The first day after arriving, I brought out my high school junior and senior prom dresses that I designed and made. The girls had fun trying them on and modelling. I also gave them my wedding dress and lace shoes. Sasha is 13 so she fit in the prom dresses quite well. Both girls had such a fun time with the dresses and as you can see twirled and whirled.
|Sasha in my junior prom dress (vintage 1965)|
|Nina in my senior prom dress (vintage 1966)|
Sasha twirling in my wedding dress while
Jake is spinning lettuce dry for supper's salad
The first evening's supper was Blueberry
Steak Salad. Here is Jake cooking the steak
on the salt block. He had fun and did a great
job. The salad is delicious.
The girls putting the finishing touches on their
berry pie. I am so proud of them that now they
can make their own flaky crust (frankly better
than mine!). They have as much fun doing it as
|The beautiful finished product - Wow!|
Jake and Sasha making 'dirty feet'
from the leftover pie dough. I have
a footprint cookie cutter that we
use and finish them with cinnamon
sugar to make them "dirty".
|Jake making scrambled eggs|
|Nina made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies|
Payback time! Years past, Mark would always chase the
kids with shaving cream, this year they got him back
with toothpaste - OMG!
We made a return visit to their favorite place in Grand Island, The Stuhr Pioneer Museum. They love the 'log cabin' set up for play with costumes and everything. Their play was like watching a movie.
Nina tending the babydoll and Jake getting
into Pioneer costume.
|Sasha watering the windowbox of flowers|
|Nina in full costume - love the boots!|
|Even a buckboard wagon...|
Nina scrubs the clothes while Sasha rocks
Cold Stone Creamery, what's not to love?
Nina's face says it all.
|Buddy, Jake and Nina playing in the sprinkler|
Buddy loves to drink from the sprinkler,
Jake thought it was hilarious
|Sasha deadheaded all six rose bushes.|
Our friend and neighbor, Dick, took
Jake for a ride on his ATV. It looks
like Jake was doing the driving!
The kids are experienced riders with horses of their own at home. They live in the country in the hills north of Los Angeles. They were needing to do some riding so they asked Mark if they could go on a trail ride. They had fun with Mark and Buddy.
|Saddled up for the trail ride|
|Ready to go (Sasha 13, Jake 8, Nina 10)|
|Leaving the ranch for the trail ride|
|Important quiet time after all the travel|
Every evening we played a couple games of Oh Hell and it was a blast. These kids are good card players and have the banter to go along with it which makes it so fun. Mark and Nina were the winners. Jake was usually in second and Sasha and I were vying for last place.
|Serious concentration while bidding|
For a look at my 1965 prom dress on me in 1966, check this out. I was chosen as South Dakota's state representative in the DECA Sweetheart competition. DECA stood for Distributive Education Clubs of America. It was a high school work study program. The competition included multiple interviews but also the formal dressup portion for poise etc. I got to go to Chicago for the Nationals and it was my very first plane ride as a senior in HS! Times have changed!