Friday, February 23, 2007

Florida Oranges.

Valentines Day is a much annticipated day at the Ulmers, for with it comes the arrival of fresh Florida oranges!! Grandma generously has a case sent to us every Valentines day, and they don't last long around here!!
There is nothing like a fresh, juicy orange with your eggs for breakfast, or as a snack in the afternoon!!
Thank-you, Grandma!!
After the oranges are all gone, Silas loves to use the box as a boat!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Enjoying Marcus.......


Aunt Tabitha

Uncle Micah

Aunt Charity

Aunt Phoebe

Uncle Silas!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

One Year!!

As I was putting together Andrew's birthday post tonight, I got to thinking of all the joys and struggles we have had with this blog, and I remembered that February was the month we joined the blogging world!!
Today is the first birthday of "Memorable Musings"!
It's been a whole year of blogging!!
It has been a joy keep in touch with you all a little more through this blog, and we hope you have enjoyed staying a little more up-to-date on our family!
So in honor of our first year of blogging, will you leave a comment and let us know you visit?!?! :)

Happy Birthday!!

This little man is 26 today!!!
Happy Birthday Andrew!
We're so glad the Lord brought you into our family!
We Love You!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Parson Guests.....

Happy Birthday Andrew (1 week early)!!
Last week-end the Shepards traveled up from Parsons to meet baby Marcus and we enjoyed a quick visit with them!! It is always precious to see how much Justice has grown, and watch him and Silas play together! It was great to see Andrew and Rebecca and get caught up with them on the past weeks.

Mommy teaching Justice how to play the piano.

"Yep, I've got both these boys in neck-hold!!" (Uncle Silas)
"Um...Mommy, could you help me!??!" (Paul)
"I've got 9 Uncles, I hope they all don't do this!!" (Justice)

While Justice was here, we tried to get a photo of the three boys together. None of them were particularly in the mood for a photo shoot, except Uncle Silas, but then, he is always up for a picture of himself! :) It was impossible to get all three to smile and look at the camera, and Paul kept trying to get down.

"Okay guys, photo shoot is over; I'm out of here!!" (Paul)
"No Paul!! Not yet!! It's still picture time!!" (Uncle Silas)
"I wish those guys would get their act together, they are ruining this photo shoot" (Justice)

"We'll smile, but we won't look at you, Aunt Elizabeth!!"
Aren't they adorable?!?! :)

Another Snowfall!!

Last winter we enjoyed very warm (60-70 degrees!) weather during the first few months of the year. Not so this year!! On Monday we got our second heavy snowfall of the year; it started snowing mid-afternoon and when we got out of bed Tuesday morning, there was over a foot of snow on the ground!! Needless to say, Dad's work was canceled, and Seth was pursuaded to take off for the day to go sledding with us. :)
The snow drifted quite a bit, and our younger ones discovered huge 4 foot drifts all over our yard!!! Just before noon, we gathered the sleds and headed for the field behind the house. Those first few minutes of sledding were tremendous fun!
(The purple sled was Seth's but he rode on the tractor that round using his video camera!! The footage he got is really something!) :)

Unfortunately, we had only been sledding for about 10 minutes when the tractor became stuck in a huge snowdrift! This was quite surprising because in the past 10 years of sledding with the tractor, it has never once been stuck. It was very difficult to get the tractor out, considering the facts that it was going slightly down hill (you wouldn't have guessed by the picture, would've you!?!?) and once you dug all the snow away from the tires, you found a thick layer of ice...

Trying to dig the tractor out.

Once the wheels were somewhat clear, pushing the tractor out!
After a hour of trying to get the tractor out, Seth decided to see if his truck could pull it out. He hurried over the hill to get the truck, while the rest of us took a much needed break from shoveling and pushing. Before too long, Seth came back over the hill.......on foot. Unfortunately, the truck was also stuck in the knee-deep snow.
To make a long story short, after 2 1/2 hours of pushing and manuvering, we succeeded in getting the tractor out. We then were able to pull the truck out with the tractor and both vehicles and their passengers made it safely back to the house. No one was exactly eager to go back out immediately to go sledding, but this afternoon, we'll be heading back out, only this time, we'll try and avoid the drifts......:)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

It's a Nephew!!!

-Marcus Scott Anson-
9lbs, 9ozs
21 1/2 inches long
February 6th, 2007
Lydia and Marcus are both doing great!!
For more pictures of the cutie, visit the Anson blog!

Uncle Noah and Marcus.......

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Friday, February 02, 2007

Our Little Cowboy........

Our cute little Cowboy, ready for another day chasing cows!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Stangl Visit!!

Susanna, Phoebe, Julia, Justus and Charity!
On Saturday our family (minus Noah who had to work) traveled up to Omaha to spend some time with the Stangl family. We had a wondeful time!! The Stangls graciously opened their home up to us and we enjoyed the sweet fellowship we had with them. Given that there were 19 children present between our families, it made for quite a house-full!!! :)

Mom and Mrs. Stangl

Tabitha and Lydia helping make pizza!

After we girls made supper, the boys pitched in and cleaned up the kitchen!!

Sledding with Stangls!!

Despite the cold and wind, all of us children except the two youngest in each family enjoyed several hours of sledding Saturday afternoon.
Coming from 'flat' Kansas, our younger children had never been sledding except when following a tractor!! They soon discovered that speeding down a steep hill is every bit as exhilarating as flying around behind a tractor!
The snow was packed down, and had formed a thin layer of ice, which made for a fast descent and limited steering capabilities. :)
It became a game to see how many people we could fit on the sled at one time; it helped to have a lot of smaller persons to cram onto the sled!

Climbing back up for another slide....


Esther preferred to go down the hill minus the sled; which worked great until she hit the ramp..........:)
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