Sunday, August 23, 2009

Busy Busy Busy!!

July and August brought a lot of visitors from down South. It was so nice being able to spend time with each sister and their family! When we go down to Illinos it can be a bit overwhelming because EVERYBODY is at one place and sometimes I don't get to spend enough time with each person.

The weekend of July 4th our first guest arrived: Gail came up to spend the weekend with us. I'm sorry I don't have any pictures of this, but I don't think there would have been any fun ones. We spent most of the day sitting out on Kim's deck. At night, we pretty much did the same thing. There were many games of Speed played and a lot of talking..aka...gossipping going on. Thanks for coming up Gail!

Mom, Kelly, and Colby were the next to arrive late July. They were up for a long weekend and we pretty much sat around and relaxed which was quite nice.

Then in the beginning of August the James crew "surprised" us up here. Being that I was so shocked that they were up here, I completely forgot to take pictures! Sorry! I had a blast hanging out with all of them and playing with the girls! Also, my Dad and Raylene were up at that time so they were in Clearbrook hanging out a couple nights.

The last and final group actually came in late August. Kori, Ben, and Amelia showed up very early on a Sunday morning and stayed for a week. I am sometimes overwhelmed by them staying in at my apartment (usually everybody stays out at Kim's), but I love every minute of it. I loved getting the few minutes every morning playing with Millie before I went to work.

Thank you to everybody (including all of my friends) who made the trip up here to visit!



Millie and me! We tried to get a good picture of both of us but it just wasn't working for us, so this one will just have to do!

I really enjoyed having the Machlitt's staying at my place. It was nice being able to spend time hanging out with Kori again!

The highlight of their trip for me was when Kori told Kim that Millie didn't like cottage cheese, so of course, Kim tries to mix in a little bit of cottage cheese in with Millie's applesauce. The child actually ate the applesauce and spit out the cottage cheese, now that's talent!!

Jake with his gas mask on...silly boy!

Colby with her sly little look. I can't believe how happy yet silent she is!

Yup, that's what was going on during this visit. They were probably online talking bad about the rest of us to eachother!

Mom hanging out with Colby and Jacob while watching a movie!


These little guys greeted me every morning when I got to work! The mom built the nest right above our side door! Although we all enjoyed seeing them every morning, it is nice to not worry about getting a little dropping on our heads!
Just wanted to say thanks to Grandma Budke for losing her camera and buying a new one and then finding the lost camera! If it wasn't for her, I would not be able to take pictures and post again! Thanks Grandma!!! Love you!!
Have a good day!!


Turner and Chester

Turner watching some TV.

This is what sparked Turner's interest: bull riding.

Turner and Chester.

Chester and her new haircut. She was leaving hair clumps everywhere so my friend

Lexie offered to shave her. I LOVE not having hair everywhere, however, I do not think

she loves the new do!

Turner bored out of his mind while I watch the baseball game.

Now I know most of my family are not really animal people, however, I do not have any kids so this is all I've got!!!


Illinois in July

Here are a few pictures I took when I was down in July for Grandma Rankin's funeral. Although it was a sad time for us all, it was nice having everybody together for a couple of days.
Thanks for checking in and not giving up on the Rankin Girls blog!
Kendall :)
Emma and me. I can't believe how fast she is growing up! She is turning into such a young lady!
Stop growing up Emma (mostly because you're almost up to my shoulders already!)!!

Anna and Sophia. She did such a good job getting Sophia to sleep-she was SO good that she
almost put herself to sleep!

Emma and Anna holding Sophia and Henry. They do such a great job helping
out with all of the little kids that are around!

I LOVE this picture of Henry and Anna! Henry looks like such a little man!!

Hmmm..who's who???

Colby about ready to pass out, but not wanting to miss out on anything going on!

Reading Anna's favorite book-Colby loves reading too!!


Chris wearing Millie's sunglasses...

Scott chilling in the pool..nice farmer's tan!!