Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Sometimes things just don't go like you expect them to. Gracie has been asking for months to go to gymnastics. Today was the first day of the new session, she was SO excited. I got all the schedules rearranged so I could drop Maggie off at the barn for a lesson, race across town to the gymnastics building, let Gracie take her class and then go back to the barn for Maggie. It was going to work out perfectly, until....we got to gymnastics and the teacher was a boy! I didn't really think anything of it, but it wasn't going to get by Gracie. She went in and tried to be brave for about 2 minutes, then we had a full on melt down. She wanted to go home, she wanted me to be her teacher, she wanted a girl teacher, and on and on.....I felt bad for her. I could tell she was heartbroken and legitimately nervous but there was a part of me that was SO irritated. I'd worked it all out, we'd worked this into the schedule, she was going to have her own activity....and darn it, it was all crumbling in front of me. After 20 minutes of trying to coax her back into the class, I gave up. I took her home and told her maybe she could try gymnastics again when she was bigger. Now what am I going to do? I'm not going to race around like a crazy person every Tuesday to get her there just to have her refuse to participate...but I don't think it's a good lesson if I find a class with a girl teacher and let her switch (not to mention it will totally screw up another days schedule).....AHHHHHHH! Why oh why did the teacher have to be a boy????? GRRRRRRRRRR! I know, I know, we could have WAY bigger problems, and I'm grateful we don't, but seriously, why couldn't it have just been a girl???

Okay, enough whining, here are a couple pictures from today....

I borrowed Aunt Diane's baton twirling uniform for a presentation I have to give on Thursday (I won't be wearing it). Maggie is a little upset she didn't have it when she was choosing her Halloween costume, she says next year, this is it!

Monday, October 27, 2014

the best weather!

We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather lately! We've really been enjoying it. I think maybe this week is going to be a little cooler, just in time for Halloween.

Thursday night we went to see Curious George, the play. LOTS of kids from Gracie's preschool were there with their parents, it was fun to see her with her friends. Gracie loves George, but she wouldn't put her face in the cut out :)

Friday night we made a family trip to the barn. Gracie always says she wants to ride Jude, then when it's time, she changes her mind. She agreed to ride with me, then kicked me off and rode until we made her get down. She's asked about 50 times since if she can go ride again. We may have created a monster....(or another cowgirl). Maggie was so sweet about sharing Jude, she cheered for Gracie and told her how great she was doing, then when she finished Maggie told her now she was a "true cowgirl." Gracie was so proud to have big sisters approval.
That is a little saddle for our 2 rear ends!

Saturday, Arnie went to the Husker game. The girls and I made tons of applesauce, played in the leaves and had a picnic. It was a top 10 day for sure!

Gracie found a hat in the toy box....it sure was a fashion statement :)

Everybody else in the state was watching football, so we had the whole Cowboy Trail to ourselves.

Saturday night was the annual Carlisle Pumpkin carving extravaganza....we had a great time, despite that we had to carve pumpkins :) (carving a pumpkin with a 3 year old really isn't all that great, if you want to try it out, let me know, I'll loan you the 3 year old :))...

They'd had enough carving!

Surprise, Surprise, she carved a horseshoe and a J (for Jude) :)

Sunday, Laura, Mark and Elsie came to visit. They got to go meet Jude and then went to Trunk or Treat with us at church. This was the first year we haven't had a trunk, I just didn't have time to prepare one.....we missed it, next year I'll get it together! The kids had fun and it was a great event.
Doesn't she look 10??? When did that happen?



Tuesday, October 21, 2014


For the last 3 weeks our life has been on fast forward. A few more days and I think it will be back to a more normal pace.

We had some friends lose their home and all of their possessions in a fire last weekend. The last few days I've spent working to help get a temporary home ready for them. Mom and Dad made a quick visit up to help and we've had lots of friends around to make the work fun.

Besides that there has been camping, lots of time in a barn, a wedding, a few sick days and it seems like about a zillion more things. whew....I'm ready for a few quite days at home.

I know this doesn't really catch you up on our lives much, but you really came for the pictures right, so here are a few.......
Jude is getting really good at putting her head down so Maggie can halter and unhalter her herself.

We stayed in the camper in Lincoln for Molly's wedding. We had a great time with all the Pitlors.

Gracie likes to wear her socks like Grandpa sometimes.
Another funny Gracie story- she and I were making brownies last week and I was mixing the batter by hand. She looked at me and said when I make these with Grandma we use that thing, that thing that's like a hairdryer but you can lick it. :) I guess I should use a mixer more often!

Jude got her winter coat. I'm not sure she cares, but Maggie likes it!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Last Wednesday we loaded up in the camper and headed for Branson. I hadn't been since I was a kid (we went there on Grandma and Leo's honeymoon :)) and Arnie and the girls had never been. Since we left on our 9th Anniversary, we did make time to stop for a nice dinner......
 ....gas station hot dogs! At least the girls sat at a table to eat theirs :)
It was a long drive, but we did it with one stop (for the hot dogs and some gas) and pulled into the campground just before 10pm.

Thursday we spent the day at Silver Dollar City. We pretty much had the place to ourselves. The girls weren't too sure about Marvel cave at first, but by the time we finished the tour both were glad they did it (Gracie wanted to go again, but after carrying her through the 700 steps and half mile of walking, I declined!). Usually they have someone in the cave to take your picture, but they weren't there so this is all we got....
....we saw a few bats, Gracie called them cute and our tour guide told Maggie they were just chicken nuggets with wings.
We panned for some "jewels".

& rode the train.

Gracie measured herself at every ride, every time. For whatever reason she was convinced the sign said she was
tall enough to "ride with a noodle." So every time she went on a ride she'd ask Arnie and I who was going to "be her
noodle." We cracked up every time!
Friday we rented a boat and spent the afternoon on Table Rock Lake. It probably would have been warm enough to swim, but we just enjoyed the boat ride. We all loved being on the lake, but Reagan especially enjoyed the wind.

One of the girls was a careful and cautious driver....

.....the other one was "hell on wheels!"

Gracie wanted to drive over and see some birds.....we got stuck. Guess who had to get in to push????

Family Selfie!

Right after this picture Gracie reached over and floored the throttle! (Little Trouble Maker) Maggie went flying to the back
of the boat, thankfully the bench caught her and she didn't go right on over board. That was the end of Gracie's driving career!
Friday night we went to Dixie Stampede and watched the horse show. They don't let you take pictures inside and I forgot to take any outside. The girls loved watching the trick riders. I think it was Maggie's favorite part of the trip. It was definitely better then I expected, we all enjoyed it.

Saturday we went back to Silver Dollar City for awhile and then played at the campground.

Maggie kept asking the woman in the school house to "teach them something". Gracie just
wanted to play with chalk!

The campground had a jumping pillow, it was awesome!
Sunday morning we got up early and started our journey home. It seemed like it took FOREVER. We made one quick stop on the way home, and pulled into the driveway about 6:30pm. We were all ready to get out and stretch our legs.....except for Maggie, she was ready to jump in the car and go check on Jude :) I'm sure Jude was anxious to see her too.

It was a great trip! I'm glad we took advantage of the long weekend off school to enjoy the weather and a little family time.