Annika has been so much fun while the kids are at school. She behaves better, is my little helper and is constantly saying and doing things that crack me up. Today, I was head outside to put out trash and recycling things. I suggested she play with Rocky. She picks up Rocky’s toy and it goes like this:

“Rocky, SIT!” (he sits)

“Waaaait. Waaait.”

“FETCH!” (he runs to the toy, but doesn’t pick it up)

She looks at him and says, “Ok, I’m done”. =)

Later I came back inside and she exclaims, “Mom, Rocky was in the kitchen again and he was eating the floor!”


First day of school

I can’t say I was disappointed that this day came….although I wasn’t excited to see 5 am again. The kids were stoked for their first day of 2nd grade and kindergarten respectively. They picked out their own outfits and we actually were the 2nd ones to the bus stop, which was a happy surprise (that we weren’t late).

Kevin all spiffied up and ready to go

Tashy’s close up

And one far away, ‘cause she was posing and you had to see the cute boots!

They both had a great first day. Kevin was a little bummed because Kindergarten is 1/2 day this week only, but he was looking forward to eating lunch at school. He got a sticker though and got to have recess, so those things were high on his list. Tasha received a gift cert. for a bookstore from her 1st grade teacher because she read 40 books over the summer, which she was understandable excited about. Woo too!

Labor Day!

We had the best weekend with a visit from our friends Kylene and Jeremy and their baby Sophie. We hadn’t seen them in three years and were so looking forward to their visit. Saturday the guys went out target shooting and had blast (literally). When they came back, Kylene and I went to shop till we dropped. Ok, well not really, but we did hit the local thrift store and had a good time and yes, came back with a few things. (I could’ve come back with more!) Saturday night we enjoyed pizza from our pizza place and walked it off afterwards.

Monday was the labor day parade and rodeo. The parade was fun as parades always are. Full of old cars, lots of people on horseback and candy being thrown everywhere. It was fun to watch the kids scramble!

The kiddies enjoying the parade

Is this not the best ever?! I loved this little guy. He was hilarious!

I just liked this sign

The tractor was even better!

The kids trying to get the candy before everyone else did

I’m not an orange fan, but that is one cool car!

The town’s original firetruck

The big firetrucks were going by….can you tell?

This is the cool ridgway fire dep’t train that you just threw your kid in and they got to go for a ride.

Chillin during the bbq in the park that followed the parade

Being silly

Did I mention we were being silly?


Just to prove my point

And for the grand finale!!!!


After Ky and Jeremy headed out back to NM, Mom, the kids and I went to the rodeo like a good westerner should!

These were the bareback bronco riders! Can I say hello Chiropractor? These guys were amazing, but oh my goodness my back hurt just watching them.


One of the pro lady barrel racers making her way back to the finish line (so to speak)

This was my first rodeo really, other than the Calgary Stampede when I was 16. It was a lot of fun. Cotton Candy, barrel racing, roping, bull riding, a relay race (with horses) and the kids even got to chase calves and try to catch one. If they touched one, they got $1. Tasha got one, Annika fell over so they gave her a buck anyways.

Fun times!


Dinner Group

We’re part of a dinner group that meets monthly at a different house each month, with themed food. There are probably 8-10 couples in this group and we always have a fabulous time. Sometimes it’s just dinner and conversation, other times we add in a game for fun.

August was our turn to host, with fondues and salads as the theme. It was a great time, lots of visiting going on and getting to know some new additions to our group as well. Plus the food was outstanding. We had cheese fondue and chocolate fondue with plenty of dippers and a fryer that produced the yummiest homemade potato chips and french fries and fried veggie. Yum!

I never take photos at these things, so this time I decided I needed to!

Some of the girls

The guys trying their hand at pictionary/charades

No, no, this is how it’s done!


Rocky is getting bigger by the day. He still looks a little puppyish and definitely acts it, but before we know it, he’ll be all grown up…sniff sniff 😉

Posing on the fireplace

Being cute for the camera

Frisbee that Tasha made for him

Playing with his favorite person

Playing on the jungle gym….all the other kids think that’s what he is, so why not the dog too?