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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Parading Along

Date of occurrence:
December 10, 2016.

It is cold. Bitter cold. That is not going to stop the scouts from marching in the local Christmas parade.

Kc is dressed in several layers of clothing and is just an inch shy of looking like a little Michelin man. He is warm though and ready to go.

He is not the only one.

Lily is all dressed up to withstand the cold as well and more then ready to see her big brother in the hopes he will throw her some goodies.

The parade starts at 1 pm, but we have to assemble at the starting point two hours earlier. Those two hours fly by.

The boys keep themselves busy with games, eating pizza, and building tents in the cars.

Right before the parade begins, Opa and I make our way to the finish where we will pick up our little man.

About an hour later they turn into the parking space.

Kc had a great time.

He got to carry the flag for a while and also a rifle, even though it was fake, from the Color Guard.

He even gave his Mom a run for her money trying to take pictures of him as he and his pack passed by.

While I am writing this post, the memory of our little man watching a Christmas parade pops up. Now, several years later, he is participating in one. He has come a long way for sure.

Yeah, he is parading along!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Having A Ball

Date of occurrence:
December 9, 2016.

Kc is having a school dance this afternoon. Having changed into his 'disco' clothes, we drop him off at the gym around 4pm, where aunt A. will be picking him up again two hours later.

We hope our little man is having a good time. We don't have to wait too long to hear our hopes became reality. A little after 6 pm Kc steps in the door. His little, red, sweaty face tells the tale and he is all smiles and excitement.

We hear he danced with his girlfriend (or at least one of them), picked up another girlfriend from the 5th grade, and along with a friend from class, they all danced together the entire time.

Kc: "I was sweating and sweating, but I just kept on dancing and kept on dancing. I needed to go to the bathroom, but I just kept on dancing. Oh, and I even hit myself in the face a few times while I was dancing, but I didn't care. I just kept on dancing."

Dancing scenes from Saturday Night Fever flash before our eyes. John Travolta probably had nothing on our little man.

There is no denying the school dance was a hit.

Our little man had a ball!

Friday, March 10, 2017


Date of occurrence:
December 6, 2016.

Poor little Daley is not feeling so spiffy.

We are sorry for the little critter and hope he will be up to snuff again real quick.

Sleep is the best thing for our little buddy, even though he doesn't realize it yet.

Sleep well and get well soon!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Joyful Task

Date of occurrence:
December 4, 2016.

Today we are going to set up the Christmas tree. Kc and Bell will both join us in completing this joyful task.

Bell sets the mood right from the start by singing 'Jingle Bells'.

She hands us the decorations and adorns the tree, although she wants some help with that. She is a little scared she might drop the delicate items.

Kc has no problem finding a place or space for the decorations. He finishes our work by placing the angel on top of the tree. He has been looking forward to that ever since we decided when we were going to set up the tree.

We eat, decorate, dance to Christmas music, and all of a sudden.....

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Date of occurrence:
December 3, 2016.

It is that time of year again; Sinterklaas and his helper are jumping from roof to roof to ensure all the children get their presents.

It is a daunting and hectic task and every now and then it shows. Saint Nicolaas' helper can and will leave a mess at times.

That is not an issue. It simply adds to the excitement and is easily forgotten.

Especially when the good holy man pays you a visit in person...

Bearing more gifts!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Park- And Playing

Date of occurrence:
November 26, 2016.

It does not happen too often that we have most of our grandchildren together.

This time we did and aunt A. took the opportunity to take the bigger ones to the park.

They played their little hearts out and had great fun.

And it shows!:-)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Quiet Thanksgiving

Date of occurrence:
November 24, 2016.

Leo and Emmaly came down for Thanksgiving and we had a good dinner planned.

Unfortunately, things don't always go as planned and a stomach bug threw a wrench in the works.

All of them were affected and afflicted with it.

We sure didn't want to catch that virus and dinner was canceled.

Mom still managed to take a photo of the bunch and send it to us.

That was sweet and we were so grateful for it.

A few days later the virus had subsided and we got to see the kids.

Emmaly clearly had been thinking about us and drew pictures for the both of us.

She was excited to hand them to us. We were excited to receive them and that confirmed the following fact.

Each day presents us with something to give thanks for!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sweet Dreams

Date of occurrence:
November 22, 2016.

Aww, isn't that adorable?!

Daley doesn't only seem to like his new crib, he is comfortable in it as well.

Our little sleepy head is as snug as a bug in a rug.

Nite, nite, little buddy.

May your dreams be as sweet as you!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Awards

Date of occurrence:
November 18, 2016.

Kc had an overnighter on the battle ship last Saturday and came down with strep throat. Oh dear, he has his scout awards coming up and we hope he will be well enough to go.

After a few days of antibiotics he is starting to recover.

Although he is not yet entirely up to snuff, he is able to attend and receive his scout awards, badges, and pins.

He is tired, but happy when we return home and as proud as a peacock of all his achievements.

And so are we!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Chap Lip

Date of occurrence:
November 16, 2016.

Bell and Kc come back from church and, accompanied by aunt A., Bell visits with us for a few minutes before her aunt takes her back to Mom.

All Bell wants is to play with the doll house and before we are aware of it, she already carried it into the living room and is playing her little heart out.

Right before they are about to leave I glance over at Bell and see she is using the chap stick Emmaly had left in the doll house.

Me: "Bell, what are you doing?"
Bell: "Putting on chap lip."
Me: "Ah, chap stick, huh?"
Bell: "Yeah, chap lip."

She doesn't understand why we laugh. That's okay.

One day she will. Grin.

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