Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I love my Boys

These are the two most hardworking teenagers that I know. We have a white board with a list of "Honey Do's" on it that when they have a spare moment they tackle a project for me.
Without complaints.....
I know weird, huh?
The pay off.....
I cook their meals. 
These boys are always hungry and ready to eat at any given moment, especially dinner.
We have managed to sit out side for dinner every single evening since May. 
Unless it was raining, then we were bummed and had to sit inside.
Our neighbor one night noticed that we were all wearing light jackets on a particularly cool evening. 
He said that we were having a dinner party because we were all wearing jackets.
We have decided to keep eating "out" until the first snow.
It is kind of like camping, eating in the fresh air.

Chickens at the Fair

 Mister Rosie the Rooster (Victoria's) won a Blue Ribbon........
 Augustine aka Miss Fluffy Butt (Kaleb's), won Grand Champion....(she really was beautiful in comparison to the other chickens)

 and Hortense (Daphne's) won a Blue Ribbon too!
We were going to enter Jared's beautiful Martha but she is a little skiddish
 so we didn't want to stress her out by catching her and putting her in a dog crate.
 So in the meantime we just admire Martha's speckled egg.

Dog Agility and Obedience Competition

 If you can believe it.....
Victoria has had Henry James in 4H dog agility and obedience since January.
Yes, the hyper dog that bolts out the front door when you open it and will proceed to zoom down the street keeping his nose to the ground and one ear up listening to you scream his name.
The very dog that has a middle name for a reason!
 Victoria and Henry won Grand Champion and a Blue Ribbon in Obedience!
I know, we were absolutely shocked. It brought tears to my eyes.
I couldn't believe that the same dog that would make me want to wring his neck for not listening to us...EVER....was doing exactly what Victoria was asking of him.
It was amazing! 
Of course, he got out of his collar and proceeded to run in the opposite direction when Victoria attempted to receive her trophy and ribbon.
 They also won First Place in Showmanship.
Henry loves the attention. Victoria has claimed that she wanted to be a dog trainer since she was only 3 years old. I think she has succeeded along with her wonderful 4H leaders helping us along the way to understand his ways and to get through to him.
It has taken quite a bit of training.
He loves the interaction and the treats especially!
 I think he loves being out in front.
Who would have known that this incredibly crazy dog would love this so much.
The last event that they were in was dog agility where Victoria guides him through an obstacle course.
This, I think is Henry's favorite.
He really likes the tunnel the best and has mastered the teeter totter extremely well showing no fear, of course. They won First Place and Third Place in two different events for agility and had a blast.
For the longest time we wouldn't let Victoria use a squeaky toy for his reward rather than tasty treats. This past month, now that she has him somewhat under control, she has started using a squeaky toy and has cut full minutes off his time in the obstacle course. It is crazy to watch this dog. Her 4H leader can't wait to see what he would do in K9 Unleashed, a dog agility club. We know that once we do that Victoria and Henry will be hooked so we haven't committed to that just yet. 
 In the meantime, we are watching Victoria and Henry have loads of fun!

Cache County State Fair

The first week of August is Fair week and there is always so much to do.
This year Daphne entered her famous Peppermint Patty Brownies
And won FIRST place. So now they are her Blue Ribbon Recipe!
And I think I gained 5 pounds sneaking the extras....thank you very much!
Victoria entered her Sunflower Cupcake in 4H
and one a BLUE RIBBON too!
They were both very excited!
I'm proud of my girls. They both were busy at work in the kitchen.
 The only thing I did was help taste the leftovers!
 Remember the 5 pounds I gained?


Henrietta, our white Leghorn has declared "Free Range".
She, like all Leghorns, is known to fly the coop...which totally irritates the rooster. 
Henrietta, in other words, cannot be controlled. 
My kind of chicken!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dirt Boy

Jared has always enjoyed getting dirty.
He was the only child I knew who could go to bed clean and wake up 
with a dirty face.
I don't know how he did it. He loved to watch dust float through the air which meant that if there was dirt to kick, then he would be the one doing it. He even got us kicked out of a Mommy and Me group because the other mothers didn't like that he would kick the dirt and scuff his feet on outings. They said he was a setting a bad example for the other kids. 
That was the last time we met with those snobby mommies. 
Now that he is a carpenter, he loves coming home filthy dirty. He is working with a contractor friend so sometimes he is framing, other times he is doing concrete or installing a deck.
One particular hard working day he came home like this....
I think the filthier he gets in a day, the happier he is. 
Not much different than when he was little.
 He has always been my little construction worker. He had a great day when he helped Poppa move dirt. He went to bed that night clean and very happy. If you look closely you can see his dimple.
Funny, the day I took the top picture, he was wearing the same kind of boots for concrete work.
Who knew that his love for dirt would carry over into adult hood.


Kaleb's little lizard Odleif almost died. She caught a respiratory infection and was gasping for air.
With a trip to the vet and being put on nebulizer treatments for a month she is all better....hopefully for good. It was horrible watching her gasp for air and not have any energy.  Kaleb is hoping some day to have a veiled chameleon so he has been taking good care of his little lizards.
I love the way Odleif is holding on to Kaleb's finger with her back feet.
P.S. Odleif is Norse for friend