November 15, 2003 Today is Travis and I's anniversary. I can't believe we are beginning our fifth year of marriage. The time is went quick and has been sped along by two births, a new house, new jobs, and school. I love my husband very much. He is someone who challenges me daily but also renews me when I need it the most. He is a great partner, sounding board, and friend. I am enoying this time of year a lot because he is home from work and is able to help out and parent a lot. Yesterday he mowed our lawn (which isn't easy or quick), cleaned out his shed (while building custom horse shoe hooks), took Cole to and from school, watched Carly, hung a picture in our room, cleaned our garage, put stuff into the attic, and made spaghetti for dinner. I was impressed and extremely thankful. My husband is very motivated and is not a big talker but a big doer! If he says he's going to do something he does it and he does it all quick. For all those who know me I don't like it when stuff is not finished and that is where Travis and I agree we finish tasks completely. My husband is not perfect and neither am I but we made a choice to be together, and we will and do make it work. Travis, I love you. (Who knows if he'll ever even see this post.) Danielle
Okay, so me and blogger don't always get along. That is why you will see plenty of separate picture posts below this one because I have to publish multiple times to get my pics to upload. Life is fine right now and will be even better when Thanksgiving break is upon us. I have four more weeks until our trip to Mexico and I am exstactic. I don't think that is spelled right. Halloween was okay being as I can't stand the rush of the day, dinner, and all the places we have to be. I personally think the day is overrated. "To each their own." Well, Cole was a pirate, and Carly a jester. Carly was a much better jester than a fairy and played the role brillantly. I am a little surprised that Cole wanted to be a pirate for as long as he did and loved being the captain. Overall, a great costume year. By far the best part of the evening was when we went to my in laws and they were a tourist and a pirate. Complete surprise and they were fantastic. I hope everyone is super and we'll see you all soon.
Okay, so you may have guessed by the pictures that Cole and Carly went hunting with their dad this weekend. Travis along with his mother took Cole and Carly to some family friends cabin in Trinity Center for three days. They met Travis's grandparents and his dad up there so they had plenty of help. I totally enjoyed my weekend by myself. I went grocery shopping, went to a halloween craft fair, watched movies, went to a movie, went to dinner with a bunch of friends, and spent the night with my sisters. I took advantage of every free moment. Enough said. Travis definately earned a lot of brownie points and I missed my kids as well. They didn't get a buck but the kids were happy with their squirrels. Travis said something interesting the other day and it made me think. He said that the next time we get into an argument I should blog about it so everyone knows we are normal!!!ha I thought that was profound because it seems I only right about good stuff. We'll see. I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday.
Cole and Carly got some wiener pigs a couple of weeks ago and look how big they are. Vickie took these photos yesterday of them while they let their pigs run around outside of their pen. Cole and Carly are going hunting with Travis and Vickie and I am staying home this weekend to catch up on some much needed homework. I will miss them but I better get a lot done. Well I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Love Danielle
Okay, so I haven't blogged efficiently lately. I have new hair. It is shorter and darker and a whole lot easier. There are two pictures of Connor and Cole and Connor is getting very big. It is a blast being an aunt and getting to do the whole baby thing without having to do the baby thing every day. Well as always I will make empty promises to keep my blog updated.
So I thought I would blog to let everyone know what the Carmesin's have been up to lately. I'll start with Travis since I never begin with him. He has been working a lot and right now he is back out of town. I miss him daily but not as much as the kids do. Carly stated last night " I want my daddy" when she was laying down to bed. I felt for her. Last weekend Travis and I had some alone time. He got home last Friday night from work and then Saturday we headed for Salyer. We took our time getting up and getting the kids ready to spend the day and night with Janelle and my mom. They could live at my mom's on the weekends because they don't see her that much during the week. They do live at Vickies during the week while I'm at school, school, and more schools.. Between both grandparents my children are spoiled (not rotten!) So Travis and I took his horse and my dad's horse to Salyer and played all day. We visited with family and enjoyed relaxing. It was a great weekend. Cole and Carly are doing well and Carly is having an outstanding week. I think her teeth must have been really bothering her the last couple of weeks because she was super cranky and crazy. Cole has been terrific and is doing really well in school. He doesn't seem so shy and is outgoing. I am trying along with the help of my sisters and my wonderful mother-in-law Vickie to plan my parents 25 wedding anniversary. It is going to be on New's Year Eve so we have a perfect image of what it needs to look like. It is all coming together. I ALMOST FORGOT..... My sister Rachelle is engaged to her long-time boyfriend Clay Hicks. He proposed on Labor day and the wedding is going to be July 12, 2008 at our families house in Salyer. There is going to be 11 bridesmaids so it will be fun....or ..... Anyway we are super excited for both of them. I'll end with that good news.
Hello everyone, Right now I am in a meeting and I should be listening not typing. These past two weeks have been wild. I have been at Sunny Brae and at my classes at Humboldt. It is very hard to sit in my classes at Humboldt and have a lot of big theories thrown at me but want to be at my school site. I feel like screaming daily but oh well it's only a year. I need to accept that I am not going to like everything in life but I can shut up and move on. So in saying that....
Cole and Carly are growing like weeds. Carly is getting her molars and she is a spunky monkey. She slept in her playpen last night because she constantly gets out of her bed and wants a drink of water. We are battling. Cole is going to preschool from 8-12:30 on Mon-Thurs. He is growing up and changing. He says things that are hilarious. I miss everyone and will post some pictures very soon. Until then.....
These past couple of weeks have been long weeks. Two of my great-grandmothers passed away this last week. My mothers grandmother passed away on Monday August 20, 2007 and my dad's grandmother passed away on Thursday August 23, 2007. The picture with my sisters, mom, and carly is with my great-grandma who lived in Missouri. We went and visited her last August and I am glad I have a fresh memory of her. I was able to see my great-grandmother Delphine on Sunday and she is pictured with Cole and Carly. We had a barbeque for her since she wasn't feeling well. Her funeral was yesterday and it was extremely emotional. I grew up on the ranch that she and my great-grandfather worked very hard to keep in our family. Today we run our cattle there as well. Death isn't something I look forward to I dread the thoughts and emotions it brings forth but I know that both of my grandmothers loved Jesus wholeheartedly and are in heaven. I love and miss you.
Two weekends ago Vicki, Heidi and I took the kids to the waterslides. I can't say enough about the waterslides because the kids tromp around the kiddie pool while I soaked up some rays. I did manage to read periodically between keeping one eye on my children at all times. The weather was perfect and the kids swam and swam. We took Vicki's trailer over to Redding and stayed in a very nice trailer park right next to the slides. The park is awesome. It has a pool, and is beyond clean. We took the kids to chuck-e-cheese one night where they had a lot of fun. I shopped for new clothes to begin my last year of school and even though it was quick was still very enjoyable.
I started school Wednesday August 8th. The class is Multi-cultural issues in education which is challenging. I support and I am an advocate for diversity but find it hard to constantly be confront with homosexuality and trying to accept when I do not. Hate the sin not the person is what I remind myself daily. On a different note...
This last weekend Travis and I took the kids to Medford. It was fun to do something just the four of us and we laid around our motel rooms and watched movies, shopped, ate out, drove around, and just enjoyed eachother. I picked up some new plants and don't know when I'll have time to plant them but I better do it soon. I still haven't cleaned my wrought iron gates which annoys me but I have so much reading I shouldn't have even blogged. Till next time
I have never posted this many pictures on one post but this weekend Vicki had my camera and she took some really cute pictures. This weekend Travis's uncle Dave and Donna met us in Willow Creek to mark calves which is removing the balls from steers. They also wormed the cows and gave them antibiotics. Travis's parents also stayed the weekend and were a tremendous help. It was beautiful in Willow Creek and visiting with everyone was fun and we had some really good food.
Cole was such a little cowboy and helped his dad by delivering the supplies he needed once they got the calves roped. Carly took a nap in the air conditioned truck but she was in full form during the evening session. She is getting very big and she says haha after everything. I love them both very much. This is my last week of summer school and I can't wait to take the kids to play at the waterslides. Miss everyone and have a great week.
The top pictures are from our weekends at Trinity. Today I picked up the kids from Vickie's and came home and planted a tree along with another plant which I have spaced the name along the side of our dog kennel. I also transplanted some lilacs that I had in pots into the planters next to our dog kennel. I am planning on doing my cast iron gate trellis's either this weekend or next week. I have to go to Costco and Winco tomorrow after work and after the kids naps so I won't be in the mood after I get home. I may begin them while the kids are napping. I need to probably design the tests that I have to give on Friday but oh well. School went okay today but my class dynamic this session is completely different than my last session. It is hard not to take what the students say personally. I am a confident person but my ultimate goal is to reach and teach each one of them and when that doesn't always work I can't beat myself up. Teaching is a multi-faceted posistion. Well I am going to Willow Creek Thursday night and can't wait for some warmth and the smell of fresh air. Have a great week.