Thursday, December 10, 2015


 Today, is Grace's Birthday!
 And we will be spending it at
Walt Disney World, so I know
she is going to have a good time!
I hope this is her best 
Birthday, ever!
Happy Birthday, Grace!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Happy Birthday, Weston

 Isn't Weston the most adorable little
cowboy you've ever seen?
 And today is his birthday!
He's 2 Years Old!
And I hope he has a great day!
He is such a delight.
He's active.... and tough...
and 100% BOY!
I know he makes his Momma
and Daddy very proud! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Happy Birthday, Alyssa

 Happy Birthday to Alyssa!
 Alyssa is the beautiful wife of 
my son Billy!
And Mommy to 
grandson Weston!
She's been a wonderful addition
to our family - and 
wish her the happiest of birthdays!
And many more to come!

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Happy Birthday, Andrew!!!!
Andrew is a good son.
A good husband.
A good father.
And a good man!
I'm so happy God placed
him in our family.
He has been a blessing,
and I'm extremely proud
of the man he's 
grown up to be.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Hot Air Balloon Inspiration

Last time I went to see 
Grace and Olivia they were 
wanting a hot air balloon
for their dolls.
Soooooo.... we created this!
(This is Grace's. Olivia made one, too, but 
took hers apart to play with the bouncy ball)
It is simply one BIG ball, four wooden 
dowels a bucket and some duct tape.
But it provided hours of fun!
I was actually surprised at how
much play value it had.
The girls.... and their little 
friend Isaac, played with it 
almost all day!
And I think their little dolls
were very HAPPY!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Grace's Choir Concert

 Grace joined the Children's Choir
at the church she attends this year.
 She just participated in her 
first concert:
Praise Like Fireworks
 She is a first grader and you have to 
be in second grade to try out for 
solos and speaking parts....
but she got to sing in the choir.
Can you see her there between the
girl in the PINK and the girl in the BLUE?
 Here is an UN-obstructed view!
The performance was spectacular and it
had a very good message.
We should be so full of praises for 
our God that we can't keep them
contained.... like a firework the never
fizzles out.
Olivia, Grace and Ryan
(Ryan is their choir director)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Olivia at Dance

 During a recent trip to Texas,
I got to take Olivia to dance.
 This is her little dance class.
 They were practicing for an
upcoming recital -
which  won't be able to attend.
(it was rescheduled, due to a death in the teacher's family, 
to a date I already had a book signing scheduled)
So - I was really happy for this
opportunity to see her dance! 
I think she was happy, too!
Dance seems to bring out the 
joy in the dancer.
Doesn't Olivia look beautiful
doing her little dance?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Weston, Brilyn and Asher at Chuck E. Cheese's

 During fall break, Alyssa was off, so
her and Weston were able to
join us at Chuck E. Cheese.
 Brilyn always likes visiting with
Chuck! She enjoys dancing, picking
up free tickets and getting her
picture taken.
 Weston enjoyed the rides!
 He liked seeing the smoke from
the little train ride's smoke stack.
And choo-chooing along with 
the train.  Isn't he precious?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Weston At The Zoo

 Not too long ago, 
Alyssa and I took Weston
to the zoo!
 He loves animals and I think he
had a pretty good time.
And for a boy who has chickens
at home that he actually chases and plays
with, I was a bit surprised that
he didn't really care for the little birds.
But - that's okay!
The birds were obviously more fond
of his Momma, anyway!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


 Asher likes to go hiking!
And when he's hiking, he likes to
carry a great big stick.
 He also likes exploring.
He likes to SEE everything! 
 He likes little prairie dogs.
 He likes little lizards.
 He likes little squirrels.
And he even likes these not so
little turkeys!
 But he does not like big huge buffalo!
Actually - he likes seeing them 
from the window of the car, but he does
not like seeing them on the trail. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Weston Visits The Farm

 Weston is a country boy!
He lives in the country and
has dogs and chickens.
 And her really likes
tractors and cows!
 So - we took him to a 
small pumpkin farm hoping he
could pet a cow!
 He did!
But - while he normally LOVES cows,
we learned that 
tractors out rank them!
He spent the majority of his
time at the pumpkin patch playing
on these little tractors!
And it was the tractors that seemed
to produce the biggest smiles!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New Books!

I have been working on these
for the last few months 
and they are finally here!
New Books!
I have boxes of them stashed 
under my bed.
Anyway..... here they are:
To get an idea of what each of the
books are about, just download the
Aurasma app onto your smart phone.
Open it and follow TatePublishing
TatePublishing is all one word.
Then aim the ap at one of the
pictures above.
If you have kids or grandkids around
open the ap and let them aim
the phone at one of the
pictures above. 
A short video clip will play. 
It's pretty cool technology.
And - the books won't release until 
November 7th and November 24th,
but I do have several copies so if you want one
you can purchase one from me,
or from my Etsy store HERE.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy.....

We have been Busy, Busy, Busy....
and it looks like we will
even be busier in the summer months.
My husband went to Utah last week
and came home with this.
 We did our first event Saturday, in the
small town of Snyder, Ok.
It was a great first event - because it
wasn't too busy, so it gave us
a chance to start slow and learn
as we go. And look..... there is an 
outdoor flavor station - so the kids
can add their own flavors to
their snow cones!
The grandkids love it!
And Grandpa is getting pretty popular.
When he's home - he now gets to answer
the front door, because it's normally
for HIM. Someone wants
a snow cone!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

Chuck E Cheese

 Asher is now big enough
to enjoy Chuck E Cheese.
 He can play the games
and dance with Chuckie, so the only
challenge now is keeping up with him.
 I love it when the kids get to 
get together. Brilyn LOVES Olivia!
 And Asher LOVES Gracie!
They all get along so well,
most of the time!
 And one thing they all agree on
isgoing to Chuck E Cheeses!
There - everyone can
have fun!