Merry Christmas from the Glaums in 2014! This year has been an adventure with lots of new experiences and new friends. Tony is still working for Burns & McDonnell as a substation engineer. This year he was promoted to Associate—what an honor. He’s traveled for work to New England, Illinois and St. Louis. Tony’s gotten a little hunting and fishing in this year, and he enjoys it when the kids join him. He had a big garden again, but the temperatures were so cool this summer that the big crops just didn’t do well. However, we did have some wonderful fruit. Tony found a motorcycle that he just couldn’t live without—he’s once again an easy rider, complete with a cool new black leather jacket! The practice where I work was sold to a new owner/veterinarian; I am really enjoying working with her. Jennifer is a sophomore at Basehor-Linwood HS. She is active in choir and plays the cello. Last spring she was on the track team and ran 100m and did long jump. She and Tony went to east Texas last June and they shot a wild hog—yummy! Jenn enjoys being in youth group at our church and they went to the Ozarks for a summer trip. Jacob is in the 6th grade at Basehor-Linwood MS. It has been a big jump but he really enjoys the changes in classes and activities. Jake still like computers, Lego’s and trains. He is taking on more responsibilities around the house. He’s grown A LOT this year (which is reflected in the grocery bill!). We took a fun vacation over spring break to Winter Park for the kids’ first ski trip. They’re ready to go back again next year. I traveled with our church group in July to Germany as part of a Luther Tour. It was enlightening and entertaining; I can’t wait to go back and take some time to visit those places again. In November, we spent the some time in Washington County visiting our new hunting friends from Texas—we had so much fun for a short trip. Our families are doing great. Tony’s parents enjoyed having Terry and family home this fall. His mom had her knee replaced and is recovering very well. My parents continue to stay busy. They’ve joined the Sons & Daughters of the American Revolution and traveled a little to visit family and do genealogy. We still have critters. We lost our kitty Captain Lewis this year (15 yrs old) and sold quite a few goats. Jenn’s pony Smokey Joe will be 33 next spring. We added many baby chicks and finally Jake is getting to sell some eggs. We think of you all often and the kids really like it when we tell stories. You can still reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or see my facebook page www.facebook.com/deb.glaum/photos_albums for more photos.
The Glaums—Tony, Deb, Jennifer & Jacob
Merry Christmas 2013 from Glaumland! It’s been a fun & eventful year and there is so much to share. Tony has stayed busy at Burns & McDonnell bringing a very large project in New England to near completion after several years. This last month he was selected by the B&Mc board of directors to become an associate with the company. What an honor! He had a terrific garden this year even though the weather was odd – lots of tomatoes, peppers, peas and onions, but no fruit again this year. He did cut and split lots of wood and filled the shed so we are ready for a cold winter. Tony & the kids continued in TaeKwonDo all year and earned their purple belt in November. I’ve stayed very busy this year. I still work at Ridgeview Animal Hospital, and I’m in the final stages of completing my Master’s degree in Public Health. I did an internship with the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Dept this summer and fall, and my goal is to give my Master’s Report in March – finally! Jenn is a freshman at Basehor-Linwood High School. The picture below was her 9th grade graduation dance. She picked the dress and looked amazing and so grown up. During the summer she worked with our friends and tended gardens, picked veggies & flowers, then spent Saturdays working at the Farmer’s Market. She knows how to work hard! She still plays cello in the orchestra, sings in the HS choir, and is involved with the Youth Group at our church, Risen Savior, Basehor. Jake is now in 5th grade at Linwood Elementary – his last year there – playing viola, a whiz at computers, and dreaming big dreams. He had fun this summer visiting grandparents, swimming and riding his bike. He’s growing big and growing up. He likes to help Dad work on the cars and show off his muscles doing chores. We’ve had a lot of fun family time this year as well. In March we took a long weekend and went to Wichita to the Zoo and to a train show (Jake still likes his trains). In May we had the opportunity to drive our car around the Kansas Speedway – Tony got to live his dream of being a race car driver (but in an old Buick!). The kids are hooked on the show Storm Chasers, and last spring were able to meet Reed Timmer during School Day at the K (Royal’s stadium). That’s Jake sitting in the Dominator. Now both kids want to be meteorologists and storm chasers (gulp!). This fall we went to Hutchinson to the 100th Anniversary of the Kansas State Fair. Our families are wonderful. My parents gave up their K-State season football tickets, but stayed very busy with church and grandkids. My brother’s oldest daughter is getting married the weekend after Christmas. Tony’s parents have stayed busy traveling to see family, working and completing projects and gifts. As for our critters, we still have our horse & pony, lots of goats, 3 dogs, 4 cats, lots of chickens and a guinea. Foxes and other varmints have been bad this year; just last night an owl was perched by the chicken house looking for an easy meal. It’s always an adventure! We miss you all and think of you often. The kids are always asking stories about when we were younger so it’s fun sharing memories with them. Please stay in touch by email (email@example.com) or on Facebook (lots more pictures). God Bless You in 2014!
I just got a new phone, one of those kinds that you can have apps on. Not one made from fruit, more like a little robot. You know, one of those that has an age limit on figuring out how to use it.
I still haven’t figured out how to answer a phone call without hanging up on the caller. Oops! Sorry! (Leave a message and I do know how to call back.) And if you touch it in the wrong places it makes all sorts of weird beeps at you, as though I were physically harassing my phone. Harumph!
But I do have a GPS-thingy now so I should be able to get to places I’ve never been before. And I have a beeper to remind me to take my medicines. And I can see texts messages and email. The camera/camcorder has great resolution with tons of storage. I’ve found some games and some trivia apps (name that president, international countries & their flags, name that periodic element, name that letter from the Greek/Russian/Hebrew alphabet…all for free).
I have an Adobe viewer and a micro-Office program. That’s tremendously helpful for school and work-related items. Unlimited internet with lots of weather information – a must for this time of year. I especially like the little weather show that occurs when my phone comes on…if it is raining a little wiper cleans the screen. How cute is that?
My favorite apps though so far are my Kindle viewer and Google Sky. The Kindle (free version for phone) ‘clouds’ with my laptop Kindle (free version for laptop) so I can keep up wherever I am. And there are lots of good, free books out there (many classics). I’m reading Ben Franklin’s Autobiography – what a really interesting man.
Google Sky is pretty cool. It figures out where I am with the GPS thing and shows me the stars and constellations that are overhead. Then as you turn different directions it rotates the display. So totally awesome, and beats using flashlights and books.
Next I’ll be looking for the apps that make the kids do their chores or change their attitudes. I’m sure they won’t be free, but a peaceful summer would be worth any price.
Until next time…
Well, we added to our goat population again today. CocoaBean had a set of twins this afternoon. And the funny thing is, they look very much like set number two. Since they are boys, we’ve continued the banjo theme.
This is Fleck, named for Bela Fleck
Seegar, named after Pete Seegar
Fleck & Seeger getting some dinner
CocoaBean is being a great mom, so I bet these little boys will be growing fast.
Here’s an update on the other kids…Mango, Pepper, Earl & Lester. We’ve got quite a family.
Playtime in the pasture
You’ve heard of reindeer games? Well the kids’ favorite game is ‘King of the Mountain.’ It’s fun to see how many kids can climb on at once.
Mango & Earl pretending to be mountain goats
Until next time…
OK, I’m taking a dive into the digital swimmin’ hole. Now that I have a good camera and faster uploads, I think I’ll go back and add some pics into my blogs. It will be fun to share some of them, some of which came while I was going for ‘the postcard/calendar pic’.
And now there is a cool way to display them on the blog. Man, this stuff can be a hoot! Buckle in and enjoy the ride.
This is a quilt my BFF & I made for my newest niece.
Baby quilt with bees & peas on the fabric and free-motion quilted in the stripes.
Until next time…
The year is brand new, but the jokes are not.
Little Boy in his flower child phase several years ago.
Little Boy is in a phase where he is telling jokes. Over and over and over again. And now that he is reading better, he is checking out joke books from the library. So at least we’re getting a few new ones thrown in with the old. Thank goodness.
Tonight, however, it wasn’t a joke that tickled our ribs. Little Boy was repeatedly asked a question and he wasn’t responding (he was in the middle of playing with his Christmas Lego’s). When we asked him why he wouldn’t answer he said…
His hearing aid was turned all the way down! Guess I had better invest in a new hearing aid or at least some batteries.
Until next time…
Fibromyalgia has been, at least for me, a constant balancing act of trying to use the right meds at the right time and balance that with activity and rest. Although I may find a regimen that works great one day, there is no guarantee that it will continue to work another day.
So I’ve been playing with sleep aids, which seems to be where most of my troubles lie. I don’t remember when I’ve had a good night sleep and woke up refreshed (actually, I do remember one day in February of 2007). How sad.
And lately I’ve been having lots of nights with active dreaming again. Makes me tired just to think of it. I’ve had lots of dreams about houses; so big and complicated you need GPS just to get around.
One of my really good friends is a nurse and also very in to natural medicine. She works the late shift so sleeping cycles can be very challenging for her, too. Lately she’s tried L-tryptophan, the amino acid that’s found in turkey that makes everyone sleeping on Thanksgiving afternoon. She said it has really worked great for her.
So I decided to give it a try. Wow! I’ve actually gotten 2 good nights sleep (not to say they were dreamless) but I wasn’t exhausted when I woke up. I actually feel good! Amazing!!!! I forgot how much energy I could have when I feel refreshed!!!! It’s definitely an exclamation point day!!!! I’ve already offered up thanks to God; now I’ve got to call my friend. She’ll be so pleased for me.
I hope this continues for a long time, but I’ll enjoy it for however long it lasts. I’m off to conquer the world!!!
Until next time…