Category Archives: Family Time


I apologize sincerely for neglecting the family blog…life gets crazy, things get put aside…this is one of them.  Anyway, here just a few fairly recent pics of the girls.  Now that the weather is warmer, the sun is out more often than not, we will be hopefully finding some new locations to shoot and I will add more as spring and summer approach us!  ENJOY!

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It’s ABOUT TIME!  For such a “short” summer, it gets rediculously hot here, and seems to take EONS to go away!  Well, fall is here (and brought with it the usual wind…blah…) but I’d rather deal with a little wind, and be able to see the beautiful colors, then have to time the kids on how long they’ve been out in the sun!  We headed up to Mt. Charlston for some pictures of the leaves turning.  The girls got to do some exploring, we all got some fresh mountain air, and it took our little princesses 2 hours to get sick of one another stealing leaves (aren’t there plenty to share?!)…it ended with a little shove, some WAILING, and mom saying, “OK IT’S BEEN GREAT!  And now it’s…NAPTIME!”  With as much as they ran, climbed, sang, and danced, I thought for sure they’d both nap (or at least rest…)  Lucy finally fell asleep after an hour of talking and deciding at one point it would be a grand idea to climb out of her crib!  TIME FOR A BIG GIRL BED!  Enjoy the pics.

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Memorial Day was a safe success!  I always worry that pools and kids may not be the safest combination…but the kids had fun, I’m pretty sure the adults had ALMOST as much fun, if not more…and we had the opportunity to meet a desert tortoise named Taz (BONUS!)  The kids thought that was the best!  And SURPRISE!  Both girls TOUCHED him!  Guess they really do find away to amaze us everyday!  Lydia also surprised herself by figuring out how to cross the monkey bars (while Mom freaked out, of course, and insisted on being within arms’ reach all 10 times she did it!)  All in all, it was a fun day with good food and good friends!  Check it out!

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Memorial Day, from what the news portrays, is usually a holiday filled with fun, barbeques, water play, boats, etc…inevitably someone gets hurt…PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be safe this Memorial Day!  Have a good one!  We will be having fun with good friends at a backyard pool party and BBQ!  Food, fun, and friends…the 3 “f” words everyone loves!  Here are just a couple of recent pics from last week…I will be updating again after the BBQ!  So check back later in the week!

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I had the amazing opportunity to spend 3 1/2 FABULOUS hours with Lydia, at her school doing art projects, reading books, sharing strawberry shortcake, and playing outside!  The kids sang us a very neat song they prepared just for Mother’s Day, too!  It was a GREAT day!  Check it out!

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Meet Brendan, “Mom, this is one of my boys, Brendan.  Say hi to him!” 

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At the end of the morning, all the kids gave all the Moms the gifts that they had made (colored bath salts, hot cocoa mix, tea, a handmade card, and of course the various art projects).

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I will be the first to admit, I have been neglecting the family blog.  For this I apologize to my faithful bloggers.  I have had a hard time finding my thoughts this past week…where has my head been?  I will tell you…
Some of you know, some of you don’t…my Grandfather (Bill Welty) passed away on Saturday evening (April 4th). He was diagnosed 9 years ago with Congestive Heart Failure and until this year had been doing quite well with it. I think he just got tired…it was his time and he was more than ready to go…it’s been really hard for me to grasp this concept, as he was like a father to me my entire life. I grew up with him, lived in the same house, he attended every music and dance recital that I can remember performing in, nevermind the swim meets (in town and out of town) and games/tournaments I cheered for. I am forever in debt to him for the wise thoughts he shared with me and the time he spent with me as a child…
Two days after I was informed of his passing, I was finally able to tell Lydia that we would be going back to Montana. Her reaction? One I only wish I could have had as an adult, “OH GOODY!”  I explained to her exactly WHY we would be traveling there once more (and so soon…as we were just there about a month ago for a visit).  She had so many questions…questions that I tried to answer to the best of my ability in words a three year old would understand but not be to terribly upset by. “Why is he going to Heaven, Mom? Will he go on an airplane?” Then it finally clicked…her look saddened and she said plainly, “Oh…that’s not good.” (that got my heart) She was fairly quiet most of the morning and during our daily walk with our dog, Lily, she asked me out of nowhere, “Mom? Will Great Grandpa get to sleep in heaven? ‘Cause he’s pretty tired.” …
I think this is finally when the surreal nature of this situation turned so real to me. Up until this point, I have been running on “auto-pilot”, I’ve had a headache, been sick to my stomach, and extremely irritable to people who do not deserve it (Namely, my poor husband…for this, I am sorry).   I have been completely unable to focus on anything, even deciding what to wear in the morning has seemed like more of a challenge or an extra chore than normal step in my everyday life.  So, to answer Lydia’s big question…
In my mind, yes Lydia, Great Grandpa will get to sleep in Heaven. I would like to think he also is golfing, riding his bike, smoking his pipe (as much as I disliked this, it made him happy…), mowing the lawn, baking cakes and sweet breads, playing his keyboard, singing, and watching whatever “game” may be on Heaven’s television. He is doing all the things he loved during life that he could no longer find joy doing in his last few days. He was in pain until the day he went, and I am told that the day he went was the day he was the most content he’d been in a long time. That puts my heart and my mind at ease. It helps me, just knowing that he’s watching us but I also know it will be a great adjustment for all of us. We love you, Grandpa, more than you could have known! You will be missed!


It has taken me some time to get this post up, and I apologize for that.   It was a good trip to Montana, emotional, at times relaxing (at other times not…), AND COLD!  But we got to spend some quality time with “The Great Ones” (GG and Great Grandpa) and Grandma Anne, too!  Not to mention Auntie Lynn, Chelsey and Cousin Cora.  Lydia quite a bit of time on Great Grandpa’s lap in the recliner, and sitting at the piano or keyboard listening to him play.  I can only hope that at 85 years old I will be sitting with my Great Grandkids, sharing with them the music I have enjoyed for my entire life!  Lucy, unfortunately, waited until our last day there to warm up to him enough to smile at him and give him a kiss.