Monday, September 3, 2012

Summer Happenings

It's been awhile since my last posting.  Here is an update on what's been happening the last few months.

Mary and Ken have been joining us for BINGO.  They are
totally hooked!!!  It has been fun to reconnect with them again.
Dave made this sign for our Cumberland week.  The joke
behind Doonanbogen is when we all retire we plan to have
a ranch far from any city and call it the "Doonanbogen"
Dave, Jan and Sam (with the sign). 
Dave brought up his jet ski and we all enjoyed it very much.
Zack, Becky and Natalie came up for the day, and Zack
took Natalie out for a ride.  Isn't she adorable!
Only three of the six cousins!  We missed the rest of you!!
A beautiful sunset over Beaver Dam Lake. 
When we got back from our 4th of July vacation, our road was
closed for construction.  For three weeks we could only go one
way.  And to get back home we had to go around
Coon Lake.  The next three weeks we could only go the
other way.  We put on a lot of extra miles!

Here is a look at what we had to drive on.  The road is now done and
I will say it was all worth it!  No more dodging pot holes!

Kelly and I went to the Polk Co. Fair and watched Natalie
clog.  Here she is clogging her little heart out!
After Kelly and I went to the State Fair on opening day, my
Mom and Rhonda came down and I went again with them.
We had a BLAST!
Here is my beautiful sister and Mom.  Love you both!
Well, after walking for two days, 8 hours each day, this is what
my leg looked like.  I have no idea what it is, but I get it
every year but never this bad!!
I was on vacation for 12 days the end of August (my stay at home Mom week)
and enjoyed every minute of it.  I started getting ready for the Craft
Show in November.  Here are the four prim angels I made.  They
turned out adorable.
I also stained our deck.  I had to scrub every single spindle on it before
I could stain! You can see the before on the right and the after on the left. 
It looks SO much better.  But next time...I am hiring it done!!!
Last but not least, I have been very busy canning.  I have 17 pints
of Salsa made already, and over 70 half-pints of jelly.  And I'm
still not done!  I also made the cute little mice for the Craft Show.
They are not done yet as you can see...they will each be holding
a flower (which still need to be made).

Well, that is what's been happening this summer.  More to come I promise.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Here's What's Been Happening!

I have been doing a lot except updating my blog!  We not only helped Zack paint the entire upstairs of his new home, but we also help paint the entire downstairs.  It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for a house!

Here is the downstairs living room wall - BEFORE

AFTER - you would not believe the difference!

This will be Zack and Becky's bedroom downstairs. 
BEFORE - it was a light yellow with a lot of marks on every wall!

Becky wanted a burnt orange room - well she got it.
It turned out beautiful!



Kelly and I spent Mother's Day Weekend in Hayward
and Spooner.  We had a great time being with family.

Kara and Trav.  Love you both very much!


Natalie's 3rd Birthday
(what a doll!)

This swing set was her birthday present from ALL
the grandparents.

She loves to slide down and land in her pool
filled with water.  It was 93 degrees on Sunday
so she REALLY enjoyed getting wet!

After all that swinging and sliding she enjoyed
an ice cream treat.  So cute!

Last but not least, here is my latest creation I made
on the very rainy Saturday.  Getting ready for craft


Monday, January 30, 2012

Here's What's New

I guess updating my blog once a month is getting to be the norm. Shane came home on leave on January 13th for eighteen days. It was wonderful to have him home again. We got to do quite a few things together as a family.

We all went to Osceola, WI to watch Natalie in a clogging program. It was the cutest thing I have seen. I will post a video. It takes awhile to download so I wanted to post pictures first.

She is drinking chocolate milk after a
night of performing and pinching the
little girl next to her. lol

Some of her fans!

Of course we had to go play BINGO.
The girls showed the guys what it was like
to WIN (I won twice and Alecia won once)
Shane's friend Mohammed joined us (Shane
played Anoka football with him)

After a lot of online shopping we found a
truck that Shane bought. It's a 2003
Chevy Silverado with about 80,000 miles
on it. It was Divine Intervention that we
found it and I totally believe that God provided.

Here are the two travelers ready to drive 1,400
miles to North Carolina.


Zack & Becky's New House
They closed on their house on Friday, Jan 27th. We all went over there on Saturday and helped them paint. Kelly and I went back on Sunday to finish up. It was fun, but we were exhausted.

Here is Natalie's princess room. It is actually a
beautiful purple. Once they get her bed and dresser
in there it won't may your eye hurt just looking at
the walls.

Here is a shot of the living room. It was painted
a soft lemon yellow, but it was so dirty it was
amazing the transformation this new color made.

We painted a tan on two of the walls, white
on the wall that connects to the entry way,
and then a darker brown (Hot Chocolate)
on the other walls. It turned out BEAUTIFUL.

Hopefully this is a better picture so you can see
the contrast. They are installing laminate wood
floors, which will make this room look amazing.
Needless to say, Zack and Becky are on cloud nine!

Well, Shane is gone back to NC and everything is back to normal. It always takes me a few days to settle back in. I LOVED having him home (and back in the good old United States). I cherish the time we get to spend with him. All I can say is God is SO good and has blessed me with wonderful boys, a beautiful daughter-in-law and a precious grand daughter. Life is good!