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Let’s Pretend…

Remember when I debated whether or not to send Will to kindergarten?

Well, I ended up keeping the little bugger home for 1 more year.

He does go to preschool.

But not everyday.

Some days he and I spend the day together.

Some days WE have lots of errands to run and things to do.

Other days I have lots of things to get done around the house.

These are the days he misses his brothers and sister.

Today was one of those days.

So I put my stuff away and we did a photo shoot.

We got out the old Halloween costumes and he tried some of them on.

This is what our day looked like:

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Let's Pretend…

Remember when I debated whether or not to send Will to kindergarten?

Well, I ended up keeping the little bugger home for 1 more year.

He does go to preschool.

But not everyday.

Some days he and I spend the day together.

Some days WE have lots of errands to run and things to do.

Other days I have lots of things to get done around the house.

These are the days he misses his brothers and sister.

Today was one of those days.

So I put my stuff away and we did a photo shoot.

We got out the old Halloween costumes and he tried some of them on.

This is what our day looked like:

darth

ben-franklin

vampire

dementer

wizard

leopard

dog

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Summer Bounty

Isn’t it so rewarding when you can put dinner on the table made with everything (except the pork chops) from your own garden?

Corn, tomatoes, red potatoes from our garden.  YUM!

Corn, tomatoes, red potatoes from our garden. YUM!

Happy Monday!

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Chicago Part II

OK, this is just going to be a spewing of trip pictures without much rhyme or reason.  After looking at myself in some of these pics, I’ve made a goal of getting back to that dang faraway gym on a regular basis.  That means getting to bed before midnight so I can make it up and out the door for the 8am B.A.T (Butt, Abs, Thighs) class.  Boy do I need that!

So, here’s the smattering of pics.

Since it costs an extra arm (and a leg) to fly anywhere from Boise, we trekked down to Salt Lake, stayed a few days, and flew to Chicago from there.  We stayed at my mom’s house and celebrated Jack’s birthday there.  (More to come on that).  Cousin love and cupcakes.

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My famous sister TatertotsandJello and my Mom ( I know!  She had me when she was 10):

magazineOf course we hit the pool and the diving board:

jack-jumphannah-jumpHaving made it to Oma and Opa’s in the Chicago suburbs, a must-see for us was the Museum of Science and Industry.  More specifically the Harry Potter exhibit at the museum.  Will was chosen out of the crowd to be sorted by the sorting hat.  Of course the hat chose the correct house for him,  Ravenclaw! (The picture is horrid since I had to whip out the camera immediately and didn’t have time to tinker with the correct exposure.)

griffindormaddy-poseWe also decided that since we were “in the area” we might as well take a jaunt on over to Nauvoo.  Little did we know it was WAY farther than it looked on the map!  But we made it and stayed the night and enjoyed all the history of the early saints.  We also met up with our good friends who were passing through on their way back to Idaho.

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Well, it looks like I didn’t make my midnight deadline, dang it!  But I’m determined to get to that class in the morning so I’m off to snooze like Will…

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Happy Friday!

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We’re back from our last hurrah of the summer.

Just in the nick of time to register the kids for school.

After 12 days of travel, it’s good to be home.

A few pictures of the things we loved:

The refreshing water and sculptures of Millenium Park

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Chicago’s Field Museum

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More pictures to come tomorrow…

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I waited patiently for the UPS guy to deliver me this:

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And this:

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He finally arrived yesterday and I’ve been nose-to-book ever since.  Well maybe not the whole time.  I did get a chance to get out and try some of the things I read about.  I took my camera everywhere we went (which honestly only consisted of the backyard, the neighbor’s house, a neighboring sheep farm, and Carls Jr.) and clicked away.

Here are some of the shots I caught.  (Really, they are so much better if you click on them)

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Yes, it’s a fact.  We live in the country.  We’ve got barns and tractors and livestock galore.  I’m left wanting for cityscapes, cabs, and traffic here.  That’s why we’re packing up and heading off to The Windy City next week. Well,  that’s not really why we’re going.  We’re actually going to visit Oma and Opa, but I’m still a little giddy to get back to civilization the city. We’re stopping in Salt Lake on the way to drop off my niece Hannah who has been staying with us for about 10 days.  We will miss her! It’s been a non-stop fun fest with her here.  It was nice to level the playing field a little too with another girl around.

Some good friends are staying at our house to water the garden, bring in the mail, feed the horse, cow, bunnies, and dog, keep the pool busy and the trouble-makers away.

If I can access my blog while we’re away, I’ll post some pictures of our Chicago trip.

Happy Weekending!

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Remember when I did what-in-the-heck Wednesdays? Right after we moved to small-town Idaho?  When all things “farmy” shocked me?

I guess I’ve become desensitized to the farming lifestyle because not too many things shock me anymore. Yikes!

Not even last week at church when the sacrament meeting  included a talk about the llama that couldn’t make it the last quarter of a mile of a 20+ mile Youth High Adventure hike and had to be shot put down.

A moment of silence for the llama please….

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Or the local  High Council speaker who told the congregation that (and I quote…well sort of)

I learned some of the most important lessons in life from my cow. (!!!)

Or the Sunday when a quarter of our ward (congregation) was missing from church because they were all out looking for an escaped calf who was eventually found napping in the tall grass in it’s own fully fenced pasture.  (Note:  when your livestock appear to be missing, check the pasture first.)

So, when I stepped out onto our back porch last evening to put the garden burgers on the grill and saw our good friend in our empty pasture on his horse, I was not at all shocked.

Nor was I shocked when he said he was going to leave the horse there to eat the pasture grass.

Nor was I shocked when he hurried home.  I figured the sumptuous smell of our garden burgers got him salivating for some dinner (or wondering what the heck a garden burger was).

But, I have to admit that I was, if not shocked, surprised enough to grab my camera when I looked out the front window and saw this:

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And this:

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Apparently he had been walking both animals over from his house when the calf decided he’d have no part in going the rest of the way.  Our friend had to hurry back, not for dinner (well technically a future freezer full of dinners) but for the stubborn calf who would also be joining our pasture temporarily.

Meet May:

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And Slobber Face (I think their last calf was named Hamburgesa):

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They’ll be staying with us until they either find a way to escape, or they eat down all of our alfalfa.

Speaking of escaping, Molly (the dog) was a little shocked that there were 2 large farm animals in our backyard and got a little excited.  She chased the calf around and got the animals riled up a little.  We quickly put her back in the house but the next thing we knew, Slobber Face had gotten out and was making a bee-line back home!

It was quite a sight to watch us try and wrangle her back into the pasture.  I would have taken pictures but I was so engrossed in outsmarting the little bovine and shooing her in the right direction, that I didn’t grab my camera.

BUT, if I had, I might have caught May laughing at us:

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Or Smiling.   Rookies!

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It should be an adventure sitting for these guys.

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All the excitement kept us out till the wee hours of dusk.

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Erik and my cute niece Hannah who is staying with us for a week.

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I betcha can’t guess who this Jedi is….

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Happy Weekending!!!!

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