April Climbing in Meteora

Just wow.  A professional drone photographer saw April and Brenden climbing in Greece and asked to use them for this.


Rock Climbing Meteora with a Drone – Trailer from Max Seigal on Vimeo.

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zac and allie

What a joy it was to celebrate my beautiful niece’s wedding yesterday.  Allie has been like my fourth daughter.  She grew up two doors down and she and April always “met in the middle.”  I have always said that Allie managed to get the best parts of each of her parents and none of the bad parts.  For now, Zac and Allie are living just feet away in the garage apartment.  I am so thankful for this girl, and that the love of her life is such a treasure.

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mylah’s art

Here is my birthday card from Mylah, age 4.  It’s a picture of the two of us having a picnic at the park.  You can’t see our legs because we are  sitting down.  Laura told me that when she first drew it we were nude and she drew in our belly buttons and some round things in our chest area, which Laura asked her about and Mylah said they were our armpits.  Then she decided to draw clothes on us.   I love the creativity of this little girl!

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happy family day!

I love my family for lots of reasons.  They are absolutely the best.  Today the weather was so beautiful that we had a spur-of-the-moment get-together and cookout.  Cal was so excited he thought it was somebody’s birthday (his!).  So we sang “Happy Family Day.”

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little music makers

DSC_0016Evan and Cal each have their own way of playing the piano.  Evan is a pounder and Cal plays with a light touch.  Hmmmmm, wonder what this says about them?

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cakeI’m not a big birthday person, especially when it comes to  my own birthday.  I don’t like being the center of attention and would be just as happy to not do anything on my birthday.  But my sweet dad, at almost 84, was determined to celebrate my birthday this year.  So on a day of heavy rain, we got the family together for chicken strips, mac and cheese, and salad.  It was a pretty quiet, low-key afternoon, but I realize how blessed I am to have people who want to celebrate me, and grandchildren who can’t wait to sing Happy Birthday to me.  Of course April was missing,  but she sent flowers and called.  Today is her birthday, so I’m missing her even more today.  Happy Birthday, April!

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rainy day friends

4-15-2015“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”

These two love to be together!

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cal’s big boy bed

The time had come for Cal to get a Big Boy Bed.  First he broke his  arm climbing out of his crib.  Then he somehow managed to break the crib to the point that there was a slat that he could remove at nap time or bed time.  So finally his mom and dad bought him a new bed and lovingly painted it and gave his room an updo.  Now- if only he can figure out how to sleep in it!

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West Coast Bound!

April and Brenden

April and Brenden

I’m so excited!  Tom and I are leaving tonight to visit April and Brenden in Washington!  I have missed her so much since they moved in June.  I can’t wait to see where they live and what their lives are like.  April has a day off of school tomorrow so we’ll get that extra day with her.  We’re flying into Seattle, and renting a car and driving to Yakima tonight.  We’ll spend the weekend there, and then have a couple of days to explore Seattle.  Pictures and stories to come!

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happily ever after

Scenes from Stuart and Maggie’s beautiful wedding this weekend!

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