Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shake Rattle and Run/ Roof project

My brother came down for the weekend and we ran the Shake Rattle and Run 5k.  A couple of my friends were there too.  Lots of fun!  I was excited about my time of 25:03.  And my brother came in in under 20 minutes.

Bert came to help Nicki fix her roof that was leaking, so we spent a couple of days helping fix the roof.  It was a great weekend spent hanging out with family.  Nicki and Coleen came over and brought Mario Kart and we even got Bert to play.  It sure was a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Star Valley

I was able to take the kids to Star Valley last weekend.  We had a great time hanging out at my parents cabin.  Shilo and Rachelle came and stayed and we made a couple of different crafts and made a couple of batches of soap.  The last day their my brother and sister inlaw and I went on a 9 mile hike in the mountains.  It was so beautiful.  We hiked to McDougal pass.  It was freezing and we followed bear tracks the whole way there!  Thanks everyone for the wonderful trip!

pumpkin patch

We went to Berry Patch Farms a couple of weekends ago with my sister and her friend.  The kids got to pick out a pumpkin, do some pumpkin bowling, make a little craft and grab candy from a pinata.  They had a great time. 

Thursday, September 30, 2010


I was just flipping through some summer pics and thought I'd post some.

 Andy with olives
 The kids came down stairs one day and Andy was wearing these....Sam made Andy some pants, isn't that nice of him!  I died laughing!
 Miss Alison being the crazy girl she is
 And  a pool?  A turtle?  or Sam?  Who knows!

 This is me and my good friend Ann who did the Yoga for Congo Women
 She sent me this picture and said I would enjoy it....well, maybe not the word I would use.  Here it is anyway,

Jeff went on his retreat last weekend with all the residents up in Estes Park.  Here they are.
 So I've been inspired by a friend to try to make my own soap, and thought it sounded fun, so I made my own soap mold.

 Made some soap and poured it in
 put the set up soap in my make shift soap cutter...and yes that is a putty knife.

And here is the final soap.  This batch is coconut oatmeal

And my latest, brown sugar and fig with oatmeal.  If you can't tell I like the oatmeal in it.

Field Day

The kids had field day this month.  Andrew and I went over to watch.

Ali's getting carried away in one of the games

It was so hot and poor Andrew just wanted to go home.  Can you see the excitement in his face?

This is Sam and his best friend!

Heres Sam and his best friend racing on the hoppy balls.

The kids had a lot of fun!

Monday, September 13, 2010

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ali's Girl Scouts

This past Saturday Ali's girl scout troop planted a tree at her elementary school.  They did such a great job.  They actually were done before the older girls, what hard workers!

That's Ali on the right...putting some muscle into it!

Filling in the tree with dirt.

The End...5 hot tired little brownies!

First Day of School

Well, my little Ali is in 3rd grade!   I can't believe it.  And Sam's in first grade!  Where did the time go?

Wild West Relay

The beginning of August we ran in the Wild West Relay.  Another running relay that goes from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs.  It was a ton of fun!  We were the Rubber Chickens and had lots of fun with our little mascots!  Here are some pics of everyone.  My brother Bert and sister Nicki, and Rachel, Greg and Esther were in our van.

Rachel and Nicki

Our masot strapped to the hood of our van

Our sweet decals...Thanks Rach!

Nicki and Bert at the continental divide sign.  Bert just got done running his hardest leg uphill for 8 miles and Nicki made him run a little further for a picture!

We love our chickens!

Rachel was the only trooper on our team who ran one of her legs with the chicken!

Nicki, myself, Bert

The Team at the finish!  We finished 29th overall and 8th in our category!  Not too shabby!

This is what I looked like after my last run, when some lady came and asked if she could take a picture of me with my "Snickers Marathon Bar" for their sponsers...boy do I look good or what...Let me know if you see my face....Am I famous yet?

More catching up

This summer we took a family camping trip to Jackson Lake.  We stayed on a little Island.  Thanks to Jeff's dad who let us borrow his boat.

The kids putting the hot sand(more like little rocks and dirt) on them after a cool swim in the lake

The last night we were there, there was a super big storm.  Lightning, thunder and the waves we pretty big.  I was actually probably the most scared I have ever been...wouldn't tell the kids that.  I kept telling Ali everything was just fine.  Anyway, Jeff stayed out during the whole storm and kept checking on the boat.  Well, in the morning......lets just say, we spent awhile digging the boat off of the beach.

Then as we were leaving, this is how beautiful the lake looked.....I guess it was the calm after the storm.
Sam found a black and red snake on our Island, which terrified him for quite awhile!  I never saw it, but he stayed away from that part of the island.

The kids were in the lake catching minnows, and were excited when they found this cool worm-looking was a leech.   Yeah, that kinda spoiled the water for me.  Oh well, we went swimming, and no one got leeches on them....Although on the way home Andrew found one on his finger and I was too chicken to get it off, so Ali did, then it stuck to her, and she flung her hand all over and it flew off.  We stopped the truck and Jeff got it out of the car....yuck!  Good to be home!