Tuesday, May 31, 2011

We had a wonderful Memorial Day celebration with many great friends. It was bittersweet because we were saying goodbye to the Garretts, who are making their new home in California. We can't wait to visit them in Cali. We were blessed with beautiful weather, good food and a seniors wiffle ball tournament :) The kids loved watching their dads play while the moms sat back with some cold drinks. Here are a few pics.

Amy & Erin

Hillary & Graham

Karla rockin' the belly.

Ryan, Mike, Rob, TJ & Tim

Kim, Mindy, Shanna & Becky

Brother & Sister.
Gibson ready to hit one out of the park.

Andrew, Taylor & Toman girls

Scott, Nick, Chad, Scott

Tim, TJ, Tim


Rob & Ricky

Toman & Isaac

Kelly & Ryan



John & Rob

Chad & the senior wiffle ball games.

No injuries for Mawlk in 7 innings.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day

Catholic Blessing.
Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.

Each of you is a special mother and have given so much of yourselves to us. We love you.

Nancee & Winner family

Amy & Ann
And then there were 2 - Ann, Steve, Amy & Susan
And then there were 6 - The Brown family
Great Grandma Henrietta Winner & Erin
Great Grandma Ginny Tangeman & Erin
Great Grandma Virginia Brown, George, Patricia & Steve

Amy, Great Nana Marcella Gulcik, Nana Jeanne Gulick, Ann, Steve

Ann & "Mimi" Meta Clemens
Tanya, Lauren, Abby & Anna

Erin's 1st Birthday

We celebrated Erin's first birthday a few weeks early at our house. We started the day off in the early afternoon with an Easter egg hunt for the Winner/Homan kids. Then had dinner with family for Erin's birthday. I concoured the ladybug cake and we gave Erin the chocolate covered head to eat. Suprisingly, she loved the black licorice, just like her Godmother, Aunt Tanya. Erin is vibrant and passionate. She laughs at the boys and loves to pet Aspen. She doesn't want anyone to help her hold books and she yells when noone is paying attention to her. She makes funny faces and always smiles when she sees her dad. We have been blessed to have her in our lives

We finished off the evening with a 6 hour trip to the ER for Andrew.  He got a few staples to his scalp to close up a cut - after falling off the swing set. Susan was our escort and kept Andrew busy with the angry birds and talking hippo apps on her phone.

I was recently reading a book about bringing up boys. It mentioned that boys will try risky activities and even if they get hurt they just consider that just an episode of bad luck. So they will try again to see if their luck is better the next time. So true! Andrew went right back outside on the next nice day - he tied the jumprope to the swingset and climbed up the slide. Better luck this time.

Andrew, Margaret & Isaac

Big brother Isaac.

The boys. Issac, John, Drew (Margaret's boyfriend) & Joseph

The Brown kids!
Margaret, Amy, Mary Anne, Susan
Joseph & John

Beautiful smile Erin.

Loving Aspen.

Checking out the ladybug cake.

Aunt Mary Anne got Erin dazzling with the tutu.

A great smile.

Dad & Erin.

Rob, Amy, Andrew, Isaac & Erin

Brown/Winner girls.

Great Grandma Henrietta Winner & Erin.

Delicious and messy.

Aunt Tanya & Erin.

Erin rocking in her new chair from Grandma & Grandpa Winner.

Isaac thinks Drew is cool.

Black Licorice.

Erin, Poppop & Isaac.

Easter 2011

We spend Easter Sunday at Aunt Peg and Uncle Jim's home in Columbus with the Brown and Mackessy families.  It is always nice to have a dozen family members to corral our 3 kids during mass. We had such a great time cooking, hunting eggs and eating.  It always feels like Nana is right there with us in the kitchen getting things ready and cleaning up the dishes. Rob even got in his nap on the comfy couch. The boys finished off the day with a dip in the hottub with boogie boards and squirt toys.

Andrew learning to drive. They both need helmets.

Aunt Mary Anne, Katie, Isaac & Andrew

Erin & Emma

Erin & Aunt Mary Anne

Andrew, Katie, Emma, Issac
Erin, Mary Anne

Issac knows how to find his name when is comes to candy.

Andrew looking to fill us his basket.

Erin & Aunt Mary Anne

Isaac got candy plus some delicious bananas.

Poppop, Nana and the kids

Erin learned to walk this week.