Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
A few years ago at Christmas Grandpa gave all of us copies of his memories and experiences of WWII. It was extremely interesting and made us all realize how lucky we were that he survived and started the roots that have now expanded into our current families. Grandpa survived being involved in both the European and Pacific Theaters during WWII. He served on an ammunition carrier as a Third Class Radarman, very new technology at the time and of which they didn't have at the beginning of the war. His ship was hit by a Japanese Kamikaze single-manned submarine. There is no explanation as to why the ship didn't explode since it was carrying 4,500 tons of ammunition and around 48,000 rounds of shells. Although the ship was severely damaged it did not completely sink. It was the only ship during WWII to wear a purple heart on her mast until the end of the war.
My grandfather is the kindest, most gentle man I have ever known and we are all very proud of the service he has done for our country, helping to ensure our freedoms. He has and continues to lead a very honorable life and has even been able to meet his great-grandchildren. Quite awhile ago Joe and I decided that if we ever become blessed with a little boy Alvin will be his middle name.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Today was the Burlington Flea Market again. Once a month the Aring family goes and sees what loot they can find. I was able to find an awesome metal pie plate to display in my future kitchen someday. :) Then bought 18 wave petunias! Finally, I found some really great stuff I got to add to my scrapbooking stash! Sneaky Joe decided to buy Addi a baby bunny when I wasn't looking! I have to admit I wasn't overly excited because I know who will be taking care of it... Addi was interested in her for a short while, but then went back to playing with her balloons!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
10am Off to Menards to pick up a new shade for the window and a few other needed things.
11:30am We stop to look at a few vehicles and then stop at Hungry Hobo for lunch.
1:00pm Back to work on the laundry and organizing the house while Addi looks at her books. Grandma K calls and wants to come over and play with Addi because she hasn't seen her since last Saturday. Grandma K and Addi do a lot of playing and put new batteries in Addi's Easter bunny that sings, hops and dances. (Can't say I've missed that!) Addi had fun dancing along! She is also insistent that she must wear her rainbow necklace all day!
3:00pm Get signed up for my deer tags for next season! Already excited!
3:15pm Start making plans for supper while Joe is at Chucks helping with the remodeling of his house. Marinade t-bone steaks, stuffed mushrooms (our favorite), rolls, cheesy broccoli, rice and banana pudding is on the menu. Joe finally gets home a while later and we get supper put together. Then we both pick up the leftovers and get them put away.
7:00pm Time for another bath for Addi. I couldn't get her clothes off fast enough for her. She still had on a diaper and onesie as she tried to crawl over the side of the tub. I think she could do it if I let her keep going.
8pm She's ready for bed and goes down for the night.
Monday, April 26, 2010
9:30am I throw in some laundry and begin picking up and organizing the house.
...Addi finds my pile of (dirty) whites and decides that it looks like fun.
Afternoon Addi and I eat lunch and then I continue to work on the house and laundry. Addi gets tired but doesn't take much of a nap.
4:30 A friend from work comes over and we head to a retirement party in Muscatine. Joey stays home with Addi. The party was fun and got to see a lot of the older retirees from previous years.
5:30 We head back home in the pouring rain and stop for gas. When I finally make it home I discover that Addi has emptied two of her dresser drawers, so much for her room being clean. She brought Joe her pink deer outfit from Grandpa and Grandma Hermann so he put it on her.
...Addi and I play around for awhile.
8:00pm Start getting Addi ready for bed. Then later Joe and I have some quiet time before deciding we are both exhausted and head for bed.