Sunday, May 10, 2015

Clint Turns 5!!

 He's been melting our hearts for five years now.  He drives his sisters crazy, plays hard like a wild man, and is as sweet as can be.

He was about 1 here probably close to 1 1/2. 

He has changed from the terrible 2's and 3's into a little man that is concerned with everyone's well being.  Today when I picked up toys and Abby wouldn't help and being a good mom I threatened to throw away her toys if she didn't help, he ran to action and said "I'll do it for her mommy."  He's into baseball like its no one's business.  He promises to hit one outta the park this season.
He's so excited to go to kindergarten next year.  He's reading already, and loves to show his new skill to anyone willing to listen.   He loves that he's a big boy.  Today he got to cut his own waffles with a knife this morning.  He's also very religious in his own way.  Father Glen's convinced we have a future priest on our hands.
I am so proud to be his mommy.  He and I are sharing Mothers Day and his birthday on the same day.  He was taking me out for ice cream and decided to bring the whole family along.  He will melt hearts for sure.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Bishop Visits

This is a picture of Katie a couple of weeks ago reading during the Bishop's visit to Rock Springs.  For those of you who don't know the hierarchy of the church, Father Glen is on the left.  He is our parish priest.  He runs our church, school, and some of the churches in the surrounding area.  Bishop Ettiene is next to him on the right. He is in charge of all the churches in Wyoming.  He has to be one of the most personable Bishops I have ever met.  He had preformed the Confirmation of all the children in 8th grade the night before, and had agreed to say mass for us at school the next day.  We didn't find out until the week of the reading and Sister Helen (one of our teachers) gave a two page reading from the Acts of the Apostles to Katie to read.  You'd think she'd be nervous, and her voice would quiver reading in front of the Bishop.  But it didn't.  She read two pages without skipping a beat.  This is what I love most about our school, and I do love a lot about our school!  The children are given so many opportunities to speak publicly.  They learn to overcome the nervousness at people staring at them.  They read in front of crowds of 200 or more at Sunday mass.  What a gift!

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Whew I was finally able to upload the pictures from my phone.  First I needed a new phone, then Rick had to update the computer.  But here we are with new picts! Abby is almost in her terrible threes, and she is showing a lot of self expression through her wardrobe.  A few weeks ago she went to church dressed as Jasmine!

Clint is busy being a boy.  He loves to play hard, and rough!  Here he is showing me how he is my hero!

Who doesn't play softball in a dress and flats?!?!  Katie is amping up for another busy softball season.  We are getting out as often as we can to play catch!

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Well I'm a little late in getting our Thanksgiving post out, but better late than never right?  We waited a long time for our visitors to come.  We planned a long time ago for the cousins to come with their mom and dad to visit us for the long Thanksgiving weekend.

We were not disappointed!!!  The us parents had a wonderful time catching up, playing cards, and taking care of kiddos.

Aunt Leahna bought Clint some Ninja Turtle masks, and the kids went all turtle power on us!  They saved the day all over the house.

Poor Katie didn't know we cut her head off.  She was the super kid all weekend, entertaining all the littles.

I was so impressed at how well the kids got along.  No fighting, no screaming, I'd say no fits, but lets be real that's a kids prerogative.  Rick and Mike fried an amazing turkey, they worked on the basement, the kicked our butts at cards, and Leahna and I spent some money shopping the day after Thanksgiving.  I can't wait to get us all together again!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Living Rosary

A couple of months ago the older children at school performed the living rosary.  The rosary is a way for Catholic's to pray, and depicts the story of our salvation, it is often considered the perfect prayer.  The children depicted and we all prayed the sorrowful mysteries, which goes through the birth, and death of Jesus.  It is so powerful to watch the children perform.

This was Katie's first year in the Living Rosary and she was one of the women watching as Jesus carried his cross.  She wore one of the sister's habits, and she said it was such a cool thing.  The children are so curious about the sisters and their traditions.

Last Easter we watched the mini series The Bible, and as a mother I cried as Mary watched her son die on the cross.  What a powerful message the movie held, the producers, actors, and directors told the story so profoundly well, I highly recommend watching it!

The children did a beautiful job.  It makes me so proud to see our children learning about God, Jesus, and the Bible.  Going to a religious school they are gaining knowledge on their faith, and learning such wonderful lessons on morals, and what their purpose is.  Watching Katie perform such a powerful story makes me one proud Mama!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Fun

This Halloween was very exciting.  Two of the three kiddos were able to choose what they wanted to dress like.  Katie was Madeline Hatter from the Ever After High books.

Clint was super excited to be a bat.  He told me he wanted to be that this summer and stuck to his guns.  Abby was Sofia the First, after her favorite Disney character.

I wasn't going to carve pumpkins.  I had found these cool Mr Potato head attachments you just poke into the pumpkin, but buying at a yard sale is dangerous and of course they were missing pieces.  So we carved.  Abby picked this tiny pumpkin and insisted we carve it.  I didn't even know you could carve a pumpkin this small.  But we did and it even fit our electric tea light!

Katie drew her face out for me to carve.  But I am not the best carver and so this is what she got.  Not too bad, but not great.

Clint was too grossed out to scoop out the seeds, so lucky me got to scoop and carve his.

Even us little kid teachers got in the halloween spirit.  I was the tooth fairy, and Jennifer the preschool teacher was a witch.  The kids at school always get a kick out of us dressing up.  Although I'll admit I probably embarrassed Katie to death as I fairy walked around the lunch room checking kids teeth.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Idaho hunting through the years

 I told Rick I would have loved to post some pictures of their hunt through the years to connect with this last trip.  He found some old pictures that I think you all will enjoy!!

Mike and the gold mine sometime in the early 90's.

Rick, Mike, and Duke up on the mountain in the early 90's

Mike and Dan.

Camp circa 1990's

The same camp in 1976.

The kill in better years.


What happens when you don't have a great tent. 1988

Looking a little grumpy and dirty, and the tent had collapsed (I'd be grumpy too!!).  But look how young they look!! 1988