Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Remember When?...

I saw this on Becca's blog and thought it was such a fun idea!

I am doing a MEMORY post.

Here are the basic rules:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave a memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses.

3. Remember what your mom taught you; "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." lol Ready? Set? GO!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

What Were You Expecting?

Surprise! We're expecting a baby!

Zahlmann Baby #5 is due February 17th (always subject to change)

That's just 1 week before Christopher's 8th birthday...a baby and a baptism all within a month of each other...things ought to be interesting!

This is supposed to be a "surprise" for Grandma and Grandpa from the kids - they wanted to do it on the blog! Kids these days!

PS - Thank you Bethany of Elegant Word Art for creating our special announcement!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Independence Day 2008

We sure had an enjoyable 4th of July! We started out at the annual 4th of July Breakfast at the church. Our activities committee did such a great job pulling everything together! There was tons of fabulous food and a good turn out.
Then we went home for some R & R. Renee and Marco came over and played games with the kids - they loved it! Then we met the rest of the fam at the park by our house and had a wonderful BBQ! I didn't take any pics of the breakfast or the BBQ (Papa snapped this one of Avonleigh at the park). Then when it FINALLY got dark (10pm - seriously, we get like 7 hours of darkness in the summer!), we went across the street to the school parking lot and let off our fireworks with Uncle Scott and Aunt Jessica and the boys. Very busy, very fun!

God Bless America!
Avonleigh chillin' at the park

Chris and Scott handing out sparklers to the kiddos

Payton - super tired, but all smiles!

Scott and Cooper

Christopher and Laethym with their sparklers

Random June Events

Here are several of the June happenings. We had a wonderful visit from Uncle TJ and Aunt Molly and they also brought along Cousin Tricia! Unfortunately it was Christopher's last week of school and he ended up getting sick (high fever, aches, nausea), followed shortly by Avonleigh and Laethym. Our well planned week of activities with Tricia was thwarted, but everyone was well enough to enjoy her last day.

An afternoon at the downtown water fountain

Payton LOVED the water (when it was small)

Avonleigh and Payton. It was cute, they pretty much hung out together, while the older girls stuck together. Christopher was golfing with Daddy and Uncle TJ.
Note: This is the ONLY picture I got of Avonleigh looking at me, EVERY other picture is with her head down!

Laethym and Tricia sitting on the water outlets

Tricia helping with Payton (she was SUCH a help, we loved every minute of her visit!)


A trip to the super-fun Toy Factory!

Payton spent her time trying to shove every rock she could into her mouth!

Fuzzy-headed boy and the girls in "Groovy Girl Heaven"


Avonleigh and her bag of rocks

Laethym, Tricia and Avonleigh picking out their toy


Alice Rampton and I threw a surprise Baby Shower for my sister-in-law, Molly!
This was the carriage cake I made. I was so crazy that I forgot to bring my camera to the shower, so good thing I took a picture before hand. I'll have to get some pics of Molly and the guests from Alice.


Last day of preschool
Avonleigh and Laethym with Mrs. Cochran - they LOVED her!

Leathym receiving her memory book

Avonleigh receiving her memory book

The preschool kids singing "Willy the Worm"

Tricia, Laethym, Rachel Bartholomeusz and Avonleigh



Alicen Bartholomeusz, Ann Sherry and I threw a surprise Baby Shower for Sarah (3 boys and her first girl!)!
(back to front, left to right) Sarah Dye, Me, Alicen B, Jessica Zahlmann, Ruth Heninger, Nikki King with Natalie

Ann S, Cherie Martin, Jessica, Katie Carleski, Alicen in the back with baby Ellie

Averil Seely, Sandy Lewis, April Merten and Charitie Romrell

Joleane Sharp, Alicen, Averil, Sandy

Sarah (baby Ellie is under the pile of blanket!) and Ruth

Random May Events

There are so many events that have transpired over the last couple of months that I get overwhelmed at the thought of trying to blog anything! Then I look at all the hundreds of pictures and think I couldn't possibly narrow it down to so few. Anyway, in an attempt to get over my perfectionism, I'm just going to put in some special events (complete with pictures) that have occurred over the last 2 months.

Let the good times roll!


Jamba Juice opens up on 9th Street and Aunt Kym is a manager there!
Laethym and Avonleigh so excited to get their smoothies

Avonleigh getting her "Strawberries Wild" from her favorite high school preschool teacher, Erin.

Aunt Kym workin' hard for the money!


We put our garden in...Christopher was a bit out of sorts and isn't lookin' too happy.

Avonleigh next to HER tomato plants (this kid could happily exist on tomatoes alone)!

Laethym and Nana - bring on the Miracle Grow!

Payton with her "lawn weapons!"


Sarah Dye had her beautiful
baby girl, Elizabeth Jane (Ellie)!

The beautiful mama!

Laethym COULD NOT get enough of this sweet pea!