Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25, 2008
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We have had a wonderful morning and wanted to
share a little bit of our fun with all of you! 

A visit from Santa!

Friday, December 19, 2008

We got a surprise visit from Santa at our ward Christmas party. Ethan and Logan got right in there to tell him what they wanted for Christmas, but Emily wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. She was clinging to Lonnie and wouldn't even consider it. Then when all the kids cleared out and he was getting ready to leave that she was willing to go over-- not to sit on his lap but to ask him for the candy cane shape container of bubbles. She got close enough to ask but would not sit on his lap. An intersting side note today we were at the boys school for all the Christmas festivities and their mascot was walking around (a leopard) She almost ran up to him to say hi and was not shy about giving him a great big hug--go figure? I guess to Emily the man in the big red suit is much scarier than a leopard.

We are having a...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A baby who likes to suck their thumb!

We were a little worried that Emily was going to be upset because she has been very adamant that it was a girl. So we had the kids unwrap a present that had the ultrasound picture in it, a baby doll dressed in blue, and some blue booties. Even with all the blue it still took them a minute to figure it out. Emily seemed to care more about the "boy doll" than anything else. We'll just have to see if she really understands. The boys were very happy with the idea of another brother. Lonnie and I are just happy that He looks healthy and that Emily did not react negatively to the news of a little brother coming her way!


Time Out for Women

Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday and Saturday I was able to take off and attend Time out for Women in Nashville with some of my Kentucky Girls. We went down Friday night and attended an evening session then stayed over for a wonderful day on Saturday. Many messages were given that uplifted and strengthened me... one of the more memorable messages was that "the gospel of Jesus Christ is not insurance against pain, it is resource in event of pain. (Carlfred Broderick-Uses of Adversity) A lot of wonderful music was to be had by one of my favorite artists Hilary Weeks. She made me cry more than once. It was a wonderful and uplifting time. Now I face a new week and I hope to be able to remember the emotions and appreciation for my role as a mother that I felt this weekend. To all you mothers out there remember-- Believe in what you are doing, Believe in Who you are!
Love ,

Precious moments

Sunday, November 9, 2008
A couple of weeks ago we took a little drive to Cincinnati to take Gma & Gpa Quigley and the kids to the aquarium there. On the way down there were lots of are we there yets and he's buggin' me. But this was a one of those rare moments of peace and contentment between these very busy kids. I couldn't resist snapping a photo to remember it by, so I thought you might enjoy the sweetness of the moment as well.

Halloween Kiddos!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

In all of the craziness of the weekend I am just now getting these photos put up we had some cute little kiddos though, don't ya think? We had two nights of fun with a Trunk or Treat and Chili dinner on Thursday and then  perusing the neighborhood Friday, all in all we ended up with way too much candy. But the kids had a great time! oh yeah just in case you can't tell we had an Anakin Skywalker-Indiana Jones-and a Lion.

Wildlife at home!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Couple of weeks ago I saved this little bunny from our neighbors cat. I didn't know rabbits made any sounds but this tiny one sure squealed very loudly when our neighbors cat had it by the neck. I was sitting on the porch reading after the boys left on the bus, I looked up to see a cat with a tiny little bunny in his mouth. I chased him down and the cat dropped it, I scooped him up to make sure he was okay, a little scratched up but nothing terrible. It was then that Emily woke up and came out to find me. After the bunny calmed down for a minute she sat and held it for a long while. It took some convincing but I finally talked her into finding the bunny a safe place to call home. We walked behind our house and found a little grove of trees and set it free. She was sad for a while and asked all day if we could go say back and say hi to the bunny.

                                   Emily setting the bunny free.                                

The bunny's new home.

Who is this guy?

Sunday, October 12, 2008
Lonnie had been growing a goatee and mustache for several weeks, and I think he got tired of my little pecking kisses because I am not so fond of furry kisses. Well for whatever reason he decided to cut it I was very glad until he came out of the bathroom with this thing!  Ugh-ly!
I am so grateful that he was just teasing and finished shaving it off. It was hard enough looking at him to take this photo, he just looked so completely unlike my gorgeous guy it gave me the shivers.  Any way he is back to the clean shaven look these days and I am really enjoying having my guy back!  Just thought I would share the shivers with ya'll.

Buddy Walk 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

We joined our good friends Rhonda & Ryan Richins and their daughter-- Kendall for the 2008 Buddy walk. Kendall and her little brother were both born with an extra chromosome, and they have found a wonderful support system from the down syndrome of louisville center. We walked this year to honor and support Kendall and in memory of precious little Kallen who despite his many health problems, fought and lived for 105 days.

Our family really enjoyed being there with our friends and helping to support this great cause. There were over 70 people on the Special K (K for Kendall and Kallen) team alone. What a great turnout! Thanks for letting us be a part of something great!

There were hundreds maybe thousands of people there walking and they think that they will raise almost $200,000 this year.

   What an exciting thing to be a part of!   Go Kendall!


Just checking to see who reads this regularly!

Monday, September 29, 2008
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Crazy Winds from hurricane Ike!

Monday, September 15, 2008
    We had a very windy Sunday yesterday we went to church and had our entire block of meetings without the benefit of electricity. It was kind of interesting to do it a little differently than normal. It got a little warm during Sacrament meeting but with the open windows in the classrooms the "breeze" cooled us off.  
    After church we headed home to find our house without power as well, so we pulled the camp stove out and made dinner roughing it style. After dinner the doorbell rang and it was our good friends Ben & Renee Sisloff they came to tell us about the tree that fell in their backyard. We had just finished inspecting our wooden swingset which had been pushed about 8 inches due  to high winds. We later found that gust were measured at the airport at 75 mph.
  We decide to walk over and see the tree at the Sisloffs and found Neal & Cindy (the mom dad) outside taking pics of the damage. Wow it was crazy! The biggest & strongest looking tree in their yard had come crashing into the back of their house taking out the deck and damaging some windows and the edge of the roof. This is probably the tree you would never expect to fall it looked so strong. However it had grown to a massage height all the while it was growing it sat atop of a bed of rock. This massive tree had roots only about 16-18 inches deep. 
   Luckily nobody was at home when it happened and the damage to their home didn't make it unlivable. Here are a few pics to give you one angle of the damage.



Camping in Kentucky!

Sunday, September 7, 2008
     We decide to spend Labor Day Weekend camping this year. We took the whole family including the dog to a Lake about 90 miles south of Louisville. Nolin lake turned out to be a great place to boat and we enjoyed being so close to the water.  However it was very hot and humid making sleeping under the stars not quite as refreshing as when you go camping in the west. The kids didn't seemed to be phased at all by the heat. They just had a great time, they loved the fishing , boating, and playing in the tent.  
     We all enjoyed an excursion to Mammoth Cave-- It is the worlds longest cave and we just saw a little tiny portion of it but what we saw was very refreshing. the temperature year round is about 54 degrees. It was amazing as we walked around the corner to the steps down to the cave and we could feel this rush of cool air. It was interesting to head deep into the earth and come into this massive room of rock. We all really enjoyed this part of the trip it was hard to leave the cool air of the cave and head back to our hot campsite.
    It was great having Tony, Stacie, and the kids with us. We took turns making dinner and not only did Stacie make a great dinner but she made a yummy chocolate cherry dessert to top it off! We hope they enjoyed the trip as much as we did.
   We gained a renewed appreciation for the comforts of home!



First day of school!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Once I finally got Ethan to wake up he was very excited about the day finally being here. It did take me a little coaxing to get those eyes open. Logan on the other hand popped right out of bed when the alarm ( something he has wanted since he started kindergarten) went off  and immediately started getting ready! Ethan just pulled the covers over his head.
Ethan was so excited to be one of the big kids I could hardly get his attention to take a couple of pictures.  Below is a picture with our good friends Ben and Renee Sisloff.
Off to Kindergarten and 2nd grade I can't believe how time has just flown by...
Seems like yesterday they were just this little...  Still helping each other too! Too sweet!

Our Trip to Nashville

Sunday, August 3, 2008
What a marvelous adventure we had on this trip with Grandma & Grandma Mecham.  We had no idea how "Grand" this trip would be.  We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland hotel. It had several indoor gardens, one had a small river running around it, with a mini- city in the center of it. This was the most recent addition called the Delta atrium, the pictures just don't do it justice. We had a great time, not only was the hotel quite amazing, but it was next to a large mall with many adventures there as well. We couldn't do everything so we chose the Aquarium restaraunt and the Stingray Reef (with carousel or carriages as Emily called them) This was an especially fun find. Not a very expensive one either, which made it even better. Well when it was time to be done-- it was a sad moment not only had we had a great time with Grandma & Grandpa, but it was an amazing place to be. Thanks for inviting us along on your adventure, it is one we won't forget.

Yes...We got a boat!

We did it, we have wanted it for a very long time, so when we found this boat it wasn't a very hard decision. We bought it from a guy who had hurt his knee and could no longer wakeboard. He needed his garage back and was pretty motivated to sell it. Lonnie decided to send me to check the boat out while he was at work. It was in Lexington (about an hour away) He said if it looks as good as the pictures just get it. Needless to say I found this idea very stressful, I didn't want to be the one to make the decision. But I did it any way--I definitely breathed a sigh of relief as I took the above picture--the boat worked and worked pretty well for a 12 year old boat. It is a Bryant boat, one of the things we really like about it is that it is quite deep--Good for keeping kids inside the boat on quick turns. We weren't really looking for one with a wakeboard tower but it is nice when it comes time for the guys to wake board. But it does complicate our desire to put the boat in the garage. Any way the kids are in Heaven they want to go outside and just sit in the boat in the driveway. When it comes time to jump in the boat and go it is helping us practice taking turns. They all love to go for a ride in the tube. We feel very blessed to be able to enjoy this boat with all our family and friends. We hope to be able to share the fun with others for many years to come!


Birthday Bowling!

Sunday, July 13, 2008
To Celebrate Emily's Birthday after we did the flowrider. We went bowling and had pizza. Our Friends The Harveys joined us for the celebration. It was a fun way to celebrate with family and friends!

Good Times at the farm.


Making Bow and arrows with Daddy!


Flowrider Crew


Our Trip to Utah

Where to begin we had so much fun in Utah it was a whirlwind ten days. We spent the first 2 days with Great Grandma &  Grandpa Wayment and the Warren Crew.  Thanks (G&G Wayment) for taking us all to the dinosaur park that was so fun to see all the cousins running and playing-- We practically had to drag them away. It was wonderful to see those we hadn't in so long. 
We promise it won't be that long again. 

Then it was on to the farm in Roosevelt. This is our kids "happy place" they never want to leave the horses and farming. Not to mention the swing ,the trampoline, and uncle Wayne's 4 wheeler, and most importantly Grandpa & Grandma spoiling them every time we turned around. With wonderful goodies and so many wonderful people who wouldn't find this their happy place!

If this wasn't enough we headed to the cabin for more fishing, boating, and relaxing fun!  It's a wonderful place that we can all be together comfortably and enjoy precious moments together. Thanks for making this a tradition!

Then we wrapped the time up with a weekend with Devin, Camille, Connor, Janae, and Jeremy. The Quigley side. We enjoyed a little shopping, swimming, and had quite the adventure thanks to our wonderful cousin Katrina. She got us a great deal, and we all got a chance to play on the FlowRider ( this is like a permanent wave that you can surf or boogie board on). Even Emily played in the water a little since it was her birthday. Be sure to check out the pictures I am including them as well. 

We had a blast this is just a brief synopsis of  our fun! But in spite of it all we were kind of ready to come home. We were literally having too much fun! We needed to sleep in our own beds and get a little more rest. So we will be ready for next time!

As far as the pictures go I have sat here and tried to decide which ones to put on and i can't so I am going to make a couple of slide shows they are all so cute i want to share-- so the slideshows are coming, but I gotta help put the kids to bed first...


We love boating!

Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday some friends invited us to go boating with them. We all brought food and had a great time together. The kids all loved being in the boat--being in the water--being on the tube! You name it they had a blast! Lonnie and I really enjoyed it too!   All three "boys" went for a long ride on the tube, I was exhausted just watching Lonnie with a boy on each side.  Then Emily wanted to go and of course, that means it is my turn. Thankfully it wasn't to long before Emily was "all done" but she still had fun. When they stopped the boat to pull us in she was quite upset because she wanted to jump back into the water. I am not sure how it happened but our kids are such water fanatics, they just can't get enough of the stuff! 
Anyhow we had a great time, Thanks again to the Gremmerts who put the whole shindig together--You Rock! 
Here are a few pictures of our fun...Here is a little clip of all three "boys" on the tube...


Cicadas invade us

Friday, June 13, 2008

We have been educating ourselves about these bugs over the last 3-4 weeks since we have been over taken by them. They are so loud and there are so many of them that when you drive down the freeway, windows up, and a/c on you can still hear the constant hum. the kids have become more comfortable with them and I took a few photos of their cicada hunt today. Notice our blossoming magnolia tree, it is so fragrant. The bugs are big here but we still love Kentucky. I am grateful that they won't last forever. There seem to be fewer every day, but still seem to be everywhere. Even though they are very annoying they are very interesting. They hibernate under ground for 13-17 years and then they come out and lay their eggs. At least this is the first summer we have had to deal with them and it will probably be the last. Here are a few pics...


Kentucky Horse Park

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Over the Memorial day weekend we took a little trip to Lexington to the Kentucky Horse park the kids had a blast they had several horse demonstrations throughout the day. In between each of the shows we either played at their park, or ate, oh yeah and they went on pony rides too. Here are a few photos of our day, we had a pretty great day with our pretty great kids. We haven't had a "just for fun" day in a while-- it was long over due. The weather was great and it waited until we were leaving to start raining.