Saturday, August 29, 2009

My sun exposure is a little high here, but it's still a cute picture of Mia and the neighbor girls & their cousin eating watermelon on a sunny day.

Of note, Mia is the youngest of the bunch and she isn't too far behind in height to these girls who are older. She has always been in the 90-100+ percentile in height. I hope she doesn't stop growing and watch everyone pass her by as happened to me when I was young.

Mia - 8
Emily - 13
Lauren - 11
Amber - 14

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Baraboo Photos - part 1

Well, I did it again. I let too much time go between posts. Sorry!

Here are some photos of our vacation to Baraboo, Wisconsin in June. Some shots of the kids at the mom & pop motel we stayed at.....Seth & Mia playing poolside & near the playground with the big willow tree.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Long Time No Post

Wow, has it really been a month since I last posted here! Well June was pretty crazy for us and this month hasn't been much better. I'll try not to go so long between posts next time!

One of our main events in late June was a mini vacation to Baraboo, Wisconsin. This was our 3rd year to visit, though we skipped last year. On the way up, we stopped in the small town of Amboy IL where Brian had to get some apparel for work. While he got what he needed, the kids and I explored the main street. I just love the quaint downtown area of small towns. We stopped in at the mom & pop pharmacy and they had the old style soda fountain. They also had a candy section with tons of individual candies in small bins. I let the kids pick out a few pieces, then we wandered outside and found a bench to sit on while we waited. While they were munching, I couldn't resist snapping a few photos of the town's charm as well as the kids.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Camp Rocks

Mia just got back from a 3 night/4 day stay at church camp. She loved it! She had some great counselors and met some sweet new friends. Unfortunately the disposable camera we bought for her got left behind so there are no pictures to share. Here's one I took of Mia the night we picked her up. They had an awesome closing program with skits, singing & dancing, & a photo slide show. Once we left, Mia cried off and on most of the night because she was so sad that camp was over. I think part of her emotions were due to the fact that she was so worn out!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Got Teeth?

The face only a mother could love.....need I say more?

We are collecting donations for Seth's future dental work. Any denomination accepted!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pizza on a Crane

Yes, you read right. We went to The Pizza Machine, home of the World's Largest Pizza, for Mia's end-of-the-year Brownie meeting last week. They deliver 5 foot diameter pizzas to you on a huge crane. It's really pretty cool. The restaurant itself is pretty cool too as they have lots of rough, industrial-style decor and crazy machinery everywhere. What a fun place. Here are a few photos from the night....

Friday, May 15, 2009

Another Brick in the Wall

Mia's final Brownie Scout meeting of the year was held last night at The Pizza Machine in the old Vinegar Hill Mall in town. We love this old building as it's so full of character. The nearby streets are made of cobblestone and there are some great old brick steps leading up to the building. They made a perfect backdrop to take some portraits of the kids with my new Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. Love the artsy look of these shots. I snapped a few photos of Seth alone and then grabbed Mia for a few photos of them together, then Mia was off giggling with her friends. I'll have to take her for her own photo session another time. Check back for some neat photos from The Pizza Machine.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My Kids Do the Craziest Things

I'm sure all the boys out there try to ride their bikes with flippers, right? Likewise, all the girls opt to use their little brothers' cars as jungle gyms, right?

Well then at least I know we're normal!
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms with crazy kids.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wheelbarrow of Fun

After some recent yardwork, the wheelbarrow was sitting on our back porch. One afternoon, the kids climbed inside and were just hanging out peacefully together (which is a rarity at our house). Luckily I was able to snap a few photos before they hopped out.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Brian took Seth down to the neighborhood pond the other evening and not long after they got there, I received a phone call at home. It was Brian and he wanted me to bring the camera down. I figured he had caught another big fish, but this time is was a snapper! Evidently Brian thought he had a fish on the line too until he got the turtle up to shore; thus, my play on words for the title of this post. {For those of you who don't know, Snapfish is the name of a popular company that offers online photo-uploading & printing services}. It's hard to tell in the photo but the turtle was a nice-sized one.....we estimated him at about 10-12 pounds. Just when I wondered how Brian was going to get him off the hook, the hook actually broke in half and the turtle took off for deeper water. {Not to worry...the hook was barbless}

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter photos

Here were are all dressed up for Easter Sunday. The Easter bunny brought the dress for Mia....she loved it.
After church, we drove down to Litchfield to have Easter dinner at my Uncle John & Aunt Kathy's house. The kids loved playing outside. Here are the little kids getting ready for the egg hunt (Merran, Seth, Ian, & Merrik).

Grandpa, who recently went to the nursing home, came to visit for a few hours. Luckily we remembered to get a picture of him with all his kids & grandkids.

And finally, here's grandpa with all his great grandkids!

I love holidays and spending it with my family!

Friday, April 10, 2009

What a Catch!

My cousin's son Timothy spent the weekend with us last week so he and Brian could go turkey hunting. During a lull in hunting, Brian took all the kids, plus Mia's friend (also named Mia) up to the neighborhood pond. Brian ended up catching this huge 7 lb bass. What a catch!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Look What the Easter Bunny Brought

Well....not really. But I couldn't resist snapping a photo after Kenai cuddled up in Seth's Easter basket. We were getting ready to head out to a friend's egg hunt when he climbed in. Too cute!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Chi-Town & Shedd Aquarium Adventure

During Mia's Spring Break in late March, we went on an overnight adventure to downtown Chicago. Brian was attending a meeting for work on Friday, so we all drove up Thursday afternoon. We checked into our hotel (the Marriott on Ohio & Rush) and got unpacked. When it was time for dinner, we decided to walk a few city blocks to the Rainforest Cafe. The kids loved the jungle decor, indoor waterfall, and giant aquariums. I enjoyed seeing the city at night, though our walk was a little chilly! After dinner, we stopped for ice cream at McDonald's and then walked back to the hotel to hit the pool before bed.
The next day, Brian left for his meeting. The kids and I hung out in the room and at the pool and then at lunchtime, we walked down to McDonald's. Even though their prices are higher than normal in the city, it was still cheaper to feed the kids there than at the hotel or any other restaurant! Plus, this McDonald's is decorated very modern and has an escalator inside that you can take to the 2nd level and watch all the city happenings.

After lunch, the kids and I took a taxi over to the Shedd Aquarium and Brian met us there. This was the kids' first taxi ride and they really enjoyed it, especially Seth. Evidently it was Spring Break up in Chicago too because the Aquarium was pretty crowded. Sadly the Oceanarium was closed for remodeling. But we did get to see just about everything else there in about a 3 hour time span. My favorite part was looking for frogs and other small critters in the habitat exhibits. It was like a live nature version of I Spy! Seth liked the sharks the best and Mia was enthralled with the stingrays and sea horses. Brian was wowed by the sea dragons, crazy looking creatures related to sea horses. Their tanks were so dark that I couldn't get a good photo (thus, I downloaded some from the internet.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Seeing Green

Sorry for the long delay in posting. I've had a busy month with work, the kids and house, and my stamping business. I'll try to do better but no promises!

Last Saturday, we took the kids and our neighbor Lauren to the St. Patrick's Parade in downtown Springfield. It was warmer than it has been in the past few years, but it's still quite chilly downtown due to the wind and shade. Seth and I were the only smart ones...opting to keep on our winter coats rather than leave them in the van (which was a long hike away from our parade-viewing spot). We did move to another part of the route that was in the sun rather than the shade and that made a huge difference.

Of all the Springfield parades, this one is our favorite. It's always so festive and everyone is wearing tons of green. This year, the parade was even longer than normal. We left after 2 hours and it wasn't quite finished yet. Crazily enough, Lauren scored a cabbage from one of the parade entrants. I've seen plenty of candy, literature, and other trinkets handed out at the parade, but never cabbage! Lauren was nice enough to share though and we used it on St. Patrick's Day to make corned beef and cabbage.