Dairy Queen

We have a Dairy Queen in Montrose (40 min away). It’s only open for 6 months of the year. I know, sounds crazy, but apparently no one in the mountains eats ice cream in the winter. I do, but I guess I’m it. So, it’s always a big deal to have a cold treat at DQ at least a few times while it’s open.

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Sharing a banana split. Hmmm…no resemblance at all.

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Tashy enjoying a frozen caramel hot chocolate. I had, of course, a mini blizzard-cookie jar (oreos, fudge and cookie dough)

Puppy Love

I’m not a small dog lover for the most part. I mean, I enjoy most dogs, but I don’t love the small ones because they’re usually nippy and nervous and yappy. However, I’ve grown to love Dachshunds after meeting so many while living in Ridgway. You wouldn’t think that a small mountain town would have hot-dog dogs, but there are lots of them! From their owners I’ve learned they can hike with the best of them…some even out-hiking their much larger golden retriever pals. And so, I present:

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COCOA!

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First bath….nope. We don’t like baths!

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In jail. Actually this is where she sleeps.

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Dinnertime! Her FAVORITE!

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Tired from surfing the web 😉

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Taking a break from playing

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I think I have a picture like this of Ammon and newborn Tasha….I guess this is child number 5?

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Silly!

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More silly! (she really fits in with us)

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Snuggles with Rocky. Her best pal! It took him a while to warm up to her because she wants to play. ALOT. But now he loves her. They play together, sunbathe together, snooze together, eat together…

Little Cowgirl

After watching the ladies barrel racing at our local rodeo last month, Tasha informed me, “Mom, I want to barrel race.” I told her she’d kinda need to learn to ride first! So I’ve been giving her lessons every Friday since. We have two different friends that are willing to let us ride, so we alternate riding one friends horses one week and the others, the next. Its been really fun on many levels; spending time with Tasha just her and I, riding, which is my passion, and teaching her to ride, which I’d always hoped I’d be able to do.

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Her first time riding by herself-ever

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Her first trail ride

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These hooves are heavy!!!

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Horsie Snuggles

Tasha has improved each time she’s ridden at amazing speed. She sits a trot extremely well and is working on her canter. She loves to canter (just like her Mama) and is focusing on keeping her little bottom on the saddle. =)

If I can ever figure out how to put videos on here, I’ll post a bunch.

Fun, fun, fun, till the weekend ends!

Last weekend was probably the best weekend our family has had a in long time. Not to say we haven’t had some fun, but…it started Friday. Ammon and I went on a date! I know, a what?! An actual date. Like just him and me. He and I. You get the point. So, we hopped on his motorcycle on the beautiful 80-something day and drove to Ouray. We had ice cream for lunch and grabbed some chocolates for later 😉 Then we perused some of the local shops and had to go into my favorite kitchen store. Which btw, I think I like better than any other store. Better than Target or JCP or a shoe store (ick! I hate buying shoes) or anything. Ammon bought some hot sauce and I bought some flavoring oil for cupcakes.

We picked up the kids from school a while later and headed to a friends house. We spent the evening eating pizza, s’mores pizza and chatted while the kids played. Then we lawn-camped so we could head out early to Sam’s club the next morning. On the way, Tasha and my friend Darla, who is actually quite pretty, took this lovely photo for me:

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Aren’t they beautiful? Just lovely!

In the car we decided that for Halloween, Kevin is going to be a swamp-monster, Tasha, a movie star and Annika wants to be an “old lady”. lol! She wants a cane and gray hair and mismatched socks pulled up with a skirt that doesn’t quite cover them. Like an absent-minded, dotty old lady..not a fashionable, got it together older lady. =)

We enjoyed a yummy lunch at Cafe Rio and then headed back to our friends house for a ward activity. The.Most.Amazing.Salmon.EVER!!! We spent the night at our friends again..inside this time. Then headed to church the next day. I think our full weekend wore Annika out:

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See? This is after we were home for about an hour. Still asleep in the car. In the same position. So.tired.

Fall is here?

So, we had a cold snap for at least a week where it was in the 50’s and raining. I finally resigned myself to the fact that we were having an early fall…so I decorated my mantel:

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I think it looks better in person, but oh well. I had fun anyways…

Ya and guess what?! The next week it was back to sunny and 80 degrees. hmmmm….oh well!

Rodeo

Every year our little town puts on a big rodeo and parade. It’s really a weekend-long event, but we usually just enjoy the parade and rodeo on Monday. The parade isn’t that different from year to year; although this year there were a lot more participants, but the fun of it is just enjoying it for what it is. A 30-40 min parade in a beautiful, small mountain town. Kind of mayberry-esque…but with a lot more liberals! This year my favorites were kind of tied for the 6 month old baby riding a horse with her cowboy-Daddy and the clown riding the mini-trike that stuck a flower in a horse patty that was left on the road.

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Whose cute kids are these? Couldn’t be mine! They don’t look a thing like me 😉

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A Kevin dog pile!

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This is a good friend of mine. I didn’t know she was riding in the parade. What you can’t see is her 6 year old daughter on the other side of her, riding her own horse. (which she also rode to school on the first day!)

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The firefighters always get into the water fights between the trucks at the end of the parade. Of course, they also soak the crowd…yes, on purpose!

 

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Pretty much the whole town and all of the tourists come out for this fun-filled weekend. The parade is followed by a bbq lunch in the park.

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Annika chilling on a new bench in our park dedicated to a local 20-something girl that passed away unexpectedly. She apparently loved daisies and what you can’t see is a metal dachshund attached to the bench.

We headed to the rodeo after playing for a while and enjoyed the bronco riding, barrel racing, stick-horse race (by the kids) and Lee Ann Rimes singing the National Anthem. Fun day!

 

Random

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These guys were right up beside our deck and I tried to take a pic, but they ran off to the other side of the driveway. Just as well ‘cause one of them charged me about a month ago. Kind of scary. Luckily, I had something big in my hand, so I raised it above my head and acted like I was going to throw it at them while I yelled at them, so they took off. Aren’t they beautiful though?

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Creamsicle cupcake….super-yummy, but some of the orange flavor baked out, so I think next time I’ll try adding some orange juice concentrate and I won’t reconstitute it to give it that orange zing. Yum!

Got a Haircut?

We had just finished saying our prayer together the night before school started and I looked over at Kevin and in horror saw that I’d forgotten to cut his hair. Now, you may say… so what if his hair isn’t perfect for the first day of school. No. His hair was crazy long and he looked like a shaggy dog.

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See?

Sunday

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Ammon was out of town this weekend, but I had to get a photo with our favorite missionaries. We have the missionaries to dinner once a week and have grown to know and love these boy-men. The love the Lord and work hard to help others. Our kids have also come to really look up to them. It’s a blessing to have them in our home. The blond Elder finally got his visa to go and serve in Australia. So this was his last Sunday.

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Cute kids!

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Annika always has 5 million Sunday dresses because she gets the hand-me-downs from Tasha and her cousin, Malika. I saw this one on clearance at Target last year though and I couldn’t resist. She looks like a little ballerina/princess in it. Maybe I really got it for me 😉

 

Back to School! Ack!

Where did the summer go? Each year, it passes by with even greater speed than the last and I find myself torn between loving having the kids home and a flexible schedule and being excited to have some time to myself and get something accomplished.

Tasha started online schooling this year (more on that later), so she started a week earlier than the other two kiddies. Lucky for them, they got to have two special breakfasts. One for Tasha’s first day of school and one for Kevin & Annika’s.

Tasha’s consisted of Eggo Waffles, Toaster Strudels and fruit. Healthy, I know! But I never buy them, so it was a treat and cheap!!!

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Not fancy, but cute and fun to make it a festive day!

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Yay for a girl who still loves pink and all things girly!!!

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Working hard! I caught her unawares =) tee hee

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Back to school for Annika and Kevin. I’m going to miss you, Rocky!

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She loves her new shirt. It’s all sequins on the star and if you rub your hand over them, they have silver on the other side. So you can have a silver star or a turquoise one. Apparently, it was a big hit at school the first day.

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My big almost 9 year-old. He grew about 3 inches this summer! He’s now 3 inches taller than Tasha and up to my chest. Aaaaaaaahhh

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Rocky wanted a back to school picture too. Didn’t he pose nicely?

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Ya, this is the real Annika!!! =)