Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Breat Cancer Awareness

In October my friend Tamorah and I took our girls got get pink extensions. The money spent is donated to breast cancer research and with breast cancer in my family history, I'm always eager to help. 

Dallas was so sweet and patient with the room full of giggling girls.

Tamorah had her dogs with her. Aren't these four precious?!

New hairdos.

Monday, January 25, 2016


I had plans to write all of these posts in the order they happened. But the others are going to have to wait. 

We had a wonderful 9+ inches of snow this last week and Jon and the kids were home. We had tons of fun sledding, building snowmen, and having snow ball fights. The kids would come in to warm up and change out of wet clothes. I had to bribe them one day to come in and eat. 

Church was cancelled due to the road conditions. So Saturday morning we all headed out to find the best sledding hill. About halfway through Caitlin fell and got her gloves and arms wet and packed with snow. She claimed to be tired and so we headed back to the house for a hot shower and some rest.

After the shower she begged to go back to find the others. She claimed to have heard them just down the road from our house - the hill we started on. I let her go into the front yard to look and see if she could see the sledders. She wasn't to leave the yard unless she could see them from the driveway. She turned and saw me watching from the window and then headed down the street. She raised her arm as if waving so I assumed she'd found them. I couldn't quite see the hill from the window, but it's almost in front of my in-laws house. So I knew she'd be fine. 

About 10-12 minutes later, Jon and Dominic came in. I asked them where Caitlin was and it dawned on us after a quick discussion that she hadn't ever found them. We all threw our clothes back on and headed outside to look for her. Several of the neighbors joined the search. After searching the entire neighborhood and tracking her as far as the next main road we begin to panic. I called 911 and Jon headed to the garage to get the truck so he could look further. Just as I began to explain to the operator what my problem was, I saw the sheriff's suv coming towards me. I flagged him down and was shocked and relieved to see my daughter sitting in the seat beside him.

She had decided to go find her Daddy and headed the long way around to the other subdivision. Someone saw her walking and called the police. By the time he reached her, she'd walked a mile from home on a curvy, icy, road that had traffic and no shoulders. A young teenage boy had been worried about her and was driving slowly behind her while he called it in. 

I've never been that scared in my life. I now have a tiny inkling of what a parent must feel when their child is abducted. Because for a moment I thought I'd lost my daughter. Those were the longest moments of my life.

So I've hugged both of my kids more than normal and savored their smiles and giggles.
If you see me sporting a head full of grey hair you can blame it on my danger girl.

Friday, September 25, 2015

The things they say!


Every day when I drop the kids off at school they lean up into the front seat to give me a hug before they get out of the car. When Dominic leaned up I felt something on his face. 
"Dominic, you have something on your face."
"WHAT! I sure hope puberty isn't getting on me!"
"Uh, no. Pretty sure it's peanut butter from breakfast."
"Oh. Okay. I'll wash it off when I get inside."


Conversation overheard while the kids were playing in the other room.
Dominic - "Caitlin, it's just a fact you are going to have to accept and live with."
Caitlin - "Why?"
Dominic - "Because sometime we have to live with the fact that our family has very long eyelashes. We can't do anything about it."
Caitlin - "Okay, but it's annoying."

Oh to have such problems.


Dominic wasn't wanting to change out of his clothes from the day before that he'd also slept in.
"Can't I just wear this. It would be easier for everyone."
"Because I wouldn't have to change and you wouldn't have to do laundry." 


Apparently my children are very limber.


Motorcycle riding with Daddy.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


The kids had to a school project. They both had to pick a person that they considered a hero that they wanted to emulate in some way. Then they had to dress like them.

Dominic chose to be Russell Wilson, a Christian football player. 
I was able to find a helmet and football uniform. But after he put it on, he refused to let a picture be taken.

Caitlin wanted to be me. 
It was a bit amusing to hear the two kids discussing how to dress like me. It's interesting to see how someone else views you. And it was a little disconcerting to see how accurate they were.
 Caitlin has lost another tooth. I love this look!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Lost tooth!

Caitlin has lost her first tooth!
It had been loose for a while and I could see that it was ready to come out. So I asked her if she wanted me to pull it. She said yes. So I just reached in and grabbed it. Surprised both of us. But baby girl was brave. She didn't cry or even wince. Probably too excited to have finally lost a tooth.

Happy Birthday Dominic!

Our little boy is now 9 years old. 
And what a fun age that has been so far. 
Here are a few pictures from his birthday celebrations.

Monday, August 10, 2015

First Day of School

While we had a wonderful summer, both kids were excited to start school.
Caitlin is in 1st grade and Dominic is in 4th grade. Seems hard for me to believe.

Caitlin at her desk. 
She has Ms. Janzen for her teacher this year.
Dominic at his desk.
He has a two new teachers this year, Mr. Moors and Ms. Ellie.