Happy 80th Birthday Grandma!

On Sunday, we had a surprise 80th birthday party for my grandma in Eldora.  We’ve been planning this for a few months now and I think we pulled it off.  My Aunt Patty picked Grandma up to take her “out to lunch.”  Grandma knew something was up, but she didn’t know what.  Patty brought her to the party where 40 of her family members were waiting to surprise her.  She walked in and immediately started to cry, which we expected.  Happy 80th Birthday Grandma!   I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful or loving grandma.  We love you so much and are so blessed to be your grandchildren 🙂


Happy Birthday Grandma!

Holden was just a little excited about Great Grandma’s birthday cake.

Grandma with 5 of her 6 kids. My Uncle Randy was stuck in the hospital 😦

Grandma with a lot of her grandchildren.

Grandma with her great grandchildren.

The great grandchildren being silly 🙂

Grandma with her brother, Jerry, his wife, Nancy, and their daugher, Julie.

Grandma with her 95 year old brother-in-law, Dale

Aunt Marilyn reading a poem to Grandma and of course she was crying 🙂


Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  We went up to Gowrie and spent the day with the Cathcarts and Karl and Lisa.  Kris prepared a fabulous traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  It was a nice, fun and relaxing day.  That afternoon, the boys and I headed over to Hubbard to see some of my family at my mom’s house.  Later that night, my good friend Jill and her husband, Eric, came out to visit for a little bit, which was very nice.  Thank you Hauans for coming to see us!  On Friday, the boys and I and Alexandria headed back home to watch the Hawkeye/Nebraska game, which Brad was at.  Yeah, it really wasn’t worth watching, but I think Brad still had fun at the final game of the season.

Grandma’s little Thanksgiving helper.

Mason showing off his big blue eyes!

Mapping out their Black Friday plan of attack.

Jaxson and Holden loved playing with Mason.

Holden sporting an ice cream mustache.

Holden and Alexandria had fun playing farm at Nana Pam’s.






Demolition Has Begun

Well, after several months of waiting. . . construction has begun.  The guys were here last week digging the big holes and filling them with concrete.  Today they were back to get rid of the deck.  Tomorrow they are going to frame up the addition.  Let the fun begin!

Miah and Jaxson standing in two of the three holes.

These are some big holes!



Thanksgiving Feast. . . Kindergarten Style

The Kindergarteners had their Thanksgiving feast today.  I went and helped serve over 80 kiddos a traditional turkey dinner with turkey (of course), mashed potatoes, dinner rolls with homemade butter that the kids made in school, carrots, grapes, bananas, and of course they had dessert.  It was a great time and it wasn’t as chaotic as it sounds or as I expected it to be 🙂

Look who we ran into! It’s Mrs. Johnson. . . Jaxson’s preschool teacher from Hope who we absolutely loved. Her grandson is in Kindergarten also.

Pilgrim Nolan and Pilgrim Jaxson

The organized chaos




Awww. . . Nana Pam

Nana Pam came down to visit us last week and we had fun.

Holden LOVED snuggling with Nana 🙂

Jaxson’s Christmas List

Jaxson has started his Christmas list and at the very top of it are his two front teeth 🙂

School Halloween Party

Jaxson had his Halloween party at school last week and Holden and I went to check it out.  The kids got all dressed up in their costumes and did a Halloween parade outside in front of the school.  Holden and I had fun seeing all of the costumes.  After the parade, we headed back into the classroom where the kids had brownies and did a craft.

Jaxson in the Halloween parade.

Holden had a little fun at the party too.