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!!

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. .
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!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

AppleJack Pumpkin Patch

Destination Pumpkin Patch. .
Was the order of the day one chilly autumn morn. .
Twelve cousins (out of 14). .
4 mamas. .
and one grandma. .
Met at a pumpkin patch. .
Where about FOUR HUNDRED other people. .
were enjoying their Saturday as well!
It was a BEAUTIFUL day. .
And it had been several years since any of my kids have enjoyed a place like this!!
I was amazed at all the activities available for the kids. .
The H-U-G-E slide was a big hit. .
But then. .
so was this ginormous tarp that had airflow under it to cause a trampoline effect. .
Even Devin loved it. .
Although, maybe a little bit more when these three cousins arrived!!
In fact, when the older boys arrived. .
We didn't see them for a LONG time as they tromped through the corn maize playing hide and seek!!
They climbed the hay mountain. .
Rode the zip line. .
Giggled their way through this one. .
We laughed and laughed. .
Even the little ones could make it work!
There were duck races. .
And of COURSE. .
The pumpkin patch!!
It was a lot of work to choose JUST the right one. .
But they each did. .
After riding the hayrack back to the area where the activities were. .
They started ALL over again!!
Who knew. .
That one lil punkin patch. .
could provide HOURS of entertainment. .
And MILES of ground covered by little feet!!
And the bigger feet. .
That had to follow them everywhere!!
We are eager for that ONE night of the year. .
where eating candy AS dinner. .
Is a totally acceptable concept!!
Next up. .
The annual Halloween bash!!
Enjoy your weekend!!