Monday, November 16, 2015

New Deck

Every year my parents come to visit, and every year we have a project for my dad.  This year's project was a deck on the back of our house.  I have been dreaming about having a deck for several years.  With everyone helping we got it done in record time.
 The boys enjoyed helping to remove the old porch.

Foundation being laid.  The kids had a grand time going in and out of the door without a porch.

Everyone helped attach the deck boards!

 Cute little guy!!!
almost done with deck boards
 makes a great place to pretend you're in a cage

Steps and gate done.
 All done!
Fun walking on outside of deck
First snow from deck
 This  little guy is just too cute!!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Jr. Camp

Our kids, especially Abby has been asking to go to Jr. Camp for years with the church.  We don't let our kids go anywhere without us.  We almost went two years ago, but something came up at the last minute so we didn't go.  Last year Nathan was young, and we had taken a couple of other camping trips so we told the kids no.  Well, this year Abby was begging again to go, so Gabe took his last vacation days for the year and we went.  The kids helped raise the money to go by selling candy, mainly at laundry mats and businesses that we knew.

Enjoying the shade at the dining hall porch

 Nathan loved climbing up and down the hills.  The harness really helped save him from going down too fast.
 The girls were usually at the playground whenever they had free time.

 We had a great family photo taken.

 Last day they did a four-way tug of war.  Can you find Josiah?

 Robert played one of the evening games.

Nathan enjoying daddy's ice cream.

I was happy to be home and sleep on my own bed after a week of camp.  Abby wants to go every year, but not me.  I'm a home body.  I love my home!

Monday, January 26, 2015


Today my smiling girl turns six.
She likes to pretend that Josiah is her twin.
She made a new friend this year.
And spent time with some other friends.  The girl to the left of Beth was born the day before Beth and with the same midwife.
She loved the snow we had this year.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Last March for Abby's birthday she got a lionhead rabbit.  We now have three lionhead rabbits.  She named her rabbit Ginger.  Hannah adores the bunny.  However, the name Ginger has led to some very funny confusions as to which ginger.
Abby holding Ginger
Hannah and Ginger
Anytime I say ginger Hannah immediately thinks it is the rabbit.  One day when Abby was sick she asked to have a ginger-bath.  Ginger baths seem to help with fevers and general flu symptoms.  When Hannah heard this she wanted to go get Ginger the rabbit to put in the tub.
Another time Hannah was asking me for "bunny chews".  I was very confused about what she was asking for.  Finally I figured it out, she wanted the ginger candies that I had bought for a trip to help those who had motion sickness.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our Summer, so far

We are staying busy this summer, like always.  We had a good school year.  Everyone finished the work I had planned for them.  Josiah has it easy in school.  He hears the twins learn a concept.  Then when he gets to that concept he is already familiar with it from just over hearing them learn it.
Last month my parents came for a visit.  I love when they come.  We usually do some project around the house.  This year's project was to replace the carpet with laminate flooring.  The kids all helped.  My aunt also came over to help with it.  Grandma's job was to hold and entertain Nathan so I could do some of the work too.  My knees really hurt after a day of work.  The rooms look so much better with out the carpet and the kids love to slide on it with their socks.
A before shot of the very stained carpet
Removing carpet and staples from the floor
Some of the dirt we found under the carpet.  I never want carpet again!
The boys really helped with putting the laminate together
Grandma and Nathan
The finished floor looks beautiful
After we finished the floor we took a day to go hiking in the La Plata Mountains.  My aunt joined us.  It was a steep trail that my dad picked.  We went up a ways before turning back with the kids, but my dad continued to the very top and found an old mine.  He was very happy with his hike to the top of the mountain.
We stopped to look at a chipmunk
View from near the top
Also while my parents were here, Abby got to play the piano for church during the offering.  She has been practicing hymns on her own out of thComplete Church Piano Course book one which I wrote about in another post.  She is doing very well at learning the piano.
After my parents left we went camping at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in AZ.  This year we had a cabin which made packing nicer.  We didn't have to squeeze a tent, air mattresses, etc. in an already crowded van.  The kids were so busy playing with friends that they were only at our cabin to eat and sleep.  The first morning they were up way too early and found that their friends were up too.  It was a blessing to see them playing with other young people and making new friends.  I enjoyed the fellowship with other ladies, too.
Our cabin
Nathan enjoying the cabin porch
We went to Phoenix after camp to visit Faithful Word Baptist Church and see friends there who did not get to go on the camping trip.
Tried to get everyone to smile and look at the camera, but we didn't have time or patience for 50+ pictures
My garden has suffered greatly this year.  It has more weeds than vegetables.  Nathan is the center of attention around here this summer.  All his older siblings love to hold and entertain him.
Nathan about two weeks old
Hannah would hold him all the time if she could
So sweet!!

Nathan about 2 months old
Ready for church

The boys
Josiah entertaining Nathan.
Robert and Nathan
Busy watching everything 
I can't believe he will be three months old in just a few days!