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freaky friday!

Jules —  May 28, 2011

Friday marked the  last day of school! Tradition had us spending the afternoon with Grandma D at her country home. As usual she had the camp fire going and the picnic table next to her pond covered with a spread of yummy food. It was a cool, drizzly, relaxing afternoon with several odd occurrences.

The girls sat on this rock and fed bread to grandpa’s huge “pet” catfishies.

While Anjelia and her friend were feeding / petting grandpa’s catfish, they were also playing with their beloved zoobles from their McDonald’s happy meals.

Anjelia dropped both of her zoobles into the pond! We grabbed an umbrella and quickly retrieved one. Luckily they floated like bobbers. Unfortunately a big catfish, perhaps this one, ATE THE OTHER ZOOBLE!!!! Yes, I kid you not, he opened his big mouth and GULP!

Anjelia bitterly wept. This was a new toy and a really cool one at that. She was so heartbroken that a CATFISH had eaten her toy. That is a new kind of tragedy for us!

The umbrella went missing later on in the afternoon. We finally found it!

The umbrella was found shortly before or maybe it was after Elaina fell on top of the camp fire! Yes, she tripped and fell right on top of it. I picked her up. . . quickly. Mom time quick. . . which is similar to the speed of light, or something like that. She wasn’t hurt or burned, not a bit!!!!!!

To top off our afternoon of oddities, Jessica found a sea horse shaped Cheeto!!!!



Five years later. . .

Jules —  September 11, 2010

Five years ago this extremely adorable photo of our Anjelia with her good buddy Jaden went viral. It’s the most popular cooties photo on the internet.

Anjelia and Jaden have been together since the womb – born just three weeks apart. We have so many cute memories and funny pictures of them together over the years.

This tops them all!

Anjelia celebrated her seventh birthday! Jaden, despite his shy personality, boldly serenaded her! It was so cute that it hurt. He’s going to be quite the romantic!

Go to Casting Crumbs to read Karen’s thoughts.

Girls’ Weekend 2010

Jules —  May 17, 2010

The women on my mom’s side of the family gathered together for our 2010 Girls’ Weekend. We had a great time relaxing, talking, shopping and enjoying the scenery.

This year we honored Aunt Tootsie with a Tootsie Roll party!

We barely had the table ready in time for her arrival! We were thrilled to have found a fun set of party decor.

Aunt Tootsie’s daughter, Kandis. My pretty cousin. The first cousin.

Aunt Kathy took this pic. I hate to have anyone missing. Mom had us all make a jar of exfoliate. It made our hands silky smooth.

Aunt Kathy is in this one, but Mom is now missing.

Here we are relaxing in front of the country home we rented for the weekend. We were so far out that none of us had cell phone connections, the gravel road was completely flooded in one direction, and when outside at night there was literally no light – at all. It was odd to those of us accustomed to light pollution.

We had a blast spending a couple of days in a quaint little town in the middle of wine country. Great shopping and good food were big hits, of course! Kandis, Aunt Punkie and Mom posing showing off their new rings.

I had to get in on it, too!

Ok, so we were all pretty excited over our jewels!

Aunt Punkie was totally in her element when we stopped off at a winery with live music. We had fun watching her dance!

She found someone else to be her partner. A nice, random lady

Aunt Punkie and Kandis ended the weekend perfectly.

There was so much I didn’t capture in pictures. I was too busy relaxing and having fun.

I’m looking forward to next year.

Silver Dollar City

Jules —  May 5, 2010

Domino sleeping on the way down!

Our good friends, Robin and Larry, invited us to travel to Branson for the weekend. The highlight was of course, Silver Dollar City, a wonderfully clean and friendly theme park. It was a blast.

Anjelia was rather attached to Larry for the weekend. Robin and Larry were brave to invite a family of six on a get-away weekend!

Elaina and her daddy.

I enjoyed the ginormous Flemish Giant bunny!

And Anjelia liked the little goats!

The girls were curious about the old school house. Kinda wish things were still this way for my kids.

The girls loved the roller coasters. Elaina jumped on the barn swing with Lydia and my blood pressure went up. This thing is a beast of a ride. Elaina and I both survived the experience! Jessica and Olivia were roller coaster riding machines. Lydia was brave and tried them all. Larry bought the video of Lydia riding Wildfire, a 66 mile per hour ride with five upside down loops. Her expressions are hilarious the entire ride! I was proud of them all for being brave. Anjelia loved the Powder Keg. It starts by going from 0 to 60 in two seconds! Pretty daring for a six-year-old!

Our family at The Landing. It was beautiful. Would love to see the fountain show at night.

We toured Marvel Cave. It is a one hour walk underground! Very cool. It’s amazing that there are gorgeous water falls underground! The girls got to see some bats and lots of beautiful formations.

A big thank you to Larry, Robin and Olivia for sharing their bring-a-friend tickets with us! We had a great time spending the weekend with your family. Thanks for the memories!

my big day

Jules —  June 25, 2009

I celebrated my birthday yesterday! James gave me the best gift; he took the day off to spend with me!

We started the day with swim team pics.

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Father’s Day 2009

Happy Father’s Day to my AWESOME hubby! I am soooooo thankful you are the father of my girls. They are very blessed! I am so very proud of the man you are and thankful you are the head of our home. (I don’t care if that’s not politically correct. I love it!) You provide a great deal of security and love to us all. Thank you for all your love, faithfulness and sacrifice.

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Happy birthday, Mom!

Jules —  March 13, 2009

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Pray for elan

Jules —  November 14, 2008

Please say a prayer for my five-year-old nephew, Elan. He was born with a severe congenital heart defect. They believe he is having electrical problems with his heart. He got dizzy and collapsed last night. His heart rate was 200. He will be seen by his cardiologist today.

My sister has a friend who started a group called Congenital Heart Defects Families Association. She lost her son Noah to CHD. Please visit their website at†.†Scroll down to†a video called CHD awareness 08. PLEASE watch the video. Elan is not pictured (Beth didn’t send in a pic) but many other children from Elan’s†children’s hospital†are. It’s a very educational video.

jimmy’s house

Jules —  July 7, 2008

My hubby has started a blog about his business and his life. I feel as though¬†we¬†are on this incredible journey together. I must admit it’s been very difficult at times, but I really wouldn’t change a thing about our life together. I am so proud of him. I am proud to be his wife and I’m sooooooo excited about our future! Check it out!


The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both. ~James Michener

wild, wacky and glorious

Jules —  June 13, 2008

This past weekend I found myself in Rocheport with 4 Aunties, my mom and 2 cousins. We gather each year in June. There are two rules: no men and no children. Of course we had a¬†fabulous time. Our group grew this year to include Julie, my Aunt Marlis’ late husband’s daughter, my Aunt Linda and my Aunt Kathryn.

We left this message at the local coffee shop!

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