Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Home for A Bit, and Leaving Tomorrow

Clayton after an attempt at eating baby food.
Clayton, Kenndall in the wheelbarrow at Papa's.

Taylor, Clayton, Kenndall on a wheelbarrow ride with Papa.

Baby Ellie and Baby Ryan. Lindsay's and Allison's new babies. They are 11 days apart! I love these babies!!

Cooper riding the tricycle at Papa's.

Dad and Janet and all their grandkids, except for Abriella and Colby.

Clayton in the swing at Papa's.

Cooper with his fake "sunbrella" and his raincoat.

Kenndall with her raincoat. (Thanks Aunt Tracy!)

The cousins squished into this little cabinet.

So, we have had a whirlwind week and 1/2 at home and tomorrow we leave for my family reunion in Colorado!! I am excited to see a lot of cousins, aunts, and uncles that I don't see very often. We get together in a mountian lodge and play games, eat, talk, and just enjoy each other's company. So, tomorrow we will go to Albuquerque to visit my grandma for a couple of days and then we will head on up to Colorado for 4 days. My dad, Janet and Nat are all going with us so we will have a full car.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Clayton and Mya

Cooper hugging Marge.

Clayton loved this little cubby and she fell out at least 10 times, but that didn't ever stop her from getting back in.

Cooper and Kenndall chillin on the porch.

Kenndall eating her 1st roasted marshmallow.

Cooper roasting his 1st marshmallow. (He did not eat any.)

Cooper and Daddy fishing.

Clayton riding the baby horse.

Cooper riding the horse.
Kenndall did NOT like being on the horse.

Clayton and Mya! They loved playing together.

Cooper and Kenndall in the barn.

We had a great time in Kansas. We fished, rode horses, rode the Kubota, shopped, played outside, had a cookout and just had a great time with Grandma, Grandpa, Baby Mya, and Aunt Becky and Uncle Joe! I am so blessed with such great in-laws!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Vacation Time!!

Kenndall with her princess shoes on.
Cooper had a long day and passed out on the living room floor.

Clayton's first tooth, you can't really see it, but it is there.

Clayton likes to squish herself into tiny places.

Brian playing the guitar with Clayton as his helper.

Tomorrow we are going to Kansas! We will be back the 19th! Some of the things that the kids have been talking about NONSTOP are... Cookie and Buddy (the horses), "ride a horsey", "catch a bass", "wim in the bick pool" (swim in the big pool). They are so excited and I know we will have a great time!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Baby Ryan

Ryan Samuel Wall, 8lbs. 11 oz. Born today!! Praise God for his safe arrival and that mom and baby are doing great.

Allison wins the big baby award, that girl has reached a whole new level of toughness in my opinion. Technically he is not my nephew by blood, but I am going to claim him as my nephew, because I just love him already! He is precious and so alert, he just looks at you and looks around like he is a couple of weeks old. He was awake for about an hour when I got to see him today. He has precious chubby cheeks and looks a lot like his sister, in my opinion. What a blessing to me to have such a precious addition to a wonderful family!!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

4th of July

Kenndall doing a sparkler. She really didn't like them that much. At one point some smoke got in her eyes and she said, "MY EYES, MY EYES!" very dramatically. From that point on she wasn't interested, as you can see in the picture below, that is her in the background.
Cooper loved the sparklers.

Clayton's first 4th of July!

Clayton was dancing to the music!

I tried to take a picture of all 3 kids in their cute 4th of July clothes (thanks Janet!). BUT, they were a little grouchy and no one would cooperate. So this is the result of that and it is really blurry. :(

We had such a fun day yesterday. We had a lazy day at home. A nice swim in the afternoon. Then, we went to Wellman with my dad. We had a fun time. The kids played and played. We got to listen to some great music from Lone Prairie, and enjoy a great fireworks display. The kids played with sparklers and Pa-pa got them some glow rings that were a big hit. The kids loved the fireworks, Clayton just watched and watched. Kenndall kept saying, "more, more!" and Cooper would say, "One more time?" It was cute.
Really, I think that July 4th is one of my favorite holidays. It is in the middle of the summer, there are no presents involved (not that I don't love Christmas, I do), it is laid back, there are lots of outdoor activites to do, and we get to celebrate the many freedoms that we have. I thank God that my children are growing up in a free nation, where they can be free to vote, speak, work, learn, love, live and worship. What a blessing and a great responsibility.