Showing posts with label family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family. Show all posts

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Motley Crew

We spent the Thanksgiving holiday with my mom and Tricia's family in Northern Michigan.  It was a good time had by all.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Road Trip

We just got back from an amazing road trip through 5 states. I had a conference in Colorado Springs, so the whole family decided to come along. We had a great time. The weather was great and the sights were better. I was amazed by the vastness of the western landscape. The kids did well in the car. Breaking the trip up into 8 hour days really helped. The first day we drove up Pike's Peak. It was bitter cold and windy, so we didn't stay long. While I was conferencing, the kids went to the Garden of the Gods, Focus on the Family and of course Chic-fil-a. On the way home we hit the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Wall Drug. We're already planning our next road trip. It was a great time.  You can see all the photos here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Waning of Summer

It seems as if summer is begin to give up the ghost.  Amanda has been daily trying to take advantage of the limited amount of free days with the kids.  Sooner than later they will begin school and their days will be packed with math, reading, history and handwriting.  We are still looking forward to the state fair which will officially end our summer.

Today Amanda took the kids up to one of the local state parks to climb the bluffs along the St. Croix River.  It's a great place and the kids love it.  I wish I could have been there.  Amanda sends me photos like this throughout the day to keep me involved.  Happy end of summer everyone.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Gammons Family Reunion

We had a nice time with my family in Alpena and were able to get some pictures of our ever expanding family.  Thanks to everyone for making the long trip up.

Monday, August 1, 2011

July Update

I read a while back that a blog is updated at least every day or two.  If you don't update that often, then you're just a website.  Amanda suggested that due to my lack of updating, I pull down this website.  I don't think I'm ready to do that yet.  I actually have quite a few posts ready to get up.  Look for those early this week.

To get started, here's a quick July update.

We celebrated the 4th of July with a great party and a mess of friends at our house.

We celebrated Molly's fourth birthday.  I loved go out for breakfast with her.  The cousins all got together to celebrate at Micky D's.

Lucy's hair got long enough to put into pig tails.

We spent the last week in Michigan at my mom's house with my siblings and their families.  There will be more to come on that, but here's a teaser.

We look forward to continuing to share our lives with you in this way.  Thanks for checking back.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Since Tricia is posting about our upcoming time together with my family, I thought I would post these pictures of Molly and her cousin Davy.  Davy is the topic of almost daily discussion.  She can't wait to get to Gigi's to play with Davy.  As Tricia wrote in her email to us, here's to many more years of these pictures.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Nagel Generations

Amanda's grandparents joined us for lunch today.  We don't get to see them very often, but it's always great when we do.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Country Livin' 2

I got my trailer hooked up to the lawn tractor today. The kids hopped in for a little tractor ride.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Country Livin'

Amanda just sent me this picture.  This is the good life.


We're all moved in.  Now the real work starts.  The kids are loving life on the farm.  We so appreciate the work of our friends in helping us get in.  We couldn't have done it without you.  We can't wait to share our new space with many of you.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sign of the times

The picture below is about how I feel. Everyone looks so nice, but I'm just a little bit off. I guess that's what moving will do to you. I should have checked the picture after we took it.

I love this one of the boys.

Not the best one of Lucy, but she didn't smile in any of them. The girls looked great.

Monday, April 18, 2011


We were shocked, amazed and thankful when our house sold after being on the market for only two weeks.  God worked this out simply and wonderfully for our good.  We've finished the major parts of painting the inside of the new house and are getting ready to move.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Welcome Eden Rose Falder into the world.  Congratulations to the whole Falder clan.  We love you all.  Thank you God for a safe arrival for baby and for protecting Tricia (my sister).  Click over to their blog to see more pics.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Christmas Update

I know, I know.  I'm a bad parent and a terrible blogger.  We celebrated Christmas at home with just our family and then did some time with Amanda's family.  Then we were off to Michigan.  We were in Alpena for a wonderful Christmas with my mom and Tricia's family.  It was a great time.  Mom was AMAZING with the food and acting as our hostess.  The kids had a great time with their cousins and we enjoyed the wonderful north woods.  Here are a few photo highlights from our time.

You can view all of the photos here.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

2010 Gammons Christmas Letter

In the spirit of the Great Recession, we hope that you'll accept our Christmas letter in this very informal, yet frugal electronic media.
If it's difficult to read, click to enlarge.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sick as dogs, snow up to our arm pits and no Vikings game

Sick as dogs
For the second or third time (depends on how you count) in the last couple of months everyone at the Gammons house was sick this past week. First Lucy, then Matthew and Molly, then Ben and Caleb, then Amanda and on Saturday it was me. It involved various combinations of vomit, diarrhea, fever and headache. Thanks be to God, we are all now fairly healthy.

Snow up to our arm pits
This weekend we got dumped on. Saturday while I was laid up, Amanda was out shoveling the drive. She was able to keep up with half of the driveway so that we could at least get out. For some reason we decided to get Papa John's on Saturday night. As soon as I left our driveway, I knew it was a bad idea. They hadn't even plowed our street. Thankfully, I grew up in Alpena and have driven in that kind of mess a time or two. The main rule is whatever you do, DON'T STOP. When you stop, you get stuck.

I was feeling better by Sunday morning so Ben and I finished the other side of the driveway and the end where the plows dumped the whole street. Our neighbor waited to do anything until Sunday and it took him hours to go through all of it, even with his snowblower.

No Vikings game
Mom gave us tickets to the Vikings vs. Giants game for Christmas. We prayed on Saturday night that I would feel better so that we could all go to the game. Then the Giants got stranded in Kansas City on their way to MSP. They postponed the game until Monday night. No problem! That actually was great. Then on Sunday morning the roof of the Metrodome collapsed. If you haven't seen the video, watch it.

They moved the game to Detroit. I called Mom to see if she wanted to meet us there. It's a twelve hour trip for us, but she said it was really bad weather there. It would have been a fun road trip, but not if we had to drive into what we just had. We are supposed to get a refund for our tickets so we'll see how that goes.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Snowmen in November

Only in Minnesota can you use a leftover pumpkin for a hat and a gourd for a nose on your first snowman. This was from last weekend.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Attempted Stay-cation

Last week I had Veteran's day off, so I took a Friday off in hopes of having a four day weekend. The plan was to stay home, get some things done and make take a trip to the state capitol. Starting last Monday though, our family was hit with one of our annual pandemics. Every child in the period of a week, threw up at least once. Most of them vomited more than once and most of them did it in their beds at least once. Needless to say, we spent the weekend doing laundry, renting a rug doctor, lighting candles, eating saltines and drinking 7-Up.

We were so tired of being in the house that on Friday, Matt, Ben, Molly and I went to St. Paul and stopped by the capitol. We didn't go inside though. We decided to save that so that Caleb could go with us another time. The rest of the time we spent doing puzzles. We did a 100, 300 and a 500 piece puzzle along with a couple of really small ones. I told Amanda that the differences between our house and a nursing home were very minimal this week.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Some pictures I've wanted to post

I've wanted to share these for a while.  We've had an amazing fail weather wise.  We have spent as much time outside as possible, trying to bank all of the vitamin D we can for February.




I love this last one. Even though it's blurry, Lucy looks so pretty. The sweater is one that Shirley knit for Amanda lo so many years ago.