Her Pal Riley

Riley has been a part of our family even before we had Kenedee.  Kenedee absolutely adores her, I think Riley has grown to love  Kenedee as well, although I think on occassion Kenedee somewhat annoys her, she’s so great with her though. Below is a moment I captured a couple of weeks ago while I was making dinner.

DSCN2572See that look in Riley’s eyes, that’s the look we get quite often when Kenedee is bothering her. Riley’s hips have really been bothering her lately, she has begun having trouble walking. She’s only 7 years old. We hope Riley hangs on for many more years because the day Riley leaves will be very hard for us and Kenedee.


26.2 for Africa

That’s what my hubby did last weekend. He ran a full marathon in Chicago for Team World Vision. We went up for the weekend with two other couples. It was very cold, but a lot of fun.

DSCN2557Here we are with our signs that we made during our hr. long train ride into the city. The funny thing is I think this is the only time the signs got held up was for this picture. We all got so excited and flustered when we saw our husbands that we forgot to hold up the signs.

DSC08707This was taken near the finish line, his knee was really bothering him, but he fought through it. We were able to see them at the 12 mile mark and at this point, thanks to our friend who had it all mapped out where we could see them.

DSCN2559So proud of all of them. Kyle’s one goal was to just finish and that’s exactly what he did. He ran it in 4h 25 min., at about a 10 minute pace.  He did so awesome!

DSCN2562Holding my man!

Why oh Why?

I’ve asked myself that a few times over the past few days when it comes to Kenedee, wondering why she does some of the things she does.

DSCN2537See Exhibit A above. This occurred while we were on our way home from Oklahoma waiting at a gas station. I had bought her a Kumon book for her to practice her cutting skills. She decided to practice her cutting skills on her own clothes, you can’t tell too well from the picture, but she actually made two slits in her pants and a couple holes in her shirt. When I asked her why she did it, she responded by saying that Daddy has jeans with holes in them.


Here’s the story behind these photos: I had the box of food coloring out, I was using the yellow. Kenedee had gone down to the basement to “play” (at least that’s what I thought she was doing) while I was doing some cooking. She comes up sometime later with the whole box of food coloring and says , “Here momma.” I asked her what she had been doing with them and she said nothing, “Promise Kenedee.” She responds with a “No.” (i’m not sure she knows what promise means) Then I hear her mumble the words, “I did something really bad mommy.” She proceeds to take show me her hands and then takes me downstairs (I was envisioning food coloring all over the carpet) She takes me into her play area and shows me the blue food coloring she had squeezed on some of her play kitchen toys, she must have got scared and stopped at the blue. I told her I appreciated her honesty but that we don’t play with food coloring.

So I often ask myself why she does some of the things she does, it’s hard sometimes not to laugh at her. I have to remember that she is still pretty young and is still into exploring and learning things for herself.