Family Picnic


Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S8 Smart Phone. This is one of those posts.

Each year my extended family gets together in August for a family picnic.  I love going and actually always look forward to it.  Each year we go to the same location, Pilot Knob State Park.  It’s near Forest City.  Long ago when part of the cousins lived in Iowa and park in Minnesota, it was deemed the “central location”.  It still is for the majority.  Of course we’ve had some move off to other states but for the majority, it’s not a bad drive.

This was Carver’s first time coming.  He got to see his aunts, uncles and so many more.

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My kids love seeing their cousins.

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I enjoy seeing mine too.

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The people I go most to see though are my Aunt Agnes and my Aunt Betty.  They are the two left from the oldest generation.

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It’s fun to see my cousins kids growing up….and even their kid’s kids growing up.

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The highlight this year for me was when my cousin John brought a box of family memorabilia.  Much of it hasn’t seen daylight for years….pictures of my grandparents and some of my dad when he was a kid.

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I didn’t go on the trip to the tower this year…typically I’ve relegated myself to the older generation that stays off the trails and simply visits with each other.  Kalissa and my sister in law Wendy made the trek.

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So did Carver.

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He loved the wind!

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Isn’t this the cutest picture ever?? [Read more...]

Raising Him Right


Last week the firemen from Waucoma had a controlled burn.  There was a house in the flood plain that the owners decided to move from.  The neighbors bought the property and decided to clear it off and add to their property.  In order to do that, the house had to go.

As most of you know, Hubby and Craig, Kalissa’s husband are both on the fire department.  Kalissa called me and said, “Hey, let’s take Carver on a walk to see the fire.”  Well in our small town, the fire department going out and burning a house is highly entertaining….but for Kalissa and I it was a little more than that.  We all want Carver to grow up and want to volunteer in community.  Although, he’s little, he can still start learning.

We took the dogs with too….


See the people out in lawn chairs?  They weren’t the only ones watching….


When we got around the fire truck, Craig was on the pumper and said Hi to Carver.  He did recognize his “Da-Da”.


There really wasn’t a lot to see…. [Read more...]

Family News


Sometimes family news trumps all other news!  I have two things on the family front to tell you about.

This guy is headed off to student teach….

…in Texas.

It wasn’t my pick of places for him to go.  He’s a big boy and can make his own decisions..and this is the decision he made.   I know it’s a little bit selfish but I’ll be honest, I don’t want him to move that far away.  Of course I want him to peruse his dreams and do all the things he’s ever wanted to do….but I want him to want to be here.


These two are the closest buddies.  Kalissa and Karl have always been the best of friends.


The thing we’ll all miss the most is Karl hugs.  Karl is the very best hugger of the family.


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One kid leave us…a new baby will be joining us. [Read more...]

From Kid to Mom


I have to laugh…and actually laugh right out loud at some of the phone calls and messages I get from Kalissa.

The other day I was at the computer and writing blog posts when a Facebook message pops up from Kalissa….  ”I’m sorry for all the times I acted out in a restaurant and threw my food and toys and bottle and everything on the floor.”

Apparently she was at a restaurant with Carver along…and you guessed it.  He was throwing everything on the floor.


I also got a message from her that said, “I’m sorry for all the times you yelled at me and I just smiled.”  She went on to explain that Carver is getting into the power cords in the living room.  They had done everything to try to get to stay away but he’s smart and figure everything out.  She put pillows over them and he throws them aside.  She said she was so frustrated that she tapped his hand to swat it away and firmly said “no” and he thought it was a sign to play “patty cake”…and then started clapping his hands.  She then explained to me that she discovered a whole new way to become frustrated!

I’ll be honest, it was all I could do not to laugh and laugh and laugh.


What can I say…It was pretty funny…and yes I do remember those days with our kids.


I explained to Kalissa that she has get a “stone” mad face and changed her tone of voice.  She said she did and he still laughed.


I am confident that she will figure it out…and he will too.

As silly as this all is, I can’t help but feel a touch sad about it too.  I was 24 when my mom died.  At the time we had three little ones, Kelli was 3, Kayla 2 and Buck was a baby.  It was hard.  I can vividly remember wanting to call my mom many different times and tell her the exact same things….”I’m sorry when I was a kid that I (did whatever it was)”  because my kids is doing it now and it stinks.  I would have loved to be able to apologize for my childish ways and oh my, my bunch of kids gave me plenty of reasons to make me want to apologizes to her!”


I’m so thankful for this time in my life.  I get to be Carver’s grandma but more so, I get to see Kalissa go from kid to mom.  She’s doing a great job at it.  It’s such a blessing to watch and see them grow…the little ones…and big ones too.

I often look at things in life and think…wow..Mom would have loved to see that!  I sure am hoping I’m here for quite awhile longer because I don’t want to miss a thing…including the 5000 more apologizes that Kalissa will likely have reason to give to me.