April 26, 2012

Ten Years Ago Today

Elizabeth with Rachel and Ethan

Russel and I were at lunch ten years ago today when I got "the call".
We were eating a quick lunch at the Shoney's downtown when Tracey called to tell me she had went into labor with her first born but not to hurry because it would probably be a while.  

Not hurry???  When my first niece was going to be born soon - yeah right!
We finished our eating like it was a race.  Russel dropped me back off at work to pick up my stuff and then I jetted on to Glasgow.    

My cousin Paula and I had went into the room to visit when the Dr told us that he was going to have to do a C section and for us to go on out and tell everyone that there would be no more visitors because they were taking her to surgery.  

Ugh - What?  This dr wants me to go the waiting room and tell my parents that they can't see their first born right before she has her first born....was he crazy or what? 

I don't remember the sequence of things after that.  The waiting room was full of friends and family waiting for the newest member of the family to be born.  Everyone was pacing and looking intothe nursery wondering when we would see Tracey Brad and baby Elizabeth.  

And then came Brad with a sweet little tiny baby.
And our lives changed forever.  
A whole new generation was born.  

Elizabeth (like Rachel and Ethan) are a blessing to us all.  
She is a sister, daughter, niece, cousin, granddaughter, great niece, great grandaughter, and great great niece. 

So Happy 10th Birthday to my beautiful and talented niece Elizabeth Reid.

April 12, 2012

Easter Fun

What a awesome day the Lord gave us for Easter this year. 

We started the morning at church with our wonderful Sunday School teacher Shannon.  
She always blesses us with the classes that she teaches.

Then we came home for Lunch at Nanny and Papa's followed by an Easter egg hunt, bubble blowing and kite flying.  
Me and my beautiful sister Tracey - yes we look more and more alike every year.

Me with my nieces and nephew.  They are so sweet. 

Ethan with his Easter Basket

Do you think we take many pictures????

This is his first year to REALLY get to hunt - It rained last year.

Elizabeth with her basket.

Rachel - always doing the splits - with her basket

The hunt is on!

Me and the BIL Brad - note the flops - I think this is a first.

Ethan with an Easter gift

Sweet E turning 10!  I remember the day she was born. 

Everyone watching to see if Russel really would pick up
Nanny and carry her outside for the picture.

This is the next picture I snapped and I just cracked up. 
Brad may have missed his calling as hair stylist. 

Nanny and Papa with our immediate family

Our big family picture

Aunt Dot with Hunter

Brad and Tracey

The Bertram's

The Stoddard's - Not a single picture with us
that Hunter is looking AT the camera.

  Nothing like Easter to remind us that He died for our sins. 
He is risen - let us rejoice. 

A Sunny Saturday

Last Saturday was a beautiful day.  We took advantage of the great weather and went to Dunn's Playground in Brownsville, KY.  The guys all rode hard and some even crashed hard but they all came home in one piece. 


Jesse D (front) and Russel (back)


Russel (left) & Jesse D (right)

Star was my passenger in the RZR most the day.  She's such a sweet child. 

Cale taking Star for a couple laps - she loves her daddy

Me - I had to take a picture of me so I would know I was there.  Freckles, bad hair and all.  

It was a perfect day for riding and taking pictures.  
A little dusty but not bad.  
A few wet spots in the track but not too muddy.  
Lots of warm sun but not hot. 
And lots of good times with good friends.