Saturday, July 30, 2011


Our first day in the motel. Bristol "sometimes" like being without her Mom. Mom is very busy getting ready for the wedding that is tonight. We are napping, playing with Bristol and feeding her.

Elyse "babysitting" all by herself. She even changed two diapers - one was fully loaded. Elyse's first attempt at diapering and she did GREAT!

One happy baby, with her friend, Aunt Elyse.

Love me a "few" pillows:

Have a great day!

Monday, July 25, 2011


We have been wanting to go to this museum in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for months. The Hedges and our schedules didn't match up. We decided to go today. Z & E wondered if we could just take the Hedges children without their mom. Yep, that is how it worked out for today. The kids and I left this morning around 9:30. The museum is one hour away.

The museum is a block-long brick building with small rooms inside. Each room depicts a certain part of history (cars, pharmacy, store, house, etc.). The kids seemed to have a good time looking at things, reading the signs and playing with things that weren't labeled "do not touch."

Anchor's Away...

A Studebaker...

Did you know this? Shocking, isn't it?

Anyone want a perm in their hair?

Emma & Elyse pretending to cook on an old stove:

Chatham sharpening his tools, Elyse pumping air on the fire, and Zachary hitting Elyse over the head with a hammer (typical, eh?)...

Zachary & Chatham playing with a machine until they read the sign, "Do not touch."

Prisoners, at last...

Elyse got a kick out of these rules - you'll have to click on the picture to read some of them...

Does she remind you of a dog?

Everyone seemed to have a good time. It was great to get away for the day - especially since it wasn't so hot today.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Not a very interesting post, but now you can see what we do when we are bored.

Got tired of the old arrangement. Being bored one night, I decided to do the cleaning and moving all by myself. I guess I should have had Emily and her RUG to help out. But, alas, I did it all by myself. What do you think?

I have been waiting until we moved into OUR house to put up pictures. We didn't know we would be here three years or maybe I would have put pictures up. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


We have been trying to find things for Zachary to do with his handicap. There isn't much to do but read, computer and movies. He has wanted to see "Mr. Popper's Penguins" for a long time. Since our "local" drive-in theatre was playing that AND "Cars 2," we decided that would be a fun evening. We decided to go on Tuesday night because the temperature would be cooler. kept saying it was going to rain right when the movie would start. If that happened, we would all be crammed in the car to watch the movie - with the wipers going. Doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

Guess what? The weather man was wrong. We had a few sprinkles on the way to the theatre, but nothing during the show.

We packed our dinner - picnic style (sandwiches, yogurt, fresh strawberries, Cheez-its, homemade cookies, iced tea and water). We drove the 30 minutes to the theatre and got there around 7:30. The movie didn't start until after 9:00. We ate our dinner and goofed around.

Inside the concession stand was this statue:

The kids sat on lawn chairs outside the car:

The other two participants (you can tell Dad doesn't like movies too much):

For those of you who are wondering, or thinking about seeing either of these two movies, don't. They aren't too good. If we hadn't paid to get in to see them, we might have left. I kept saying, "It gets better, right?" But, it never did. We had a good night in spite of a not so good set of movies. Still trying to think of things to do with a handicapped son, any ideas?

Thursday, July 07, 2011


EDIT: New picture at the bottom, just for you, Erin!

Zachary went to a basketball camp this morning @ 6:00. He spent 4 1/2 hours learning drills and getting to know the guys. He was supposed to be there until Saturday night. BUT...something happened. Zachary could tell the whole story, but just suffice it to say that he ran into a guy full force and ended up on the parking lot.

We received a phone call to come get him. He couldn't move his arm. He couldn't eat (that is a sure sign that something is wrong with him, ha!).

After spending the afternoon in urgent care and getting x-rays at the hospital, the verdict is a broken collar bone. We go to a specialist tomorrow to see what they can do for him. So much for basketball camp.

At urgent care:

His wonderful nurse:

Waiting for the results of the x-rays:

Zachary is the first one of our children to actually break a bone. Luke came in close with a separated growth plate, but nothing broken. Grace & Caleb - Zachary has joined your "club."

The evidence: Click on it and the circle is the break!

Temporary fix:

We'll see the specialist on Monday morning at 8:15.