Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Relaxing on a rainy day...

That's George on top of the desk, and Gracey on the pair of shorts that needs mended.

Here are Ron & Pat relaxing in the window seat.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ben's highlight video from his fabulous game 9/25/09

I was so excited to see the actual video highlights of my nephew's football game last week (he is a junior quarterback for Hoover H.S. in Des Moines) that I'm going to try and copy the link here.
The video loads from my computer okay, but hope it will for other people. It's 3:01 in length, so may take a little while to load (MOM!!!), but hopefully you can see it then. There's a rectangular button on the right side of the controls that will make the video go to full-screen for easier watching, too.

Not to much going on this week. I've been proofing/editing my pages for the new Church cookbook we're trying to get to the publisher before 10/13! Meeting tonight during NCIS!!! With new cable tv, I'm not sure if the video will tape anything. Oh well.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Congratulations on your Quarterback-ing, Ben!!

Hoover High School's homecoming was Friday evening, and Ben had a great night as one of the quarterbacks. This link is to some pictures of the action (with Ben in them).

I should have come to the game, but it's more than an hour drive (one way) and the cable guys didn't leave until 5:30!! Yes, we got basic "video" feed via our fiber optic line. Yahoo! I spent most of the day outside mowing and inside vacuuming so I haven't sat and flipped channels yet, but I plan to very soon.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Before, during and after....

Some of John's heirloom tomatoes finally ripening (and now we've had BUNCHES more).

An attempt at an Italian-style sauce.

Technical Difficulties....

I don't know what security feature I must have changed last week, (which I didn't really mean to, except I thought at the time it would make my 'surfing' safer) but now I can't upload pictures to Blogger.

Here's a hint if anybody has an answer. Even blogger's dashboard doesn't look the same as last week. The colors are lighter, on the action buttons and even the border here in the 'dashboard' setting. What did I do?? Can anybody help? I've looked at some of the help boards on blogger, but think it's some update (there have been bunches lately) or setting I've touched unintentionally.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pictures from a really fun end-of-summer weekend

Izaac is a little nervous about going down slides (the small ones are okay, but anything bigger is scary), so Samantha offered to take him down this one (which wasn't that long or scary, but he just needed some reassurance).

I think the smile says it all!

This is our boat out quite a ways (so it's not a great picture) with Marty in the water after a tumble off the tube while Kim and John and Samntha are safely seated in the boat.

This old car drove up and parked. I have no idea what kind it was, but it was running when they drove in. It was fairly 'rustic' looking (didn't look like it had been restored/updated much).

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday after a Boating Birthday Party!

Most of our 'family crowd' made it to Little Wall Lake for my sister's b.d. party Sunday with some grilling for lunch and boating. That's John in the back grilling some dogs and brats and my mom with her back to the camera. The 'birthday girl' is next with the orange shirt, then Nhu (Michelle's buddy/roommate at Simpson) and Samantha.

In this picture Uncle Charlie is backing up from Izaac who is teasing him with some tongs, Marty (Samantha's fiance) in the middle and John taking stuff off the grill. We also had baked beans, deviled eggs and smoked pork loin that John had cooked on Saturday=yum! Michelle and I were also in attendance as was my friend, Kim for boating and eating fun!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday in Carroll

We went to Sac City yesterday first to visit John's mom, who is doing GREAT at the rehab center and took her to lunch at "The Hub". Then we headed for Carroll and I met Samantha and Marty's mom at the florist to talk over wedding flowers and invitation options.

While I was 'helping' Samantha, John took Izaac for a short nap ride and then to the park in Carroll. It's a really nice park, shelter, lots of equipment for kids, tennis courts, etc. So Izaac took a ride on 'dumbo'.

We had brats and 'dogs' on the grill for supper at Marty's, and Izaac played with Marty's 'rolling stock' (tractors and equipment) and Samantha's portable keyboard.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Claire!

This is the most recent picture I have of our niece, Claire, who graduated from DePaul in June, ('09) and still resides in Chicago. The picture was from my camera, but I didn't take it. Several people had my camera (and Samantha's fancy one) during the party weekend in MN at John's sister's house.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Izaac helping clean out my kids' rooms...

Izaac back here at "Camp" today after a couple of days in Des Moines. I took this picture last week when we were working on cleaning out Alex and Samantha's rooms (hey, they graduated college and moved out, so, I'm moving THEM on...).

That's a pair of Samantha's old glasses (it was fun to see Izaac try and walk with them on) and Alex's Ernie puppet. He found CARS in Alex's rooms and has had fun playing with them. I didn't remember Alex to be that much of a "car guy" but he has 100 or more lined up on shelves in his room plus some in bins under his bed!

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