Tori’s Thoughts

Mumbled, Jumbled, and sometimes Crazy!

Fathers Day June 12, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shawn Ragan @ 11:31 am

Fathers day is coming right up.  That great day in June where we get to say thanks to all the great men in our lives.  I am very fortunate to have had a lot to be thankful for.  My dad has always been a very wise man.  I of course did not always  thinks so.  I too went through the teenage years when I thought I knew everything and my parents knew nothing.  I now still find myself , after being married to a pefectly capable man for ten years, thinking mmmm I wander if we should call dad and see what he thinks.  My dad is great.  At first glance he looks a little intimidating, but it is true he is kind of a teddy bear… especially with the grandkids… now that is something to see.  I have also been blessed with Grandfathers.  From as far back as I can remember, my Grandpa Ruggles told the best stories.  I loved the summers I was able to spend with he and Grandma.   Since my preteen years my Grandpa Schwertfeger has always been willing to do whatever was needed to help.  I even lived with him and Grandma for a short time after graduation.

Now I am married and have three kids who think they know everything!  They are smart enough still to think they have the best dad ever.  I see in him everything I am thankful for in my life and more.  I see him being wise, he is always willing to help people who need it, he is loving, gentle, and I am sure he will have some great stories to tell to our grandchildren.

This Fathers Day lets not forget to remember what truly matters.  Thank all those great Fathers in your life.
Happy Fathers Day!


Summer Days June 9, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shawn Ragan @ 6:55 pm

I am so happy summer break is here.  My kids got out of school on June 2nd.  I am really ready to have them home by June.  And of course by September, I am really ready to have them back in school.  I was sick today with a summer cold I guess, but the kids had a great day.  They spent a lazy morning in front of the TV with a bag of cold cereal.   My kids love cereal in a baggie, weird huh?  They then went outside to help Dad with yard work.  The first step was to get all the green plastic army figures out of the yard… What an adventure.  So, they went on with several miscellaneous yard chores.  Then we came to the marvelous revelation that Brendan was old enough to help mow the lawn.  He tried last year, but wasn’t strong enough to push it.  This was great fun.  Daddy mows the front and Brendan the side and the back.  He feels so big now.  So, after an afternoon in the yard,  the kids + dad went to the YMCA for some swim time.  Elisabeth thinks she is a mermaid and I have been informed that she can do somersaults underwater now.  She is not afraid of the water at all.  The boys spent their time being chased by dad and going down the slide.

I wonder what great adventures tomorrow holds…………..


Hello! June 8, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shawn Ragan @ 10:08 am

Tori blogging, mmm we will see how this goes.  I have been wanting to get a myspace account for awhile.  The more and more I look at it I just don’t think it is for me.  Am I too old???  Surely not,  even my grandpa has one.  So, I looked at the reasons people said they had one.  Networking –  I have nothing to network,  Meet new friends – nah, and I definitely  don’t need a new love interest.   So, no offense to those of you that have myspace, I think they are awesome, I just don’t have the energy.  I think this will be a better fit for me.  I wanted something so I could post family pictures and share what is going on in my life.  I am sure sometimes I will ramble, but I am kind of excited.  So we will see where this leads.  Until next time………