Friday, June 20, 2008


It's the first day of summer and my to do list is finally getting smaller. A huge project was staining the deck. After two gallons of stain and some very very sore muscles, the job is done. The garden is in and coming up. We thought the fence around it would keep out the deer and rabbits. The deer aren't getting in but those bunnies are squeezing thru. They ate all the cabbage and kohlrabi plants and are working on the lettuce and spinach. Jim gave me a lesson on shotgun shooting the other night but I haven't seen one yet to put it into use. Even that stinky invisible fence stuff doesn't keep these rabbits out.

This project is in the works. I thought a rose garden would look nice here. South side and no shade. Now if you'd ask Jim about my success in growing roses, he would laugh. I've probably planted 20 rose bushes since we've been married and none of them have survived. He just shakes his head and asks why I bother everytime I bring another one home. He doesn't know this rose garden is over here on the far side of the garden, I'll just surprise hime one day when it's all bloomed out. I picked up a couple rose bushes but now am waiting for some good sales to finish it out. Hoping today to get a load of mulch to spread on it. And of course Chloe arrived a week ago today. She is a very good baby. Sleeps thru all the noise that the other two make although Hannah's scream does make her shudder. Of course that scream does that to everyone around her! She was sleeping so sound here but I still couldn't resist picking her up and rocking for awhile. Grandmas have that privelege you know.

And now on to the rest of the summer. We have two family reunions this summer and maybe even a few weekends of just hanging out with family and friends. Have a great summer!

Monday, June 16, 2008


On Sunday we went to a family get together for Jim's Moms family. Here she is with her brothers and sister. Left to Right: Harvey, Shirley, Joan, Ken and Gary.
We had the kids on Sunday so they came with us. They couldn't resist the pond. At first it was just hands in the water, then dipping their feet and next time I looked, they were in it!

Great Grandma Shirley with Tyler and Hannah


The phone rang at 4 a.m. Friday morning. Jon and Kari needed to head to Eau Claire because the baby was on her way! Chloe Jean was born at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 13. She weighs 6 pounds 10 ounces and is 19 inches long.

On Saturday morning we took Tyler and Hannah to Eau Claire to meet their new sister. Tyler is older so he got to hold her first.
Hannah needed a little help so Daddy helped her hold Chloe.
The new Mommy, Baby Chloe and her two Helpers. And I'm sure they will be so much help!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


The kids watched for Grandpa to come home today so they could go to the shop with them. This is a big deal because there are snacks and drinks there and usually no limit on them. I tried to talk Hannah into staying at the house with me but where Tyler goes, Hannah can go too. So off they went to the shop and I had about half an hour to clean up the house before we had to leave for town by 4:15. Now I had cleaned the kids up (washed hands and faces, changed clothes) before they left for the shop. And this is what they came back looking like:

Of course my first thought is where is the camera but Grandpa Jim thought this was the solution to the problem. As you can see Hannah kept her distance.
Now for everyone who sees Hannah on Sunday morning in church with her pretty dresses and beautiful curly hair, here is the other side of this girl. She loved it!