Back from the Past

And we are back...
after a month of no posts.

We have been having lots of fun.
Including summer fun in the pool.

and splash parks.

Our backyard finally has grass filled in
except for small areas in some corners.

The flowers are blooming.

Roses are coming out in the front.

Ali got to take swimming lessons.
We'll just say it didn't go so well,
 but it was a good learning experience.

Jake learned a little too...


& driving...

honking the horn at people...

sleeping side ways...

reading books...

We even had a fun experience
feeding the geese at a nearby park.

There were a lot of them...
and they expect food, so watch out.

Jake even told one,
"Hey, you..."

"Give me a low five."

"Ok fine. How about a high five."

We did have to keep our distance from some, though.
 A little too aggressive going for the bread.

We also took a
Trip to Alabama to see family.
4th of July Week.

All the grandkids that were there


Jake being funny again...

Dogs, which Jake and Ali loved...

Jake got into the dog's water bowl...

it went everywhere.

Ali did some water color painting

Then she had her Uncle Allan do some painting, as well.

It was his first time.

We played some games with family...
this time it was the game "Curses"
(very funny game when played at night.)

Jake did some work at the houses
of family members we visited.

Then he had to clean up.
Any resemblances between these cousins?

We went to a water park.

I got to go ice skating again.
It has been along time.

Now back to work and family life
in Clovis, NM

where we

Zebras, Tigers, and Bears...Oh my (no lions)

We were blessed to have
family visit again this past week.

My sister (Kathy) and her family came.
We played with kids,
went to the splash park,
and made late night trips to Wal-Mart.

It was so good to see her and get to catch up in person!

Ali liked having time to play
with her cousins.

Kathy read books to them before bedtime.

We have also been blessed with
more rain
in this dry part of the country.

I went to the zoo in Clovis, NM
for the first time.

The kids and Jodi have gone several times,
but I hadn't gone and it was
free this past weekend
for a special family free weekend.
They also just created a nicer entrance to the zoo.

Jake loved looking at all the
animals and just stared
and laughed.

We love spending time together...
Make sure you get time with your family this next week...
Because family is important

And remember...

Don't forget to take the occasional

Next time you hear from us
it will be after
Independence Day
Our trip to Alabama to visit our extended family.