about our "loaner cat." He is fitting in very well, and as we had hoped, Buddy's behavior has improved greatly. We think he is enjoying the company of another feline in the house.

We have tried out all kinds of names on the new cat, including some that were mentioned in the last post and its comments. We have finally landed on a name that seems to fit — Qwill, short for Qwilleran. Our granddaughters Avery and Della have really latched on to that name. It's really cute to hear Della calling for the cat. She runs around the house saying, "Qweel! Qweel!"


Some of you will recognize the name Jim Qwilleran right away as the main (human) character in the Cat Who... series by Lilian Jackson Braun. You can read more about it in the article in Wikipedia. If you've never read any of the books in that series and you like cats and mysteries, we think you'll enjoy the books. I would recommend starting out with the first one in the series, called The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. Here's a link to a list of the titles in chronological order.

In the novels, Qwill's two cats, Koko and Yum Yum, help him solve whatever mystery he's working on. Their help comes in various ways, one of which is knocking from a shelf a book whose title is a clue to the solution. As we considered what to name our cat, we have found him several times lying by one of our bookcases, as seen below.

Qwill Hardy Boys

With his nose pointed towards the Hardy Boys books, he seemed to be telling us which name he preferred. We actually considered, but only for as long as it took to say it, the names Frank, Joe, and Biff.

I mentioned our granddaughter Della earlier in this post. Some of you know this already, but she became a big sister Monday of this week. Her little sister Reynolds Rebecca Collogan came into the world about 6 weeks early, weighing 4 lbs. 12 oz. Renny is still in the NICU and is doing better each day. Nora was discharged last night, and we hope Renny will be able to go home soon. Please pray for her and her parents during this difficult time of living in two different places in town. I'll post a picture of her soon. Here's a picture of Renny and Mommy shortly after the birth.


They take the CPAP off occasionally to see how she's breathing on her own. We hope that in the next 24 hours she'll progress to just a little oxygen thingy in her nose. During the 20 minutes she was free of the CPAP this afternoon, Nora was able to take some pictures of her sweet little face. Here's one of them.


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All boxed up

Last fall we purchased a new dishwasher to replace the twenty year old one that came with our house. The new one is so quiet that I sometimes have to walk right up to it to be sure it is running. It also plays a little tune when the cycle is finished. ๐Ÿ™‚

After the man finished installing the new dishwasher I asked if we could keep the box for the grandchildren. Rob cut a "skylight" in the top so they could have some light. Ryan, Avery, and Buddy have all enjoyed playing in the box.




It's the simple things.


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A tale of two birthday parties

We've been doing some celebrating around here recently. We have five grandchildren. Four of them have birthdays in the months of January, February, March, and April.

Little Della has the January birthday. She turned one on the eleventh. Her dad's family came from Iowa, Maryland, and Virginia to help celebrate this very special event. The party was held at our house so I got to help Nora with some of the preparations. We all had a good time helping Della celebrate.

Nora made this cute birthday banner:


She also made these cute little elephant cookies:


I made this strawberry cake and her little smash cake:


She loved it when we sang to her and she would just beam. Later in the evening as she got fussy we would sing again and her mood would change instantly. ๐Ÿ™‚


She also quickly learned that birthday cakes are quite tasty!


The February birthday child is Maddie who turned three on Valentine's Day. She and her parents and her brother Drew were here in town for a conference for several days the week of her birthday so we planned a little joint birthday celebration for our side of the family for both Maddie and Della. This party had a Woodland theme.

Unfortunately Maddie was sick on her actual birthday so we had to postpone the party. On the new party date we had a snowstorm so some of the guests were unable to attend. We still had fun even though our numbers were diminished.

Nora made gnome hats for the boys and purchased fairy wings for the girls at the Dollar Store.


The birthday girl:


Megan made banners with each girl's name:


Nora made gnome cookies and I made a toadstool cake. I made the cake the day before the party and overnight it shifted somewhat so it looked a little like a toadstool that had been through an earthquake. ๐Ÿ™‚



Nora and Drew made some cute little acorn Nutter Butter treats and some strawberry marshmallow "toadstools." We rounded out the meal with some cole slaw, baked beans, and some delicious loose meat sandwiches. We actually served the loose meat sandwiches at both of the parties. They are delicious and are a great recipe to remember when you want to serve a crowd.


We had a good time celebrating these two birthdays and as my husband would say, "A good time was had by all."


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