Family Pic 2017

Family Pic 2017

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The decision is... which one makes me laugh the hardest?

I have been sitting here at the computer trying to decide which, of our new family pictures, I want to have made into THE family picture this year.

Honestly I haven't been too crazy about any of them...but there are some entertaining ones as Abram succeeds in distracting us:

Ones where I am just sure that my family must be celestial they have such a glow about them...
...until I notice that some of us look like we drank a quart of pickle juice or are looking M-i-g-h-t-y suspicious!!
In the end, I think this picture below may be best. I was going to up-load one more, but i guess my blog is out of storage space.  So...until Caden figures that one out for me, this is it. (although I would have welcomed some opinions!!) Getting a good family picture always seems like such a trick!

Monday, November 26, 2012

so complimentary

Nolan's been working hard to endear himself to his grandparents lately. This Thanksgiving while we were getting ready to take some pictures:

Marilyn suddenly said, "Nolan, look!" And she and Jim kissed each other.  I was wondering what that was all about and she said that on Monday night when we had a family FHE Nolan had come to her and asked, "Grandma, does grandpa kiss you on the lips still?" Marilyn answered with an enthusiastic, "Yes he does!!"  Not long after, she heard Nolan tell another cousin that "grandpa still kisses grandma on the lips even when they're old!!!"

Last night Jim was wrestling with Abram and Nolan and Suzette said, "Be careful with grandpa - he's an old man!" Abram said, "No he's not!" To which Nolan replied, "Yes he is! What does he look like?!"

I remember him also making some comments like that to my dad last time that he visited...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Our baby is three!

a little uncomfortable
Amidst all of the decorating for Christmas yesterday, we celebrated Abram's birthday.  He is such a fun, entertaining little fellow, and we are glad that he is part of our family!  We let him open up his presents first thing and he was as happy as a clam all day playing with them and was so good about letting Nolan play with everything as well!  We got some pictures taken lately, and I love this sequence of Abram (beginning with the one above)- it shows his personality so well!! He tries to be funny and has such a happy disposition most all of the time.
laughing at himself
ending with his trade-mark huge smile!!
When he got up from his nap yesterday, he requested a hamburger, and since it was his birthday and all, Shawn took him out to get one!!  When he had finished up, Shawn said, "Well, are you ready to go?"  Abram said, "Let's just visit for a few minutes." Shawn said, "Do you want to visit in the car?" No. He wanted to visit IN the restaurant, so Shawn sat and "visited" with him until he was ready to go!

We are crazy about this little guy- he keeps us laughing at what he does and says, and he is so grateful and loving! I love how thankful he is for everything - he's always the first to say thank you and notices the little things that people do for him. It's not uncommon for him to come up to one of us, and out of the blue say something like, "thank you for helping me find my other shoe yesterday".

Last night Grandma and grandpa and Aunt Linda and Aunt Kristi and her kids came over to have some batman birthday cake, made for Abram by Caden because Abram REALLY likes batman right now:)

We had this bat costume from when Cade was little, and Abe told everyone he was batman in it this Halloween

Friday, November 16, 2012


We celebrated Kami's birthday yesterday- I can hardly believe that we have a 15 year old now!! We are so glad that she's part of our family.  She is such a good, fun, talented and kind person - an example to all of us!

Her age was brought home to us when a boy from a different school found out that they had the same birthday and texted her to ask if they could be each others first date next year.  Only 365 days to wait for that one hahaha!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

We've got moose

Night before last, Jack began barking ferociously and it was pretty evident that there was a creature close around that was worrying him.  Shawn looked out the window, and said that there was a moose.  Almost as soon as he said that, he gave a yell as the moose charged Jack! Jack is kept tied up during the night, and he jerked to the side so hard and so fast that his chain broke.  Shawn grabbed Caden's bb gun and shot the moose a few times to send it on its way.

The next morning there Mr. Moose was, standing and eating contentedly on the other side of our pond.  We have moose around A LOT but this was the largest one that we have ever seen.  Not a very large rack, but a HUGE frame.  After church he turned up again - I got a picture of everyone gawking at him:)

We were hoping that Abby, who has never seen a moose before, could get a good look at him, but he wasn't moving.  Then we had the idea to send Jack over to flush him out more into the open. Pretty soon our show became pretty EXCITING -
love this pic of Maddie -it wasn't put on - I think we all did some shrieking whenever the moose charged
 The moose wasn't putting up with any nonsense and was charging Jack whenever he got up close to him. When the moose chased Jack over into our front yard we decided to tie Jack up again and get in the house!!