Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Pics

I took these over the weekend. I especially like the first picture. By late afternoon, she was tired and started crying. Then she was ready to party with the vet students.

Daddy trying to cheer her up.

What kid hasn't smashed their face up on a screened door?
Her nose was black by the end of the night.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Blast from the Past

Today is the State FFA Livestock Judging Contest...and its happening in my yard! There are probably 200 students in the yard across the drivway judging rings of dairy cows. I have not seen this much camo or Fox gear since high school!

It's really bringing back some memories from high school and when I was in FFA. I fondly remember the countless road trips I made with Ann Ochs to and from Cisne and Flora for meetings and contests with the Section. And the times we went to State and National FFA Convention. High school would have been very different for me if it hadn't been for that girl. I made plenty of friends and had plenty of good times that I'll never forget.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


We got August some tub crayons for her birthday. I knew I would regret it. It was soooo hard to clean! But she did have a blast. You can't really tell from these pictures but by the end the water was green and the tub wall at her feet was nearly completely covered.

Green is one of the colors that she knows. Except she leaves out the "r." The other color is pink.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Poker Face

August loves this song... thanks to our babysitter's daughter. I don't mind because I actually like the song and its really not dirty. August sings "can't read minds, can't read minds" and "p- p- p- poker face, p- p- poker face" parts. Just listen to the song. When you hear her sing it, it is just too funny!

She also makes up her own songs. She combines songs like Ring Around the Rosy and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Song. Today she was singing when I picked her up from the sitters. It went something like, "Collin is sleepy, baby Collin is sleeping." (Collin is a six month old at her sitters.) I guess you sing about the things you know.

And lastly, August was riding her very small toy cow this evening and saying "yee-haw, yee-haw" while I was fixing supper. She really has a way of breaking any tense feeling I'm having and make me feel good. She said, "I love you, Mommy" tonight after supper. My heart was totally on the floor.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Awesome Night Out

Travis and I heard that Luke Bryan was going to be at a little bar that we like to go to sometimes. OMG! For those of you who don't know ( everyone that I have told so far) Luke Bryan is an up and coming country singer...and he's not bad looking :) The show was great! There was a really good local band that opened for him. Too bad he didn't take the stage until after 11! We have the bodies of middle aged people and a sleep schedule that does not keep us up that late. We stayed long enough to see him perform three songs that he currently has out. to see a better pictrure.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I had to get some balloons for August's birthday party...and she had to carry them out of the store. I snapped these pictures Saturday when we were taking them into the house. The wind was blowing and August was going crazy with her baa-yoons. The first picture is my favorite!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Terrible 2's...Here We Come!

First of all, I can't believe I am about to say this. My baby is 2 years old! I can't believe it. It seems like yesterday... I could go on and on with things like: we brought her home, she took her first steps, etc. However, I'm still a little sappy, and probably will be every time she has another birthday. What a joy for a parent to be around for a little person's entire life. Emphasis on the "entire." She is so young and so grown up all at the same time. August was exhausted by the time everyone left. She did have a good time opening her presents and eating her cupcakes.

Does this look familiar? The first thing she opened was a pair of Nike Shocks from Donkey and Sheshell. (Just like my brother's, I'm told.) She HAD to put them on right then. She wore them all afternoon.

Donkey playing trains with August. She got so many great presents. She loves her new doll house and train set.

Birthday picture with Mommy and Daddy.

Savoring each bite of her chocolate cupcake. If you look very close, her eyes are even closed as she licks her fingers clean.

Today is my Grandma Jinny's birthday. Here, August is giving her a bunch of tulips. August refuses to call her Grandma Jinny. She just yells "Jinny!!!" when she sees her. August loves to play peek-a-boo with grandma. They say "pea-pie" to each other, instead of "peek-a-boo."

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sara Update

This is an e-mail from Sara Benton to the family...

For the third time, I had to have a retest on white blood cells. Whatever item they were looking for had improved from the Friday's bloodwork. I'm happy to tell you the cancer marker has dropped from last reading of 254 to 160. The normal range is below the low 30's so I am curious to see what God will be doing in the future. But I have been reminded to take one day at a time. God has been good to also increase the platelets' numbers. The white blood cells did increase but under normal range, depending on what scale you use. Seeing this pattern, the doctor has opted to have my pre-chemo bloodwork done the day before the next chemo. Bless his heart for cutting out an extra cost, hopefully. Dr. Saba, my medical oncologist, also commented that my right lung sounded better. Can't wait to see Dr. Gomendoza, the lung specialist, next week to see how The Holy Spirit has been healing the lung situation. Thus, I proceeded to the infusion room for chemo 5.
For some reason I received a double dose of Benadryl. Time goes quickly when you sleep a couple of hours. Even some of my fellow cancer patients commented about my "nap". One was my Newton neighbor, Don Andrews, who assured me I didn't snore.
Thank you again and again for your prayers. And as you have prayed for me, I know that Christ is blessing you in whatever you need. May His Spirit give you a happy Easter holiday.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Kiss It

I accidentally knocked August over last night. She went running to Travis for comfort. I went over to tell her I was sorry, and I thought I would never stop laughing. The little girl stood up on his lap, turned around, bent over, and through her tears told me to "kiss it, kiss butt." All I could do was laugh and hug her...that is after I kissed her butt!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Easter Bunny

These aren't really the best pictures, but I don't have the time to edit them. We had the Easter Bunny at my store on Sunday. I asked mom to bring August to see him. She sat on his lap for a few minutes. Then she stood about three feet away from him and just talked. She would stomp her feet, the Easter Bunny would stomp him. She would clap her hands, the Easter Bunny would clap his. It was too funny. She kept saying, "Hi Rabbit" and "beautiful."

Beautiful seemed to be the word of the weekend. Mom practiced my hair for Amy's wedding. August told me it was beautiful...even after I got home from work. Mom painted her toes, which she has told me at least three times, that they are beautiful. I put her hair up this morning....beautiful.

This weekend was also an exciting one for me. Travis was a little shorthanded at the farm so I got to help. Friday night I helped run cows to and from the parlor. I had quite a time with some of the cows. They just didn't want to go into their own stall. Then Travis walked in and they did exactly what he wanted. He must be some kind of "cow whisperer."

He was short handed again Saturday afternoon so I got to feed a baby calf. They have a room set up in one of the free stall barns for baby calves with a heat lamp, sink, and supplies. I was feeding the one calf and could hear foot steps behind me. When I turned around, three of what looked like the biggest cows had their heads poking over the fence into the room watching me. Travis said the cows are nosey like women in a hospital nursery. He says talking about who is going to bring a casserole to the new mom. Looking back at the situation, it really did look like they were peeking into a hospital nursery and gossiping about something.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Smart Mom or Bad Mom?

I am going to go with Smart Mom. August developed this weird habit where she would get a baby wipe and clean everything...the floor, her toys, the tables, and me. So I thought I would get her a feather duster so that she would actually be doing me a favor. I gave her one last night and she went to town with it. Notice she is also talking on her phone while she cleans. (I wonder where she gets that?)

The last picture is of Amy and Rylan at their NEW HOUSE!!! They got the keys on Sunday afternoon. It is such a cute house. It really fits them. As Patty says, "It needs alot of love." But Amy and Rylan are on the right path. Their paint colors are going to look really nice. I am sooo excited for them! And jealous, too! They have plenty of storage and bedrooms and two bathrooms. (Double jealous, we have one little bathroom that is big enough for half a normal size person.)