Monday, December 8, 2008

Fall Pictures

Claire 8 Yrs old

Brock 5.5 years old

Thanksgiving Pictures

Thanksgiving this year started with the annual lunch that they have at Baker. This year Heidi, Poppy, Sheila, Tim and I all got to go with the kids. It was great and we got a seat on the stage where there was a table big enough for all of us to sit. Trouble was that one of us (Brock) wasn't about to sit on stage when there was a room full of people to perform to. I don't think that he touched his plate the entire time. I was able to get some really cute family pictures.

I got this really cute one of Claire and Pops so of course I wanted to get a good one of Pops & Brock, but Brock had a mind of his own and I ended up with one of the funniest series of shots ever! Enjoy...

Brock wouldn't smile so..

Noone will smile this time

Thankfully we were able to get some good ones of the girls!

and even a family picture too!

Claire's class had a special presentation they did for guest which was really fun. They were willing to perform at a moments notice so we had them present to us before lunch, and they did awesome.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Two years ago today, my good friend suffered a stroke that ultimately took his life. He was a good guy, a funny guy, a guy that should have lived a long, happy life. But he didn't, instead he lived a short life and impacted many young people along the way. Andrew was one of a kind and will always be missed. He is someone that I will tell my kids stories about and laugh at the funny things he did. I hate that he isn't around to hear Brock stories, because he would have LOVED Brock stories. His loss is sad, but he wasn't a person who had a great appreciation for sad. SO in honor of Andrew I want to keep this happy. Today, instead of being sad, I am going to list a top 5 favorite memories of Andrew!

#5 - Fighting with Andrew - He and I had some really great fights over the years!

#4 - His Hair - I knew Andrew for over 20 years and his hair never changed.

#3 - The fact that I still can't say the name Robert without saying "and Andrew". They will always be connected. Their friendship isn't confined to this world.
#2 - Basketball games our Sr. Year - Thanks Coach V for cutting him, it made my Sr. Year so much fun! Andrew was SUPER smart, extremely creative and very outspoken. He could infuriate an opposing team faster than anyone I have ever seen! Sitting by him at a ballgame was so much fun and just a little bit dangerous.

#1 - Andrew fighting with Mrs. Stholdrier (sp?)! This is one of my very favorite high school memories which says a lot because I have some fantastic memories. Only Andrew could have gotten away with that one!

My thoughts and prayers are with his family. They have been amazingly strong the past two years and he would be so proud of them. I know how much I miss him and I just can't fathom how deep their pain is facing the past two years without him.