"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dog Days of Summer

Last week we volunteered to doggie-sit for my good friend Brooke for most of the week. So we had a big ol' dog party over here. My kids were pretty much in heaven.

Poor Moxy and Yeti didn't know what they were getting into. Ellorie and Averie took the dogs for walks about twice an hour. Not a day, an hour. They spent most of their down time sleeping, as you can imagine. The dogs, not the kids. (I wish.)

Ellorie liked to tuck Moxy in when she had naps. I'm not sure Moxy liked it much, but she tolerated it.

[*SIDE NOTE* Please don't ask me what Ellorie is wearing. I try to avoid letting them leave the house in such getups, but that sort of defeats the purpose when I take a picture and publish it for all of blogdom to see. She can thank me when she turns 16.]

Averie claimed Yeti as her own, and was very motherly to him. Mason gave him his medication each day, but Averie made sure he got several "treats" of broccoli and cucumbers each day.

I didn't get any pictures of Mason playing with the pups, but I assure you he did. He loved the independence of taking Moxy for a walk whenever he wanted, and the responsibility of feeding them. Rocket is a bit of a handful for the kids to walk without me. He is just too strong for them, so it was really fun to have some smaller doggies around.

Rocket loved the new friends and attention as well. He was good buddies with Yeti by the end of the week. Moxy didn't care for him much, but you can't blame her for not liking a guy that won't stop sniffing you.

It was actually a really fun week. Thanks Brooke, for lending us your babies!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pioneer Day Celebration

Yesterday we went to a big Pioneer Day celebration (even though Pioneer Day isn't until Saturday.) It was a pretty fun event for our little community. There were lots of fun activities like a big fish pond with real trout, a dunking booth, horseback rides, wagon rides, mutton busting, chicken chasing, and of course food.

Wagon ride

Chicken Chasing (Uh, I think they were supposed to catch the chickens, but my kids liked to try to "pet" them.) Mason got pecked a bit.

Mason really wanted to do the mutton busting, until he watched several kids get launched, stepped on, and rolled over. He decided to opt out. Good choice buddy.

That black thing under the sheep is a little girl wearing a helmet. She was fine, thankfully.

It was a perfect summer evening and we had a nice relaxing time.

Drawing Restoration

This is an original charcoal drawing of my great-great grandfather, William Jonathan Clegg born in 1859. It belongs to my great-uncle Bill, and I just finished restoring it for him.

The entire restoration process is HERE on my art blog if you are interested. We are going to make copies to distribute to family members. Isn't he a handsome guy?

I just love this picture.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bumper Crop

There are many things that do not grow well in Idaho. Our cold weather and short, harsh growing season is a recipe for disaster when you are talking about warm weather-loving plants like peppers, melons, corn, and most kinds of fruit trees. Idaho is famous for potatoes, of course, and ours are definitely living up to the hype. But another, somewhat exciting discovery I have made since moving to Idaho is that peas, and cold-weather loving plants like lettuce, spinach, beets, and swiss chard L-O-V-E it here.

When we lived in Utah, I grew peas. They were never anything special though. Small. Poor production. Now, we have more peas hanging off the plants than we can eat. Here is our first picking:

And there are many, many more that aren't quite ready.

The kids were really excited to pick and shuck the peas. They actually stuck with it too. We had a wonderful, relaxing time outside in the cool grass.
This is how many were left. After they ate about as many as they shucked. I ate my fair share too. Gotta love fresh garden peas!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Water Slide

We had a really fun weekend, and I only took a couple of pictures in total. Sometimes I guess I even need a break from the camera.

Thursday I drove up to Girl's Camp for a few hours and led the group on a nature hike. Sometimes I just have to share my wealth of useless knowledge. Though I've forgotten a goodly amount over the years.

In a former lifetime (aka, my youth), I was a bit of a nature geek. I knew the name of each and every flower, plant, and tree. I could identify the scat of over a dozen wildlife creatures, and would ride through the mountains on the back of a horse for hundreds of miles each summer.


It was lovely to get out in nature for a bit, though I was toting baby Rylan in the backpack for the entire walk. He wasn't quite as fond of nature as I was.

I hurried back from camp to pick up the kids and head out to Brandon's annual summer work party. We had a fantastic meal and then swimming. Well, Rylan and I didn't swim, but Brandon and the kids had a blast. I only got pictures of the water slide. Even Averie loved it.

Saturday afternoon my Aunt Heather/Uncle Ken called me and said they were in town with the kids. We met their family for dinner, played on a giant tree swing, and then they came over for a bit. They joined us for breakfast and church on Sunday. It was very short, but fun to see them. We love company! So if you are ever in the neighborhood, feel free to give us a ring.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Front Yard Photo Shoot

I dare you to tell me he isn't the cutest thing you've seen all day. Love this boy!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wolf and Rockets

Mason LOVES cub scouts. He has super leaders and great boys in his den.

After months and months of hard work, Mason has earned his Wolf badge.

This month at Pack meeting he received his badge, and presented Mama with the cute little pin. (Cuz everyone knows Mama does half the hard work...)

After each boy got his awards, the leaders set off a firework to represent that scout. The kids loved it.
He learned how to sew on buttons at an activity once, and now he sews on all his own scout badges. He's really excited to sew on the badge. How cool is that? Cub Scouts rocks.

It was a really fun pack meeting. The boys each made a rocket out of a 2-liter bottle and launched them using water and an air compressor.

Poor Brother J. was very wet at the end of all the launching from being sprayed in the face repeatedly by the rockets. What a trooper.

Here's Mason getting ready to take off running to catch his rocket out of the sky. Some of them went REALLy high. It was hilarious to watch the boys chasing after and trying to catch the rockets.

*Note: This would be an awesome activity for a birthday or something. I have to remember this. They always have such great ideas.

I always wanted to be a cub scout when I was a little girl. I remember being bitterly jealous of my brothers going off on their scout thingies. So now, I guess I get to live vicariously through my boy(s). Love it!