Friday, August 5, 2016

I want to remember...summer 2016

Curtis taking each of the kids out on his back into the ocean.
Curtis and Daniel kayaking in the ocean and seeing the dolphins.
Jonathan's "buddy". A whole sea shell he carried around Navarre.
Loosing our sunglasses in the ocean.
Eating the best fish I have ever had at Stewby's.
Zip lining with D.
Playing tag with Steve and the kids.
When Emily thought I was Mandy and climbed in my lap.
Emily and Sara wearing the ballet slippers I knit for them.
Rachel's smile after Kinder Kamp.
Watching the kids ride Chessie.
Rachel running from the sheep with their corn.
Jonathan doing the same thing the next day.
Daniel planting the cucumber plant he started as a seed in the window and then eating the fruit.
Watching Old Faithful during a rainstorm.
Elizabeth sheltering Rachel with a tablecloth during the rainstorm.
Watching some smaller geysers with Liz.
Rachel pointing out all the colors at Yellowstone.
Watching the "buff-lo" cross the river and then the road right in front of us.
Jonathan seeing lots more "buff-los" than mom or I did.
The dragon's tail at Yellowstone.
Losing Liz at Thomas's and then finding her.
Riding coasters with just Curtis and I.
Getting the good fries at Cedar Point.
Daniel and Curtis going to Cedar Point for D's birthday date.
Curtis going to the Coldplay concert with his brothers and dad.
Daniel's last Cub Scout Day Camp.
Planting the sunflowers and then checking their progress everyday with the girls.
Climbing on the rocks at Garden of the Gods.
Mom showing the kids a snapdragon flower at the Cosma's.
Lizzy wanting to ride Uncle John's motorcycle.
Uncle John giving the kids a ride.
Rachel trying to not go off the end of the water slide, she was not successful.
The kids naming the giant blowup turtle At Na Na's Turd.
Daniel playing rough with Emily and Emily loving it.
Rachel saying, "My marshmallow is not s'moring."
Seeing Aunt Carol, Uncle John, and cousin John.
Grant and Sofia Gillman coming over for a water balloon fight.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snow Day!

Begin forwarded message:

From: Phillip Nall <>
Date: January 23, 2016 at 4:01:09 PM EST
To: Curtis Nall <>, Leslie Nall <>, Daniel Nall <>

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Elizabeth and Rachel sharing a bath robe on a very warm December afternoon.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back to School

The summer flew by fast! ALL the Nalls went to our favorite place, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The kids had a great time in the two pools and out on the beach. Jonathan fell asleep in my arms while I was holding him out in the gentle waves. One night Elizabeth and I watched fireworks as they were shot off the fishing pier and the whole family saw some from our room the next night. Arthur, Melanie, Jason, Rebecca, and Terri and Phillip were there as well. Rachel asks everyday when we can go back to the white sand beach.

Daniel is in fifth grade this year! Last year of elementary school. His teachers are Ms. Catron and Ms. Mills. He likes everything so far, but what he is super excited about is the fact that there is a no written homework policy at Lakewood this year. No homework! To be fair, the policy is no written homework, so he still has to read every night (not a problem) and there are still spelling tests and other stuff to study. I have to say that I am not disappointed. He has time to practice piano and play outside after school now, he could not do that last year.

My Rosebud is in first grade! Her teacher is Ms. Brown and Elizabeth loves her. Her best friend from church, Hailey, is in her class and she is excited to play with her at recess everyday. Liz is reading better and better all the time. Her current favorite book is "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom". She tells me how to read it, "really loud here mom", "softer mom". She got 100% on her first spelling test!

Rachel and Jonathan are also back into the swing of things with Music Makers. Our August theme is the beach and ocean so Rachel feels like an expert.

So far a good start to a new year.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A River Runs Through It

All 16 inches of snow is melted and in its place is mud and rain. We live on a hill so flooding is not a problem but we do have some low spots in the yard and it looks like we have a creek running through our back yard. Liz had gymnastics after school and Daniel did his homework while waiting for her so everyone had about an hour to play when we got home. All three say they didn't jump in the puddles but all three were covered in mud splatters when they came in the house. It is nice to have more daylight in the evenings and the warmer temps.

Jonathan has been walking for about a month now. He is now at the stage where he hardly ever sits because walking and getting into everything is much more fun. He can climb on the big kids' beds, open their dresser drawers, and get all the books on the bottom two shelves. The piano has become about the only high place to put things out of his reach. Recently we cleared it off because it had two Valentine's boxes, one bag of Valentines, a pinewood derby car, marbles, and two weeks worth of school and Cub Scout papers.