Sunday, January 17, 2010

And the Winner is…

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I was working out of town this week, but my girl sent me a text to let me know that both she and her brother had won their respective spelling bees that day.  I was so excited, and so very sorry I had missed that.  Now they will compete against each other on January 27th.  And wouldn’t you know, I have to work.  I am desperately seeking substitute.  Is anyone available?


And in other happenings:


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Ethan is not the only member of our family that LOVES biscuits and gravy.

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Over the Christmas break John and I took the kids to Des Moines to visit some friends.  We had a great time together catching up.  Our friend Brian is half-nude only because he was the only parent devoted enough to get into the pool with the kids.


And Gertie learns to swim.  Well, we’ll call it swimming.


Spelling Bee champs 016 Spelling Bee champs 012 Spelling Bee champs 017 I’m just throwing these in because I think they’re cute.

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And don’t you just love when big sisters spend a little quality time with their little sisters?

Spelling Bee champs 055 Gertie is all dressed up for church.  The sweater lasted on her body a total of 13 minutes.  Apparently, she doesn’t need to keep her torso warm.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Whoa. Back Up a Minute.

Its been a while for me.  I really offer no excuses.  I’ve been out here.  I’ve been watching you too closely to make my own news.  The problem is, there’s been plenty going on around here.  Now I offer this humble posting and hope I haven’t lost my already sparse readership.  (Actually, most of you are family, so really, you are stuck with me.  And I know that.)

Grace's orchestra concert 227Here is one picture of my boy playing football this year.  His first year in pads.  This is one of about 300 pictures I took, and this is the best one.  That may or may not tell you something about my photography skills.  I just absolutely loved watching him play football. 


 EJ's Treasurer speech 001And while we’re on the subject of Ethan, this is the speech that rocked the world Neveln Middle School and got my son elected treasurer of the student body. 

  Grace's orchestra concert 233This is what happens when you pile your kids into a van loaded with face paint and drive for 4 hours.  It was supposed to be for some football-player black-eye the next day, but I think they went a little overboard a little early.


Christmas 2009 005Christmas 2009 004  And then came Halloween.  We had been to a wedding out of town that day, and I really wasn’t sure when we’d be home, so I hadn’t stressed the whole Halloween thing that much.  But as we were driving home, the girls started talking.  We had this cute little ladybug outfit for Gertie, and Grace decided to go as a bug catcher.  It was actually a lot of fun.

Christmas 2009 008 Ethan protested the whole Halloween thing on religious grounds, but when we came home from trick-or-treating, this is where we found him, happy as a clam.  Those were some serious convictions  until the candy showed up.  He rolled right over and started begging.

And then he turned 11 on me.  Isn’t he cute?  They do that, you know; they turn 11 someday.  Some of you know just what I’m talking about.

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And this is Grace as Annie.  This was such an exciting experience for her, and she just did a great job.  I was so excited to see this performance, and we had a great time.  Gertie was crying while watching this production of awkward pre-teens play out the story of an orphan that finds a loving family.  She’s cried every time she’s watched the dvd of Grace as Annie.  And that’s a lot of times.


Christmas 2009 162I snuck away to see my sister and her family in Arizona.  This is the one picture I took, which is ridiculous, considering the main attraction for the visit was my brand spanking new baby niece Amelia.  Do I have a picture of her?  No, I do not.  But the little cutie next to my my sister’s look-alike there is my cousin Katy’s girl, Amy.  I had so much fun spending days with my sister doing just average day-in-the-life things.  I really miss her and think she should consider the cooler temperatures of Minnesota when she’s suffering in the Arizona heat. 

 Christmas 2009 171 And now Christmas.  Guess what Grace got?  She really shot big on her Christmas list, and Santa obliged.  How could you not get that sweet girl just what her heart desires?

Christmas 2009 174And EJ has such a grateful heart for whatever comes his way.  In his case, this year, it was a Welker jersey.  Unfortunately, Welker just got hurt and won’t be finishing out the season, or maybe even be able to play next year.  We shall see.  We’ll have to have a picture of him in that jersey to follow soon.

 Christmas 2009 173And this?  Need I say anything about this?


 Christmas 2009 172 Love the disaster photo after all the fun.

Christmas 2009 182 Christmas 2009 189 Christmas 2009 205 Here we are having a bit of sledding fun.  We’ve sure had plenty of snow to play around in, and this was a beautiful day before the temperatures dropped to Arctic levels.


So this brings me almost to today.  Hope you’re all snuggled in and staying warm. 

I’ll try harder.  I promise.