Sunday, July 31, 2011


Ben had his 6th birthday party this afternoon. And we had a blast! The kids played in the pool, the slip n slide, twister was a bust, but the bounce house was a winner. It took over an hour to fill 300 water balloons and about 10 minutes for them ALL to be destroyed. We didn't even have time to play games with them.
Ben had a great time though, and that's what matters. A huge thanks to Dave and Nikki who stuck around and helped out. THANKS GUYS! Yall are pretty gravy!

More pictures here

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ben's 3$ table

I helped Ben create a table...
we started with a free pallet

and added some legs with scrap wood ...

and Ben painted with leftover paint...

Cloudy didn't paint.. but ended up with paint ALL over..

Almost finished.... you will have to stay tuned for the finished product picture to be unveiled at the party..

Ben also made a sign. He wrote "Go Nebraska" on it.. and he THINKS he's going to hammer it in MY yard...
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Monday, July 25, 2011

the Serious and the Silly

I was adjusting some settings on my camera today -- and I realized I have a Serious model and a Silly model. It really should've been no surprise. Every time Ben is in front of the lens he starts his silly faces and hand gestures, while Cloudy just looks at me or away from me! And get two of them in the same shot ~ impossible.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

weekend of not-so-fun

Thursday I took the boys out to start our weekend camping.  First they locked me out of the truck.  Then they locked me out of the camper when it was raining!  Good thing they didn't lock me out of the boat (har har har). 

We had a great Thursday and Friday morning.  THEN - Ben and I became I.L.L!  We would've loved to have come home - only there was never a good hour of non-illness to even drive to the house - much less pack stuff up.  Saturday morning we thought we were feeling better, but it was just a thought.  We quickly headed home and Ben and I had a marathon of t.v. 


Cuteness:  When Cloudy has a booboo -- he makes the kissing sound (*muah muah*) and wants you to kiss his booboo, usually it's to me.  Today he bit his tongue and trying to discourage the crying (since there was no bleeding involved) I told him to go show his daddy.  He walked up to Pete and said *muah muah*, unknowing of the booboo Pete puckered up and Cloudy simultaneously stuck out his tongue!  (I'm crying I'm laughing so much!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


We don't have much to blog about.. but here are some snaps of the kiddos doing what they do..
*I love these two! and they love the dog*

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Friday, July 15, 2011

I MUSTACHE you a question....

Some one has a birthday in 2 weeks... and I've been stealing great ideas from "Pinterest"
photo booth mustache on a stick

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

nanamom and pa

NanaMom and Pa came to visit a few days
It was nice to see them, the boys loved having them around and their dogs too.

more photos

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

grandparents visit

Ben skis from the tower

Pete kneeboards

Cloudy Sleeps

and sits in the dogs water dish

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cloudy skis

I ask Cloudy if he would like to ski every time we go out. I'm trying to have him ride the board up and down the beach like Ben used to. But 90% of the time Cloudy tells me no.
Today we spent the day at the lake and when the Kendall family arrived Cloudy grabbed Dave, pointed to the ski and said "ski"... Dave dutifully pulled him around on the ski. *it made my heart melt*
I later talked Wes into "skiing the sand". But i got moving to fast and when i stopped Wes tumbled forward. He was a trooper about it, but it might be awhile bf I talk him into skiing again.
Then later - Ben pulled off a couple deep water starts holding the handle (it's usually attached to his ski). What a day!!

Best Friend

Tonight Amara had her mom stop on the way home from church. Amara asked for Ben and when he came to the door she slipped him a note, said hi and took off. It was the sweetest thing.

Friday, July 8, 2011

pool time

Cloudy tried soaking me with the water hose - even though it was turned off... I still considered it war!

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