Okay so I have been catching a bunch of slack from lots of people about the condition of my blog! You know who you are. So this post is an attempt at "fixing" it and then maybe I will post something, you know, "real".
I had to scan some of our wedding pics into the computer the other day because Jolyn was making a video slide show for Lanus and Joe's 50th wedding anniversary so I decided I would post this as a flashback! I guess I never realized how tall I am compared to my mother in law. I don't even have heels on and she does!
Ok so most of you probably know that I am taking the suggestion from Annie's blog and posting the poem that my Pa Gramps wrote for our wedding invitations. It meant so much more to all of us that our grandfather was able to be such a special part of our weddings. He is a very talented. man. Thanks Pa.
Remember! Oh remember! It was not too long ago, A princess with a tilted smile would set our hearts aglow.
But those moments turn to hours, and hours soon depart, Leaving only treasured memories to dwell within the heart.
It was bound to happen, inevitable some say, Along would come a handsome prince and carry her away.
The messengers with trumpets were dispatched throughout the land, To announce the royal wedding as he takes her by the hand.
The people come together, they bow their heads to pray. And ask for them God's blessing, on this, their special day.
What happens the princess and the charming prince as well? Why that's a storybook ending that only a tongue can tell.
We have them fast in Heart's fortress, justice swift and true, We can only keep them forever, perhaps we can make it two.
his mind that is. For some reason he got this crazy idea that we needed a jumpy inflatable thingy. Being the avid Ebay shopper that he is he went online and found this "bargain". So needless to say this will be present at Sam's birthday party Sunday (if it gets shipped in time). I really hope it is not one of those things that looks and sounds good when you buy on line and is complete you know what when it gets here. We shall see!
So in my pathetic blogging past I missed blogging some significant milestones. For instance Sam lost his first tooth a couple of months ago and although I took these pictures, I never posted them. Honestly, I did not believe that Sam had a loose tooth. He kept telling us that he did but we thought that he was just "wishful" thinking because Max had lost so many teeth and had been receiving visits from the tooth fairy. It took Max convincing us "Mom, Sam's tooth really is loose!" that it was true. I told Sam that if he wanted to go the movie later that night than he would have to let me pull his tooth. He said okay and opened his mouth but alas the tooth was all ready gone! He was upset because he didn't have a tooth to leave for the tooth fairy but we left a note and she understood!
Maybe later in the week I will catch up on other missed blogging opportunities, such as EASTER!
Max has been playing baseball this summer and I haven't even taken any pictures! I thought I would share his team photo because . . . well, its just Max. Yes, he is the child on the front row not even facing the camera. looking at the kid next to him making a weird face. Yes, Katie, Max's inability to take a normal picture carries over to other photographers as well! Here is his individual picture. A little better than usual, but Max seems to have a little of the "Chandler Bing" problem. Plus I noticed the tattoos on his arm after the pictures where taken. Oh well, I am sure we will just laugh at this someday! My goal is to get some action pictures taken next week since his season is ending then. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Chad and I decided to zip line when we were in port in Ketchikan Alaska. It was beautiful, and exhilarating, and a little scary, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Alaska has some gorgeous rain forests (because it rains more than 230 days a year here) and the view from the zip lining platforms was amazing!
Here Chad is all geared up and ready to go!
Of course here is me being a dork. This is at the top of one of the platforms we zipped from. I told Chad to kind of take the picture looking down so we could tell how high up we were, but obviously that did not happen.
Chad is taking off. Can't even see where is he heading, this was the longest zip line that we "flew" on. I think it was about 850 feet long. The professionals that were helping us said that we were probably going around 30 mph this day. The zip lines go faster when it is wet but I was happy we had the sunshine.
If you look really closely you can see me halfway down the line. Chad was a little late on the trigger.
We also walked over three suspension bridges. We were hooked onto a rope above the bridge so there was not anyway we could fall. Therefore we were free to jump around and swing the bridges if we wanted to. It was soooo fun, and the view from up here was breathtaking.
Chad and I on one of the three suspension bridges.
These trees that we are connected to are about 300 to 400 hundred years old!! My favorite view from the top of one of the platforms. As beautiful as the scenery was here (and is was awesome) this girl was ready to get back to the flatness of Oklahoma. Something about not being able to leave a place unless you take a boat or an airplane kind of bothers me. I would go back for a visit in a heartbeat!
I really don't know where to start bloggin' about our cruise. It was wonderful and we had a great time. Since I depended on my mother to do the major portion of the picture taking I will just put up a couple of pics and you can check out my moms blog to see the better pictures!
This picture was taken at Glacier Bay. It was so beautiful and pristine here. I don't have that great of a camera and this picture was taken through a window but this was one of the bigger glaciers that we saw. During the cruise we had two formal dinner nights. It was kind of fun to get all dressed up. Doesn't really happen that much around here!
One of the funniest things about the ship was that they had these rugs in the elevators that said the day of the week. At first I just thought it was funny, but I came to rely on those things. It was really easy to lose track of time!
Here is a funny picture of my mom and dad in Sitka. I think my mom spent half of her time on shore shopping for the grand kids. Imagine that. She bought these hats for Ben and Ryder, they are hilarious!
I really do have a ton to blog about so hopefully since school is out I will continue to update regularly. I plan on more cruise bloggin tomorrow!
Actually I should have titled this post "Ants in your pants, in your ears, on your feet, between your toes, under your diaper, on your tummy, in your belly button, crawling up your neck, and completely covering your clothes!"
Poor little Ben was covered with ants today at my mom and dads house. The kids were outside eating snow cones (yes, this probably had something to do with attracting the ants). Max comes into the house and says "There are ants on Ben". This was voiced very unenthusiastically, therefore I was really not concerned. My children for some reason have ant phobias. I did not at all rush to Ben's rescue, I simply took my time walking outside. Then I hear Emily say these exact words "Man that has to hurt", as I hear Ben's blood curdling screams! I was completely taken by surprise when my almost two year old baby was standing there with hundreds of ants on him! It was terrible. I started stripping his clothes off of him while Aunt Sally got the water hose. Those little boogers don't come off very easily either. Before I knew it, I had ants all of over me as well (luckily not in my pants!). These bites don't really seem to bother Ben anymore, but they do a pretty good job of making mommy feel bad!
I am not really feeling the love today. I am walking down the hallway and I find this note on Max's door. I take it he doesn't want Ben or I in his room, but Sam (of course it is his room also) and dad are okay!
Of course I am sure everyone has heard how much snow we received in Northwest Oklahoma. My boys woke up this morning and could hardly stand themselves when they looked outside. I did not let them go outside until about 10:00 and they finally ventured back in about 12:30! They are having so much fun.
Here is my little man. He of course could not be left out of all of the fun!
Ben is actually having more fun than this picture shows. It was pretty hard for him to get around because the snow drifts are so high, and let me tell you how hard it is to carry a 26 lbs. child in knee high snow! My legs are still burning! Our neighbor has his brother come and clear a small portion of his driveway and it ends up making this use pile of snow. Max and Sam made a huge slide out of it and slid for over an hour!
And of course we know that Daddy had to get in on the fun. This picture makes me laugh but you had to see Chad try to get out of the situation to truly appreciate the humor. I about wet my pants.
Sam jumped off of our small brick wall on our front porch and got stuck here. He really didn't even care, he just smiled and me and ate snow! The boys are out again (even Ben) and I am going to have to go get them! I played for awhile, but I am just not as young as I used to be and I get tired fast! I really need to get into better shape! Hope everyone is enjoying this weather as much as we are! We love it!
After we left Incredible Pizza we went to meet baby Allie. She is so tiny it amazes me. Especially since the last newborn I held was monster Brock who is actually twice her size. Max decided that he wants another baby at our house, but he really wants another boy not a girl! He may be disappointed :)
While we were at the Meekers Uncle Kent got out his real fireman's hat and let Max try it on. Max was ecstatic!
After we left the Meekers we headed to the hotel and of course the boys wanted to swim. They were a little nervous at first and needed some encouragement to get in the pool. So I just threw them in. Some spectators at the pool got a kick out of it!
Ben wasn't real sure about the water at first!
but he eventually remembered what a water dog he was last summer. We had to pull him kicking and screaming out of the water. Chad's lips were turning blue and the other boys were ready to go back to the room!
Here is Max warming up in the hot tub while we try to persuade Ben to leave the pool!
We had an exhausting Tuesday but the boys loved it. Stay tuned for the next post!