Category: Family

HappyBirthday Kalli

Kalli, my daughter turns 12. 

Real Life

My daughter Danielle is going through a rough time. Her husband decided he’d rather be a teenager again, instead of the role as head of the house. He played it out in the public arena via Facebook so my daughter wrote a post. Below is her insightful and life-changing message. Randy

Go here to hear what she said: Danielle’s Response


Yesterday, at the airport, a TSA agent talked to the people like we were ISIS suspects. The other TSA: You were professional.TY #needtovideo

Nice to be Home



My two year old grandson is going through a crisis. He thinks everything is his. Boy does he think everything is his. I MEAN EVERYTHING. I got upset when I told him that boys don’t play with barbies. Hopefully this stage passes soon.

America has an ominous cloud on the horizon.

Word of the Day – Ominous

Christmas Story

It was a warm time at my Mom’s last night. We started by enjoying a meal of ham and roast beef. Of course my sister in law brought her famous raisin cream pie. (My favorite) Then we went to my brother’s church. Small church of about 30 people. Janine, my sister in law is great on the flute and did a special. The lights were turned off and we enjoyed the candle light service. The Pastor had an unforgettable sermon. He spoke about a King wanting to win the hand of a maiden. He took off his Kingly robes and became a simple servant in a small village. Over time the maiden fell in love with him, then he revealed his true title. Jesus laid down His titles to draw us in love with Himself.
Then back to my Mom’s to open gifts. There were close to 20 of us. It was a wonderful time.

I’d love to hear your Christmas Story.

Santa Claus

We went to a Christmas party yesterday. Kalli, my kindergartener, had to investage this person – Santa Claus. First he said that Rudolf was on the roof. So guess where Kalli went? She came in and informed us that in fact Rudolf was not on the roof. To which Mrs Claus told her that he was on the other side of the roof. No, said Kalli because she checked the entire roof. More investation would have to be conducted and the perfect time would be when Santa left. Although I tried to interest Kalli in the movie that was playing, she was on a mission. She informed me that Rudolf definetly was not on the roof and she also showed me the vehicle that Santa got in. Later that night, with Santa still on her mind she asked: “Daddy, is Santa real?” She could of asked me where babies came from and I may have been more comfortable. I told her that Santa was fun, just like Whoville was fun and Llama Llama was fun. I told her not to tell her classmates, but I suspect that will be a converstion she will have to have with her teacher today.

Word of the Day
tautology tau·tol·o·gi Noun
Unnecessary repetition of an idea, especially in different words, 2. In logic, a compound statement that is always true, irrespective of the value of its components.

In the OJ trial a statement was made: “The weapon is in Chicago or somewhere else.” Using tautology you can really mess with someones head – which on certain occasions I like to do. -lol It appears this is a tactic of lawyers.

What is your tautology?

Christmas Letter

Tramp Christmas Letter 2010
Take the Tramp Test See how much you know about us.

1. At work this year, Kristina did which of the following?
a. Took apart a cell phone and put it back together blind folded
b. Sat on top a bill board for 24 straight hours
c. Won a Kindle for selling the most Cell phones
Answer: If you answered c you are right – Congratulations Kristina

2. In a surprise move, Alicia:
a. Announced she was moving to China
b. Colored her hair purple
c. Spent her birthday in California with her best friend
Answer: No purple hair and no moving to China -yet

3. Kalli spends most of her time doing?
a. Being a good little Llama, Llama
b. Learning to Read
c. With the older girls a lot
Answer: Llama, Llama is impatient, so that is a correct answer. Kalli loves to read and she’s with the older girls a lot.

4. Our best vacation time this year was:
a. Hiking in the Rocky Mountains
b. Disney Land
c. Sky Diving
Answer: Hiking & Sky Diving – Yea Right Disney Land was so much fun

5. Baby 1 and Baby 2 are:
a. Kim had twins
b. Friends of Austin
c. Bailey & Bentley
Answer: No miracle happened, so c is correct. Bailey and Bentley – puppies of Danielle & Alicia Although we’d love to see Baby 1 and Baby 2 (my nickname) Cody is allergic to dogs

6. In vowing not to put us through any more torture Noah:
a. Stopped shooting us with his nerf gun
b. Did his chores with a smile on his face
c. Wants to do more chores at home
Actually Noah is growing up and all three are correct. Noah can’t wait until he can vacuum. The smile on his face while doing the chores happens when he’s finished.

7. Danielle does the following in her non-spare time:
a. Watched a brain surgery operation
b. In college for nursing
c. Has the world’s record of hanging up on people
I don’t doubt she may have watched a TV show that showed brain surgery because she’s been interested in the medical field since she’s been young. So all three are correct

8. Without doubt Austin is at his best when he’s:
a. fishing
b. casting
c. spinning
Since all three have to do with fishing, you picked the right one. (Continued other side)

9. Alisha Dawn spends a lot of time:
a. In the past
b. The day before today
c. The day after two days ago
Yes, you are correct again. She works at Yesterday’s as a waitress.

10. What is our foster baby, Aaron best at?
a. Keeping up with his brother Tristan
b. Really keeping up with his brother Tristan
c. Really, Really keeping up with his brother Tristan
We’ve enjoyed both Aaron & Tristan, both our Foster children. They are great little boys.
Aaron is 11 months old and Tristan is 19 months old. Aaron just started walking – I mean running.

11. In keeping in touch with Brooke we have to?
a. Email
b. Text
c. Facebook
All the above, but texting is the best. She’s twenty now, lives in Huron and is doing well.

12. What is Cody (2 years old) going to be when he grows up?
a. A Teacher
b. A Musician
c. A Carpenter
We don’t know since he won’t tell us, but he sure loves music, hitting things (and sometimes people) with his plastic hammer and getting after you if you need it or not.

13. What is the favorite past time of Kim & Randy
a. Getting away together
b. Going somewhere together
c. Dates on Sunday night
We sure did enjoy our anniversary and Kim’s birthday by getting away together.

14. The future Tramp plans?
a. Pick out great vacation spots
b. Fostering
c. Watching our children graduate
As a family we love vacation. We will continue to foster parent children. We had several this past year and we miss them. Alisha Dawn will be a senior next year so all three answers are correct.

Chagrin [cha·grin] n. A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event.


Kim, my wife, is having surgery today to have her gall blader removed. Prayers appreciated.

Word of the Day
bogus \BOH-gus\
: not genuine : counterfeit, sham

Psalms 4:2 (Don’t follow what is bogus.)

Christmas Time

My Dad died when I was 10 and not too many days go by that I don’t think of him. I suspect if he was alive today, he’d be working in a gas station as a mechanic. I remember the 1st Christmas we spent without him. (He died in Oct). Surprisingly I have very warm feelings of that Christmas season because my Mom was determined to make it a great time. May this Christmas season be a season of family warmth.

What do you do to make the Christmas season special to those around you?

Kid’s do the craziest things

I spoke to a Foster Parent group last night. (I loved it!) It brought back some memories of past experiences with foster kids. One of our foster/adopted kids was traveling with me in the van. We were coming back from visiting extended family. She was about 14 or 15 at the time and was sitting in the passenger seat of the van. (Whenever we go we have to take 2 vans and my wife was driving the van behind us with the rest of the kids.) I wasn’t paying attention to what she was doing, until it occurred to me, holding a piece of paper on the window for a long time wasn’t normal. I said, “let me see what you’ve written on that paper.” She turned it around and it said, “HELP ME.” Talk about going into panic. I can laugh now but I didn’t then.

What’s the goofiest thing your kids did, or you did.

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