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  • Even more snow . . .

    Posted on February 25th, 2007 Sallie No comments

    Today we woke up to another 10 inches of snow. The boys had fun digging us out, and I took a few photos of their work. Visit the Project:365 Gallery for February for even more.


    Kevin was relaxing on a snow pile, when he decided to engage the photographer in the snow experience 😉

  • Snow forts

    Posted on February 24th, 2007 Sallie 1 comment

    Stanley and Luke had fun this afternoon building snow forts. We got a bit of video of the work to share with you.

    Watch Backyard Snow Forts (.wmv – 11 MB)

    Snow Forts video

    When they were all done, they had abandoned Stanley’s tree fort in favor of a table and chairs fort they created. Here’s a photo of the engineering masterpiece.

    table chair fort

  • Winter fun

    Posted on February 24th, 2007 Sallie No comments

    After a week of thawing out where we saw much of our snow coverage melt away, we woke up to 10 inches or more of new snow with the promise of blizzard conditions tonight! Our street isn’t plowed, but a generous man named Dave out in the neighborhood on a four-wheeler with a plow attachment saw Kevin shoveling the driveway and took care of plowing it for us. What a blessing! It’s not like we are going anywhere today or tomorrow for that matter, but digging out from under what is yet to come would be much more difficult if we hadn’t dealt with today’s coverage.

    Here’s one picture to give you an idea. You can see more in our Photo:365 Gallery for February.

    Our house - in the middle of a freeze

  • February 2007 News

    Posted on February 23rd, 2007 Sallie No comments

    Welcome back to the Draper’s Diary! February is just about past, and the Draper’s have enjoyed another month of God’s grace. We also enjoyed some amazingly cold temperatures. I think our lowest was -15 degrees or so but the wind chill was way below that. School was cancelled for two days to protect the children who normally have to walk or stand at a bus stop. You can imagine that we all felt like it was spring time when the temperatures reached the 30’s this week. 😉 Much of the snow melted away, but we are expecting another serious blast this weekend. I’ve heard rumors of 8 to 12 inches. Yikes!

    The days are rapidly passing and our countdown clock to Kevin’s assignment and graduation is below 90 days now! This week he had his photo made for the famous Seminary composite class photo. You can view past composites on the Sem web site.

    Stanley has been busy working on choir, piano and band music for the Kettle Morraine Lutheran High School family music festival. He is also preparing for a presentation on Martin Luther in Social Studies. He’s planning to use PowerPoint for the presentation, quite a contrast from the way I did presentations in sixth grade! Luke and Ben are enjoying school and violin. Both of them are doing a great job in both areas!

    Last weekend was particularly busy for us as we enjoyed two special evenings of cross-cultural food and fellowship. On Friday night we celebrated the 40th birthday of one of Kevin’s classmates, Brian, with a wonderful meal prepared by Brian’s Ukrainian wife, Oksana. Then on Saturday night we attended the Chinese New Year celebration at St. Johns Lutheran Church here in the Milwaukee area, where another of Kevin’s former classmates is now serving as Pastor, Joshua Yu.

    We ask that you lift up in your prayers a classmate of Kevin’s named Jon who was diagnosed with cancer last week. He and his wife have two young children.

    I guess that’s enough news for this month. Make sure to continue down the page for other posts we’ve made throughout the month. And make sure to come back for more next month! Until then, be abundantly blessed!


    A beautiful cake with chocolate leaves – made by Oksana


    Our friend Brian, the birthday boy

  • Digging up history

    Posted on February 23rd, 2007 Sallie No comments

    Tonight I took a trip down memory lane courtesy of the Internet Wayback Machine ( Here you can look up any web site and see what it looked like over it’s history. So I looked for my favorite “Star Babies” which were the web pages we set up for each of our boys when they were babies. Here’s what I found:

    Even though all the links and images don’t work, it’s still fun to remember those baby days. 😉

    Star Babies

  • Web 2.0

    Posted on February 20th, 2007 Sallie No comments

    For those who might be interested in such things, this video was posted on YouTube to explain the changing world wide web. It’s about 4.5 minutes and very interesting.

    Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us

    If the video won’t play . . .

    All of the videos on YouTube are streamed through a Flash player, so you need to have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed on your computer. To download it, please visit Adobe.

  • Happy Valentines Day

    Posted on February 14th, 2007 Sallie No comments

    Sending all our love – in the form of Ben’s 1st grade Valentine.

    Ben’s Valentine

  • Hats off to this year’s Football Frenzy KING!

    Posted on February 4th, 2007 Sallie No comments

    Our friendly family game of NFL football picks finished up at the end of the regular season. Since today is Super Bowl Sunday we thought it was time to announce this year’s Football Frenzy KING:

    Pete – PawPaw’s Perfect Picks (4Ps) – Wilson

    Football Frenzy King

    Way to go 4Ps – that makes you a three-time winner in the eight years we’ve had the Football Frenzy!!


    Visit our online photo gallary to view all the winners in the Football Frenzy Hall of Fame!