Monday, October 21, 2013



Spending time with Matthew and Melinda and Asher and Malachi was so wonderful.  I tried my best to follow their routines....which ended up being the easy part.  Asher is an independent little guy and Malachi is one happy dude.  It was the nipple on the bottle and the can opener and the tv and the nighty wrap that had me bumbling along.  Thank goodness Asher is patient.....and sweet.

Do you remember the episode of Andy Griffith when Aunt Bea can't seem to do anything right?  She can't fish and she can't play catch and Opie takes pity on her and thinks she needs to stay with them so they can take care of her.

Well.  That was me.  I am officially Aunt Bea.



Asher was not into getting his picture taken this time.  But you know what?  We need to catch up on Malachi baby pictures anyway :o)



Asher was playing with his best friend and they collided...or something.  There was no real explanation given.  But the "I'm sorry" drama that followed was pretty sweet and hilarious.


How cute is this?



Okay.  That's all for today.

Thanks for all the fun and thoughtful comments while I was away!

Those beautiful smiles tell you everything about my time in Omaha.

Always love,
aka Aunt Bea


  1. Gorgeous smiles - gorgeous photos. Lots of joy. basically ... a perfect post.

    You make me want to find Andy Griffith on the internet - I have always loved Aunt Bea.

    (I'm pretty sure in this scenario, I would be Aunt Bea, too.) But the Yaya love makes up for it.

    1. P.S. Melinda's eye makeup always looks outstanding - she is very photogenic. The whole family is :-)

    2. Anonymous12:29 PM

      I was just going to say something about Melinda's make-up and hair. You are beautiful, Melinda!
      Beautiful babes and a proud father.
      Thanks for sharing, Donna, and I'm glad you made it home safe and sound.

      Sarah P. from Iowa

  2. Simply beautiful photos, Donna! And the bonus was spending time with them, right? :-)

    Tammy ~@~

  3. Adorable family!!!! I miss my kids at that age.

  4. My word, those are some adorable kids! You are blessed!

  5. So so cute! not enough kisses in the world for those babes...

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  7. Melinda always has the best hair! And what cute pics. Am I right that Malachi looks like Matthew? I am so glad you could go be wtht them. Did they have a fun get away?

    I am sure I will bumble along with new baby technology. Our most techie thing was a basic baby monitor (-:

    Welcome home, Donna.


  8. Yes, they did have a fun getaway! I thought Malachi and Matthew looked alike...but the chubby cheeks make it harder for me to see. Melinda always looks amazing. What's with that?

  9. What a beautiful family!!! As always, LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos and your blog!

  10. Stunning photos of a very lovely family. Glad you had fun, Aunt Bea. That made me laugh thinking of you channeling Aunt Bea. I just know your grandkids must love you so much.


  11. Is it me or is Matthew becoming more and more like Patrick Sr. everyday? The last pic where he looks so serious, is definitely Patrick's look (called a "Steez" in the Hip Hop world). Love the pics.

  12. Wonderful captures of your sweet family. Those boys - they couldn't be any cuter. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Those cheeks!! :-)

    What a beautiful blessing you have!

  14. Yes, that was the very first episode of The Andy Griffith show. I loved it too, and could relate to it all.
    I just LOVE every pic you took. An absolutely beautiful family. My daughter was stung by a bee when she was 3, right over her eyebrow. Huge swelling, and droop of skin over eye. I had a long standing appt. to have her pic made by pros, but I didn't cancel the appt. To this day, that pic reminds me that we shouldn't hide our boo-boo's. Asher can see his little eye one day, a long time from now. It is a part of what makes up our life experiences. So glad you made it there and back, safe.

    1. Anonymous3:13 PM

      Back visiting....

      I took my daughter to a professional photographer for her one year pictures. The lady had tile floors in her studio. She put Sophia in a little rocking chair for a pic. I was right.there. Sophia fell right out and landed on her face. Big goose egg on her forehead and a bloody nose. Oh man! So, we took a little break and calmed down. Then went on with the pictures. : )

      Sarah P. from Iowa

    2. Oh boy!! Glad she did not chip a little tooth!!

  15. Oh my! You have the cutest grandsons!!!


  16. You have the most beautiful grandchildren, Aunt Bea!

  17. Anonymous6:37 PM

    Those beautiful blue-eyed boys...what joy they project in those photographs. And, you again take the best pictures of little ones catching them in precious poses. So happy for you to have the time with them and to be safely back home. love and prayers, jep

  18. What a beautiful family, and photographs. The joy is obvious in every picture, I am sure you will treasure them as the boys grow older!

  19. Anonymous11:44 PM

    Aunt Bea is blessed with the talent to take beautiful photos of her gorgeous grandbabies!!!

    Mary Z

    P.S. Love that episode! :)

  20. What a beautiful family!

  21. Have mercy, those boys are gorgeous!! That baby looks like a painting he is so gorgeous. I know you had a great time and I bet they loved every minute with you.


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