Monday, April 6, 2009

Staying busy

Well, we've been staying busy with the normal routines of life and keeping up a new house.  Last weekend, I went back to my hometown to play in the alumni volleyball game.  I was extremely nervous about this since I haven't played in 13 years!  Surprisingly, it wasn't has bad as I was imagining and we even tied for 2nd!!  (I won't mention there were only 4 teams....).  Anyways, it was great to see old classmates and friends I hadn't seen in awhile.  While we were there, grandpa got the jeep going for the girls.  Both Eva and Julia LOVE to be outside.  Eva could literally be turning blue and she'd come inside kicking and screaming!  When she first got in the jeep with Julia, I thought she was crying.  Oh, no, she was actually BELLY LAUGHING!!  She had a ball!  So, we brought the jeep back to our house and we've gone on "walks" with Julia as the driver.  I'll be glad when the weather decides to warm up enough so we can finally get the swingset and trampoline set up.  I know we will be outside almost all day when the weather turns nice.   After Rob passed away, my brother's work gave us a bunch of gift cards.  One of the giftcards was to an indoor play park called Lost In Fun.  So, this past Sunday, the girls, my nieces, and nephew all went there and they had a blast!!  Eva walked around thinking she was so big playing with all the toys and Julia was running around with her cousins playing on EVERYTHING!!  Nothing like getting all the energy out of the kiddos so they have a long restful night of sleep! :)  Also, I thought this is so funny:  Rob was very into cleaning.  In fact, he cleaned more toilets and mopped more floors than I ever did!  Well, one of Julia's favorite toys she got for christmas one year was a toy vacuum cleaner. Oh, I've been blessed twiced... I've discovered I've got another little merry maid on my hands!  I'm not complaining....the more help the BETTER!!!!!   


joyce said...

If only the toy vac was real! I was convinced my children needed their own cleaning tools. When James and Ben were probably 3 and 4 (only a year apart) they decided to "mop" the kitchen floor for me with a whole bottle of dish soap... oh, the fun they had and the foam...

And I'd love to know which one of them "gassed" up the house by putting a hose through the dryer vent.

Jodee Leader said...

Sounds like you are keeping busy. I love, love, love the first picture of the girls sleeping! We love Lost in Fun too!

Hope you have a great week!

Kim Decker said...


I love the pictures you posted..especially the one of the girls sleeing. So cute! I am glad you have had the opportunity to get out and do some fun things lately. That is so important.


brittneyjackson said...

I absolutely love the pictures. Looks like you guys are keeping busy. I look forward to a time I can visit. Miss you so much Dena!

Heather said...

You have two of the most gorgeous little girls I have ever seen! You and Rob are lucky to have those little princesses! Thanks for sharing the photos, they are growing everyday. Hope you have a truly blessed Easter!

Heather in Helena, MT

aheartfromtheblueridge said...

Thank you Dena, it's always so great to hear from you and the girls. Fun pictures!

Nancy said...

I am so happy for your update, and LOVE, LOVE the photo of your girls snuggling! xox

Nancy Christian said...

That is so good to see the girls growing up so beautifully! The Jeep ride is definitely my favorite picture. I completely understand about the weather thing: we actually had flurries today here in DC! WHAAAA?? The warmer the weather the better for me. Keep up the wonderful pictures and keep going!


Nancy Christian

Carol said...

Hi Dena thanks for sharing you beautiful pictures of the girls. I was reading the dady poen and it sent goose bumbs down thur me.It sounds like you and the girls are doing well. It will be warm soon so you can be out more. Take care and have a nice Easther. Love Carol

Jay said...

I just learned of your familys story from my friend George Flythe who is serving in Afghanistan now. I have read the entire blog up to this point and i was extremely moved. I just want to say that your faith is amazing! and to see you live it out is such an encouragement. I really hope someday you write a book...or someoen writes a book about this whole story. I think everyone needs to hear about this. Everyone!
I will be a prayer warrior for your family now :)

sincerely, Jay Harris, Raleigh NC

Trisha said...

I love the photo of the girls sleeping! We have a ton of those shots as it is one of the few times they are still!
Thanks for sharing.
Thinking of you all.

The Bender's said...

Oh my...don't know what you would do if those girls were any cuter!! Awesome pictures! And tell Julia, anytime she wants to come for a visit, I would love to have such the helper!! LOL!!
You girls take care!

Love you,

Kathy said...

Dena, Julia and Eva,

Wishing you a Blessed Easter and spring.

God Bless you and continue to heal you. Praying for you & your family.

With our love, thoughts & prayers,
Kathy & Chris Catalanotto & famiy

Joyce said...

I am laughing at your little Molly Maid. How cute. Thanks for sharing the photos of your adorable girl both sleeping at at play. Have a happy Easter.

soldiersangelswashington said...

Happy Easter Dena, I just love the pictures you put up of the girls. Absolutely adorable! I remember my two girls zipping around in our little jeep. My younger one loved to do everything with her older sister. It's so great to see your girls are developing such an amazing bond. My girls are still best friends, despite a few tiffs here and there.IT's truly a beautiful thing. You're always in my thoughts and prayers.


Anonymous said...

Hi Dena
Love the picture of the girls sleeping. Hope things continue on an upward slide for you. We enjoy keeping up with your family.

Andy and Shana Gabriel

Bill Wright said...

Thank God for people like you and your husband. What a fine family. Please tell him how much I and my family thank him and all of you for his sacrifice and service to our country. There is a thin line between civilization and savagery and it is men like him and women and children like you that preserve what is good and valuable about life.


Bill Wright