Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy New Year!

It was a dark and stormy day.....
What better way to bring in the New Year!
Snowshoeing in Temple Fork
 We could see a storm blowing in....and feel it too, of course.
Good thing I had three layers of pants on and about four layers on top!
 We figured if we got stuck in a blizzard that we could use Daphne's scarf to signal for help.
You can spot that pink a mile away. It is amazing how beautiful the landscape is and then a flash of pink!
 I never noticed how up hill this path was until we snowshoed it.
 Our extremist wilderness survival guys.
When these guys were little we would go on adventures hiking places in Arizona. I always was concerned that we didn't go too far and hurt ourselves too much. I didn't want to turn off their love for the great outdoors by their mother traipsing them all over the desert. Plus, I was worried about getting ourselves into something that I was responsible for. How would I take care of them all if I were the only adult. Now, I don't worry about that part. I rely on Kaleb to pack the kitchen sink in his day pack. I know these guys have enough experience that I trust them. My little guys....that are taller than me!
 Daphne and I saw these natural tunnels that the river was appearing and disappearing into. Some places the water was so slushy it barely made a sound.
 Break time.....drag out the snacks.
 We also figured that we could just wave Victoria with her jacket on if we got lost.
You can spot this girl a MILE away!
Our Wilderness Extremist. 
A true Eagle Scout.....always prepared!
I guess she got tired. 
I came upon her just taking a rest in the pile of snow.
There were many areas that if we didn't have on snow shoes we would have sunk up to our thighs in snow. Just as we were turning around to go back, the storm caught up with us and blew us all the way back to the van. We were covered in snow. It was awesome!
Of course, when we got back into cell phone range....Nana had called us three times to warn us of the approaching storm and figured of all places that we were in the canyon in the middle of it.
Yep we were, which is why we had given her our plan.
Always gotta be safe in the winter around here!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

January 2017

This year is already proving to be wonderful in every way...even with it's challenges of -22 degrees weather. These goats have taught Victoria so much about responsibility.
Kaleb will come in to give Victoria a message if he gets outside before her. He will tell her that Jacks and Lizzy wanted him to tell her.....and then he will Baa really loud in sentence form like they are speaking sentences. It is actually really funny. You gotta love Kaleb and his funny character.
 Beau is quite a character too. He was playing in the snow. He also figured out that the electrical tape to keep him and Jacks from cutting each others hair wasn't working. He kept resting his chin on the tape. 
 Lizzy will only come out if I have something in my pocket for her.
She came out for animal cookies.
 A sign that our children are grown....the snow remains pristine on the slide. I'll have to find some little boys to come over and tromp all over it.

 The kids are doing snow removal for two houses which can be a lot of work with the length of their driveways.
 Taking time out for a little fun. Though I almost got the van stuck. The kids almost had to get out and push. We got out though. I wasn't worried. Kirk found out and was instantly worried.
Awwww. it was fun!
 Though sledding in -10 degree weather isn't really that fun.
 It was cold enough to shatter another plastic sled.....which is why we have metal saucers and foam ones too, like boogie boards.
 Our daily visitor
 Making the rounds, checking on the bird feeders.
 Looking at his markings and the surrounding foliage just confirms how awesome God's design for camouflage really is.....


I hate the blue walls!
And the paneling!
And the ugly vinyl floor!
 Do you ever have that moment when you kind of pull on a piece of molding that is partially pulled away from the wall and it falls off completely....so then you kind of take a cats claw and pull just one piece of disgusting looking paneling painted blue with waverly fabric squares framed in ugly brown molding away from the wall to reveal the 1930's wall paper that was probably covered over the in the 50's that is now holding disentegrated plaster behind it that some has fallen off to expose huge gaping holes in the plaster....so then you end up taking it all down, which leads to removing the ugly stupid cabinet covering a chiminey...so you chip the plaster off the chiminey and then discover that there is a useless beam on the ceiling for no reason at all held up by a single 2x4? And then you pull up the vinyl floor, then the particle board under that, and then chip off the linoleum tile to expose tar that and some kind of mastic that was put right over top of the wood floor. So you have to drag out the steamer and scrape this gooey mess off the wood which only really comes off in certain places leaving a mess that will probably have to be sanded off in others. Do you ever have that moment when you start something and then think.....
Oh My Gosh! What have I done?
And then you have to text a picture to your husband at work, kind of like a warning as to what is going on at home saying....something happened, I just walked into the room and the everything started flying off the walls!

The really fun part is having two boys who love to do demolition as much as I do!
It was fun, but overwhelming, exciting but taxing, and worth the 9 days it took to partially finish.
We still have electrical plugs to move, replace, a light and fan to install, and more to take down as soon as we figure out to why it is there in the first place.
It is awesome having a carpenter son who can help us prioritize and decipher.

 Happy New Years!

Good Morning!

 God is Good.....ALL the Time

Sledding at the Sinks

 Beautiful sunshine after the storm!
A perfect day to go sledding!
 We went to the most awesome place to sled....it's called the Sinks in Logan Canyon.
 The only downside to sledding down the side of a mountain is having to walk all the way back up. 
Coooome ooon Daaaaphne......
Some Dad's had their snowmobiles out going down the hill to bring the kids back up to the top.
 Victoria taking a rest.
She ended up sleeping the whole way home afterwards.
 When did these guys get so grown up?
I've cut this guy's hair for years and now at times I trim his beard for him.
When he was little I just never thought I would ever have to trim my son's beard.

Christmas 2016

 We decided that this year we wanted to attend the 11:00 Organ Concert at the Catholic Church.
So we played games after dinner for 4 hours and had a blast!
We discovered quickly that Poppa cheats!
And Nana is the Yahtzee expert.
It had already started snowing mid day and was still going into the night.
We are definitely having a White Christmas.
 We woke up to about 6 inches of snow and it was still coming down.
It is so beautifully silent during a snow storm.
 Everything looks so pretty dressed in white.
The chickens are snug in their hen house.
 Vacant chairs waiting to be sat in. 
Waiting for summer nights when it's too hot in the house.
 Lizzy Bean had to paw her way out of her house.
 Morning chores took longer with the excitement of Christmas and the storm....
and being to busy watching the crazy kittens jump, catching snow flakes, and tunneling in the snow.
 And crouching down in the foot prints to hide and pounce on the next snowflake.
 Lizzy came out for her Christmas Cookie and then quickly ran back into her house.
 I know that snowball is here somewhere!

Along with an awesome storm comes snow removal.
Kirk was getting snowed on as quickly as he was blowing it off the driveway.
We are so thankful to my Dad for handing down his snow blower.

Future Santa!
And quite handsome too....
Sammy.....Let me in, it's cold out here!
The kittens had their Christmas Eve Party after we went to bed.
 Now....we can sit down and enjoy family time opening our gifts.
This is always so exciting to give those gifts that took lots of time to pick out the perfect one.
We kept gift giving to a minimum because we have some house repairs to do this year.
Gift giving became focused, unique and special.
 Kaleb is ready to catch those fish!
I vote to wait for warmer weather!
Look! a goofy girl in a box.
Victoria is always spotting the Ford F350 Super duty pick up trucks and saying that she wants one to transport the herd of goats that she will have one day. The boys keep trying to bring her back to reality by talking to her about gas mileage etc...
So, guess who got a Ford Pick up F150 RC truck!
We are hoping that this will fill her up with her need for a truck and keep her from looking at the boy driving the trucks around here.....at least for a little while longer.
Christmas was once putting together little matching outfits for the kids, keeping them awake and quiet through Christmas Eve service, sneaking out to help Father Christmas, and shopping for presents with the kids present and them not even noticing.
Now, Christmas was about, wear something clean, make sure you wrap your presents before Christmas morning okay?, sliding on the ice in the church parking lot at midnight, Santa's a little late this year...don't come out yet, and being forever grateful that we are all home at the same time to love and cherish every single moment knowing that our family is growing older and that some day very soon it will keep getting more difficult to be together at the right time.
I look at Kirk and I still feeling young but looking older as the days go by thinking that some day we will be home alone. So for now I cherish the noise, the chatter, kids yelling at whoever is in the bathroom to get out, the long legs stretched out and crossed blocking the only path in the kitchen, the boys who eat half the food in the cupboards and fridge while dinner is being prepared, and turning in for the night at the end of a long day only to hear crazy laughter and something thumping the wall downstairs. 
We have the most awesome family that God has blessed us with over and over and over.