HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JUSTIN WYATT!!! It doesn''t seem like it''s been five years since we said hello and then, 2 hours later, goodbye to you. The memories of your birthday are so vivid and clear. You are such a comfort to all of us, knowing that we have our own personal "family" angel! We love you, son.
We traveled to Bowie, Texas last Thursday for our annual Easter trip and arrived in the midst of wildfires (even drove smack down the middle of one! Fire on both sides of the road, homes burning, railroad ties on fire, grass and trees in flames...it was pretty scary). Amy and Greg had some friends who lost their homes (or at least most of their outbuildings/cattle)....our hearts go out to them. Amy and Greg were spared: the fire seemed to be all around them but never came to their part of the valley. Once that excitement wore off, we settled in for a great weekend: shopping, hiking, playing, skeet-shooting, Easter egg hunt, and Holy Saturday Mass. I got to sing at Easter Vigil (The Lord''s Prayer at Amy''s request) and that was fun. We look forward to our next trip.
We are actively looking for pop-up campers although have still not found the "just right" one. The advantage we have is that we have time....we are in no hurry, don''t HAVE to have one, and can take all the time we need to find that "perfect" deal. We are looking forward, however, to finding one and getting our weekends lined up for camping in various places.
Kids had their spring concert last night. It went very well (I''ll get pics posted soon). Matthew''s grades have shot up...only one grade away from having straight A''s!!! We told him to keep working on it and we will do something special at the end of school to celebrate if he accomplishes straight A''s. Of course we are by no means complaining about the grades he has....Mamma''s head is pretty swelled up at the moment!! (grin!) Allie is looking forward to 1st grade already...although she''s adamant that summer vacation has to happen first (unlike her excitement about kindergarten last year where she swore that she was missing the first day of class...in June!). Kara is slowing beginning to recognize bathroom signs...we''ve had 3 successes in the last 2 days (this morning she actually got me out of bed for it!). Unfortunately, we have to stop the training for the weekend as we are going out of town but we will pick it back up again on Monday. Hopefully, I can keep her excited about it.
All sorts of news has hit the last few days/weeks: Nana was in the hospital a few weeks ago, but is doing fine now. Had sugar issues (I think) but hopefully that''s all resolved. As in the previous post, Anna and Danny welcomed their 3rd child this past Monday...congrats to them! Received word this morning that Grandma Belle is in the hospital...just breathing issues and it sounds like she''s fine, but it warrants prayers anyway. Also found out last night that my cousin Clifford and his new wife Amanda are expecting their first child together in December (?)...pretty excited for them! Eric''s cousin Amber is due to give birth to her and Steve''s first child (a girl) soon as is my step-sister Sami (her 2nd child, a girl) and her hubby, Montel. Our nephew Ian will be celebrating his 2nd birthday on Sunday (yea!!)...we can''t attend his party but we are looking forward to hearing all about it!
Well, speaking of lots going on, time for me to sign off and get ready for the weekend (Engaged Encounter in Great Bend tonight through Sunday). Have a terrific one!
Harold Neil Williams was born today around 4:30 pm. No word, yet, on height and weight. We talked to Anna earlier today around lunch when she called after being admitted but we missed the phone call from Grandpa Dave due to screaming kids of our own when he called about the news of Harold''s arrival. We are excited for Danny and Anna! Congratulations!!! We will post pictures as soon as we receive them (PLEASE MAKE THAT SOON, ANNA!)....Yea!
Happy April Fool''s Day! Eric got the kids good this morning by having them convinced that they didn''t have school....Allison was very disappointed when, after dropping movies off at Blockbuster, Eric pulled in to the school parking lot. Eric was still giggling when he got home this evening...
Well, all that is left of our major blizzard 4 1/2 days ago are the piles left from shoveling and a few stubborn drifts. There is water everywhere around town. The kids have been having a ball since Saturday morning, having snowball fights, digging, making tunnels, sledding, etc. We never gave our washing machine a rest the entire weekend...would have been a good time to have snow pants! Ha! But, being outside was good for them all and kept them from going crazy in the house. Eric took the kids to the big "sledding" hill a couple of times over the weekend and they always came back bright eyed and excited. Kara even got in on the snowball fights (unless her "thumbs" (mittens) came off...then it was tragic.). They are talking more snow overnight tonight and the kids are excited all over again. Gotta love snow...it''s an outdoor babysitter and endless entertainment! Ha! The only true casualty of the blizzard were my tulips...the weight of the snow crushed a lot of the stems. But some are being troopers and are trying their best to keep growing (I''ve got buds...living and trying to bloom...but they''re bent over or on the ground entirely).
I''m busy gearing up for the Messiah performance on Sunday in Windhorst. Getting anxious as I feel my 3 solos aren''t where they need to be. But, will do as best as I can and hope it''s "good enough." The fact this will be televised isn''t helping. However, if I keep my nose in my music, I won''t notice the cameras! Ha!
Well, I need to finish work this evening and say good-night to kids. Have a great evening...
Well, we are finally digging out from the great blizzard of 2009!! "Officially," Dodge City received about 14 inches of snow, however we had more than 15 in our front yard. We had a huge drift on the north side of the house that came close to 4 feet. We''ve been digging all day long and finally, at about 2:15, we decided that was enough...Eric took Matthew and Allison to the big hill by the middle school to let them sled. Kara is down for a nap. And I''m looking for the Advil for my back! Ha! The blizzard was sure something to watch yesterday...couldn''t see the neighbors at times and the wind absolutely howled.
Eric had gone to KC on Wednesday. Was supposed to come home yesterday (Friday) but ended up leaving early because of the storm. He got home around 11 pm Thursday (just before the snow started). It''s good he came home then...even waiting in KC, he wouldn''t have made it home. Today (Saturday), highways are STILL closed in and out of Dodge City in all directions. So we would have been out of luck getting him home until probably Sunday or Monday.
We were blessed...we kept our power the whole time. We''ve heard that others weren''t so lucky but we are not sure exactly where the power outages are. Folks are beginning to dig out around Dodge...you can hear the sound of snow blowers all over the place. Sun is out and the GREAT MELT has begun.
Our prayers are with Eric''s brother''s family in Pratt...they got hit with twice as much snow as we did (28 inches!!) so digging out will take them a bit longer. They still have electricity and heat so they are OK...just socked in.
I know many of you are digging out today OR you are just now getting what we got yesterday...enjoy the wonder of nature at work. The snow that God gave us forces us to slow down and observe everything...take that time to thank Him for the much needed moisture, for your health, for the roof over your head that protected you. We are thankful for this beautiful, fluffy, blessing.
SPRING BREAK!!! The kids and I have spent time outside, visiting the zoo in Garden City, going to the park, etc. It''s been a beautiful spring break. Today, however, Allison seems to have come down with something...hoping that it''s nothing.
I had my 2 week follow-up appointment yesterday with the surgeon who took my 4 wisdom teeth out. I''m about 2/3 healed according to him and everything looks great. Guess I had some really impacted teeth and he was concerned about healing and that''s why he had me back. So, I''m no 100% yet, haven''t attempted really hard foods (like chips, pretzels, etc.) yet. On the up-side, I''ve lost about 7 pounds! Woo!Hoo!
Kids had excellent reports at parent-teacher conferences last week. Allison''s teacher is exploring more challenging activities for Allison because she is breezing through all of the kindergarten things. Matthew has discovered what his grades do if he actually studies and saw his grades jump to almost all A''s the last nine weeks....he''s pretty pumped. His math has really improved and he seems well on his way! Can really tell that he''s getting older...he''s now begging for a cell phone. Ugh.
We have had absolutely NO moisture out here in Dodge most of the winter...the cracks in the yard are ridiculous. I''ve started watering already in hopes of saving the little plantings that we do have. We have high hopes of really getting serious with planting more landscape plants, but may have to back off a bit if the drought continues. We did get our potatoes planted Tuesday (St. Patty''s day, ya know!). Allie has greeted me in the back yard every day this week wearing her gardening gloves, wondering when we will get busy in the yard! We may have lost our apricots this year...dang tree bloomed a couple of weeks ago (IN FEBRUARY!), then got hit by a freeze. Looks like it''s a good thing we canned all of those apricots last year for jam! Don''t think we will be making any this year...
I''ll be performing in Messiah next month (Palm Sunday)...pretty excited about it as it will be videoed for Smoky Hills Public Television. I''ve got 2 solos and one duet...been working our tails off the last couple of weeks. The kids think it''s cool to gather ''round when I practice...even the cat got in on it last night. (eyeroll).
Eric is busy getting our minivan ready to pull stuff...he''s got the hitch hooked up and is now attempting to get a light kit installed. Possibility we will be purchasing a pop-up camper soon (as funds allow! ha!)...if no camper is in the future, he plans on locating a small garden trailer that he can use as a replacement for the pickup we sold last summer. He seem tickled to have warmer weather coming on...he''s in constant motion working on the van, the back yard, the garden. It is nice to be busy...
We will be heading to Texas for our annual Easter vacation. It''s nice to be able to spend so much time with our best friends. We realized recently (with horror) that we hadn''t been down since LAST Easter and the kids have been asking if we will ever travel there again. So, plans are in the works and we are excited to be going finally.
Well, the auction for SHCS if finally over...my room-mom duties are basically done (thank goodness), the auction was a success, and I STILL didn''t win that iPod touch I was banking on...ha! Oh well...anyway....
Eric is proud that the stewardship brochures are finally out for the parishioners at our church...they have been a long time coming. It''s a matter of time now to see if they are going to work.
I''ve managed to finally get a groove back with my jobs. I''m tickled to see my bags and files getting smaller and smaller as I''ve found new ways to tackle my workload with better efficiency. It''s a nice feeling.
February brought a lot of sickness for all of us. First, it hit Eric...hard. Then me. Really hard. Kara got it during Eric''s bout and STILL has it (according to the doctor today, it is now a strong possibility that she''s got asthma and we are now armed with an arsenal of meds for the next 2 weeks). Allison got hit really hard last week with really high fevers. She seems to finally be healing. Her coughs have ceased but she''s still very tired a lot.
Tomorrow, I head to the doctor to remove all four of my wisdom teeth. Ugh. I''ll be completely out, thank goodness, for the procedure but will be in complete pain when I wake up...NOT something I''m looking forward to. As a result, I''m missing a few engagements that I was supposed to attend....oh well. At least this surgery will be done and out of the way.
Hope everyone is having a good winter...ours is weird with warm temps, daffodils that sprouted (and bloomed) in February, and trees that are budding...definitely not good. Waiting for the big freeze to kill everything off again. Still no rain...it''s going to be a long summer.
It''s toy show day! Eric and Matthew are having a wonderful time up at the Knights of Columbus hall, helping to host the annual farm toy show. The girls and I are sticking around the house today, enjoying the beautiful weather and cleaning the place up a bit. We''ll venture up the street to the KofC hall before too long to watch our men salivate at all of the farm toys around and to see if Eric has sold any of his creations. You should have seen Eric last night...he was practically giddy. :)
January 31st. The last day of the month. Seems weird to be saying goodbye to this month as we''ve had such tragedy. We''ve all begun the healing process since Bev''s (Grandma''s/Mom''s/Wife''s) death but it all just seems too fresh in our memories. There are still thank you notes to write for things people are STILL doing (thank you to all!). As much as Bev hated pictures of herself, now it seems it has become my quest to find as many good ones of her as I can...she wouldn''t let me take many so it''s been a struggle to find them. This weekend is the first weekend since Jan. 5th that we haven''t been in Great Bend and it feels nice to actually being getting back to a somewhat "new" normal. Bev would be proud of how we are all doing and smiling because we''ve been able to laugh so much and so often (usually at the kids).
Well, on to other things...kids are STILL battling some sort of cold bug that just won''t go away. Mine managed to only stick around for a few days (thank goodness), but poor Allie and Kara just can''t seem to get rid of the coughs and the sniffles. Nothing is stopping their energy or their eating habits so that''s reassuring. The weather actually has me disappointed that it''s not cold and snowy like it''s supposed to be...I''ve got daffodils starting to peek through the mulch already. There is still so much of winter to get through and with some of these warm days, I''m worried that we won''t have apricots again or beautiful spring flowers...just waiting for another freeze to hit. We won''t know until April whether or not the fruit trees and early flowers have been affected. However, in the spirit of the up and coming spring, Eric and I are already starting to brainstorm ideas for the garden.
Hopefully, things will settle down a bit in February...we have a lot of indoor painting that we''ve kept saying we were going to get to and we''ve not even started. We have, however, replaced the front door and the door to the garage with energy efficient ones...just need to finish trimming them out. Never is there a project that is finished in this house. Oh well...life of a homeowner! :) Have a wonderful Saturday!
On January 5, 2009, Grandma Bev (Beverly Haselhorst) passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 58 in her home. We spent all of last week in Great Bend making arrangements, taking care of kids, fielding phone calls, etc. The response to Bev''s passing has been overwhelming and completely humbling. Her funeral was on January 9, 2009 and she had one of the best "send offs" ever. The church was packed and everything was beautiful...even the weather held off until after all of the ceremony. We, the Haselhorst family, are so grateful for the outpouring of love and support everyone has shown since last Monday. People have come out of the woodwork with prayers, food, help, comfort, and advice. There just aren''t enough words for us to say thank you in the ways we want to.
Bev was a beautiful person, inside and out...carrying her crosses with dignity and grace. We are missing her terribly already and can only pray that she''s watching us all and guiding our actions. "Let perpetual light shine upon her, Lord."
Grandma Bev...we are going to miss you. We are in shock and upset that you have been taken from us. We pray that God has already accepted you into your rightful place in His kingdom. There is something wrong about this whole thing...I can''t wrap my brain around any of this. We love you.
Christmas has come and gone...we''ve been able to see several folks for the holiday and even had some come to our house! We''ve enjoyed visiting and are almost a bit melancholy that Christmas is winding down...only a couple weeks before it''s officially over.
Please pray for moisture out here. We''ve only received about an inch of snow since October (I think that works out to about "half-of-nothing-of-an-inch). We didn''t have much over the summer either so we are still pretty dry. Our lawn and garden could use the extra drink...and I''m sure the fruit trees would love some, too.
The kids are doing well...Matthew and Kara are STILL fighting coughs that won''t go away (we have an appt. with the dr. today for Kara...her''s has moved into her lungs as usual so we are headed there to rule out bronchitis and/or pneumonia...fun, fun.). Matthew''s had his cough since before Thanksgiving, but it''s finally seeming to improve. Kara''s had hers for about 3 weeks...and it''s getting worse. Eric got plugged up yesterday. Allison had a slight fever Monday and Tuesday but that''s gone and she had no other symptoms. Can''t figure this cold season out. None of us have had the same symptoms so it''s tough to tell what''s getting passed around and what''s just asthma/lung related.
Well, time to get some work done. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day, a safe New Year''s Day, and that you have a blessed 2009.