Home sweet home!

We’re home! We got back yesterday afternoon, and it still looks like a tornado came through the house! Hope it cleans itself up before Saturday! : – )

Caleb had his four-month check-up today. He weighs 14lb 3oz (35th percentile), and is 25-1/2 inches long (55th percentile). So, he’s not as big as Grace was at this age (she was always around the 90th to 95th percentile), but he’s healthy and happy. And he did SO well with his shots. Praise the Lord!

Now we just need to get him to sleep through the night again…

And another bit of happy news…Luke’s coming home from Texas tonight! YAY!


North, south, east, west…

I’m in the “northlands” for a couple of days, visiting my family with the kids while Luke is on a business trip. He’s in the great state of Texas. (I don’t really know if it’s great or not, but I’m sure some people think it is. And George W. came from there, so that’s good.)

We had a good day today. We drove up here through a rain storm after church, and then visited for a while. Then my dad took us out. He bought burgers for the whole family, and we went to the beach/park. The kids had a great time playing on the playground equipment and throwing a big rock in the water. Then he even treated us to ice cream at the Tasty Treat! We’re getting the royal treatment! It was a lot of fun.

It’s nice to have help with the kiddos. I love them with all my heart, but I am just not cut out for single parenting. I hope I don’t ever take Luke for granted, because I’m really seeing how much he helps me with them. They’re good kids; it’s just harder by myself. I have to say, I have a pretty daRn amazing husband.

Well, not much more to report. Emily’s shower is coming up on Saturday. Everybody come, and bring lots of presents!


The last of the pictures, for now!

Grace and Kade cruising around Grandma and Grandpa’s yard in the Barbie Jeep (again). Notice Grace talking on her cell phone?

Grandpa held Grace and Kade during the “Greatest Fourth in the North” parade for a while.

Then Grandma and Grandpa shared the grandkids! How cute!

Grace loved swinging on this tire swing with Aunt Alonna!

Caleb looks like a little man in this outfit!

Emily, Erin, Betsey, and I spent some time putting together Emily’s BEAUTIFUL wedding invitations. Only 54 days until the wedding! Don’t forget to RSVP at their website!

More pictures!!!

Grandma had a good time holding her second grandson when we visited. (Aren’t they a beautiful pair? I think so.)

Grace and Kade really enjoyed playing with Alonna’s old Barbie Jeep. Sheesh, kids learn to drive so young these days!

Either Kade didn’t want to ride with a woman driver, or he was a little too short to reach the pedal. (Can you tell he’s sitting on top of Grace? They rode around like that for a while!)

Grace’s first Fourth of July sparkler!

Grandpa took Grace for her first motorcycle ride down the street! She did okay, but that heavy helmet made her like a little bobblehead. :-)

Dad and Karl’s Suzuki Savage 600’s. (Dad’s is blue; Karl’s is black.)

And the picture you’ve all been waiting for…Luke’s induction into the Manton Motorcycle Gang!

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The Cherry Creek Community Church worship band entertained us at their pig roast. See Luke on the far right, playing the electric guitar?

Grace brushed this pony before she rode him.

Grace’s first pony ride! Thanks, Kathy, for letting Grace ride the pony! She had a great time!

Grace made fast friends with Abbie Belcher when we visited. I cannot believe Kelly and Abbie are getting so old!

I just can’t post without a cute picture of Caleb!

And a cute picture of Grace!

We found a free beach in Lowell, not too far away. Grace loved playing with her shovel and bucket!

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