Sunday, May 6, 2018

Happy Easter!

 This is one big bunny!
 Sibling Love...
really, they both wanted to sit in the chair.
This is their solution.
It works.
 In years past I have gotten all white eggs to dye.
This year, we just dyed the eggs that our chickens have layed.
The brown eggs made beautiful deep colored eggs.
They were really pretty. 
 Can you tell it was chilly? 
We were so desperate to be outside we didn't care.
We celebrated Nana's birthday too!
Kathy and I wood burned the design on the side of her soon to be grow box.
Just big enough for a few vegetable plants and some flowers.

All in a Month

April brought in Spring weather,
shorts (for some)
short sleeves,
yard work,
Lots and Lots of yard work!
 We had the chore of raking up all the wood chips and replacing it with compost.
It was like putting a fresh coat of paint on the garden.
Victoria and I have spread 6 yards of compost in our yard and 
Kirk just picked up another 2 yards! We finally bought a huge wheel barrel 
so we didn't have to make as many trips! At least Victoria doesn't have to work on
strength training her upper body for figure skating this month. She is getting it 
"farm style".
 With that face you would think she doesn't want to sling compost!
Aaahh, where's your sense of adventure?!
 I got this brilliant idea.....
usually when I say that, Kirk's head swivels in an odd way.
I think I make his head spin with my agenda...but not this time. 
We decided to enclose the back stoop of the garage, take down the laundry room wall, 
move the old back door to the garage and put the beautiful etched glass door to the basement,
stack the washer and dryer and make a new
laundry, mud room, pantry for the kitchen!
 It helps to have the most awesome work crew!
As a surprise for helping us so much on this house...
I took his monster truck to the glass place and got his 
back window replaced for him. Jared did all the bones and electrical,
Kirk did all the plumbing, and Kaleb was the hard worker with the entertainment.
 Jared wouldn't stop long enough for me to take his picture so it's blurry.
I really think this project was just an excuse for Jared
to order himself a pneumatic hammer.
This thing is menacing. 
And heavy!
I couldn't or wouldn't ever use it. 
It kind of freaked me out!
 These guys are constantly goofing around.
The awesome part is they still get a lot of work done in spite of the goofiness.
What a MESS!
We live in a state of disrepair....we take it apart, knock it down,
rip it up, clean, clean and more clean. Then build, move, clean, build, move clean.....
Someday it will be in maintenance mode. Just not today.
 It's amazing how little it takes for the leaves to bud and fill in.
I love this picture of the sun back lighting the leaves.
Now the tree is completely filled in with leaves.
 Alex can finally go outside after a long winter of hanging out in our dining room.
 These are the beautiful tulips that the deer didn't eat...obviously the ones that the 
deer did eat...you don't see. Tulips are candy to a deer.
 Victoria and the Cache Valley Figure Skating Club did their Spring Show of 
Heroes and Villains!
Victoria was in the Wonder Woman number and 
she was Hermione in Harry Potter!
Her skating just keeps advancing. She is about to take her next
Moves in the Field test, Pre-Juvenile test. 
We are really proud of her!
Kirk painted 5 backdrops for the show. 
They were awesome, of course.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Time Flies

I finally got school pictures up on the wall.
 I can't believe that Kaleb is graduating this year!
Not only will we have a high school graduation but
 Daphne will be graduating from USU as well!
 There was so much goofiness and laughter taking place,
 it was as difficult as the years of trying to get a good picture of a crying baby!
 My little girl that isn't so little anymore!
13 and in the 7th grade!
She is constantly being mistaken for much older than that....
probably because of these two hooligans that she hangs out with!
The three muskateers

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Random March Madness!

This is NASA....come in....Learning Log....Do you read me?
Kaleb is constantly making us laugh at his goofiness.
He is submitting his learning log for last week....why he is wearing sunglasses, I have no idea.
 Kaleb found this little patch of snow in the process of melting...
I am sure that from the beginning of time, Hearts were found everywhere to remind us how awesome God is and that he loves us dearly.
Kirk's day was made when we drove past...
the Wiener Mobile!
Of course he had to sing the song for the rest of the day and drove us all nuts.
 Jasper achieved his AKC Star Puppy award! With the help of Victoria of course.
He really is a Star Puppy. He is a wonderful dog! Though he is growing much bigger than we were expecting. And at 8 months....he's not done growing yet.
He loves to cuddle in bed with me taking up Kirk's entire side of the bed. 
His favorite toy is a shredded/knotted t-shirt. He's going to be awesome at agility!
This was the only picture out of 10 that we got of him not blurry!
He can be a fast mover.

Mc Call, Idaho

 Kathy and I went on a road trip up to McCall, Idaho to where Rich is doing some remodeling on a friends log cabin. It was like a sibling weekend. It was so fun, just the three of us.
 Rich managed to keep tiling the showers and still visit and have fun.
Kathy spoiled me, and Rich by cooking all weekend!
It was such a treat. She wanted to do something nice for me and she ended up spoiling me completely! She drove and paid for food even!
Rich, being the master plumber that he is, is standing in front of his handy work. He put in two water heaters and a soft water system.
 Kathy and I borrowed cross country skis from Rich's wife Sue. This was a dream come true. I have always wanted to try cross country skiing. I loved it. I managed to even do it with an injured knee that is still healing from our back packing trip last summer.
Though Kathy was much better at it than me, I was just happy to be able to do it.
 We tried out this groomed trail for cross country skiing. It was really fun We met up with this really nice lady a couple times who took our picture for us. We watched old men skate skiing with their dogs running at full speed. Kathy and I tried to copy their moves. We weren't very successful.
 This little car drives pretty well in the snow. One of the nights Kathy went out one last time cross country skiing where we had snow shoed earlier that day. When she came back she was so excited because all the cabin lights were on and it was snowing and everything looked so pretty in the dark. So we jumped in her little car and drove up the mountain a ways with the headlights off, the windows down taking in the night, the falling snow and all the cabin lights twinkling. It was really pretty. The crazy fun part was we started to go down this hill. There was a little concern that we wouldn't be able to get turned around and back up the hill since the snow was pretty deep even though it had been plowed. Kathy, in her crazy ways, started backing up backwards up the hill! I was thinking, Holy Cow, you are nuts but go for it....it's working. I kept my eyes forward to watch the road and she was turned around driving backwards. We were laughing so hard when we got up to the top. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.
Kathy video taped me cross country skiing walking up a hill with my skis on. I would take a step and start sliding. I was very protective of my knee so I didn't wear it out. It didn't feel really strong so I was having to be careful. I looked at the video later and laughed my BUTT off! I looked absolutely RIDICULOUS!!!
On Saturday, Rich took some time out to show shoe with us. It was snowing non-stop. The snow was piling up on the tree limbs, which held only so much. Every few feet a tree would drop the snow from it's limbs. Rich was waiting for Kathy to get close enough and he would knock the limb to drop it's snow. She was way too smart for him. He couldn't trick her...or me. It was so beautiful and the snow was so deep. It was perfect snow shoeing conditions.
This is the cabin that Rich is remodeling.
It was like staying in a resort....under construction.
The little town was very busy with skiers from a near by ski resort.
 Just down the small hill from the cabin is the water's edge of the lake now iced over, of course.
 This was at the end of the dock. We walked out on to the snow covered ice. It was a little freaky knowing that we were walking out on ice. We let Rich walk out ahead of us and then when he realized that we were hanging back to see if he falls through, which wouldn't happen, it was too thick, he dropped to his knees. It looked like he fell through.
He is such a prankster.
 Photo bomb!
I am so thankful to have them in my life after so many years of us apart. I can't imagine life without them. They are both very fun. We laugh so much when we are together.
I have also learned so much from them too.
It was a very special weekend to spend with just the three of us!

Skiing at Cherry Peak

     Jared, Kaleb and Victoria went skiing with their Aunt Kathy at Cherry Peak on a Friday night a few weeks ago. Well, Victoria snow boarded. I've been corrected.  I wish I could have gone but with a swollen knee I didn't dare. It was in the forecast to snow all evening and it had started pretty early in the afternoon. Kathy met here and picked up the kids in her little car with the little wheels. It amazes me how that little car handles the snow so well. Though the boys did jump out on the road going up to push her car up the hill while the rest of the vehicles were having to back back down because they couldn't make it up.
     Anyway, Jared said that at one point he felt like his hoodie and face was one big piece of ice. He decided to take a picture of himself so he could see what he looked like. That is a lot of ice on his hat and beard.....and he's still smiling!
     Jared and Kaleb were retelling when they saw Victoria at the top of the hill trying to get to the edge so she could come down. She was strapped into her snow board and was jumping as high as she could and forward to get to the edge. They said she looked like one of the army men on Toy Story.
     Kathy was afraid that the kids (who are half adults) were going to back out and leave her stranded to ski by herself. She forgot who she was with because these guys are die hards. They will stay to the end no matter how cold they get. They had a great time on a wild adventure with their fun and crazy Aunt! I just wish I was there.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A Warm Spot

I happened to glance out the basement door and saw Lightening keeping warm.
It constantly amazes me how he finds warm places to hang out. He will spend all day outside. The other day Jared found him sleeping in the hay bales. When he came in for the night his little ears were barely cold and he smelled sweet....like hay. He also has a habit of losing his collar with tag so now he is wearing a heart tag because I didn't want to make a special trip to Petsmart to get him his little fishy tag. We are thinking about making him Shrinky Dink tags so we don't have to blow 5 bucks for an engraved tag. Who knows where he loses them. 
 He lives a mysterious life.