Friday, August 7, 2015

Ha!! NEWS!

OK. .
So my computer was crashed out for 2 weeks. .just as we got back from vacation. .
So though I WANTED to update ya'll. 
I COULDN'T get my pictures!
I'm heavy on the photos tonight. .
So bear with me. .
It's what happens when you try to update 6 months worth of life!!
This guy did it. .
He graduated. .
He is moving forward with his life. .
And excited about it!!
He leaves in ONE week. .
headed 3 hours plus. .
north of us. .
to Beloit Kansas.
The plan. .
Study carpentry for a year. .
and then move on to heating and air!
He had a great senior year. .
And was involved in multiple groups and activities.
He worked part time when he could. .and full time this summer. .
for the carpenter that he has worked with for the last 3 years.
I am excited that he will have so much foundation as he goes into school. .
and trust that base will make his education transition a little smoother!
I hope he uses this deep thinking look he has developed. .
as he studies next year!
But just sayin. .we never really appreciated it on his face very often!!

Our little red-headed "step-child". .
or the very lovely lady pictured above. .that our family would love to adopt out of her own family if we could. .
Is headed to Sterling college to finish up her music education degree!!
And I will miss that "daughter" to sit up and talk with. .
And Cami and Devin especially. .
will miss their "sister" too!
Grant. .
will be a senior. .
Ugh. .Two down in two years!
How will a mom survive??
I am coercing him daily to go out for cross country running this year. .
And much as he loves to needle me. .
I can't tell if I am making progress or not. .
SEE. .He has the build of a runner. .not a golfer!!
He has spent the summer working for his dad in the mechanic shop. .
And acts more like the man every single day!!
The boys went with me to Key West Florida in May. .
I had some schooling I wanted to do. .
And it was our gift to Tristan for graduation. .
Their first airplane ride was priceless. .
And they did and saw a lot of things that we can't do in Kansas, Toto!!
This is one of my favorite pictures from our trip. .
Mostly because I didn't see the lady in the background until after we got home. .
It makes me laugh every time. 
This gentleman. .
Is one of only about 40 some professional sword swallowers in the world. .
I wonder why!!
We took a guided kayaking tour. .
at dusk. .
and eerily, after dark we kayaked back using headlamps and tail lights!
It was definitely my favorite activity of our trip. .
And we watched all sorts of different bird species fly into that grove of trees in the distance of the picture. .
The bird song coming from within the grove. .
was amazing!! I can only imagine how many birds were in there!!
We also took a catamaran out to see the dolphins play. .
which was fun. .
And did some snorkeling at a coral reef near there.
The boys LOVED the snorkeling, me. .not so much. .
but THAT is a long story for another day!!
We also ate some GREAT food. .
trying different types of fish, ceviche (a raw fish salsa), Cuban food, including fried plantains, and Yucca fries.
It was a great trip and a fun experience!!
Devin will be in 7th grade this year. .
And is looking forward to trying football. .
This summer he decided to switch from drums to the saxophone. .
so we borrowed one from the school and he has taken lessons all summer. .
The instructor thinks he is picking it right up. .
His practice with her must go better than the practice that this mom hears!!
He played baseball this summer and enjoyed it greatly!!
And spent a lot of time working for his dad in the shop, mowing for his great grandad, and swimming at the local pool!
He enjoyed 4-H camp this summer. .
and only mildly resented his brothers getting to go with mom for vacation while he stayed home!!
And Cami. .
is heading to 2nd grade!
Got to attend her first year of 4-H camp. .
Loved every minute of it. .
except the dark minutes. .
and ended up sleeping on the extra cot in the nurses station with her mom!
Hmm. .maybe next year!
She has learned to dive headfirst into the water, most of the time. .
vs jumping into the water with her feet first. .and her hands in the position that gives the illusion that she was going to be doing a dive!!
She also learned to water ski. .
And LOVES it!!
She thinks she is big. .
And since she has learned how to make a smoothie ALL. BY. HERSELF. this summer. .
We are thinking of graduating her early!!
And these two old people. .
Celebrated 21 years of doing life together. .
And are preparing to drop kick the first baby bird out of the nest.
Jeremy wonders why I cry about it all the time. .
cause as far as HE is concerned. .
this is the BEST time of our life!!
They are leaving!!
And the phrase "And then there were TWO" is resonating through both of our heads!

We are ready for our weekly lunch date to resume next week after school starts. .
Crazy busy. .and just plain crazy. .
Its the name of our game!!

I actually did upload some of our vacation photos to my blog. .
So one of these crazy days. .
I will pull those out for you. .
Hopefully well before Christmas!!

I LOVE the sweet comments you all leave. .
and the ones that check in with me via email or via comment when it has been too long!!
I have not even pulled up anyone else's blog. .
and for THAT. .I apologize!!

Thanks for checking in. .
Have a blessed weekend!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hey!

Just a note. .
to say how hard I laughed. .
To read the comment left by Deborah a few weeks ago on my last update post!
 
Before I read that. .
I had already purposed to add some photos and get everyone updated on this crazy families endeavors and activities!!
 
Graduation about sent this mom over the edge. .and it didn't slow down after that either!!
But when I finally had some time to consider this blog. .
Issues sprouted!
 
As I sat down to add some photos. .
My computer crashed. .not to be revived again!
 
I am bouncing from device to device for everything. .
And I am still without my computer to download photos onto!
 
But I promise. .soon. .
Very soon. .
I will add photos and updates!
 
For now though. .
We are all alive. .
and flourishing!!
 
Thanks for checking in on us!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hocus CROCUS. .

Hocus Crocus. .
Get it??
I have been crackin up for two solid days!!
So much so. .
That I will probably never be able to look at a crocus again without saying that!
Ugggg! 
Our moods are much improved since spring seems to be settling in around here!! 
Friends, siblings, and haybales. . 
A great combination!
Papa's hay bale row. .
has been the source of entertainment this week. . 
For us. .
AND for the truckers that whiz by on the highway. .
Who happen to notice small children doing the universal arm jerking to elicit a BIG honk!! 
And this mom ALWAYS smiles. .
When those good ole truckers oblige!! 
The flowers are poking through. .
And even some crinkly rhubarb leaves were seen emerging through the warming ground!! 
We LOVE spring!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

We Are Alive!

My mom tells me she is tired of looking at our Halloween pictures. .
I can't really say that I blame her. .
And some of my blog friends have been checkin in on me!!
(Sue I hope you got my return email!!)
Life has been a little wild!!
But a good kinda wild!!
As you can tell. .
No one will really quit growing!!
And this one has been working on scholarship applications and a college course. .
As he gears up to head for Beloit next fall to study carpentry and then heating and air!
He is having plenty of fun his senior year too. .
And has enjoyed managing the boys basketball team. .He had a leading role in Cinderella, the musical last fall. .and is now working with a group for a one act play that they will be competing with soon. Golf starts in a couple weeks. .and he is looking forward to a trip with his buddy to go hog hunting over spring break! 
The countdown is on. .
and there are a LOT of things still left to cram into those days!!
Grant is also looking forward to golf in a few weeks. .
He has been working a lot for his dad in the shop. .
He also shuffles the other two around some to help us out. 
Both boys still have girlfriends with the name Makenzie. 
Talk about confusing for the rest of us!!
I have had a class come up that will be really beneficial to my career. .
And it just so happens to take place after Tristan graduates. .
Because Jeremy can't get away during that time. .
Both boys will be going with me. .
To Key West!!
It's Tristan's graduation gift from his dad and I. .
and maybe Grant's graduation gift too :-)
We are really excited and plan on trying snorkeling, para sailing, kayaking, and hopefully catching a dolphin watch!! The boys will have privileges on a world renown golf course. .so they will do that while I am in class!! Trust me. .we have already started the culture training that it will take to help them fit in to "big city." Wish me luck!!
Devin LOVED basketball. .it was the first time he had ever played. .and he is getting ready to play in a 6th grade tournament in a few weeks. .even though the season ended 6 weeks ago! Track starts today. .and he is pumped up about that!! He LOVES being in the middle of everything. .All three boys will be taking their 4-H talks to the regional competition Saturday. .and we have even tried to get a head start on our record books this year!! 
This little missy. .is still so much fun!! She has learned to do her own hair. .and she is starting to include some styles that are NOT her typical pony tail! Sometimes she actually even combs it first!! She has been liking 4-H too. .and was cute as can be while she stood up in front of two different groups and showed them how to make spicy winter tea mix!! She has finally gotten her two front teeth in. .and we see the dentist in a couple weeks for a checkup. .and see what she thinks about the one that is a little off-kilter!! Praise God though. .we have prayed often, that the tooth would come in fairly straight (prior xrays suggested that it could come in at a 90 degree twist) and it really isn't that bad!
She is learning how to cook. .and also got her own little purple camera for Christmas! She wants to learn to grow cherry tomatoes. .that was the goal she wrote in her record book yesterday! So. .hoping that we can make those grow for her! 
My garden enthusiasm has been completely shattered by the drought. .and a pesky mole. .and likely a lot of pesky mole friends. .that we CAN. NOT. CATCH. .
They are destroying my trees. .and my yard. .
And persist at running tunnels through my flower beds enough to exasperate me right on into the house! My friend Becky and I have made a garden hoppin date in April. .So I bet I will get a second wind of enthusiasm by then!! 
When I am not busy with the family. .
I have been busy with a new online bible study. .
We are studying through all four gospels in 2015. .This is our last month in Matthew. .
I enjoy the opportunity to organize and study and direct. .
I love to study. .and God has taught me so much through His word. .as well as from the other women in the group! It is in a blog format. .so I love that aspect too! 
I have missed this blog. .but something had to give. .and this was the "something." 
For now anyway!!
We enjoyed having our family pictures taken at the same time Tristan had his senior photos taken in October. .
And I thought I might put some of them up. .
Ya know, in case you are tired of looking at Halloween photos too!!
Our first baby. .
preparing to leave the nest. .
It's truly a bittersweet season. .
But we think we will survive!!
The season. .AND the kids!!
Thanks for stoppin by!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Bash. .

It's that time of year again. .
When all the spooks congregate at our house. .
With crazy costumes. .
Bringing their spooky foods. .
Ready to play silly. .
And sometimes YUCKY. .
Games!!
We missed the party last year. .
I had a conference in Boston. .
And a kid with a broken leg. .
And too many football games and extracurricular activities.
I missed it a LOT. .
But this little diva turned ruffian. .
missed it too. .
And has been incessantly asking. .
"Can we PLEASE have a Halloween party??"
I simply had to oblige. .
After all. .
Her oldest brothers were the same age that she is now. .
When we had the first party. .
ELEVEN years ago!!
MOST of the spooks. .
and siblings of the pioneer spooks. .
have grown up. .
SO we got to start off with kind of a new crowd!!
About 1/2 of the 70 plus crowd that turned out. .
were first time party goers. .
But you really couldn't tell it!!
They all jumped in with both feet. .
or paws. .
or claws. .
or hooks. .
However you want to look at it!!
And did I mention. .
How awesome the parents looked too??
That is actually a mom in the v-e-r-y back. .
sporting a green ninja suit. .
And I thought my husband looked CREEPY!!
We played a lot of our old favorite games. .
As you noticed from the pictures above. .
We played the balloon popping race. .
Cami and Devin and I stuffed candy in all those balloons and then blew them up and tied 'em off!
It was a fast and wild way to get them all started!
We bobbed for donuts. .
And used our faces (though some really little ones got to use their fingers too). .
to eat worms. .
Fear Factor food. .
is still a favorite. .
Though. .
Next year. .
I think I will go back to not-so-scary foods!
At least for a few years!!
This was after an anchovy!!
And this poor guy. .
Gagged multiple times on his prune. .
Before he spit it out.
He was trying REALLY hard. .
to make that go down!!
So we gotta give him credit for that!!
The funniest thing to me. .
Is the anticipation on the faces of the little onlookers. .
Watching how their buddies are going to handle the foods!!
Peer pressure isn't ALWAYS bad!!
And of course. .
Our party just wouldn't be the same. .
If they weren't allowed to launch something!!
Field gourds were the order of the day here. .
And you can see how many of them wanted a chance to see. .
Just HOW far. .
They could send them!!
And it is always fun. .
To see what their plates look like. .
As they walk by with 4 desserts. .
And a glass (or two) of punch. .
The party was a success. .
And lots of mom's told of their kids still talking about it several days later!!
Just a few more days. .
Until Halloween. .
Get YOUR scary on!!