Sunday, August 31, 2014

Louis John


With sorrow, we announce the birth and death of our youngest child, who was born too soon this past Monday, August 25th.  I felt that he was a boy, so we have named him Louis John.  Louis is for St. Louis IX of France, upon whose feast day he was born.  John is for the feast day of the death of St. John the Baptist, which was this past Friday.  We look forward to the day when we will get to meet him in heaven. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Late June


Anthony enjoyed an ice cream sundae.

After-swimming-lessons-hair.

Anne with her giant ice cream cone.

Joseph with a crazy picture.

A good picture!

The twins.


 At the end of June, two friends and their children came over to our house.  3 moms, 13 children!  I got to see my friend's new baby for the first time. 
Trinity watched Anne holding Baby Cecilia.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Zoo in June

In the middle of June, we met some friends at the zoo.  We had a great day!
All the kids "needed" maps.

Paused for a picture.

They checked out the grizzly bear.

Climbing time.

More fun.

So many kids, you almost can't see the tiger statue!

Speaking of tigers...

Fun on the playground.

When we were stopped near the lions, the kids all kept coming to get all the snacks from the moms.  When we looked to see what they were doing, we found they had set up a store.  Very creative, but we had to stop the game when other kids not in our group began to line up, too!
"I'll have three crackers and a handful of peanuts, please."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Early June


Some of our wonderful snow peas harvest this year.

Catherine and Anthony played happily in the sandbox.

Anthony's tunnel.

When Daddy and the other kids were gone to Victoria, we went to Burger King for a fun treat.

My attempt at making mint jelly once again flopped, only this time it was way too jelled, so we ate it almost like taffy.  It was actually pretty good.

Ice cream at Braums.

Joseph lost his first tooth.  You can see the new tooth was already almost all of the way in.

Catherine got new glasses.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

St. Fidelis Now a Basilica!

In early June, Dan took three of the kids and travelled to Victoria, KS, his hometown and residence of his mother and two of his brothers.  On that first Saturday in June, the famous "Cathedral of the Plains" was to be officially named a Minor Basilica, which is a very high honor.  It is the only church in Kansas to be named thus.

Dominic, Anne, and Joseph relaxed with Grandma on the front porch of her home.

Dan with the kids.

At the soon-to-be-named-Basilica, waiting for Mass to begin.

The program.

The procession has begun and in came the Papal Umbrella (it has a really fancy name), which is only opened if the pope comes to the Basilica.

In the center is Fr. Al Brungardt, Dan's uncle.

The bishop to the right is Dan's cousin, Bishop John Brungardt.

The sanctuary of the Basilica.


After Mass and a luncheon, Dan took the kids to the nature trail.
On the trail.

A good time was had.

The kids with Grandma.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pictures From Joseph's Birthday

An early birthday gift from Grandma Brungardt.

The kids watched Joseph open a present on the morning of his birthday.

Cowboy gear!

Cowboy Joe!

A cool find in the yard.

Movie time with Daddy.

Light saber.

Never fear, Captain America is here!

Happy birthday to Joseph!

He designed his own cake.  Batman vs. Joker.

A few weeks later, Grandma and Grandpa Klingele stopped by to wish Joseph a happy birthday.

Tree house Legos!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Later in May


One Saturday, I gave everyone a haircut.  While using the razor on the boys for their short summer haircuts, I decided to have some fun.
Too funny!

Almost got the monk look.

This one really cracks me up!

Anne checked out her big pile of hair.

Catherine with her shorter hair.

Anne modeled her haircut.


A cool tree on the west side of our house:
The twin tree.


A harvest of radishes:
Oops, someone is trying to swipe one.

Joseph with the haul.


Dan made a ramp for the kids to use with their bicycles.  No ER trips were made as a result.
Go, Dominic!


I took some pictures of our grotto with the roses and irises in bloom.
Beautiful flowers to enhance the beauty of the grotto.

Joseph at the grotto.


At the very end of school, Catherine made a representation of the State of Kansas out of rice crispy treats and all kinds of candy and toys.  All the kids really enjoyed this project!
Catherine put on the finishing touches.

Catherine showed off her final project.

She practiced her state presentation, which she later gave to Daddy.  After that, we ate Kansas!