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
Little Boy is in one of those phases where it seems like he is a bottomless pit. Well, not quite bottomless…he fills up in about 5 minutes but then he’s hungry 1 hour later. After filling up on fruit and bowls of cereal, his next favorite is sandwiches. Especially turkey sandwiches.
We get the kind of lunch meat that comes in the little round plastic packages where the bottom peels off. We always stock up when there’s a sale.
Then last week the unthinkable happened…we ran out of turkey. I offered to make Little Boy a bologna sandwich and he said he didn’t like bologna. Yeah, right. Who doesn’t like that lunch meat processed from bits and pieces of different farm animals? Yummy!
So I decided to make him a sandwich, and while I was constructing the sandwich it popped into my mind to sing the bologna song. You know…
My bologna has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R…
My bologna has a second name, it’s M-A-Y-E-R…
Oh, I love to eat it every day
And if you ask me why I’ll say
‘Cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.
Little Boy was intrigued by the song, so I had to sing it a couple of times until he learned the words and the tune. And by that time the sandwich had been eaten.
It was a great Mom moment thanks to Oscar Mayer. And if we ever have a problem with hot dogs, I’ve already got a plan.
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…
Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve blogged. Funny how fast life can go sometimes when you’re bogged down in details.
We’ve been on baby watch for weeks now, not knowing when our girls got bred. Finally, the first of the month, two sets of twins showed up within hours. I had to care for one set, as Mozzie wasn’t at all interested in them. I had to run to the goat store (luckily not far away) to get milk replacer and spend the day feeding and keeping them warm. Each set was a boy and girl. The girls continue with the food theme and this year the boys are dedicated to the great banjo legends Earl Scruggs & Lester Flatt.
Ginger’s twins came first with no help…but Ginger bleated with each contraction. Motherhood hurts!
Ginger's boy Earl (Mango getting some dinner)
Mango's beauty shot
Mozzie’s babies slipped out quietly, but she didn’t want anything to do with Pepper once Lester made his appearance.
Peppercorn turned out with lots of color
My little guy Lester
So they’ve grown well and have been vaccinated and disbudded. It’s fun to watch them run and jump all over. It warms your heart all over.
Until next time…
Little Boy was enjoying a hamburger the other day. Looking at the seeds on top of the bun, he suggested that we plant them so we could have a tree with all of the hamburgers we want. My two thoughts…how cute, and I wish.
We were driving for a while on the road to go see family, so we went thru a drive-thru restaurant. We don’t usually indulge, but Little Boy is going thru a growth spurt and is constantly hungry these days. And when you’re a little boy and hungry, there isn’t time to wait.
Luckily, there are lots of items on the dollar menu to choose from. Good thing, because that’s about all we can afford these days. It seems between the gasoline, the groceries and the electric bill, my checking account is running low earlier in the month than usual. We’re watching for sales a lot more closely, as well as stocking up on generic food and lots of potatoes and rice to stretch meals out.
The government may say the economy is doing better, but I disagree. I still know too many people without jobs. The price of everything is going up. Even the feed for the critters is going up, which means it is costing us more to feed ourselves. And as long as there is no extra money to spend, there is no recovery. Economics for Dummies, legislators need not apply.
I wish hamburgers grew on trees. I know how to grow trees.
Until next time…
Around Christmas time (before if I’m really on the ball) I work on our family newsletter and try to get our website updated. I made it in under the wire this year. Whew!
We’ve had some free websites, which is good for a start, but they really don’t give you much freedom for expression & design. So I’ve been looking at some alternatives. More on that later (I hope!).
Anyway, I decided it was time to update my blog…wow! It’s been quite a while since I last posted. Guess life has been pretty busy or I haven’t had much to say. Yea, right…like that has ever happened! Ha ha.
I started re-reading some of my older posts. What a gas. I’m amazed at some of the things I’ve written about and by some of the things I’ve written. Question is, though, do I have any more words that just need to get out? Sometimes I wonder.
This afternoon I was doing some cleaning and organizing (ok, I was looking for something I misplaced) when I came across a journal I had kept for a few months a couple of years ago. It was when Little Girl was a toddler and before Little Boy was born. What a treasure! So many wonderful stories and memories that have already faded.
So once again, I’m back to blogging. And I’ll make it one of my New Year’s resolutions. It just seems that keeping these ideas and stories alive for my loved ones (and anyone else who cares to read them) is to important to let pass. Here’s a quilt that I made for my Dear Parents for their 40th anniversary. It’s a Block-of-the-Month quilt from when I was in Olathe Quilt Guild.
Kansas BOTM Quilt I made & BFF finished
Well, guess I should keep looking for that lost item…oops, I mean cleaning.
Until next time…
Gosh, it’s been forever since I posted a blog. All I can say is…
New school clothes $200
New school supplies $300
School tuition & lunches $300
Kids back in school PRICELESS!
It’s time to crawl back into my wonderful schoolyear rut. I can’t wait to talk to and visit my friends, plus get some necessary items completed.
But I should add (just so I won’t be left off of the Mother of the Year list entirely), the kids are off to a great start and are going to have a fantastic year. We’ve got more wonderful teachers -yea! It will be fun to watch the kids grow and learn.
Until next time…