26 January 2012

Annalyse Humor!

My little girl is SO funny....remember a while ago Ryan and I watched the whole Dr. Quinn series well Annalyse fell in LOVE with it. So today at the grocery store Annalyse shouts..."I see Dr Quinn" assuming she (Jane Seymore) must be on a magazine or something we head to the checkout and she says "I see Dr. Quinn and kids"...We look up and in front of us is either an Amish or Mennonite family! It was so funny-she thought that their plain clothes meant they were Dr. Quinn and her family.

Ryand and I were laughing so hard...

24 January 2012

January 2012: Hellos and Goodbyes

The Shrack house quietly said hello to 2012 by sleeping! We didn’t stay up to see the ball drop or to listen to all the crazy noises outside…I did send a few texts to my siblings, but all in all it was a wonderfully quiet night!

We celebrated the life of Ruth Shrack, Ryan’s Great Grandmother, who passed away this month. Grandma Shrack was 102 years young. She was a beautiful woman who was really with it. Her passing was bittersweet because we were losing an amazing woman, but we know she’s home and at peace. 102 years is a long time and I know she probably missed the many people that went before her. I know that the reunion with her loved ones was a joyous one. Lots of family got together to celebrate grandma’s life and visiting with everyone and meeting some folks for the first time was wonderful. So there are TONS of photos that were taken during the funeral, burial and other family gathering while everyone was here…far too many to count so here are just a few.

Here are photos of Great Grandma's Farm that she lived in up until she passed away

These are photos of Ryan's Dad's Family. Ryan's Grandpa (Harvey) Shrack with all 6 of his kids and the other photo is of Grandpa Shrack with his children and the grandchildren who were able to come back....Harvey as LOTS more grandchildren they just weren't all able to make it down.

The week following the funeral, Ryan’s job had him attend a weeklong conference in Muncie so we tagged a long and stayed in the hotel with him. It was so much fun. Annalyse got to swim and she LOVES hotels…she just has so much fun in them. Since we were in Muncie we got to see a lot of Ryan’s family and we went down to Anderson to visit family my family too! We had so much fun.

Playing Catch Up: December 2011

Well, 2011 is long since history…and I haven’t even BEGUN to catch everyone up as to what’s been going on in the Shrack Station. The past several weeks have, to say the least, been busy. Since Christmas, we’ve been gone more than we’ve been here.
So without further adieu, I’ll catch you up….
I think I’ll do two separate posts so here is the post about the remainder of our December:

Ah, Christmas….came so quickly and departed so quickly and we were all over the place. Unfortunately, we didn’t take photos of everything where we were or with everyone we saw (and some photos have already been loaded onto our external hard drive). But here are some highlights-please notes highlights are in order of evens not necessarily in order of awesomeness..…1) my little brother (Tommy) came for a quick surprise visit (thanks to his AWESOME Sister in law Elizabeth) 2) Christmas morning the three of us woke up at our apartment. Annalyse’s big gift this year was her little tyke kitchen, which she loves. 3) quickly after opening gifts at our house, we rushed to Dunkirk to attend Church (Sacrament Meeting only) with the rest of Ryan’s family 3)Christmas celebrations at the Farm…so much fun. It was Luna’s first Christmas and she was so cute too 4) we headed to Anderson to spend Christmas night with my sisters and their family….we stayed the night & had so much fun! 5) Tonya’s family, my family, and Trinna headed to Lewisville to celebrate Christmas with our (step) Mom (we don’t call her step mom…we just call her Mom…but I don’t want folks to get confused). Being with Family is the BEST way to celebrate the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Now…for those of you who don’t know…Ryan and I also celebrated our 4th anniversary. Yes, December is always a busy month for us…we celebrated our anniversary by attending the Chicago Temple both on the 27th and on the 28th and my gift from Ryan was to attend the Illinois Holocaust Museum. We had so much fun celebrating our anniversary. I know a Holocaust Museum probably sounds like a strange place to celebrate an anniversary, but it was perfect for us...we walked around the museum for a long time-looking and reading and talking about what we saw. How often do we get to be alone in silence next to one another....(the answer is practially NEVER). So we really enjoyed the time to sit and reflect.