Thursday, June 25, 2009


We went fishing some days ago...

This is one of Dad's favorite hobbies

Lydia super amazed

and super proud!

This guy just liked hang'in out!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Dubuque, IA

Dubuque, IA is a neat little city. It is not necessarily a hot spot for vacation, but none the less can deliver for some nice family times.
I love this kind of "thing". We rode the
Fenelon Place Elevator. At the top is a charming neighborhood and below is the business district with restaurants, shops, & churches. The locals still use it.

The kids loved it.

This Guy has been asking to see a cave.

So, a cave tour it was.
It was actually quite "adventurous" at times!

This is me with Cyrus
(I usually do not do this side of the camera-
Donna @ Quiet Life had a post about doing so - so I am trying!)

"Signature colors"

For Lydia if it is not pink,then it is a coerced converstion (to get her to wear it)!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tagged Crazy Eight

Well, I usually do not take the time to do these, I enjoy reading others, but then I usually just skip it! But here it goes, I was "tagged" by Tami.

8 Things I am looking forward to:

1. Going to Michigan - to the beach
2. Summer BBQ's
3. Practing photography of kids & discoving new places in the process.
4. Farmers Markets
5. 10 Year Wedding Aniversary (October 15)
6. Finishing the kids step stool project - getting their 'lil footprints on it!
7. Participating in Adoration of the blessed sacrament
8. Reading "The Shack" by David Gregory

8 Things I did yesterday:

1. Took Evan & Lydia to swim lessons.
2. Had a picnic at the pool.
3. Went to Old Navy - with the whole family - fun!
4. Did laundry (wa-hoo)
5. Played Hi Ho Cherry O
6. Helped Cyrus practice walking.
7. Ate Peanut M&M's.
8. Ate frozen pizza - gosh, I sound so healthy.

8 things I wish I could do:

1. Photograhy
2. Travel to Europe with all the kiddos (ok I guess DH too- that is you Mike if you read this)
3. Stop any/every bug from entering our house
4. Cooking came more naturally for me.
5. Have a better memory
6. Exercised more - cliche' answer I know, but so true
7. Snow ski
8. Buy a home in the mountains and one on the beach - a personal jet might make this more convenient

8 Shows I watch:

1) John & Kate plus 8 - embarasingly so!
2) 18 Kids & Counting
3) Bill O'Reilly
4) Oprah - occasionally - I know fairly stark contrast from previous
6) I am running out here - I do not watch tv much anymore
7) Grey's Anatomy - I used to - have not seen it lately
8) Last year I watched Lost...

8 People tagged:

(I am going to fall short here)

1. Rachel
2. Sheryl
3. Margaret
4. Donna
5. Charlotte
6. A Blessed Life

Monday, June 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Lydia

How quickly they go from this...

and this...

and also this...

as well as this...1 year
to 2 years
to 3 years old!
Our Sweet Lydie
We heart you!
Happy Birthday!
Our Lydia is 3 years old today!

I tried looking for some "baby, baby" pics of our girl, but I had forgotten the 'ole computer crash and hence no baby pics on our computer - bummer. But thank goodness for Shutterfly - so not all is a complete loss!