Saturday, May 24, 2008

She is here!!!

I have a new neice!!! :) Kathryn Wynn Gary...was born yesterday

Congrats to Mark, Lauren, and Will

You can see pictures on Tony and Becky's blog

Friday, May 23, 2008

From the eyes of a child.

Ava got a small little camera and has been taking tons of pictures. She wanted me to post some of her pictures on the blog!:) Maybe, photography is in her future!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ava's Kindergarten graduation

Marching in....:)
Ava receiving her diploma
Ava with her class and teacher
The kids had a safari theme in the beginning of the program and each child had a little part to say.
Ava and Calista before graduation.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Mother's Day pictures...

The girls and I...
Ava, Shaelyn, Ellie, Paxton
Johanna and I with the kids...

Saturday, May 10, 2008



I am thinking of each of you and wish you all the happiness that the day can bring.

I recieved a card from Ellie that she had made at school and one of the things it said was: My mother is pretty....(Ellie)when she is happy. I feel that I need to smile a little more often. I was glad for the reminder to but a smile on my face.

Also, today in the car the girls were talking about our last beta fish. I had accidently dropped it in the sink and it died. Today Ellie says, "Mom it's ok because everybody makes mistakes." Another reminder that none of us are perfect and we need to forgive each other.

Ava---She is my independent one and Very determined. But this last week she has been really 'out of sorts'. She is afraid of everything. She thinks that I will leave her somewhere, she is scared of bugs, or the dark. Well, I found out that she had a dream recently that she was locked in the car. This is just a little reminder to show her some comfort and love.

Last year I gave my mother a saying that says: "My daughter is becoming a lot like me. Lucky girl!" That I feel is very true as I get older. I do see and hear my mother in me. I am thankful for what she put into me and did for me through the years. Many, Many sacrifices. Thanks a bunch for your love and support. LV, Shelley


Friday, May 9, 2008

Our last Day

Day 7--Leek

This post is mainly of Mom and her family. We were back at the Pococks on Friday and we went to the town of Leek. Leek is the town my grandfather first came to in England during War War Two. We think that his infirmary would have stayed in tents out in the fields, just out of town. These are pictures of the old part of town. There is a lot of neat shops in Leek. Some really good antique shops!!! It was neat to see where he may have been and what he might have seen. We rode out of town to see the fields where they could have stayed. It looks a lot like the rest of the landscape. I was so glad that William remembered that D-Doug had been to Leek. William knew my grandfather and my grandfather had asked him once if he knew where the town of Leek was so when William moved to the area he remembered him asking him about Leek.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Day 6 in the Lakes District

We spent the day driving around the countryside of the Lakes District on Thursday. We started the day out with a tour of a pencil factory. It was interesting and everyone liked seeing how pencils are made. We then had lunch at a really neat tea room. It was our favorite eating spot in England. We then toured a slate factory and saw some more of the landscape.


Lakes District---Day 5

On Wednesday we went up to the Lakes District. It is beautiful countryside with lakes and mountains all around. We went to see Mrs. Potter's House. She wrote the children's book of Peter Rabbit. A lot of her books she has drawn the pictures from her house, so it was neat to compare the pictures in the book with the house.

The girls in front of the gate to a sheep pasture.

A village
Mrs. Potter's house
The girls looking at the book before our tour.
One of the lakes
We took a ferry across one of the lakes.
On the ferry

The smallest house in England!

Small winding roads throughout the countryside.
Where we had lunch.

Warwick Castle---Day 4

We visited Warwick Castle. It was built in the Medieval time. It was really interesting to see. There was a Peacock garden. It was the girls first time see a Peacock. We also saw a bird show. They had eagles and vulchers. Very interesting to see how they can train the birds.

I am....

having problems posting pictures to my blog. Is anyone else????

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Off to London to see the Queen---Day 3

We went into London on the train on Monday. It was a two hour trip into London going 140 mph. The girls loved the train and didn't want to get off. We then took a bus tour around London so that we could see all of the sights.
The girls and I at the Tower of London.
A view of London from the top of the bus.
Tower of London--we took a tour of the Tower to see the crown jewels.

The girls with their loot.
Picture with the guard.

Waiting for the train.
Dad and the girls while were waiting for the train back to the Pococks.
Rape Seed fields---
The girls on top of the bus during our bus tour.
Clock Tower--Big Ben