Friday, December 28, 2007

Grandma's "95th" Birthday Party

This should have been posted awhile ago. Grandma turned 95 on October 30. All of her children were there and some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Uncle Paul with his wife, two daughters, 1 son-in-law and 3 grandchildren.

Uncle Melvin with his wife, 1 son, 1 daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren.

Aunt Loretta.

Aunt Thelma with her husband, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 daughters-in law, 1 son-in-law and 2 grandchildren.

Aunt Velma.

Mom and Dad, Christina, Dave, Linsey, David, Dawson, Larissa, Mark, Krista, Kendrick, Kara, Kaylee and me.

Norman and Bird.

2 relatives. I don't know who is who, although I know the woman in the middle is not a relative. She played with Wally for the entertainment.

Grandma and her sister, Anna.


The kids were playing around with the camera and took this picture. I didn't realize it until I uploaded to the computer and was going through them.

My mom gave all the grandkids matching T-shirts for Christmas. The two extras are Bob's sister's children Stevie and John.

This is the Burcaw crew. We waited until too late in the day to take this and had a hard time getting co-operation from 17 kids. I guess silly is better than crying.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Farm Hands

I have been doing chores for a friend of mine for the last week and a half. We have been collecting eggs; feeding and watering chickens; and feeding, watering and milking goats. There are about 50 hens and 14 goats. Four of the goats have to be milked. It has been a great learning experience for all of us, but I don't think I could handle this schedule all the time.

Kara and Kaylee collecting eggs.

They all tried their hand at milking.

My version of "You been farming long?"

Christmas Caroling

We went Christmas caroling with our home school group to a nursing home in Alliance.

Our group in the back. Some of the people we sang to.

More of the people we sang to.

Kara sang a song about ringing Christmas bells.

Krista and Kendrick sang "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly".

Kaylee didn't even know we were there.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Dress Up

The theme for kindergarten one day was "kings and queens". ("Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat", Ole King Cole", etc.) The girls dressed up for it. I think they should have switched dresses.

Horses have to dress up too sometimes.

Fine Arts Showcase

The Fine Arts Showcase was November 16. It was rather a hectic evening. All my children and all my students performed. Also, Eliza, Nancy Thorn and I did a six-hand piece on the piano. I had planned on Paul David doing something with us, but he left town. I thought maybe I could teach Rachel Neiswonger the part, but she quit and sent Chloe in her place. So Eliza asked Nancy if she would like to join us, and she was excited to do so. It turned out OK. It was at the Firm Foundation Ministry in Ravenna where Hornyaks go to church. They don't have a piano just keyboards. The one that had the piano sound was too short for six hands so we played on the top one that had a really weird sound. One of Gay's older girls said it sounded like something from the Adams Family. The most disconcerting thing was that the stand was wobbly (stable but wobbly). So with three people pounding on it, it was rocking back and forth quite a bit.

This is Kendrick playing "Ode to Joy".

The girls singing "He's Still Working on Me".

Krista playing "Sing, Bird, Sing".

November Birthdays

The cake.

Krista and Larissa

Dustin opening his presents.

Dad opening his presents.

Calling Crystal to wish her "Happy Birthday".

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Today we celebrated the birthdays of Cheryl, Marsha, Mark, and Dawson. Here are a few pictures from the day.

This present was so long he had to have David help him hold it.

Showing Daddy the remote control car from Grandma and Grandpa.

"May I have a piece of your gum?"

He very appropriately chose a pumpkin cake.

Thought you might enjoy this ornery one!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Our New Niece

Larissa Nevaeh born September 13, 2007.