Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Long time no update

Well a lot has happened since I last blogged 8 months ago.

Jake graduated from High School in May.  He spent the summer at home working 2 jobs.  He worked at Fazolis where he had been since January.   He also worked at a Fitness Club in Bondurant, which he absolutly loved.  He repeatedly said it was his dream job.

He got accepted into the Fitness Management Program at the Des Moines Area Community College in Boone.  He moved out in the middle of August and is living in Boone in the student apartments.  He is sharing an apartment with 3 other boys.  So far he seems to really like it.  He quit working at the fitness club and Fazoli's before he headed to college due to the distance and gasoline costs.  He is now working part time in Ames at the Panda Express.

This summer Tony spent a lot more time outside than in years past.  He started roller blading and riding his bike almost every day.  He also learned to mow the yard this summer which was very exciting.  He grew a ton, about 30 pounds in 3 months.  Part of that is his medication and the other part is that he is a 16 year old boy.

He started his Junior year of High School.  He is taking the year off of band and thinks he may join the Tech Club.  He has been working with grandpa about 1 day a week and seems to really enjoy that.  He is hoping to get a job at Batteries Plus in the near future.  He has a teacher at school that has been helping him with that.

 Brodie just started 3rd grade.  He was excited to get back to school.  He really missed all of his friends this summer.  Baseball kept us pretty busy the first part of the summer.  Football season is coming up now and he couldn't be happier.  Dad has Iowa State season tickets and Brodie can not wait to go with him to a couple games.  We signed him up for Flag football this year and that will be starting in about a week.  He's ready.  He's been practicing all summer.

 Mr. Drew just started 2nd grade.  He too, was excited to get back to school although he misses his momma more than the other boys do.  He had a tough summer, battling recurring ear infections with ruptures.  Our ENT doctor feels that it's all caused from his very unhealthy looking nose.  We are getting ready to have some allergy testing done to see if we can identify the problem.

First day of school!

Dad went into work late to see the boys off on their first day of school.

 Then there is this little peanut.  Oh Emily Joy keeps me on my toes.  Just today I got all of my preschool stuff out and organized.  I plan to start preschool with her next week.  She keeps asking "can we do pretty school today?"  She really misses not having her boys home all day to entertain her.   I miss them too.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Brodie and Drew Winter Concert

Thursday December 5 Brodie and Drew had their winter concert.  Both boys did a good job knowing the words and singing along.

The first graders sang first.  Here is Drew's class below.

Drew is the second one in on the top row.

This picture is of  Brodies class.  He is on the top row in the blue shirt.

After the concert we headed to Dairy Queen for ice cream.  That has become our tradition after school concerts.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree...

  This year we decided to save a little money on our Christmas tree so we skipped going to the Christmas tree farm.  The atmosphere of that place is indeed fun.  The hunt for that perfect tree, the hot cocoa, wagon rides, we really did enjoy all that.  However we usually spend a small fortune on a tree.  
This year we headed into town and hit up Menards.  There we found lots of nice trees.  We couldn't agree on a tree so we did something completely out of the ordinary and we picked out a mystery tree.  We called it that because we picked a tree that was still all wrapped up in netting.  We had no idea what it was going to look like once we opened it up.
Here is the tree when Daddy first cut off the twine.

We waited till the next night to decorate the tree and by then it was absolutely perfect!  We couldn't of picked out a better tree!  
It's always fun watching the kids go through their boxes of ornaments.  I have fond memories of doing that as a child.  I still love to look through my box of ornaments and reminisce about particular ones.  The kids are getting their own collections and building their own memories about certain ornaments.  

Once all the decorations were up it was time for the star.  Emily got to place the star on the top of the tree this year.  Daddy had to help a little.

 Some how we managed to get a good family photo.  It only took us 3 takes.  Of course it took a little while to figure out how to do the automatic timer, but once we figured that out it was smooth sailing.  Everyone cooperated.  Yay for us!

Thanksgiving Part 3

Once our bellies were full, the tables cleared, and food put away, it was nail time!  The second and third generation girls took turns painting each others nails.

Of course Emily was all about getting her nails painted.  She loves it.  And her second cousin Selena was so sweet (and brave) and let Emily paint her nails.  I don't know who had more fun with that, Emily or Selena!

Here was the end results.  Of course Emily thinks that she can paint mommy's nails now too.  I am not near as sweet or brave as her dear cousin so Emily has yet to paint my nails!

Saturday morning before we packed up to head home Will and his momma had to break out the ol' Kaypro to see if they could get it to work.  They wanted to show the kids the computer that their dad grew up with.

Unfortunately they could't get it to do much more than turn on but they had fun reminiscing and looking through old floppy discs.

The kids still thought it was pretty cool.  Dad's first computer looked pretty ancient to them.  Technology sure has changed a lot in the last couple decades.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Thanksgiving Part 2

Thanksgiving morning started off with the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade on TV and Drew losing his front tooth.  Why the picture of all 3 boys?  Well, it took all 3 of them to help get the tooth out.  First the tooth was loose to begin with.  Drew had been working on it all week.  He lost the tooth next to it the week before.

Jake and Drew were messing around and Jake "accidentally" elbowed Drew in the mouth making the tooth bleed and become more loose.  And by more loose I mean it was basically just hanging there.  Ewww.   Drew didn't want to pull it out so he had Brodie do the dirty work.  After a little while the tooth finally came out!

I always get a family picture each Thanksgiving.  Here is this years.  Unfortunately there is usually one person who doesn't have the best picture.  This year it was Drew.  He was sad at the moment.
Here is the dinner table complete with name cards made by grandma.  

The family.  Minus myself and Jenny.
Grandma and Grandpa did something new this year and we went around the table and everyone said what they were thankful for.  It was pretty neat and something that will stay in the memory bank.

Grandpa Joel led the family in prayer and it was time to dig in.  It was an amazing dinner.  There was so many things to be thankful for.  Mostly, I was and am thankful to be part of such an amazing family.  I love each and every one of them so much.

To be continued...oh yes, there's more.

Thanksgiving Part 1

3 generations of bakers!  
We had a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving.  We spent a few days up in Colo with Will's parents.  I am dividing my post up into 3 sections because I have so many pictures that are just too good not to share!

We went up the night before and Emily spent the evening helping Aunt Jenny make pies.  
Only at your aunt and grandma's house could you be elbow deep in flour and have no grownups even bat an eye.

Here is Grandma teaching everyone how to properly flute the edges of a pie crust.  
To be continued.....

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Emilys First Haircut

At 3 years, 2 weeks of age Emily Joy got her first haircut.

Momma was tired of having her hair always in her face and covering her eyes so here are the results.

Now we can see those beautiful eyes and precious smile all the time.