Month: July 2014

Saying goodbye to one baby girl and hello to another

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Yesterday was quite the emotional day.

At about 6:45 am I was on my way to work and I got a text from Jim that said he and Leana were at the hospital and that baby Cleo was on her way! OH MY WORD!! How was I supposed to work all day? Thankfully Jim did a great job of giving us a play by play.

At one point this is what he said:


Dude is going to be in so much trouble for the “childbirth is boring” comment!

I got off work a little early as we were meeting up with Holly and Timothy. Unfortunately it was to say goodbye. They left today for their new life in Detroit. We went and got frozen yogurt (which was a bad idea as the crazy lady had a panic attack as I started having flashbacks to the last time we got together with family at a frozen yogurt place to say goodbye.)

Then we went to Scheels so the little kids could ride the ferris wheel with the big kids.



At 5:45 pm CST we said our final goodbyes.


Molly was sad that Holly was leaving her!

Four of our five crazy kids!

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They headed out-of-town early this morning and we heard from them about an hour ago that they made it to their half way destination.


As we were saying goodbye to our baby girl, Jim and Leana were saying hello to their new baby girl.

Cleo Susan was born at 6:47 pm EST. She weighed 7 lb 10 oz and was 20 1/4 inches long. Everything with the delivery went really well. Leana did amazing, and I’m sure Jim did amazing too!

Here is our precious baby blue eyes.

(Leana and Angel gave Jim the nickname of “Jimmy blue eyes”. And so when we learned Leana was pregnant we started calling the baby “baby blue eyes.” I think she might have that nickname for a while!)

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Like I said it was such an emotional day.

Experiencing joy and pride as we sent off Holly and Timothy for this next chapter in their life.

Sadness as we sent off Holly and Timothy for this next chapter in their life.

Such joy and excitement as we welcomed Cleo into the world.

At the same time it was bittersweet due to not having Mom and Dad here to experience it with us.

Regardless of the joy or sadness or excitement we give praise to God for His amazing blessings! And we are counting down the days until we can see Holly and Timothy again – not sure how many days but hopefully at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

We are counting down the days until we get to meet Cleo. Literally! Only 28 days to go! We learned last week that Tracy is going too and Patricia is still trying to see if she can come for part of the time. We have a house rented on the beach and it will be a wonderful time of hugging Cleo and kissing Cleo and squeezing Cleo. Can’t wait!


I don’t know if you can call it sewing

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When we moved back to town Pat got my sewing machine all set up in our extra bedroom. I’ve been excited to try my hand at using it again. Even though I’ve never really sewn to begin with. Unless you count sewing a hem  on some curtains.

I figured I’d better stick with what I know. We had bought really long curtains for our kitchen windows and they needed to be made into smaller curtains with a valance. So basically just cutting and hemming but it felt like a huge project to me.

I think they turned out pretty cute. Although probably not sewn “to code,” or whatever the right terminology is. But hey, as long as you don’t look too close, they look good!

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We recently got Caleb a bed set that came with a curtain but he also has another set of windows that are wide and short. He doesn’t use the flat sheet and so I decided to use that to make curtains for the other windows.

Thankfully my 5-year-old doesn’t care what his curtains look like, because I didn’t make them quite the right size.


Ooops. Oh well. I was impressed with myself that I managed to sew a fairly straight hem. I have many grandiose plans to sew a dress for Angel, curtains for our weird shaped window in our room and maybe a few other things. We’ll see.

In other news we went on a bike ride tonight. Pat and Holly took the kids for their first ever bike ride yesterday morning. They went a long ways too. Tonight was their second bike ride, but my first time seeing them ride on the trails. I was a proud mama!


Also yesterday after I got off work, Holly, Angel and I got ourselves manicures.


I can’t believe how grown up Angel is becoming. She was so confident about everything, it was so cute.

And speaking of cute, I went to tuck in Caleb last night and I was greeted by this…


Love my little dork!


I took this picture at work today on my break…


Seriously, so beautiful. I’m so grateful!

Also grateful for my hubby, who was on my mind today, especially when I got this out of the pop machine…


Well that’s life lately. Enjoy your weekend!


Our 5 kids

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Last night all FIVE of our kids were home!

If you are new to the blog, you might not realize we have five kids!

Holly (my step-daughter)
Timothy(Holly’s husband)
Cody (my step-son)

Holly and Timothy live out-of-town and so we don’t get to see them a lot. But they are in town for a few days before they move to Detroit. Cody lives in Sioux Falls, but unfortunately we don’t get to see him much. Since Holly and Timothy were over for supper last night, Pat was able to convince him to come join us.

It was amazing! I love my kiddos so much. And it’s such a joy to have them home!

Pat made a scrumptious supper – homemade mac-n-cheese, steak and shrimp. I was in charge of the bread and veggies. I threw a loaf of french bread in the oven and I microwaved some peas. And then I dropped the bowl of peas all over the floor. So like I said, Pat made a scrumptious supper!



As usually our entertainment for the night was Angel and Caleb.

After supper the guys had to check out Pat’s Jeep.


And then we asked Holly’s mom to stop by so we could get a family picture.


It’s been a very long time since we’ve all been together and have actually taken a picture. I love it, I thought it turned out great! Even Molly dog was looking at the camera!

The kids then convinced Pat to light a fire. It was a little breezy last night but he finally gave in.

We had bought those huge campfire marshmallows and so the kids wanted to have s’mores.


Oh my word. That’s a lot of marshmallow!  But we had fun making fun of each other trying to eat the humongous marshmallows.  Unfortunately Cody couldn’t stay long but Holly and Timothy stayed for a while.




Love, love, love my kiddos! So thankful we could all have a night together before Holly and Timothy head east.

Here are a few out-takes from our family photo shoot.



Even the out-takes aren’t too bad!

Hug your kids and/or parents today! If you can’t hug them, call, text, email, skype, etc., and tell them you love them. You can never say it enough!


Weekend wrap-up

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We had a very fun-filled weekend. It was supposed to be fun-filled up in Aberdeen with Aunt Nellie, but it ended up not working out for us to go. However it turned out being a blessing as we not only got some much-needed rest, but also made some great memories.

One of my best friends, Liz, called Friday night and asked if she could take the kids for a few hours on Saturday morning. They decided to go to the “goose park” and then out to eat.


We heard from Angel a little birdie that Caleb was his rambunctious, wild self and we felt so bad for Liz. But I told her she should take it as a compliment because he was treating her just like family.  Not only did the kids get to spend some time with Liz, Pat and I were able to do a little “antiquing” and had a lunch date.  Liz dropped the kids off around 2:00 and then we got ready for the big event of the day.


Both kids have been asking for weeks to go fishing. I’m not sure why they are so interested in fishing all of a sudden. We haven’t fished since the Spring before Mom and Dad died but we get asked often to go fishing, especially from Caleb.

By the time we got the poles ready, everything packed up, stopped to get our fishing licenses, worms and snacks, it was about 3:30. We went out to Wall Lake which is about 15 minutes west of Sioux Falls. It wasn’t really even that hot out, but man it felt hot. But the kids love it. At least for the first ten minutes or so.

All ready to go! Seriously, how cute are they!

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They each found their spot and settled in. .


Angel did a great job of casting. She was determined to get it right, which isn’t unusual. She’s always very determined. : )  Caleb did pretty good with casting, but couldn’t quite get it out more than a few feet. Angel actually got a fish on her line, reeled it in, and then just as I was going to grab it, it came off the hook! That was the only action we saw the entire time.

Although the “entire time” ended up only being about an hour. After that the kids were ready to call it quits and were begging to go to the beach.


I don’t think I’d ever been to the beach at Wall Lake and it was so nice. The water was a little green, but that didn’t bother me as I laid out on my blanket watching my kiddos and enjoying the beautiful sunshine.


Of course the minute we left, the kids were asking to go fishing again. They were pretty traumatized to learn that “going fishing,” doesn’t always mean that you actually get a fish to take home!

As wonderful as the time with my family was on Saturday, the best part of the weekend was another date I had on Sunday. A lunch date with these three wonderful ladies.


They are my accountability and encouragement partners, and I don’t know what I would do without them!  We ate. We laughed. We cried. It was wonderful. We haven’t been able to get together in a very long time, but hopefully we will be able to make it a regular event!

We also got to spend some time with Holly on Sunday. Her and Timothy are in town for just a few more days before they pack up all they own and head east to Detroit. We are cherishing this time with them, and were able to enjoy a very special evening tonight as all FIVE of our kids were home. I can’t wait to share pictures with you tomorrow!

That’s about it for this weekend wrap-up! Hope you had a memory-making weekend too!