Thursday, September 17, 2015

Well, Hello. . .

Hey. .
Remember us?
I think I promised to get some vacation pictures posted before Christmas. .
Which. .
is happening now!!
We took another week and spent it at Grand Lake, Oklahoma.
We enjoyed July 4th there so much last year. .
That we opted to go during the same time frame this year.
It was good to get away. .
But hands down. .
The worst vacation ever!
With the exception of my sister and her family coming over 4th of July weekend. .
And the two days we spent on the lake playing. .
It rained for THREE solid days.
Which led to cooped up, cramped up, grumpy campers!!
And when my husband offers to take me antique shopping. .
AND my children oblige with no complaining. .
you KNOW it was bad!!
In fact, it rained so much. .
That the water level on the lake rose (by our closest account) by about 4 feet, and the flood gates were wide open letting water off downstream!
We did enjoy two nights of fireworks. .
Well, the ADULTS enjoyed two nights of fireworks. .
The little kids were over it at the end of the first night!
We enjoyed looking over all these cool old WW2 planes at an air show in Ketchum, Ok. .
Some did flips and turns. .
And some had people jumping out of them.
These two little monkeys ran around like crazy, trying to take it all in!
I will add that they were VERY impressed!
Because the lake showed their busiest weekend in HISTORY. .
We didn't get on the water much while they were there. .
But we did enjoying swimming off the dock and floating. .
And partook at an all you can eat shrimp boil.
The first day it rained. .
We drove into Tulsa and spent the day at Incredible Pizza. .
which was. .
We played bumper cars, laser tag, go cart racing, arcade games, video games and ate ALL day!
The boys got bigger play packages. .
So Cami got to take a turn in the trampoline room.
She enjoyed her 15 minutes in there!!
After vacation came the County Fair. .
A couple trips to Lake Canton, one being a camping weekend. .
Lots of drag racing in Great Bend. .
And moving Tristan to college.
Wow. .
If THAT wasn't rough on this mama!!
He found it to be a little bit of a tough transition as well. .
But he enjoys his classes and is making new friends too. 
This guy is a senior now. .
He decided to try running cross country this year. .
He hasn't enjoyed the meets yet, but he really enjoys running in practice! 
His personality is really blossoming since his brother left. .
And that has been fun to see. 
His pesto bread loaf netted him overall Grand Champion of the 4-H food class at the fair. .
And his opportunity to sell it at the Premium Auction netted him some extra dough. .
Devin is in 7th grade. .
He is playing football for the first time ever.
He likes it.
 He also switched from percussion to saxaphone over the summer. .
And I will be anxious to hear him play with the pep band at the first home high school football game tomorrow night. 
Actually, all three of the boys did well enough on their cooking to take 1st or 2nd place in their food levels at the fair. .so ALL of them got to sell their product at the Premium Auction!
This little mama. .
Learned how to ski this summer. .
Last year she was able to get up and stay up briefly, but THIS summer. .
She was GOOD! She also learned how to surf too. I was against even letting her try because the board is so big and heavy, but with Grant helping her in the water to get the board under her feet, she was able to take right off. I wish I had that picture on here. .because her smile was ear to ear. .the ENTIRE time!!
She is in 2nd grade and LOVES school. Though she was a surprise package for this family. .I frequently thank God for giving her to us. .She is a delight most of the time!! I look forward to all the fun things that I can enjoy with a daughter in the future. 
And. .
I really DO love my boys!! 
All of them!!
This old lady. .
is getting mellower and slower every year! My gardens are not looking great at this point in the season, but what is out there. .is becoming more established and filling in. .I really love the bones I have going now. .in a couple more years. .I will have some great stuff to work with when I find that extra hobby time that I am missing right now!!
I still work multiple places, teach high school youth group every Wednesday night, recently started teaching high school Sunday School at church, and am in the 9th month of leading an online ladies bible study through the 4 gospels in the bible. That has been AWESOME. .and has given me a lot of opportunity to minister to and bless others! 
This old guy. .
stills works like a dog. .
He crams in absolutely as much lake time and racing weekends as he can. He shows up to take his bride out for lunch nearly every Wednesday. He has been helping teach a junior high youth group in our community too. His grandma helps us out by eating dinner with Cami and hanging out with her every Wednesday night. .It's a good thing for both of them! I wish I would have an opportunity like that with my own grandmas. .I know she will cherish it forever!!
So. .
There ya have it.
It's our lives in a nutshell. 
Thanks for checkin in on us. .I'll try not to stay gone so long. .
But I won't make any promises either. .
I know ya understand!
Much love from our little ole part of the world!

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


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!
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!!