Someone turned 40 over the weekend. And that someone is pretty special to the rest of us here at the Shoe! The kids and I had started plans for a surprise birthday bash for Lowell about a month ago. We had so much fun thinking what to get him and how we would surprise him! I will have to say that we are surrounded by some pretty awesome people who helped out the kids and I in … [Read more...] about Lowell’s 40th Birthday
I was calmly eating my lunch yesterday at the dinner table, listening to the banter of the kids . . . when it hit me what was sitting next to my salad bowl. This. It is a game that the kids made last winter down in the basement - cutting out several different kinds of ships from scrap wood, and making islands for them to take over. And, yes, there is a piece of gameboard … [Read more...] about Kids’ Create-Your-Own Game
We have had a couple rounds of cousins pass through here recently and here are some pictures for you! Our kids loved having their first cousins around whose ages pretty much stairstep between our own children. You will see what I mean from the pictures. My sis and I were busy feeding this crew and making sure they all had clean clothes on. In amongst sisterly … [Read more...] about Cousins
School is almost over and we are SO excited! Mom maybe more so than even some of the kids. But that's usually the way it is . . . we are ready for it to begin and ready for it to end! We are also getting ready for two sets of Indiana company to begin arriving next week - so you will find this blog even quieter and my freezer even … [Read more...] about Spring Pictures
School mornings are a whirlwind of sorts by the time we get 8 people with eyes open, clothed, and fed. Then to get 6 of them out the door with lunches in hand. Somewhere in this whirlwind a little voice begins to yell, "Mom, I need dressed!" Oh yes. One got missed in the "getting clothed" part of the morning. So off to the bedroom we trot. Actually, I shuffle because my coffee … [Read more...] about These Days . . .
Well these Mennonite guys did it again. :) They spoiled us women by cooking supper! And like the previous year, it was awesome! Some of us even talked our boys into helping. Would you like to know what they served? In the words of another wife: "Meat, meat and more meat"! When I looked over the dishes as they came in the door, I tried to ask this question very respectfully: … [Read more...] about Mennonite Men Can Cook – Season 2