Sunday, February 01, 2015

Cody Loves the Snow

Snow has been falling on and off for about 15 hours now, and it's predicted to continue for another 6 or so. Cody and I decided that a little bit of snow was not going to keep us from the great outdoors, so we headed over to our favorite walking spot.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Family Photo

Monday, January 26, 2015

Michele Loves Harry & David

But, she doesn't seem to like having her picture taken while leaving Harry & David.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rest in Peace Judy

Michele and I made a quick trip to Iowa this weekend to attend her Aunt Judy's funeral. As with any family related gathering, I took lots of pictures.
Russ with his grandchildren and great grandchildren

Bo, Haily, Jerad, Cory, Russ, Jake, Bethany, Maggie, Chad
Greg, Maralie, Russ, Melody and Darrell

Bob and Russ

Michele, Jean, Bob, Mike and Marilyn

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Nick Landed His First Job

There is a new Hy-Vee store being built in town, and just today, our son Nick was hired to work there. Michele and I are so proud.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Matt is Leaving Tomorrow for the Navy

Today is Matt's last day of freedom before heading off to boot camp. By this time tomorrow, he will be joining 79 other recruits at the Great Lakes training facility. We wish him well.

Nick, Cheyenne, Matt, Seth

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Group Photo

Michele and I and our future high school graduate.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Just One More...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Another Great Shot

Monday, January 12, 2015

Senior Photo Redux

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Senior Photos

Nick's senior photos have been taken, and Michele and I are very pleased with the way they turned out. I'll be posting them randomly from now until graduation day.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Holiday Break is Over

Been an interesting month for our son Alex.

He came home from Missouri State for the holiday break, and on his first night back, he and his friends were the victims of an armed robbery. Then about midway through the break, he found himself saying goodbye to one of his closest friends who was leaving for the Air Force. And now it's time to make the six hour trek back to school, which starts a new semester on Monday.

Alex and Cody

Michele saying goodbye to Alex

Already looking forward to having him back in the spring.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

First Big Snow of the Year

This is what greeted me when I opened my garage door this morning:

We received about 5 inches overnight, and if the weather forecast for tomorrow is correct, the high won't reach zero degrees. Already hoping for spring.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

State Farm Classic

Today my niece's basketball team took home the girls championship trophy of the State Farm Classic. It was a very fun game to watch.

Congratulations Jessica!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Dinner at John and Bei's

After seeing Kyle off yesterday, we headed over to John and Bei's for a post Christmas dinner and some family games. A great time was had by all.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Kyle

Today was the day that Kyle shipped out for the Air Force. It was a bitter sweet day for us. We couldn't be happier for Kyle as he begins the next stage of his life, but selfishly, we didn't want to see him go. Kyle has been like a son to us for the last year and a half.

Nick, Alex, Evan, Connor, Sarah, Kyle, Justin, J.T. Caleb, Brandon

Going Away Party for Kyle

Last night was Kyle's going away party. We were all hiding and waiting to yell surprise when Kyle surprised us by walking in a different entrance than the one we were expecting.

It was a great send off for Kyle.

Front row: Zak, Caleb, J.T., Justin, Brian. Back row: Kyle, Tyler, Austin, Alex, Jack, Drew, Alex, Nick 

Karen, Connor, Kyle, Don

Molly, Andrea, Kyle, Sarah, Regan

Belle, Justin, Kyle, Tyler, Paul, Arleta

David, Alex, Kyle, Nick, Michele

Tyler, Caleb, Justin, Alex, J.T., Nick, Austin

Hector, Katie, Nick, Alex, Austin, Justin, Andrea, Kyle, J.T. Caleb, Tyler, Mitch

Hector, Katie, Caleb, Justin, Kyle, Andrea, Tyler, Molly, Nick, J.T.,Regan, Alex, Maddie, Sarah, Mitch, Austin

Sarah, Kyle

Michele, Kyle, David

Kyle, Sarah

Christmas in Sioux Falls

On Christmas eve, my younger brother and I made the 9.5 hour drive to Sioux Falls. And it would have taken us 9.5 hours to get to Sioux Falls had I been paying attention and not accidentally headed South on I-35 for 60 miles before noticing that I was on the wrong road.

Even with the extra two hours of travel time, it was a fun drive, and an all around great trip. We got to see a lot of people we hadn't seen in a while.
Bruce and Rebecca

Selfie with Rebecca

Ron, Mike, Steve, Shane

Mike, Rita, David

Kayla, Kris, Grace, Rebecca, Patrick

Josh, John

Kris, Grace, Mike, Karen. Kayla, Bob, Rebecca