Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!
Yes, we've now entered the terrific twos. My baby is no longer a baby, I guess. It makes me a little sad, actually. She is growing up extremely fast. I got to thinking about her name last night. It means wisdom, so only time will tell if she lives up to that! But we call her sooo many other things--The Sonyanator, Saucy, Sauce, Saucy Noodle, Sausaloo, Saw-Saw--and on and on. My dad always says we should have named her Katrina since she was born on the day of Hurricane Katrina. We had already named her before the hurricane actually struck, though. And sometimes we also joke that we should have named her Amber, as her hair and eyes are both the color of amber--a beautiful light golden brown. Anyway, as all children are, she's very special to us--such a sunny personality. We celebrated her birthday at the lake last night (Aaron had youth group tonight, so we celebrated early). I included some of my favorite pictures of her from when she was 7-9 mo. old, just for the sake of comparison, plus a couple extra from the lake.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Our church had its second-annual "Watermelon Relays" on Sunday evening. It was lots of fun. I entered the seed-spitting contest, but of course have no pictures of that. Let's just say I didn't win, or even come close. I'll practice up for next year :-)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Happy Birthday, Delores!
"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:3-5

Wow! That's quite a command. But I can honestly say that Delores has exemplefied these verses for me. She has been such an awesome friend, through thick and thin. She knows more about me than almost anyone and, get this--she still likes me!!! I honestly don't know where I'd be if God had not put her into my life. I guess I was dropped into hers, since she lived here before I did. What can I say--everyone needs a Delores in her life!

Thank you, Delores, for your ongoing friendship, even across a vast ocean and about 8 time zones. Hope you have a great birthday! (notice I didn't say a word about how much older you are than me :-)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Very important poll
Ok, quite a few people who I know are posting polls right now. Most of them have to do with baby names, whether to have more babies, etc....Well, it would take a miracle of grand proportions for me to even be THINKING about babies. All of ours are named, and, no, there won't be more. But, I do need opinions on something else. I have been working at growing my hair out. I had long hair until 5th grade, at which point I got it cut quite short, and also got bangs. Since then, it's never been past my shoulders, and often has been much shorter. I've always had bangs. So, let me know what you think. Should I keep growing it, should I keep growing it, except go back to bangs, or should I just chop it altogether??? I know, this is such a life-changing poll--ha ha!!!

Bangs, obviously

Bangs swept over, in the growing-out phase (fun fun)
I don't seem to have a picture of myself with a really short 'do

Happy Birthday, Mary Jo!
To a dear friend....hope you have a great birthday!
Mary Jo and I have been friends for probably 8 or 9 years. Actually, we went to college together, but really didn't become friends until she moved to this area a while after we did. Then, she and Tony moved away :-( But I still consider her one of my closest friends, and I miss her very much!

Monday, August 20, 2007

It had to happen
Yep, school started today. Nope, I wasn't ready. It sounds so cliche to say, "summer sure went quickly," but it's so true! I honestly feel like we just finished school a few days ago or something! Needless to say, Paul and Miranda were ready to go back. This year they will both attend at our school that's 15 miles down the road, instead of the one here in town, so that was a change, albeit not a big deal. According to them, riding the bus was "cool." We'll see how long that lasts! I got through the first day, although at times I felt like I was walking through a dream (or nightmare??!) Seriously, though, I do love teaching, but I didn't feel mentally prepared this year. Things will get rolling, and I'll be fine, I'm sure.

Paul, my 4th grader

My "babies"

Miranda, my 3rd grader

C'mon mom, aren't we done yet?

We went to the park tonight. I had to include this picture of Aaron. He climbed up under the playground stuff and was laying there for the longest time. I didn't even know where he'd gone. Any tendencies toward climbing that the kids have inherited (mainly Miranda) definitely come from him!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The good ol' county fair
This is the first year that we've really taken Olivia to the fair to ride the rides. Well, she's gone before, but it just isn't the same when you're in a stroller (just ask Sonya). She was a wild woman! She ran from ride to ride, not caring whether I followed her or not. She rode everything that she was tall enough to ride. Aaron pushed Sonya around in the stroller, and Paul and Miranda found friends to ride rides with. Miranda actually made a new friend and we couldn't even find her when it was time to go :-( Anyway, it was quite the adventure. It's nice to live in a place like this where the county fair is still a big deal, and you can feel reasonably sure that your kids will be safe. All of these pictures are of Olivia because I never really saw the other kids until the night was over!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Summer's last hurrah
We went up to Chadron to spend the weekend with my folks. I can't believe school starts in a week! Yikes!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Visiting family
We just got back from spending almost a week with Aaron's sister and her family in central Colorado, and also a couple of days with my younger brother and his family in Colorado Springs. Aaron's folks were also able to come to his sister's house, so it was a nice little reunion. I wish we were able to see all of them a little more often. The kids had a blast playing with their cousins, although I must say that Sonya wasn't too thrilled when I held my new nephew, Gabe. She cried and cried when she noticed that I was holding him, and the second that I gave him back to his mommy, she stopped crying--just like that!!! Anyway, I am so thankful for these times when we're able to get together.