Losing our minds in May

This month  just flew by and we have been flying by the seat of our pants to keep up.  Between the school play, a fire station field trip, four birthday parties, Dana and Bill spending every spare moment on writing literary reviews, and the back yard landscaping (demolition), we have been busy little monkeys.  But the skies are blue and the birds are singing so who can complain???

Ethan Played the part of a strawberry in the school play of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Ethan Played the part of a strawberry in the school play of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Dana volunteered to direct, make the costumes and adapt the book for the kids to perform.  It was a big hit.

The Caterpillar ate through my sweet little berry

The Caterpillar ate through my sweet little berry

Ethan's Cousin Hanna was the head of the caterpillar.  She was fab.

Ethan's Cousin Hannah was the head of the caterpillar. She was fab.

Ethan the firefighter

Ethan the firefighter

The Mockingbird house

The Mockingbird house

Grammy and Papa are buying a new house just a couple miles from our house. Yipeeeeeeeeeeee!

Swinging good time.

Swinging good time.

We are enjoying having the Deakin grandparents back in town Kylie and Papa have a close and loving relationship.

Our latest project is putting in our big above ground pool and deck installation. Bill and the fam worked on the holiday pulling up grass for Dana’s pool.  Daddy loves mommy.  Bill is working on the deck and we will have a summer of swimming and splashing soon.  Here’s our progress thus far.

Kylie and Sprinkles are sharing our progress.

Kylie and Sprinkles are sharing our progress.

Have a hot and summery day!!

Love,

The Klopping Family

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April is a month of change

Early in the month Dana got the GOOD news that her parents are moving back to the desert.  Patty has had enough of the gloomy gray sky of Washington.  Yeah, I think she may have missed us a little too- gee who wouldn’t have.  They came to visit this month and Patty found a job so we started shopping for houses.  We looked at this one:Kylie giving a tour

We liked it.  Grammy and Papa bid on it, but someone beat them out.  No biggie.  We found lots of homes and are holding out for just the right one.  The number one characteristic the house must have is a pool.  OK, that’s Dana’s number one feature for their house. Hee. Hee.

Kylie and Hannah are quite the little performers.  They love to dress up and dance for the adults.

Hannnah the dancer

Hannah the Dancer

Kylie the Dancer

Kylie the Dancer

Such beautiful girls!

They are so fun to watch.

They’re a chip off the ol’  block.

Ethan is quite the artist.  He is very detail driven.  Here he and his Papa are working on his latest work of art.

Ethan and Papa

Ethan and Papa

Dana’s homework has been a gray cloud overhead.  She is having a difficult time writing her thesis.  This will be an accomplishment to be proud of when and if she can finish.  It’s the hardest thing she has ever attempted.  Just remember the famous words of the Little Tank Engine:  “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”

That about wraps it up for the month of April.  At work or play, we make time for eachother.dsc_0385

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Princess Kylie has been Crowned (twice)

Well, Sissy had some dental work done this week.  She had a baby root canal on Wednesday.  Her doctor is super fabulous-Dr. Hoffer in Redlands.  It took a total of 40 minutes.  That night Kylie was up all night complaining and crying about another tooth.  First thing Thursday, we went back to the dentist and she got a second root canal with a crown.  Her doctor called it a princess hat.  She has been a little trooper.  We now brush our teeth, floss and fluoride rinse our teeth numerous time during the day and no more soda.

Dana has been helping with Ethan’s kindergarten class to put together an adaptation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  The kids wear foam frames of food around their faces and the chain of kids playing the caterpillar eat them up.  I hope it comes together to be the picture in my head.  Did I say I’m helping-actually I’m the director… I tend to overextend myself theses days.  What’s life without a little pressure?? Pleasurable. Ha!

Bill keeps dabbling in stocks and is getting completely comsumed.  He is obsessed.  He stopped drinking and started trading.  Which is more healthy?  I’m not sure.

That’s the haps for now.

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Happy Easter, my peeps!

Early to rise and early to overload on the candy.

Easter morn 2009
Easter morn 2009

We spent the morning at home.  The Easter bunny surprised us when he left some eggs in the back yard and a piggy bank.  What a crafty rodent.  All the eggs were filled with coins.

Easter with the E-man
Easter with the E-man

We enjoyed a beautiful holiday fest at Alan and Amanda’s home.  We got to visit with Alan, Amanda, Hannah, Andrew, Grandpa Clicky (Bob), Grammy (Mary), Dana, Bill, Ethan, Kylie, Poopah (Steve) and Grandma(Wileen). It  was a very relaxing and fun family gathering. We ate ham, green bean casserole, yams (yums), scalloped potatoes, scalloped corn, home made rolls, green salad plus the cheese cake and lemon pie for dessert.  WOW!  It was a super supper.  Then the kids played and ran the sugar out of their systems.

The Crazy Klopping Kids Easter 2009
The Crazy Klopping Kids Easter 2009

Ethan is sipping on a soda.  Kylie is just silly drinking her pop.  Andrew is playing in the fountain and Hannah is making a mud milk shake.  Just add dirt and water to make happy children.

I hope your Easter was as fun filled as ours!

Love,

Dana

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March has marched right on by

Bill has been busy with work, school and filling in at home when mom has needed to run off to school.  His racing has been a highlight of his month.  He got second place and receives a trophy.  We are very proud and nervous about daddy’s super fast riding abilities.

Dana has been up to her neck in school lately.  She performed two programs for a local private school in the field of Theater In Education the topic being differences.  She had a great time.  The group of students she worked with were so fun and inspiring. Thanks to Bill, Alan, Wileen and Steve, Dana finished the project with an A for the quarter.  Only two more to go!!

Dan, Dana, Gaelle and in front Andrea

Dan, Dana, Gaelle and in front Andrea

Kylie has been fighting a cold and has finally kicked it.  She has been a little artist this month aspecially.  The weather is beginning to warm up, but kylie and mom remain indoors until entertaining ourselves with paints and musicals (Annie, Mama Mia and Enchanted)  Kylie likes to sing about everything that comes to her mind.

True Colors

True Colors

Ethan is coming along with his writing and reading.  He perfers mom to read to him rather than him read himself.  We are currently into the Magic Tree House series.  We love a good adventure.

We had his spring break this month too.  Two weeks of NO SCHOOL is a bit long for mom. We made the most of it.  We went up to Yosemite for three days and two nights.  It snowed on us, but did that slow down the crazy Kloppings?  Of course not!  We toured and shuttled and even walked up a very easy hike to the lower Yosemite Falls.  It was a fun and chilly trip.

This was a fast moving month, but we keep going and going and going….

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Feburary finds us under the weather

The month of February was the month of illness. Ethan came home with the sniffles and being the sharing giving young man he is- gave the sickness to the ladies of the house. Bill somehow was able to dodge the virus. Lucky! Needless to say we were home bound and found Netflix to be a lifesaver.

Family Movie Time

Family Movie Time

On a good note, Ethan received an award for Responsibility at school. The poor guy was sick as a dog and I brought him to school for half an hour to receive his award and then pulled him back out of school and back into bed. What a trooper. He was happy to be recognized though.

Ethan earned the award for Responsiblity or the month of February

Ethan earned the award for Responsibility for the month of February

Kylie has turned into a little house wife in training. She is currently in the “whatever you do mama I want to do.” With that said I put her to work in the kitchen. I am working on teaching her to burn food so that her husband will take her out to dinner frequently. No, she is quite the little baker. Look out Rachael Raye…Here’s Kylie K. She is my sweet little cooking crazy girl.

Look at our litte Betty Crocker.

Look at our little Betty Crocker.

Bill is racing dirt bikes every other weekend and loves very second. That is unless he washes out and hits his knee on an innocent rock in the path. He wanted sympathy, but just think of the rock.?. He’s fine and ready to race another day.

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A Washington Christmas

December 21st, 2008

It snowed a foot of snow last night.  Grammy had to work and the rest of us slept in.  The sun doesn’t rise here until 8:30ish so I remained in bed until the sun was up to find the morning nearly over-oops.  Bill is getting around some better.  He is still limping from his ankle sprain, but insists on his normal active busy behavior.  He’s a wild-man.  Ethan has recovered and is his normal, little wild-man, self.  Kylie loves the stairs and keeps asking for Mommy and Grammy to bump on their butts with her down the stairs.  I am tempted, yet my body tells me, no.

The whole family popped in this afternoon and visited through the evening.  The boys, Bradley and Ethan, are two peas in a pod.  They are having a lot of fun together and Kylie is their cute little shadow.  Brit and Brionna are as witty and fun as ever while the old Mamas are simpley Fab-o.

The power went out and with it took our heat, water, lights and TV.  AHHHHH.  It’s a good thing we have a generator.  We roughed it one night and by the next morning we were saved. It’s been a quiet and calm day on this snowy day in December.

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A Washington Christmas

December 20th, 2008

We woke at 4 AM to take a shuttle to the LasVegas Airport.  We arrived and checked our luggage by 5:15AM for our 7 AM flight.  We snacked and drink our breakfast (Starbucks) before boarding the plane @ 6:30AM for us to informed of the departure delay and given the option of exiting the plane for a while.

We after one DVD, one Burger King run and a Quizino’s sandwich we reloaded and took off @ 12:20PM- the exact time we were to land in Seattle originally.  In the air Ethan got sick and yes, those barf bags really do work well.

We were greeted with warm hug and smiles by Grammy, Uncle Dave, Auntie Shonna Brittney and Bradley.  We quickly tossed the bags in the back and cranked up the heat.  The wind chill felt like it was in the teens. Yikes!  Ethan again erupted so we figured we should feed him some more.??  We stopped at a Denny’s for chow and a game plan.  The weather was gradually worsening.  Car and trucks were pulled over or slide over to the sholder of the road as we braved the artic storm with only two sets of studed tire to get us to our destination.  We made it.  We reached Montesano Washington at about 5 and sunk into the couch and snacked for the rest of the evening.

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A Washington Christmas

December 19th, 2008

Dana, Papa and the kids shoveled the snow out of the back of the truck to load up the luggage for the 14 day journey ahead.  Bill worked a half day and bid his co-workers a happy holiday as we set out for our Vegas overnighter.  We arrived in the “City that Never Sleeps” at 4PM.  We checked-in and pigged out before painting the town.

Papa and Bill tried their luck at the Tropicana and after a couple hours and small losses they came back to the room for a short slumber.

Ethan, Kylie and Dana tried our luck at the Excalibur.  We were WINNERS!  The carnival games were sooo fun and to top it of–We saw the REAL Santa.  What a fabulous Friday.

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Yellowstone Day 10

We drove into Fillmore Utah at 12:45 AM and luckily found a room. We collapsed on the beds and fell asleep. Bright eyed and bushy tailed the next morning at 7:30, we went for a swim. After a quick dip (for the kids), we’re hungry and ready to eat. After much consideration Bill and Dana decided to visit Bryce Cannon instead of Zion National Park. Then after missing the exit we reconsidered and opted for Zion after all. We entered the rim of the canyon called Kolob Canyon. It is really breath-taking and only a couple miles off the I-15. We walked the 1 mile loop to the lookout point and were amazed and refreshed. We returned to the truck ready for the last leg of our journey. After a short stop at Dairy Queen, we were off.

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