Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas blessings

Merry Christmas to all!! Well, technically it is the day after Christmas, but I am still in the "spirit". We had a great Christmas with our family and I am still at my parents house in is so nice to just get away from my house with it's endless piles of things that need to be done.

This year Christmas was broken up with several different celebrations, but it was still nice. Chris, Tanner and I spent Christmas Eve at home by ourselves (which was nice!) and Tanner got his big "Christmas surprise" that night. A new puppy!! Tanner kept watching out the window all night for Daddy who was bringing his surprise, and he was so excited when Daddy walked in the door with the puppy. He ran around the house squealing and calling the "little fella" to chase him. I'm not sure that the puppy was all that thrilled with the ultra hyper 3 year old, but oh well. We got the puppy from the local animal shelter and he is a black lab mixed with something else, maybe a border collie. But he is so sweet and laid back and hasn't barked once yet. You can't imagine how that thrills me...I am just hoping it is not a temporary jinx of some kind!! Here are a few pictures of Tanner with his new puppy:

If you are wondering what the new puppies name is, well so are we! The shelter named him "romi" but we haven't decided if we are going to keep that name. Tanner can't seem to get it down, it always comes out "roni" when he says it. Which just makes me think of macaroni and cheese! Yesterday he said that he wanted to name him Jacob, so we thought we might try Jake. But Tanner didn't seem too thrilled with that variation, and he went back to "roni". So I don't know yet what name the puppy will end up with...but hopefully we can all agree on something soon.

On Christmas morning, Meme came over and we opened the rest of our presents. I think Tanner's favorite present was the western shotgun from Grandpa John. He has been playing with it non-stop since yesterday. He is definitely all boy!

After opening our presents, we headed out to Kerrville to spend a few days at my parent's house. Chris had to head back home today for work, but Tanner and I are planning to relax here for a few more days. The nice thing is that I can actually get some things done since Tanner has uncles here to play with and lots of new things to entertain him!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas with those they love. It is definitely my favorite time of year, and it just reminds me of how blessed I am to have such a wonderful family!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Crazy schedule...

I'm not sure exactly what happened, but my well intentioned plan to blog at least once a week as turned into once a month! I know that I have been busy, but this is just sad and pathetic...something has to give!

The holidays are definitely here and my "to do" list is much longer than I would like. I still have a few gifts to purchase and I haven't even thought about Christmas cards yet. Maybe I should aim for New Years cards this year.

Here are a few pictures from our month so far.

Tanner had his friend Lauren over and we decorated gingerbread houses. I think as much candy went in their mouth as on the gingerbread houses...but they had lots of fun. And they made beautiful masterpieces, if I must say so myself!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Potty Training Update

I should probably start this entry by apologizing to any readers that do not have toddlers in their home. Because unless that is your current lot in life, you probably will not appreciate the need to discuss this topic!

But potty training is a VERY REAL issue in the Adams house these days. In fact, Tanner wore "big boy" underwear for the first time on Wednesday. And he did fantastic! After only two accidents, he caught on and used the potty chair for the rest of the day. Although I have to confess that accident #2 just about sent me over the edge...since it happened on MY COUCH!! UUGGGHHHHH!!

But we survived and kept trucking ahead. In reality, except for the couch incident, it really hasn't been as bad as I anticipated. In fact, I'm beginning to think that I am more to blame for the fact that Tanner is almost 3 1/2 and just now getting this down. I always liked to say that he just wasn't ready yet, but I think it was more about me. I just had to take the plunge and set aside several days to really focus on it. Credit goes to my friend Steph who inspired me the night before and convinced me that I could do it!

While I can't say that we are totally 100% potty trained, we are definitely well on our way. YIPPEE!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I can't believe it has been a month since I last posted. Life has been busy, but I hate to use that as an excuse since everybody I know is busy! I honestly just haven't been motivated to write, for whatever reason. Here are a few pictures from the month of October:

Tanner in the pumpkin patch:

Tanner & Lauren:

Diane was in town with Lena Jane & Rowdy and we celebrated her 40th Birthday!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Potty Training

I used to always say that I wasn't going to worry about potty-training because Tanner was bound to master it before kindergarten. And most days I do a pretty good job of not worrying about it...but I am having one of those off days and I am filled with horror at the thought that he might be the exception to the rule. The boy just doesn't seem to have any desire to be a "big boy" when it comes to this area. Up until now, our biggest problem has been that he has never actually done anything in the potty chair. Now mind you, it is not from lack of trying on our part! In fact, Chris put him on the potty one morning and sat in there for an hour and a half...they were reading books, drinking juice, watching a movie, drinking more juice, singing songs, and drinking more juice. Chris even had the water faucet running...but NOTHING!! Well that finally changed this weekend. He spent the night with Meme on Sunday night and wouldn't you know it that he sat on the potty chair and pee'd for her no problem. This is beginning to remind me of the "binkie" episode and I am really starting to get a complex here. Why is that all of the conjoling and bribing and talking does nothing when it comes from me but suddenly Chris or a grandparent can just ask him nicely and he does it no problem??!!

So he actually pee'd twice this weekend at Meme's house. Now that he is home however he is not the slightest bit interested...big surprise right?? Everyone tells me not to push him because he will do it when he is ready....but I am ready! Doesn't that count for anything?? Patience has never been my strongest attribute and this whole ordeal is really trying me. I know I probably need to just find 2 to 3 days in a row where we can stay home and put "big boy" underwear on and get serious about this. Of course trying to find that many consecutive days where we don't have to be somewhere is difficult...and maybe I am just chicken because I'm not sure what to expect.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Fair

We went to the Comal County Fair today after church. It is supposedly the largest county fair in Texas, if that really matters to anybody! We only stayed about an hour and a half because it was so blazing hot. I can't believe it is still this hot and tomorrow is the first day of October. It's not feeling very fall like yet!

Here are a few pics from the fair:

Disney Radio was doing a kids event, so we stopped to watch and Tanner joined in the dancing. I have no idea where he got his great dance moves, but he is hysterical! Here is a video, and if you watch closely you will see Chris doing some moves of his own off to the right...maybe that is where Tanner learned his technique!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Happy Birthday...

I am a day late in posting this....but Happy Birthday Rachelle!! I feel so privileged to have such a wonderful and beautiful sister who is also one of my best friends. We are only 13 months apart and growing up I have to admit that we fought like cats and dogs. And Rachelle will be happy to tell you about all the abuse and trauma I inflicted on her...she probably needs counseling! Eventually the fighting did stop however, and now I couldn't imagine a better friend or sister than Rachelle. She is a fantastic mother, and she amazes me with her ability to juggle so many different things and yet do them all so well. She is a tremendous blessing to me and I am so thankful for her. I love you Rachelle!!

One of my favorite pics of us taken 8 years ago (wow, I can't believe it has been that long!):

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The miracle of new life

Our good friends, Shane & Holly, became proud first-time parents last night at 7:01 pm. I went to the hospital today to visit them and was able to see the precious and adorable AvaLayne Susannah. She weighed a whopping 9 lbs, but she is as cute as she can be!!

Congratulations Shane & Holly...we love you guys!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

New haircut

A few pics of Tanner's new haircut. Great job Dad!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Adams barber shop

I actually bought a haircut kit at Walmart this week and Chris cut Tanner's hair tonight for the first time. Well, I guess I should say the first "successful" time! Tanner has gone ballistic everytime he sees the scissors or shears for quite some time. We tried about a year ago to cut his hair at home, but quickly realized that the screaming and flailing were jeopardizing the safety of his ears and scalp so we decided to leave it to the professionals. So, we have been taking him to a kids haircut place every 6 weeks or so and he has been slowly getting better. Of course, it helps that they have these cool cars for him to sit in and they play movies while they cut his hair. This is one of those things that makes me realize how extravagant and over the top American culture has become...but I digress. Anyways, his last haircut was the first time that we didn't have any screaming the entire time...a huge success! So we decided it was time we cut his hair at home. He did really well. Chris let him use the shears on his stuffed kitty so that helped to calm him down. We had a few tears, but overall it was a pretty good experience. I would take a picture of the newly sheared cutie, but he is fast asleep. Maybe tomorrow...

The crafty bug...

I don't know if it is the time of year or what, but I am just itching to do some crafty projects! We had a tease of fall weather earlier this week, which quickly disappeared as I knew it would, but it was enough to make me start thinking of the holidays. And maybe that is why I have the crafty bug since I always enjoy making homemade gifts for my family at Christmas. Every year I tell myself I will start those projects earlier so that I am not doing them the week before...maybe this is the year! I think part of my problem is that I have so many different ideas colliding in my brain that it is hard for me to settle on one and start working on it. I seem to spend more time visualizing and dreaming ideas rather than actually making them happen. I think I need to just designate one night a week as crafty night and make it happen. I'll let you know how that goes.... :)

Monday, September 10, 2007

A Success!!

Well the ladies retreat was fantastic! Every single lady showed up that was registered...56 ladies in all. We had no major problems and the facility was absolutely beautiful. Most importantly, the message for the weekend was truly God breathed and many lives were touched. We watched a Beth Moore video series on "Loving Well". Her main points were as follows: 1.) God is perfect love, 2.) Nothing can separate us from God's perfect love, 3.) God's perfect love is poured into our imperfect hearts, and 4.) Accessed, we can love anyone through anything. It was a wonderful message - encouraging and challenging at the same time.

God showed me several things this weekend. For one thing, He showed me how great it can be when the body of Christ works together and everyone uses their individual gifts. I had a great leadership team, and while I must admit that I struggled with some of the delegating during the planning stage, I really felt God challenging me to let everyone play their part and not try to hold their hand. That is usually very hard for me to do, but I know it is just pride on my part. So, I assigned the duties and let them be and it was so awesome to see everything come together...and beautifully! Usually when I am in charge of things, I am stressed out the entire time because I am trying to do everything. However, because I had delegated, this experience was so much better. I was able to relax and enjoy the weekend and just sit back on several occasions and observe other people operating in their gifts and talents. It was such a beautiful thing to behold!

This weekend was also so exciting for me because I felt like I was finally returning to the calling of God on my life. This weekend felt so natural for me and I could really feel God's hand on me. Chris and I are doing more and more at the church, and while it can be a little scary and overwhelming at times, I am also excited about what God has in store for us. I definitely feel my comfort zone being stretched, but I know that is the only way to grow!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Ladies Retreat

Well, it is early Friday morning and our church ladies retreat starts today. I just got finished spending some time with the Lord about this weekend, and I am so excited about what He has in store for us! I had a lot of last minute registrations so our final number is 56 ladies. After a crazy week trying to get all the last minute details finished, it is finally here...ready or not!

I know it will be a great time of refreshing for so many of the ladies. My heart is that we will be a unified group this weekend and every one will feel welcome and loved. We have so many new ladies at the church and this is the first FFC retreat for many of them. Like any other place, we naturally have cliques, but I am really praying that the women will step out of their comfort zone this weekend and love on each other.

I John 4:7 (Amplified Bible)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].

This is our theme verse for the weekend, and I just love this version of it. Oh Lord, help us to have a love that springs from you. Help us to develop a better understanding and knowledge of who you are, so that we can love those around us. Make us your vessels and pour your love out of us so that it splashes on everyone we come in contact with. Amen!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Tithing my time

I have been feeling very unorganized, unproductive and generally overwhelmed lately...and God has been gently prodding me about my lack of consistent quiet time. I was having a discussion with Chris today about my struggle to get up early for my quiet time with the Lord. Everything in my flesh fights the idea of getting up early in the morning. Yet, if I don't have my quiet time first thing in the morning, then I get too busy with my daily tasks that I never find the time to stop. I know that I probably need to start going to bed earlier, but I usually feel most productive at night. It seems to be a catch 22. (By the way, what exactly does that phrase mean??)

Anyways, during our discussion, I mentioned that my argument sounded a lot like the argument you hear from people who are having a hard time tithing. "But I already live check to check and barely have enough for the bills. If I give 10% to God, how will I have enough to pay everything else?" I have a similar just has to do with my time. I already feel like there aren't enough hours in the day and I always feel like I am behind the curve. Yet, I am not honoring God with the firstfruits of my day. I know that He will honor my sacrifice, and will make my day more productive if I will just give Him the chance. It is just my selfish flesh that always seems to want more sleep!! I know it is just an issue of self-discipline. I apparently need God's help to beat this body into submission!! Am I the only one with this struggle? Not that it really matters, I just want someone else to share my pain :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Another funny...

Another hysterical Youtube video. I appreciate these incredibly talented people who feel compelled to share their gifts with tbe world...and give me a good laugh!

God's faithfulness

We have been back from vacation for four days and I feel like I haven't stopped running since we landed! God obviously knew I needed some rest before the craziness began. Our church ladies retreat is only 9 days away and this is my first year to be in charge. I have an awesome leadership team helping me pull everything together, but I am still fighting the stress and anxiety that tends to come with being in charge. But God is so awesome! I was running errands on Monday and found myself thinking about all the different aspects of the retreat and I could feel the anxiety beginning to creep in. As my mind was racing with all those "what if" scenarios, I suddenly looked out the front windshield and there was the most gorgeous rainbow. It blew me away and immediately I was reminded that God is faithful and He always keeps His promises. I was reminded of the verse in Matthew 18:20 that says, "where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." That rainbow was God's way of reminding me that He will be there and that is all that really matters. I don't need to worry about all the little details because He is bigger than any problems that may come up. And as one of my friends reminded me, He has an agenda for the retreat and it may be different than mine. And that is OK!! My prayer is that I will be obedient and sensitive to His leading.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Hysterical Ebay auction!

If you have kids and have ever taken them to the grocery store, you have to check out this Ebay auction. Can you say hysterical??

Ebay Auction

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The tongue...

Apparently Tanner has “a tongue thing” according to Rachelle! She informed me on our camping trip that Tanner used his tongue a lot, something I had never noticed. She then followed it up by telling me it was kind of like my tongue thing! What??!! Newsflash to me, but according to my sister, Tanner and I use our tongues more than normal. Of course, after she broke this to me, I watched Tanner and sure enough his tongue does come out of his mouth a lot. It became quite humorous to just watch him and see the tongue come out again and again. When he was concentrating, when he was running, when he was just standing there, and on and on. Here is a picture Rachelle took while we were observing Tanner:

Of course, now I am self conscious about my own tongue!! I think Rachelle was secretly hoping to get a picture of my tongue, but she wasn’t successful. Thank goodness!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Tanner was finally feeling better by Sunday, so we went on a two night camping trip. We went to a beautiful campsite only 10 minutes from Paul & Rachelle’s house. We would have to drive A LOT longer than 10 minutes from our house to find anything that nice!! Paul & Rachelle have a nice travel trailer so it was definitely luxury camping, but it makes it so much easier with kids. We went up on Sunday afternoon after naps and stayed until Tuesday morning. There was a beautiful river right behind our campsite. The river was really low but it was still beautiful running around and underneath these huge rocks. We had a great time just enjoying the great outdoors and God’s beautiful creation. It made me want to go home and go camping, but then I remembered where I live!! August in Texas is not exactly camping weather…maybe in the fall!

Some pics from our camping adventure:

our campsite

sitting around the campfire

Garrett enjoying his smore!

the cousins (Tanner, Kaitlyn & Garrett)

another picture of the cute!

Paul & Garrett

Saturday, August 18, 2007

What's next??

As if the lost luggage wasn’t enough, now Tanner has come down with some sort of stomach virus! He has been sick since Thursday night and I am beginning to go a little stir crazy. I originally came a few days before Chris so that Rachelle and I could have some fun shopping and beach time. Instead, we have been stuck at her house! I think Satan is just trying to ruin this chance for some rest and relaxation, but I refuse to let him win!! I know that God is bigger than a stomach virus, and I am just asking Him to heal Tanner quickly. Poor little guy is just miserable and I have to admit it has been a challenge to keep from getting real grumpy with him.

But on a brighter note, my lost luggage finally arrived! Yippee!! At least I can now wear my clothes for Tanner to throw up on, instead of Rachelle’s clothes :)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The treasure of friends...

I was able to see a good friend today that I haven’t seen in 8 years! Sara and I met at PBC my senior year and we hit it off right away. She is such a fun girl, and I have some great memories of our time together in college. We also share the same birthday, which ensures that we talk to each other at least once a year!! I called her and told her I would be in Tahoe, and since she lives a few hours away she was willing to make the long drive so we could get together. She has two adorable children, so we met at the beach and let the kids play while we visited. We had a great time and it was so good to catch up. It seems like just yesterday we were sitting at the Starbucks on Fremont, two very strong and independent young women, talking about life and wondering what the future held for us. Would we get married and have kids? Where would God take us? Now, here we are, married with children and serving the Lord in our respective churches. Thanks again Sara for coming to see me! You have two precious children and you are a wonderful mother!! Hopefully it won’t be another 8 years before we see each other again…

A few pics from the beach:


Skye & Asia


Never say never...

Tanner & I flew to California today to visit my sister and it actually went pretty well. I have to admit that I was a little anxious at the idea of flying by myself with a 3 year old...but he was a real trooper! But earlier in the week, I was quizzing a friend who has a son the same age and she just got back from flying with him. I was asking her for any tricks or advice she may have, and I have to laugh after our day today! One thing she suggested was packing some clothes for both of us in our carry on because you never know when you might get stuck in the airport or lose your luggage. I am just thinking "yeah, yeah, that won't happen to me". Of course, I just wanted to carry on as little as possible since I was taking the car seat on the plane and knew I had to have a free hand for Tanner. I even joked about it with Chris last night as I was packing. I told him it was probably one of those things that you really don't take seriously until you have experienced it. Well I'm sure you have guessed it by now...but I can now officially join the "lost luggage" club. As I stood there watching bag after bag go by, the same ones again and again, I kept thinking this can not be happening. And then I saw my small roller bag that had my cosmetics and some diapers for Tanner...and I had hope! But alas, the large duffel with ALL my clothes and most of Tanners...nowhere to be seen.

The baggage department claims it is in Charlotte - how it got sent there is beyond me. I just hope they know what they are talking about, especially since I heard him tell the lady in front of me the same thing. I hope that is not their standard line..."oh yeah, it's in Charlotte!". They are telling me they will deliver it either tomorrow or Friday. I sure hope so...otherwise, they better give me a nice fat check to go shopping!!

Needless to say, I will probably pack my carry-on a little different next time. Why is it so hard for us to just learn from other's mistakes without experiencing them for ourself??!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Ready for Vacation!!

Well, it is almost 1:00 am and I am trying to finish up my "to do" list before Tanner & I leave for Tahoe in about 5 hours. Hopefully I will get in a few hours of sleep tonight!

I am so ready for vacation and really looking forward to seeing Rachelle & Paul and the kids. Hopefully I will have some fun pics to post in the next few days.

Only a few more items left on my list...I can hear the pillow calling!

Monday, August 6, 2007

My heart is overflowing....

Life with our God is never dull! I have really been feeling challenged lately to take my relationship with God to a new level. A few weeks ago during a Sunday morning service, I felt God speak very clearly to me that He wanted me to jump into the river with both feet and stop standing on the river bank dipping my toes in the water. While that thought was scary, I committed to obey His prompting. As I stand on the bank looking at the raging river, I realize that once I jump in I will no longer be in control. The current will take me where it wants and there won't be much I can do about it. While I realize that is God's intention, I also know that in order to be carried along and not drown, I need to be clinging to God, the best life jacket on the market! All of this has been swirling around in my heart, and I know that God desires a closer and more intimate relationship in order for this journey to be successful. I hear people talk about what God is doing in their life and what He is saying, and I have felt lately like my spiritual ears were on mute! Well apparently they have been turned back on, because I feel like He is speaking about 15 different things to my heart at the same time!! I don't even feel like I am at a place where I can succinctly communicate all that He is saying...but I do know that I am awed and amazed that He loves me and desires to lavish that love on me. I know that He desires to use me and I feel like such an inadequate vessel with so many flaws...yet that is the beauty of our Savior. All He asks is that we are willing, not that we be perfect. I read an awesome quote this week by Max Lucado:

"When you're full of yourself, God can't fill you.
But when you empty yourself, God has a useful vessel."

Lord, make me a willing vessel. Empty me of all my pride and fears and just the junk of sin, so that I am an empty vessel that you can flow through!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

My precious Tanner

Happy 3rd birthday my dear Tanner! It is so hard to believe that 3 years have passed since that life changing day you entered our world. I remember like it was yesterday the day I found out I was pregnant. After a year of trying, we were so excited to finally be pregnant. I was in a state of shock for days, excited and anxious at the same time. The years have flown by since then and I can't imagine our life without you. You are growing up so fast and while I am sad to see my baby disappear, I also look forward to seeing you grow up into the man God has destined for you. You bring me such incredible joy each morning as you wake up and run through the house looking for mommy. Your hugs are so precious and I know that I should enjoy each and every one because a day will probably come when you aren't so willing to share them!

My prayer for you is that you will come to know God at an early age and that you will love Him with all your heart. May you always be sensitive to His voice and leading, and may you experience the awesome adventure He has in store for you!

I love you my dear Tanner with all my heart and feel extremely blessed to be called your "mommy".

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Tanner's Birthday Party

We celebrated Tanner's 3rd birthday today with a family party. He doesn't actually turn 3 until next Saturday, but we wanted to have a party while Diane was still in town. We did a dinosaur themed party, which Tanner really enjoyed. Of course, Chris & I had a lot of fun planning it as well! Since it was still raining, we had to do the party inside but everyone seemed to enjoy it.

We played pin the horn on the triceratops for our first game. Thanks goodness for Meme's artistic talents...she drew a really cute dinosaur! Tanner didn't quite understand the concept of using the blindfold because he kept trying to peek out the bottom. But they were cute to watch!

Next, we had a fossil dig on the front porch. Chris filled the plastic swimming pool with sand and we hid small dinosaurs and fossils in the sand. The kids had a blast digging for treasures!

We finished off the party with hot dogs, cupcakes & presents:

I was exhausted by the end of the day, but I think Tanner had a great time! We are doing another party next weekend for a few friends from church. We were originally going to do one big party today, but since the rain meant we had to stay inside we decided to break it up into 2 parties. That idea sounded great earlier in the week, but after everyone left we looked at each other and wondered if we had made the right decision. The thought of doing this all over again next Saturday is exhausting! But there is no going back at this point...we will just have to rethink our strategy next year :)

Here are a few more pics from the day:

Thursday, July 19, 2007

God knows what we can handle....

Our church is doing "Go Camp" this week for our kids ages 6-12. My contribution was to help watch the toddlers of some of the leaders today. So I had 3 little boys ages 2 & 3 at my house from 9:00 to 2:00. All I can say is that I have a whole new respect for parents of multiples! I know it was only a few hours...but I was suprised at my total lack of productivity, except for being a referee and potty monitor! I think the only thing I managed to get done today was fold one load of laundry and put another load in the washer. Other than that, I was doing good to keep everyone relatively happy and unharmed. Although I have struggled at times with God's timing in regards to children, I must say that today has been a good reminder for me. God knows what I can handle and until He decides that we are ready for another baby, I am going to enjoy my time with Tanner and the opportunity to actually get things done around the house!

Here is a pic of the three little monkeys playing in Tanner's bed:

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The zoo again has been two weeks and I haven't posted anything! It seems like life has been really crazy, but when I stop and try to pinpoint why, I can't think of any one thing just a bunch of little things. I seem to have that feeling alot! There are days when I would really like to just simplify my life and slow if anyone has any profound thoughts or ideas please feel free to share.

We went to the zoo again yesterday. It has been raining here for what seems an eternity so we haven't been able to do many outdoor activities. But we braved the weather yesterday and the rain actually held off until we were leaving. We went with some friends we met this spring at the local library story time. The mom is KK and she has two little boys...Leif who is 2 and Ezekiel who is 14 months. We spent the whole time in the toddler area of the zoo but they had a great time playing together. When we left, Tanner kept asking for "my friends". Too cute!!

Here are a few pictures of them playing at the zoo:

Now I have to start getting everything ready for Tanner's birthday party this weekend. Although if this rain doesn't let up soon, we may have to postpone it until next weekend! I don't think I can handle 20 adults and 10 kids in my house on Saturday if it is raining outside! I feel like singing that familiar children's know the one - "Rain, rain go away...come again some other day (or month!)." I never thought I would be longing for the sun in July...but I am! The weather this summer has been very strange.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Independence Day!!

We had a very rainy 4th of July, but we braved the rain this morning to watch the parade in Startzville. This is the small town a few miles from our house. There was a lot of flag waving & patriotism despite the rain!! I hope everyone had a great day as we remember and honor all those who have sacrificed so much so that we can live in such a wonderful country. God Bless America!!

Here is Tanner waiting for the parade to start:

One of the parade entries:

Our local VFW post:

And finally, I couldn't resist taking a picture of this guy!

Sunday, July 1, 2007


Tanner had a chance to play with his cousins Lena Jane & Keller this weekend and they had so much fun! They will all turn 3 this year and it is so fun to watch them interact with each other. They had a great time swimming and playing at Meme's house!

Playing in Meme's pool:

Silly Keller:

Tanner discovering the joys of a water gun!

Lena Jane:

Tanner taking aim at Lena's belly button:

Meme and her chickens (Keller, Lena Jane, Rowdy & Tanner)