Monday, May 18, 2015

Niska Day

Hello, Dear Ones! Oh, what a wonderful, busy and exhausting weekend we've had. I have to say, living in this little small town is just wonderful and we are loving it! Saturday was Niska Day.
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This is an annual community day with a parade, fun and ends with fireworks. We only live about 3 blocks from the festivities so our daughter and her family came over to our house and we walked. Well, they walked and Mr. Precious took me in the car (because I'm so delicate, you know) :)!

 We were so excited to join in with the fun. Free balloons were given to all of the little ones. As you can see, Mr. Precious, our daughter and son in law just had to have a Starbucks!
 A little jazz group greeted each one as we walked down to the parade route.
 The weather was so beautiful - not hot, not cold, just right!  Here everyone was lined up and down the street as the parade was coming. The parade route is through a little neighborhood called "Old Town". The homes are just darling so I'll have to come back and take some snaps later on and show you these little fairy tale looking houses.
 Carter was all ready with her lollypop!
Campie had his Wo Wo (that means dog). I have to tell you a little story. Mr. Precious bought Campie a firetruck that we keep at our house for him to play with. It has buttons you push and it lights up, has sirens, talks and rolls forwards and backwards. He loves it and the first time he saw it he called it a Boo Dough (pronounced just like that). That's his word for fire truck. Well...
There were quite a few firetrucks in the parade and little Campie was whispering Boo Dough every time a firetruck would pass. I thought it was so cute. Of course I'm his grandmother! :) As you can see in the above snaps, his little face was completely turned to see the Boo Doughs! :) Reckon how he gets Boo Dough from firetruck? Don't you just love it!
 Campie and me.
There was a house on the parade route in "Old Town" that had a cotton candy maker in their driveway and were giving it away for free! Folks were backed up an entire block getting their cotton candy. Well, I took the babies and we got ours. Yes, I said ours. Cotton Candy is right up there with an extra thick chocolate milkshake in my book! ;)
Lots of sports group marching in the parade. I love the banner the girls are carrying in the bottom right hand corner: Niskayuna has GIRLS who make BOYS with they THREW like GIRLS! Yeah!
Lots of school bands and other groups entertained us with their music.
 Cars! Do any of you remember the TV show "The Dukes of Hazard"? Well, there was an orange Charger named the General Lee! :) Cute. Even a Lab with shades and a bandana was blowing in the wind.
A few yellow Boo Doughs! :) Next time you see a fire truck make sure you point at it and say very loudly, "BOO DOUGH!"

We came back to our house and the grands played out in the backyard. Carter was practicing Volley Ball moves and Campie was bringing me beautiful handfuls of dirt and picking off the flower heads of my Day Lilies! He was so sweet doing it so I just couldn't tell him no! :) I'm a sucker for these little ones. We grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken legs for dinner and sat out on our front porch and watched the end of the festivities - Niska Day fireworks. It was just wonderful.

So what a wonderful life living in this small town and enjoying it with family. I know I get mushy and gushy! :)
I'm so talented like that. :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Saturday In The Park
Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
People dancing, people laughing
A man selling ice cream, singing Italian songs
"Eh Cumpari, ci vo sunari"
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For Saturday

Another day in the park
You'd think it was the Fourth of July
Another day in the park
You'd think it was the Fourth of July
People talking, really smiling
A man playing guitar
Singing for us all
Will you help him change the world
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For today

Slow motion riders fly the colors of the day
A bronze man still can tell stories his own way
Listen children, all is not lost,
All is not lost, oh no, no,

Funny days in the park
Every day's the Fourth of July
Funny days in the park
Every day's the Fourth of July
People reaching, people touching
A real celebration
Waiting for us all
If we want it, really want it
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For the day
~ sung by Chicago



34 comments:

  1. God has certainly blessed you and your hubby with this move to be near your grandbabies. There's nothing like grands! What a neat little town you live in, too.

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  2. What sweet grands you have. Thanks for sharing Niska Day with us! BTW...doesn't everyone call those red trucks (and yellow too)...BOO DOUGHS?

    Hugs,
    Jan ♥

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  3. Your new town sounds so wonderful. And how fun to live only three blocks away from the fun!

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  4. Happy Niska Day!

    These photos are so sweet. Love the General Lee!

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  5. I think I just read about a slice of Americana in a small town! "Boo Dough!" I think it's cute too! How wonderful to spend a delightful day with your family and that is why you moved there, for these days, Kathleen in Az

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  6. Love this post Sheila ! I am such a fan of grandparents enjoying their grandkids ! Yours are the cutest! Love all your photos!Thanks so much for all your so sweet comments on my posts !

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  7. What fun!!! Memories in the making...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  8. What fun!!! Memories in the making...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  9. Me alegra que la estén pasando muy bien en su nuevo hogar y sobre todo que sea un lugar sano donde puedan disfrutar de estas actividades junto a sus nietos. Los veo muy bien. Saludos

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    1. Hi Shirley! Thank you for popping in to see me and yes, I am so glad to be here and getting to enjoy my grandbabies. Hope you're doing well.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  10. Oh Shelia,
    You are truly living a dream come true with your family so close and such adorable little ones! I remember the days of the made up words, and a few have survived even though the kids are in their twenties now! Strawberries are, and always will be, "bauboos" in our house. Your town sounds so friendly too and it seems that you are adjusting to life up here in the north quite well! Thanks for sharing this wonderful event with us.
    Linda

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  11. Shelia, I can feel your heart beating and I know it's filled up to the top! How wonderful to be living in that small town and especially near your little sweetie pies! Great photographs, that is what life is all about, isn't it?
    Hugs to you, sweet lady! Oh and Boo Doughs...too cute!
    Nancy

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  12. Shelia- There is nothing like a small town parade! Those small towns are just the best for that. Love the BOO DOUGH for firetruck. A couple weeks ago I posted where Mama's Boy said DAMBULANCE for ambulance. lol I love what kids come up with. I am so happy that you love living there, Shelia. xo Diana

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  13. Oh how fun! I'm so glad for you to see these special times being shared! The grandkids look so cute watching the parade! You all look so happy and that's the bottom line! Boo dough- how cute! Looking forward to pictures of the homes nearby!

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  14. Thanks for sharing your wonderful day and beautiful family with us!! There's nothing like small town living, is that Polish or German old town?? Brings back special memories for me..... You have a wonderful summer ahead, and that's why you moved there.....see how nice it is!!!

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  15. Oh Shelia what a fun day you had with your family - such wonderful memories you will have. Carter and Campie are just darling. Your pictures were so good of everything. Don't you just love a small town - everyone is so friendly and kind. So glad that you moved close to your daughter and family.
    Have a great week.
    Mary

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  16. What a wonderful day out for everyone. Love the Boo Doughs!! And as for cotton candy, or candy floss as we call it here, I love it too. Some things you just don't grow out of. I'm glad you're enjoying your new life with the wee ones not too far away.

    Diana

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  17. Looks like you had so much fun! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  18. Hi Shelia, what a fun time in your little town. Love a great parade like this and I can see the little ones really had a special time. I love the name Boo Dough for the fire trucks and I will always think of this now. It's amazing how little ones classify names like this. When my son was a baby he called bananas ~ doughnuts. Go figure. Gotta love a good puff of cotton candy. You snapped great pics of your day of fun.
    Hugs and Blessings for a special day.
    CM

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  19. Oh Shelia, grandmothers have the most fun! Granddads, too! Your sweet grandbabies are adorable and I love the words Campie creates...how cute is that! I'll be seeing my grandson in a few weeks and I can't wait! Love the small town living, it looks wonderful! Life is good! :)

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  20. What a fun filled day!! Your making so many wonderful memories with your grandbabies!

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  21. I so enjoyed this peek at your new town--and I adored the pictures of your beautiful, happy family!

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  22. So happy to see that you have really settled into your new town. Such fun for you and your grands!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  23. What a great celebration. I am so happy for you Sheila. You can see your grands whenever you want. Precious smiles on all. Hugs, Linda

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  24. What fun! I love a small parade. Looks like you live in a charming town.

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  25. Campy and Carter are adorable! It looks like it was a great family day with the parade, love that tree covered street. Glad you are happy in your new place/town.

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  26. That sounds like such a fun day. It must be fun living so close to all the activities. We live in the country but we are several miles from our little town. They have an 1860s day with a parade, musical entertainment, crafts and food. It is a nice small town celebration.

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  27. I love small town festivals. They're charming and fun and so friendly. This certainly looks like it was a good one!

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  28. Looks like you had a grand time! The kids got so big. I am glad to got yo enjoy this celebration with you son and family. xxx Maria

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  29. Wonderful pictures, Shelia. Looks like you had a great time.

    Barb

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  30. Sounds wonderful Shelia. So glad you are so happy. Your grands are just the cutest.

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  31. I love small town life! What a great time and so fun with the grands!
    hugs!!!

    Linda

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  32. I love parades and small town too. This kind of family fun is my favorite. Your grands are too cute and adorable!
    Have a great weekend pretty lady.
    FABBY

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  33. Wow, that sounds just perfect, Shelia! Looks like you made the perfect choice to move. I'm so happy things are working out so well. You do have a couple of real cuties there! When our son was about three, he decided that something we passed along the freeway to our home was a "beeno-fat." It turned out to be some big contraption in a gravel pit, but we never could figure out why he called it that.....oh, the treasures of little ones!

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