Thursday, November 28, 2013


...........from our family to yours!

I'm thankful for this crazy crew!
The chickens were perfect for the "normal" picture...
we were letting them go...they got a little excited lol!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

OK...So I'm Challenged....

Let's start off with this morning as an example of how challenged I can be......

I woke up congested which is the story of my life this time of year, just finished an antibiotic last week so it was time for it to start again:)

Anyway in my dazed and confused stupor of getting up (that is the norm I decide to take some liquid decongestant. I pour it into the measuring cup and as I drink it the thought goes through my slow brain "this smells a little funny"....of course I swallow it as I'm thinking "this does not taste like it usually does..." Hmmmmm?? I look at the container that is the same color as the container the medicine is in and it is hydrogen peroxide. I text Hank to see if I will live, thinking that he gives this to dogs to make them throw up when they eat what they are not supposed to, surely he will just tell me not to worry about it.

 I still have not heard back from him. He probably just shook his head and threw his phone across the room and thought "you've got to be kidding me!!!! and you take care of my children daily????........hmmmm at least I'm not doing THAT daily....taking care of the children that is....I won't call her....I'll let her have a break and rest in the hospital the rest of the day"  Oh I'm kidding, he is probably deer hunting and not checking his phone lol.....

Now on to another area I am SO challenged at. My iphone picture taking capabilities. My hope is that my phone setting is all messed up but I think it is just me. 

Last week Janie had a "parent watch" at her dance class. We are new to this class so I thought that we would merely be observing the class. Nope... I only had my iphone with me, went to the class room and followed the kids to the chapel for their "performance". I did not even tell Hank about it. I'm starting to feel bad that Janie only has me there watching as all the other kids had moms, dads, grandparents, cousins, neighbors oh and they all have flowers with them.....ok I'm exaggerating but I'm feeling a little under prepared seeing as I only have my iphone and no flowers. You will see for yourself how challenged I am in this my defense the lighting in the chapel is horrible and I cringe even when I take pics with my camera....

                                                           sigh.......but she sure looks cute!

                                                and that girl can get some height in that jump

                                                        she just sat down at one point because she was tired:)

                the teacher brought them each a flower, thankfully!!!!!

           Goodness, she is cute even though she is a little fuzzy!

OK, now on to why I'm not thinking clearly!! This is what is going on daily as we go about our regular schedules...

                     Love my expression.......I need help in many areas!
               and Allie's expression...haha.....yep she comes by it honestly!

                                          Just a few of the wedding dresses Julianne has tried on!

                                   Asking Sara to be her maid of honor!!!

                          This wedding stuff is so fun!!!! The invite list is done and the venue picked so we can start having all the fun now!!!

                                        A few random pics from the week!

            Janie came home form school like this the other day. Classy I know!

                                     Fun in target shopping for cousins. John David wants to keep all 
                                        of Zachary's birthday and Christmas gifts!

I just got a text back from Hank

Ok so maybe all those thoughts did not go through his head....
I'm thinking he had to think I'm an idiot though:)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Madeline had her Character Parade at school today:). We discussed many options and settled on Pinkalicious. The classes parade through the chapel and the commons area for their parents and the younger children. I really can't believe she is old enough to be doing what John David JUST finished doing!! She is starting to look more grown up lately.......really?????
          Olivia and Pinkalicious

         hard to believe she was terrified to go on stage a few years ago!

                            a fun morning with my girl!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Oh What A Night!!!!! Julianne and Chris Are ENGAGED!

before they left to celebrate their dating anniversary.....
Julianne had her suspicions earlier in the week but apparently we are all good liars...
she was very surprised!

We set the scene while they were gone...
Chris knew exactly what he wanted so we made it happen..
it takes a village ya'll

most of us were looking through the upstairs windows....
so special!

no words...

takes my breath away it is so sweet!!

my absolute favorite picture!!!

While all that was going on outside....
we waited!

then the surprised couple arrived:)


these two sure love each other!

my baby girl...
I am so very happy for her!

I LOVE this of Hank!

sisters....again love this so much!

holding on to her security
while taking in all the chaos and joy going on around her..
oh how I adore this girl!

Chris's Dad toasting the happy couple
Pat is responsible for many of the pics!

Now to take a little break in the happiness
just a peek of the craziness that is always in play with this fam!

It is Welch's sparkling juice for the kids!

this is exactly the kind of thing that goes on around my little oblivious self!!!!

Chris and his precious sister Anna!

These girls love each other so much!

Gracie and Julianne lived together all through college, special friends

another toast

THE ring...
this ring has special meaning for Julianne and Chris,
they used the diamond from my wedding ring Jeff gave me.
again no words are adequate

oh Janie:)
her hair looked so cute earlier in the evening.....

the siblings minus a few and again.... OH JANIE!

THE crew
and again JANIE really!!!
Sorry Eric we cut you out apparently

Missy was Julianne's jr and sr high youth leader....
these 2 are so close:)

Missy gave Julianne her first gift:)

What a wonderful night it was!
We are so blessed to be receiving Chris into our family.
My heart is full of gratitude for God's provision for my original baby girl!!!