October 22, 2012

100th Birthday Bash

This summer Grandpa Sherrill had a birthday and Caleb had a birthday and (without giving away the exact numbers of who was turning what) their birthdays just happened to equal 100 years!

The kids picked this card out because it played the Star Wars Theme song when you opened it up. 
Uncle Caleb's card played, "Who Let the Dogs Out? Who, Who, Who . . . " Yep. We only got to hear that play a few thousand times before vacation was over!

Our niece Katie also had a birthday the same week that we were together ! 


Because it was such a momentous occasion and because Nate and Tina are such gracious hosts, the family decided to meet in Council Bluffs for a little partying. And, let me tell ya, did we ever party!

Nate and Tina had an "Island" theme for the birthday extravaganza, complete with grass skirts, leis, hula-hoops and sunglasses.

This was part of a relay race where the kids had to dress Cabes and Grandpa up in island gear and then collect the items again. I'm happy to report that nobody lost an eyeball in the process, although it was close . . . 


We all did a little bit of hip swiveling (although Caleb is by far the best hip-swiveler in the family) and a little bit of hula-hooping (Grandma still has the touch!) . . . 



. . . and a little bit of backwards stretching (I was amazed at how Andrea could still do a backbend. Every time that I look at this picture my spine pops and tells my brain that if I ever tried to attempt this I'd end up in a wheelchair.) . . . 



 . . .  and a little bit of devouring birthday cake and ice cream. What a great way to celebrate a birthday, or two, or three!



And now, for your entertainment as well as for my own, I give to you (drum roll please . . . )

THE LIMBO! courtesy of the Sherrill kids


Every Limbo boy and girl, all around the Limbo world, 


Gonna do the Limbo rock, all around the Limbo dock,


Jack be Limbo, Jack be quick, Jack go under Limbo stick,


All around the Limbo dock, Hey let's do the Limbo rock.


First you spread your Limbo feet, then you move to Limbo beat,


Limbo ankle, Limbo knee,


Bend back like a Limbo tree!


Jack be Limbo, Jack be quick, Jack go under Limbo stick,


All around the Limbo dock, hey let's do the Limbo rock.


La, la, la, la, la, la, la 
la, la, la, la, la, la, la 


La, la, la, la, la, la, la
la, la, la, la, la, la, la . . .


All around the Limbo dock, hey let's do the Limbo rock!



October 21, 2012

Bob's Bunny Farm

My sister-in-law Sue, the owner of Main Street Cake's and Gifts in Dunlap, Iowa (which, by the way, if you haven't been there yet you are totally missing out on the best baked goods in the world) called us on the way to Iowa and said we needed to go out to Bob's farm (her dad's farm outside of Dunlap) because he had a million rabbits in every size, shape and color you've ever seen and we'd be total losers if we didn't take the children to see them.

Not wanting to be total losers, we concurred that, yes, we should see the rabbits. Rabbits are cute. Rabbits are cuddly. Rabbits taste like chicken.






When we arrived, the first thing Joanna did was run over to the cages and try to climb in. The rabbits that Jo is playing with here were the adolescents and they can be a bit, um, adolescent. They're quick little fellas.... 
So, Bob was kind enough to bring out his two nests of baby bunnies. They were really tiny and really cuddly and really cute and best of all - super slow. 


Annie wasn't so sure about the squirmy bunnies, but she eventually liked them. 


Peter liked the baby bunnies . . . 


Nathanael liked the baby bunnies . . .


Sam liked the baby bunnies . . . 


Susie liked the baby bunnies . . . 


Ben liked the baby bunnies (I think) . . . 


We already knew that Joanna liked the baby bunnies from the before picture of her climbing in the cage with them . . .


Well heck, I even liked the baby bunnies. Until one of them whizzed on me. 


And Renata, she . . .


. . . well . . . she really hated the baby bunnies.
So there you have it. 9 out of 10 Sherrill's loved the baby bunnies. 

But, you  might be wondering, just where is that little Maggie at? Didn't she play with the baby bunnies too?

Not really. And not because she didn't like the bunnies. She loved them. No, it was because Bob is an awesome Grandpa and he has an awesome farm and so she was busy on the most awesome of awesome swings . . .


 It even has a motor to keep the swings going so that we adults can sit back and have a cold one while the kids get dizzy.

Somehow, in the midst of all this picture-taking, we missed out on a photo of Bob and of Aunt Sue! I can't believe it! But, strangely enough, we did snap a picture of Uncle Mark. 




Mark is telling you to be sure to check out Bob's Bunny Farm in Dunlap, Iowa if you have a chance because the kids loved it!

Thanks again Bob and Aunt Sue!!!!







October 20, 2012

I'm Back

I'm baaaaack........ not that anybody noticed I was gone or anything.....  just kidding. A few of you wondered what happened to this blog!

I tend to use the excuse, "It's been a crazy week here" all of the time. All. Of. The. Time. But, the truth is, it really does seem to be crazy busy here most every second of my life. Except for the seconds when I'm sleeping and then I'm pretty much dead to the world. Including the blogging world. Which, in turn, has made some of my friends and family wonder what's going on with this Shaking Of the Apples thingy. So, maybe it's time for confession....

I'm really lazy. 
Ha, ha, ha.


I haven't been on here since July, which is hard to believe.
I haven't read a single blog from anyone since July. July! 
That's not even healthy....


So, here's a quick recap of the months I've missed. Or the months you've missed. Or the months that maybe never really existed .... this could be a parallel universe after all .....

1. We went on vacation to Iowa. It was hot and sticky, but not in a good way like cinnamon rolls which are hot and sticky in an awesome way. No. It was sweatouteveryporeofyourbodyevenwhenyouareintheshade type of hot. Which, in turn, facilitated the need to go swimming at the pool as much as possible. We had a ton of fun with our family and there's only a bazillion pictures for me to share on here.

2. Some birthday's happened. Duh. That's a no-brainer.

3. We went on vacation to Michigan. This time it wasn't hot. It was cold. We did not pack appropriately, but hey, at least we weren't sweating like crazy. More family. More fun. We also had the opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Kleinig who was in Grand Rapids teaching a continuing ed class. Plus we were able to stop in Ft.Wayne for a few days and visit some old friends and go to the seminary for a day.

4. When I type it out like this it seems like we've been four-wheeling across the country having fun for the past few months.

5. I think I'm going to change my excuse from being "crazy busy" to "jet setter".

Pictures to follow.....