Friday, November 30, 2012

Tata went to Heaven

I know I have lots of pictures and stuff to update, but while I still had access to it, I wanted to put this up here. Pretty much as a memory for me and Grace for the future.

Anyways, after a brief hospital stay my dad came home with hospice. He had one last week with us and we did all we could for him.  Grace and I were both able to say goodbye and I was there when my dad died.  I loved my dad very much and so did Grace, we are both lost without him. I know he is in Heaven without pain and holding my baby Hannah!!  I will post some pictures later. 

DONALD R. MULLINS SR., 75 LOVING HUSBAND, FATHER, BROTHER AND TATA MACHESNEY PARK - Donald R. Mullins Sr., 75, of Machesney Park died Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born Sept. 9, 1937, in Dante, Va., son of Dewey and Minnie (Hicks) Mullins. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Married Brenda Neal on June 16, 1963, in Abington, Va. Retired from Atwood Vacuum Machine Co., after 39 years of service. Donald was a member of KWVA Chapter 272, SM&SF Club, American Legion Carlson Post. Don was proud of his American Indian heritage, known as Silver Spirit of the Appalachian Cherokee Nation. Survivors include wife, Brenda; son, Donald (Joy) Mullins Jr.; daughter, Becky (Craig) Ecker; grandchildren, Grace and Connor Ecker; sister, Betty (Fred) Williams; loving cousins, Frankie Harvey, Joe Don Hall and Dougal Booker; brothers-in-law, Terry (Debbie) and Fred (Darla) Neal. Predeceased by granddaughter, Hannah Ecker; parents; and brother, Tom. Special thanks to Dr. Dorsey, Dr. Althyeh and staff for their care and compassion. Service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Delehanty Funeral Home Ltd., 401 River Lane, Loves Park, with Dr. James Horvath officiating. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the funeral home. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


This year Grace was finally NOT a princess!! She was a bumble bee and oh was she cute!!

 Connor was a monkey and he was cute too(as always!)

 The monkey likes Tata.  Grace was out of her costume before I could get a picture of her and Tata
 Grace still does not care for pumpkin guts, but she did take some out.

 I made the scary one, I am not even sure how to describe Craig's!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin patch was a great time, as always.  Margie joined us for some pictures and exciting times!

Lots of fun around here

So Connor has a new friend... the vacuum.  He chases me around the house when I try to vacuum.  Here are some pictures, yes I HAD to take pictures. It is better in person... he makes noises at it and tries to kiss it.

Here is Grace and her penguin balloon from her bday party, best $5 ever!!

 Grace is becoming very independent.  This is what she does now.... lays out her pjs and clothes for the next day.

These two are nuts... I have a ton of pics, but you know how it is these days. This was the only one I didn't have to edit.

Grace wanted to feed Connor so bad. So I let her, they didn't do too bad!

 Daddy took the kids to the apple orchard while I had a church meeting. They had a great time. I can't believe he took pictures.

I LOVE this picture!!!

 Connor has a new trick... he climbs up into Grace's chair to stand and look out the window.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hope you are still out there reading this....

It is that time of year again when things seem to get really busy. Cause kids are getting sick and I am running all over to the doctor! Connor is growing like a weed and eating like a pig! He loves everything I put in front of him... case in point
 Eggs and sausage....
 Grace approves too!!
 Connor helped Daddy cut the grass and he LOVED the lawn mower! He wouldn't stop looking at it, it was so funny.

 This is what Grace was doing while they were cutting the grass. 
 Grace did a soccer class with daddy and they had a great time.  here are a few pictures from the last class.

 Yep, her friend the pirate. Arg matey!!!
 Connor is finally doing a great job sitting up. So he is sitting, has 2 bottom teeth coming through, can crawl all over and is standing ok with furniture.  He is growing TOO fast!!!

 We decided for many reasons to change Grace's preschool.  Here she is at her new school on the first day.  She LOVES it.  I am so glad and very happy we made the choice we did. 
 Here are 2 pics of the fog this morning on our way to school... I love it!