What a day. We drove 1.5 hours to Fry’s Electronics. In the car Aunt Debbie taught us how to crochet some more. Nathan is doing multiple rows already. We both think it is a lot of fun. At Fry’s Aunt Debbie found the camera she wanted. From there we went to Panera’s to eat and then to Barnes and Noble. We looked at some magazines and then left Grandpa there looking at magazines while we went into this really big mall and went to the children’s museum. We had such a good time. Highlights were the “critter room” and the obstacle course. Pictures are on the picture blog. When we got home we went swimming, then supper and more crocheting. We sure are enjoying Aunt Debbie.


Okay!  Sometimes life just royally SUCKS!  This is one of those times!  Completely, totally, and thoroughly!  Okay! I stand corrected not thoroughtly, my 2 year old just took be by hand to the living room after that last sentence to “dance” to the song on Robin Hood!  Blessing counting time again!

Dancing with children

Kiddy kisses

First words

Heart giggles

Whispers in the ear

Mom, I love you!s

Cars that run (though, I wouldn’t know anything about that)

[Okay, maybe that was a complaint]

Cats and dogs playing together

Hopelessly romantic movies like “The Notebook”

Little Hands and feet

Soft Music

fresh, clean sheets

Air conditioning

No matter what happened in the past, the future is spotless.

If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute or two,
to stop and say that “I love you,”
Instead of assuming that you KNOW I do.
There will always be another day to say our “I love you’s,”
And certainly there’s another chance to say our
“Anything I can do’s.”
But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get,
I’d like to say how much I love you and hope we never forget.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.
So, if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day,
That you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or kiss,
And you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today, whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them.
And that you’ll always hold them dear.
Take the time to say “I’m sorry,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you,” or “It’s OK.”
And if tomorrow never comes, you’ll have no regrets about today. 

–Author Unknown

Thanks Ali!

I was having a conversation with some friends about art and whatnot so I thought I’d take photos of some of my grandmothers oil paintings.  Here they are:

Josh has just finished band camp but continues to have evening practices until school begins as well as car wash and various fundraisers for band as well. I promise you Josh has grown about a foot since Christmas!  He was the same height as me at 5’7” now he is taller that Kevin who is 6’ and skinny!  Handsome young man!


Garitson has enjoyed his summer and especially Royal Rangers.  He is still extremely interested in all things military. He is our reliable one.  If you are ever in need, he will be there for you. When I got the new sectional last week Garit helped me move EVERYTHING.  Kevin was at work and Josh at all day band camp.  Garit is indeed a trooper!


Nathan is spending time with Grandma and Grandpa this summer, almost three weeks!  Earlier this summer on a tubing excursion Nathan discovered carnivorous plants along the banks of the Blackwater River. Needless to say, the cooler became muddy very quickly transporting these very interesting living things home.  We planted them in an aquarium and many are still alive.  They aren’t allowed inside. Pewee! Oh my!  Really! 


Miranda is the sweet little mother hen.  She help out with her little sister so much it is unbelievable.  She too is visiting with her grandparents this summer in Texas. She is getting very into art. Loves to make books and draw.  Her goal is to be like her mom (me!) she says. I haven’t drawn in YEARS. They always go through my stuff and find drawings and rill me relentlessly!


Abbie had a wonderful seven weeks here. She is an outdoor person 100%.  She went camping for the first time, horseback riding, tubing, sea shell collecting, to the zoo, Chuck E. Cheese, visiting in Panama City, swimming in our pool almost each and every day, bonded with her baby sister, learned how to change a diaper(she was very proud of that!), re-learned how to ride her bike, drove our battery powered jeep, learned how to drive our pocket rocket, and countless other things! Whew!


Kiera (Kiki) is growing up a storm.  Her looks are changing from baby to little girl! (sigh) She is currently potty training; mom is a little slack on this one, hey she’s my last! She LOVES to write, color and draw! She is finally beginning to increase her vocabulary (Praise God) in leaps and bounds.


Kevin is trooping on.  He is obviously very, very sad our time with Abbie has ended!  he is hoping for a new job desperately!  These people just don’t pay him what they owe him!  What a horrible way to run a business, exploiting others! Pray that Kevin find a job he enjoys that is fair.


I am doing fairly well.  My health is stable. I’m sure you read my earlier postings on my new allergy…to cold!  What a royal pain in the bootie! I made hamburger patties the other night and my hands welted up like you wouldn’t believe.  I cannot drink anything, eat anything, touch anything or have anything cooler than my body temperature touch me or I break out in huge welting blisters. I’m still praying that this is just temporary. I can’t even play in the rain! Bummer! But hey…still cancer free two years now! AMEN!


You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”  

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Well, Abbie went back to her mother’s home in Seattle yesterday. J & G are visiting with their dad all week. N & M are still at Grandma & Grandpas until next Monday.  So it is just Kevin, Ki & me.