Saturday, December 25, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
So I know it's a bit irreverent but it's funny and makes me smile everytime I hear it. I love the Christmas hymns, they make my heart swell but this one is my fave fun song.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Whan I was a little girl I saw this commercial where this woman was laying asleep with her hair fanned out perfectly on the pillow around her, her makeup perfect, I'm certain there is no way she had morning breath, in a simple satin nighty. I aspired to be just like her. Fast forward 25 years or so... I'm laying in bed wishing I was asleep still on a cold snowy Sunday morning, AJ is asleep in the bed next to me (which is why I'm not asleep btw). He has been of course fiddling with my long hair, because that's been his comfort thing since he was a baby. Ryan comes home from work, builds the fire downstairs and all the boys hearing him get up and go running downstairs to mob him, which they do pretty much everytime he comes home from work, so now I'm laying in bed alone thinking I might get a couple more winks in before the bedlam breaks loose. Ryan comes up and into our room, the boys are downstairs eating cereal, a delicacy in our house because I make them eat a hot breakfast on school days( I know, I'm a horrible mean mom). Anyway R comes into our room, walks around the bed and starts laughing and says, "Hey Medusa" (my hair is completely ratted up on the left side of my head from AJ's fiddling. Nice! Oh well...
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
So my surgery is in 4 days and now I'm starting to freak out. Not really about the surgery, although R's characteristic tactful comments didn't help with that. Mostly about all the stuff I have to get done before the surgery. My finger already hurts so until R started talking about how bad it was going to hurt, I was looking forward to it. I have my preop appt tomorrow and I'm going to try to talk the surgeon into letting R come in and take some pics, if he says no I'll ask him to take some for me, I figure if I start high he'll be more likely to accomodate my request when I compromise, we'll see. I'm interested to see just how much uglier my finger can get, I wonder if my fingernail will come off, probably I figure. I expect I won't get much sleep before then but hopefully, my house will be clean and fridge stocked. At least the boys are off school on Friday so I won't have to get up to get them going and they can do the pastures for me. Thank goodness for strong boys with willing hearts, plus it helps that I took them to the movie on Saturday and bought them some candy after they promised to help out and not complain, AT ALL! For now I guess I'd better get to bed so I can get started bright and early tomorrow. They announced my surgery in RS today (so embarrassing!) I had deliberately not said anything, it's really not that big of a deal, it's not like it's back surgery or anything! Anyway now my friend is bringing dinner on Thursday, so sweet but I feel like a loser, it's just a finger after all, and really only one joint on that finger. I do really want to see the gorey pics though, so cool, I wish I could watch them drill the bolt into my finger! Anyway, goodnight!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
We have a couple of great mousers that we acquired soon after moving here. They were both dumped and were still fairly young and we had seen a couple of mice and a vole in the pantry plus several more in the pastures and garage so cats sounded good. Unfortunately since I'm allergic to them they are strictly outside cats which I feel bad about sometimes, especially when they are sitting in the window staring into the house and it's freezing outside. Anyway back to the mousers, they caught their first mouse the first day here and sealed the deal, they stay. Since then we have seen drastically less mice, they even catch and eat small snakes. A couple of times I've watched Tig play with his food before he kills it. Today was the worst though. We have a sunken area on our porch and he brought his mouse into that square and then sat up on the step and watched the poor thing run around and try to hide under the leaves then he would tap it. At one point he even was sitting facing it and touched his nose to the mouses nose, the mouse bit at his nose, I'm not sure if he connected or not but I'd never seen anything like that before. Poor fat mouse. He finally killed it and then played with it some more, throwing it up into the air and catching it. I'm no fan of mice but I did feel bad about it being tortured.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Next you put him in hot water for a few seconds to loosen up the feathers. I clarified w/ R before the adventure began that I would cook the fellow but he had to gut it. I expected the boys to pluck it but R did it all. Notice the groupies following his every move. Even the dogs were fascinated. I have to admit, I was a bit concerned that they were too fascinated by the whole thing, hopefully they don't become serial killers or anything.
I decided to spare you the pic of him gutting him although it's not that bad, no blood really. I was a bit worried after hearing about it from Mel on the trek. The whole process went alot faster than I had feared and we weren't even late for church. Right now he is sitting in the fridge in an oven bag ready to be roasted for dinner tomorrow night. So one rooster down, 3 left so watch out and don't peck my kids or else!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Happy Autumn! The leaves are starting to turn, well some of them are anyway, the kids are in school, football is going strong, and we are all in jeans and long sleeves so it's time to can some peaches! I was pretty intimidated since all I heard was peeling and waterbath and syrup and more stuff I had never done and I was doing it alone. So I googled it and found this blog, http://www.simplycanning.com/canning-peaches.html made it so much easier and has instructions for other fruits too! These are the first fruits I've attempted to can and... just look at how pretty they turned out! I left them in my dining room window just so that I could admire them for awhile, I thought about tying some raffia around them but decided that's a bit too much.
They are so much easier than I though they would be and now I'm not afraid anymore. I'm going to tackle apple pie filling next, as soon as I find some apples for a good price, otherwise it defeats the purpose of canning to save money right? I'm super excited though because I found a great and super easy recipe for pork chops and stuffing with apple pie filling and my whole fam inhaled it and R even took extra to work for later. So yummy! I love canning, it makes me feel like a domestic goddess! I relish the little pop it makes when it seals!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
OK so I just got a call from a new friend and... wait first let me tell you that last week her husband and R took our kids and their son crawdad fishing while I went for a ride. A nice hike into the canyon to a perfect spot. All the boys came home dirty and excited and saying they had a blast. Fast forward to tonight... Her son has a whopping case of poison ivy and can't even go to school, he has oozing blisters and crazy itching and pain all over most of his right side and some of his left... THE POOR GUY!!!! She called to see if any of our boys had any... Caleb has a rash on his bum but my kids are all prone to dry skin so I assumed it was that, it looks like that, sort of... I told him to put lotion on it and haven't heard about it since, that was 2 nights ago. Go look at it tonight after I get off the phone and it looks pretty much the same. You would think it would be on his arms (he was wearing jeans and hiking boots) or that the little ones would have it too right? No rashes on anyone else or anywhere else soooo... I'm thinking MAYBE we dodged the bullet on that one, maybe. I'm hoping anyway. I can't imagine he would have squatted in it, peed yes but squat? I don't think so and that's the only way I can see it getting on his bum and nowhere else.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Last year the boys had a long summer since we switched to Odyssey, a great decision, but this summer I figured would be normal since we intended on staying put, having loved Odyssey so much. Obviously that didn't happen and one of the things I was worried about moving up here was getting here either right after school started or the day before or something. Well that didn't happen since they started unusually late in the entire area this year. So... today was the first day of school AND the first time I have ever let my kids ride the school bus to and from school. There was no way it was going to happen at Sundance because I didn't want them riding with such older kids and being exposed to all the garbage that goes on there. I would have at Odyssey because their standards are so much higher and I would have expected that to carry over to the bus, just like the low standards at Sundance did, unfortunately it wasn't available. Jake and Caleb have always wanted to ride the bus so when they found out they could here, they were ecstatic. This morning we got up and had the normal hot breakfast that I always make on school days, it really does make a difference, R came home from work early to give them father's blessings before school and then walked them down to the end of our driveway, which is 1/4 mile long, after you go through the gates to the road to wait for the bus. At the end of the day I was there to meet them, and of course Neptune and Jazz had to go also. I asked the usual, how was your day, what was your fave part/thing about the day etc. then asked if riding the bus was as cool as they thought it would be... NO. Poor guys. Still the day was a good one and they'll keep riding the bus, at least they don't hate it, yet. We'll see how they feel when it's still dark out and cold. As usual, I was too busy this morning to get any pics but I'll try tomorrow, a second day pic is better than no pic right? Anyway, with them at school, I got into my groove and everything is back to normal again, just in a new place with a couple of huge changes.
Monday, September 6, 2010
This isn't the most flattering pic of him but it shows his unconquerable spirit. The look is more of the, "mom would you hurry up with the pic so I can get on with my fun." look but you can't win em all. Anyhow, my awesome Caleb made the choice to be baptized this past Saturday and R was able to do that for him. I am so proud of him and the young man he is growing up to be. He has adapted to our new home and all the changes that came with it quite well. He seems to have grown up alot over the last year. He is still my secretly sensitive tough guy. My super helper, the big bro extraordinaire, the budding horse man, a great cuddler, super smart, football player(every chance he gets), the jokester, and right now, the guy who's outside pushing all his brothers on the hammock while they laugh hysterically and watch in utter fascination as Bella hunts, catches, kills and eats a field mouse(I told you she is earning her keep). I love you Caleb!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
We are up early these days, feeding the horses before we eat and yesterday this is how AJ went outside. I had to laugh when I saw him walking toward the house from the barn for breakfast. Then he went right past me to see the horses and the only way he would stop and turn around for a pic was when Caleb posed with him. He reminds me of those old cowboy movies where the cowboys come out in their long johns and boots, all he's missing is a hat, but his hat has seen better days and we are waiting for the sale at D&B to buy him another one.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Meet Reno... R's new horse. He is a 15.1 hand 8 year old quarter horse/tennessee walker gelding. Ain't he purty! And he's super sweet to boot. We went to look at him on Wed night and R rode him and immediately fell in love, then ALL the boys rode him, one at a time of course, and there was no way we weren't going to buy him. He was and continues to be a perfect gentleman, although he kicked at my Tiger this am during their breakfast.
They are both pretty passive horses so we put them together and they went together like they'd always known each other. One of them will be the dominant one but it remains to be seen which one. For now, we are just getting to know them before we ride them and getting the barn and arena into shape. No shortage of work to do that's for sure. Speaking of work I had better go
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
This week has been a busy week around here. On Monday after seeing 4 1/2 mice in the pasture and droppings in the pantry again... we decided some abandoned cats would serve us well as mousers outside and then we got some traps for the pantry. We caught 2 mice inside on Tuesday. R is in charge of disposing of the bodies and killing them when they aren't dead yet...Anyhow... he shot one with the bb gun when it wasn't dead yet but suffering so he tried to put it out of it's misery but it took MANY shots. Anyhow the cats are looking like good mousers from watching Tig stalking and catching grasshoppers today, we'll see how they grow, they are still pretty young now. The boys named them Tig and Belle. Yesterday the boys started scouts and loved it... they both went on fieldtrips and made some more friends. Then last night we went out to Paul and bought a gelding for me. We are going tonight and looking at another one for R and maybe one for the boys too, depending on how long it takes in Twin. Anyway Tiger is a massive specimen and the first thing AJ said when he saw him was, "dad I'm not getting on that horse." We are thinking a pony may be better for him and Levi.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
So we woke this am to the boys screaming and running through the house, "FIRE FIRE FIRE!" The whole house was filled with smoke. Have no fear, it wasn't our house on fire. The whole area is blanketed with smoke, the worst of it is to the North and West of us. Levi woke up a bunch during the night and I smelled the smoke then but all the radio stations we found are on a pre recorded or syndicate show so there is no news and we have no idea how bad or how far or if it's a controlled burn or not, I doubt it since I smelled it in the middle of the night and not earlier. It's not too bad since when the wind blows, and it has been alot, most of the smoke clears from around us, we can see a few miles now. I pray for anyone closer and those who are handling it. Another new experience of country living.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
BEWARE... LOTS OF PICS AHEAD. I wanted to work around the property. Ryan wanted to go to Shoshone Falls. I decided his was more important and since he obviously agreed, we went. I'm glad we did. We are heading into the canyon and see this long line of traffic but since we were stuck in this long line we had a chance to look around and the boys spotted a large group of bull elk on top of the ridge. I have learned that they are much better than I am at spotting the wildlife but anyway... My pic doesn't do it justice, they are huge and there were at least 10-15 of them. As we got farther we discovered the reason for this highly unusual sighting... an elk farm.
The boys went crawdad fishing and caught more than they were expecting.
The boys went crawdad fishing and caught more than they were expecting.
They found a snake, a frog (but he blends in quite well and I can't see him in the pic even though I know where he is), lots of small fish and lots of bugs. Their all day fave discovery/catch was the crawdad that R chased me around with.
All in all it was a great day! Lots of fun and some excellent time with R.