Archive | extended fam RSS feed for this section

Indian(a) Summer

3 Sep

We had a wonderful time with family in Indiana.  Not being able to travel there as often as I once did before children, I missed them terribly and I am so thankful our whole family could get together with their whole family (as opposed to getting a few of them here or a few of us going there.).  The girls were reacquainted with their aunt, uncle, and cousins and Reece has spoken fondly of each of them ever since.  Nate, Phil, Anna, and Luke all did so well with the little girls.  The two bigger boys have always impressed me that they play and play and play with their little girl cousins when they could be more concerned with their upcoming football game, or homework, or even the t.v.  Nate and Phil swung Reece and read books to her (princess books at that!) and held Rynn any chance they could.  Anna shared her princesses and baby dolls so well and was so sweet with the girls.  Just like the last time we visited when Reece was nearly one and learned how to wrap boas around her neck and carry a purse, Anna offered more things for Reece to learn.  This time it was the “climb the door frame” maneuver, but Reece has yet to be successful at actually getting up to the ceiling.  🙂  Luke (a.k.a. “Yuker”) and the Reecer became pals right off, and even though he wished Rynn would have been a boy, I know he loved her lots too.  Why else would he leave his G.I. Joe mission in the playroom to go play with the girl on the other side of the sliding glass door?!

Wayland and Kaleesha were so wonderful to let us invade their house and their busy family schedule.  Wayland seemed to work magic on Reecer’s occasional grumpiness and Kaleesha was, as always, so hospitable.  I loved being able to visit over breakfast out, and during down time at the house.  The four adults stayed up late each night after putting the kids down so we could visit more.

One of our most memorable moments of the trip came during the start of Nathanael’s football scrimmage.  Reece had been woken up from her nap before we left and was in a foul mood, even by Reece’s standards.  She threw a monster fit on the way to the field (something about her independence being challenged) and threw herself on the ground.  After finally coaxing her to peel herself off of the ground and into the stadium, she decided to take her baby doll to go tee-tee at the end of the bleachers…where we would later learn was right above the home of a bee hive.  I hadn’t had a chance to watch a single play because of the two bees I kept shooing away from Rynn’s stroller, but a familiar scream broke my attention off of Rynn and onto Reecer.  I saw a swarm of bees around Reece and immediately scooped her away from the buzzing swarm.  The two bee stings on her leg caused a fury of excitement at the football field…the trainer was paged, people brought ice packs, other moms gave their advice on how to take away the sting, the athletic director arrived to tape off the area…all in about 30 seconds flat.  Nathanael even heard the commotion on the bleachers from the football field and got to tell all his friends that was his little cousin crying.  🙂  Unfortunately, the bees continued to stalk us because of the fruit juices, fruit snacks, and whatever else in our diaper bag, and we had to vacate the field to avoid another attack.  Poor Kaleesh didn’t get to see Nate’s first scrimmage that she had been so excited about.

The story does have a happy ending though…

Ironically, the bee stings turned Reece’s frown upside down and she became the happiest victim of a bee attack you’ve ever seen.  She even sang about the bees who stung her.  Kaleesha and I joked that they must have injected some nectar or honey into her bloodstream.

For more on our great time in Indiana (including pictures), see Wayland and Kaleesha’s blog.


Summer Vacation

2 Sep

Long time, no post!  Between two vacations, my work for the church, sewing, MOPS steering team, Food 2 Kids, and family time, I’ve been a little busy.  In turn, I’ve taken a “summer vacation” from blogging.  I’m going to catch up in installments, starting with the Thompson Family Reunion at Don and Michelle’s Four Spokes Ranch, and Butch and Carrie’s Possum Kingdom lake house.   The pictures show all the fun we had…

Update & Challenge, Tummy Time, and Birthday Wishes

17 Jan

Update on my nephew, Philip:

For those of you who have been praying for my nephew, thank you! He’s actually doing quite well. He takes the shots and finger pricks like a champ! I think it’s Momma who is feeling most of the stress of his diagnosis at this time. From the carb counting and revised method of cooking, to sending her son to school and trusting all of his teachers, the school nurse, etc., plus just finding a “new normal” in the midst of the worry she has over her son’s health…it’s just really hard! Good thing she’s a godly woman who puts her faith in God and trusts that He knows what is best for their family. Please continue praying for them!


Philip will be the big 1-0 on Monday! When I asked him what he’d like for his birthday, he said he just wants people to donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. I thought it’d be fun to put forth a challenge to anyone who reads this blog. So………..

If YOU have diabetes, I’m asking you to donate $50 to help find a cure.

If someone in your FAMILY has diabetes, I’m asking you to donate $30.

If you have a FRIEND with diabetes, I’m asking you to donate $20

Or, if you just want to donate just ’cause, please follow this link to do so…

Philip has also started a blog to journal his life with diabetes:

Nathanael has started a blog too. Check out this awesome writer at…

Tummy Time:

The sweetest/happiest baby in the world works on tummy time:


Happy 29th Birthday to Scott! We celebrated with several friends and crazy amounts of fun at a local dueling piano bar. Good times!

Prayer Request, Christmas, and Another Month Older

30 Dec

First off, please pray for my nearly 10-year-old nephew. After showing some signs of diabetes, a doctor visit this morning confirmed that. He’s now in the hospital where they’ll monitor his blood sugar for a couple of days and begin the maintenance procedure. We know he’ll be okay and that he’ll still be the super-active Philip we know and love, but the transition to daily insulin injections and finger-pricks will definitely be tough, as you can imagine.

Christmas…the most MAGICAL time of year!!

What a difference a year makes! Reece really enjoyed Christmas this year and everything leading up to it. She especially enjoyed wagon rides looking at Christmas lights, the fun blow up figures in neighbors’ yards, Christmas trees (including the one in her room which she was VERY proud of), wrapping paper, parties and PJ Day at PDO, and the building and decorating of the gingerbread house. Because my hands are always full and my brain is always overloaded, I only captured a couple of these memories on the cam…

Reece saw me wrapping a book for the neighborhood kids' book exchange.  When we got back home, she thought she should wrap it back up (and in the process wrap herself up too!).

Reece saw me wrapping a book for the neighborhood kids' book exchange. When we got back home, she thought she should wrap it back up (and in the process wrap herself up too!).

On Christmas Eve we stayed in our pj's and decorated our gingerbread house.  Of course, we snacked a little too!

On Christmas Eve we stayed in our pj's and decorated our gingerbread house. Of course, we snacked a little too!

Finished product. Finished product.

It would make sense, of course, to take some pictures on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, but that didn’t happen. Actually, we did take a few pictures Christmas morning, but Reece was always moving to fast to get any good ones. We were also rushing Reece between each gift so we could get as much video as we could before the battery on the camcorder died. Ill-prepared? Maybe, but I like to think we’re always too busy having fun to take pictures and good video anyway. 🙂

I bet I can get some good pics of Reece playing with all those toys she got…just give me a few days!

We had a wonderful Christmas with our families who continue to bless us with way too much! We were also so blessed to have my grandmother for another Christmas, and to visit with Con-Con! And just for the record, when asked whose birthday it was, Reece replied, “Baby Jesus.” Awww!

We celebrated another birthday two days later…

…when Rynn turned two months old! At two months, she’s smiling and cooing. She loves her swing, her car seat, and her big sister who always wants to hold her. She is just a sweet, sweet baby and she’s so much a part of our family that I don’t know what we did without her. Sweet thing is so patient too, as big sister often gets way more attention. Baby girl waits to nurse until Mama gets big sister settled with a snack, drink, and some form of entertainment. Sometimes those feedings get interrupted while Mama fixes things for Big Sister or has to discipline her. In fact, Big Sister seems to cry more these days than Baby girl…what’s up with that!? Anyway, back to Rynn…what a sweetheart…

Baby Girl at two months

Baby Girl at two months

Reece still LOVES her baby sister.  I often find her sitting here, just watching Rynn and talking to her.

Reece still LOVES her baby sister. I often find her sitting here, just watching Rynn and talking to her.

Oh, and one more thing…it was Christmas-time ten years ago that Scott and I met and fell in love. Actually, we just met then. It took a while for the love thing to happen. Happy ten year anni, Scott…did you remember? 🙂

Thanksgiving Blessings

3 Dec

Thanksgiving this year brought with it several blessings.  The biggest blessing for our family was being together…all 13 of us.  Although each of us here in Texas make trips to see those in Indiana, and those in Indiana take trips (in shifts) to see us here in Texas, we haven’t all been together since Thanksgiving 3 years ago!  We’ve added three kids to the mix since that time.  Here we all are:


Reece LOVED hanging out with her cousins.  She and Anna E had slumber parties several nights of the week.


Everyone loved on Rynn.


Polar Express was lots of fun.  We went with Aunt KK’s sister, Kayli, and her two precious kids, Noah and McKenzie.  (By the end of the night Reece had all the fun she could handle).

img_2590 img_2598


On Thanksgiving Day, Rynn turned 1 month old!!! 


She shared that special day with her Uncle Way-Way who turned 32 years old. 


We’re so thankful for our family!

Happy Father’s Day!

16 Jun

Reece was so excited to tell her Dad and Granddad “Happy Father’s Day” that she woke up at 3am to do so. Granddad was in town (while Granny is in Indiana with their other grandchildren) and rocked her for a while, but then I went and got the girl and put her in bed with us after still hearing her on the monitor after an hour. She proceeded to kick her Daddy (and me) the rest of the night in an effort to get comfortable. Finally, at 6:30, she turned on the clock radio and started dancing and clapping. I let Daddy sleep and we went in the living room and watched some Veggie Tales (the only form of “church” we got for the day). So our day has been long, but I’m so happy to have had my husband and Dad here for Father’s Day. Here are some pics (from my new camera…yeah!):

Daddy and (a squirmy) Reece

Granddad and Reece

Daddy swinging Reece

Reece takes after her Mama in that she loves both these men very much. In fact, she’s well on her way to being a big ol’ Daddy’s girl just like me. Things Reece loves about her Daddy include:

  • when he takes her outside to swing, ride in the wagon, or just to survey the yard
  • when he turns into the ‘Kiss Monster!’
  • when he comes home from work – it’s a big production at our house. Mama says, “Daddy’s home!” and Rocky Road and Reece race to the door to greet him. Reece can’t get there fast enough.
  • when he sings “Who’s the Baby that I See?” to her (it’s a Scott Riddle original)
  • when he lets her feed him
  • the list goes on…
I think he’s pretty swell too. I have to admit I was a little concerned about his involvement when he insisted he’d never change a diaper while I was pregnant with Reece. Turns out his daughter softened him quite a bit! And even though he kept forgetting I was pregnant with this baby early on (glad I started showing!), and even though he forgot about our ultrasound, I’m sure this next baby will love him just as much as The Reecer does! 🙂

Our Sweet Granny

2 May

This week our family is gathered around our Granny and loving on her while we still have her on Earth with us. While we’ll rejoice for her when she gets to meet Jesus face to face, there will be a huge void in our family without her here. She has made such an impact on each family member, and she’s a true prayer warrior for each of us. In my eyes, she is truly one of the greatest women to ever live, and I pray I will raise my family with the same values she has done. My sis-in-law has done a fantastic job of putting into words the way so many of us feel about our sweet Granny:

Update on my Granny: She’s hanging in there!  She’s eating well, watching her favorite shows, and greeting visitors with a smile.  Fortunately, her mind is clear and she has a great long-term and short-term memory.  However, her heart is definitely getting weaker each day, and she has opted out of using the oxygen machine Hospice provided.  Although it’s heartbreaking to see her lay in bed at all times (she so desperately wants to get up and cook for each of her visitors), we’re enjoying the visits and her company.  She’s so wonderful at recounting stories from the past, and I will never tire of hearing them.  I love my sweet Granny.