Tuesday, September 16, 2008


A couple of weeks ago, we spent a few days in Appleton, shopping for "the" wedding dress for Joni. Tabitha did the preliminary work of locating all the shops and making appointments where needed.

Here Joni is searching through hundreds of dresses in search of the perfect one.

There were so many choices.

And she looked wonderful in all of them.

We put Chloe to work looking at color swatches for the bridesmaids dresses.

Still another great dress.

This one was just a little too showy.

But then she found it. THE DRESS!!!!!!! I'm sure you all agree it was a good choice.

You didn't think I'd really show it did you? You'll have to wait till next May to see it.

Friday, September 12, 2008


The pond is gradually filling up. As of today its about 6-7 feet in the far end, the shallow end is about 1-2 feet deep.

This was taken a month ago.


I was cleaning out the closet in the spare bedroom today and found this dress. Recognize it Melissa? And no girls, I did not get rid of the 500 dresses in the closet. (Take four girls and figure all the proms, homecomings and weddings. There's more money in that closet than any other room in the house.) It fit her perfectly, aside from being a couple inches too long. She says its a princess dress and she was going to the ball. Where does she get this from?
And then she danced and danced. Some day Prince Charming will come and
take her to a real ball. Hopefully she won't fall down as many times as she did today.


These past weeks I've been doing a lot of canning and freezing. It's a lot of work but it's worth it when it comes to the grocery bill!

This is one of the shelves in the basement. So far I've done: peaches, pickles, tomato soup, tomatoes, plums, corn, beans, peppers.
The corn patch was abundant this year! One day we did over 500 cobs and another day about 200. The boys were very helpful as you can see.
Of course we had to sample the cobs to make sure they were good.
Uncle Mark took Tyler for a wheeler ride.
And then a bike ride.
Next is the applesauce.
And some more tomatoes.
And the rest of the plums.
Of course there's also the saurkraut. Oh stop already!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Andy and Tabitha purchased their first home and last weekend we headed to the East side of the state to move them in. They were more than ready to leave their little apartment as they had long outgrown it. Where did all this stuff come from after only two years of marriage? Andy claims he only brought a bed, nightstand and box of clothes with him when he moved in and the rest was all hers. It had to be about the hottest and most humid day of the year but we got the job done, thanks to the help of Andy's parents and brothers.

They bought a three bedroom house on the south side of Appleton. Very nice neighborhood too.

The backyard is very open and big for a city lot. I think they're gonna like it here.