Monday, September 25, 2006

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
sure enjoyed your family news...thank you....just like being there. We live too far apart dag nab it.....

Anonymous said...
oh how I wished I were there to sit by the firepit....I sure do miss that...we are not allowed to have fires in town...dang it...cant wait till next summer.....hopefully we will be invited for a evening of song and hotdogs.....and firepit conversations...and singing of course.....ta ta....grma

Anonymous said...
your grandma in tulsa is very, very happy for you and love the pictures.....enjoy , enjoy , enjoy

Anonymous said...
you are so good looking ramondo....do you know who this is...? love ya....nice cake....thanks for your blog...keeps me in touch....so who am I?

Anonymous said...
Nice family outing. thanks for the pictures. I do enjoy them so much.

Anonymous said...
Why not bring your vedio camara and record this great time u all are having ...it would be so nice to see. pleaseeeeeeeeee...cant wait.............

Anonymous said...
I hope you enjoyed your walk with the kids. Bet it was nice to get home and enjoy the warmth and cozy furnace. Quite an adventure. Happy you are all safe and warm.

Anonymous said...
Love the pictures...thank you ever so much.

Anonymous said...
love their answers. Great grandmas are eager for the pictures. The comments are a bonus. Thanks so much

Anonymous said...
Chance I love it....omg....you too dad.....handsome pair I would say....your grandma from tulsa is tellig you this

Anonymous said...
Im alway's coming to visit your blog and now I feel disipointed because there are no new post's : ( *sigh*

Anonymous said...
my gooodness another story teller in the family. I enjoyed it so much Chance...cant wait for the rest of the story

Anonymous said...
When I get this dang camara fixed I will send some pictures also, with Vans help (the first few times, well maybe the first ten times) I cant find the software to show the pictures or print them on my computer. Van will know what to do. thank you sooooooo veryyyyyy muchhhhhh mr wonderful. YOu are sweet to share such great pictures of the events you attend. ty ty ty ty ty

Anonymous said...
a very special day for both dad and daughters...beautiful....thank you for sharing.....and ...also wanted to say whats the new arrivals name...(the bunny)

Anonymous said...
sure enjoyed that post cd...makes me have faith in the comeing generation if they get that kind of attention from their dads. So happy that you enjoyed it and Im sure it made the girls feel very important and loved.

Anonymous said...
looks like everyone had a great time...thank you so much for the pictures...I sure do enjoy seeing them.....

Anonymous said...
It's about time you got the yard seeded so that when I come to your house for a party and want to sit out by the fire, the wind won't blow dust and sand in my eyes and hot dog. Thank you! I would have liked to be there to help. Instead, I did some work in my own yard. Wah.

Anonymous said...
its worth every back braking hour you spend on it....yea a fire and no sand ot blow in our eyes (like at the beach) yeaaaaaaaaaa

Anonymous said...
just think what they will look like in ten years....time really flies......nice to see them so happy.....thank you again for shareing the lovely picutures.

Anonymous said...
this is special..makes me soooooo darned jelous....dang it....love pit fires and guitars and visiting and singing around a fire....its the best time of all for me....cant wait till Aug.....

Anonymous said...
this looks like a wonderful country church....beautiful...peaceful ...

Anonymous said...
busy, busy family and a happy looking family. thats what makes the world go around.......thanks for the lovely pictures...enjoyed them so much. see you in Aug. if the creek dont rise....

Anonymous said...
reminds me of the days when your grandpa would take your mom and the rest to Rodens for a bag of candy and whatever else and remember Nipper had to go also...he insisted.

Anonymous said...
I think the name of the grocery store in Lakewood was Rawdons...spelled that wromg above

Anonymous said...
thats youth for you..always clownig around....they look happy....remember your middle teens.....

Anonymous said...
loveeeee the pictures...tanks ramondo...enjoy them so much. good luck with the new laptop they can be a thorn in the side...

Anonymous said...
I love the pictures, however.....your hair ? I loved the way you use to wear your hair..it was sooooooo neat...this style makes you look old...no way....go back to your handsome self hair style....your a young dude and a good lookin on at that...so....dont spoil it with that shaved look PLEASE>>>>>>>>

grandlar
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thank you chill....loved the pictures and the update...its like a ray of sunshine to me....thank you again.....

grandlar
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did you know that cat's urine glows under a black light? (so does ringworm)

grandlar
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oouch! I can relate...poor little girl....she will be in misery till tht cast is off I am sure....bless her heart.....

grandlar
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these pictures will surely be a blessing as time passes....its so nice of you to share...better put them on a cd so you will keep them forever...thank you so much ....bless her heart...

grandlar
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the older you get the more pictures are important...and sucha treasure...keep up the good work chill and love you for sharing.....thank you ...beautfull and so thoughtful of you ...

grandlar
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I sure do enjoy your pictures mr and mrs V###....the family is looking well fed and so happy...a wonderful way to preserve these beautiful days in all of your lives.....keep up the good work...thank youuuuu so much for sharing....

grandlar
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thank you for the update and pictures....enjoy them so much...kids are getting so big...happy that they have such a good life out in the country where they can have room to roam...

grandlar
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love the pictures....thank you soooo much...good job...I'm sure you will be happy to have them years from now....put them on a disk so they will keep forever...good looking bunch of dudes....

We're gonna miss you so much, Grandma - darn that creek for risin'

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Additions to the family


Picture this: our house is on a dirt road, way out in the country. I’m messing around in the yard with my kids, and this black truck comes down the road, and slows down in front of our house. I don’t know if it stopped completely or not, because to tell you the truth, I wasn’t really paying much attention. Then it sped away, and moments later, these four lovely kittens came running up the driveway, straight into the arms of my delighted children. They purred and rubbed their faces on them, and licked them, and let them carry them around with the bulk of their bodies swinging around beneath the twins arms, all with contented, half-closed eyes. The kids immediately started in with the joyous noises and the naming, and what could I do? We put some food and water in the barn, but within a day or two, they were living in the garage, waiting desperately for our love and attention, making daring rushes to get into the house whenever the door opened.


After much thought and research, we decided to keep one male and one female, get them fixed, and keep them as outdoor/barn cats to keep the rodent population down. The winners: Orange-blossom and Sammie-Sue. The losers: Snow and Purrfect. They went for a long ride during the day on Friday – and no, we didn’t kill them.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Almost six


So, as you can see by the above pictures, taken innocently by Cindy, they’re showering themselves. The twins are gonna be six in a month or so – can you believe it? Did time suddenly get a kick in the butt or something?

The party is on Saturday, October 7th, at our house, in the afternoon (precise, to the minute time to be announced). We’ve already done our birthday shopping. We got them the Bella Dancerella cheerleading DVD thing, a couple Ken dolls (because Barbie is all the sudden interested in dating and getting married – should we be worried?), and a bunch of Polly Pocket stuff. They wanted Polly’s with animals, so we got two ‘Pet Boutique’ sets, plus, ‘Totally Trendy Pets: Wild Ride’, and the ‘Limo-scene’.

I listed the sets we got because if anybody else wanted to buy some Polly’s, they’d still be thrilled – a six year old girl can never have too many Polly’s. Other gift ideas: Barbie’s got a new set of ballerina dolls from some new movie, one of them that I saw was a set of twins that could dance together or apart ($19), Bella Dancerella has a ‘Swan Lake’ DVD dance thing that comes with the mat and the pole that they don’t have from their first one – which they still adore ($25). Then there are some new plug-n-play TV games that I think they’d like: Disney Princess’es and Dora’s something or other ($15-$20-ish). Some cheaper ideas: Polly’s, Barbies, and little girl jewelry which is the only other thing they asked for.

Why I love the rain


Totally unrelated to the above picture, here are two more Veenie Baby Tales.

We took the kids to a free carnival thing at a church. There was a guy there doing some face painting, which gave Cindy a totally devious idea. We worked it out with the guy, then I went and got Chantze, and told him that this guy could perfect ‘Yu-Gi-Oh’s’ and ‘Avatar’s’. He was excited, and happily paid his two tickets, telling the guy he wanted Yu-Gi. So the guy says, “Yeah, I can do that,” and proceeds to paint a huge heart over a third of his face with big capital letters that said, ‘M-O-M’. When he was done, I was like, “Oh yeah, that looks perfect.” Chantze hops up, strutting away cuz he thinks he’s got this cool cartoon character on his face, and one of his fifth-grade girl friends sees him and says, “Your face says Mommy.” He was livid. “WHAT? I PAID TWO TICKETS FOR THIS!”

At the end of the night, dozens of children were crowded around the prize table, trying to exchange the tickets they’d won, and the lady working it just seemed overwhelmed. The mob of kids were shouting, pawing the prizes, and waving their streams of orange tickets. Paige is in the middle, barely taller than the table, patiently waiting her turn. So she comes back later with a few cheap little trinkets, we get in the van and leave. Then Brooke notices that she still has all her tickets. “Pai-aige, yer sposed to pay for them.” Chantze yells, “Daa-aad, Paige stole those toys!” Paige gets instantly panicky and emotional, “NO! I DIDN’T STEAL THEM! I just took them and she didn’t see me!”

First day of school (two weeks ago)

Early bus-stop

All the kids are back in school (full-time, full-days) and its been kind of nice, and kind of not nice. Advantages: they go to bed nice and early and actually fall asleep, plus, we don’t have to burden the in-laws anymore with the free daycare. Disadvantages: homework, finding school clothes, fundraisers, filling out papers, numerous school functions, expensive hot lunches, and dealing with after-school fatigue-y whining.


All-aboard, ye scurvy brats!

The kids themselves are pretty happy to be back. Outside of complaining about the early start and Ravenna’s extra long hours, they pretty much love school. Chantze’s best friend moved away last month and it sounds like he’s hitting a few snags in the search for a new best buddy, but it seems like he’s well-liked, so it shouldn’t be a permanent problem. I just hope he doesn’t settle on that juvenile delinquent that steals erasers from his desk. The girls are in different classes, which they weren’t happy about at first, but it’s probably been good for them. They talk about their different teachers and the different kids in their class, and especially compare notes about who is on ‘green’ and who got to ‘blue’ (their ultra-important classroom management system – there’s candy involved). The biggest problem for us is that they have different homework schedules, despite the teachers insistance that they’re trying to do the same thing. Paige, actually, has about three times as much as Brooke, poor kiddo.

Home again. Fighting to commence shortly.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Labor Day Camp-mania

So we camped for three days over Labor day weekend. We went with a group of about twenty 'family and friends of Bryan Archer'. They reserved a whole row of campsites at White River Campground between the pool and the bathrooms, then set up the amazing camp kitchen at one end, and about a dozen tents at the other end, leaving a space in between for games like croquet and squirt gun. The above pictures are merely to set the stage.

(Top L-R) Brooke and Paige spent a lot of time on this wooden ship and made a slew of new friends. They've been watching 'Little Mermaid' a lot, so this was the ideal setting to pretend they were mermaids. In the next picture, Brooke is standing in front of the cage of a pack of ferocious Chihuahuas that threatened us every time we walked by. The dogs belonged to Bruce and Dare, other members of our group. Here's Bryan and Officer Dean Lohman sitting by an early evening fire. I'll tell you a story about them later. Next is a nice pic of Chantze and his mom swinging - ain't they just the cutest? Then we have Brooke, eating the eyeball out of her pudding in one of Mr. Archer's creepy eating contests. Next is Paige, pouting. Unfortunately, we saw a lot of this. This could have been her camp profile picture. In her defense, I don't thing she got enough sleep, and the layers of filth she acquired probably sullied her normally sweet nature. Bottom left is a picture of a little turtle we found, then let go. Bottom right is the new Mrs. Jonathan Archer (Kelly) holding Paige holding the turtle. She was very sweet and attentive to the kids. In the middle of the bottom row is Chantze pouting because he had to give up something for one of the girls "A-Gain!" In this instance, it was pretend-driving the wooden train.

Here's the story I'll never forget from this weekend. I was sitting and talking to Bryan and Dean, both godly Christian men, and Dean is a cop. Chantze comes running up, excited, saying, "Dad, Dad! I just saw two teenagers with a rum bottle."

Me: Are you sure?

Dean: Where are they?

Me: How do you know it was rum?

Chantze: Cuz it looks just like the rum you always put in your pop.

Cindy: (laughing at me) Yeah, every day.

Me: (embarrassed) Well... Chantze doesn't actually see that many rum bottles.

Dean went to the boys and made them pour out their rum AND vodka, then grounded their vehicle. When he came back, he and everybody else kept saying what a good job Chantze did by telling - the teens had been driving around the child-saturated campground all day and somebody could have been hurt or killed if Chantze hadn't saw and told.

I was still embarrassed.


Camp profiles: Cindy- had headaches, took nap, got bored, didn't bring enough warm clothes or shoes because somebody gave her bum advice. Paige- made a friend named Paige, got emotional a lot, got in trouble a lot, got dirty A LOT. Brooke- colored, played 'on the ship', in the pool, at the park, in her tent, and carried her Strawberry Shortcake around. Chantze- got messed with a lot by everybody, went swimming, rode his bike, played catch (baseball), treated his sisters well even when they got on his nerves, tried to catch sparks from the fire, had to pee five minutes after every time they closed the bathroom for cleaning, and tripped over multiple tent ropes in the dark on his way. For clarification, Chantze is holding a keychain he made with Bryan's leather-craft stuff - the twin's bracelets are beside him on the table.

More Camp-mania


Ten minutes after we set up their tent, it looked exactly like their bedroom. An hour after we set up our tent, it looked exactly like our bedroom.

Pictured at the bottom is Mr. Jonathan Archer, fresh off his honeymoon with his lovely new bride. His interests include fine beers, X-box 360, e-bay, fantasy novels (especially Harry Potter), music downloads, movies, and large amounts of food. I saw him messing with my computer and thought, 'I don't have any pictures of him, yet, what's he doing anyway?'

The photo beside him is a screenshot that explains it all.

Cindy's suthun relation


It's alwaze a nee-slapin good tyme hwen the kin frum kintucky com roun. Top left is Sherylin and her daughter Diane, recent bride of Uncle Kenneth, Cindy's Dad's brother (together in bottom left). Top right is Ashley, a cute little fifteen year old who takes her brother and sister on the church bus every Wednesday and Sunday and is the captain of her youth group's drama team. Bottom right is Dan and his son Adam, both of whom are wild southern-twang madmen. A quote from Adam after the wedding: "Dang, I didn't know she was my cousin. Turns out our family tree don't go straight up and down - it's got branches."