Monday, October 26, 2009


Grandma Vicki and Grandpa Gary came to visit from Michigan. They came with T-shirts from their trip to Mount Rushmore and lots of gifts from Aunt Marcia. While they were here, we went to Yellowstone Park. We went in the North Entrance and out the West Entrance. Afterwards, we stayed in a hotel with a pool and a waterslide.

Here are the kids with "Flat Nicholas" who was sent
by a friend from California to share our adventure

The view from Lower Falls

Looking at those falls from across the Canyon

In front of Old Faithful

We drove up on this wounded Buffalo after a fight

And then found this. The darker buffalo is pushing
the wounded lighter colored buffalo up. It did get up
and walk away.

Dad said he wouldn't leave the park until he saw an Elk.
Good thing we saw these as we were driving out.

Isaac coming down the ladder, not the
slide. Later, he did go down, on Mommy's



My Newest Creation

My Grandma Babe left me her pictures and her craft supplies. I found her notes (tiny pencil-written notes) inside the several quilt books she had used over the years. This quilt pattern had been used by her. I followed the directions (and Grandma's chicken-scratch) to make this duvet cover for my boys' American Military-themed room.

Did you notice? I QUIT using fake names

That's all. I hope we don't get stalked!

Labor Day Weekend Trip to Coeur d'Alene

We are really blessed to live much closer to Jake's family. In just 6 hours, including a stop at Taco Bell, we were at Grandma and Grandpa's house! We got to sleep in the camper. The kids got to call Joe "Uncle" for the first time. There was great food from the garden, bubbles to blow, dogs to love, huckleberries to pick (okay, so there weren't huckleberries at all), pine cones to gather, and finally, corn to harvest. We came home with 13 dozen ears of corn, now shucked, blanched, cut, bagged and frozen!

We went to pick huckleberries and left with a photo of a chipmunk
and a bag of pinecones!!

This was hilarious. I had a cheese sandwich and the dogs' heads
followed that sandwich in unison. It was like choreography!!