Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
- the green, green grass
- the big expanse of blue sky (even in the winter)
- the corn
- seeing for miles and miles
- the early morning sunrises and beautiful sunsets
There are many things to not like about Iowa.
- the smell of ripe manure being spread on the fields, especially this time of year.
- hog smell
- WIND that makes you wonder why anyone would live here!
- wind and bitter cold in the winter
- um, these little black bugs that never used to live here when I lived here before, but now live here since I have moved back. They come during the harvest, and spit acid on your skin (which totally burns).
I am sure there are pros and cons to every state and country. I thought I would share with all of you the things I like and don't like :)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I never lived close to my Grandpa and Grandma growing up, but my parents made a big effort every Summer to visit and stay with them for 2-3 weeks while my dad helped with the farming. It was one of my favorite memories of childhood - going to my Grandparents in Illinois. They had a huge farm with an orchard of apple trees, a swimming pool, GREAT food, pedal cars (yes the classics!), cats/kittens, cows, a riding lawn mower, and the list could go on and on. I was always sad to leave when our time was done.
My Grandpa was extremely musical. He LOVED music and sang all the time for weddings, funerals, with a Barbershop Quartet, etc. I remember when I was learning to play the piano, he would love to listen to me and would always encourage me to play with more feeling. (I suppose that is why today I "feel" so much through music). He would literally sit at the piano with me and sing with feeling. It was such a learning experience I never knew was even happening.
The last time I saw my Grandpa was over 2 years ago. I have to say that when my Grandma passed away when I was in 6th grade, our relationship changed. He remarried and we were still living far away, so everything changed. We did not see him as much as we had all the other years.
I think what saddens me is that our ties to our life and memories of Illinois may be gone forever. A part of history/generation is ending. A cousin of mine told me yesterday that he and his wife had visited a few years ago and video taped Grandpa for about 2 hours. They drove around and heard all kinds of stories - where he grew up, things he had built, etc. I have never heard those stories from him, but we now have it documented. History doesn't have to be lost if we stop our busy lives and spend the time talking, sharing stories, etc.
I will forever be grateful to my cousin who took that time to do that for our family. I look forward to hearing and learning more... from my Grandpa - in his own words, his own facial expressions. That will be something to cherish and hang on to for the next generation.
Thank you Brett and Julie!
Friday, October 10, 2008
During Charlie's younger days, he figured out the game peek-a-boo all on his own. He would somehow get the blanket over his head, giggle and kick awhile, then quickly pull the blanket off. I think he is learning quickly how to self-entertain, which is a great thing to learn - I just never thought he would have it down at 4 months old, when he started this new trick!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Mom's homemade cake for Josie. The kids like to pick their decorations, and Josie wanted squiggles. I can do that!!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Now that our house has become a 3 bedroom home from previously being a 4 bedroom home, we have 3 kids in one room. Charlie's crib is in with the girls, which causes a big problem when it comes to training him to sleep through the night. (no, he is STILL not sleeping through the night!!)
We have done the method of training where Charlie will start to cry, and we all (yes, all - even DJ downstairs can hear him crying) endure the crying for 10 minutes. Jeff or I will go in and pat him on the back and then let him cry for 15 min., then we go in and pat him on the back and we continue on in this pattern. Well, the first night we were all awake for a good hour or more. Of course, Charlie decided to do this a few times during the night. Needless to say, our whole family was exhausted by the time the sun popped up!
We have now set up a nice comfy "bed" downstairs in DJ's room, on the floor for the girls, until Charlie is sleeping completely through the night. It is amazing how much a little person can change everything that has been established for years!
Maybe if DJ had been number 4, he would have been the same as Charlie.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Oops! Got some hair with this one!
Summer rec ball for Josie and DJ.
The kids with their good friends, the Batts girls - Madelyn, Audrey and Ellie (except Charlie, who missed out on the whole lake thing because he was hungry.)
We have been busy having fun this Summer. We have done some traveling, some swimming, some laking, some summer rec for the kids and some staying home for "family night". We still have a few more fun things up our sleeve, but we will have to be quick because the days are dwindling fast!
Friday, May 9, 2008
I can't believe my kids are now wearing the plaid bottoms. That truly makes me feel old!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
We went to Sioux City for the day to celebrate my birthday!!!! I was so excited!! :)
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Our early married days were spent working A LOT, socializing, exercising, etc. We were both full-time students at a private Christian college, which meant high tuition. Jeff was told at one point from the financial aid guy that he had made more than any other student, ever. That's why we actually ended up paying more for school!! Good incentive to work, huh?! Jeff built hockey rinks and worked for a cleaning company (about 30 hrs a week). I worked at a local grocery store, a group home, and at the college. I ran 3 miles a day, Jeff golfed when he wanted, and together we got together with friends whenever we felt like it. Oooh, the good ole days.
We finished our years of school and moved to Michigan to start our new life. Jeff had a teaching job, so I started looking for work as a social worker. It took about 8 months to get a job in my field, but I got one and we were rolling in the dough! After our first year in Michigan, we bought our first house and started to think about filling it up with more than our two person party. About 7 months later, I was pregnant. Yay!!!
Our 5 years of being a "party of two" was now going to be a "party of three" and we were totally excited.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
“Party of Two”
It is a lot easier to go out and get a table at a restaurant as a party of two. Monica and I met when we were both students at Unity Christian High School. We did not know each other very well and we had different groups of friends most of our high school years. We started to notice each other more when we took “Christian Marriage and Family” as a senior year elective course. Monica and I were paired up as a couple to make a budget. Since that spring of 1992 we have been a couple. We dated for our first two years at Dordt College and then got married in June of 1994. I will let Monica tell you more about our life as a “Party of Two.”
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
On January 27th, we welcomed home the 6th member of our family, Charlie Alan. We had been a "party of five" family for 4 years and we had planned on keeping it that way, until...well, I probably don't need to explain the rest!
We are now a family that consists of Jeff (the dad), Monica (the mom), DJ (the older brother), Josie (the oldest sister), Emma (the younger sister) and now Charlie (the baby). We are now a "party of six" because let's face it, when there are six members, it's always a party!!!!!