One day at Tage's baseball game our friends little boy was introducing us to different people he had met at the ball park. He came over and introduced me to his friend by saying "This is Mrs. Madson, she and Mr. Madson have "The Ben." We all laughed for quite a while at his most perfect, yet simple description of our Ben. Ben is quite frankly a unique little guy, as you can see from the picture above. He is the baby of the family and is still a toddler by grown-up standards but he has a deep BURNING desire to be six instead of three. He works hard at keeping up with his older brothers and has mastered many coordination skills that many six year olds are still working on. He doesn't exactly have a quiet gentle spirit, but he does give BIG, STRONG, LOVING bear hugs...you just have to be sure and practice holding your breath because they do take your breath away...literally!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Brant with all his kids...Note Carmel is in the picture ...
Some people call him Crazy,
Some people call him Nuts,
Some people call him a Saint (really...people in our church think he is amazing with kids...he really is),
Some people call him UB (Uncle Brant).
We know and love him as Daddy. Our leader, protector, full-time in-house comedian, and teacher of Gods Word. We love and adore him and are so thankful for his loving servants heart. Happy Fathers Day!
Monday, June 15, 2009
After a sudden burst of wind, our glass patio table went from a single usable table, to a broken into a billion little glass pieces very unusable table! It was a mess, let me tell you! Brant spent hours picking glass out of the grooves of our deck with a butter knife, after his shop vac exploded from over use! Our good friends The Lindmas felt sorry for us and gave us this super cool and very useful old fashioned picnic table...We love it! Tage spent Saturday sanding it and I hope to stain it this week. Oh the joys of summer!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
I was actually wondering if I was going to make it through to the end of the school year. The kids have been troopers and have just plowed through all the end of the year stuff without complaint. I on the other hand have had to remind myself to behave like my children...cheerfully plug along wtih out complaining...YIKES...It was hard! Here's to a summer full of lazy days, good food, sunshine, swimsuits, ice tea, sunscreen, baseball, neighborhood kids, lots of fellowship and good books! Call if you want to come over for a play date!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
My six year old buddy!I love this picture! In my opinion it just screams boy!
On May 22nd my sweet smiley boy turned 6! Since birth he has had a smile that melts hearts and a sweet tender heart! Simon is a consistent, loyal little fellow who loves just hanging out with friends and family when he is not playing baseball! For his birthday he wanted to go bowling with friends, which turned out to be a GREAT birthday venue!! We had an all boys bowling party followed by a family (girls included) BBQ and cake party. I can't believe Simon is already six and will officially be a 1st grader in 4 days! Time does fly and these kids do change at rapid rates. I'm holding on, and keeping my eyes open so I don't miss these precious times with my kiddos!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Today I finally had a chance to sit down and digest the past 3 weeks, look over pictures and sift through over 140 messages in my inbox...WOWZERS!!!! This is the kids last week of school and then it's time for a bit of rest and relaxation around here! Aside from the rather insane schedule we have been keeping this past 6 weeks I was able to reach deep down and find that little spark of creativity that often gets stifled and stepped on in this season of life that I am in. A few months ago my very dear friend Sue asked me to help her with her oldest son's wedding rehearsal dinner. I was delighted and honored to be a part of such a wonderful families celebration and took FULL ...and I mean FULL advantage of being creative. Here are some images of the evening. Pictures really don't do it justice!