Monday, October 24, 2016

five generations

Every October, Aaron's Great-Grammy hosts a family reunion for her four children and their spouses and children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I realized that while I have a five generation photo with Lydia, Heidi, and Anna, I never got one with Jesse. So yesterday, I rectified that situation. From age 100 down to age 2.


Heidi (and Lydia also).


Here's our family with Aaron's grandfather and great-grandmother yesterday.

I try to listen to this woman as much as I can whenever I am with her because her stories are abundant. Yesterday she told me of her love for onions - but how she never cooked with them for all the years she spent with her husband before he died at age 88 (in 2004) because he didn't like them. Now she cooks with them all the time. Maybe I should bring her some french onion soup; I wonder if she would like that. =)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Race for Education

On Thursday, Lydia's and Heidi's school held their Race for Education. I was busy punching holes on cards to count laps during Heidi's race, so I only have an after photo.

Aaron came to Lydia's race, so he took all these photos on his phone. Heidi came to the race with me to cheer.

Water break.

Here they come!

Nice work, ladies. Soft pretzels all around.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Last weekend, we went to my childhood-friend's dad's house to play on his birthday present: a zip-line in the backyard. He has an adult harness and a kid harness and plenty of ski helmets.

Scaffolding works for now while he engineers his landings.

The kids loved it.

The spectators.

That's Aaron and Heidi whizzing by.

Our generous hosts even built us a beautiful fire for roasting marshmallows and assembling s'mores. (We taught them our favorite s'more recipe: melted Resee's peanut butter cup.)

We are excited to see how those zip-line landings come out. We will probably have to go back and test them out. =)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

#2JaysInLove wedding

guest blogger: Anna

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When we arrived at the wedding of Mama's cousin, Janelle, and her husband, Jay, we immediately saw some of our favorite people!

We watched the cows.

Then we waited for the ceremony to begin.

(No photos allowed during the ceremony.)

After the ceremony, we found our seats.

We found some more of our favorite people.

We ate some food.

We gave hugs to the father of the bride - Uncle Rick.

We failed at a family photo.

(We went on a hayride.) We visited the cows again.

We flew in the air.

We rolled down the hill.

We took a family photo and then chatted with the family. (The photographer took the photo, so I cannot show you that now.)

We giggled with Uncle Walt. (Big Guy has great brothers.)

We visited the cows yet again.

We found the photo booth.

We also found the dance floor.

Congratulations, Jay and Janelle! Thanks for inviting us to join your celebration!