Apr 29, 2008

A Bittersweet day

Well, we started off on a happy note...so happy in fact, that Miss Annie decided to mark it all over her body with a stamp.

Things took a sudden turn for the worse while we were making cookies. How in the world could such a happy day turn bad while making cookies, you may ask?

Take a look at the following pictures....

Hey! I tried to warn them it wasn't good.

Apr 24, 2008


Congratulations to our friends, Mariano and Becky on the birth of their beautiful son, Enzo David. He was born on April 2. He weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz and was 21 inches long.

I can still remember the day that Mar and Beck came to our house for dinner. We all sat down, and Joel asked Mar to pray. Mariano said, "Ok, but first we want to tell you something." Mar looked at Beck and she was just grinning so big. He said, "Do you want to tell?" She said, "You can." He said, "No, you tell." She laughed and said, "You." This went back and forth until I said, "Well SOMEBODY better tell us!!!" Mariano broke out into an enormous smile and said, "God is blessing us with a child." We all screamed and hugged! What a happy day that was!

He is a blessing from God for sure! Look at this beautiful face! So perfect!

Mariano and Becky are heading to the mission field of Uruguay. They have just begun deputation with this sweet little guy. Pray for them as they are travelling.

Mar and Beck, we always knew you'd make the best parents! We're so happy that he's finally here! Congratulations again! We love you guys!

Apr 14, 2008

It's my Birthday!

Just in case anyone is wondering what all the excitment is all about....well, quite frankly, it's all about me.

When I was growing up, Mom had a red "you are special" plate that she used for special occassions like birthdays. However, she didn't just use it for birthdays. She also gave us "We Appreciate You" parties. A "We Appreciate You" party is a party thrown in your honor for no other reason except that our parents wanted us to know that they loved us. When I got married, my mom gave me my very own "you are special" plate that we now use for birthdays and special "We Appreciate You" parties. I love this plate. It tells the user for the day that they are loved. Today, it was placed at my seat at the dinner table.

And just as family traditions goes, I could find all my cards under the plate.

This is the delicious dinner that my darling husband cooked.

And if any of you want to know what I got for my birthday....here it is....-oh brother, I want you all to know that it takes a very secure woman to do this...... (sigh.... here goes!)

I got some equipment for my triathalon that I'll be doing.

Apr 12, 2008

Spring Has Sprung

The last of the snowmen has melted and Spring officially has arrived. I love the smell of Spring. Why is it that the only seasons that have a smell of any kind are Spring and Fall? I guess those are the seasons that have a prominent memory for me. Fall reminds me of going back to school, and the scents of Spring signal that school is almost over. (Personally, I love sniffin Spring.)

With the arrival of Spring comes Spring cleaning. We hauled out the rakes and the wheelbarrel today, and got some yard work done.

To my sisters: Does this remind you of our youthful days of spring clean up in our yard?

We have one particular home video of us girls helping Dad with the yardwork. Annie and I are pretty little. I would guess, I'm 2, and Annie's 4, which would put Trish and Krisy at 6 and 8. Hey! who needs hired help, or sons for that matter, when you've got us, Dad! There we all are sitting on the back of the trailer, which is attached to Dad's bright yellow John Deer lawnmower. Dad drove us all around the yard, and periodically made little "pick up sticks" stops. We'd hope off, grab some sticks, load them onto the trailer, and off we went again. Well, given me and Annie's ages, I don't think we were much help. We were just sitting on the back of the trailer like two little lumps. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum was Trish, a.k.a the Hulk. She was hefting enormous logs into the trailer like she was trying out for the "strongest man" contest. My favorite part of this home video is when the "mommy-cam" turns on dear, ole Krissy who is totally lazin around. Then, you can hear Dad's slightly, irritated voice in the background say, "Come on, Kris, get helping!" So, she turns around, bends over like she is the floppiest fish in the ocean, and picks up the tiniest, teeniest TWIG. (I mean it when I say a twig!) And then, with a very limp wrist, she hands it over to Tricia, who at this point has hauled an entire acre of logs into the trailer. -Oh we need to watch that one again. It makes me giggle just thinking about it.

And apparently someone in our family was taking notes during that particular scene in the home video...

We had to be careful not to step in any "steaming pebbles," if you know what I mean. I told you we've had a lot of deer around here....

When the work was done, we decided to have a race. The kids wanted to run and bike. The problem was, that Emma doesn't know how to ride a bike. So, Joel gave a quick little tutorial on "How to learn to ride a two-wheeler in less than 30 seconds."

She actually wasn't doing too bad. She took a major spill off her bike, but with all the determination in the world, she went and got right back on.

Of course, she had to catch Daddy first.

Obviously, Annie doesn't ride a bike either. She just rode like the wind on the ole chicken, having the time of her life.

But even that gets a little tiring after a while.

Now, it was time for our race to begin. When I said, "Go", they all took off like lightning.

And the winner was.....Matty! Mary was a close second. -I think running in her "crocs" may have hindered her a bit.

But around here, we're all winners! As a "wise ole owl" once said, "If we've all had fun, then we all won!"

And we all had fun!!!!