Friday, October 7, 2016

Sunday Games

I love that these guys still like to play games with each other.
That even at the age of 20, 16 and 11, they still enjoy being with each other.
Of course they have two very busy kitties stealing game pieces or playing with cards.
It cracks me up how these two will run up and slide down the slide.
Over and over and over.

Their up, their down, their back up....


Never in a million years would I think that our dogs could be friends with a cat...or two.
I love that they have found companionship with each other.

Deep Canyon

I love our Friday field trips. Science this year is Environmental Science so
of course we have to take it out side.

There had to be about 50 butterflies fluttering about in the this patch of aster flowers. 

We always have so much fun being together....just being goofy.
Whether it is dorky posing or running down a steep mountain
trail like monkeys.

Our very own carpenter.

Jared had a day off in the middle of the week and I found him in the back
 repairing the fence that the horse pushed over.
From what we gather the fence next to the canal (which looks really silty that day)
is over 50 years old. It looks it too.
The new posts are from a couple juniper trees that we had
 to cut down earlier in the summer. 
I love having a son who doesn't like to sit still.
He has done so much work around the house.
I guess I'll have to make him some yummy dessert.
I have no idea how he carries this tool belt around all day.
I can barely carry it let alone wear it. He works hard every day at what he does
and it shows in his craftsmanship and his muscles.

School Kitties

Thunder...making sure it's done right.
Thunder....a hoodie pal.
Thunder and Lightning too tired to do math.


I don't know what is more good lookin'
The beautiful produce that has come out of our garden or this good
 looking guy helping me carry this beautiful produce out of the garden.


Aaahhhh, that felt good. 
Nothin' like throwing the most hated toaster out the back door.
We finally got a new one.
No more burnt toast!

A bundle of Purr

When the other three kids were little, they had Toby as a school cat. He would hang 
out with them and play with their pencils or lay across their books so they couldn't
 read what they were supposed to be working on. Even to the point of laying across 
their arms so supposedly they couldn't write either.
Well, Victoria has two sweet school kitties that do just about the same things
 that Toby once did long ago. Except they are double the purr!

4H Dock Diving

Victoria and Kaleb's 4H group is awesome. They did a dock diving for fun after the fair in August.
A storm blew in with 60 mph winds. We finally had to pack it up and leave. 
At least it was warm.

Henry is the splashiest swimmer. He needs to learn to paddle under the water.
The girls gave up on the dogs and decided to swim on their own.
This fantastic dog Remy is now playing fetch with Jesus. He had to retire from being a champion in the agility ring. About a year ago he started having seizures and just last week they couldn't stop him from seizing. They had to put him down and has left a huge amount of grief to his dear Mother Rachel. He was more than just a pet. He was a dear companion, friend, and awesome dog. Our beloved 4H mascot Remy will always be remembered.


Rough life!

Our Garden

I am definately running behind in updating all these pictures.
These sunflowers are now drying in the shed to feed to the chickens
in a month or two. It will keep them busy pecking the individual seeds out.
I love this honey suckle that we planted. The flowers are actually pink and yellow. 
The colors of a sunset.
The butternut squash came in like gang busters and is now
stored deep in our basement to eat at a later date in 
stew or roasted. Yum!
Our watermelon this year is Yellow! Yes, yellow. It freaks with your mind.
It makes you think that you are about to eat pineapple, only, its watermelon.
Something happened to our big pumpkins. I think the plant must have died. Though we
do have some medium pumpkins and a bunch of pie pumpkins, and tons of jack-be-littles
 that have snuck through the fence and growing in our neighbors yard.
I would say our garden is a huge success. But now that it is October, it was a huge success.
We picked the last of our tomatoes since it is going to freeze tonight.
Funny how we can't wait for the garden to start flourishing and then toward the end
I can't wait to rip it out!
Our awesome apple tree is abundant with fruit. We now have lots of quart jars
 of applesauce and dried apples. Kaleb's favorite, so he is in charge of drying the fruit.
He who eats the most has to make it too.
George is officially locked out of the coop.
 In his normal rooster self he is tormenting the girls.
Time to fend for himself and leave the girls be. Now they can 
get busy with what they need to be doing, like laying eggs.