Monday, August 30, 2010

Where’s Grandpa?

We went camping this last weekend for the first time since getting our camper this spring.  Our church does a camp weekend every year and this year we decided since we do have a camper maybe we should go once.  We left Friday evening and relaxed with the others around the campfire and then slept in on Saturday morning.  I read half a book during this time.  About mid morning on Saturday we decided Tyler and Hannah would really enjoy this so Jim traveled back and got them.  They arrived at camp about 12:30 on Saturday.  That’s the background for the following story.

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About an hour after their arrival Grandpa Jim took them for a walk to see the camping grounds we were staying at.  He showed them the swimming area, the fishing docks, the fire pit, and all the other things of interest.

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As they walked down the road he showed them the “outhouses”.  Now these are the real deal outhouses with a very large hole in the ground for the “deposits”.  And he explained to them that after using them they needed to lock it from the outside so the door didn’t get blown off from the wind.

Fast forward about a half hour.  I am sitting back at the camp area at a table with about six people eating lunch.  Tyler and Hannah come running to me, giggling hysterically.

Tyler:  We lost Grandpa.  We can’t find him anywhere.

Hannah:  Yeah we lost him when we went for a walk.

Me:  Well where did you see him last?

Tyler:  (pointing)  Over that way.

Hannah:  (giggling) We just don’t know where he went.

Me:  Well don’t worry, he’ll be back soon. 

And so I went back to my conversation at the table.

Tyler:  I think you better go look for him Grandma

Me:  Don’t worry he’ll be back soon.

Hannah: (giggling)  No you have to go look for him.

Me:  (getting suspicious)  All right you guys where is he and what is going on?

Hannah couldn’t hold it in any longer and screamed:

“We locked him in the outhouse!’

As the whole table full of people bursts into laughter I tell them to get over there and let him out right now!  He had been locked in there for somewhere between five and ten minutes.  He said when he went in he told them “Now don’t you lock this door while I’m in here”.  Then he heard them giggling and looked out the little side window and saw them running back to camp.  He yelled for somebody to let him out but nobody could hear him so he just had to wait until someone came. 

It’s a story that will never be forgotten and for the rest of the weekend  he was constantly reminded of it. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Celebrating the 4th of July

We had big plans for our annual 4th of July party.  But the rain had different ideas.  It was an all day rain.

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The plan was to be doing this.

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And the kids wanted to do this.

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Instead the party moved to the garage

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And the living room. 

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My entryway looked like this all day. 

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So we had to make it fun!  We ate and ate and ate lots of food.

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And enjoyed each others company.  Yes that is a Vikings shirt on Mark but we let him stay for the party anyway.

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We even braved the rain and went to the park for the fireworks.  The Kapitz family tried to all fit under one umbrella.

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Gary Melissa and Kaila getting a little wet but enjoying the show.

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Tabby, Kiana and Joni sharing their one umbrella. 

It just goes to show that you can have big plans and even though everything doesn’t turn out like you planned it, as long as you are with family and friends you can make it a memory.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Pond Gets a Dock

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The July 4th weekend was a busy one for us.  All of our girls and their families were home visiting and the house was bursting at the seams with people, dogs, laundry and shoes.  The shoes were everywhere.  Otis thought he was in shoe heaven.  Joni and Bob were enjoying some alone time in the sun when Otis and I went to intrude on their conversation.

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The goal for Saturday was to install the dock on the pond.  Lumberjack had the dock and poles all ready  but he needed to know how deep it was 24 feet from shore, which is how far the dock would go out.  He pondered about how to get out there and measure the depth.  I suggested getting his boat out and paddling out there.  He thought I should just float on the innertube  out there and drop a weighted line for him.  Hah! I was busy doing all the stuff a person does when they have 1200 people in their house. Well maybe not that many but it sure seemed like it.  So I suggested getting Kiana to help him out. 

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He gave her a ice fishing pole with a weighted line and then gave her the end of a tape measure.  Then told her to paddle out until she was at 24 feet and drop the line down.  I had stuff to do but this was so entertaining I couldn’t go back to the house.

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Kiana was the hero of the day!  She was my hero because I did not want to go out on that tube.

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How many guys does it take to put a dock in the water?  A whole bunch of them.  There was lots of manpower around here and they all did their part. 

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Except this guy.  He was a slacker.  Maybe it had something to do with him having back surgery the day before.

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It’s getting closer!

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Yeah its in the water!

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And then the jumping began.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Otis aka Odie

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A couple of weeks ago we picked up our new puppy.  He actually is my birthday present but we had to wait until he was six weeks before we could bring him home.   Every time I have to take  him out to go to the bathroom, Jim just smiles and says “Happy Birthday”.  His name is Otis but Jim likes to call him Odie. 

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Here are a few of his brothers and sisters he had to leave behind.

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This was one of Otis’ sisters.  I so wanted to take her too but was firmly told I could only have one puppy.  There are responsibilities with owning a puppy you know.  So we left her there.

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Joni came along to help and she tried to sneak the sister puppy home but she got caught.  If I remember right this story is similar to one with Joni and a puppy being  carried to the car when we were heading home from Iowa, back in about 1988.   I’ll have to dig up that picture.

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I think he’s taking a liking to the Lumberjack.  (and the feeling is mutual)

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The Buchan boys couldn’t wait to meet Otis.  They wore him out in the first half hour and all Otis wanted to do was sleep.  Did I mention Otis is a boy?

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Otis quickly learned that the couch was pretty comfy.

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And his favorite place to sleep.

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He loves playing by the pond with the kids.

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Otis isn’t too crazy about being on a leash.  He likes to be stubborn and just sit down and not move.  But he is losing that battle.

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We’ve also had some disagreements on what toilet paper is for. 

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And this poor plant is slowly getting ripped apart.

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But sleeping is still his favorite pastime.  He has been kicked off the couch and moved to the entryway.  And all shoes have been moved safely out of his sight. 

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Homecoming Videos

These videos were from Gary's homecoming on Friday. You cannot imagine the joy and excitement of the friends and families of 340 soldiers marching in to Toby Keith's song Courtesy of the Red White and Blue. The cheers were so loud you can barely pick out the song.



Saturday, May 29, 2010

Homecoming at Fort Carson

We have ventured out to Colorado.  There's a reason for our trek out West.  A homecoming.

We arrived at Fort Carson about two hours before the ceremony.
Visitors without military ID had to enter at Gate 1.  The soldiers were friendly but I didn't want to be snapping pictures of them.  We pulled up and showed our drivers licenses and then had to have proof of current registration and insurance.  Then they have you step out of your car, open all doors and step away while they search it.
There were a lot of vehicles in the parking lot with messages.

The local television stations were all there, interviewing families about the homecoming.

Eileen and Melissa waited patiently for their soldiers.

They finally arrived and marched into the room.

This little girl was waiting for her Daddy.

And once she spotted him, her Mom had to hold onto her to stop her from running to him.

The ceremony was over and now came the most exciting chaos I've ever seen.  Can you pick Gary out?  

And the hugging and kissing begin...........

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Then its outside to find  the right bags.  With 340 soldiers returning, this was an interesting task to watch.

Headed home

Cleaned up and ready for a bucket of crab legs at Joe's Crab Shack.