Tuesday, March 23, 2010


We planted the garden two weekends ago. It was a family affair. What a great family I have. We added to the garden this year to make it a little bigger. Adam, Dee and my dad working hard to get the soil ready.
My nephew Colton happened to be down that weekend visiting so we put him work. Zane and Colton helping out.

And then Uncle AJ let Zane use the heavy machinery.

One week later the garden is going strong. Zane loves checking to see what is new.

Tomato plants in the front (roma, cherry, grape and big boys). Behind the tomatoes are the strawberries. Some came back from last year. We are trying raspberry and black berries this year. We will see.

My favorite...radishes. Always the first to pop up. Can't wait to make the radish dip. Not Chad's favorite but I think um, um, good.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Favorite pics

I was looking through pictures and decided to share a few of my favorites. There are so many I love I will have to do another post sometime. Enjoy!

Feels like yesterday. Trick or treating with Andy & Hannah. Zane was three weeks old.

I like this one because the jammies Zane has on are hand-me-downs from Val. Chad and I referred to those as "break your head" jammies. Those jammies spend several hours in the ER one day.

This has not changed much. Well Zane may not nap much anymore.

Who knew the devil liked chocolate and had a blankie. And I think Val has a delvish twinkle in her eye.

Notice the game remote in Zane's hand. Things have not changed much.

Are we dirty enough?

Doesn't every mother wish for this to happen more often than it actually does?

Watching them dig the hole for the pool. Heavy equipment...AAAhhh

Love this guy!

It was a toss up to post this picture or the one of him coloring with his skates on. I figured this one would embarrass him more.

If you look really close you can see Zane's head on the passenger side. Andy is such a good guy.

Love the colors in this picture. Notice the chili cheese fries. Still one of her favorites.

Yep, he used to let me hold him. Now I can't even get a kiss. I love that little boy.

Zane does not look amused. Probably tired of getting clubbed by that thing.

Action shot. Zane looks like he has four arms from Val's shadow.

Zane & Colton a few steps ahead of their Pa. Look at those cute little boys.

Little Luna. Not so flattering.

But she sleeps the same way.

I think I like this one because the grass is green. And Luna is calm.

Who would have known Zane would love the garden?? I guess it is digging in dirt.

Isn't she beautiful? Everytime I see this picture I think she looks just like her Aunt Meghan.

Grand Canyon June 2009. Awesome vacation!

Christmas 2009 Val & Zane and their GREAT granddaddy!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Val turns 10

On January 9, 2000 I was blessed with this beautiful little girl. Valerie Kate turned 10 this past weekend! Where has the time gone? We celebrated with family this past weekend and Val is having a bowling party next weekend with friends from school. Happy Birthday Val!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween cupcakes

Not sure if it is a tradition yet. Last year the kids and I decorated cupcakes for Halloween. We had so much fun we did it again this year. I just let the kids go. Spiderwebs, tombstones, monsters, cats... they are so creative.

Monday, October 19, 2009


The weather was beautiful on Saturday so we went to the Elgin Christmas Tree Farm for pumpkins. It was a little festival and the kids enjoyed themselves.

Valerie and Zane posing on some of the pumpkins
Andy and Hannah with Val and Zane on an antique tractor. Love this picture.
Valerie and Mom on the hayride. Zane decided to walk with Andy and Hannah.
Face painting. Zane got flames, Val a pumpkin.
Pumpkin painting
Great time of year. Weather is terrific and getting ready for the holidays. This year for Halloween Val has decided to be a devil and Zane a whoppie cushion. Happy Fall!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Zane is 7

Seven years ago today I was blessed with this beautiful baby boy. I love going back and looking at my many wonderful memories. Zane makes me laugh every day and really is one of the sweetest kids I have ever met. Chad said I should stop calling him my baby...but he is. Happy Birthday Zane!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sew, sew, sew

Valerie's grandmother signed her up for a one week sewing class this summer. She loved it. She made a pin cushion, pillow case, pajama bottoms and a purse. All in one week.

Grandmother gave her a sewing machine. So she decided to make her cousin Hannah a purse for her birthday. She only had to start over once. I think she did a wonderful job and I hope Hannah likes it. Maybe Val can teach her mom how to sew.

The finished product. The green one Val made in her class and the blue one is for Hannah's 14th birthday.