Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Farewell to some great friends

Here are some shots from a last get-together with a few great families. We are going to really miss having them around.


Kim and Julie


Greg, Chrissy, and their new baby, Jude


And now we interrupt the animal game for ...

Theresa happily taught the Johner and Schmiesing children one of her favorite games, "The Animal Game." Clare had a hard time breaking character for the picture!


All Aboard!

Once the animal game was over and they had all eaten their fill, it was outside and ride the wagon.


Getting ready to slide, one, two, three ... go! (Whose back there keeping Joseph from a false start??!!)

Then off to the local park, where we tried to share the skateboarding court with some local teenagers.


Guess who fell off first!!

Happily there were only a couple casualties from the merry-go-round. The worst was when a girl not in our group got thrown off when Kim and I decided to push it together! Oops! Fortunately, she wasn't physically hurt, although, I don't think she'll be wanting to ride any merry-go-round any time soon.

Thank you Kim and Julie for putting this together! Enjoy the beach!
Greg and Chrissy, it was great having you in the Northwest for a little while. Cows and horses in Ohio ... beware!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

What's missing??!!


Yep, Theresa lost her first tooth! And like all things she does, it wasn't the conventional way most children loose their first tooth. She had to make it interesting.

Theresa acquired a couple cats that have been living in the hayloft in the barn, and being the responsible young girl she is, she would feed them every day ... well, maybe every third or fourth day if they were lucky ... but, in any case, this happened to be one of those lucky days for the cats. Theresa has a special way that she feeds these cats ... she fills up a small bucket with cat food which she brings down to the barn, so as not to have to bring cat food down every time. This also happened to be one of the days where she had to refill her cat food bucket.

The problem with the bucket is that she can't climb the ladder to the hayloft and carry the bucket at the same time. So she devised the scheme of tying some bailer twine to the bucket, putting the twine between her teeth, climbing the ladder, and then proceeding to pull the bucket up to the loft. Pretty ingenious, except in this particular case, when she somehow dropped the bucket ... with the twine still between her teeth! Out popped a tooth.

Now, even more amazing was the fact that she didn't cry at all, except maybe cries of joy. I have hardly ever seen her more excited and happy. To her, losing the tooth was a rite of passage. Now she really is a big girl!

We never did find that tooth, but Theresa was bound and determined to have the Tooth Fairy stop by, so she wrote a letter explaining the situation, put the letter under her pillow, and sure enough, the Tooth Fairy took care of her! :)

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Matt & Magdalene's Wedding

We got back recently from my brother Matt's wedding down in Denver. What an amazing wedding and an amazing trip! Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy. As always, I hope to share more with you soon.

Matthew and his beautiful bride, Magdalene

The wedding party and family

Magdalene and Theresa, one of her flower girls

Joseph and Patrick, the ring bearers


A picture of the family.... just weeks away from the new addition.


On the way back we drove past Flaming Gorge National Park