From the mouth of babes…

Tonight we were all spending some time enjoying the warm, sunny fall evening and Tasha said to me:

“Mom? Some boys in my class say ‘Girls drool, and boys rule.’ But really it’s ‘Girls rule and boys drool.”

As if that weren’t enough she says with a laugh, “Actually, boys and girls drool! Even babies drool!”

Something to think about….

Tonight, I watched the Relief Society General Broadcast of the church online and while all of the messages were wonderful as always, one quote stood out to me. It was given during President Monson’s talk. He spoke on appearances and the importance of not judging others, whether they be overweight or not dressed well or not physically attractive in some way. He quoted Mother Teresa as saying: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

True and poignant and I’m vowing to do a better job of spending more time loving others and less time judging. Those around us need us to love them and serve them and lift them as life gets more challenging. Love them.

September Update Part 2

Ok, I’m back.

So, where was I….Oh ya, so here are few kind of random shots that we took while Mom was here.

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Tasha tells me how she wants her hair these days. I still get some say and the odd day, I do what I want, but I guess this is age 6!

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Here’s the back

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Annika insisted I take a picture of her

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Kevin thrilled at finally eating the pear he dubbed “Grandfather Pear”. It was about half the size of his face. And he finished it all!

The day before Mom went home, we took Annika and went for a walk around the State Park. It was so pretty there when we went camping, but we didn’t have a lot of time to explore. It was a little cool, but pleasant.

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I love how the sky is reflected in the water

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See?

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Snuggles with Grammy =)

After hearing recommendations from various friends, we watched Food, Inc a few weeks ago. Big Mistake! Ignorance was bliss! Now, after seeing how disgusting food really is in America, I’m having difficulty buying anything packaged or not organic. Our food is so processed and genetically modified and just ew! As a result, Ammon and I decided that we need to plant a garden. One problem…we’re renting, oh that and it’s Fall and snow will be here in a month or so. The solution?

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An indoor garden!!! We have all these crazy big windows and thought, why not put them to good use? So, here it is. Complete with grow-ligthts and mylar to reflect the light.

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For family night on Monday, we talked about planting a garden with the kids and why it’s important to be self-sustaining. They enjoyed planting the seeds. We planted cherry tomatoes, green beans, mini-cucumbers, three different kinds of lettuce, baby carrots, cilantro, basil, strawberries, bell peppers, jalepeno’s and I think that’s it.

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Tasha’s turn

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And Kevin

We were a little worried as to whether or not the plants would grow, since neither one of us have a green thumb. But……look what we found this morning:

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GREEN! Woo hooo! Our cucumbers and our cherry tomatoes decided to make an appearance today. We were pretty excited! Now, we’ll see if they give us fruit!

September Update Part 1

The day after Lee and Ellen left, was the first day of school, and my Mom came to visit. Hind-sight tells me this was too much all at once for the kids. Needless to say, the kids behavior was not stellar at home for at least a week or so. Regardless, Tasha and Kevin both had great first days of school….

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Too bad I forgot to have him take off his sweater. He picked out the pants and underneath is a white shirt with a green football on it, which he also picked out

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I could not get real smiles out of my kids….so,

I gave up!

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Then I got this one. Real smiles, as good as it’s going to get!

The first week Mom was here, we browsed some of the local antique shops, took lots of walks and visited while I did some catching up around the house.

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The view from the lookout point on one of our walks

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Too bad the mountains were hazy….they’re such majestic peaks

The first Saturday of Mom’s visit, we decided to try our hand at geocaching. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s kind of like a treasure hunt where you have general directions and coordinates and then you try and find a box that’s hidden and has various objects inside. You can take an object as long as you replace it with something of equal value. Anyways, we thought it sounded fun, so off we went to Ouray. Well, I didn’t take care to write down the specific directions and so we didn’t find it, but it was still fun hiking in and looking for it.

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Here’s the gang in the general area where the box was supposed to be

We stopped to admire a waterfall across the road:

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I really should’ve taken a photo of the view from the top of the falls, because the surroundings were perfect. Tall, green mountain cliffs all around us, and all you could hear was the rushing of the falls. The sky was the most vibrant shade of blue. It was a little bit of paradise

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Here’s looking up the falls to where we were sitting. This was only about half of the falls. The other half was below.

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Ammon took each kid down below, one at a time (it was really steep). Surprisingly, Kevin was the most cooperative in the photographs this time!

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See what I mean?

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Squinty McGee, even with her sunglasses! She must have her Daddy’s sensitive eyes

Sunday, Annika thought it would be neat to see what one of those giant clay pots would feel like if you fell into it headfirst. The result was a giant, black and blue goose egg on her head, that two weeks later is still yellow and green and she now has black eyes too. Just for fun….so people can think we smack our kids around, you know. You’ll notice it in the next pictures that follow, no doubt!

Tuesday the 14th was Tasha’s very first ballet class. It was an interesting experience as I wrangled my usually sweet 6 year-old, reminding her that she chose to take ballet lessons and Mommy and Daddy were paying a pretty penny for her to do so. I was determined….she was staying and trying at least once. And she did…After sitting in my lap for the first 10 min or so, I began following the teachers directives and eventually, Tasha participated. By the end of class, she still wouldn’t let me leave, but at least I got to watch from the corner, instead of prancing with 6 year olds!

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Pretty in pink (an update on ballet: her second class went great and Mommy didn’t stay at all!)

We found a great place in a sorta nearby town that sells cheap produce in bulk. That’s where our peaches were from. So, we went back and got apples and pears. Mom helped me bottle our 40 lbs of apples into apple slices (for baking) and applesauce.

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It took us about all day to peel and slice and bottle these suckers, but I’m happy to be stocked for the winter.

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Of course, we had no fun at all!

On Friday, we went camping at the Ridgway State Park. It’s not really my idea of great camping, but it did the job and had a great setting, definately beautiful. Ammon has gotten me so used to camping out in the middle of nowhere, no campsite per se, just lots of trees and a firepit and open space all to yourself.

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Do you see her poor face? So sad. It got sadder looking at time went on I think.

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Eating our grub

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Ok….anyone who knows my handsome husband, knows just how big his mouth is….I don’t mean the things he says….I mean his actual mouth! Do you see the size of that marshmallow????????!!!! Ammon came home from Walmart a few days before with these giant marshmallows.

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Maybe this gives it better perspective….It’s bigger than Annika’s hand!

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Here’s the big one and a regular one being roasted side by side!! lol

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Talk about a S’MORE baby!

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We learned something about the giant marshmallows….they’re the adult marshmallows and the regular ones are the kid marshmallows! 😉

After our s’mores, we took the kids down to the park to wear them out for bed. The older slept like babies….and the baby, well, didn’t sleep much! We discovered that Annika doesn’t like sleeping bags, hence the reason she doesn’t sleep well when camping. So, we put a blanket on her and she fell straight to sleep. However, after waking up in the middle of the night, she promptly flopped herself on top of Mommy and contorted me into all sorts of interesting positions as I accomodated her need to snuggle with me all night long.

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The next morning, the kids were excited to show me the changing leaves on some of the bushes.

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Sisters

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Random pic of Tasha while we were packing up to leave

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Say cheese

I have a little boy sitting beside me, patiently waiting for my attention, so update part 2 will have to come later…….

Last one…almost

The Manning came to visit us for a few days over Labor Day weekend. The night they were to arrive, Tasha thought it would be a fun challenge for us to throw a screaming fit, for no apparent reason….at bedtime. For 30 min. During which time we discovered that the 75 lbs of peaches we got at a local farm were starting to get moldy and it was time to can the ones that weren’t. Oh boy. Let’s just say we were so grateful the Mannings arrived shortly after we started the peaches. We were still up till midnight!

The next day, we spent some time visiting, went on a long walk and then hit the Ouray Hot Springs! Unfortunately, we didn’t have our camera with us, but it was a blast as usual and Tasha is becoming quite the brave little swimmer. She would jump off the step on the side of the pool and swim like mad for as long as she could. Kevin did a great job floating on his back too. After our swimming and feeding the koi in the pond near the pool, we had ICE CREAM from Ouray Candy. Mmmmmmmmm….Great way to end a day!

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Having some quality Grandma time

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And Papa time!

Saturday, we went on another long walk and refreshed ourselves with a tea party. The kids first! We made Very Cherry Berry tea (or something like that) and dressed to the nines.

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All dressed up and no place to go!

We had a special birthday dinner for Papa since we wouldn’t be with him on his birthday:

Meatloaf, mashed taters and peas. And a death by chocolate kind of cake:

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Papa’s gift…the softest licorice…

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The cake didn’t turn out as perfect as I would’ve liked, but in my defense, I don’t have any round cake pans and had to use a casserole dish. The top layer ended up bigger than the bottom, so I trimmed it. Oh well. It was a chocolate cake with chocolate whipped cream filling and chocolate ganache. I decided I really like ganache. Easy and pretty and yummy.

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YUM

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Sunday after church

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Ya. You see what I have to live with? 😉 I smile all pretty, expecting this great picture of the two of us and look what I get!

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Better, but I liked the first one better of me!

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The mountains on fire, kind of sunset

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Best seat in the house!

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Or maybe this is the best seat in the house for watching the sunset

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These two were born with a bad case of the sillies. They must be related to me!

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Best friends, worst enemies. This was one of the former moments! Thank goodness!

Blogging overload…

After being behind about a month and posting all my catch-ups in one day, I don’t think I’m going to want to blog for a long time, but whew…here I go with another post.

The county fair came to town and being a tiny town, I should’ve known it wouldn’t be what I was thinking….I was expecting what I grew up with: cotton candy, games, rides, etc…Instead it was a rodeo with a parade and a bbq. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Well, Kevin, Annika and I went to one of the 4-H Horsie events and while it was so boring, we could’ve cried, we saw our friends there and they let both of the kids take turns sitting on their horses and even got to go for a ride with them. Kevin even got to lope. “I got to go REALLY fast”, he told me. All grins, of course.

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This is Bob. Say hi, Bob.

Rarrrrr

So, while we LOVE living up in the mountains….we don’t love the mice in our house. Hence our newest additions: BlackJack and Tiger…we kept them in the garage for two weeks as instructed by the shelter so that they would know this was their house and would stick around. Tiger has been awesome. Let’s the kids do just about anything to him and always wants attention. He hasn’t caught mice yet, but has caught a few bunnies (I know they’re cute, but let’s be honest, they’re overpopulated). So, we know he’s a hunter. Blackjack on the other hand was cute (and yes I said was) but wouldn’t let us near him and when he finally was about to, Tiger decided to tackle him and go all vampire on him, biting his neck. I’m thinking BlackJack just didn’t feel all that welcomed by that kind of response and thus, he has run away….

Here’s Tiger:

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Back to School Shopping

We had a blast back-to-school shopping this year. The kids were angels the whole time and we had a fun time choosing a new outfit. Tasha wanted to model her new “jeggings” as they’re calling them this year.

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Yikes! She’s 6?

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Annika and Kevin wanted to be part of the photoshoot. This is Kevin’s current fake smile. Can you say cheese (y)?

Freakishly Wrong!

A few weeks ago, we were having crazy rainstorms on a daily basis. Everything was lush and green as a result, but this one day….HAIL! Ack! Just wrong in the middle of August!

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Check it out!

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Ew.