Sunday, November 21, 2010

Painting with Great-Grandpa

A couple of weeks ago the kids got to paint pictures with my grandpa. They loved learning from him and spending time one on one with him. What a wonderful experience!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We love him anyway

I apologize in advance for those of you who don't care about things related to our dog. But, I do. You may not know that I've always wanted a scruffy "Benji' looking dog. I have one in Ernie. Until his date with the worst groomer known to man (who works at Schmidt Veterinary Clinic in Holland, MI...DO NOT GO THERE). I specifically told her NOT to cut him like a poodle and to keep him scruffy. At 5:00 today we picked up our chocolate poodle. I kid you not.

Tonight he thought perhaps he had done something wrong (or perhaps he was embarrassed about his haircut) and was moping around. He LOVED snuggle time with Sophie...loved it. He laid like that for 15 minutes. It was adorable and they both cherished every moment.

Yep, we love him anyway.

Admit's bad isn't it?

Monday, November 8, 2010


We had a wonderful Halloween!! It was a busy week adjusting back to Michigan time, school, and a couple of 11th hour costume changes but we had fun!! The weather was 'helpful' that week because the kids had 2 days off one for a tornado watch and one when their school had no power!

We enjoyed a costume 'carnival' at the kids school with Bill and Joan. The kids carved their pumpkins entirely on their own this year....amazing! Trick or Treating was on Saturday night and my parents and Bill and Joan joined us for some of Tom's famous chili and trick or treating. Sunday (actually Halloween!) the kids dressed in costume for a wonderful birthday celebration for Joan and Steve.

The Pumpkins (with hair and ears!)
The trick or treating group

Noah "Aka touchdown Tommy jr" in Tom's jersey (and Brendan's pads/pants! thank you!)

Abby the Toucan (if you know know why this is so perfect!)

Sophie the cat
Happy November!