Monday, May 28, 2012

What would you do, if you could buy a kindle?!

 excited to be driving with her new "driving" gloves!  

 hmmm, I wonder where she gets this?!

 talking strategic options for what's to come...

 Chad, never the show off.  ;-)

 a secret moment of happiness shared by siblings...priceless!

 What could ever cause this much sadness, you ask?

This jewelry box was made by Chad one one of our trips to the ceramic store in town to celebrate Charli's "cancer-versary".  This sat on the counter and from time to time Charli would have surprises in it, most recently this was change for her fundraising efforts.  While checking it, she dropped it (total accident) and was heartbroken because she knew it was a special project her daddy worked on for her.  She was devastated, and as a result, her brother was too!

 but, "daddy can fix anything" rang true again!  We were missing a few parts, but...

 it DID put the smile back on her face!

 on our way home from a Relay For Life event, we saw this...a beautiful site!  The pictures faintly captures the double rainbow...

 first t-ball game!  She had a great game!

go crocodiles!

 Charli made this sign to put on her door by her school projects...she is sad to not go to school in the summer!

 Charli has had her work caught out for her the past few months.  She has continued with her goal for the Relay for Life, and is at nearly $1,500.  But, she is also on a mission to raise money for the local rescue mission.  She was ready to turn in her change, and cashed in $170.00!  She was proud to deliver the money to the mission and let them know just how she did it!  "Do you have extra money you would like to share with me?  I am raising money for the rescue mission."  She is a champ!  After she heard the amount she said "This is almost enough to buy a candle (kindle), but not an ipad"!  I love that she is aware that this money could have been used for one of two things...and she still wanted to share with the rescue mission!  She is not done though, she told me she will never stop!  ;-)

 Welcome to Summer!!

 Charli catching some air!  Chad tool this picture, and was pretty proud of it!  I now see that she had a sucker in her mouth...nice Chad :-)  

 boat can't go wrong!

 today, momma birdie had four eggs in her nest!  I am glad my pretty flowers are good for so much!

 everyone enjoyed this!  Wynston will love the pool this summer!

 our dust-storm Sunday night!

the storm made for a messy time outside, but a beautiful view as the sun tried to shine through!

Monday, May 21, 2012

6 years of paying it forward!

We are coming up on the 6th poker run this year!  It is fun to watch the event grow and know that over the past years we have made an impact in the state in Nebraska for families who are suffering at the hand of childhood cancer.  Please share this event with your friends and family...anyone is welcome to attend, you do not need a motorcycle to participate.  Trust me, you can have fun no matter what you bring!  

Contact me if you have questions, would like to help, or could post a flyer or two for us!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

run - run - run

My nephew Derek made it to state in track this year and we made a fun-day Saturday out of the event!

 Charli and Cohen as we got ready to take the shuttle from the mall parking lot to the track.  (thanks Vicki and Aaron for this tip, it was a GREAT!!)

 this was Charli's first time on a school bus! She was excited!

 my nephew, Derek, in blue.  He was the third leg in the 4 x 1 relay team!  Way to go Derek!!!  Good form :-)

 ice-cream is always great, but ours was made extra special because we saw Derek while we were eating, so we could give him a congrats hug!

 Jen & Cohen.  "Cohen, smile with me".  Cohen, giving his best duck face!!  

 Kadence and her beautiful mommy!  Check out her rockin' new lunchbox from old navy!  This girl has style!

 These two were not smiling in sync!  

 Chad and the kids came home with a trailer full of fun if only we had somewhere to go!!

 love this picture!!  As chad was driving Harper's bike into the garage, this happened!!  

 we took on the big job of watering grandpa's gardens this weekend!!

 a very proud and exciting can see a pumpkin sprout!

 we took our fun toys to the farm to play!  Charli thought this was amazing to get to drive on a road with us! Harper and I rode together and these two paired up!

 I realized today that I never see Charli as honestly and purely happy as I do while she is riding her 4-wheeler.  She is just in heaven when we can all ride together.  She simply loves it.  At this point she is very respectful of the rules and parameters she has when she rides, which makes it easy for us!  I know the day will come where she tries to bite off more than she can chew!

 only half of Charli here because she went over a big lump of dirt and started to get wobbly, and I panicked!  

 my old country school.... Dist #40

 She is a great helper!  Charli strapping down the rigs! ;-)

 love this!!  If Charli only has one of my characteristics, it appears to be her love for music and her ability to learn songs!  Much like her mom, she can sing just about any song that comes on the radio!  (some may not be 5-year old material, but it is the love of the music that we focus on!!)  When she does sing, this is Harper in awe of her spirit, talent, enthusiasm, and peppy spark!!  

then...I was busted with the camera!  Kind of a ham - getting big!