Yep, It's Christmas !
So the family prepares across the nation
And then - Open the presents - Sofia in Culican, Mexico and Theo in Decatur
Open some presents at your risk - Owen in Annapolis
Then prepare for Christmas dinner with family and friends -at home in Satellite Beach.
A wonderful family Christmas - wherever we were
Our Southern Grandsons
Theo and Quinn
T and Q together - Little & Big Brother
Our Northern Grandchildren
Scary Granddaughter Sofia
10, Going on 16, Sofia
Grandson Owen - What Cha' Do'n?
First Time He Pulled Up and Stood On His Own !!
Road Trip with Uncle Billy -
Went to the very haunted Stanley Hotel. Yes - its haunted!
Room 217 - need we say more?
Interesting - the stairway to the bell tower and
proof the hotel was build directly upon the bedrock
and land there prior to construction.
See the tree and roots still found in the basement?
Halloween - Owen enjoys his ride as he goes out to Trick or Treat.
Quinn thinks Daddad is pretty amusing. I return the opinion.
OK - First you set up your tree - Jen & Drew in Denver
Then you tell Santa what you want - Quinn in Decatur
Then Santa loads up the van - Santa Billy in Denver
Cheesy Pooffs anyone?
Bad couple of days for poor Quinn. Had to visit the
hospital for a couple days. Upon coming come, as
Theo had strep throat, it was best to protect against
Theo at the dentist. Whoa!
OK, we have our fort - now we have to spread chips -
good luck with that Jeff.
Sofia will simply hang around & swing with Owen
Theo and his Grandfather Charlie built this fantastic fort / play area / slide in Jeff & Lynne's back yard.
Theo and Quinn are exceptionally fortunate to have a Grandfather like Charlie -
a loving, hard worker.
Owen celebrates the 4th!
Jackie had her other hip replaced June 15. These pictures were taken June 24 -
just 9 days later. She's remarkable.
On the left, Jackie is being coached by her PT, Charlie Hoffhine . On the right, she motors right along.
He is the consummate pro: personable, caring, considerate, and best of all, thoroughly knowledgeable. although Jackie sometimes calls him a torturer, she owes much of her progress to his tender care. We heard of him and his company via a recommendations by earlier patients - word of mouth.
We hardily recommend his company, Family home Health Service.
Some of the beautiful flowers sent to Jackie. Missing is the Edible Bouquet which was quickly eaten. It was as delicious as the flowers were, and remain to this day, beautiful.
First - Let's welcome our niece Jessica Karia's new baby girl,
Siri Karia, 8 lbs. and 20 inches. Both are beautiful!
Jackie spent three weeks, more or less, with Owen, Sofia, Esti and Mike.
During the stay, they visited Boonsboro and our old friends were introduced to Owen
Nancy & Owen Linda & Owen Emma Jean & Owen
Tired ol' Owen rides home
Where Nana Jackie takes care of dinner
In addition to all this May excitement,
we had the pleasure of a visit from our
Pam and Charles Bullock - here walking
the National Seashore at Canaveral
And we saw the last flight of Endeavor
A fond farewell
First - Welcome the prospective newest male Gillespie;
Lynne & Jeff's "Squirmy" due August
While Owen grows - 1 month old
First of many - very many - car rides
Lamentablemente, la abuela Carmen tiene que volver a casa.
Ella echaremos mucho de menos no sólo por Esti y Owen, pero todos nosotros.
En Sofía, mi nieta favorita convertido en más y más bella.
And Theo, explorer and "swamp man" does what he does best-
finds the nearest water and gets wet!
Born 12:24 on March 9, Earl Owen came into the world at 9 lbs 3 oz, 20.5 inches to the proud parents of Esti and Mike Gillespie.
Welcoming an new member of the Gillespie / Uribe family was an exhilarating event and one of those never to be forgotten pieces of everyone's life - especially all the grandparents! We wish Francisco could have been here, but he will get his chance to hold Owen soon.
The fact that at least one Great Grandparent was able to see at lest two of the new additions to the Gillespie family made us all think how Sally, as well as Ruffy, Earl and Virginia would have loved to have been here with Owen.
So please pardon the following section - true is isn't really March 2011 - but it is apropos.
A Grandparent's Perspective & Retrospective
One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather. ~ Joy Hargrove
Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see
just you all day and now the day was complete. ~ Marcy DeMaree
Jackie - Owen
Grandmother Carmen - Owen Sofia
that we can be friends. ~ Allan Frome
Grandmother Bonnie - Theo Grandfather Charlie
are God's way of compensating us for growing old. ~ Mary
Great Grandmother Sally
With Great Granddaughter Sofia
With Great Grandson Theo
With Both Great Grandchildren
With Grandson Jeff, his wife Lynne & Great Grandson Theo
A happy Great Grandson Theo & his Great Grandma Sally
The 2nd next Gillespie Grandson / daughter
Jeff & Lynne (expected August 2011)
My Culican "Nephew" & future baseball star Celebrating the New Year
The 1st next Gillespie Grandson / daughter
Michael & Esti (expected March 2011)