Sunday, July 15, 2007

Brother Blogger

Alas! We are not alone here in the Splitty family blogosphere! Another set of brave souls have come forth into the great bloggy unknown. This is Kelly's older brother's family's new blog. (And YES, that is how all of those apostrophes are supposed to be! Trust me, I checked!! LOL!)
And this is Kelly's younger brother's family's new blog:

There are also links in our nifty sidebar there on your right, under "The Blogroll". Hope to see you there!

Edited to add: My dear friend Colleen also has a LOVELY blog that chronicles the adventures of being an event florist. She runs her own business and she is SO SO SO SO talented! If you love gorgeous flowers then you must go check it out! It's some of the best I have ever seen...if I do say so myself...and I am SO not biased! :O)

An Accidental Nap

Kavanaugh has recently given up his afternoon naps, but accidents do happen. :O)

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Celebrating Our Independence!

Well, it's been quite some time since I've been able to post here at the blog, thus I give my apologies. Life has been busy but wonderful here at the Splitty home, and we hope that the same holds true for you! We've got lots of catching up to do, so we'll start by recapping our Fourth of July celebrations!

We spent the day with Kelly's parents touring downtown Seward, after all, it IS the Fourth of July City!! And of course, Maddingly wore her new dress from Auntie Colleen! Then it was back home to get prepped for the full evening that lay ahead.

My mom and step-dad came up from Kansas to finish some electrical work in the kitchen and just happened to bring some fireworks along....oh my. They also took Dixie to her new home when they left later that weekend: my grandmother's house. After doing some "warm ups" with grandma and grandpa, the real fun arrived by way of LOTS of FRIENDS!! The Lord has truly blessed us with such sweet fellowship here in Utica. We completely took over the church alley next to our home, it was quite a site!

Our thanks to all who came and shared in the celebration of our independence! (And an extra special thank-you to the Rathjen's for the S'MORES supplies, and you too Kelly, for letting us roast the marshmallows over your grill!) Here's the day via pictures, hope you enjoy!

The Dress and Daughter BEFORE doing the snakes....

Gramma Sally!

Maddingly having a nice moment with her ice cream at Seward's Food Alley. The kids also enjoyed cotton candy and funnel cakes. What a lunch! :O)

The dress and daughter AFTER doing the snakes...Hmmmm, where's my stain stick?

Yes, you can have some too, Kelly.

Now that's how you throw a popper!! Nice wind up Kavan!

Kavan and Crazy Gramma watching the show

A Bit of History: The Declaration of Independence was written and accepted on the Fourth of July in the year 1776. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 (Pennsylvania and South Carolina) voted No, Delaware undecided and New York abstained.The signing continued to take place through the month of August, but the 4th of July remained the accepted date of America's independence from Great Britain. The current president of the Continental Congress was John Hancock, and his signature made the document official. He is said to have signed with "a great flourish" , so that King George could read it without spectacles! And yes, this is where the phrase, "give this your John Hancock" comes from. ;O) The first newspaper to print the Declaration in its entirety was the Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 6th, 1776. And the first public reading was heard at Philadelphia's Independence square, amidst cheering and bell ringing, on the 8th. The "Province Bell" there in Independence Hall was later renamed as we know it, "The Liberty Bell", which bears this inscription to this day:

Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof

Monday, July 2, 2007


Well, Broderick is quickly coming upon his 6 month birthday, and we thought that an update on his latest achievements was in order! He has been busy keeping up with big brother and sister, and exploring anything he can get his hands on by promptly popping it into his mouth. In the meantime he has also decided that sitting up is much more interesting than rolling around on the floor! So, he started "officially" sitting up without the "Mommy Net" to catch him about three weeks ago. Once he had that mastered, he noted that being mobile was much more intriguing than staying put! As an added bonus he can now try to get into anything that his lovely siblings have left lying around on the floor, let the baby-proofing begin!! He has just started to really get the hang of it this week.

Bring it on UNICORN!

And on a final note, as you can see in this lovely picture, the drool has really begun to flow around the Splitty home lately. This picture was taken last week, and as of yesterday he has two bottom teeth! Go Chompers!
Along with those teeth, a much wider culinary horizon has dawned! To date he has now eaten avocado, banana, sweet potatoes and brown rice porridge. All of which have been lovingly homemade by momma Splitty. Yum. His favorite style of eating thus far is "self-fed"...also known as, try to grab the spoon out of mom's hand while she is trying to put it into my mouth, leave half of the bite on my nose and chin, then suck on said spoon for a few seconds and drop it on the floor or tray as a clear sign that I am now ready for more...Gotta love those independent types, what a man. ;O)

Best of the Best

We received a lovely package this week from my best friend Colleen! Auntie Colleen hooked up the kiddos with a new outfit each and gave this momma a lovely card to boot. Best friends are the best. ;O) And when it rains it seems it pours. Our lovely neighbors rang the doorbell the other day, and to Maddingly's utter delight they bore in their arms a new horse stable set complete with 20 accessories ranging from the horse to it's poop!! LOL!! Needless to say we haven't heard from Maddie in quite some time, but if we need her, we know where to look. ;O) Great neighbors are the best! Thanks to you all!