Monday, September 29, 2014

{Kaleb Flew a Helicopter!}

Kaleb has loved helicopters since he was a little boy.
On September 7th, he got an opportunity to take to the sky for his first flying experience.
A local gentleman offered to take Kaleb up in his helicopter to encourage his interest in becoming a pilot.
During the 52 minute flight, Kaleb was allowed to do some of the flying himself.


I was able to get a picture of him flying over our house.
We were all so excited for him!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy 32nd Birthday, Khara!



And.....

Happy 5th Anniversary to You and Tim!



Love you guys SO much!!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

{Deck Renovations}

We have wanted a roof over the deck for a few years now, but there was always something else!
Because of some serious issues that we have had with ice at the back door,
dad decided that it needed to be under roof before winter.
And so, wood was ordered and construction started the last week of July!

Dad had that week off, so that made for a really great start.
A man from our church, who is a fabulous carpenter, agreed to help us out, and that was also a HUGE blessing!

Starting the process!


It took several days work to tie the new roof into the roof on the original house. Dave's son, Philip, was able to help out several days, too.

It was SO cold and SO wet the first couple of days!
The poor guys were soaking wet and freezing!
But anyone who knows dad, knows how true this is:
Anyone: "Hey, it's really cold and raining out here."
Dad: "So?"





They unloaded the shingles onto the roof at the front of the house, and carried them to the back, rather than taking them up the stairs and then up the ladder.







Lighting


Ceiling

Putting up ceiling fans.....at 9 p.m.
I think he was getting excited!

Relaxing....even though it was a mess and still not finished!


So, after 3 weeks of lots of hard work, here is the best part!!!!!!!!!



And we LOVE it out there!!

















Tuesday, September 9, 2014

{Mom}


Happy 54th Birthday, mom!
Thanks for all you do for all of us!
We love you SO much!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

{Timmy's First Football Game of the Season}

Timmy had his first football game last Saturday, August 23rd.
His team won 26-8 and Timmy scored 3 of the 4 touchdowns!!

Way to go, #27!!

Timmy's little shadow!! Zoey is so proud her big brother!




Great job, Timmy!
We love you SO much!

Monday, July 28, 2014

{35 years}

Happy 35th Anniversary to the best
mom and dad EVER!!!! 
We love you SO much!!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!!



"O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."
By Francis Scott Key





Thursday, July 3, 2014

{Katrina's 15th Birthday}

Katrina wanted to ride Go-Carts for her birthday, so last Saturday afternoon we all went down to Smiley's and had a great time!! 
We ended up getting all day passes, which turned out super great! The weather was PERFECT and it wasn't too crowded!!
Since it was a day pass, we got to do just about everything there, however much we wanted and we could also come and go as we pleased!!


Go Carts!
This is what Katrina came for and this is what she did most!!
She and Kaleb must have gone around this track at least 100 times!!
Kaleb and Dad

Katrina

Kelley

Kaitlyn, me, and Kelley

Really, the rules were not that complicated!!
It just looks like we don't understand!

Kaleb and Kaitlyn

Batting Cages
A couple of us went to the batting cages and did really good!
Dad

Kelley

Kaleb

Miniture Golf
Dad, Kelley, Kaitlyn and I went Mini golfing.........
..........3 times!!

"Gives us a sort of cosmopolitan look, don't you think?"
(a quote from a movie -- in a British accent)




Hole in one!!!

Water Bumper Cars
Kaleb, Me, and Katrina

Kaleb and Kaitlyn

Laser Tag
This was the first time most of us had played Laser Tag.
Kaleb won every match. We had a lot of fun!!!!!


Our shoes and fingernails were glowing!
It was pretty cool!!

Zero-turn Bumper Cars
Kaitlyn, Dad, Kaleb and Katrina

They were really fun, but it was kind of a tight space for so many cars.
So instead of playing by the rules, they figured out how to just sit in one spot and spin in circles REALLY fast!

Kelley

Kaleb, Kaitlyn and Katrina

After a couple of hours, we went back to the house and had lunch. 
Then we went back down for a few more hours!
Before it got dark, we went home to have cake and ice cream and let Katrina open her presents!!




Then we headed back down to Smiley's AGAIN to try everything out in the dark!!
Hey, that was the joy of having day passes!!!!
Before we knew it, it was 11:00 pm!!!!!!! 

To finish out her birthday celebration, Katrina got her ears pierced on Sunday!!!