Monday, January 26, 2009

~Burley Boys~

I just wanted to share a few pictures of Kaden and Karson that Brenda took this summer. Kaden hasn't changed that much since July but Karson has really done some growing. It took me forever to get my order placed--it's great when the photographer is your sister!! I was once again so pleased when I got the finished product in the mail a couple of weeks ago.

These are scanned images so the quality is a little altered.

150% BOY--Kaden!!

Chubby, Cuddly, Karson!!! (Now with 7 teeth--WOW!! )

Now, if I can just get my December picture order placed.....

Friday, January 23, 2009

A What??!!

One day last week, Khara came home from school all excited about a home project they were assigned. For science class, they were each to make a "Cupid Trap". This contraption had to include one source of: force, work, or friction, and have at least one simple machine: lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane,..... UUUGGGGHHH!!!

Well, to say the least I wasn't quite as excited about it as she was. Sounded like another parent project to say the least. :-) Growing up, my dad usually helped us with things like that so, I told her to ask Mark about it when he got home. Let's just say he was not impressed with this teachers methods. He made some excuse about not being creative. :-)

Saturday evening, Mark headed to a ball game, Karson took a nap, and Khara and I plunged in. Khara LOVES hands on activities like this and was so excited to be working on it.

About an hour later the project was complete. She was one happy girl and I was one relieved mama.

Cupid climbs the steps (lured by some candy hearts in the cage), slides down the inclined plane onto the red glitter heart. The force of him on the heart will cause the blocks to fall out, causing the cage to shut. A trapped cupid!!!

Now, I wonder what grade we'll get. ;-)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Christmas Memories--Part 2

We had a great time going to Michigan for New Year's. It's always quite an adventure to make the 700+ mile trip but well worth it. Plus, my kids usually get to see SNOW. Something that seems almost foreign around here anymore. No, I don't believe in global warming, it's just that we don't have the "white stuff" very often.

Snapping a couple of group shots before opening the gifts.
Greg, Stephanie, and family

Gene, Tina, and family

Khara and Ryan-- 6 months apart in age.

Not sure about Kris, but Karson and Harmony are happy to smile for the camera. :-)

Tina and Karson

I think Karson was starting to get a little close to Kaitlynn's gifts.

Well, that concludes my "holiday posts". I guess that is a good thing since it is nearing the end of January. Until next time.......

Thursday, January 15, 2009

~Christmas Memories~

What a wonderful holiday season!!! We enjoyed a wonderful two weeks of being with family!! My family here in Mo. at my parents house and then making the trip to Michigan to spend New Year's with Marks family. It's hard to believe we're nearing the middle of January but it is wonderful to be getting back onto some type of schedule.

Karson was plagued by the wonderful disease of spots a.k.a.--Chicken Pox, a couple of weeks before Christmas. This will explain the pictures of a ten month old covered in sores. :-(

Christmas Sunday

Christmas morning ready to find out what is in all of those packages. The excitement of children at Christmas is wonderful!!

Khara and Kelsey did some Christmas Shopping on their own this year and were so pleased with their purchases. :-)

We were blessed with four new "Englund Cousin" babies this year. At Christmas they were 10 months, 7 months, 2 months, and 5 weeks. Our holidays took on a whole new twist this year!! If anyone was empty armed it was by their own choosing. :-)

Dana and Philip with 5 week old Elijah.

Aaron and Brenda with 2 month old Clayton.

Vicki with 7 month old Emme.

10 month old Karson. This picture just cracks me up. We were trying to get pictures of the four new babies in a baby's first Christmas hat. UUhhh-not the size for big boy Karson. :-)

The cutest little Mr. and Mrs. Santa!!

Khara. Kelsey. and Kaley always have sooo much fun!!

Baby Elijah

Kendall and Elijah

Kendall and Leanna with Elijah. We held several midnight (and later) conversations which may be why they look a little tired.

Clayton (held by Dana)

Mark and Clayton.

Camen and Kaden.

Whew, that was a lot of pictures. I'll wait and get my Michigan pics. up in another post.

Happy Thursday!!! :-)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

"Oh Be Careful Little Feet Where You Go..."

This post is especially for some of my relatives (Drew, Caleb-- "Buckeye Fans" :-) who know how much of a Michigan Wolverine fan Mark is trying to make Kaden into.

This morning in Sunday School I was teaching Kaden's class about Jesus healing the lame man. We were talking about how important our feet are. They can take us good places or bad places. I was asking them where some bad places for their feet to take them would be. Kaden spoke up and said, " Like, OHIO STATE???"!!!!

"Train up a child in the way he should go....."

Mark--Mission accomplished!! =)