This is Autumn and Kaleb, Dustin and Jennifer’s daughter and son. Autumn was the first grandchild in the family and the first niece. I had become an uncle and it was fun having new people in the family. I remember holding both of them in the hospitals, excited to have a niece and a nephew. It has been fun watching them grow up and it is incredible that they are this big already. They are both very smart kids. They are very ornery and funny (I wonder who they get if from), and they are great kids. I love the both of them and I can’t wait to see what they grow up to be.
This is Jennifer, Dustin’s wife. She is a good mother to Autumn and Kaleb, my niece and nephew. Her and Dustin brought the first new kids into the family and they were a great addition. While I do not know Jennifer as well as my siblings, she is a good mother and sister-in-law, who has done well raising her kids and helping her family
This is Dustin, my oldest brother. Dustin is one of a kind. He is hard working, great at what he does, smart, hilarious, straightforward, and a great father. He might be a little rough around the edges, but he is a good man and a good father who had done a lot for his kids. I am proud to call him my brother and I love him.
For Halloween I didn’t go out, or party or drink or whatever you do on Halloween now. I just stayed in with Hannah and we gave out candy to the kids that came to her house, which wasn’t many, because of the cold and snow. Yeah, it was kind of crazy that it snowed on Halloween this year. But it was still a fun night with ghost stories and a Halloween story.
Every year at Marian the students decorate their hallways in the dorms for the kids that come trick or treating. They come from the neighborhoods around Marian and some of the professors bring their kids too. Hannah’s floor had a carnival theme and she and her roommate dressed up as a lion and a lion tamer. As usual my floor tried to make their’s as scary as possible, complete with Michael Myers, a rabid wolf, clowns and a pitch black hallway with strobe lights. Needless to say the kids liked Hannah’s floor much more than mine and they had a great time. It was fun watching the kids in their various costumes have a good time.
In light of recent conversation with someone about where my love of trains came from, I decided to head back north where it all started.
I was born in Ft Wayne, Indiana and lived in a small town until I was 10. Ossian, had a stop light, a bar, a gas station & a bakery. Heyerly’s Bakery. As kids we would walk down to the bakery and eat the free donut holes they would set out. The simplicity of being a child.
I called my cousin Chad and met up with him and two of his munchkins for some Mexican dinner. From there we went to two different bridges, the second was a trestle. We stood there just long enough to catch a train!!
Had a great evening of mindless fun and laughter that was long over due!!
We all want to b a kid again. Back when things were simple. We didn’t have to do ‘adult things’. If we were raised right we had responsibility, but nothing could prepare us for what the future holds. In highschool I was said to have some of the most strict parents in town. I wasn’t allowed to call boys. No phone in my room. Boys certainly were NOT allowed upstairs. The list goes on. If I remember correctly I spent 3/4 of my highschool years grounded. I’m thankful for that. I respected my parents, just not as much as I should have.
Parents and children have such a bond that is irreplaceable. In belief that things go well, its a bond never to be broken. In the terrible event trust is lost early into the relationship, its often hard to fix and carry on.
Shot outside my house watching childhood memories.
This is my niece Autumn and my nephew Kaleb. Today I got to spend most of the day with them. It was nice, since I rarely get to see them. It’s crazy how big they’re getting. It’s been fun watching them grow up. I remember being at the hospital for both of them and getting to hold them for the first time. Autumn is growing up to be a sweet girl and Kaleb is just like his dad. He is definitely ornery. I had to force him to take this picture, and that was after him running around the yard, refusing, and even climbing a tree, to avoid the picture. Luckily Autumn helped corral him and I got this quick shot.