1. MEMORIES

Memories to share, moments to relive! A collection of things from the past infused with hope for the future. None of these pics and videos are in any particular order.

1-2002 AARON'S WEDDING AARON SANDY GORDa
With our second oldest son at his wedding in 2002.

 

1-2002 AARON'S WEDDING VIRG HIDING IN PLANTa
My mother and my sister at our son’s wedding, 2002.
DAUGHTER’S BRIDAL SHOWER

This  shower was held at a local bar, and daughter decided it should be a “costume party.”  Sometimes it’s hard keeping up with the kids!

Daughter and her fiance were Pacman and Ms. Pacman!
Daughter and her fiance were Pacman and Ms. Pacman!

 

Our son dressed up like a pimp. Those are NOT his real teeth! We payed a lot of money for braces when he was a kid! Those are fake teeth, of course!
Our son dressed up like a pimp. Those are NOT his real teeth! We paied a lot of money for braces when he was a kid! Those are fake teeth, of course!

 

Our family on the dance floor. From left: daughter's fiance, my cousin dressed as Mr. Peanut, me, our son, our granddaughter in the saloon girl outfit, and way at the right side, our daughter-in-law.
Our family on the dance floor. From left: daughter’s fiance, my cousin dressed as Mr. Peanut, me, our son, our granddaughter in the saloon girl outfit, and way at the right side, our daughter-in-law in the white boots, holding our grandson.

 

My husband and I.
My husband and I. Unfortunately, he doesn’t own a pair of sandals!

My amazing cousin made these “life-sized” representations of our daughter and her fiance. They are “wearing” oven mits and they each have gifts held in their “hands.”  Amazing!

1-2012 NICK REINA 8D

 DAUGHTER’S BACHELORETTE PARTY – MARCH 2013

Our daughter, being the strange person she is, had a bachelorette party to which she invited her brother! They are very close, so I suppose that’s why! She also told all of us that we had to find tacky old clothes to wear; vintage 1970s if we could find them. I found mine at a thrift shop.

All dressed up in tacky clothes. Daughter-in-law, son, daughter, me.
All dressed up in tacky clothes. Daughter-in-law, son, daughter, me.

 

Son and daughter.
Son and daughter.
Party is over... it's about 2 am.... daughter-in-law and I have changed back into our clothes... bar staff is cleaning up the place... but son and daughter are still going strong! Playing the juke box, singing, and dancing!
Party is over… it’s about 2 am…. daughter-in-law and I have changed back into our clothes… bar staff is cleaning up the place… but son and daughter are still going strong! Playing the juke box, singing, and dancing!

The following video shows us, a bit tipsy, being filmed by someone else who was a bit tipsy. Bad video, but I wanted to include it because it was a fun time with my kids!

WYOMING and MONTANA – 2013 – 2014 – 2015 – 2016

My husband and our son make an annual trek out west in the spring to hunt for shed mule deer and elk antlers. It’s not that they sell them or anything. They just collect them. I don’t understand it. I really don’t.

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The side of this mountain was extremely steep. What fun this must be! This is in Montana.

 

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Another shot from their Montana trip. My son is a bit hard to spot in this pic but he’s there. They will be heading to Wyoming for their early April, 2016 jaunt.

Our oldest son moved to Georgia several years ago. We don’t get to see him too often, so it’s wonderful when he comes to Wisconsin for a visit!

1-2011 JUN 19 REM VISIT 1DDF
Our oldest son, his two boys, me, and my husband, in our yard.
Our son with his first grandchild! And OUR first great grandchild!
Our son with his first grandchild! And OUR first great grandchild!
CHRISTMAS – FUN!

We never know what kind of crazy costume the kids will have on when they get here!

1-2012 12 25 AARON AND FAMILY 1A
Our son, his wife, and children.

 

1-2012 12 25 NICK REINA 2
Our daughter and her husband.
1-2013 12 25 XMAS 6
Daughter and son-in-law.

 

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Our son and his family.

 

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I always crack up when they walk in the door each year! A family “tradition” I will remember till the day I die!

 

1-AARON BRAIDEN XMAS 2015
No! Those are NOT my son’s real teeth!

 

1-BRAIDEN XMAS 2015
Our beautiful granddaughter. She was in 7th grade on this Christmas in 2015.
Unless you knew the story of the "sock monkey" in our family you wouldn't understand this picture of our daughter.....
Unless you knew the story of the “sock monkey” in our family you wouldn’t understand this picture of our daughter…..

 

1-2013 12 25 XMAS2
My husband and I are pretty tame compared to the kids!

EXTREME MAKEOVER – July 29, 2008

Most of us have heard of the popular TV show, but I was part of it in 2008! I heard they were coming to Richland Center, and I even knew the lady whose house they were re-making. I’d taught school with her briefly. I never thought I’d be part of it, though! Imagine my surprise when I got a call from them to join the crew! They had stopped in our court house and were asking for people “skilled” in certain areas. Since I had a greenhouse business then, and also Master Gardener certification from the state, someone mentioned my name and I got the call!

EXTREME MAKEOVER 2008
Towards the end of Day 1 on Extreme Makeover.

What an experience! It was on July 29, 2008, and the heat was hovering at 98 degrees, with dreadful humidity. But you do what you have to do!  The entire thing was amazing! I worked in the garden areas. Plants were provided, and we planned the gardens and planted them. THOUSANDS of plants! While we were doing that there were separate crews working on the interior of the house, on the garage, and on the exterior siding and windows. There was another crew laying sod on the entire expanse of lawn. This house was out in the country. LOTS of lawn!

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Everywhere you looked there were lines of people carrying things, into the house, out to the yard, and everywhere imaginable! The house already had new windows and siding on it by the end of the first day! Many local construction and landscaping crews donated their time to get the project done.

 

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By now the second day is half over. The house is completed inside and out, except for a few finishing touches. The lawn to the sides and back of the house are sodded, and they are getting ready to sod the area where these people are standing.

 

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Tent city! If the workers were hungry we could go into one of the tents and have some great-tasting food. Soda, water, coffee, all of it was on the “house.” There were even two professional massage therapists there for anyone who was getting a little achy.

 

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At one point I heard everyone frantically pointing to this man and saying, “There’s Ty! There’s Ty!” I had never heard of him because I’d never seen the TV show. But I figured I should take a picture of him since everyone was pointing him out. I later learned he was Ty Pennington, one of the “hosts” of the show. He came up to us later in the day and talked to each group that was working on a particular project.
IXTAPA and ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO – 2003

I had more fun here than any other place I’ve ever been. I have been to Hawaii twice and Ixtapa (where our resort was) and Zihuatanejo (a fishing village of 50,000 people about 3 miles south of Ixtapa), beat out Hawaii by a long shot!  I went with my sister and daughter-in-law.

Besides parasailing, visiting a reef and snorkeling, snorkeling in a big bay, going to the open-air markets in Zihuatanejo, dancing on the ocean shore at night, or all of the other interesting things we did, the highlights were deep sea fishing and catching a sailfish, and swimming with the dolphins.

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The captain of our boat was named “Hiram.” A decidely Dutch name for a Mexican! He was wonderful! He even brought snorkle gear for us and after fishing took us to a quiet bay filled with the most amazing fish… and a big yacht! He snorkeled with us!

 

Back to land... we all posed with the fish we'd caught!
Back to land… we all posed with the fish we’d caught!

 

1-2003 IXTAPA 5xD
This was a moving experience. Being so close to these beautiful animals was incredible!

 

1-2003 IXTAPA 1D
To actually touch one of these creatures and look into its eyes was something I will never forget.

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