Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Has it really been over a year since I have posted anything here? Time gets away.
Hope to get back to this soon. Thanks for stopping by....

Friday, June 1, 2012

I don't know where time goes, but here it is June and I have not posted anything for almost 6 months!
This year has been filled with mostly event of our grandson's and the time we spend with them. Watching them grow, learn and achieve is our greatest reward in life as we see so many things that Tim and Traci do for them, that we did for Traci when she was growing up. Nice to know the lessons, time and traditions we appreciated and worth passing down to her children. I am still busy with my card making for holidays, birthdays and special events. Some months are busier than others. I will post some of those for you to see along with some family pictures. Yesterday was a milestone for our youngest grandson Jaxson, he earned his yellow stripe belt in karate. He is determined to be just like his big brother and he is now on his way to the martial arts form, self-defense and discipline. Hayden is 9 and tonight he will take the 4th of a four-series of tests to earn his black belt. To us, its is totally amazing that these kids earn this high of a degree at such a young age. With this comes the responsibility of leadership, discipline and self worth. We are very proud of both boys! National Karate is one of the highest rated karate schools in the country and they sponsor 2 tournaments in the local area every year and one Diamond International Championship in Minnesota every fall. Jaxson participated for the first time in the May tournament earned a participants trophy. Hayden took 1st place in form in the May tournament.

Jaxson's event at tournament

Jaxson's first trophy

Yellow belt testing

Hayden (in blue) self - defense

Hayden sparring - he is on left

Hayden form event

1st place in form

Monday, December 26, 2011

Every year I swear I will get ahead of myself and get my personal family cards done early. Just like all the years before, I sat here on Christmas Eve finishing the last of them before the family comes for dinner. I enjoy making these specific to each person or something that reminds me of them or something different that I dream up. Here are the fruits of my labor for 2011.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Better late than never! My brother Scott and his wife, Autumn were home for Thanksgiving and we had a wonderful visit.  Time just goes too quickly and its over before you know it. This was the first time in about 20 years we spent Thanksgiving together so it was a great time. We enjoyed a family dinner, went to visit the rest of the Whalen clan and then we all went to the circus. Have not been to a circus in many years and we had a great time!!!!