Tuesday, August 11

Random Pics

I have not been very good at posting lately and found lots of pictures that I wanted to share here goes. They are not in cronilogical order but fun none the less.

One of Daddy's Races
Grandma helping Rhea play with the scoop

Teater totter with Mommy

I can race Daddy's bike

4th of July
Hanging out with Daddy at the Cedar Falls fireworks

Glowing glasses

Pretending to sleep before the fireworks

Two fisting the the sparklers

I rock!

Sparklers were new this year but Rhea loved them

Grandpa's Funeral
The family outside the Cedar Falls Amvets

Rhea showing us that she will be a pilot someday



Rhea and her Aunt Izzy

Rhea thinks she is Karate Kid

The New Pool
Rhea showing us how she can kick

Big girl putting her face in the water

Wednesday, July 8

Busy vacation

I was on vacation last week because day care is closed and Rhea and I kept very busy. On day one we cleaned a lot and made a watercolor noise maker. Rhea painted with watercolors on paper plates then after they dried and Rhea took her nap we filled paper plates with rice and stapled them together. It was a lot of fun.

Tuesday was full of fun. Rhea got to spend some time with Danny while I got to go to the dentist to have a root canal done. I get to go back in two weeks to finish it up :(

Then it was off the hospital where my sister had a c section at 8:54am and gave birth to her fourth child. Rhea thinks he is pretty cool. To add to the fun of the day one of my best friends was also in yesterday at 1:30 to the same hospital to have also c section with her second child. Rhea also thinks she is pretty cool.

Remy John my newest nephew

Wednesday Rhea and I went shopping for a bit then go to the hospital to visit the new babies!!! Kallista my godchild and oldest niece came to stay over night with us. She is 6 and a lot of fun.

Rhea and Kallista with gifts

Thursday was busy with Kallista at our house until after 2 but then we relaxed a bit. Thursday night we had a very sever thunder storm that took out many trees and power lines all over Waterloo and Cedar Falls. Rumor has it that winds hit 100 mph. I was up at 3:30am pacing the floor trying to decide if I should wake up Carl and Rhea. Carl got woke up by the storm and stayed up until is passed then we all went back to sleep.

Friday was a busy day for me. I love to cook and I did a full day of it. I made mini blueberry muffins, garlic beer bread and brownies to take out of town with us this weekend. I also made chicken and rice for lunch and homemade lasagna for supper. Both of these we request by Carl since he was racing both Sat and Sun in Clear Lake. He did a great job and I am very proud of him. If you would like a race report you can find that on Carls blog.

Friday, July 3

Happy Birthday Carl!

Happy Birthday!!

Carl a few years back. Sorry it is blurry!

Tuesday, June 30

Trip to the Train Park

Here are some more fun pictures from our recent trip to Arizona. We spent one morning going to a local Scottsdale park called "McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park". They have a little train that you can ride around the park and a carousel that Rhea just called the "horsies". It does not cost anything to go into the park, but you do buy tickets to ride the train and carousel. The tickets were only $1 each or 12 for $10. So we did not have to spend a lot of money and it was fun for all of us.

Carl and I on the Train

Rhea and her Papa on the train

Rhea and her Daddy (Carl)

This was Fathers day weekend so I found it only fitting to get a great picture of the two of them together. She sure looks like her daddy! Not to mention she is very fond of him too!

Rhea enjoying her pink ice cream

Rhea on "The Horsies"

Paul and Adam on the carousel
(pic just a little blurry)

Carlie and Judy on the carousel

Rhea and Carl got to see the inside of the Scottsdale firetruck.

During our trip to the park we had a bit of a tense moment. When Carl, Rhea and I were getting off the carousel for the last time I saw the man in front of me collapse on the concrete and Carl heard the sound of his head hitting the ground. Carl immediately ran over to the guy and his friend and started to get help. The end result was an ambulance and firetruck being called to the park. As we were leaving the park for the morning the firemen were just getting into the truck and wanted to know if Rhea wanted to see the inside. She said "yes" and they also gave her a little red fire hat and sticker so she thought she was pretty cool. I am still not sure if they knew Carl was the one to help the guy or if it was just luck of timing when we walked out but either way Rhea thought it was pretty neat.

The next and final picture of this post is a great picture that I took of all four generations that was at Grandpas house that day. What a priceless picture to me!

I call this one "Generations"
Carl, Paul, Rhea & Ron

Saturday, June 27

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to a great man... Grandpa Ron. We love you!

Monday, June 22

Back from AZ

We did another quick trip to AZ to visit with family and for Carl to add some artwork to his body! I will have to post a picture of the new tattoo soon because I have not taken one yet and Carl has not posted it to his own blog yet.

As for the trip we flew out of Cedar Rapids on Thursday. It did not rain until we were inside the airport but as soon as we were inside the skies let loose. Funny thing is that it did not rain the entire time we were there but as soon as the plane started to descend to Cedar Rapids on the way home it was raining again. Go figure.

We ate lots of great food this time. The first night found us at a brewery called BJ's in Mesa and I had a pot roast sandwich. It was yummy...

Yummy Food
(Picture for Paul. He likes food pictures)

The next morning took us to a great place called "The Breakfast Club" in Scottsdale. I did not take a picture of the food but Rhea did get to take her chocolate milk with her so we took a picture of her out front of the building.

Rhea with her milk

We also got to spend part of a day at the pool. The pool was in the area of townhouses where Carl's aunt Susi lives. It was a great area and Rhea finally for the one of the first times loved to pool. She was even kicking her feet and trying to swim.

Daddy & Rhea

Rhea sitting on the steps of the pool

Rhea doing like mommy is and catching some sun :)

This is a family pic we took the next day in the same pool area...
(Just a touch over exposed. Must be the bright sun)

That is all for now. I have a lot of other pictures to post but its getting late. Thank you to Susi for letting us crash at her place and the great conversion. Although I did not get to take any pictures (I forgot the camera) of Coila's house it was great too! We miss you all already and hope to see you soon. Maybe you can make a trip to Iowa and we can have some more walking tacos!

More to come soon...

Sunday, June 21

We are back!

We landed back in Iowa today so I will post soon about our trip and show some pictures too!

Happy Fathers Day!