Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Squirrels - They're Not Cute and I Don't Like Them

If you were to just look at these pictures, you might think that squirrels have a certain endearing, curious, and funny quality.  But if you look at the pictures and think about the birds that they chase off and the food that they scatter all over the ground and the feeders they've destroyed, then the pictures have a more irritating, infuriating, and just plain unpleasant quality.  And that's how I look at them.

We bought this feeder last year guaranteed to keep squirrels out but it sure didn't keep the squirrels from trying.  Here are about 3 minutes in the life of this squirrel.













  
 Finally, he's defeated - but as you can see by the last picture, he's not giving up.
Squirrels - I don't want them to die.  I just want them to live somewhere else.  UGH!!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Jared Michael

Today is Jared's 19th birthday.  Jared is our 4th grandchild and 3rd grandson.
Jared is a very important part of this large family.
and an even more important part of this smaller family.
I wrote about Jared in 2010, 2011, 2012, and last year.  And here he is, pictorially, 'through the years':
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And now all of a sudden this amazing boy is 19 years old and going to school in Lincoln, NE (just like he predicted in his interview last year).  
And he's continued to be the blessing he's always been - loving, sweet, helpful, and smart.  Jared, we couldn't be more proud of you or love you more and we're wishing you your best birthday ever and a year filled with success and happiness!  Happy Birthday!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Clara Catherine

Yesterday the sweetest little birthday girl ever turned 3!  Clara is our 8th granddaughter and 20th grandchild.  She was born shortly before 8:30 a.m. on October 1st and she's been a joy and a blessing ever since.

Here is Clara 'through the years.  These pictures were taken approximately every three months.

 Clara is fun-loving, loves music, and can dance like nobody's business (as captured by Beth)
She's independent and holds her own among three older siblings (another Beth capture)
But at the same time she's sweet, loving, generous, and kind to Harper, her babies, AND those three older siblings.  She had a beautiful little birthday party and was surprised to graduate to a big-girl bed where she slept soundly all night long and didn't get up until Mom came and got her. 
We're wishing Clara a beautiful year and we're looking forward to her REAL party this weekend.  Happy Birthday, Sweetie!  We love you.