Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Harp Recital

 Before she was injured, Katie had her first harp recital.
She played several songs with the girls in beginning harp.  I was a little disappointed because they played songs like "Twinkle Twinkle" and "Mary Had A Little Lamb".  I've heard Katie play more advanced songs and those seemed a little too easy to me.

But then, Katie stayed up on stage as the Level Two class went up to play.  And she played the first three of their five songs with them!

Emily and I looked at each other, "Did you know she was going to play with the next class?"
"No.  Did you?"

Katie really enjoys harp and I'm so pleased it's something she can continue to do despite her injury.


They had a professional photographer there who took pictures of each of the girls with a harp.

All of them stood next to their harps pretty much like this:



Katie posed like this:
I don't know where she gets it!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Brushing Ringo

Kerry and I picked up the dogs from the kennel today.  They had been bathed and smelled really nice, but hair was coming off Ringo in handfuls.  I asked Kerry if he would take Ringo outside as soon as we were home and brush him to get all the loose hair off.

Kerry texted Emily, "Can you locate Ringo's brush, please?  He's shedding like crazy!"

EXCEPT.....the phone autocorrected the word "shedding".  It was a similar word that meant Ringo was actually pooping a lot.

Please tell me you get it.

Emily texted back, "Woah.  Not sure the brush will help with that.  Try giving him some toast."

Monday, June 6, 2016

Latest Foot News

Katie got the cast off today.

She had it less than a week!  I wonder if that was a record of some kind.

They were able to remove the sutures.  Yay!!

Katie's surgeon told her that the outside of her foot might not look so great right now, but the inside of her foot was the most beautiful he'd ever worked on.

He also reiterated that she had REALLY messed up the inside of her foot.

She now has this robotic leg boot she has to wear for protection.

She's not happy about this at all.

She will have to do physical therapy for quite a while and when the screws and metal plate are ready to come out, she will have to have surgery again - probably in two to three months.

She's not happy about that either. 

She realized today that she will likely not be able to ballroom dance in the fall and possibly no archery either.  That hit her fairly hard.  Tears made an appearance.  

She resilient though; she will adapt and overcome.

She may not be able to walk, but she's gorgeous and that helps a lot.  :-)

Katie's Wedding Cast

These are some of the fun things that were written on Katie's cast at the wedding:


 I went to Hawaii and all I got was this lame cast!


Anything for attention!!  Love Daddy!

Nice to meet you.  Get well soon.

I don't know you but get well soon.

Your brother is my friend and that's why my name is here.

I wrote this one because someone asked Katie if she was in college with Noelle and I said, "She's only fifteen."  He stepped back and yelled, "Fifteen?!?!  You need to put a sign on her!"


Can you see me now?  (This was written on the back of her leg where she couldn't see it.)

Insane scooter skillz!

You work that cast girl!

I think your cast is hot!




Full view just before it was cut off!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Aaron Burr

The musical "Hamilton" has turned my girls into history fanatics.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have suspected that they would beg to stop and see the grave of Aaron Burr while we were in New Jersey.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Big Day!

It finally happened!

After five and a half years of dating and two years of being engaged, Ben and Noelle got married!


Emily and Katie were both bridesmaids.


We are now a family of six!

The wedding was in New Jersey but we still had family who were able to attend.

 Ben and his groomsmen.

 The Princeton chapel was phenomenal!

Noelle's sister and Katie both started crying during the ceremony.  

 Mr & Mrs!








The Reception!

The reception was awesome!  We had an absolute blast!  Someone from Noelle's side of the family told me I was the happiest person they had ever seen.  I was very happy!  I can't remember the last time I laughed so much!

The newlyweds had a cupcake tree with one small cake on the top for them to cut.  The cupcakes were all different flavors and were awesome!

Ben's tumbling team performed some stunts outside for the guests.

Gracious, I hope she had shorts on under that skirt.

Noelle's accapella group performed as well.  

When Noelle started singing, Ben's friends all looked at him in surprise and Ben smugly nodded at them as if to say, "Yep.  That's my wife!"

 We had very good friends who came all the way from California!


We had wrapped Katie's cast in a gray scarf to match her bridesmaids dress for the wedding.  At the reception, we had a giant pack of colorful sharpies and had people sign her cast.

There was a DJ in a big room for dancing.  Kerry and the girls did some serious head shaking.

 Ben and Noelle had their first dance together.

 Then the parents of the bride and groom each got up and spoke.  Ben told us the day before the wedding that we would be giving a speech.  We didn't have a lot of time to prepare!  Kerry spoke about five principals of a strong marriage.  He choked up while he was speaking.  I talked about how I had been praying for Ben's future spouse since he was a child and I was so glad to know that it was Noelle I had been praying for all of those years.  I choked up while I was speaking.

Ben came over afterwards and told us, "Mine and Noelle's dance softened everyone up.  Then your speeches just finished them all off.  Everyone was crying!"

 Ben and I had a mother/son dance.  I found out about that just before we were called out onto the dance floor.  

 Ben tried to spin me at one point but my shoes have a very non-skid bottom and I stumbled and almost fell.  We were laughing our heads off over it.  When I was young, I would have been mortified to have done that in front of such a large group of people.  Now, I just think it's hilarious and knew it made a fun moment for everyone to laugh.


Ben and I decided to dramatically tango up and down the floor a few times for a few more laughs.


Then I warned Ben, "Just so you know, your dad is about to cut in like he's going to dance with me but he's going to dance with you instead."

Ben responded, "I can go with that."


When Kerry tapped Ben on the shoulder the entire crowd said, "Awwww."

When Kerry grabbed Ben and started dancing it got a huge laugh and lots of applause!

 We will always go for the laugh!


When Ben and Noelle left we all blew bubbles over them.


And the newlyweds headed off into married life!