Thursday, November 6, 2008

Quick update

Hi all! We have been so busy here. not alot of time to post things online! The big kids are in school and the little girls are causing trouble at their Auntie Lisa's while Dad and I work.

Arianna and Lilly are in dance. Anna is doing lyrical. It is really neat and I am sure the recital will be awesome! I think it is in June. Lilly is in tap/ballet. She is too darn cute! I will keep you all posted on the recital dates!!

No extra curricular activities for D yet. He is just hanging out drawing comics and reading. Gracie is busy learning how to talk and hopefully use the big potty!!!! We are soooo ready for no more diapers!

Winter is coming so we have been working a little harder to get everything sealed up. We are having the fuel oil filled today as well so we can turn on the heat. It is not so bad right now at $2.68 a gallon.

Zeke, my newest furrball was hit by a car the other day and had to have his leg amputated. That was a bit stressful, but he is doing awesome and does not seem to care that his leg is gone. The other two beasts are good too. Oh, yea, we have a cat named Moola too. she is cute.

So, in a nutshell that is it. I could prolly think of more if I had time to sit here, but there is laundry mountain in the basement and the dishes don't do themselves!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Marching at the RNC

Here are a few of the images I captured while in St. paul September 1st, 2008

It was hot! The kids swam in the fountain after the March.

It was around a mile or so I think. The kids did a great job! There were alot of people!!!
We called them clone troopers or ninja turtles. the kids were frightene at first. They are pretty intimidating to a child! Arianna did not like the guns and clubs.

They have got the whole world in front of....I mean behind them??!!

Signing the constitution. thethree big kids put their signitures on it!

Can you find Papa in there??? I see him!

On september 1st me and the kids drove into the big city to join Na and Papa at the state capital to March at the RNC. It was a beautiful day, a little hot, but beautiful. Arianna, Lilly and Gracie wore matching peace shirts and DJ sported the Pirates for Peace shirt. They looked great and were totally ready to march thru the city and chant for peace in their world. I am not a politically minded person. To be honest with you a lot of it confuses me. I guess my brain wasn't made to think in such ways as to understand how people can even think that war is the answer to anything or that education and healthcare are not of the utmost importance for our families. I cannot wrap my head around things like why it costs so much to heat my home, feed my family or why it is acceptable that most of my paychecks go to gas in my car to get to work to..well, get the paycheck in the first place! I do not fully understand the "big oil" business, lobbyists, delagates, all the mumbo-jumbo that goes with politics. All I know is that it is out of control and it is NOT ok that a war is going on that my childrens children will be paying for. It is NOT ok that good people are losing their sons and daughters in a foriegn land, It is Not ok that people are starving and not getting care right here in my own country. It is not ok that families have to struggle so hard even to live simple. I know that we want peace, my family, my kids, we want peace in our world and so we marched. I marched for peace. My kids marched for peace. My Dad (Papa) marched with the Veterens for Peace. We were very proud of him, we always are. He is a strong person and I admire that about him. My Mom (Na) stuck by me and the kids. She always sticks with he kids. it is their world we march for. My Mom knows alot about the political side of things so I let her do all the talking. I just hold up my two fingers that symbolize peace and smile!! So, tho I do not have a lot to say about the RNC, the election, the war, I wanted to post some of the shots I got from our beautiful day in St. Paul marching for peace. Thanks for looking. PEACE

Sunday, July 20, 2008

abbys memories


i have no clue what to write! But i wanted to say thank you to na and papa for taking me. It was a lot of funn. And i still don't know what to write. i would write bout the trip but Anna and Dj already did.

Ok i will write bout my fave. parts... when me and Anna tryed mac n cheese at like every restaurant. we thought the the grocery store was the best.. i think we tryed like 6.

the next thing i thought was funn was when we went to the ocean. me and Anna got hit by this wave and we full over, the i got hit by the next one. then before we left Anna got hit by this wave the brought out by it. then she when with the next one coming it.(if that made any since).i guess you had to be there.

then the day before we got home we went to this hotel and Lilly was running out this one door and it was class and clear and she ran right into it. it was so funny.she dint get hurt.
also when lilly put na's glasses(picture above)

if i think of any more i will write again. for now bye


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

DJ tells of his travels

we had a lot of fun. We started in Illinois and drove all the way to washington DC. We went to the white house, the monument, the lincoln memorial, saw albert einstien statue, the capital buliding, and we got to see Papas friends name on the veterans memorial wall. That was really neat. We swam in the ocean and lake michigan. Lake michigan was cold. My favorite part was the ocean. that was the coolest. I karate chopped the waves. We spent alot of time in the car. I do not like to be in the car for a loing time but it had a dvd player in it so I could watch movies. I like movies. We went on a ferry to get home and it had a bunch of rooms. I had a lot of fun and am happy that Na and Papa took me with. Thank you Na and Papa! I love you.

Love, DJ

Wisconsin to Washington DC

what up! I'm anna b. i just got back from washington . it was so FUN!!!!! i cant wait to go on another trip with NA and PAPA!!!!!! We did so many things that there is no way i could put it all in here! My favorite part was the giant ferry that we took across Lake Michigan to get home. It wa called the SS Badger. I also liked seeing the ocean. There was this giant wave that pushed me into the water and i got a mouth full of salt water. They suck you in and are really giant. On friday we walked into Washington DC for the longest walk. It was really hot an there was a ton of people and there was a lot of people taking pictures of us even with their cell phones. Papa qiuzed us on the trip and if we got the answers we got money. I got 5 dollars. I spent it already. I learned alot. Thank you Na and Papa for a great trip! I love you!!!!!!!

love, Anna bb

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Birthday Girl!

Arianna turned 10 while we were in Illinois.

Blowing out her candles on her beautiful b-day cake.

Here is the whole gang (besides me, I am taking the pic) out in front of Aunt Marie and Uncle Bobs.

All six kids.

Great Grandma Carm with all of her Great Grandkids (well, not all but some)

This is a farewell shot of the DC crew. I just spoke to them and all is well. They swam in the ocean today!!!

This is just a few of the many photos I have of the Illinois trip. We had such a great time! Thanks Aunt marie, Uncle Bob and grandma Carm!

Here we are at the entrance to the Brookfield Zoo. It was a beautiful sunny day and all 12 of us were ready for a great summer day at the Zoo!Papa and Lilly see something....What is it that makes them smile so big????????

It was the elephant! Papa had promised Lilly he would take her to see a real live elephant and Papa always keeps his promises!

Missing my babies

4 of the 6 kids is off on an adventure with Na and Papa. They have gone to Washington DC. We spent a few days in Chicago area visiting with Aunt Marie and Uncle Bob and Great Grandma Carm and from there John and I, Gracie and Alicia came north and the rest of them headed east. I will post more on the Chicago trip later when I can get pics up too. I am at my Mother in Laws now and do not have the camera with me. I must mention that I am at my mother in laws because we had to come into the city to pick up a Keurig coffee maker that my husband found on Craigs List....Aunt Marie should get a kick out of that!!!!

For now I just wanted to say that I am missing my babies alot. I know they are seeing amazing things and making great memories, but I cannot wait for this week to go by so they are home with me.

I will post more on their adventure later as well. Maybe I will just wait for them to come home and write it themselves.

Peace and love and all that good stuff

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


The oldest is Alicia. She is almost 16 and has begun the driving thing already. She is excited, we are not. I must say tho that she is doing well and we are not as concerned as we thought we would be when she got behind the wheel. I guess it is safe now as she still has to ride with an adult. It will be a whole new thing when she is driving off without us!! It doesn't help that she is tall, thin and gorgeous! Pictured with her is her boyfriend Wes.

Abagail is 13. She will be 14 in October. She is the goofball of the bunch. Always good for a laught tho she can be quite obnoxious at all the wrong times also!! We love her anyway! She is totally into hockey these days! It is all about the Minnesota Wild and James Shepard!! Abby is a very pretty girl and I have a feeling that we will be chasing the boys away soon!

Arianna is 10 going on 16! She has all the attitude and sarcasm of a teenager in a tiny package. She is beautiful and smart and can be a ton of fun to hang around with if she is not in a foul mood!!!

Derek joe...the dude of the bunch. Poor Dman is the only boy constantly surrounded by the girls. He has a great imagination and like Abby, he can make you laugh quite easily. Star Wars and Indiana Jones are his latest passions. Handsome oy D is taller than his big sis Anna!!

Lilly Janine. I have to put the "Janine" in there so if Jan reads this she can see we are indeed using her middle name. I don't even know what to say about her. She is an incredibaly sprited little girl. I think she is going to take on the world someday. She could talk you out of your own shirt if she needed one!

Gracie Jayne is the baby of the bunch, the youngest Bonin of them all. She is a silly baby and climbs everything like a monkey. She is a whole lotta trouble but one smile with those dimples and a glance from her expressive eyes, she is instantly forgiven for any of it!!

We also have Onawa Marie, a husky, gsd, wolf mix and Yuma-Man, a gsd puppy to keep us busy and guard our "flock".

Meet the Bonins

Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa. My husband John and I are the proud owners of 5 girls (the Bonin Babes) and one boy (the dude). There are also some furry family members that will most likely make it into the blog as well. We thought it might be fun to have a blog to let our family and friends keep up with all of us. There is a lot of things going on when one has so many kids!!!! So, her we go....we are new at all this blog stuff so keep that in mind when you read our posts! Thanks for stopping !

Peace and howls!