Saturday, July 28, 2007

Dog days of summer....

The dog days of summer are good for many things. We will share some of our favorites!When it is hot and sticky, best advise is to pant.... :)

Or find a good book to read.

Play Ball!

Share some of Daddy's breakfast yogurt


Of course anything with cool water and family!

Watch out for that sun and have a good summer!!!

Farm boys...

A small glimpse of some daily moments with my boys!
Helping Mom with dishes

Waiting- Oh so patiently for dishes to be done so we can go outside!

Here cows!

They are big Mom!

"You want some grass?"

"Umm Mom, I think there was a mistake... this looks like a BEET!"

Trying to catch a chicken... always sooo close!

News and catching up...

Hey folks! This is Marcus here with an Anson update! I have been keeping Mom sooo busy, she hardly has time to get to the computer anymore. :) I am a real snuggle boy- I love to suck my fingers and hold my blanket and just be held. Mom says she loves to hold me and would all day, but she needs her hands for other things too! I guess Paul needs her hands sometimes- he is always getting dirty! July has been a big month for me. I cut 2 teeth, really started rolling well and am starting to scoot. It will not be long and I will be crawling after Paul when he wrestles with Daddy. I am not sleeping through the night yet.... I have heard Mom and Dad talk about that a lot lately- their ideas don't sound that great to me! What do you mean let me lay there and CRY????? They did mention starting me on cereal and yogurt though- and I really like that idea! I have started trying to grab at the table and really watch what everyone eats- I hope that they will drop something down to me!
Paul is my buddy. I love playing with him, unless he gives kisses- they hurt! He needs to learn to shut his mouth when he kisses. He is always blowing on my tummy or rolling over me- I think this is just swell and don't mind at all. We are always happy when Mom puts us in the stroller- that means we are going outside for a while. Paul loves to climb in and out- exploring about everything. I would rather chew on the buckle strap!
Paul eats soooo much! He loves picking cucumbers in the garden and eating them with Momma. He has tried to give me some of his food several times, but alas, Mom always stops him. Something about me needing to get bigger....
How big do I need to get? I am already over 18 pounds at just about 6 months!
Back to Paul. He is such a good climber- he is constantly pushing his limits trying to get up and over things. Tumbles do not seem to bother him. He is talking some now- a lot more than me anyway! :)
He says a lot of animal noises and knows many peoples names. He talks to "E-ye" (Elle) a lot. When she eats Mom's tomatoes off the vine he helps Mom to yell at her. :)
Paul also loves to sing, or listen to music. We both like it when Mom turns on our Bible Songs.
Daddy and Mommy are keeping very busy with 2 boys, but Daddy has a lot more time now and we really like it. The beginning of July was a big month for Daddy too- he started a new job and now works 8-5 Monday thru Friday. That means he is home to tuck us in every night!!! After a lot of praying and talking he left the jail in June, feeling that his commitment to his family came before his commitment to his career and that full time law enforcement is not for him- at least not now. A long 21 week academy away from us, strange shift hours that made family time slim and the constant on call life style of a "peace keeper"; Daddy said "Family first" and is happy at a new place! He now works at LASI- a grain elevator/seed company in Bern Ks, up by Pappa and Nanna's house. He is a manager and really enjoys the responsibilty and challange. We are loving it!!
Well, I better close soon- this writing is hard work! Mamma is thankful for such a "loving husband" and "sweet boys". She loves summer and gardening and canning and baking and is always busy in the kitchen--maybe that is why the laundry suffers! :) She tries to find a few mintues at night to study.. she likes that helping women with babies stuff- too complicated for me!
WOW! It is past my bed time! I should say good-bye. We have lots of animals and garden to take care of so we do not leave home very often, but we sure like visits- so if you are in the area, make sure you stop by! I always have a smile for folks who like to hold babies! :)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Two random pictures and a promise to post soon!

I have not posted in a while and feel very behind- I will try to update you on all the changes going on at the Ansons soon! Until then- here are 2 fun pictures of Paul. One in a new outfit from friends and the other eating- yum yum!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Trip to Nebraska

The Anson tradition has been to head up to Seward Ne. each year for a July 4th get together with our friends the Schreiners and Gurnseys. This year, Schreiners were going to be involved in a church get together and Gurnseys were not going to come down, so after some good hard thinking about the long drive, (almost 8 hrs) we packed up and headed for Long Pine Ne. instead. Mandi Gurnsey has been a good friend of mine since we met in 2000, and after marrying Alex and moving to extream northern Ne. I don't get to see her much any more. THe trip was a fun time to catch up and enjoy the wonderful hospitality they shared.
We had many good talks, played a few games of spatch, (the Ulmer/Anson game that is a mix of Spades and Pitch, it is a lot a fun, but can turn deadly when playing against Scott!) and enjoyed an evening at the creek.
We look forward to the next time we can get together- miss you all!
Amber- (13 mo) looks hungry :)

Paul loved playing with Anna (3 yrs.) and the favorite activity was swinging in the hammock

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A trip to the park... (Where something is more interesting than the camera)

A big highlight (haha) of the trip has always been fireworks and Scott gets a little on the goofy side when it gets this time of year. He did a great job using self control and with the collection picked by him and Alex, we had a great show! Paul got to have his first sparkler- which he kept wanting to touch- I think it will be a few years before he is helping Daddy set things off!

Mandi with her beautiful girls watching the fire works show.
Thanks for a wonderful visit- thanks Gurnseys!