26 December 2010

Welcome to the Highlands.

~Christmas Morning~
~Happy 16th Birthday to Ty Morning!~

This was fun! Kris sent Ty on a scavenger hunt
Christmas morning to find his Bagpipes. He
about died when he realized where they
had been hiding for several weeks.

After running to the neighbors home...receiving
a clue...coming back to our home and
climbing up into the attic...Ty finally
discovers his Bagpipes safely tucked
away in the drawers beneath his bed.

Ty's first try at producing sound on his
new pipes. One learns and practices on a practice
chanter (sort of like a recorder) prior to 'moving'
to the real Pipes. Pretty cool he has
been able to actually make sound so soon!
This is no easy undertaking! The work has
just begun...but we were laughing
and having sooooo
much fun!

Awesome. Absolutely awesome. A dream
coming true. Ty has been like a little kid
literally waiting for Christmas! When he
took to the outdoors, we heard reports that
our friends on the next cul-de-sac over
heard him playing...and they were
inside their home.

I rarely am able to actually surprise Kris on
Christmas. However, I did so this year!
He has been taking lessons with Ty...but only
planned on getting the pipes for his son right now.
When all the activity died down a bit from Ty's
discovery...I sent Kris on his own hunt for
new pipes. Here, Ty is helping to tune
his dad's new find! Such a memorable
and fun morning! Next up: KILTS!!

20 December 2010

Our G-Rated 'Adult Party.'

Turlock High School Combined Choirs Christmas Concert
Jennie Falke, Davis and Darcy
Woods, Ty Hyer, and Abby Falke

Ty's cousin, Doug came to support.

Abby and Ty...the models, add to their
already huge collection of photos
of the two of them together.
Love this. Fun kids!

Each Christmas season my parents treat their children
and spouses to a beautiful evening of dinner and
dessert. We exchange gifts with our siblings, enjoy
time together telling stories and laughing, and
receive special gifts from our parents, as well.
We always call it the "Adult Party" which
sounds rather curious. But, it's all
very G-rated.

Dad and Rick taking care of the steaks.

Mom's beautiful table.

No couple ever started a family
with a well-thought-out
exit strategy. ~Robert Brault~

Couldn't resist that little bit of humor. All these
years later...dear parents are still parenting.

Molly and Mom serving dessert.


The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:
the presence of a happy family all wrapped up
in each other. ~Burton Hillis~

Rick, Steve, and I get a little carried away from
time to time texting favorite quotes back and
forth from the T.V. show Modern Family.
Kris and I gave Rick a shirt we had made with
two of his favorites. The back of the shirt
reads "And we're back..."
Another beautiful and fun evening.
Thanks, mom and dad.

07 December 2010

The Family And The Gathering

Thanksgiving at Grandma and Grandpa Rowan's
i love little Laura's arms around Ava and Camille.

What greater blessings to give thanks for at
a family gathering than
the family and the gathering.

Long long ago dad turned the garage into
a wall-to-wall scrapbook. New photos
regularly are framed and hung. Everyone eagerly
delights in finding themselves in the newest additions,
as well as remembering past good times
amongst those that have been there "forever."

Robert and Jessica, with Ava and Sevilla.

Another Grandpa Rowan, with Sevi.

Mom's Ginko Leaves

Skepticism is a religion very rich in
evangelists but very short in Saviors.
Robert Brault

Great Grandpa Rowan, with
Great Granddaughter, Sevilla.

There are moments every day in family life
that in and of themselves would suffice
as the whole purpose of the enterprise.

This year we're having the words "There's more
gravy" stitched right on the napkins.

If you could find happiness by abandoning
those you love, exactly what would
you do with it?

What is certainty but complete faith, and how
then can faith not be the path to certainty?

A few of the great grandchildren.

Thanksgiving drawings
hung in Grandma's kitchen.

Bev and Steve

Brad and Melissa, with Cole and Hayley.

02 December 2010

Leaves and Levities

How silently they tumble down,

And come to rest upon the ground.

To lay a carpet rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,

Content to sleep,

Their work well done,

Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times they wildly fly
until they nearly reach the sky.

Twisting, turning through the air,

Till all the trees stand stark and bare.

Exhausted, drop to earth below,

To wait, like children, for the snow.
Elise N. Brady

Thank you leaves.

Now. For the LEAVITY part.

During the Thanksgiving break we visited a
local Apple Store. This is how we found Ty.
Computers on either side of him somehow
were showing this same website.
His hints aren't so subtle...the closer
we approach Christmas. His teacher
just approved him for the real deal.
How convenient.

Kris and Ty practicing their chanters.
I love that Ty's eyes barely leave the
T.V. screen. You'll see why at the end.
(He finished off the season with
41 personal goals, by the way.)

Anne Marie in the background is
preparing application materials
for Graduate School, looking much
calmer on the outside than she
feels on the inside.

It's a boy thing.
I love that they are great friends.

(We must've had spaghetti for dinner.
That's the orange shirt Kris always puts
on over his shirt when we eat spaghetti.
It's been called for "when you die"
by more than one child.)

Next post: The Family and the Gathering