I still have kids and they are still the center of my world…

My deepest apologies for ignoring my blog for so long.  If I had any followers, I am sure they are gone now.  I do not promise to post everyday, but I do vow that I will do better.

I shall quickly show you each of them and be on my way to starting again on this blog…

This image of Sophia was taken by my friend Jess at Poppy Photography in Minneapolis.  If you are in the Twin Cities and need to capture your family… check her out.  She is wonderful to work with.

Trevor is playing baseball in Hettinger this year.  Wasn’t an easy transition for Nana, but she is doing okay.  Our home games are 40 miles away which the girls have now decided is quite far.  Wait until they find out we have some trips that will take more than 2 hours to get to the game.  He is having fun and has made some new friends which I think is good for him as he gets ready to move on and head to college.

Olivia likes to be close to me at all times.  As I shoot pics of Trevor at his games, quite often she has to be right in the area with me.  She also like to take a pic or two of her own.  Love the digital part of this…delete works well when she struggles to find the focal point she is looking for.  This image is of her as she was cracking seeds between innings in Hettinger.

And a fun one of Emma.  Chad had done some lawn work and the girls were having a ball in the dead grass.  I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to get this stuff out, but all is well and she is back to normal with her hair.

 

 

 

I’m behind and not catching up… {4-3}

Well, my blog has fallen off my radar.  I was going to let it get me down and try to catch up but, a friend of mine told me not to get caught up in being on schedule or behind.  So… thanks to Tara, I am going to say sorry and start again… TOMORROW!  Ha ha.

Well, I do have several events to blog. 
Basketball awards for Trevor
Jackson’ birthday
A puzzle disaster of Chad’s
Bathroom remodel
and in a few days a baby will be here… so stay tuned.

In the meantime… here is Trevor and his friend/classmate Kaylea after the grand march. 

And we are thankful to GOD… {3-18}

Very early this morning, the fire and rescue pager went off at our house.  The pager described a two semi-collision north of Bowman.  That page changed the way many of us look at life and reminded us what is truly important… Family.

Some families are large, some are small.  Some are easily described and defined.  Trevor’s family stretches.  He has 5 sisters, a step-mom, a step-dad, a plethera of grandparents, aunts and uncles, me and his dad.  As I heard the page go off on Friday morning, my heart sank and for some reason I had a sense that Dave was a part of it. As the wife of one of the fire and rescue team, sitting in wonder and worry is not uncommon, but this time was different.  Several hours later, I heard from Trevor and Tana and learned that Dave was a part of the accident and by the grace of God and God alone… he was going to be okay. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our Heavenly Father for looking after Dave as he has traveled on the road over the years.  Continue to help him and the Smolnikar family as they work through the aftermath of the accident.  In Jesus’ name… Amen.

Trevor’s Little Fans {2-27}

I know basketball season has come to an end, but I needed to post this picture anyway.  Trevor’s little fan club.  This was taken last year at the Regional Tournament at Dickinson Trinity.  As the girls would enter the gym for different games all dressed in their t-shirts people would stop and smile (and wonder who was having all the babies in a row).  I know I explained to more than one on-looker that 3 were from his Dad’s house and 2 were with me.

Tana took some of the same images last year and put together a framed copy for Trevor that each of the girls signed.  It turned out really cool and I am sure he will cherish it forever (or someday… he is a teenage boy).

Emma, Mariah, Megan, Olivia, and McKenna… Trev’s Little Sisters.

Trevor’s Little Fans {2-27}

I know basketball season has come to an end, but I needed to post this picture anyway.  Trevor’s little fan club.  This was taken last year at the Regional Tournament at Dickinson Trinity.  As the girls would enter the gym for different games all dressed in their t-shirts people would stop and smile (and wonder who was having all the babies in a row).  I know I explained to more than one on-looker that 3 were from his Dad’s house and 2 were with me.

Tana took some of the same images last year and put together a framed copy for Trevor that each of the girls signed.  It turned out really cool and I am sure he will cherish it forever (or someday… he is a teenage boy).

Emma, Mariah, Megan, Olivia, and McKenna… Trev’s Little Sisters.

Just a few tears for me (so far)…{2-14}

I received an email the day of this game reminding me that Trevor looks to me for strength sometimes and today just might be one of those days.  I knew in my mind that he would be happy with a win and fine with a loss.  It was the rest of us that I worried about on the loss thing.  Anyway, I was taking pictures and trying to capture the moments that I knew would fade over time, but I wanted to hold onto forever.  I held it together as much as I needed to and I think only one or two people realized I shed a couple of tears. 

Here you find the final chest bump by Cole and Trevor.  I had Jacki help me maintain focus but not letting my head move as they jumped.  A lesson learned from previous games.

The final starting line up huddle for the Class of 2011.  Trevor, Tate, Cole, Andy, and Daniel…  Thanks for many great wins, some heartbreaking losses and lots of fun watching over the years.  Hard to believe I was one of your first coaches.  That makes me giggle just a bit.

And he leaves the floor.  Thanks Trevor for being a super son.  You played hard and made us proud.

Round 2 – District Tournament {2-12}

The Bulldogs had a tough second round in the tournament.  It was painful to watch and I felt super badly for the boys.  They just didn’t come together at the right time of the year as the best I can come up with.  Okay, I lie.  There is more to it, but I will keep my ideas and thoughts to myself on part of what happened.

Trevor and Andy played hard (as did the other players). I have struggled all year to get a picture of Andy in focus.  Since we are quite possibly one game away from the end of the season, here is something close to focused and sort of close to an action shot.  Andy was an integral part of the year even though he didn’t score a million points.  He just played hard… always.  As far as Trevor goes, there were times during this game that he was super frustrated.  It was painful to watch as a mom.  I wanted to fix it, but moms can’t fix everything. 

Round 2 – District Tournament {2-12}

The Bulldogs had a tough second round in the tournament.  It was painful to watch and I felt super badly for the boys.  They just didn’t come together at the right time of the year as the best I can come up with.  Okay, I lie.  There is more to it, but I will keep my ideas and thoughts to myself on part of what happened.

Trevor and Andy played hard (as did the other players). I have struggled all year to get a picture of Andy in focus.  Since we are quite possibly one game away from the end of the season, here is something close to focused and sort of close to an action shot.  Andy was an integral part of the year even though he didn’t score a million points.  He just played hard… always.  As far as Trevor goes, there were times during this game that he was super frustrated.  It was painful to watch as a mom.  I wanted to fix it, but moms can’t fix everything. 

Opening Round… District Tournament {2-11}

The beginning of the end…

I have probably been saying this for weeks now.  It is going to become more and more a motto around here.  Or is it the beginning of the beginning?  Trevor is growing up and moving on.  So, here is the start of his final three basketball games.

Emma is all geared up in her hat and glasses for the game.

And Olivia has her hat and wig… ready to go.

And Chad stole the wig.  I have a couple more images of him with his Bulldog hat on as well, but I liked this one because Papa is in the picture too.

I don’t know for sure if he missed this or made it.  It is all becoming a blur at this point.  Just liked that I got a shot of him taking it to the hoop.

Trevor’s job for many games this year was to ‘face guard’ the opponent’s high scoring players.  What did this entail?  Chasing them around the floor like stink on… you know the phrase.  This doesn’t show what it looks like very well.  It shows him and Justin B from Scranton (who he held to 3 points for the game).  Justin’s average was 18 points per game this year.