Friday, August 19, 2016

Dane Robert - Yesterday and Today

Today is Dane's 6th birthday!
He was our 2nd great grandchild AND our second great grandson.
Dane is a very important part of this large family,
a very important part of this smaller, large family,
And a very, very important part of this even smaller, but still large, family.
I wrote about Dane in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015; and those posts tell a lot about Dane and his personality.  And the following pictures will show how he's changed physically 'through the years'.














But now I want to talk about what's been going on in Dane's life during the previous year.  First of all, he's spent the year getting to know his brand new baby sister, Emma.
Next, he's started and completed kindergarten since we last blogged about him.
Also, he's excited that he's going to be a big brother again since a new brother or sister will be arriving in just a few short months.   And he enjoys sports
but that's nothing new since he's been enjoying sports and loving baseball since a very early age.
And he now enjoys floating around in the water
And that is something new because at a very early age he was a little skeptical of this activity.
Also, he and his family spent the holidays in Gulf Shores with his giant extended family this year.
So he's had a busy year.
But there's lots more to tell about Dane besides what he's been doing.  He's very adventuresome and courageous.  I watched the other day as he worked to get up the nerve to jump into the water instead of easing in as he'd always done before.
 Of course he had lots of support and encouragement from his grandpa, Tracy. But he needed it because that was a pretty big pool he was jumping into.
 Finally, he jumped!
 And came up smiling and proud and headed for the rest of his encouragement which was his dad and his sister.
He's also sweet and helpful.  
And now Dane will be starting first grade in a few days - a big step for sure but I know he'll do well because he's cooperative, smart, and a hard worker.  He's also loving and loyal to his siblings and loves his family more than anything.
We're wishing this wonderful boy the best birthday EVER and a year that's even better than his special day.  Happy Birthday, Dane!  We love you so much!




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tracy Allen - Yesterday and Today

Today is Tracy's birthday!
He is married to Amy, our second child and 2nd daughter.
And he's a very important part of this large family,
this fairly large family,
and this beautiful core family.
I wrote about Tracy in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015; and of course those posts tell you a lot about Tracy and the following pictures will show how he's changed physically 'through the years'.















But now I want to talk about what's been going on in Tracy's life during the previous year.
To begin with, he became a step-grandfather for the 5th time just a little over a year ago.
And he and Amy have spent a lot of time remodeling their bathroom perfectly and now that it's done they're on to their next project - the living room.
His ankle continues to slowly but surely improve after his horrific 2013 fall from a roof which shattered his heel and severely injured his ankle.
And just a couple of days ago was able to hit the driving range for the first time since that injury.
They are also back at Waffle Farm Campground right now for the first time in several years.
Tracy has always been
and continues to be a loving step father
and husband
and step grandfather.
He's helpful, thoughtful, hard-working, and a lot of fun to be around.  And he's very tolerant of my picture-taking even though it makes him self conscious.  We love Tracy and we're happy and proud that he's in our family!  And we're wishing him the happiest birthday EVER and a year full of happiness and lots of good fishing (and vacationing in Gulf Shores)!  Happy Birthday, Tracy!!