Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My New Niece

Here is a picture of my newest niece and her family.  I've received both of the figures below for statistics so you'll have to take whichever one you like best.  :)  Her name is Danielle Rose.

7 lbs 2 oz, 19.5 inches

7 lbs 1 oz, 19.75 inches

New Niece

I was told several months back that I may have to share my birthday.  Well, a new niece has been born, and she came only two days before my birthday.  :)   I hope to post details and possibly a picture when I receive more information.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pretty Cookies

The younger kids made and decorated cookies last night while the older ones were at youth group.  The picture doesn't really do justice to the cookies but still...

We had a one-day break from the heat so we could have rain and a little thunderstorm.  It was nice, but now we're moving on to heat and humidity again.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Jason's 14th Birthday

Jason had three friends over for a sleepover for his birthday from Friday to Saturday.  Saturday for lunch another family with five boys came and spent a couple hours so we girls were very outnumbered.

The day was mostly spent in front of video games and doing air soft wars.

Barely awake in the morning

Hot/chili dogs, Ramen noodles, chips, and floats were the main course for the day.

I made a lemon cake.  I used a box mix lemon plus a homemade white cake and put them together.  The end result was still a very "lemony" cake.  I did the same thing with the frosting.

"Passing out" after blowing out 14 candles...


Sacked out...and even before midnight!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Nursery Rhymes

We all have heard of Mother Goose, I'm sure.  Lately we have had a couple nursery rhyme situations at our house worthy of blogging.

Old Mother Hubbard

Old mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard,
To fetch her poor dog a bone;
But when she got there
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.

And now our version:

Our dear old Mommy
Went to the cupboard,
To figure out some lunch for the kids;
But when she got there

The cupboard was bare,

Because David had put it all in his "boat"!

And another...

Contrary Mary
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

 And now our version:

Shelly, Shelly, the silly mommy,
How does your garden grow?
With peas and beans, and even weeds,
And a soccer ball.  Oh, will it grow?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July 4th

We spent 12 hours in Warroad on the 4th of July.  Tracy was scheduled to work at the outdoor pool at noon, but the pool ended up being closed because of the stormy weather.  We spent quite a while in the van before the day decided to cooperate and let us roam around without raindrops.  Laura spent a couple hours on the inflatable toys they had.  We hit the Beach Park and the Rainbow Park.  We endured the wonderful smells coming from the Spud Wagon and other money-making booths.  Mike sampled chili.  We went to the parade and waved to many friends.  One of the cutest floats of them all was the grandpa who was pulling his grandchildren around behind him.  Another one that stuck out as memorable was a big birthday cake for the bank's 100-year celebration.  We ended the evening watching the fireworks.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Busy Busy Busy

June was a month spent at the pool--24 of the 30 days.  :)  Tracy has been teaching swimming lessons and doing some lifeguarding, and we have a family pool pass for the summer.  Our pass is good for both the indoor and outdoor pools, but I much prefer the indoor pool because the hot sun isn't beating down on me.  I've been swimming some laps when I don't have David with me.  I have lost SO MUCH from my teenage years.  It is scary putting my face in the water and blowing bubbles then trying to breathe at this point in my life!  :)

Emily and Melissa and Laura went to two different vacation Bible schools and had a blast at both.  Three of the weekends Aaron and Jason spent with friends.   Tracy and Aaron went to youth group and Bible studies.

Mike had three celebrations in there--a birthday, 20 years at Marvin Windows, and Father's Day.

There is at least one thing written on the calendar for each day--I wonder if our July can be as busy.  (Yes, and I am sure it will be even busier than June!)

Monday, July 2, 2012


Hiding..."You can't see me!"Either that or it was, "Don't take a picture of me!"

The house got too quiet and David was missing.  Tracy found him on the kitchen floor where he built himself a bed and put himself to sleep.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Melissa's 8th Birthday

Waking up in the morning

A gift

Blowing out the candles

She wanted the butterfly piece--it was a HUGE piece of a Dairy Queen cake, and she ate it all!!!


Pajamas are another gift

Tired out