Monday, October 23, 2017

Back to School Pictures

Back to school season was a bit long this year.
We started sending kids back to school during the first week of August.

John left first.
He moved into the dorm at U of L early
because of marching band obligations.

This was taken August 8th before we left the house.
This was the evening we moved John into his dorm.
Doesn't he look EXCITED?!

The next ones to head out for higher education were Grace and Grant.
Grace leaves the house at 6:15 in the morning, so we took her picture inside.

Two long hours later, we sent Grant off 
to his last year at our beloved elementary school.

Since Emily had not left for college yet, 
she helped send Grant off to his first day as a fifth grader.

The Shupe family is making its farewell tour at the school this year 
after fourteen long years of having kids attend there.

August 17th was Emily's move in day at UK.

It was strange helping her pack up the final things
as we prepared to move her to Lexington.

But of course, we cannot be serious about such important milestones.
So David gave me his best sorority girl pose.

We did manage to get one serious pose.

So this year saw the oldest Shupe kids
head off into the world.

I'm certain these two have learned great things
during their thirteen years of education thus far.

But obviously,
they still have not learned to wear shoes!!

See?  No shoes.


But it IS Kentucky after all.
What would you expect?!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Before and After

While looking through old pictures, I found this one.
It is John and Nathan driving the PowerWheels jeep around the back yard. 
It was taken in 2002.

Here is the same shot fifteen years later.
I would say it's changed just a tiny bit.

Another shot of the yard...

 It's hard to imagine it was ever so open.

The kids have grown and changed right along with everything else.

This picture was taken of Emily riding her tricycle next to my car.

It's the same car that spent twelve years in storage 
before it was resurrected and became Emily's car.

Now we lovingly refer to it as The Mousemobile
thanks to the wonderful aroma of mouse pee.

Yes as some things change
(like my hideous kitchen cabinets and wallpaper)

some things DO remain the same.
While playing trumpet at the U of L football game,
John managed to get his face plastered on the big screen.

Does that make him famous?

This is a screenshot of a picture from a phone
taken of a television image of the jumbo screen at the football game.

In case you missed that,
you are looking at a picture of a picture of a picture of a picture.
Figure that one out!

Hope you are all having a good start to your weekend!
Love you!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Proud Parents and Proud Kids and More Proud Parents

Grant gave this drawing to me for Mother's Day this year.
He likes his food. 

And since I know how to cook, it appears he likes me too.
That's an oven with a pizza in it.
He even drew the bottom coil as red in the oven since it's hot! 😏

The poem he wrote says

Roses are red.  Violets are blue
Little boys like me love cooks like you.
Roses are red.  Violets are blue.
You're a great mom.  I know it's true.

I loved the card.  I loved the sentiment.
But do you know the thing that made this
heart burst with pride?

He correctly punctuated his pronouns.

And what does Grant do that would make David proud?
There's a lot.

But this makes the list...
Grant likes to draw things on graph paper...
things like a new layout for his bedroom.

I, however, DON'T love Grant's drawings of bedroom furniture.
It usually means I'm donating an hour or more of my day to 
rearranging his furniture.

Which usually is followed by Grace also wanting her furniture rearranged.
And that, folks, is not my idea of a fun day with the family.

 is not something a parent should be proud of.

It's a rocks glass filled with apple juice 
to look like the bourbon Dad drinks.

We are endorsing alcoholic consumption
at a very early age.

Sort of.

And sometimes proud parents get to go visit their own proud parents.

It's always a treat to go home.

No matter how long we have lived in Kentucky,
we still talk about "going home" when we travel to Illinois.
Our kids are completely confused by this.

And sometimes
we are proud of our kids
because they tell us they love us
at the most unexpected time and place...

such as this little note Grace left on David's white board at work.

Tell someone you love that you're proud of them.
And then tell them why.

It will make you both smile.
I promise!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Congratulations Multiplied By Two

Emily and I spent a wonderful Sunday chatting with each other and road tripping to St. Louis.

Along the way we picked up extra family members to join in the fun. 
Thanks, Grandpa and Sara, for going with us.

And it was definitely fun!!

The Simms family has added a new generation to the family tree.

Meet Owen.
Isn't he a handsome fellow?

He was welcomed to the world in September by my niece and her husband.
They are a beautiful family.

And just in case things weren't wonderful already,
a few short weeks after Owen's arrival
we welcomed the second great grandchild to the family.

Meet Maggie.
She's a petite little bundle of sweetness.

Her mother and father were thrilled to meet their firstborn.
And so were we.

We enjoyed a day visiting with family
and celebrating the arrival of cousins
who will grow up sharing a very special bond.

the proud mothers (who also happen to be sisters)

Thanks, girls, for sharing these first days with us!
We love you and are so proud of you all!

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.
1 Samuel 1.27