Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
That old nasty country rose wallpaper was so stubborn to remove that we ended up putting up new sheetrock.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
(Josh if you're reading this, notice your Reader's Digest Santa is prominently displayed!
I really like the look of these retro ornaments in glass bowls
(these are the ornaments we had at our house growing up)
Gingerbread men handmade by Debbie and Madeleine.
They came with a slip of paper that says 'family is always only a heart away'.
A very special gift from when Debbie lived in Lexington.
They used to hang out on the piano each Christmas but Sara had to find them a new home since the piano is gone, I really like her idea of putting them on the kitchen window.
The tree with the angel topper that used to be Debbie's.
All of the ornaments hold so many memories, trips taken, special interests and sports from the kids' years growing up, handmade ornaments that the kids and other family members have made through the years. The angels that Debbie gave everyone her last year with us.
And of course there's stuffed Sebastian of Little Mermaid fame who came free with a fast food dinner so very long ago. Each year Sebastian barely survives the trash can where Bobby threatens to put him! And where did Flounder go? He's not on the tree, hmmmm, I better ask Bobby if he had anything to do with that!
The fireplace minus the stockings. Sara hung the stockings on the living room windows because the fireplace gets so warm!
And the best thing about decorating this year? The boxes didn't have to be brought upstairs from a basement which made decorating a breeze.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
may we know them,
Together we've rejoiced when babies were born, we've celebrated marriages, new jobs, promotions, new homes, and new romances. We've shared tears and grieved together for the loss of parents. Three of the group are brave breast cancer survivors. And two members have moved away to other parts of Missouri but return frequently to join the group.The year we all turned 40 each person took a turn planning a special event in honor of another person during the month of their birthday. What a fun year that was! There was a laser tag outing, a gym was rented and we played volleyball and ate pizza, we went back to our old high for the homecoming football game, a limo was rented that took everyone out for an evening of bowling, and one evening was spent dancing at a club.
The year we turned 50 a traveling package was mailed from person to person for their birthday. The package included a journal, a troll, a princess crown and a disposable camera. There were instructions to memorialize your 50th birthday with a picture taken on the camera with the troll and wearing the crown, create a journal entry, and add an item to the package that represented who you were at 50 and mail the package to the next birthday celebrant, oh and to keep it a secret. Once everyone had reached their 50th milestone we met for dinner and passed the contents of the package around the table. There was lots of laughter and a few tears too as the contents were shared.
A cruise has been suggested to celebrate our 60th birthdays!
Ladies, here's to you and the next 25 years!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
This picture is an old railroad depot turned restaurant in Mason, MI where Josh and I enjoyed a breakfast of pumpkin oatmeal and blackberry pancakes while Susan was at school. He can't wait to take her back there for breakfast.
Josh is Mason's newest EMT! Part time for now while he finishes paramedic school. And back in Kansas on Sunday morning Bobby started a fire in the new fire pit he and Sara built out by the woods behind the shed, we all sat around the early morning fire visiting, it was almost like camping except we could run to town and bring back McDonald's for breakfast!
Josh & Susan headed back to Michigan later that day, Coop's already in the back seat, he is such a good traveller!
It was great to have them home for a few days and also great to have the opportunity to experience a bit of Michy Wishy with them again!