Saturday, July 22, 2017

Playing with the Kids

Little Chloe, being the runt, gets pushed out of the way at feeding time so we have bottled fed her since day one. She took to a bottle instantly because the little thing was hungry. 
So now when it is feeding time the others attack their mother's udders and little Chloe stands at the gate waiting for her bottle. She is the sweetest little goat.
She reminds me a lot of her mama. Lizzy has always been very sweet.
My cousin Kathy works in Logan occasionally so now we get to see her more frequently.
She even spends the night on our couch. I love it. Kathy is awesome.
She has always been someone whom I have loved and respected since I was very small.
 Goats are very entertaining.
Need I say more.
 Right when we are playing with the kids, Lightening comes out of the bushes and wants some lovin.
 One of the little boys saw Lightening as another goat....obviously because he jumped over Lightening. Lightening turned around and kind of looked at him like
"what did you do that for?"


Bear Lake Blown Away

The wind kicked up at Bear Lake causing our awning to attempt to fly away.
Kaleb rescued a ball with one of the kayaks, that got away from a group of kids playing.
We all got a workout paddling back into shore
It still turned out to be an awesome day.

Visiting with the Darts

It was so good to visit with Susanna and Emily. We would have loved to have been able to visit with Rachelle but she got called away to early. It was great catching up with their lives and their future plans. It's hard to believe that our families have been friends since Kaleb was 5 months old, 17 years ago. I loved listening to the conversations going on between them.

Pouring Buckets!

A summer rainstorm caught Kirk out in the shop for quite some time. He got tired of waiting for it to let up so he grabbed the kiddie pool as an umbrella.
The chickens were trying to get in out of the rain.....it was quite a scene with him walking under the pool behind the chickens trying to get the last frazzled hens in out of the rain.

Water Balloon Fight!

 I love that no matter how old they get they still like to "play" together!
The only part that is different is they 
throw harder,
hit their target more,
fall harder,
and play more rough!
 Victoria's only defense is the hose.....
that will last only so long!

Hello World!

Chloe is such a sweet girl!

;New Kids!

 Our sweet doe Lizzy had QUADRUPLETS!
No wonder why she was so huge so early!
There were FOUR babies in there.
If they were all girls I would keep them all.
We have our hands full with Jacks and Sven as it is so we are only going 
to keep one little doe with blue eyes that Victoria named Chloe.
The other three little guys we are looking for a home. Two have blue eyes and one has brown.
Boy are they cute!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Checking out Bear Lake

Jared, who has been working in Bear Lake for the past year has been telling us that the lake is very full. We decided to see what the parking situation was like since we are planning on heading to Bear Lake on Monday for the 4th of July. Of course, we had to stay a little while since we were there.
Jared even stopped by after work and ate a late lunch.
 I have never seen the water level this high. It is awesome!
We had awesome snow this past winter and boy has it paid off!
 My sweet country girl Daphne with her shade hat and loads of sunscreen on.
 We brought the sun lizard Nana, with us.
She is always game to do just about anything.
But she said that she won't float down the canal 
with us because the water is too cold.
 Notice anything different about this gorgeous girl Victoria?
She found me a tiny heart rock perfectly shaped.
Have you figured it out yet?
No More Braces!
She has a beautiful smile. We all keep staring at her.
She looks so different. She was a beautiful girl before but those teeth!
I love that smile!
I actually think her dimples show more.
 And if you know Victoria, you know that there is a lot of goofiness too!
 Happy Summer!

Baby Hawk

We have a hawk's nest in our Norwegian Spruce that is a super old and super tall right in our front yard. We have been watching the mother bring it mice. Our poor chickens will run for cover into the bushes when they see the mother swoop over the yard. You can tell when the mother leaves the nest because the baby will repetitively cry until she returns.
 For it being a baby it sure is large.
 I love watching all the butterflies that summer brings.
They are so beautiful.
They have a purpose and a daily mission. If you watch them long enough, we have noticed their pattern for checking out each flower for nectar. It is really interesting.

Thunder's Nap

This crazy kitten cracks us up almost every day.
Say "that" 10 times fast.
Thunder will seek out someone almost every day so you can hold her while she takes her nap.
She literally wanted in Daphne's arms and immediately snuggled in for her nap.
We don't mind, if there is a book nearby to read.....

Bathing Mr. Peabody

If you know anything about billy goats, you know they stink.
And you will know why they stink.
It's bath day because he stinks!
And Jacks doesn't like it when it rains, therefore he doesn't like to be bathed.
But he weathered quite well and didn't create too many problems.
We figured we might as well bathe Sven too.
It's good to get them used to doing all sorts of things.
We already know that he can scale a 5 foot fence from a stand still 
so we thought we would find out how he does with the hose and water.
He is really cute so, right now he can do just about anything and get away with it.
Though we wouldn't let him nibble on Victoria's pony tail....his favorite thing.
Our pregnant mama, Lizzy is about to give birth any day now.
I love our garden.
I love to eat what comes out of it too.
Since this picture has been taken, our plants have tripled in size.
It always amazes me how awesome Our Lord's creations are.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Onward!

We were in Home Depot getting some backs of compost.
I turned around to see this.
Need I say more....
there is always something going on with these two.
It makes life interesting and fun.


A Little Late

I just came across these pictures from last April when we went fishing with Kaleb in Temple Fork.
The last time we were there we snowshoed in.
The water level was so high in places it overflowed into the meadow grass and washed out the beaver ponds. It was a much needed afternoon if I remember right.
We got back to the van just as a storm was rolling in. We could see it coming.






Mr. Helpful

Jacks always finds something to do.
Whether it is destroying the dried out OSB that someone used as siding for the shop,
Climbing a tree to jump to the neighbors weeds....because obviously ours aren't as good,
pushing through horse fence to get to the neighbors weeds....once again, because ours aren't good enough.
In this case it is standing in the wheel barrel.
 Every time I turned around he was in it, with or without anything in it.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

All in one Day

Daisy is Nana and Poppa's new puppy. She is chihuahua, jack Russel terrier and we are pretty sure Papillon too because she has the little butterfly ears.
Victoria and I were helping Nana cut grass out for a new flower bed and Daisy was under foot finding all kinds of things to do.
 Watching Victoria throw chunks of sod into the trailer was like watching her ice skate.
With each toss she flung her leg out like a waltz jump.
 It seems like every day we work from sun up to sun down. For the past 8 weeks we have spent hours on end reinforcing goat fencing. I think we have the Evil Elf completely contained only to have Mr. Peabody....Jacks, to push his way through the fencing to the neighbors weeds. I guess theirs look tastier than ours. 
Now we are working hard on the garden. Year after year we try to support our tomatoes only to have them fall over due to the weight no matter what contraption we use to hold them up.
This year we have ....wait, I showed Kirk a picture of structure to hold tomatoes and he built this awesome tomatoe trellis. I found these awesome clips on Amazon and bought 6,500 ft of tomatoe string pretty cheap on Amazon too. Kirk and I were stringing them up last night only to have a little helper try to take off with our twine. Sometimes our lives are taking a step forward only to take two back. It's a good thing we aren't quitters.
 Lightening was sure that he could walk off with the twine. We had to work at it to get it back. He is really quick for a little cat.
 I love that when ever we are out in the yard our little helpers come out of who knows where to see what is up. No sooner did we get Lightening down from sabotaging our efforts, Thunder appeared and was trying to think up what she could get into.
 When Lightening wants to cuddle and be pet by you he wants it when he wants it. He doesn't care if you are busy doing something.
 Isn't this beautiful?
I really think this is going to work this time.
 This is why there isn't any food in the house ever! It's because of him.....or him!!!
Last I looked he had the cereal box.
Which I am sure is officially empty now.
 Thunder loves to accept the next challenge...even if it's walking on the water irrigation pipe...or maybe it's to keep her feet from getting wet.

June Roadtrip

 We're going on a road trip with Poppa riding shotgun.
We have been so busy with projects that we decided to skeedadle out of town for the day.
It started out that we would head to Shoshone Falls in Idaho and then head back home.....but we took a detour.....a very long detour.....
 Shoshone Falls is the Little Niagra Falls.
The water level is so high right now from snow melt that there was mist showering down on us and the entire parking lot.
 We quickly became drenched....it was awesome!
Of course Kaleb and Jared brought rain gear. 
I guess all the years in Boy Scouts and learning to be prepared has paid off.
 We turned around and saw Mary Poppins with her umbrella.
 We weren't expecting the mist from the waterfall to tumble up through the air and onto us.


 My girls are always heckling Poppa. It brings back memories of the many,
 many years that I would heckle him.
 Next stop was the Shoshone Ice Caves just north of Twin Falls, Idaho.
This is a giant lava tube that once had a hot spot that is now in Yellowstone.
It is crazy thinking about it.
 Outside it was a warm 75 degrees....inside it was a chilly 30 degrees.
 Long ago, the government dynamited the entrance to make it larger than the 2 ftx 2ft entrance and changed the air flow causing the ice to melt. A veteran from WWI came along and spent 14 years reestablishing the air flow so that the ice would return. He was successful....obviously.
 Our guide was very well spoken at the young age of 18.
Very talkative young man. Loved his job.
 They had found a mother bear and two cubs preserved in the cave until the air flow changed when it deteriorated to bones. It is interesting how it all came to be, and sad for the bears too.

 While we were out gallivanting across the desert terrain of Idaho we stopped at Craters of the Moon.
Awesome place....very educational.
There is old lava flow everywhere and it literally looks like the moon.
 In the midst of all the volcanic rock were wildflowers.
 I would hate to be around when this lava was flowing.





 I took pictures of my peeps strolling up the walkway laid down between rock....

 Daphne and Nana were WAY back still taking pictures of flowers.
Nana is very patient with Daphne.
 And then there is Kaleb....
my crazy, weird, silly, goofy son.....


 Poppa was napping in the van....not for long though!

 Kaleb and Victoria talking about racing each other up this cinder cone.



 Muscle man palming a boulder....psst....remember....volcanic rock weighs nothing.....
 It is super windy making our eyes water
 Nap time for people who work for a living....
 More Caves
 Old lava tubes to explore

 Kirk turned around and saw Kaleb's head pop out of an old lava tube.
 We never know what he is going to do.


 We never expected to cover this much ground in one day but had so much fun and Nana and Poppa were gracious with taking naps while we explored caves and lava tubes.
 We passed through Arco, Idaho. Kaleb had actually been there with Scouts and told us about a submarine museum. Long story as to why it is way out in the middle of no where. He directed us to the site so Poppa could reminese(how do you spell that?) his old Navy Days.


 Read these bricks from supporters of the historical site.
I thought it was funny too.
We covered something like 500 miles and drove a total of 10 hours that day.
It didn't feel like it because we were all together and never tired of each others company.