I am mourning the loss of a good friend. 


This is a photo her husband took the morning she passed. 


At 3:00pm yesterday a rather heavy box was delivered to our house.   It was addressed to the boys who are a week away from being 9 years old!  They promptly voted that it was ok to open the gift since it is their birthday month.IMAG1219-1

I’m not sure who was more excited to get into the box marked “HO Sports” the boys or their daddy.


We were on the lake trying out this over-the-top gift by 5:00pm.  Violet declared, “this is the best birthday gift the boys have ever gotten!”


Again, we are so blessed by and thankful for the love our family extends to us!

The line between “family” and “friends” has become so blurred that we can’t tell the difference.


Lake Shasta 2013

Fog, rain, flat tire, sinking boat, sour towels…nothing can stop cousins from having summer fun on the lake!


ImageCat in the Hat 2013

I just picked up a large jug of vinegar and poured it directly into my dark load of laundry.

I just realized it wasn’t vinegar.

It was BLEACH!  I hate laundry.

Somehow, going naked tomorrow doesn’t seem so bad.

“So this is how liberty dies.  With thunderous applause.”

Queen Amidala

Star Wars III