Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone. We are now in Advent and the Christmas season. The weather cooperated with us and our traveling back to Topeka so we are thankful for that.
We were able to see several family members over the Thanksgiving holiday...we visited Topeka where we spent time with Grandpa Dave, Nana, Grandpa Neil, Uncle Will (and Sarah), and Uncle Tim...also some of Nana''s family. Then we were able to visit at length with Great-grandma Belle, Aunt Martha, Uncle Joe, Crystal and her kids, Tyler, Brent, and Tori. We enjoyed our visit in Topeka...nice and relaxing. On our way home, we stopped in Great Bend (Grandma Bev and Grandpa Dan were "dog-sitting" Penny for us). Aunt Amy, Uncle Greg and the boys had decided to come up for Thanksgiving so we were able to spend a few hours of the afternoon with them before driving home to Dodge. All in all, we had some planned visits, some surprise visits, and lots of laughter. We did run in to a bit of snow on the Interstate yesterday on the way home, but nothing major. We did, of course, miss all of those out of state that we couldn''t visit as well as those who were stuck working because of the holiday shopping rush...we look forward to other visits with them soon or Christmas cards to see how everyone is doing.
Chris and Eric are busy with their homemade gifts again. It will be fun sending these things off to the respective recipients and hearing how well (or not!) they go over! Ha! Christmas shopping in our household is about finished...just have some of the adults left to shop for (so get your lists in if you haven''t already!). We are thankful we got such an early start this year on shopping.
Well, had better close...have some gift-making to get back to! Enjoy your holiday season...challenge yourself to recognize what is important in your life and rid yourself of what isn''t. Donate money to your favorite charity, contribute to your local food bank, or got through all of that "stuff" in your house and donate what you haven''t touched in years. Embrace those around you and pray for those you can''t reach. Know that we love all of you and think of you often. We are very thankful that we know each and every one of you...Happy Thanksgiving!
Things are starting to quiet down (at least a little) around the Haselhorst household. Matthew''s football season has finished and Mommy''s practicing for the cabaret performance is over (''course, now she is practicing for a Christmas performance!). We''ve FINALLY gotten some sort of routine for school and homework is getting done. Dad and Mom are finally beginning discussions on painting the inside of the house this winter as well as some cosmetic issues the house has that we''d like to fix.
Allison had a birthday party yesterday with most of her friends here at the house. The day proved to be extremely beautiful so the entire party was out in the back yard (much to Mom''s relief). All the kids seemed to enjoy themselves completely, the sqeals from the pinata breaking were heart-warming. Allison collapsed in to bed at 8:00 last night, announcing how tired she was...it was a wonderful day. She celebrates her birthday today at school with the extra cupcakes mom made for the party...she went out of the house all smile this morning.
Kara surprised Mom this morning by recognizing her name...we used foam stickers and of course, Mom announced what the letters were in the beginning, but Kara remembered what they were on the paper (she repeatedly pointed out all of the letters: K---A---R---A). It was adorable! Then she picked up a pen and decided to "color" parts of her paper that had no stickers on it...looks like she''s going to be a lefty! :)
Matthew figured out to slow down during school last week and his grades showed it. Came home with a 100% on his religion test as well as spelling (spelling wasn''t a surprise...he''s extremely good at spelling). We discussed how to study last week and it seems to have paid off. After grades were slipping during football, we''ve taken a break from sports to learn better study habits, with the promise of baseball in the spring. You should have seen his face on Friday when he came home with all of those ''A''s...he looked like he''d just accomplished a 500 mile marathon. We are so proud of him.
Mom can''t take it anymore and will be decorating for Christmas this week (lights are up on the house already...we took advantage of a windless, warm day to get them up a couple of weeks ago). Matthew has been begging for the tree for 2 weeks now so I think we will get that done. Time to pull out all of the Christmas music!!
Well, hope all of you have a wonderful week. Enjoy today for tomorrow may sideline you.
Kids went trick or treating last night for Halloween...they had a great time and Kara even did her own trick or treating...just took her a bit longer to catch up to the other two! All three looked wonderful and really enjoyed themselves.
Their extra-special treat was to have Grandpa Dave and Nana come for a visit...we went to the zoo during the day and they came and trick or treated with us in the evening. When Kara got tired, they stayed with her at the house and passed out candy to other kids while Eric and I took the older ones back out again. The weather was really beautiful and Eric and I really enjoyed ourselves.
Today, we celebrated Kara''s birthday (2 days early). She did such a good job blowing out her own candles this year. She enjoyed opening gifts so much that we had a hard time laying her down for her nap! But, she''s down now...I think her eyes were closed before I even got the door shut. This is giving the 2 older ones (and Eric and I) more chance to visit with Grandpa Dave and Nana before they have to leave in an hour or so. It has been a nice, relaxing afternoon. Because they won''t be here for Allie''s birthday in 2 weeks, Grandpa Dave and Nana were nice enough to include her in Kara''s festivities today and she got to open a few gifts of her own for he own birthday.
Weather today is positively gorgeous, K-State''s losing the KU-K-state game seems to be the only grumbling around here (''course Grandpa Dave and Nana are pretty tickled about it)...looks like a walk is in the works for later this afternoon and a popcorn evening.
Oh yeah, newsworthy items: Aunt Anna and Uncle Danny are expecting #3 sometime in April or May. And Aunt Sammi and Uncle Montel are also expecting (#2) in May. Good luck to both families and congratulations!!!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend...take care to vote on Tuesday...pray for the proper discernment we all must make in this election. God Bless!
Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day...please light a candle for those who lost their lives too early and for those parents who had to grieve for them. The goal is to light a candle at 7PM tonight, no matter what time zone you are in...a continuous "light around the world" in prayer.
Also today: Grandma Nancy, Grandpa Dennis, and Dennis''s mother, Darlene, are all moving to Florida today. Keep them in your prayers for safe travels and for a swift move. Congratulations on the new job, Dennis! And congratulations on the new and exciting avenues your job will take you, Mom! We are all proud of you...
Dodge City received almost 4 inches of rain over the last few days...it was much needed and it came slow enough that we had no flooding issues. Hopefully, it''s not too late for the benefits but we will take it no matter what. ''Course the rain did cause some headaches for farmers trying to harvest the soybeans...but I think that even they are happy with the rain.
Well, time to get lunch together, do some laundry and then sit down to work while Kara naps. The sunshine is trying to come out so we may try a walk this afternoon after school. Have a wonderful week!
After a long weekend, we are back home. We went to St. Joseph, MO to see our cousin, Cliff and his fiance, Amanda, get married (Congrats Cliff and Amanda!). It was a wonderful time and we were so glad that we went. We also got to meet our cousin Karl''s new fiance, Kat (sp?). She is very nice and a a self-proclaimed "southern girl." We were able to see lots of family this weekend, including Grandma Nancy and Grandpa Dennis...nice to see them because they are moving in a couple of weeks to Florida so this was our last chance to visit with them before the move. We are going to miss them but we understand how exciting and what a wonderful opportunity this move is. We are looking forward to driving to Pensacola sometime soon to visit.
Got word that at the end of the month (if all works out), Grandpa Dave and Nana will be here for a visit...we are looking forward to that visit as well!
We are finally getting some much needed rain today. On our way home from Missouri, we actually had to pull over to the side of the road during a downpour about 20 miles east of Dodge City...it was impossible to see! The pelting rain was welcome, however...it got all of those "easterner bugs" off of our windshield! You don''t realize how dry it is out here in Dodge until you go just a little bit east and the bug splatter picks up on the windshield! Hee! Hee!
This week: our cat, Kelly, goes under the knife to avoid any more kitties...finally....tomorrow. Matthew and Allie will continue school this week...Mom has to sing in a community concert on Friday at the Depot theater (with the Choral Union choir). Matthew has another football game this Saturday and Allie will have Dance Cats practice Saturday. Never a dull moment in Dodge!
OK...I got tired of all of the crickets congregating on our back porch. It seemed to be attracting spiders who in turn, when it gets cold at night, attempt to get in the house. Well, I sprayed the entire perimeter of the house 2 days ago, crickets came out of every crevice...it was amazing. Well, yesterday, I had the surprise of my life when I found a rather large spider, obviously affected by the spray. Looked up the type of spider it was: A BLACK WIDOW!! (I know you Texas people are probably laughing at me by now because of all of the scorpions and fire ants you all have...ha!) I scooped that thing up in a lockable plastic container yesterday afternoon...it''s STILL not completely dead (it''s on its way, though). As a result, I''ve sprayed again every spider web I could find (resulting in the emergence of what looks like a brown recluse! Ewww!!!). I then sprinkled long lasting stuff all over the yard, around the house, in and around the kids'' playhouse (don''t worry, once it dries, it''s safe for the kids and Penny to be around). Overkill? Probably...but there''s no more dagum poisonous spiders.
Well, FPU is off and running...Eric said he''s got over 50 in the class this time. Quite a bit fewer than last time but it''s really hard to get a class like this going with all of the fall activities going. He was pretty satisfied with it, however.
Matthew''s football team is now 1-1. Lost pretty badly last Saturday but the team was still OK with how they played...they just got beat by a bigger team. Spirits are still high headed into this Saturday''s game.
Allison is loving Kindergarten...but she has more than once headed to her room after school to clean it up (her chore for the day) and then ends up falling asleep on the bed she was supposed to be making. I''m not worrying about it...if she needs the sleep, I''m not going to challenge it. ''Course her bed hasn''t been made in over 2 weeks! Ha!
Kara''s cough is FINALLY gone. Matthew''s, too. We go back to the doctor next week to double check everything. I think Kara will be given a clean bill of health. But, we will probably start long-term treatment for Matthew and his allergies. Fun. Fun.
Other than that, not much else going on here. Found out that Grandma Nancy and Grandpa Dennis are moving to Florida for a new job...that''s wonderful! We are excited for them and look forward to visiting them sometime! Congrats!
No cousin news...sounds like Ethan, Hunter, and Kaden are doing well with school. Wow, only a matter of time and ALL of the little ones will be in school! My goodness how time flies.
Pray for Kara...potty training is proving to be her biggest hurdle (changed gross panties during this typing session..ugh). Trying to keep her in panties for the most part but even that isn''t triggering her brain to get to the bathroom BEFORE her panties get messed up. She can''t stand being dirty or wet, but just can''t seem to let someone know before it happens. She''s developed quite the funny waddle when she comes to you crying about it. It''s hard not to laugh :) ! Allie surprised us 2 nights ago by voluntarily going to bed without her rag...could we be done with the sloppy thing? One can only hope...hee!hee!
New pics and videos posted tonight...they are scattered throughout the photo albums: Matthew''s 4th grade trip to the state fair, Matthew''s football game, Allison''s Dance Cats practice (and then performance tonight), etc. Even caught Kara looking cute just watching TV the other day.
Wow! Autumn has come in with a bang! One day we were suffering through 104 degree heat every day and the next, we can''t get above 85....not that I''m complaining. I love this weather! Of course, the cooler weather and flying pollens everywhere have really made for bad reactions in our house. Matthew and Kara are both struggling with their lung issues and what appear to be allergies. A doctor visit last week yielded 5 medicines for Matthew to take home and 2 for Kara. Everyone is improving but we are awaiting a phone call from the doctor today to see if we need to go back this week. Allison had a bad cold but it cleared up within 3 days or so and then she was fine...she''s rarely sick.
The garden is going crazy with our green beans and yellow squash. Our tomatoes have seemed to have given up in the cooler weather so I think we are probably done with those. The salsa we made with our tomatoes (and some from Bev and Dan) didn''t turn out the way we wanted (we added WAY too much lemon juice). So we are attempting another batch to mix in and turn up the heat a bit. We will see how that turns out.
Eric is working feverishly to get things finalized and get people signed up for Financial Peace University in our diocese (let me know if you''re interested). In this time of falling housing markets and rising gas prices, even I (the self-proclaimed budget hater) have realized the importance of telling our money where to go. He''s made a few trips to area parishes to do his plug for FPU (and tying it into stewardship). I''ve been busy as usual with work but also with bunko parties, singing in various groups, and volunteering at the school. It''s a very busy time here in Dodge...
Aunt Anna and Uncle Danny escaped Hurricane Ike as it made a turn toward the north and missed Corpus Christi entirely. Anna said they didn''t get much more than a shower and it was really, really hot. A pretty normal day for Corpus. There were some storm surge issues there (mostly on Padre Island across the bay according to media sources) but other than that, nothing much. Corpus waits again to see when they will get hit (it''s been 30 years since the last hurricane hit there).
Well, gotta run. More things to do and less time to do them in! Have a great week!
Stewardship-Respect Life-Social Injustice Conference went well and got rave reviews! Eric was much more relaxed after it was all over with and I was so proud of him for a job well done!
1st week of school is over and the kids are adjusting well. Allison absolutely adores Kindergarten and is often found by the front door in the morning yelling at her dad that it''s time to go! I''ve never seen her get up so fast in my life (she''s not a morning person!)...I''m wondering how long this will last!
Matthew''s first football game is this Saturday. I''m hoping he has a more successful team in football than they had for baseball (never won a game). He seems to be improving with each practice and now declares that he''s an "athlete" because he exercises now. Oy. Jocks. (lol)
Kara had a rough morning last Monday as we left Allison in the kindergarten room. She wasn''t keen on leaving Allie...or, rather, she wasn''t keen on leaving the classroom. We aren''t sure which. Whichever it was, she was over it by afternoon and is enjoying her stay with Mom during the day. She''s taken to carrying a purse EVERYWHERE. She''s such the little diva...it''s too cute when she tells me to wait before we leave so she can go grab her purse.
Labor Day weekend is turning out to be quiet. We didn''t go visit any family and none came to us so we attempted to find some friends to come over for a BBQ or something tomorrow...''course no one else in our circle of friends are hermits like we are so thus, they are not home. So we''ve been hanging out as a family. Played outside, worked on combine trailers, listened to the K-State/N.Texas game, canned salsa...may try to come up with something for tomorrow. At least to get everyone out of the house for awhile.
Well, time to head for bed. Hope everyone has had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
Been a busy August so far!! August 7-14 had Matthew and I riding an Amtrak train from Dodge City to San Diego, CA to visit Uncle Garrett and Aunt Amy (and Ema, too!). It was an extremely long ride, but we got to see parts of the country we''d never seen before. Our visit was wonderful: got to spend a lot of time with them, visit some sites (including Sea World!) and relax at their home. Matthew as already asking when we could go back shortly after leaving!
Matthew and Allison will start school next Monday (the 25th). We had enrollment last week and the kids are going to be busy. Allison is enrolled in Dance Cats (kind of a miniature cheer/dance squad for the school) and Kindergarten. Matthew will be entering 4th grade and is involved in Rec. tackle football (last night was first practice with helmets...God help me). I will be Co-Head room mom for the school: we will be organizing all of the room mothers, doing things for the teachers, etc. I may be helping out the music teacher when needed...got asked that at enrollment. Kara will be staying home with mom; a different thing for her since she''s so used to having siblings home. Something tells me it won''t be much of an adjustment for her! Ha!
Eric is busy finalizing everything for the annual Stewardship Day to be held at the Cathedral this Saturday. He''s gotten me envolved with singing for the prayer service. We don''t see much of him this week due to the frenzy, but he''s got such a smile on his face most of the time, it''s hard to criticize him for being gone a lot. It''s nice to see him enjoying his job so much...this is what he was meant for.
Got to see Greg and Amy over the weekend. They had been in far southwest KS visiting Greg''s brother and on their way home, they went to Mass with us and had lunch at our house. That was really nice. The kids (OK...and parents, too) hated to part ways, but maybe next time they can stay longer.
A couple of weeks ago, Jason and Katie and their crew came over from Pratt for the weekend and stayed with us. We took in the sights of Dodge (including some Dodge City Days events...like the rodeo, etc.). It was nice to have family stay with us for such an extended time. We had a nice time.
Oh yeah...and that intense heat wave we had? We broke 108 a couple of weeks ago...it''s gone. Feels like fall in August around here. We''ve finally gotten some significant rain, everything has greened up nicely, and we''ve had the windows open for a solid week (NO AC!!!). Actually baffled me to hear the neighbor''s AC turn on yesterday (it was 70 degrees outside!).
Well, better run. Lots of last minute football gear to get today. Allison needs one last vaccination before school starts. And, of course, I waited until the last minute to get shoes for school. Just hoping the paycheck comes in the mail today...my budget is counting on it today! :) Hope the school year for all of you has gotten off to a great start!
Dodge City Days are in full swing and although we had great intentions, we haven''t participated as much as we wanted to. We did take in the parade last week on Saturday and the BBQ in the park lunch. We will resume our DDD activities tonight by going to the rodeo and BBQ with Jason and Katie and their family (they are coming for the weekend to stay with us).
Matthew and I leave for San Diego next week to visit Uncle Garrett, Aunt Amy and Ema. Uncle Garrett is still in therapy from the motorcycle accident (has to use a cane to walk and in some circumstances, a wheelchair). They are optimistic about his progress but he still has a ways to go before he''s given the OK to return to work. We can''t wait to see them as we didn''t go out immediately after his accident (there were already a lot of family memebers thre to help out). Our train tickets are bought and paid for and we are looking forward to a long visit. (Thanks to Eric for taking off work to watch the girls!!!)
Other than the intense heat around here, nothing much else is going on. Try to stay cool and out of the heat this weekend...looks like we may get some semblance of relief next Thursday...will it ever get here?? :)
Well, Grandpa Dave, Allison, and me (Chris) went to Corpus Christi this weekend for Isabelle''s baptism. The trip was wonderful...we were able to see many folks we hadn''t seen in a really long time and Isabelle is an absolute doll!! It was an honor to be asked to be her godmother, too. Left Monday morning (right before Hurricane Dolly moved in!)...On our way home, Grandpa Dave dropped Allie and I off in Dallas as we picked up a new car we''d bought (''04 Pontiac Grand Prix)...proud to say that no loan was taken out for this one...we''ve saved a long time and it felt good to drive away, knowing we OWN it already. Thanks Dave Ramsey... ;) Stopped in Bowie, TX for an overnight stay at Uncle Greg''s and Aunt Amy''s house. Allie and I drove home today...we are glad to be home: a little over 35 hours in the car this weekend and we are ready for our own beds. Now it''s back to work and gear up for the next trip (San Diego in a few weeks with Matthew!!). Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer (stay cool...the heat has hit!).
Afternoon, Everyone! Our big news today as that Matthew received his first pair of glasses...he picked them out (they''re green) and was pretty excited to get them (he told me the eye doctor was really cool). Anyway...pics are in his album...have a look. I think he looks pretty good!
Hope everyone had a safe holiday yesterday. We went to a friend''s BBQ/parade yesterday morning...the kids decorated their bikes and had a blast. Then it was the swimming poool for the afternoon for the two older ones. Fireworks at home and then to the big show not too far from our house (we walked). Even Kara went this year and aside from being really tired and getting frustrated with her brother and her chair, she really loved the fireworks displays. She said lots of, "oh, pretty," and "Look, Mommy! Firecrackers!" The noise didn''t bother her at all!
Well, today, we continue our holiday weekend by heading to Schoenchoen, KS for the Haselhorst family reunion and to Hays to pick up a new front door at home depot. The traveling continues!
I think we''ve all recovered from our lake trip this past weekend to Canton Lake in Oklahoma. Eric and I were amazed at how smoothly the whole weekend went and how much fun we really did have! It was nice to be able to spend a little time with Amy around her birthday, too. Greg and Amy bought a pontoon boat so we were with them on it''s maiden voyage. As novice boaters, we''ve discovered that there is a certain black button you don''t want to push when unloading your boat into the water...doing that can end up with you in the rocks, with a dead motor, with good samaratins standing in the water keeping your boat from getting torn up while trying not to laugh at your inexperience. We''ve also discovered that when you aren''t experienced boaters, you shouldn''t try to unload and load a boat when the water is REALLY choppy and the wind is high. The best thing we learned was that you shouldn''t try to get on the boat where there is a swinging door and no ladder: it lands you in the ER getting your wedding ring cut off and receiving stitches (Greg''s OK!). Mommy learned that getting comfortable with the boat requires making sure that all towels are accounted for...ones that aren''t fly off the boat at high speeds and sink, requiring an immediate trip to the store when you get home to replace them (Allison made sure of that). All good things to learn quickly and get out of the way...we are looking forward to boating again with Amy and Greg, sooner than later...and with less anxious moments! Ha!
And our friend John might like to know that we set up and tore down our tent like pros this time! No problems at all and we only had to refold it once...Ha! Our experience with tents has us cruising Craig''s list, however, for a good pop-up camper. Mommy has experience with those (grew up with one) and is excited at the prospect of getting one. Daddy, however, has gotten a taste of a jet-ski (nice people let him have a couple of go''s at the lake this weekend)...so he''s currently scouring the Internet for one of those.
All in all, we came home happy, content, albeit a bit sunburned. We are anxious to get back to a lake SOON to camp again, we had so much fun. Unfortunately, it will be a couple of weeks before we can do that...oh well. We are already planning it, though...I can''t wait!
Other news: getting ready to travel to Corpus Christi over my birthday for my niece''s baptism. Going to travel with my dad (I think) and it should be fun. Matthew and I are gearing up for our 28 hour train ride from Dodge City to San Diego in August to visit Aunt Amy, Uncle Gary, and Ema...tickets are bought and we are so excited at the expectation of seeing a lot of cool things on the train.
Enjoy the holiday weekend and stay safe! Happy 4th!