Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
They had a ton of stuff going on including several businesses who were giving out candy to the hords of children. Parker stayed at the Jewelry store and handed out candy. This is Phoebe in the Parade with Margaret. These two just love each other to pieces. They have such a sweet friendship.
Then there was trick or treating at "Trick or Street" . Here is Lila the Lion at our church "Trunk or Treat". It was a really good night there too!
Here's Parker in his Ducks Uniform, which doubled as his costume for the second year in a row.
Payton and Eva used their dance receitle costumes to be clowns this year at the Roosevelt Carnival. So many Parties this year!
Monday, November 30, 2009
In October Jason and I took the little kids out to Deadhorse and Campbell Lake to get wood. We borrowed trailers and vehicals from various family members and friends and headed out to get wood for the winter. This is a great place to get wood because there is so much standing dead wood, thanks to beatle kill. You can see the whole hill behind the lake is just ravaged.
The down side to going there is that it is about 80 miles one way. So we tryed to make the most out of the trip and get as much wood as possible. We had a truck bed and two trailers. We got directions and a map from the Forrest Service office in Klamath. They told us that when we got to a certain spot we would find the wood in piles already fell and limbed. That was exactly what we found when we got to the lake. Several piles of it waiting for us to load up. We got the truck bed about halfway loaded when a Forrest Service truck pulled up to us and told us that the wood we were loading was for campsites, not us. We knew it was too good to be true. He was nice though, and let us keep what wood we had loaded. Evidently, the office in Klamath was giving out bad information, he had to tell this same thing to two people before us the same day. When he was done crushing our dreams, he told us that the tire on one of our trailers was flat. That was the beginning of a long bad day. We had no spare for the trailer, and the leak was so bad that it wouldn't hold air after we put in "tire stuff" and filled it back up with air. We couldn't drive the trailer home with this tire, so we jacked the trailer up and took off the wheel and put it in the back of the car. Jason found a spot, and started cutting wood while I drove the back service roads to Paisly Or. When I finally arrived in Paisley an hour later they had one service station. I filled up the huge gas tank of the Escalade, and prayed that they could fix the tire that is appreantly older than dirt. The locals gave me weird looks, probably because of the luxery suv I was driving. This kid was the only one working the gas station/ service station and he was running his but off.
Across the street from the service station is a nice little cafe where the kids and I grabbed a drink. Inbetween the two on the corner of the main road through town was this "Deer Hide Deposit" bucket. That's small town Oregon for ya!
So about an hour after I arrived, and $60 in gas, and $ 65 in tire tube later I was on my way back to where Jason was. When I arrived to Jason he only had about 6 tree rounds loaded. I had been gone for almost 3 hours, so I was very dissapointed. The reason was, not because he was taking it easy, but because the chain on the chain saw was so dull it was taking 15 minutes and a whole lot of man power to get through one section of tree. After witnessing this for about an hour, I got fed up with it. We decided to just limb them and cut them into six foot sections. Then we both picked them up, and threw them in the tailer. We ended up being out there well past dark, but we got alot of wood. It was such a long drive and a whole day, so the pressure to make it worth it was on. By this point it was also getting to be an expensive trip! All in all a good long days worth of hard work, and heat for the winter.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
For Kelda I made these stacker blocks. I'll be making some more for myself I think.
For Suzanne I made this Pumpkin plauque. I loved it soo much that I had to make on for myself. Then I went and made a 12x12" one with a big pumpkin on it. They are my favorite! I went and bought Michaels, and Joanns out of wooden pumpkin shapes.
I was a crafting maniac this last week, and there have been no signs of stopping.
Today I painted over the mural I did in the girls room. It's been up for about five months, and I'm done looking at it. I've been working on some new artwork for their room. I'm really pleased with how it's turning out. Tomorrow I will make an oversided memo board for over Payton's bed. The ceilings in their room are really high, and I am too lazy to paint a border around the top of the room. The memo board should take up some wall space and soften the area. Hopefully I'll like it, I havn't been pleased with much of anything I've done in their room since they decided to share.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Parker, Payton and I ascended in about an hour and 20 min. We descended in 45 minutes. Payton tripped coming down and scraped up her knee and hands, but she was a trooper and walked it off. I had to hold her hand most of the way down after that. The view of Crater Lake from the top is amazing. I don't think I'll ever get over how blue that lake is. It's fun to be up there and see Mt. Shasta, Mt. McLoughlin, and Mt. Theilson. You can see the Klamath Lake as well. We talked to two different couples, both from Seattle. We watched a chipmunk take a full on dirt bath, he went as far as to use his paws to rub the dirt on his arms like he was lathering up with soap, weird. It wasn't very cold up there, probably 50'. But in the shade of some of the bigger rocks next to the lookout station we found quite a few ice chips. We were back home by three, so it didn't feel like too long of a day. It was a great activity, and so fun to watch Parker and Payton be pleased with their accomplishment. I'm so sad school is back tomorrow:(
Friday, September 4, 2009
*Rides a big boy bicycle with training wheels
*Loves playing the computer
*Is a little scary at how much he know about the computer
*Is talking more clearly than he was a couple of months ago
*Started pre-school this year. (Due to speech issues)
*Tells Penny to "Sit", "Lay down"& Penny actually listens
*Loves Parker more than anybody, he's an amazing big bro
*Say's to his daddy every morning "Hi Mommy", it just cracks me up.
*Loves Diego and Dora
*Loves going swimming
*Still want's to be carried a lot, he's the baby.
*Screams very high when he get's upset, we're working on that.
*Broke our Wii
*Is really great at all things mechanical (he is his father's son)
*Snores, (he is his Grandpa Jim's grandson)
*Is begining to say prayers, love it.
Friday evening we met up with Nana & Papa for a ball game at Giants stadium. AT&T ball park is beautiful. It is very clean, and we have never had a bad seat there. The Giants played and beat the Colorado Rockies. It was a slow game until the 6th inning, when it finally picked up and got really fun. Friday night games are my favorite ones. They're usually full, and everyone is in good spirits. Parker and Payton had a really fun time. Grandpa Pat took them down to the field while practice was going on and they both caught fly balls! That was pretty cool. They were friendly and talkative with all of their neighbors, it was so cute to watch. Phoebe and Paxton had a really long day and were exhausted. The game didn't start until 7pm, so anticipating the meltdown we came prepared.
Before the game we walked all over the stadium. The kids got to go down the Coke a Cola bottle slide.
We walked down by the field, and ate lots of yummy ball park food. The little ones lasted until about the 4th inning. Jason brought in his mini laptap loaded up with cartoons for the little ones to watch. It worked like a charm. When they got too tired to handle the situation we took that out, and hooked them up. It made it so that we were able to sit and enjoy the game, and one of us wasn't out walking around with a screaming child.
The game was great, and since it was so hot during the day it didn't get cold at all that evening.
Our first outing during our trip was a day down to Santa Cruz Beach. This was such a fun place. We were able to spend a couple of hours playing in the water. The kids did a lot of body surfing, and playing in the sand. The sand was nice and hot, and the water was pretty great.
Somehow I got suckered into going down the log chute with the kids, we got totally drenched!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
After a long hot(92'and humid) day we hopped back on the street car and headed towards Giants stadium to meet up with Nana & Papa for the ball game. It was hard getting around such a big city with Phoebe and Paxton. We could have definitly seen and done a lot more if they had been older. We did a ton of things that day though, and they held up pretty good.