Newton Camping Trip

See the goofy guy sitting behind the goofy kid? His name is Mike and he is classmate of mine from highschool. We didn't really know each other back then but we hooked up through facebook and our class reunion. The kids love him and we've been having a blast.
This past weekend we loaded up Mom and Gene's camper and truck and drove to Newton KS. My grandma lives there with my aunt and uncle. We had a mini family reunion but there really isn't enough room in the house for all of us - so we camped out in the yard :-) It was so fun!
On the way we stopped in Hutchinson KS to visit a friend from highschool that we hadn't seen in 20 years! Thanks Michelle for all the goodies - if you are even in Hutch please stop by the library and enjoy an Italian Soda from Bru Crue! :-)
As usual click on the picture for more of our trip! Enjoy!

Six Flags Over Texas

Line for the log ride
Originally uploaded by Chavaneth
Don't tell Ethan ;-) Maggie went to Texas to visit her dad for a week - Jonnie decided to take Chad and Vanessa with her to pick Maggie up. (In case you have been under a rock- Maggie is Chad's girlfriend of a year - and Jonnie is Maggie's mom)
So since they were all so close to Six Flags anyway - they decided to spend a day there :-) Click on the pic for more pictures they sent me via phone while on the trip! :-)

Happy 4th of July

Ethan Mesmerized
Originally uploaded by Chavaneth
This is a pic of my baby boy watching a fountain about 15 minutes before he went and sat in the van and fell asleep :-) Our 4th was a little different than previous years. We made it into a weekend staycation for the kids and I, we had some BIG fireworks - and we had a guest. His name is Mike and we went to school together. We weren't really friends back then, but we share a history in a sense because of past high school lives. Facebook and our 20-year-reunion and has brought us together - It's been lots of fun so far! We like to say we go together like peas and carrots. You can see by the pics he has a goofy sense of humor and loves to cook - so the kids are in love with him already :-)


Wendy's finished tat
Originally uploaded by Chavaneth
When Wendy and I were in grade school and junior high we would see each other almost everyday. But still we passed notes in the halls. :-) In the middle of my 8th grade year, she moved to Arkansas. Luckily she had braces and a dad living in Bartlesville so she came back regularly for check-ups and to visit! But until about 7 years ago, we never even lived in the same state again. She went from Arkansas to Louisianna and back to Oklahoma - I mostly stayed in Oklahoma except for my few years in Jersey/NY...but we visited each other often and built a greater bond every year with marriages, divorces, children, and more marriages and divorces :)
At the bottom of our notes in jr high, we would write LYLAS. It was common for a lot of kids to write it - it means Love You Like A Sis. And somehow over all these years it has stuck with us. We text it and email it and say it to each other all the time. It's been almost 30 years now that we have been together. So we thought it was time to commemorate our lifelong friendship with tattoos. Is there really any other way? Click on the picture for documentation of the emotional moment we became bonded permanently to one another :-)