Monday, August 31, 2009

Mama's Makeover

Mama asked if I would make her over after she saw Daddy's pearly white teeth. :) However, YOU don't need a makeover, are so thoroughly beautiful inside and out!
I did post this picture first...but, Allyson said she was scared of it...LOL! I think I overdid the eyes!

Saturday, August 29, 2009


If I recall correctly, I was about 14 or 15 that right, Mama?
This was when I was at the hight of my classical guitar profession...
Remember all the guitar straps you sowed, Mama? Stevenson now has a website where he sells them:

enjoying a visit with mormor

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mama & I Having Fun Together

Relaxation on the pier!
On our way to do some more shoppingFinding Mama some new shoes at Steinmart!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Daddy's Makeover



Well, looky there...Daddy has white teeth!

Monday, August 24, 2009

flowers around our condo

these flowers are right outside our front door. They look big here but are only the size of a pea. I am going to have lots of new flowers and other thing around here to photograph. The Lord blessed us with a beautiful place to live.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Entomology in action!

The kids have been finding many cicada(or locust, as we call'm down South) shells, but no actual cicada bug...just it's shell.
However, today Kaleb found this one while the bug was busy discarding his shell! We all gathered around and was pretty neat! If you click on the above picture, you can see his bulging eye ball.
Apparently this particular cicada is called a Magicicada and only arrives every 13 or 17 years. Some people(weird people) are known to eat barbecued, broiled, baked, sauteed...yum!
Below is Kaleb's little pet completely removed from his shell and climbing up his shirt. :)

NEW post on Allyson's blog!

a shot of our living area

Well, after quite a few days of non-stop work (as all of you know that have moved before), we have finally gotten all the boxes unpacked, almost have everything we don't need in storage and I can finally start cleaning. So far, everything is working great in the condo. We have just enough room, but place is still small enough to feel cozy. We have a yard sale with Kendalls at the old place saturday and then we have to finish cleaning up that place and turn in the keys. So more pictures will come tomorrow. Our front door is to the left out of that curved doorway and our room is through that open white door you see. The patio is out the sliding door all the way to the left of the picture. The kitchen table and hutch you see were given to us for free and are in mint condition. Hope this gives everyone a better idea of our place.

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Many Styles of Caleb

Mama & Daddy

How much does Mama look like Mormor in this picture?!?!

Looking pretty spiffy, Daddy!

Our New Look

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Travis' 3rd Birthday!

On the evening of August 10th, we met Papa, Grandma, and Aunt Kris and her daughter Kamryn at a park to celebrate Travis' birthday. We enjoyed pizza, perfect weather, and visiting together.
Aunt Kris took the family picture of us...and peek-a-boo, there's Travis blowing out his birthday candles! :)
Below are all the birthday gifts Travis received!

Earlier in the day on Travis' birthday, we were invited to go along w/Grandma, Aunt Kim and her three children, Aunt Kris, and Kamryn to the Children's Museum in Coralville. And thank you SO much, Grandma, for paying our way in! I definitely want to revisit this place! Below are just three rooms of many in the museum...a large Lego room, a downsized grocery store and roadside market. There were many other fun rooms that I didn't get pictures of...

There is a new post on Allyson's blog!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hanna's at the Rodeo

The above collage is Kaleb and Leah, the preacher's daughter, in the Cowboy Pick-up event...I numbered the pics in chronological order. Hang on, Kaleb! :)
Here we are watching the thrilling bull riding event! Allyson w/her Crusader's Club singing a special in the Sunday evening service.

I posted on the left side of the blog under "noteworthy websites" a link to the website of our church.
I'll be posting photos soon of Travis' birthday.

Friday, August 7, 2009

fishing trip

I went rock cod fishing with some guys from work and got some good fish to eat for us this week. The pics show order of things. Catch the fish, clean them and the pelicans get the scraps.
We all caught our limit of 10 fish.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Another worm

Along w/corn and soybeans, Iowa also grows worms! I've never seen before in my life such BIG monster worms. Travis showed me this whopper he found. Then we walked down to the chicken pen, and he tossed it to the chickens, who acted as if the worm was a delicious treat and actually fought over it! This winning chicken ended up w/the prize and swallowed it whole...sorry if it's near mealtime for anyone reading this. :)

Monday, August 3, 2009


Sour Cream Pork Chops

  • 6 pork chops
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream


Season pork chops w/salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and then dredge in flour. In skillet over medium heat, lightly brown chops in oil.

Place chops in slow cooker, and top w/onion slices. Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water and pour over chops. Cover, and cook on low 7 to 8 hours.

Preheat oven 200 degrees.

After chops have cooked, transfer chops to oven to keep warm. Be careful, the chops are so tender they will fall apart. In a small bowl, blend 2 tbs flour w/sour cream; mix into meat juices. Turn slow cooker to high 15 to 30 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened. Serve sauce over pork chops.