Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Steak - Enjoying for no good reason

I don't know if it's from living in "The Beef Empire" of the world or what, but Hil just developed this craving for steak.  He really wanted a "date" so we could get some steak.  So we went and brought Clara with us.  There was no good reason, except to get a good piece of meat at Lonestar Steakhouse.  Check out his style......


-Stephen, Father of a Carnivore 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Trip and a Birthday

Hello, at long last!  No, I haven't quit blogging.  It has been a full last two months!  I would be sharing pictures on this post, but alas, our USB ports are having driver issues... so, we'll wait on the pictures for now.

The biggest happening in the last while is that the whole crew got to take a long visit out to see my family!!!  Stephen got to be with us for a week and a half and the kids and I stayed for 3 and a half weeks!  The first order of business after arriving was to take a weekend trip 2 hours north of my family so Stephen could be in a buddy's wedding.  My dear sisters Amy and Melissa went along to help out with the kidos!  They were a huge help and it was a treat to have that time with them. 

Back in my home town we got to see friends and spend lots of time hanging out with my dear family.  We got to have one-on-one chats over a meal or tea and coffee, game times, chat and laugh times, shopping and photos with my sisters, and visit the beach!  Lord willing, once we get the USB port problem fixed, I'll plan to post pictures of our time!  A HUGE thank you to my family for all the special things they did for us while we were out there! 

My sweet Mom made the trip back on the train with me to help with children.  And of course, that was a major blessing.  She then spent several days here visiting!  Thank you, Mom, for the countless ways you blessed us!!!

We also had a birthday in this house recently.  Our precious Tirzah turned ONE, already!!!  We did balloons and cake, and her siblings were more excited about all this then she was.  :-)  Tirzah is quite the girl and brings us so much joy.  She is walking all over, but still with some of that "topply", wobbly "toddlerness".  She waves and says "Bahbah", and she signs and says "pease" (please).  She "sings" and claps and she also does a lot of mimicking.  Her siblings enjoy getting her to meow, bark, etc.  Super cute.  She has really been taking a liking to her Daddy.  Her current tooth count is 7.  We love that girl! 

I will sign off for now.  And will try to not let it be almost 2 months before the next post!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I mentioned in my last post that my brother David and his dear family was going to be coming for a visit!  They arrived safely after a long 7 or 8 hour haul.  We got to have two days with them and then they made the same long haul back.  It was such a treat to have them, and we had a very enjoyable time together!  Come again soon, guys!!!

I'm now here to show a few precious shots from their time here!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Life carries on busily here, full of blessings.  Today we'll be prepping and awaiting the arrival of my brother David and his sweet family.  It's been over two years since I last saw them. And I have a nephew to meet!!! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The last while...

So, what's all been going on the last while around these parts?

Well,... here's a partial list:

This Mommy celebrated a birthday.  :-)

The kidos had a week with cousins in town!

We've been doing some school during the summer.

There have been get together with various friends and our home school group.

And our Ittai had a birthday.

It's been a full and blessed past month!

Here's smattering of pictures from the last couple months:

We did sponge curlers in "girlie's" hair.  She didn't like this outcome, but later, when it was calmed down, she liked it.  And days later, looking at these pictures she seemed to approve.

Precious boy with a super smile!!!! 

Another great smile.

Daddy got to drive a grain cart and help a friend out with harvest.  One day we went a long for awhile.  Both boys are in there.

Our sweet "Toothless-Wonder".  :-)

Birthday Boy (though not taken on his birthday)

 The Lion At Our Zoo Had Cubs!!!!
Group Selfie  :-)

Monday, July 20, 2015

A Sweet Girl

Our Little Ittai At The Park...

And Little Sis, Also At The Park

Would Someone PLEASE Put That Poor Baby Down For A Nap!!!

My Girls

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tirzah Love

Here are some fun snaps of the girl, taken a month or so back.  The little lady is going on 8 months already!  She is a handful and a joy.  A handful, in part, because she likes to be held quite a bit and there are times when she's squirming and fussing when you hold her and then you put her down and she cries.  :-/  And when you hold her she'd rather you didn't sit and rock her or something... she'd prefer you walk around or somehow keep things interesting. 

She's a joy because she's precious, and adorable, squeezable and has a great smile!!!  And though she can be fussy at times, she also has good long happy times. 

She eating a little solids and just cut her first tooth.  At about 6 1/2 month she started the "Marine Corps" crawl, and is now beginning the all fours crawl.  But the Marine version is faster.  :-) 

Her siblings think she's pretty special and good at making her smile and laugh.  The other day, one of them was saying they wanted another baby brother and baby sister! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015


We realized the other day that without planning it, the boys were dressed matching, so we had a little impromptu phone-photo-shoot.  We got a good variety - from goofy to down right sweet.  Hil's pose in the top one (above) reminds me of something his Daddy would do.  :-) 

We sure love those boys!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

 My Clara is looking so big and tall in this picture! 
 Sweet Fellow

Two Babies....
Three Babies  :-)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

 More sister cuteness

My Three Bigs
We take the occasional stroll... and this was one of those.  :-)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


We took a quick, one night trip this last weekend!  The kidos enjoyed this playground in the town we stayed in....  And the gorilla was quite impressive.  :-)