Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mason Man

My son. He is something I tell you. He is a complete ball of energy, with an exceptional eye for a good "gadget". He loves gadgets. He is fascinated with guns, even though we don't own one, and never talk about them, and I hate them. He has always loved to play dress up...with four sisters, can you blame him? He also loves to pick out his own clothes, which is something I only allow him to do on days we are going nowhere. If you follow this blog, you've seen previous samples of his work. Today was a doozy of a dress himself day. Today he put on jeans,and I am not sure if they were boy or girl jeans. He stuffed his pockets full of all the gadgets he could find. I think those included were a big lock, keys, a flashlight, and I forget but something else. He then put on a big tall pair of adult biker boots. They go all the way up past his knees. Then, he completed the outfit with his most prized clothing posession...his vest from last years Christmas outfit. He was stunning, and he knew it.

Enjoy the pics. :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Natalie's wedding adventure...

This past weekend we made the trip to Michigan that we had been looking forward to all year. It was Natalie's wedding weekend. Natalie is Jeff's sister Cheryl's daughter. Although I hardly even got to see Natalie, or much of the family, for that matter, it was just so awesome to be there. I only wish there were more hours in the day.
I often hear people talking about their in-laws and how horrible they are, or how they wish they lived elsewhere, or just downtalking them. When I hear that, I am just reminded about how incredibly lucky I am to have the "extended family" that I have. I certainly married into the right one, that's for sure! Not only are there SO MANY of them, and they are all incredibly friendly, welcoming and sincere...but they also live in such a BEAUTIFUL state. Michigan is as pretty to me as any vacation we've taken.

Jeff comes from a large family, and his mom and dad had seven children....Kevin, Cheryl, John, Patty, Jeff, James, and Joe. There are over 20 grandchildren at his point, and one great-grandchild. There are always great stories of "remember when" being told. I have been part of this family since I married Jeff in 1996...and I look forward to every single visit we get to make.

This visit was even more special because Gramma June was home! We nearly lost her a few weeks ago...but here she was, as wonderful and as loving as ever! She was still very tired, and obviously she had lost some weight, so the use of a wheelchair helped her to make it through the long wedding day. We love Gramma June so much....and leaving her this time was harder...and I did shed some tears. But...true to Gramma June form, she had Mason's birthday card to give him. She is SUCH a wonderful person, and my husband is lucky to have her as a mom, and I could not have asked for a more perfect mother-in-law.

Ok Ok, this wedding. Or weddingS, if you will. Natalie and her beau, Aravind, have known eachother for a very, very long time. Nat is a sweet little catholic girl, and Aravind is hindu. His parents are from India. He has lived in the USA forever, but his heritage is alive and well in his family. So this was quite the cultural event for our family. In the morning was the Hindu ceremony. I believe this usually is a 3 day long event, but they condensed it into a 3 hour event. Jeff, Alena and Julianne went, while I stayed at the hotel with the other kids....because Allison was sick that morning. We went at noon for the brunch of Indian food. It was fun to taste things we had never even heard of. Some things were good. Some, well...weren't. :)

The Catholic ceremony was in the evening, held at the same place, the banquet center. Natalie had on a beautiful white dress....and that is all I know, lol. Audrey and Mason were not being very quite, so I had to take them out into the hall. :( Someday...I will be able to sit through an entire event, won't I?? For the reception, the kids had to go back to the hotel, where my sister in laws sister babysat. The bigger girls were extremely disappointed that they couldn't go, stating that they were not "children"...but rules are rules. It was awesome to mingle with that side of the family that we never get to see. I miss them. Jeff misses them. But a good time was had by all.

So on to the fun

When we first arrived in Michigan, our first stop was Jeff's brother James and his wife, Susan's new home. They JUST moved in. Boxes weren't even unpacked, yet they were having us, and brother John and his family (in from Texas) over. Not only do they have the "biggest house of anybody we know", they also both have the biggest hearts of anybody we know. The kids were in amazement over the "dream home", and all the fun stuff in there. :) I was just soaking in all the goodness from talking with my sister in law Susan, whom I love...and James... There is nothing but good that comes from these two. We love you. And we loved playing with cousins while there as well. Here are some pics:

First thing the kids see...and spent HOURS in there.

Playing Princess dress up. Thank you Frankie for sharing your dresses!

George playing with his Robot made by Uncle James. :)

"Loom Mom! It's taller than me!!!"

The kids also started a band while there. I'll call them the "Upstairs Sensory Overloading" band. Ha! If you can tolerate the is a clip of a jam session:

And to document...WE ALL Love HOTEL's. :)

Jeff took about 100,000 pictures of the Hindu ceremony, but I'll post some of the best. :)

Some from the rest of the night...

I tried (with my crappy camera) to get a good shot of how beautiful this looked...I didn't do so good. But it WAS pretty.

Patty, Susan and James.

The kids with Gramma June. We were trying to take this in the middle of a hallway, and people kept walking through...and so, I am soooo sorry Grampa Joe for cutting your head off.

On the L O N G trip home...ha ha ha.

And there is nothing better after a long road trip...and seeing the Arch...knowing you are HOME!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A chair for Jason...

Jason, I hope you don't mind me stealing this picture..but I just LOVE it. :)

Here is my "BIG" cousin Jason, in an even bigger chair. :)

Saturday, August 1, 2009


For my wonderful family members who want to see some pics...but I have them posted on link below. :) There are some great ones of the kids at the pool.

I'm too lazy today to upload all the pics to here right now.

Love ya.



We all do it. At one point in our early years, we learn the A-B-C's. Mason, my nearly 5 year old, pretty much knows all of the letters. Smart boy. He will be reading soon.

To my excitement, Audrey named a bunch of the alphabet letters on the fridge today. I didn't realize she knew so many. What a smart girt!

I am so happy that my little guys are growing and learning so much.

But my happiness gets a little quelched when I think that Julianne, nearly 7...can't. Try as we might, she just struggles to remember most of them. I worry that she will soon realize that these little people are passing her up. I wonder if that will make her want to try harder, or if it will make her want to give up.