Saturday, April 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Lily Pad!

Lillian, aka Human Wrecking Ball, recently turned 3.

If I can survive this next year...I can survive anything.

Yes, I'm aware that we have created this little monster.

Good thing she is cute.

Here she is "taste testing" the strawberry cream cake.
She plays dress up every day...all day.

That includes hair bows...often 10 or more at a time.

This year for her birthday we bought her some of those little hamster like toys on wheels. Her cousins had some when they were here visiting and she just loved them.

I found a cute fairy Barbie (new in box) at Goodwill for $3.99 awhile back and saved it for her birthday too.
In case you can't tell by the pizza sauce all over her face, she requested homemade pizza for her birthday dinner.
Happy Birthday Lily Pad!

Friday, April 29, 2011

We Love Our Ducks...Part 351

I know I've mentioned it a time or twenty.

But...we are Duck fans.

Our friend, Brandon Bair (see how I'm shamelessly name dropping here) played for the Ducks last year...the year they played for the National Championship and got totally robbed.

He is all grad-u-ated now and moved back home with his cute lil' family.

Before they left Dodge, they came over to say Goodbye.

He brought over some of his uniforms and the kids modeled them.

They are still a bit too big.

Actually, it looks like Matthew is wearing a dress.

A very awesome dress.
I love the way the reflective parts look.

Please...don't drool on your keyboard.

But, I won't blame you if that happens.

Maybe I shouldn't mention that we are now the proud owners of two of these bad boys...autographed and all.

Sigh of bliss...
Michael looks just like Brandon Bair.
Hmmm...or not.
We are so going to miss these guys!
The football draft is just getting started.

We can't wait to see which team picks Brandon up.

We told him that we would totally cheer him on.

As long as his new team color was not orange...

Go Ducks!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Loophole

If someone's spouse happened to say...

"Don't buy anymore chickens!"

But then you just happened to have a broody hen...

Who just happened to sit on some eggs...

Which just happened to hatch...

That would still be okay...

Because no chickens were actually purchased...


Don't ya just love a good loophole?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Snow Day

Living in this part of the country means that we hardly ever see snow.

So...when it does snow...

Everything comes to a screeching halt.

I know that people in other parts of the country laugh, sneer and roll their eyes at us when our schools close down due to a light dusting of snow.

But...that's just how we roll.

Recently we had a snow day...which means heaps and piles of soggy wet clothes for mom to wash playing outside!

Here are Levi, Hannah and Lily all dressed up and ready to go!

I realize that I'm not a spring chicken anymore but rolling those snowballs are really hard.

I counted it as my exercise for the day.

Here is Hannah with her portion of the snowperson.

Snowperson=politically correct
Love the snow!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Who needs an actual pony?

If she has back problems later on...she can always blame her sister...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The passing of a great man

Corey's beloved Grandpa passed away in February.

He was almost 95 years old.

3 children, 20 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren is the legacy that he left.

There are no words deep enough to adequately describe how absolutely pure and loving of a man that he was.

The most unique thing about him was that he played a saw. Like the one you cut wood with. Beautiful music that will be missed.

Here Corey and I are with him about a month before he passed.
Here are a couple of pictures from the service that I shamelessly copied from my sister-in-law's facebook page.

Grandma passed away in 2003.

They are together again at last.
Here is the poem that my 16 year old son, Joseph, wrote and read at the funeral.

William Holmes Walker

This is for the man who saw his world change, from horses and wagons, to cars and planes.

This is for the man who worked his whole life, through sweat, through tears, through pain and strife.

This is for the man who never gave less, who always saw the good, who always gave his best.

To set the example for his family and for his name, and learn from every problem that he overcame.

This is for the man who could always crack a joke, who was full of optimism, and full of hope.

This is for the man who had music fill his life, with melodic, sweet harmonies, much like his wife.

This is for the man who could put music into a saw,

This is for the man who did it all.

We miss you!

Love you Grandpa!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011