Friday, September 24, 2010



7 years ago at 4:09 p.m. Jack Michael was born-Happy Birthday Jack! Looks like he has grown a little since last year- Or maybe his hair is just a little longer.

Thursday, September 02, 2010


Gee do you think there's any relation here?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Birthday Boy

Today Dad not only celebrates his birthday but also 39 years of wedded bliss! Here's to another fun-filled year mom and dad! Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday! Love your faces and Love you both!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Gran celebrated her 85th birthday today in style-owl necklace and all! She even made her own cake for all of us to share tonight. Happy Birthday Gran and cheers to 85! We Love You!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

AG Weekend

You might need a magnifying glass to see these pictures.
Dinner at Francesca's
Ryan counting her money to spend at American Girl!

More pictures to follow as soon as I figure out how to make them bigger from my iphone!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010



Hard to believe that it's that time of year again. Of course, we were running late this morning and didn't get "the money shot" but at least their first day of school was documented. Big day-Gooey butter cake for breakfast and out to lunch to celebrate their first 1/2 day of 1st & 3rd grade!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Jonas Brothers rockin' Chi-town


Yes, this really is Ryan with Joe, Nick & Kevin hanging at our hotel in Chi-town!

They were in town for a concert and we just happened to run into them in the lobby! We had to wait around for 1 1/2 and it really cut into our shopping time but it was worth every minute!

I would say that there were around 30 people waiting for them and a TON of crazies outside of the hotel but we pretty much had them all to ourselves. They were so nice to take pictures with us and to sign their autograph for Ry Bray.

That was definitely the icing on the cake for our American Girl trip.

Monday, August 09, 2010


WoW-Look who is turning 10 today! Happy Birthday Luke!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fiesta Friday

It was hot and nothing else sounded better than having a fiesta on a Friday night. The menu was shrimp tacos, guacamole and margaritas. Ryan wanted to make the guacamole and she did a pretty good job!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Dad Life (Father's Day Opening 2010)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Feliz Cumpleanos

It's that time of year again where Mark (pictured on left) turns another year older and wiser! He's now caught up with me...feeling 29 hasn't ever felt so good! Well, here's to celebrating many more birthdays with you! Happy Birthday Mr. Toots! We love you!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Last Week

Swim time with Team McFarland
Silver Beach Lake, MI
South Bend with Team Bell
Fashion design at the Barbie Exhibit
Digging at the Indy Childrens Museum

A few pics of what we were up to last week....summer is flying by.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How He Rolls

Now this is how you watch your favorite t.v. show!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Holy Hail!

Here is a piece of hail from our storm earlier today-I've never seen hail this big before.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Uh Oh Spaghetti O

He pulled this one out all by himself last night!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Toothless Wonder

There was a lot of excitement around here Thursday night right after dinner....his loose tooth finally lost it's battle! Now it's time to work on the other one.

Thursday, May 27, 2010



I was looking through my pictures but realized I don't have a lot of pictures of Vance solo. It seems like he is always with his cuz and I don't know how to edit so I thought I would share some of these crazy pics with everyone!

Have a wonderful day today Vance and here's to many many years of acting crazy with your cousins. We love you and can't wait to celebrate this weekend with you!!!

He's thinking....What did I get myself into? Shot in Madtown.

Crazy hair time!
Kickin' it at the reception!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

SUPERSTAR Dress Rehearsal

This dress rehearsal was a little rough around the edges but they rocked it on recital day! Ry Bray is on the right hand side of the stage...she's my SuperStar! Love that girl! Enjoy!

Monday, May 24, 2010


Ryan's jazz class is finally over. All of her Tuesday night classes the past year have been well worth the wait. Yesterday's recital was fantastic! They danced to the song "SuperStar" by Toybox... and for some reason I can't stop singing it in my head.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Birthday Girls!

Happy Birthday Mom & Aunt Dee! Here's to another wonderful year!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Kelly Slater eat your heart out

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Too Cool 4 School

Vance loves his sunglasses!

Monday, May 03, 2010


Dora Dora Dora the Explorer was the theme for Vaughn's birthday party Saturday night. We celebrated her second birthday fiesta style...bag o tacos and all! I still can't believe how much you have changed in a year Vaughnie...Enjoy your year and Happy Birthday to you. Love your cheeks and LOVE you lots!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Absolutely Gorgeous

I forget the name of these flowers but I think they are just beautiful! Aunt Dee and I planted these 4 or 5 years ago and I'm so glad she suggested them. I hope everyone is enjoying their spring!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Back from my hiatus

Lost Pines in Austin was a BLAST! Beautiful, relaxing and kid friendly! Here are some pics:

Pool time fun.
Thought this was an interesting pick that Jack took.
Ry Bray all smiles!
Jack a roo in the wagon.

Monday, April 12, 2010


In honor of opening day the kids after school snack was Cracker Jack! They LOVED it and I'm LOVING this weather! Nothing exciting to report....just business as usual around here.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Newest Addition

Introducing our new garden buddy! Aunt Charisa gave this to Ryan in her Easter basket and she couldn't wait to get home and paint it. Our garden is now complete. Let the good luck start flowing..........

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Do you believe in leprechaun's? Ryan sure does.

Our lucky leprechaun paid the kids a visit last night...did he visit anyone else? There was no time to make a trap for him last night but Ryan did leave a note asking him to leave gold, chocolate and "stuff" here on the counter.

The leprechaun hasn't visited our kids since 2006 in Madison, Wi at Team McFarland's house. The kids that year built a trap for him but he escaped leaving chocolate and necklaces.

So last night at bedtime Ryan insisted that we make a trap for him but it was 9:30 and a little too late to start a project like that. After her wheels fell off her cart we let her leave him a note but Mark made sure to tell her that we weren't Irish and stuff like that only happens in Wisconsin (thanks a lot Charisa!)

The scramble began and what do you know...that lucky leprechaun showed up after all!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dallas in the House


Team Michel and Team Hamilton made it here for a few days of family bonding! We sure enjoyed their visit and so thankful they decided to spend their spring break with us.
I sure hope the next time I see them is in DALLAS!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


Jack a roo chillin' watching a t.v. show at the dentist office! No cavities and super clean teeth!!!!!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Because You Love These Pics!

It's a slow day around here so thought I would share this picture with you. How CUTE is she?

Monday, March 01, 2010


I guess it's time to officially start enjoying your senior perks Wally! That's right-you've earned it and now it's time to celebrate! Happy Birthday to you and here's to celebrating with a glass of single malt scotch. If you're feeling really crazy I heard that a glass of Passport scotch goes down smooth with a can of spotted dick. LMAO!

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Happy Birthday Weekend to the Mayor...Mike Anderson! Hope your celebration lasts a full 7 days!

Friday, February 26, 2010


Look who's birthday it is today! Hope you have a wonderful day Stephanie!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Who can tell me where and what this is?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Once Again

Vance & Jack = trouble and lots of fun!
Jillian & the birthday girl!
Grandad assisting with the candle blowout-hope he made a wish too!
Little Vaughnie in seventh heaven!

As of yesterday afternoon when meme and I delivered mini iced longjohn's to Ryan's class her birthday is officially over. These are the last batch of birthday pictures that I will post.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


4:00 tea at American Girl with lovely background music.
Cheers to you birthday girl!
By the smile on her face I'm pretty sure Ryan is having the time of her life!
Jane at her 7:30 hair appointment! Notice the cape and her chair-

I will never forget her excitement and the look on her face when we walked in to American Girl. What a great way to spend your 8th birthday! Thanks for the memories Ry Bray!
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